Baklava Cheesecake

RECIPE: The filo pastry I made for my Spanakopita was a large enough quantity to make two things, so a dessert it was. I thought of making baklava but I usually find it too sweet and in searching online for baklava recipes I happened upon this cheesecake. Perfect. I followed the recipe except fresh cranberries…

Filo pastry and Spanakopita

RECIPE: I’ve always wanted to make filo pastry but I delayed because I thought it would be hard. But it’s not! I used Chef John’s recipe and didn’t change it, although I did use more of the cornflour and flour mix for dusting than he did. The video was a really useful addition. The Spanakopita…

Pavlova with Strawberry Coulis

RECIPE: When I was growing up, the most special moments in the kitchen were when mum made a pavlova. It has always been my most favourite dessert. Mum had a little trick that I’ve never seen a recipe suggest – she’d cook the pavlova, then when serving she’d flip it upside down on the plate…

Gingerbread trifle

RECIPE: It might not look pretty, but it tasted amazing! I discovered my husband liked trifle, so I decided to make a version full of Christmas flavours for my family Christmas dinner. With a gingerbread flavour base I looked at the normal components of a trifle and chose my own flavours. I started with a…

Gâteau Basque

RECIPE: A Gâteau Basque popped up on my Instagram feed (@rubymadeit) and that immediately settled a decision about what to make for my kayak club Christmas party. I could prepare it in advance and it was easy to cut and serve. I used the recipe from William & Suzue Curley and didn’t alter it. COMPONENTS:…

Gingerbread house

RECIPE: The decision to make a gingerbread house is not to be taken lightly – it’s a big commitment. I had to provide a baked item for our work Christmas Bake-Off and having never made a gingerbread house before I decided this would be the year I tried it. Very exciting. There are so many…

Peanut butter chocolate cake

RECIPE: I have a little cookbook from a discount bookstore that has been a gem in terms of great celebration cakes. I wanted to take a cake to my kayak club to celebrate finishing a one-year 1000km paddling challenge. I followed this recipe as written, only leaving out the mini-marshmallows (I didn’t have any in…

Tortillas

RECIPE: With no bread in the house and all the ingredients to fill a tasty tortilla wrap, I decided to try making my own tortillas. I halved the recipe, and added dried mixed herbs to two of the four dough balls. I adapted the US cup measurements to grams. PREPARATION: The dough was very simple…

Camping desserts

Something a little different this week. Never assume that because you’re camping you can’t have desserts. Recently, I did an 18-day kayaking trip in Greenland where we had to carry all our food for the trip. Having been recently inspired by a fellow kayaker that had taken a siphon on a kayaking expedition so he…

Champagne and Strawberry Cupcakes

RECIPE: In Australia Melbourne Cup Day is a big deal. Not everyone is a fan of horse racing, but everyone loves dressing up and in Melbourne they even have a public holiday. The first flavours that came to mind were champagne and strawberries, which back in my student days was how we started celebrating. I…