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…

Party Pies

I’m not going to say a lot here because I used the same recipe and followed largely the same process as I did last week when I made Steak and Mushroom Pie. I wanted a pie I could sell as a fundraiser, so I made party pies. Using a muffin tin gave me a good-sized pie….

Steak and Mushroom Pie

RECIPE: I’ve been admiring decorative pie tops on Instagram and in particular @julie_jonesuk who does these incredibly intricate pastry cases. I thought I’d give it a go. The recipe I chose online from BBC Good Food was full of detailed instructions and very easy to follow. PREPARATION: I really wanted my beef to be tender,…

Brioche

RECIPE: I’ve never eaten brioche before and had no idea how to eat it, but as it was a traditional french bread it was on my list to try. I followed the recipe but halved it, as I was only feeding two of us, and used dariole moulds instead of brioche moulds because that’s what…

Dark chocolate lemon layer cake

RECIPE: I’ve made variations of all the components in this layer cake before, but there were a few new techniques that I thought made it worth trying. As a point of interest, I calculated the cost of the ingredients and found that I had spent about $45AUD on ingredients. It took me about six hours…

Sweet pretzel

RECIPE: Okay so these may look more like buns than pretzels, but that’s because when I was twisting I didn’t allow for additional rise. I followed the recipe provided with slightly less glacé orange than listed. PREPARATION: I’m not sure what’s expected at the stage where you cover the dough with the remaining flour. My…

Chocolate Éclairs

RECIPE: I decided that selling my baking would be a good way to raise money for the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation, which I’m doing as part of participating in a kayak race. It was time to make something a bit fancy and I still hadn’t quite conquered choux pastry, so thought I’d try éclairs. I…

Baker’s White Tin Loaf

RECIPE: I found fresh yeast in the shops, so thought I’d try a different white bread recipe to see if the yeast improved my success rate. I made the full quantity of old dough, made a loaf from half the quantity of dough, saved the other half of the old dough in the fridge, then…

Two gluten-free slices

RECIPES: I take any opportunity to bake for other people because it’s a way to get practice without having a whole bunch of baking at home staring in my face begging me to eat it. I was running a training day at work and the catering was starting to look costly, so I decided to…