Peanut butter and fudge brownies

RECIPE: I don’t make recipes with chocolate very often because my husband doesn’t enjoy it, so when I do make something with chocolate it’s a bit of a treat for me. It just means I have to give away most of it to stop myself trying to eat the whole thing before it goes stale!…

Lamington Slice

RECIPE: With Australia Day just around the corner it was time to experiment with an Australian-themed recipe and try this variation on the lamington. I had to substitute or make a few of the ingredients as I was unable to get them – they’re described in the recipe below. I made one-third of the recipe…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Blueberry yoghurt dome

RECIPE: I had a punnet of blueberries that were too sour to enjoy fresh. I’d also been dying to try making a mousse entremet style dome so here was my chance. Rather than going with my first instinct and pairing blueberry with lemon, I decided to try something a little different in a mousse made…

Macadamia Torte

RECIPE: My work decided to hold a team baking competition, with a different category a month over four months. My team decided I could have the first category with the theme ‘Australian’. I had a lot of success making iced vovos last Australia Day, but I didn’t want to bake the same thing again, so…

Le Progrès

RECIPE: In French cooking the name of what you are making is of great importance, and Childs insists that if a dacquoise is made with only almonds, this dessert is called Le Succès. I chose to make it with half almonds and half hazelnuts, and in this case, it’s called Le Progrès. I stuck religiously…

Anzac Caramel Slice

RECIPE: This recipe looked like an interesting mix. A cheesecake crossed with banoffee pie with a chocolate topping. I didn’t alter the recipe other than using my own caramel, but I did leave off the topping of whipped cream, banana and crushed biscuits because I wasn’t sharing it as a dessert, but rather as a…