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…

Anzac Brownie Slice

RECIPE: This recipe adds the moistness of brownie to the normally dry ANZAC biscuit. With ANZAC Day approaching, it was a good time to try it out. By cooking the base for ten minutes as recommended, it’s very easy to end up with it overbaked. I’d cook it until just golden. COMPONENTS: The ANZAC component…

Vanilla Passionfruit Bones

RECIPE: It was my dog’s birthday this week, and it coincided with his weekly visit to Doggy Daycare at Scruffy’s, so I decided to treat the staff as a thank you for persisting with my lively fellow. I made the vanilla cake for two recipes. I cut shapes from it for this recipe, and used…