Apple and Oat Loaf

RECIPE: I’ve been making a loaf each of white sourdough and spiced fruit sourdough each week (or more) and decided I wanted a change so tried this recipe from Bourke Street Bakery. PREPARATION: Once you’ve made your sourdough dough to the window stage, it’s a pretty simple addition of the apple chunks and the soaked…

Spiced Fruit Sourdough Loaf

RECIPE: I was getting bored with making plain white sourdough each week, so I decided to try something different. This fruit loaf was also from Bourke Street Bakery and is based on their white sourdough loaf. PREPARATION: I had great difficulty getting the dough to the stage where it had a window. I took it…

Date, Pecan & Berry Muffins

RECIPE: Continuing the project to not discard sourdough discard, I tried this recipe for muffins. I substituted pecans for walnuts because I don’t like walnuts, and it’s pretty much impossible to find fresh or frozen cranberries in Australia, so I used frozen raspberries and blueberries. They were good substitutes – mix and match as you…

Rhubarb and blueberry galette

RECIPE: I was going away for a weekend and wanted to bake a dessert on site, but didn’t want to carry half my kitchen with me. This meant it was important to find a recipe that minimised the amount of equipment I needed. PREPARATION: While the butter and dry ingredients were in the freezer getting…

Apple Mille-Feuille

RECIPE: I know this isn’t really a mille-feuille because for starters it only has two layers of pastry, but work with me here! I had a small piece of leftover home-made traditional puff pastry (I’d made sausage rolls) and several apples, and my husband likes custard, so this is what developed. I added candied apple…

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

RECIPE: There’s been a run of cheesecakes in my kitchen because the price of cream cheese was reduced. I liked the look of this recipe because it used a cooked meringue as a topping, which I haven’t tried before. I didn’t alter the recipe. PREPARATION: I mixed the base and pressed it into my pan…

Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars

RECIPE: Once again wanting to entertain with a difference, I decided to try a couple of new recipes in my Dorie’s Cookies book. The only change I made to this recipe was to use defrosted frozen blueberries, because I wasn’t about to pay $8 for a 125g punnet of fresh ones (it’s not blueberry season)….

Angel Food Cake

RECIPE: Having made choux pastry and custard several times and not making macarons, I was starting to collect egg whites in my freezer. Angel food cake recipe is perfect if you’re on a mission to use up egg whites because it uses A LOT. There’s no shortage of angel food cake recipes around, I just…

Raspberry Charlotte

RECIPE: For my birthday I decided to treat myself by making fancy desserts that I especially liked, without worrying about what others preferred. This recipe appealed because it had some elements I hadn’t tried before and I’ve had mixed success with entremets so far. I followed the recipe but didn’t add the strawberries so didn’t…

Rhubarb Custard Cake

RECIPE: I made this cake more than ten years ago and couldn’t for the life of me remember where the recipe had come from. I searched my books, looked online and found nothing. Finally, this month while I was searching for cake recipes for my husband’s many 50th birthday celebrations, I found it and I…