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Upside-down plum cake

Upside-Down Plum Cake

It’s nearing the end of stone fruit season, which is good and bad. On the one hand it means autumn is coming and that makes me very happy. On the other, there won’t be any peaches, nectarines or plums at the fruit shop for…

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March 9, 2017
raspberry pear cake

Raspberry Pear Cake

What better way to enjoy the humble pear than in this delicious cake. The combination of pears, raspberries and almond meal makes a sweet but sour cake with nutty undertones. Served warm with a little whipped cream on the side, it makes a great dessert or…

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February 22, 2017
Chocolate raspberry cake

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

The birthday cycle has started again and that means the birthday girl gets the choice of any cake she wants. This January birthday was made complete with a chocolate raspberry cake. A rich, dark, fudgy chocolate cake filled with raspberries. Topped with a good dusting of…

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February 15, 2017


What are lamingtons? Cake covered in chocolate, covered in coconut. But there’s more to it than that. They are fairly dense vanilla sponge baked in a rectangular tin then cut into squares; dipped into a chocolate sauce which is runny and very chocolatey and really…

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February 8, 2017
scones with jam and cream

Scones with jam and cream

Sometimes there’s nothing better than afternoon tea, and by afternoon tea I mean a fabulously brewed pot of tea and a batch of scones served with strawberry jam and cream. Feather-light scones are quick and easy to prepare, but a gentle hand is required to make…

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January 18, 2017
Date, coconut and puffed rice balls

Date, Coconut and Puffed Rice Balls

There are so many things to love about these simple snacks. The ingredients are minimal; they are super easy to make; and they satisfy that afternoon craving for something sweet when chocolate just isn’t an option (remember October challenge?).…

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January 11, 2017
Fruit mince pies

Fruit Mince Pies

Christmas is around the corner, which means it’s time to make fruit mince pies. They are my major concession to Christmas, baked every year regardless of weather considerations. As for the rest of the Christmas feast, it really does depend whether the forecast is 36…

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December 21, 2016
Auntie Mary biscuits

Auntie Mary Biscuits

The problem with recipes that are handed down from generation to generation can often be the name. Auntie Mary Biscuits are a case in point.  Auntie Mary wasn’t really an auntie to any immediate member of the family. She was in fact the sister of the…

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December 14, 2016
choc chip walnut cookies

Chocolate chip walnut cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a staple in everyone’s cookie repertoire. They are easy to whip up and not many ingredients are required. These are a take on the original. Just add some walnuts and you’ve created a whole new biscuit with zero effort.…

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November 30, 2016
peanut butter oat energy squares

Peanut butter, oat and nut raw energy bars

Since our October challenge we have been experimenting with raw snacks to combat the gaping hole left by the omission of refined sugars (read cakes and biscuits, albeit homemade) from our diet. There was never a significant amount of sweet things, but a cake…

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November 23, 2016