Hazelnut Dulcey Protein Bombs

By the gods, it’s been a while between drinks blog posts cookies … So, my oven is still technically kaput.  But lately, I’ve had the most awesome good luck in bypassing its worst foibles.  Stuff like random changes in temperature of the kind that some would attribute to supernatural causes but the scientifically minded (such…

Baci di Dama

Baci di Dama are a classic Northern Italian biscuit, and one of my favourites.  The classic combination of chocolate and hazelnuts is truly hard to beat and one of my favourite things of all time.  Anyone familiar with this blog will be well aware of this, with so many posts devoted to this flavour combination. …

Lupin Pancakes

Hey, is there anyone still here?   I’m not going to kid myself anymore (or you) … finding time to post a recipe to the blog is HARD. I’ve been working 24/7 on building up my little chocolate business for months now and, while I love it, there hasn’t been much time left over for other…

Rhubarb & Orange Tea Cake

I should be planning my work schedule for the next two weeks, but I just needed some time out today as I’ve been unwell over the past month.  So I decided to put my time to good use and do a little food prep and get this tea cake recipe posted on the blog, after…

Brown Butter & Cinnamon and Pistachio Cream Glazed Doughnuts

In today’s world, making a choice can become an almost impossible task.  It is easy to feel confused and overwhelmed when faced with too many options.  I find that I tend to choose what is familiar in such times.  It brings a sense of comfort and relief. At other times, we wish we had some…

Chocolate Honeycomb Cookies

The thing about baking rich, decadent chocolate chunk cookies is not whether or not you can stop at one, when eating them.  It is really a question of whether or not you can refrain from eating the cookie dough, before you have even put them into the oven to bake.  I wonder if this is…

Coffee Berry Doughnuts with Vanilla Crème & Armagnac Glaze

That post heading is quite the mouthful, isn’t it?  So are these doughnuts.  Quite the delicious mouthful.  They’re not a breakfast doughnut, although who could judge you for having one at breakfast?  Not I.  These are a real dessert doughnut.  Which would make it dessert for breakfast.  Dessert anytime is good.  Life is too short…

Pear & Olive Oil Muffins

Yesterday morning I took mum out for breakfast before we headed out to do some shopping.  As we sat down to look at the amazing menu of a new local cafe, mum looked up and said “You know, I’m actually not that hungry.”   I replied “Me neither.  We might have to come back and try…

Double Mango Proughnuts

So here’s the thing … as you can clearly see, I’m having some issues with my food photography.  More than usual 😉 My food photography studio has temporarily been converted into hijacked by two very cute but very evil kittens, hell-bent on running amok, and making shooting doughnuts or anything at all, a futile and…

Macro Friendly Microwave Chocolate Bowl Cake

  Necessity really is the mother of invention, isn’t it?  Often, it’s only when you lose something, that you start finding clever ways to do without it.  So it has been for the best part of this year with regard to my failing oven.  In among the whiff of charcoal on burnt pastry, and the…

Crazy about Nutella

You all know I love chocolate and hazelnuts.  It is by far my most favourite food combination ever.  In the universe.   Judging by the Nutella body of evidence, most of the world seems to concur. If you have been around this blog long enough or, at least, have paid attention, you also know I…

Mixed Berry Protein Muffins

Making fruit muffins at home always leaves me conflicted.  You see, mum and I are both of the more is definitely better when it comes to adding fruit to muffin batter.  Because we love our fruit and more of it just makes muffins taste amazing. But there is a price to pay and the baker…

Brûlée Tartes à l’Orange

Because it is Le Tour time again … three weeks of little or no sleep as I wish the time difference between the east coast of Australia and France were not so huge.   Our local coverage of Le Tour is a long-standing fabulous tradition and part of that is a segment called Taste Le Tour,…

The Merits of the Mise en Place (and chocolate cake)

One of the best tips I could give to anyone who is new to baking (or even those who are more experienced) is to prepare their mise en place before mixing and baking. My mise en what? I hear you ask. Your mise en place … all your ingredients weighed and measured out before you…

Apple Upside Down Cake

For me, every day is Mother’s Day.  I love my Mamma more than anyone or anything and I let her know it as often as I can.  I mean, the woman has been putting up with my cranky pants attitude since the day I was born.  That deserves some serious recognition, and a fair few…

Mocha Protein Bars

I thank the gods for chocolate every day.  These days I am even more thankful for chocolate.  Because while I am unable to bake anything that I could possibly deem blog worthy in my recalcitrant oven, I can still play with chocolate.    Hooray for chocolate! Well, actually, I’ve been busy with my Easter chocolate selection…