Orange & Rosemary Butter Cake

Hello there!  Anyone still around???  I feel like I’ve gone AWOL again.  Would be lovely if I could have this blog as my full-time occupation.  Some of you do the blogger thing full-time out there … what’s the secret???  I’ll figure it out, eventually …  😉 I’m very excited as I’m working with some very…

Almond Milk & Loaf

Almondfest 2012 is still going strong here in the Land of CCM 🙂 Remember I mentioned making my own almond milk?  Oh mamma, how good is homemade almond milk, chilled, on a hot summer’s day?  There are no words sufficient to describe its fabulousness.   Even better than having a fresh bottle of delicious almond milk…

Lemon & White Chocolate Trüffeltorte

I wish I had a funky story to write about.  I don’t.  I don’t even have fabulous photos to share.  Life now is all about work … renovations … cleaning … work … I wish I could just spend more time in the kitchen and sharing my fabtastic kitchen adventures with you.  Not too many…

Yuzu & White Chocolate Teacake

All that healthy dark chocolatey protein genius had to lead to some wicked white witch madness eventually. So here we are … in the land of sweet and tangy badness goodness. I had to stop myself from making yuzu curd again or I know I’d just eat it all.  Not that there’s anything wrong with…

Happy Anniversary

You’re thinking I might be channelling my inner goth, aren’t you?  Don’t blame you one bit.  Because, you know, she’s in there.  The goth, that is.   Always has been.  Occasionally I let her out.  I do  😉 But when I looked at my stash of goth and blackest, darkest cupcake finery … hmmm, not…

Passionfruit Cream Sponge

There is something about springtime and the Royal Melbourne Show that makes one think of tradition, the country, and dang it, the mighty CWA. Huh? What say you?  The CWA, dear long-distance readers, is the Country Women’s Association of Victoria.  A wonderful bunch of ladies with a long and rather distinguished history and a long-standing…

Yuzu and Hazelnut Torte

On occasion, life unloads a truckload of lemons on you and it sucks.  Trying to get a decent shot of this spectacular cake in all its glory was just such an exercise in total suckage. Total photography fail. But on the upside … a TOTAL TORTE SUCCESS. Plenty of citrus goodness here but no lemons. …

Mocha Mousse Cake Bliss

Can you hear that?  That’s the sound of crickets … it’s been rather quiet around here lately.  Life takes over and it’s hard to find the time to post anything.  Not that I haven’t been baking and cooking up a storm.  I have!  A bizarre number of visitors last weekend consumed the equivalent of a…

Cherry Amaretto Cupcakes

I had every (good/virtuous/saintly) intention of posting a healthy recipe to satisfy myself and my fellow healthy, clean-eating, protein crazy kindred spirits out there.  Never fear, I’m working on it over the next day or so.  It’s a’comin’.  In the meantime, something for everyone else … oh who am I kidding?  As a very wise,…

Banana Pound Cake

Keeping it homely and simple this weekend.  Because it’s cold outside. I love bananas but always end up buying more than I can use and eat before at least one or two get very, very ripe.  That’s sufficient inspiration to get baking, don’t you think?  Oh yeah.  Tired of banana bread, tired of the usual…

Spiced Persimmon Cakes

I consider myself extremely lucky.  Relatives and friends share their garden harvests every year and this provides both inspiration and opportunity for me to cook and bake things I might otherwise not do.  Over the past few months, I’ve been inundated with chillies, lemons, more chillies times a gazillion (and I’m not saying no), and…

Yuzu Sunshine Cupcakes … layering flavour like fragrance

I love how you can layer a flavour in a cake in much the same way as you can layer fragrance.  You know, you use the scented bodywash, the matching body lotion and then top it all off with a spritz of the concentrated perfume?  That kind of thing.  Works beautifully with food too, especially…

Kiss Kiss Cake

So Valentine’s Day … it’s an excuse to bake something, isn’t it?    This is something a little different to the usual chocolate cakes, pink icing and such.  I’ve been itching to make something with chestnut purée for a while now.   This wasn’t really what I had in mind but I also have a heart-shaped frame,…

Berries & Cream Brownies

They look pretty innocuous with the swirl of cream cheese icing and berries on top.   Ah, but underneath that light summery exterior lurks a heart of darkness, full of rich, luscious chocolate brownie. The brownie recipe below is my basic brownie recipe that I’ve used for years.   After mucho tiempo experimenting in the brownie…

Festive Christmas Panettone – Part II – The Baking

Brace yourselves dear readers.   This is a long post.  It follows on from Festive Christmas Panettone – Part I – The Fruit Mix.  I have included lots of photos to hopefully make sense of what I’ve done along the way.  I hope they will make it easier to follow for anyone who is not used…

Festive Christmas Panettone – Part I – The Fruit Mix

If I’m being honest, I have to admit that my heart belongs to pandoro not panettone.   Maybe it’s my Veneto roots (pandoro hails from Verona).  Or because I think it’s streets ahead of panettone in texture and flavour.  For as long as I can remember it’s been my traditional birthday cake.  A few years…