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,…

Oranges and Cream

I know.  I know.  Sometimes you just don’t have either the time or the energy to make buttercream. Maybe you find the thought of making buttercream just a little too daunting. Maybe you just found out you are about to have guests coming over and are paralysed by the idea that you only have 30…

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…

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

I have to ‘fess up to the fact that I am suffering from Post Tour de France Fatigue Syndrome.  Three weeks of sleepless nights due to the time difference was all  worth it for this cycling fan, particularly as I got to see a perfect podium with my favourites standing atop it on the Champs-Élysées…

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,…

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…

Prune & Orange Bread

It’s about time I posted something healthy because I just know I will go nuts over BAD FOR YOU recipes as the silly season descends.   This is my version of a wonderful prune bread recipe by James Beard.  I remember finding his book Beard On Bread in my local library as a teenager.   I…