Desserts

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake is one of those recipes that I remember fondly from my mother’s classic cake repertoire that she’d have waiting for us after school for our afternoon tea. The lemon glaze on the bottom of the cake balances the tart lemon icing on top.  […]

Scones

Scones

    Scones are traditionally connected with England, Scotland and Ireland, although it is said that afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon, and […]

Coconut Scones with Passionfruit Curd

Coconut Scones with Passionfruit Curd

When thinking what to pair with my recently made Passionfruit Curd , lists of cake ideas came to mind.  Coconut pairs beautifully with passionfruit and so these coconut scones seemed like a great idea.  Nothing could be easier than putting a big fat dollop of passionfruit […]

Passionfruit Curd

Passionfruit Curd

I love to make pavlova or meringues, and when I do, I am left with egg yolks and I often then make a lemon or lime tart .  Another option is to make lemon curd but as I had some passionfruit at home I decided […]

Lamington Swiss Roll

Lamington Swiss Roll

January 26th is when Australia Day is celebrated, the official National Day of Australia.  It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships to New South Wales and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove […]

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

    Apple cake is quite commonly seen in Italy especially on dessert lists in restaurants. The Italian version of an apple cake is often not very high so the percentage of apple topping to cake is about 50/50.  I have made this recipe in […]

Last-Minute Christmas Cake with Glazed Candied Fruit

Last-Minute Christmas Cake with Glazed Candied Fruit

While you might have the very best intentions to bake a Christmas Cake in October, feeding it twice weekly with Brandy leading up to December, sometimes life just gets in the way and before you realise it it’s December and Christmas Day is a week […]

Panforte

Panforte

Panforte is a classic Italian Christmas dessert.  It’s a very dense, rich confection loaded with nuts, candied or dried fruit, and spices (hence its name, which means “strong bread”).  Panforte has a long history. It was made by apothecaries, old-time pharmacists, and it was only […]

Gingerbread Mince Pies

Gingerbread Mince Pies

It’s no secret I love Christmas fruit mince pies, and while I love the classic version, I’m happy to experiment and try other flavour combinations.  Last year I made Chocolate Mince Pies using a chocolate pastry paired with my mother’s rich fruit mince filling (link below), […]

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

This recipe will give quantities for one 9-inch (24cm)  blueberry pie baked in a deep pie dish.  I have used these quantities to make 6 individual portions in ramekins.  Once you have the filling and pastry ready, the choice is yours.  Blueberry Pie Pastry 250 […]