Fancy Little Cheesecakes

Fancy Little Cheesecakes

I spent last weekend at ProBlogger, Australia’s most excellent conference for bloggers, and I have to tell you – QT Hotel on the Gold Coast does the best food. I will post about this in a few days because it deserves it’s own post. Everything was fantastic, especially the amazing deserts. These individual puddings where a show stopper –  Heston Blumenthal type salted caramel crumb popping candy chocolate mousse thingies with a small capsule of essence of butterscotch to inject into the pudding. Can you even? I cannot. I cannot even. Yes, that is a tower of fruit behind it.…

Passionfruit cupcakes with passionfruit curd.

Passionfruit cupcakes with passionfruit curd.

My Mother in Law came to stay in the holidays, and bought a bounty of passionfruit from her garden. She has a bit of a sweet tooth, so we had a bit of a passion fruit festival for afternoon tea! Feel free to use your favourite vanilla cupcake recipe, or even a packet one; just mix in 1 cup of fresh passionfruit pulp. Passionfruit Cupcakes with Passionfruit Curd Passionfruit Cupcakes Ingredients 125g butter 1 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 2 eggs 2 cups of plain flour half a teaspoon of bicarb soda 1 and a half teaspoons…

Pecan Crescents

Pecan Crescents

I have been making these biscuits for years, and not just because they are delicious; it’s because they are a crowd pleaser and I’m an applause whore in the kitchen. The flaky pastry almost elevates them to pastry status, and the cinnamon sugar pecan crunch is incredibly moreish. Best eaten warm, I don’t know anyone that can stop at one.  Pecan Crescents Ingredients 2 cups of plain flour a pinch of salt 1 cup of unsalted butter 1 egg yolk 3/4 cup of sour cream half a cup of castor sugar 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 2/3 cup of pecans…

Easy Plum Sorbet

Easy Plum Sorbet

Last week I waxed lyrical about summer stone fruit, and ended up making some sorbet with a few delicious plums before they where all eaten up. Sorbet is so easy to make with or without an ice-cream churn, and it’s fat free! It’s a great way to extend your enjoyment of fruit in season. Ingredients 2 cups of caster sugar 2 cups of water about 1 kg of plums. That’s it! Method Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes to make a light sugar syrup.…

Banana Bread for School Lunchboxes

Banana Bread for School Lunchboxes

This banana bread is actually a cake, but let’s call it a bread OK? That sounds so much healthier. It’s perfect for school lunchboxes, being light and fluffy and fresh and delicious! I make another banana bread (actually bread) that is dense with wholemeal flour and pecans and walnuts, but nuts are just not safe for school, and although I prefer wholemeal, my little ones do not. Banana Bread for School Lunchboxes Ingredients Half a cup of butter 1 cup of sugar (white or raw, your choice) 2 eggs 4 large soft bananas – keep them in your freezer and…