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Raspberry Friands
Raspberry Friands

Friands are based on financiers, the famous French pastry made with almond meal, powdered sugar and egg whites. With a delicate frangipane-like texture and a crisp sweet flavour, friands are punctuated by the addition of fruits, chocolates and nuts as a topping. When...

Milk Bundt Cake
Milk Bundt Cake

Earlier this year I embarked on The Great Kitchenaid Challenge. I have owned a dear little frail-looking Phillips hand mixer for ten years now. It has been my steady companion in all of my baking triumphs and tribulations. It is faded, has food stains (no, I can't be...

Brown Butter Lemon Friand Cake
Brown Butter Lemon Friand Cake

This cake was a thought. An idea that took flight and landed in a white pie plate. It came about slowly with a lick here and a taste there. A haphazard yet thoughtful marriage of ingredients. My ode to autumn. A bid to hold on to the season that has passed. The sin of...

Passionfruit Curd Cake
Passionfruit Curd Cake

Since posting a recipe for passionfruit butter yesterday, I realised a lot of people wanted to know why I called it butter and not curd. There are two reasons. The lemon curd and passionfruit curd concept is very new to me. I never grew up with it and did not...

Lemon Cake
Lemon Cake

A plain lemon cake is a joy to eat fresh from the oven. It speaks summer like no other afternoon treat during hot days. Just like old fashioned lemonade it has the ability to lift your spirits and make the heat bearable as you have a cool, citrus, spongy slice sitting...

Tara's Blueberry And Poppy Seed Snacking Cake
Tara's Blueberry And Poppy Seed Snacking Cake

More than a decade ago when we moved to Australia from Singapore with a couple of suitcases and a cranky baby, it was on the eve of Nick’s birthday. Hungry and exhausted from the tumultuous flight with our 11 month old, who had just undergone invasive surgery, the...

Nutmeg Butter Biscuits
Nutmeg Butter Biscuits

My memories of nutmeg go back to when I was about six. I remember being curious about a wrinkly looking seed that was very very hard. I remember mum grating it and magically releasing a tantalising aroma that made me feel happy and fuzzy down to my toes. I remember...

Buttermilk Banana Tray Cake And Melbourne Book Tour
Buttermilk Banana Tray Cake And Melbourne Book Tour

  I have a stack full of robust cake recipes that belong to the beautiful brown crumb family and just hit the sweet spot - just! I love a cake that you can take a mouthful of and name at least a handful of ingredients in it as you slowly savour it. A cake...

Kiwifruit Banana Spelt Cake
Kiwifruit Banana Spelt Cake

  Spelt is an ancient grain, a species of wheat that prevailed long before the hybrid version that we use today. Spelt flour is very high in nutrients and has more protein than the modern wheat. The gluten in spelt is gentle and can be enjoyed by many who might...