Pumpkin, Bacon and Pea Muffins

Sometimes the source of my food ideas is a book or a conversation, and other times from somewhere as straight forward as my supermarkets freebie food magazine.  You’d be pleasantly surprised by the caliber of the ideas if you can get past the blatant marketing that drives most of the content. This recipe took my…

The Easiest Cake You’ll Ever Make

This is possibly the easiest cake you’ll ever make.  As easy as using a packet mix but with the pride of knowing you made it from scratch and know each and every ingredient in it.  I’m pretty sure its the best foundation cake I’ve happened upon and will certainly be getting a work out to…

Focaccia alla Genovese

I’m surprised I haven’t shared a Foccacia recipe before with you on this blog.  I don’t tend to make it all that frequently but when I do I love it and wish I made it more often.  I love that the texture is slightly chewy, that it is equally good munched on by itself, dipped…

Lady’s Kisses (Baci di Dama)

Who can resist a little morsel of sweetness with their afternoon coffee?  When its tinged with the flavour of my European travels then I’m even more of a sucker.  This biscuit is reminiscent of shortbread, but not quite so crumbly.  The addition of lemon zest and vanilla essence to the blend of almond and flour…

Date and Orange Muffins

This quick and easy recipe was created on a whim recently after my lovely friend (and mother in law) shared it with me insisting that the muffins were amazing.  Pam was spot on!  So moist and light these muffins are probably the first that I’ve made in a very long time that have actually worked….

Country Cardamom Cake

I’m sure I’ve mentioned my passion for the spice Cardamom.  There is something about the smell and flavor that appeals to my senses.  I’m pretty sure the love affair started when I first tasted Swedish Kanel Bullar (cinnamon buns) which are actually cardamom buns with cinnamon sugar scrolled through the dough.  So when I was…

Torta Rustica di Noci e Caffe: Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake

Some flavours are just meant to be together and one of them in my opinion is walnuts and coffee.  There is something quite magical about the combination and in particular when added to cake generally results in a winner.  Having baked this cake I can honestly say that opinion has not changed yet. This recipe…

Rock Cakes

Anyone that is at least 25 years old and grew up in Australia will probably remember rock cakes.  The might sound scary but they’re actually quite a tasty biscuit filled with sultana’s and mixed peel, with a slightly crunchy shell and a softer inside.  Rock Cakes are a baked treat I remember having as a…

Chocolate Chunk Biscuits

I’ve been casually attempting to find a good chewy chocolate chip biscuit recipe for the few years now.  Mr G loves a chewy biscuit filled with good sized bites of chocolate and so many of my recipes turn out with more crunch than is really desired.  Flicking through my The New Classics Cookbook by Donna…

Ginger Thins

For me gingerbread and ginger flavored biscuits spell Christmas time. For the past 20 years I’ve religiously made at least one batch of my Swedish Pepakaka recipe for adoring family and friends. This year I thought I’d try a new recipe I found in one of my latest cookbooks; Under The Walnut Tree by Anna…

Roasted Sweet Potato, Walnut and Thyme Soda Bread

It’s been a while since I’ve experimented with this soda bread recipe after my obsession earlier this year, but when I found myself without bread in the kitchen and felt like some for breakfast on the weekend I decided to bake my own.  I love this recipe because its simple to make, foolproof even for…

Barazek Sesame Pistachio Biscuits

I’m an unashamed fan of sesame seeds and am always on the lookout for interesting recipes that use them as a key ingredient.  Browsing through this month’s book for The Cookbook Guru, Saha, by Greg and Lucy Malouf, I saw these little treats and instantly wanted to give them a go.  Fortunately there is nothing…