Finnish Cardamom Bread

 Easter and baking seem to go hand in hand for me as the few extra days of down time allow me to squeeze in an hour or so in the kitchen whilst bubba takes a nap. I got motivated early and remade Elizabeth David’s Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday when a friend came to…

What Katie Ate Inspired Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread with Seeds

     Long time followers of my blog will remember me waxing lyrically about soda bread about 18 months ago.   I was making at least 2 loaves a week and mixing up my flavour combinations every time to create some truly lovely loaves of soda bread.  The inspiration for this obsession came from the cook…

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…

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…

Zesty Coconut Bread

I’m sure we all have memories from our child hood of particular foods.  For me this recipe of Coconut Bread is one that I remember making when I was probably about 10 years old.  I’m fairly sure Mum was away working and so Dad was taking us on a car rally with my two sisters…

Cornish Saffron Cake

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have an in depth love affair with saffron.  I love the golden colour that it imparts into the food you add it to, I love the fragrant flavour and smell and I love all the memories, reaching back into my childhood, that are sparked when ever I smell…

My Daily Bread…and some Scots Baps

Is there anything quite like the smell of bread baking? For me it rates up there with freshly ground coffee, just cut grass, fresh sheets from drying on the washing line and the smell of a weather breaking storm as the rain hits the earth after a hot summers day. Energising and uplifting and comforting…

Traditional English Hot Cross Buns

I think I can say that the recipe I made for my hot cross buns last weekend is officially pretty traditional.  You see it was sourced from my new and very coveted book of English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David, published in 1977.  Not really an old publication I know (well maybe not so new…

Experimenting with Soda Bread

More bread recipes for you all.  Yes this is a lot of what I’ve been creating in my kitchen at the moment, but I promise there is some more fun recipes not bread related coming up soon. All of these start with the basic wholewheat recipe so click here to get it and then see…

Fig and Walnut Soda Bread

Bread is possibly one of my all time favourite foods.  For a foodie like me that is saying something, but it’s a food that I find difficult to stay away from and have an endless curiosity about texture, flavour and density.   So far I’ve been far more of a consumer than a creator with time…

In My Kitchen

March for me very much means that the year is in full swing.  Summer is starting to wind down here in Brisbane with an occassional cooler evening and I’m looking forward to being able to break out the slow cooker for some braises and soups over the coming few months.  For now though I’m settling…

Wholewheat Irish Soda Bread

Recently I took myself to my local library for a browse.  I am a bookworm from way back, but for some unknown reason, don’t frequent my local library like I should.  Twelve month’s living in this area of Brisbane and this was my very first visit.  Bad bookworm I know. The good news is that…