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…

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…

Macaroons

Who knew that macaroons were so easy to make?  Now I’m not saying these turned out like Adrian Zumbo’s perfect round discs of colour, but the flavour and texture was awesome  Given I was using a 1907 recipe from Mrs Beeton as part of The Cookbook Guru I certainly wasn’t wanting them to be high-end French patisserie…

A Tale of Lokum

The time has come for me to attempt this delicious and exotic sweet in my kitchen once again.  Many of you would remember a not so successful attempt that was made at Christmas time to make Turkish Delight (Rahat Lokum).  The weather was perhaps our biggest enemy as the heat and humidity resulted in a…

Walnut Biscuits

Such beautiful buttery rich biscuits these are.   The walnuts take the edge of the sweetness, although not too much as these are still pretty sweet treats.  What you get is a lovely biscuit to have with a cup of coffee or tea or maybe even a port as part of an evening treat.  So…

Chocolate Orange & Ginger Hedgehog gone awray…

I had intended to share with you a really cool version of the traditional hedgehog, but alas it was not meant to be.  Normally this would mean back to the drawing board, but cooking is as much about the lessons from failures, as it is from our successes so I thought it was only fair…

Passionfruit Self Saucing Pudding

We had a spontaneous family dinner recently after a long day hanging out with our nieces and nephew, and I found myself scratching my head on what we could make as a quick dessert for a treat.  Fortunately I had a few fresh passionfruit in the fruit bowl and a bag of frozen pulp that…

Baked Rhubarb and Apple

If you  love rhubarb and want to try cooking it a way that intensifies the flavour and creates a delicious fruit treat or a great base for a fruit pie or crumble, then try baking it instead of poaching.  I amped up the flavour with citrus, spices and a bit of apple and it was…

Quince Frangepani Tart

Now that I have 2 big jars of quinces sitting in my pantry… it was time to start thinking about what to make with them. This little tart was a breeze to whip up and would be a great standby if you had last minute dinner guests, or just wanted to create a sweet treat…

Banana and Choc Chip Muffins

I always think muffins should be a really quick easy treat to make.  For some reason though,  I don’t have the muffin magic to get mine the way I picture them in my head.   I love the flavour combinations I create, but the texture has always been a bit wet and not quite as…