Portugese Custard Tarts + BAKE SALE

I came across this Bill Granger recipe thanks to the delightful Kulinary Adventures of Kath and I must admit that I’ve had a number of mishaps with this recipe. I’ve never really understood what went wrong, as when Kath has made them they’ve always turned out beautifully, With mine, they tended to either have the custard overflow…

Raspberry Friands

Its taken its time, but spring is finally here 🙂 I was so excited in the last couple of weeks where I could see the cherry blossoms begin to bloom with the warmer weather, and immediately started thinking of recipes in which I could use a branch of those beautiful flowers as props for my…

NQN’s Lumberjack Cake

Kulinary Adventures of Kath and I share a mutual love of baking, and about a month or so ago she presented me with a beautiful slab (at the gym, of all places) of what I would later learn was called ‘Lumberjack cake’. This recipe is an original recipe from Lorraine Elliot’s blog Not Quite Nigella, and she was…

Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Macarons

I had attempted to make some Portugese Tarts. My prior failure with my Exploding Custard Tarts last year haunted me still, but when my friend Kulinary Adventures of Kath pronounced she had found a fail-safe recipe, I was encouraged and tried it, only to have them fail yet again. This time, at least they didn’t explode, but…

Danish Apple Cake + Blog Turns 1!

As the nights become longer and darker, and the air becomes crisper, I tend to find solace in spending more time in the kitchen; absorbing the sweet-scented heat from the toasty oven or inhaling savoury aromas from plumes of steaming pots. While I’m always sad when the stone fruits of summer gradually fade, there is always…

Cranberry & Dark Chocolate Scones

I adore high tea. The whole process of dressing up for the occasion, the elaborate tier when it comes out, stacked with the dainty sandwiches, warm scones and various delicate treats, and the whole procedure of pouring your tea through the strainer and the adding of milk while stirring with your little spoon. Scones is…

Raspberry, Apple & Almond Breakfast Muffins

On weekdays I usually have a protein-rich cereal with skim milk and some fruit, but on the weekends it can slide significantly depending on what’s in the house. Sometimes I stay good and have some delicious golden toasted sourdough with a thick slather of lush avocado, or if there’s cake and muffins in the house,…

Madeleines

Sometimes when a birthday rolls around and if the friend whose birthday it is doesn’t have a specific item in mind they want, I will bake them something. For the effort that is spent over the course of an afternoon or evening measuring together quite cheap ingredients and turning out something that smells beautiful and…

Gillian Adams Salon & Spa

‘Oh look what they’ve added over there!’ ‘And there’s the music shop that I bought my first guitar at!’ ‘That bakery is still there! I remember they had amazing custard tarts.’ After having left my old suburb of Turramurra on the North Shore for 13 years, driving back along the highway was really such a…

Coffee Caramel Shortbreads

It has been a whole month of me not baking. My apartment overseas doesn’t have an oven, so when I returned two weeks ago I rapturously embraced my old, creaky, temperamental oven with much fondness. And old it is, for it not even has a light inside and every time I want to check on…

Orange & Almond Victorian Sponge

When looking at the recipe for this cake, it looked decidedly like it should have been photographed in sepia. This is certainly a little more of an old-fashioned cake, in comparison to the ‘fad’ cakes of today, such as the croquembouche and macaron towers of terror. I find there’s little appreciation for good, old-fashioned classics…

Orange & Almond Biscotti

Today was the day I submitted my (hopefully) last ever assessment task for my double degree of a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws. It has been an indescribable experience over these last five years…. At 7am I had a hunchback and stiff neck from sitting in front of my laptop for the…