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12 sweet Muffins - master recipe
This master recipe allows you to adapt a batch of muffins to the ingredients you have available. Add spices, nuts, fruit or chocolate, play around and develop your own favourites. Ingredients 2 cups self raising flour ½ tsp baking powder...
Apricot Shortcake Tray Bake
Melt in the mouth shortcake with a tart apricot filling, perfect for afternoon tea or serve warm for dessert with a scoop of ice-cream. Ingredients 500-600g stewed apricots – 2 generous cups – crushed and cooled 500g plain flour 2...
Banana cake is a favourite for picnics as well as dressing up nicely with cream or frosting for a special occasion. The recipe can easily be doubled – one for now and one for the freezer; or for a really...
Banana Walnut Loaf (banana bread)
This is an easy cake to make for a picnic. I assemble the whole thing in the processor taking care not to over mix but it’s easy to make without one. Banana loaf is lovely in thick slices warm from...
Beetroot and Feta Tarts
You'll need to allow an extra 40 minutes if making your own onion jam, (see below for recipe), it's very easy and cheap or use store-bought onion jam if you prefer, it's an easy recipe to double and the tarts are...
Boob-alicious Shortbread Biscuits
I created these bikkies as an option for raising funds for Breast Cancer Research – easily packaged in twos in cellophane bags they're ideal for selling in the office or at a cake stall. The frosting bra’s are really fun...
A breakfast bar should be like a portable bowl of cereal, nourishing, filling and not too full of sugar. It should contain some whole grains or complex carbohydrates for energy and some fibre. This recipe is a good foundation, you...
Bunny Butt Cupcakes
These cute as a button cupcakes don't require any actual decorating skills, and they are cheap and fun to make. You can also make them dairy free; substitute the butter for a dairy free spread and replace milk with rice...
These pancakes are light and fluffy, delicious with lashings of maple syrup. The recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on the number of people you are serving. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups plain flour – or substitute with GF flour...
Chocolate and Spice Scrolls
These make a nice alternative to Hot Cross buns for people who don’t like dried fruit. If you don’t have a big square cake tin to bake them in just bake them on a tray they’ll be a little more...
Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Brownie Bars
This indulgent dessert makes a drop dead delicious finish to a meal, or cut in bite size bits to take to an event or shared morning tea. Both brownie and cheesecake freeze well for a few weeks. Ingredients 150g butter,...
Chocolate Nutella Tart
This chocolate tart is always a hit. The delicate chocolate pastry makes a little more than needed, so I cut the remainder into cookies, (see tip below) which when baked are really good sandwiched together with Nutella or jam, If...
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
This cake uses apple puree to keep the total sugar and fat content lower than traditional recipes; the resulting cake is fudgy and tender with a good chocolate flavour and no hint of the courgettes which help keep it moist....
Christmas Mince Pies
I think the thing that makes bought mince pies such a letdown and homemade ones so good, is that the bought ones are far too sweet. The pastry needs to be a contrast to the sweet filling. I make a...
Scones take only around 20 minutes to make from scratch. They cost less than $2.00 to make and provide 12 – 15 filling fresh scones. They will provide energy from carbohydrate, and are not high in fat like pies or...
Classic Spice and Fruit Hot Cross Buns
This recipe makes around 24 great buns. I like to arrange the buns in a circle on the tray because in the Christian tradition the circle symbolises God's unending love but you can arrange them anyway you like. Ingredients Dough...
Date and Orange Scones
Scones are quick and cheap to make, reasonably healthy and very filling. This recipe makes very light cakey scones due to the addition of an egg. Try all sorts of sweet and savoury versions. Scones are best eaten fresh, leftovers...
Double Chocolate Danish Scrolls
Great with a cuppa or as an alternative to Hot Cross buns for people who don’t like dried fruit. I arrange these in a circle as in the Christian tradition a circle symbolises God's unending love, but you can do them...
Easy Almond and Berry Tart (Baptism Sunday Almond Tart)
Our annual church picnic is an informal affair where everyone shares their picnic. I am always asked for the recipe for the simple almond tart that it has become my habit to take. So in the spirit of the "baptism...
Easy Fruit Tarts
These easy fruit tarts taste really good, look pretty and are so simple an 8 yr old can make them. I use apple most often as that is what we usually have available but sliced plums, pears, peaches, nectarines or preserved,...