Apricot, Fig, Orange and White Chocolate Pan Forte
Pan forte is the ideal cake to make as a Christmas gift as it gets better over a week or two, so its perfect for making ahead or taking away on holiday after Christmas. The name simply means "strong bread"...
Cranberry and Orange Easter Tea Ring
A bit of a show-stopper my Easter Tea Ring is great for a gathering, work morning tea or family treat. The dough is spiced like a hot cross bun, the spiral filling is a simple spiced butter but the hint of orange,...
All Purpose Pizza Dough
Using my microwave proofing method this dough is quick to make, in fact it's so easy a homemade pizza is a great option for a weeknight. This recipe makes 1 big 34cm “family size” thick crust pizza or 2x30cm thin-crust...
Cinnamon and Raisin Cookies
You can substitute raisins with cranberries or sultanas or a combination if you prefer. Ingredients 225g butter 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 300 g plain flour 200g rolled oats 2 eggs 1 ½ tsp...
Chocolate Chippie Biscuits
This recipe is a much loved fan favourite. It makes a lot, around 5-6 dozen cookies, brilliant when you want a treat to send off to camp with the kids or take away on holiday. The dough can also be...
Porridge
Struggling to keep the household supplied with bread? Porridge is a more nutritious option as oats are a legitimate nutrition powerhouse. They’re low GI and depending on your sensitivity can be suitable for GF diets too. Great for filling the...
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...
Cafe Pancakes
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 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....
Fudge Cake Slice
This no bake slice recipe is a Kiwi classic that turns a packet of plain biscuits into something much more exciting. Cut it into slices for the kids or tiny squares as a treat with your cuppa, it also freezes...
Breakfast Bars
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...
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
Red velvet cake has become very fashionable. The contrast between the cream coloured frosting and the striking red tinted interior makes it a serious contender as show- off cakes go. Buttermilk makes the batter very tender and I think its...
Rock Cakes
One of the first things I baked as a child – some people call them “children’s cakes” because they are so easy and quick to make, they are ideal for impatient eager young bakers. Rock cakes are a bit like...
Pumpkin Seeded Beer Bread
Beer bread is incredibly simple to make. I like to rest it for ½ an hour before baking which lightens the texture but if pressed for time you can mix and bake immediately. Like scones and other quick breads its...
Passionfruit Custard Slice
Lovers of this bakery classic will be delighted by a customisable home-made option. Swap the passionfruit for vanilla, or lemon or whatever flavour you fancy. Ingredients 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, defrosted ½ cup custard powder ½ cup caster sugar...
Mitey-Cheese Scrolls
This easy yeast bread recipe makes lovely savoury cheesy scrolls. Great for filling up the kids or serve with a warming soup on a chilly night. Ingredients 3 cups plain flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp sugar  1/2 sachet instant...
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...
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...
Hot Cross Buns - Apricot and Chocolate Chip
Spicy delicious Hot Cross Buns with tangy dried apricot and sweet chocolate chips for those who want an alternative to the classic Easter buns.The “hands-on” time for homemade bread is only around 15-20 min but it does need time to...
Light as Air 2 Layer Sponge Cake with Berries and Cream Filling
Light as air sponge layer cakes are easier to make than you might think. There are a few little tricks that certainly help though. Use room temperature eggs as cold eggs don’t whip well. Don’t omit the salt from the...
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