When life gives you lemons…

…make lemon loaf! I have always wanted a lemon tree but have never had one of my own. The thought of having to pay for lemons abhors me so I have only ever made lemony treats when I have been able to score a bag (or two) of them from a friend or neighbour with…

caramel oat slice

This has got to be one of the most delicious baked slices I have ever tasted! You can kid yourself into thinking it is healthy because it has rolled oats in it (oats are a superfood you know!) but the truth is, it really should be served with a defibrillator on standby. I was given a…

Hydrangea Cake

Google It’s been a while since I have been creative in the kitchen. My new camera has been taking up most of my attention and I have been photographing everything except food – supposedly the reason I got the camera was to take better photos of my kitchen creations, but oh no, the creations of…

coconut cake

My mother is the best source of recipes. In fact, she should be running this blog. She out bakes anyone I know. Including me. Now that my boys aren’t at home with me, I probably only bake once a month and even then it only gets eaten if I take it to work. I tried this cake…

Baking Basics–Preparing your tins

OK, so not the most interesting of topics but I thought it would be good to get a series of baking basics posts together for absolute beginners. I have detailed below the steps to preparing round cake tins as square ones are so much easier to figure out than the round ones with their curvaceousness….

‘tis the season to bake a christmas cake

About a week ago I was walking through town and passed a shop that was already decked out for Christmas. It was still October, but it got me thinking about how fast this year has gone by, and how quickly the next few weeks will disappear and it really will be Christmas! I have not…

in the pink

Today I made a cake. You may not think that is unusual for me given past posts on this ‘ole blog of mine, but in recent months I have not ventured into the baking zone very often. Today though, I had the urge to create something pretty. And tasty. There was also the realisation that…

brookies

Sometimes when I am browsing recipes online I see one that just shouts out “MAKE ME NOW!”. And this is one of them. One look at the photo had me drooling and it has occupied my thoughts for a couple of weeks now. Brookies – a brownie base with a cookie topping. The best of…

lime, poppy and pineapple syrup cake

I am a bit ‘over’ chocolate at the moment. Even my kids are. The scrummy Chocolate slice that usually disappears within a day or two of making it has lasted four days in the fridge so far – and there is still over half of it left. Very strange indeed. When I saw this recipe…

coconut cake

125 g butter 1/2 teaspoon coconut essence 1 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup dessicated coconut 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 300 g sour cream 80 mls milk Preheat oven to 180 C Grease square cake tin and line with non-stick baking paper Beat butter, essence and sugar until light and fluffy. beat in…