Introduction

Hello!  Welcome to my blog on cooking and baking.  Those who do know me, knows that I love baking.  I love reading and collecting recipes, whether they be from cookbooks, friends, work colleagues and the Internet.  In the last year or two, I have been baking, whether from my recipes collection or trying our new recipes,…

Malted Milk Blondies Slice

A brownie with a difference!  It has a lovely aroma and flavour from the malted milk powder.  It is dense, moreish and has the crunch from the maltesers found within….  It doesn’t matter that the slice isn’t ‘fully’ cooked through, as you may want the gooey bits found in the middle.  Store the slice in…

Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Quiche

This is a lovely vegetarian quiche that is full of flavour.  The use of roasted pumpkin and chargrilled capsicum takes it to another level.  The chargrilled capsciums can be prepared a few days in advance and the roasted pumpkin earlier in the day.  The assembly of the quiche is simple and quick.  Try having a…

Brown Butter and Pecan Blondies

A simple, fudgy brownie-like slice, filled with pecans and chocolate bits.  You can use chunkier size chocolate pieces if you wish.  This is another melt, mix and bake type of recipe.  The step involving browning the butter is worth it – it gives the slice a delicious nutty aroma and flavour. 230g unsalted butter 2…

Malted Milk Slice (or Milo Slice)

A lovely, moist and slightly chewy slice.  It is ridiculously easy to make, it is literally a melt, mix and bake type recipe.  The original recipe uses Milo powder, which I’m sure will taste delicious.  However, I still had some Malted Milk drink powder left after making the (decadent) Chocolate Caramel Biscuit Slice. 3/4 cup…

Homemade Lemon Butter (Lemon Curd)

Homemade Lemon Butter is simply divine!  The colour is much more vibrant, more deeper yellow.  The flavour has more lemony zing to it and it has a lovely firm velvety custard-like texture.  The commercially produced Lemon Butter just doesn’t compare – often it is slightly runny and pale in colour and on the sweet side. …

Blueberry Friand Slice

I do like a nice friand cake but making them can be quite fiddly when you need to grease individual friand tins… Then, I came across this recipe.  Rather than making individual friands, you make this recipe in a slice tin!  It is lovely, light and moist textured which is dotted with seasonal fresh blueberries. …

Blueberry and Lemon Sour Cream Cake

This is a lovely moist cake that has a subtle hint of lemon and is filled with juicy plump blueberries. The use of sour cream helps to keep a firm and moist texture.  If the cake lasts for more than one day, it does keep well in a container and stored in the fridge.  The…

Chilli Con Carne

This version of Chilli Con Carne uses beef chuck that has been cut into small cubes, rather than minced beef.  Whether you use chunky pieces or minced beef, the end result will equally be delicious!  The original recipe used 1 teaspoon chili powder but my tolerance for spicy food is quite low!   I love the…

Dutch Pancake with Blueberries

A custardy-like pancake with blueberries you oven bake until spectacularly puffed.  This delicious dessert is very easy to make.  It is similar to the French’s Clafoutis dessert dish.  Serve it with a dusting of icing sugar and some vanilla ice-cream and or cream. ¾ cup (180 ml) milk 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2…

Simple Prawn and Broccolini Stir fry

This is a quick and simple stir fry to make.  I found this recipe in the latest Coles Supermarket magazine.  The peeling of the raw prawns is fiddly and the only thing that adds time to the preparation of making this dinner.  I know that supermarkets often offer peeled prawns and the temptation is there…

Blueberry Sour Cream Slice

Blueberries are a delicious berries to use in baking.  This slice is perfect to showcase the lovely plumb blueberries in a custardy-like mixture made with sour cream on a shortbread-like base. Base: 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 125g unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Filling: 250g fresh…

Kingston Biscuit Slice

For those who loves the Arnott’s Kingston Biscuits, will like this slice recipe.  Kingston Biscuits are basically two crunchy coconutty oats biscuits sandwiched with chocolate ganache.  This slice contains the flavour of these biscuits.  The base has a slightly crunchy, yet chewy oaty coconut base, topped with a chocolate icing and crumbed Kingston biscuits. 2…

Roast Vegetables Frittata

I was deciding what I was going to cook for dinner tonight.  I had these vegetables in the fridge that needed to be used.  I hate wasting food!  Frittata is very easy to make and it does make a very satisfying meal.  You do need to have potatoes and eggs, along with some onions and…

Polenta and Almond Pound Cake

This is a lovely, moist and fluffy cake.  It has a subtle citrus flavour, depending on whether the lemon or orange is used.  This cake is also gluten free.  To source either finely ground polenta, which sometimes can be called Maize flour (not to be confused with corn flour which it has a completely different…

Jam Polenta Bars

This is a lovely slice that has a slight grittiness from the polenta mixed with almond meal.  This recipe could potentially be gluten free, if the self-raising flour was replaced with the gluten free version.  The jam used in this recipe was cherry, but any flavoured jam or whatever you have opened can be used…

Oaty Chocolate Fudge Slice

This slice contains a buttery oat mixture that forms the base and crumble to cover a fudgy chocolate filling that has a brownie-like texture.  If you would like to have a bit more texture, stir through a packet of white chocolate chips after the final step in making the chocolate filling.  This slice is very…

Chocolate Oat Slice

This is a very moreish slice – it has a buttery chewy oat base topped with a fudgy chocolate with some walnuts.  Better still, this slice is easy and cheap to make! And it will make a lot too – perfect if you need to bring something for morning tea at work or you are…

Homemade Muesli Bars (Breakfast Bars)

This is a very delicious crunchy, yet slightly chewy in the middle bars filled with oats, dried fruits and a hint of chocolate chips.  It is ridiculously easy to make!  What is interesting about this recipe is that the dry ingredients are combined together using a can of sweetened condensed milk…  It actually works.  I…

The Best Hedgehog Slice

The first time I ever had a Hedgehog slice was from my school’s canteen a.k.a the tuckshop (why it was called this, I don’t know).  It was the best slice!  The portion size was huge and generous.  It was also full of chunks of biscuits in a yummy chocolate mixture with a hint of coconut.  Since…

Baked ‘Rocky Road’ Slice

This is a very yummy slice!  I don’t think calling this a ‘Rocky Road’ slice is quite right.  I think it was given this name because it has some of the elements of a rocky road – the nuts, dried fruits and marshmallows. I do love the combination of these flavours in a creamy filling…

Malteser Slice

This slice is for the chocolate fans! And it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser too. Despite the richness from the chocolate, the crushed biscuits and Maltesers provide the crunch and texture.  It is simple and quick to make – most of the mixture is made using a saucepan. Even better, the ‘the baking’ is…

Peach Jam Yoghurt Crumble Slice

This delicious slice is very easy to make. My mum made some chunky peach jam using peaches from my tree. The chunky pieces of fruit in the jam helps to give some texture. The yoghurt topping is light and creamy with a very subtle hint of honey.  The crumble or streusel ties the whole slice…

Spiced Apple Custard Tea Cake

This is a lovely vanilla tea cake topped with spiced apples.  Once you cut a piece, you will noticed there is a layer of custard inside the tea cake!  What more can you ask for? Apples, spices and custard…  classic combinations!  This recipe will take some time to do, but you will be rewarded with…

Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Slice

The original recipe called this a Lamington Slice.  However, this slice is very much like the classic Raspberry Coconut Slice recipe (I will provide this recipe later).  The only difference is the base, which is chocolate flavoured.  The base has a lovely chocolate shortbread type texture with a layer of jam and topped with a…