Tia Maria Mud Cake
Feb16

Tia Maria Mud Cake

I couldn’t fit all the words in the title, but perhaps the most important thing about this cake is that it’s Gluten Friendly. I say ‘friendly’ rather than ‘free’ because neither chocolate or Tia Maria are certified gluten free, however I am able to consume both without any ‘issues’.   Ingredients – Berry Topping Blueberries Cherries Tia Maria Method – Berry Topping Wash...

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Ginger Mint Cheesecake
Jan04

Ginger Mint Cheesecake

We did a practice run on this cheesecake when we had guests over and the verdict was yummmmmm.  The ginger is quite subtle and you need very little mint. An easy way to crush biscuits is to put them into a zip lock back and hit with a rolling pin, no need to dirty a food processor or blender. Ingredients for Base 140gm sweet biscuit crumbs ( gingernuts are great) 65 gm melted butter Method for Base Crush biscuits finely add melted...

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Mixed Berry Coulis
Jan01

Mixed Berry Coulis

Coulis is basically a fancy french way to say sauce, it is simply a thin puree of fruit or vegetables. It originally only referred to meat but is now used to define many variations including fruit and vegetable sauces. This uses frozen mixed berries but you can use any berry which you have fresh and in season locally.  This method gives the coulis a lovely shiny sheen. Ingredients 250 gm fresh or frozen berries 75 gm castor sugar 50...

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Amy’s Pineapple Tart
Oct16

Amy’s Pineapple Tart

Amy was an old friend of the family who passed away a few years ago. She joined us for many special occasions like Christmas, birthdays and other celebrations. She was a fabulous baker, whipping up feasts of cakes and cookies for visitors who might happen to drop by. This Pineapple Tart is just one of many recipes belonging to Amy and has been used by Tony on the menu many times. A true Queensland dish, delicious after a summer dinner...

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Brandy Snaps

If you dare to devour this much sugar, the Brandy Snap makes a great partner to good coffee or use it to decorate a dessert. INGREDIENTS 2 tblspns golden syrup 2 oz butter 1/3 cup brown sugar ½ cup plain flour 2 tspns ground ginger pinch salt METHOD Place syrup, butter & brown sugar in saucepan stir over low heat till butter is melted sift flour, ginger & salt into bowl stir in butter mixture drop small teaspoonfuls onto...

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Pie Crusts

Biscuit Crumb Pie Shell, Coconut Pie Shell and Sweet Short Crust. These are 3 basic pie crust recipes that will help you with your dessert baking. Perfect these and you can create an unlimited amount of variations. Biscuit Crumb Pie Shell This standard biscuit base can be used for cheesecakes, caramel slice or a range of other sweets INGREDIENTS 2 cups sweet biscuit crumbs 4 oz butter 1 tsp cinnamon METHOD melt butter, stir in crumbs...

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Apricot Cheesecake
May31

Apricot Cheesecake

An old classic recipe that has been passed down for generations, this also appeared in a woman’s weekly cook book many decades ago and forms the basis of any good cheesecake. Apricot can be substituted for mango or you can experiment once you get the recipe right. INGREDIENTS Base 5 oz plain sweet biscuits 2 ½ oz butter, melted Filling 15 oz can apricot nectar 1tbl/spn  gelatine 12 oz cream cheese ½ cup castor sugar 1 tblspn...

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Traditional Fruit Puddings
Jan31

Traditional Fruit Puddings

This is a traditional fruit pudding recipe for Christmas, or perhaps Christmas in July is more suitable for this hot dessert in the Aussie climate? INGREDIENTS 200 gms butter 200gm sugar juice and rind of 1 orange 3 beaten eggs 100gm plain flour sifted 100gm white breadcrumbs 60gm chopped madacamia nuts 60gm grated carrot 650gm mixed dried fruits soaked in 150mls dark rum ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger ½ teaspoon mixed spice...

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Chocolate Teardrop

Chocolate makes an excellent bowl, or in this case walls, for holding desserts like mousse or fruit. This video is from a recent chocolate class and shows how to create this master piece. As the name suggests, we’re making a tear drop shape which will be closed in a full loop, but without a top or bottom. Watch the demo and follow the instructions below for an impressive dessert. Cut a strip of transparent film (the kind used at...

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Chocolate and Ginger Pudding
Jun30

Chocolate and Ginger Pudding

A popular dish from a restaurant winter menu featuring the delicious spice of ginger with the always welcome richness of chocolate. INGREDIENTS 150gm butter 70gm castor sugar 35 gm fresh ginger 6 egg yolks 180gm chocolate sponge crumbs 90gm ground almonds 35gm cocoa 35gm cooking chocolate grated 35ml dark rum 6 egg whites 70gm castor sugar METHOD Cream butter and sugar well Add finely grated ginger, then the yolks Blend dry...

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Mango Strudel

I hated strudel when I was a kid. I never understood why anyone would want to have fruit for a dessert when there was icecream and chocolate to choose from. But this was a regular summer dish on the restaurant menu and it was more popular than you could imagine! INGREDIENTS 2 large ripe mangoes, peeled and sliced 25 grams shredded coconut 100 grams flaked almonds ½ cup fresh white breadcrumbs 25 grams castor sugar (fine white sugar) 1...

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