Peppa Pig Picnic Strawberry Cake
Jun01

Peppa Pig Picnic Strawberry Cake

It was the 2nd birthday of my favourite mini monster, my niece, and she just LOVES Peppa Pig. For a few weeks before her b’day on our Monday babysitting day, we watched Peppa Pig Picnic Episode & planned our special birthday picnic lunch. Our special days are just 5 days apart, and our weekly day fell right in between. She had a big party on her actual birthday, but for our special birthday picnic we planned our lunch to be...

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie
May15

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

This is possibly one of the best brownie recipes ever. Srsly. Ingredients 200g belcolade dark chocolate 100g (1 cup) hazelnut meal 1 cup gf plain flour 120g butter 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup cacao powder 1/2 cup chopped dates 1/3 cup white callebaut chips Method Melt butter and dark chocolate over water bath, whisk until smooth Allow to cool for 10 minutes Whisk eggs, ready to add Add dry ingredients and mix, then...

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Easter Jars
Mar30

Easter Jars

This is a combined food and craft activity that you can do with your kids on school holidays, or yourself as a gift for friends and family this Easter. These jars are ideal for gifting home made chocolates as they have an air tight seal and are easy to clean. The jar can be customized with the recipients favourite colours, textures and flavoured chocolates inside. As someone who has long sung the praises of recycled jars, it made me...

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Salami Pizza Scrolls
Mar18

Salami Pizza Scrolls

These are made using a gluten free puff pastry which is purchased from the freezer section. Yes, I often cheat with packet items. This brand is the “Coles” variety, and it isn’t great but is quick to work with. Look for other brands at your local gluten free fair and try them out. I’ve had some great ones, and some terrible ones, but it is worth the testing because when you find a good one you can make a wide...

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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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Double Choc Cookies
Jan30

Double Choc Cookies

Double chocolate gluten free cookies are loaded with good quality dark cocoa from our local supplier, Mick’s Nuts. Raw chocolate is packed with antioxidants, so this recipe aims to be a healthy alternative to store bought cookies, despite its rich and decadent taste. This cookie is a little crumbly, and its texture is buttery but a little dry – the type of cookie that’s complimented by a cuppa. Pictured are the...

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Garlic Parmesan Cookies
Jan17

Garlic Parmesan Cookies

These can be made either with regular flours or with gluten free flours depending on your diet requirements. It is also a very simple and versatile base recipe for a savoury cookie or a flat cracker to serve with dip. I made the mix then divided it into 3 parts to test different shapes for cooking, with a special chilli flakes topper for the spice lover in the household! Ingredients 125 grams butter (or 1/2 cup olive oil for dairy...

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Chocka Mocka Mud Cake
Jan15

Chocka Mocka Mud Cake

Like the name says, its chock full of coffee but this chocolate cake is still enjoyed by non-coffee drinkers due to the delicious mud like texture and bitter sweet ganache. It is a simple variation of the flourless mud cakes and can be eaten by most gluten free folks provided you use a gluten free chocolate. It is a moist cake and is best served as a dessert, either cold or slightly heated with icecream and berries … but you...

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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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How To Modify A Recipe

In our cooking classes we are often asked by our guests how we can modify recipes with confidence. The truth is, we rarely work to a recipe and when we do it is never followed exactly. Certain ingredients will always work together in the same way and some recipes should be kept relatively untouched but others can be adjusted to create unique, original recipes that you or your family will love. If you are a little nervous about the...

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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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Almond & White Chocolate Cupcakes
Nov09

Almond & White Chocolate Cupcakes

Served with a creme cheese butterscotch frosting, these cupcakes are a decadent treat that could be served as dessert. The chocolate leaves are simply melted chocolate painted onto a shiny, clean leaf … chill then peel the leaf off gently to leave a chocolate leaf behind. Ingredients 120 grams of butter 150 grams SR flour (substitute gluten free SR flour mix) 150 grams sugar 1/4 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped almonds...

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7 Gluten Free Flour Tips

This little piece should help you get your head around the array of confusing information about flour, grains, seeds, nuts and legumes. What are gluten free flours? Here’s a list of the ones that we know of or use regularly, but a form of flour can be made from a variety of dried ingredients so let us know if you’ve created something new! Almond Meal – made from ground almonds Buckwheat Flour – made from a pink...

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Butterscotch Biscuits

A delicious caramel like biscuit, full of crunch Ingredients 4 ozs butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg vanilla essence 2 cups S.R.Flour castor sugar for rolling Method Cream butter and sugar till soft and light, add egg and a few drops of vanilla essence Mix in flour well Small balls then lightly roll in sugar Place on greased oven trays and lightly press with a fork Moderate oven for 12 minutes or till light...

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Coconut Meringues

The word meringue puts the fear into most of us but this recipe is almost foolproof.  Remember that any failure can be crushed over ice cream or set into chocolate!! Ingredients 2 egg whites, remember with meringue there can be no yolk in the whites at all 1 1/2 cups coconut 1 cup icing sugar vanilla Method Beat egg whites till stiff, add sugar gradually and beat till thick Stir in coconut and a few drops of vanilla Place spoonfuls...

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Honey Biscuits

This recipe takes quite a lot of butter , but as there is no eggs it counteracts the cost, the taste of honey makes it a beautiful biscuit Ingredients 250 gm butter 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups S.R.flour 1 1/2 cups Plain flour Method Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy Add honey, vanilla and flours and combine well Small spoonfuls onto greased trays Moderate oven 10-15 minutes or till...

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Cheesy Vegetable Bake
Oct14

Cheesy Vegetable Bake

I have made this dish at least 20 times and it has never been the same twice, but the recipe below forms the basis of what has now become one of my kitchen staples. I find it works better in winter as it is warm and wholesome, but can be served in summer with salad. I know it is time to make a vegetable bake when I have 1 or 2 of every vegetable left in the fridge but not enough to prepare a side with each – it is the ‘use...

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Gluten Free Self Raising Flour Mix Recipe

This is a simple recipe to create your own self raising flour mix to use in cupcakes, muffins, cakes or pies. Keep this handy and you will always be able to make cupcakes without resorting to packet mixes! 200 grams white rice flour 75 grams potato flour ½ teaspoon of gum (guar, xanthin – use roughly ¼ teaspoon per cup of flour) ½ teaspoon of cream of tartare 1 teaspoon of bicarb...

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