Apple and Date French Toast
Jul15

Apple and Date French Toast

It’s another lazy breakfast made on the sandwich press! This is a sweet, delicious apple & date gluten free french toast topped with chocolate chips, cacao nibs, honey and coconut yoghurt.     Ingredients 2 pieces of bread (I’ve used burgen gluten free white bread) 1 x egg 1/4 cup almond milk 1 heaped tablespoon of coconut sugar 2 rings of freshly cut apple 6 dried dates or 3 medjool dates    ...

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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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Date & Ginger Chocolate Mud Cake
Dec13

Date & Ginger Chocolate Mud Cake

This mud cake base has been modified in so many ways, and it has never failed me yet. I’ve failed it a few times, but if you stick with the core basic ingredients and always remember to increase wet/dry ingredients to suit your variation, you’ll get some amazing cake and dessert results. This recipe is gluten and dairy free as it uses nuts and fruit to keep it delicious and moist with just a splash of milk (I use almond)...

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Quince Paste Chocolate Squares
Apr15

Quince Paste Chocolate Squares

These chocolate treats are decorated using a chocolate transfer sheet called ‘hippy’, and I cheated with a premade Quince Paste. The ingredients of Quince Paste are simply quinces, water and sugar but I like how it is served in a nice rectangular block at my local food supplier. Ingredients 1 x block quince paste from your local wholesale food supplier. Brisbane http://www.hellenefood.com.au 150g dark chocolate, for this I...

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Black Walnut Caramels
Apr08

Black Walnut Caramels

I am making some chocolates for my black and red roller derby league to give as prizes and sell at the event in our famous bake sale. I was investigating black flavours and there’s some really gross options!!! Liquorice was my first, obvious choice, but then I broadened my options a little to allow really dark plum colours. Anyway … in my searching, I obviously found lots of licorice recipes including one that brought back...

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Turkish Delight Rocky Road
Mar09

Turkish Delight Rocky Road

I visited one of my favourite suppliers in West End, Mega Continental, for some supplies and what should I find but freshly made turkish delight! The container was big enough to eat half of it and still be able to make something with the rest. Here’s the rocky road recipe I made with this delicious treat … Ingredients 150 grams couverture dark chocolate 150 grams turkish delight (this was mint flavour) 1 moderately packed...

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Sultana, Apple and Cinnamon Pikelets
Feb28

Sultana, Apple and Cinnamon Pikelets

My Nana calls these pikelets or drop scones, and serves them with honey or jam with a side of fresh cream straight from the cow. They are great served fresh and hot with a cuppa, or they can be refrigerated for a few days and served for school lunches. Ingredients 2 x eggs 1.5 cups regular or gluten free SR flour mix 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk or almond milk (if mixture is too thick to roll easily off the spoon...

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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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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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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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Buckwheat Pancakes with Caramelized Apples
Sep29

Buckwheat Pancakes with Caramelized Apples

Another gluten free alternative, but please don’t be afraid to substitute wheat flour if you don’t need the gluten free option. Buckwheat flour and wheat flour do work in a similar way, although if you aren’t comfortable with different flour yet it is strongly recommended to weigh your flour rather than using cup measurements. INGREDIENTS 1 cup buckwheat flour (or plain flour) ½ cup gluten free self raising flour (or...

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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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Rocky Road
Feb19

Rocky Road

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_road_%28dessert%29) doesn’t say much that we don’t already know about Rocky Road, but it does suggest that it was invented in Australia as a way of tricking locals into buying spoiled chocolate transported from Europe. It was mixed with nuts and other ‘filler’ which is why you can’t find a specific recipe for the original rocky road. Apparently, the name...

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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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How to Make a Chocolate Basket
Apr18

How to Make a Chocolate Basket

I posted this video back in 2011 after a chocolate making workshop where we taught a technique which we used in our family restaurant for 17 years. I didn’t think that many people would see it, especially as it was just a very rough test. But anyway … the subject is still interesting and the video explains a really easy way to make a perfect chocolate basket to serve with mousse, fruit or ice cream. Equipment Oven bag, cut...

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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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A Chocolate Kiss
Dec09

A Chocolate Kiss

A dessert or a cocktail? I guess it depends how much ice cream you use … Ingredients Baileys Creme de cacao Ice-cream Milk Chocolate flakes   Method Blend baileys, creme de cacao, a spoon (or more?!) of ice cream and a splash of milk Turn glass upsie down and lightly drag it across the top of the icecream tub to wet the top Dip in a plate of chocolate flakes Pour in blended drink and pucker up!...

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