Autumn Fig Upside Down Cake

April 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Fig Upside Down Cake

Figs are in season (in Australia), which is the only time that they’re worth eating. Make this cake, it’s very easy. I added yogurt and lemon rind to David Lebovitz’s cake recipe because normally upside down cakes use tart fruit like pineapples or cherries or plums (as you would for a clafoutis), but figs are so rich and sweet, I figured I could balance them with a bit of tartness in the cake.

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Melting Moments (are easy)

September 11, 2012 § 3 Comments


I am employed again! Which is great and means I can lash out and buy the quality butter, which is also good because did you know Melting Moments (aka Yoyos) are mostly butter? Well, you do now. Just like pastry, which I’ve come to realise is essentially butter, with just enough flour added to hold it up.

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Magic Coconut Pie

August 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Impossible Pie, Easiest Coconut Pie Recipe, Coconut Dessert
Aka Impossible Pie, this incredibly simple and quick cake recipe turns into an almost-pie after cooking, with a smooth base, custardy middle, and chewy coconut top.

I left this one about 15 minutes too long in the oven so it’s overly brown on top (I was doing my dismal tax return), but it still tasted perfect. And look at those layers! This is a recipe you can, and should, learn by heart.

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Alfajores with Dulce de Leche

August 12, 2012 § 5 Comments


One day we’re all going to get over this salted caramel thing.

But it is not this day.

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Honey Joys

August 3, 2012 § 2 Comments

Yes, I am really giving you a recipe for honey joys. A recipe which you can find on the back of the box of the main ingredient required to make them. Really. But not so much because I think you need the recipe, but because perhaps you forgot that honey joys exist?

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Sugar Cookies

June 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sugar cookies always seemed to me like something you bake at Christmas and no one really enjoys that much because they are plain and dull.

I was wrong.

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Chewy Chocolate & Salt Flake Cookies

May 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

My housemate was recently given a big box of Murray River Salt Flakes. On hearing this I was immediately worried that perhaps we’d forgotten his birthday, because why else would someone get such a luxurious gift? Clearly that is mad, and I should just get a grip and buy myself some decent salt. But I don’t need to anymore because my housemate has some!

Anyway. The second thing I thought of on seeing the salt was that I could make choc-chip cookies with salt flakes. Yum. And I did, and they were excellent and I think I’ve finally found a recipe for choc-chip cookies that is adequately American-tasting and a bit grown-up.

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