I didn’t bake much while I was pregnant last year. It’s weird, but I actually lost my baking mojo. I wanted to bake a lot, but every time I did, I messed it up. Even with simple things I’d made before. I just couldn’t get things right, so I gave up in the end. But lately I’ve been overcome again with the urge to bake. However, with a small baby and an almost five year old I don’t have a heap of time to spend in the kitchen yet. So I started with something relatively simple: Napolitaines.
These are a Mauritian biscuit (cookie) that I fell in love with the moment the crumbly shortbread crossed my lips for the first time about seventeen years ago. And they are ridiculously easy to make because the shortbread only has two ingredients and then you just ice them. Too easy, right?
I don’t make cookies and cakes with nuts in them because my daughter has a nut allergy. But recently I was overtaken by the urge to make a really nice, soft peanut butter cookie. I do have a peanut cookie recipe in my favourite recipe book, but I wanted something super soft and chocolate-y, which… Continue reading ->
If you’ve ever been inside an Italian bakery, chances are you’ve seen and maybe even purchased crostoli. Well, let me introduce you to frappe, crostoli’s far, far superior sibling. Growing up with an Italian grandmother meant we were treated to all kinds of delicious savoury Italian meals – pasta and the best damn sauce I’ve… Continue reading ->
It’s no secret that I love cinnamon. Particularly cinnamon and sugar in some kind of cake or doughnut form. So recently when I saw a recipe in a baking group I’m in I had to save it and give it a try. It’s for a sort of cake, that actually has the texture of something… Continue reading ->
If there’s one thing I bake fairly consistently it’s banana cake and banana muffins. We never seem to consume the bananas I buy at the supermarket, so at least once a month I come into the kitchen in the morning and realise there are two bananas that I need to use immediately or throw them… Continue reading ->
I’ve been AWOL here lately, I know. It’s a combination of having a bunch of stuff going on in our new house, being sick all week, and just trying to do a bunch of stuff that I can blog about later (watch movies, read books, catch up on TV). And it’s also been a little… Continue reading ->
It was the RSPCA Cupcake Day on Monday this week, and everyone at my workplace really gets into it. There are always heaps of different flavours, beautiful decorations and we can buy 3 of them for seven bucks. Bargain, right? I wasn’t sure what I was going to make until about a month ago when… Continue reading ->
I’ve been buying a lot of raspberries lately. They’re not cheap, but they’re not too expensive either (compared to blueberries at the moment anyway!). I’ve also realised that for some reason I have an abundance of desiccated coconut in my pantry and that I need to use it up and/or stop buying it. Probably both…. Continue reading ->
Seems like a lie to categorise this post under ‘baking’ and then have something that is actually not technically baked in the oven. But it’s all time spent in the kitchen using appliances, and the end result is a delicious dessert dish, so let’s not argue over semantics. We had dinner at a friend’s house… Continue reading ->
And do you know why? Because of all the FOOOOOOOOOOD! Specifically, baked goods! It’s no secret that I enjoy baking. But throughout the year, unless someone asks me to do cupcakes or a cake, my baking is usually a batch of muffins or a simple cake for the week. I rarely try anything adventurous, which… Continue reading ->