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Category: Baking

The very best Apple Tart.

IMG_9955[1]This is the apple tart that started my obsession with pastry. The ridiculously quick and easy shortcrust will completely revolutionize your dessert repertoire and possibly turn you into a Queen of Tarts just like me! Read the rest of this entry »

Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls and Poppy Seed Crackers.

IMG_9922[1]These rolls and crackers use the same dough base but produce two very different yummy treats…both are ridiculously easy.

I was motivated to make them because I’d learnt how to harvest poppy seeds over the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Traditional Christmas Shortbread

img_20151209_141731.jpgWhat do you bring to dinner when the hostess says, “Just bring yourselves!”

Of course I’d bring wine…lots, but at this festive time of year it just doesn’t seem enough. A big bunch of flowers can be nice but a pain in the ass if the busy hostess has to stop what she’s doing and find a vase. Then there’s the useless knickknacks that don’t quite match the stylish interior or the high-end body wash that you stole from the overpriced hotel in New York…she knew the brand, she’d stayed there too!

Shortbread is the answer! Tastes good, looks pretty and can be served at the end of the night when the hostess can’t be stuffed trying to find something to serve with coffee! Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Tart…an easy festive season treasure!

IMG_6811[1]Chocolate pastry, chocolate filling and sweet summer berries. What’s not to love?

“Looks tricky?” I hear you say.

Nah…it’s so bloody easy. No rolling, no resting, no blind baking, no shrinkage. This pastry (and its sinfully rich filling) is so simple to make that I’m sure you too will add it to your dessert repertoire and be the star of your next dinner party!
My dessert posts have all been a bit tarty since discovering the original recipe for this easy short crust pastry in Cooks Illustrated about a year ago. Since then I’ve been on a mission to convert the pastry to whatever suits the mood…sweet, nutty, savoury, and today… chocolaty!

So let’s get baking! Read the rest of this entry »

Potato Pizza by the Metre…and learning how to whack the cork off a champagne bottle using a bloody big Saber!

IMG_9565[1]What do you serve if you decide to have a last-minute, casual dinner for quite a few people, are too lazy to shop and don’t want to blow a fortune on home delivered junk food?

You make Pizza of course…Potato, Italian Sausage and that old favorite, ‘Fridge Clean’ (cheese on top of all that stuff that’s bordering on going off in your fridge!!!). Read the rest of this entry »

Easy as Lemon Meringue Pie

IMG_9373[1]I’d been away for six weeks, missed my family, so I did a quick ring around to organise a Sunday night dinner.

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Oysters, a fish called Spot and a foodie trip with Lorraine Eaton on the Eastern Shore

IMG_9273[1] Jane got a call from her friend Lorraine who wondered if we’d like to do a trip north to Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The oyster season had begun and I was more than interested. You see Lorraine Eaton is the food writer for The states main newspaper, The Virginian Pilot, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the culinary secrets of this glorious part of the world.

It took a millisecond to say “Yes!” Read the rest of this entry »

Mum’s Legendary Chocolate Cake

IMG_7338[1]It’s moist, sticky, irresistibly chocolaty, ridiculously easy to bake and is even yummier the next day!

August is the month where all those Christmas party conceptions come to bear. Nearly every day we seem to be celebrating the birthday of a family member or close friend. We don’t go much on gift giving excesses but we do like to celebrate these special days with food and more specifically Mum’s chocolate birthday cake. Read the rest of this entry »