• Cheesy bacon dip

    Have you ever had a cheesy bacon dip that is in the middle of a big cob loaf?  And you use the bread chunks that have been hollowed out to scoop the dip out?  And you sit there eating it until you either make yourself sick or it’s all gone?  No?  I’ve never done that either… (do you believe me?) This is that recipe. Ingredients large round loaf of bread 350g sour cream 350g bacon, cooked and crumbled 250g cream cheese, at room temperature 250g grated cheese 1/3 cup sliced spring onions Method Preheat oven…

  • Baking fails!

    So I spend some weekends baking up a storm, and then forget to take photos to add to the blog.  So when I go to publish recipes that I have either created or amended from their original (it’s not often I will not play with a recipe when I bake) I have no photo.  So, because of this I have a bunch of draft posts, with no photos… I also have some massive baking (and decorating) fails, and I usually remember to take photos of them.  Anyway, it’s hard to…

  • Mixed berry cheesecake

    Summer in Australia can be brutal – and as we move towards the end of the seemingly constant stream of 30°C plus days, I felt the need to indulge in a light, cool dessert.  Lo and behold, the mixed berry cheesecake.  Yum! Ingredients 250g plain biscuits (I use Arnott’s Butternut Snap, so an ‘oaty’ biscuit is great) 100g butter 250g cream cheese 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup thickened cream 1 tsp lemon zest 1 tsp lemon juice 3 tsp powdered gelatine dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water 2 cups mixed…

  • Hummingbird cake

    This cake is a favourite – it’s sweet and moist, but not over the top.  It has that fulfilling ‘tea cake’ feel to it, which I think comes through with the cinnamon and fruit taste to it.  And if you like Banana Bread, then you should absolutely love this too! Ingredients 1 cup plain flour 1/2 cup self raising flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp bi-carb soda 3/4 cup caster sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 bananas, mashed 200g crushed pineapple in juice, not drained Method Preheat…

  • Carrot cake

    There is absolutely nothing better in autumn than home made carrot cake, made with the carrots you’ve pulled out of your garden.  Autumn is the season I associate with apples, carrots, pumpkin and falling leaves – this is mostly because I always forget to plant my carrots until mid-end of spring! The cake itself is dairy-free and nut-free, but if you would like to add Cream Cheese Frosting or walnuts, then you absolutely have that option (I like both!). Ingredients 1.5 cups self-raising flour 1.25 cups brown sugar 1 tsp…

  • Cream cheese frosting

    There is NOTHING better than a super delicious frosting for a cake, and there isn’t a frosting much better than cream cheese frosting. I could be super biased, but I think this is best cream cheese frosting I’ve ever made.  This frosting is best on citrus and berry based cakes, such as orange and poppyseed cake, carrot cake, or even a sneaky swipe on banana bread. Ingredients 250g cream cheese 1/4 cup orange juice 1 tbsp orange rind 5 cups icing sugar Method Literally just throw it all in your…

  • Orange and Poppyseed Cake

    There is nothing I like better than a tart citrus-based cake…  Well, except a really good chocolate cake!  But orange and poppyseed is definitely one of my favourites. Ingredients 50g butter 2 tbsp grated orange rind 1 cup caster sugar 1 eggs 1/4 cup orange juice 1 cup self-raising flour 2 tbsp poppyseeds 1/3 cup milk Method Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced), and grease a 6cm/2″ deep, 22cm/9″ round cake tin. Add butter, rind, sugar, egg, orange juice, flour and milk into a large bowl and mix well. Add…

  • Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

    One of my ‘go-to’ recipes is my cookies and cream cheesecake.  It’s relatively simple and very delicious – a definite crowd pleaser.  It is based on my white chocolate cheesecake recipe, but I make it as a larger slab type recipe for bigger groups.  It has the potential to last up to a week in the refrigerator – but alas, it has never lasted that long with my friends and family. Crust: Ingredients 500g Oreo cookies 120g butter Method Put the Oreos into a food processor and blend until fine…

  • Banana bread with cream cheese swirl

    So, I know I warned you that I make a lot of cheesecake – and this (technically) isn’t cheesecake, but it might as well be.  It’s the most delicious combination of cheesecake with banana bread (or cake – whatever you want to call it). Ingredients Banana bread/cake: 125g butter (melted) 1 cup plain flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup buttermilk* 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk 3 ripe bananas (mashed) Cream cheese swirl: 375g cream cheese (softened) 2 tbsp plain flour 2…