Mint Chocolate Brownie

Welcome back… to you and to me!

It has certainly been a bit of a hiatus since my last blog post. It was not really intentional, and it didn’t reflect a lack of baking, but rather an increasing devotion of all my writing energy towards my thesis. But I’m very pleased to say that I submitted that beast in February, and then spent the following month and a half in the UK/Europe. My husband was temporarily working in Hull, and we travelled to Edinburgh, Dublin, York, London and Lisbon. It was a fantastic trip and I have been inspired to try and bake some of the delicious treats I ate over there.

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Healthier Chocolate Caramel Slice (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low refined sugar)

Hello friends!

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet on the blog lately, most of my spare writing energy is channelled into thesis writing these days. I had a great time in the USA, although that feels like ages ago now. I enjoyed exploring San Francisco, the conference was excellent, and I spent a couple of days in Yosemite National Park, which was stunning! I did try one snickerdoodle in the States, but I have to say, mine were nicer. Perhaps it wasn’t so fresh.

Now, as I’ve mentioned before on the blog, I’m fairly skeptical of so-called ‘healthy baking recipes’ as they tend to be oversold by people who have forgotten what butter tastes like. But I’d seen this one extolled by people I trust (such as my friend Jess), and my curiosity was piqued. I finally got around to making it, and I have to say, I was impressed!

I wouldn’t say it tastes identical to a regular Chocolate Caramel Slice, but it’s pretty damned good, and so pleasing to know that it’s not totally bad for you. Even my husband thought it was delicious! It is easily made dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and depending on the dark chocolate you use, can have no refined sugar! Amazing!

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Alison Holst’s Lemon Square

Keep Calm & Cake

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Welcome!

I decided that since this was the most popular recipe on my blog, it was probably time it got updated with some slightly nicer photos! I’m really not that into food photography (who has time for that?! I want to taste my food, not look at it!). I know this post is only getting so many hits because I’m kind of piggy backing off Dame Alison Holst’s reputation, but I honestly mean this as a respectful tribute to her. So, thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you find this recipe helpful. It really is delicious!

wp-1468822448591.jpg This slice consists of a shortbread base with a sticky lemon topping. Very tasty.

I wrote this post when I had found out that Dame Alison Holst, the great Kiwi cook, had dementia and was no longer cooking. I grew up learning to cook and bake from her recipe…

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Easy Custard Squares

Hi all!

How’s everyone doing? I’m enjoying being back on the blog and loving the sudden introduction to spring we’ve gotten lately! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous, we’ve put our clocks forward so we’re getting sunny evenings, and the supermarket shelves are starting to fill up with my favourite summer produce at reasonable prices! Yay for asparagus, capsicums and avocados! It has really lifted my spirits which have been suffering a severe bout of PhD blues. Continue reading “Easy Custard Squares”

Heavenly Coconut Slice

Hello everyone, how’ve you been?

I’ve been fairly busy, both in and out of the kitchen. I haven’t had anything particularly noteworthy to share with you until a few days ago, but I thought I might do another little compilation like I did a few posts ago to catch you up with what I’ve been making. Continue reading “Heavenly Coconut Slice”

Spiced Mexican Brownie

Guys… I have something very exciting to share. I actually think this is one of the best brownie recipes I’ve ever baked. It’s a big call, I know. But this one is good, oh so good! It’s chocolatey (but it doesn’t even need melted chocolate!), sweet (but perfectly balanced with spice!), cakey (but still chewy!)… mmmmm, I am very pleased. Continue reading “Spiced Mexican Brownie”

Alison Holst’s Lemon Square

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Welcome!

I decided that since this was the most popular recipe on my blog, it was probably time it got updated with some slightly nicer photos! I’m really not that into food photography (who has time for that?! I want to taste my food, not look at it!). I know this post is only getting so many hits because I’m kind of piggy backing off Dame Alison Holst’s reputation, but I honestly mean this as a respectful tribute to her. So, thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you find this recipe helpful. It really is delicious! Continue reading “Alison Holst’s Lemon Square”