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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Rich Vegan Fruit Loaf (dairy-free, egg-free)

There’s nothing quite like a thick slab of fruit loaf with a steaming mug of tea. Especially when you’re chained to your desk writing a thesis. I really adore this loaf because it is so moist, so filling and so downright rich you don’t even notice that it’s vegan.

I also love this loaf because it’s flexible. If you hadn’t noticed by now, my favourite recipes have a little wriggle room and can be readily adapted for what’s in the pantry.  Continue reading “Rich Vegan Fruit Loaf (dairy-free, egg-free)”

Oat Fruit & Nut Cookies

Hey folks!

Whenever I bake cookies I always seem to end up raving about how much I love baking cookies… and this post is no exception! These biscuits really are great, especially because they are soooooo flexible. You can add whatever you want, and you can make the dough in advance, and just bake ’em when you’re ready! When I made these, I prepared the dough on the weekend (which really doesn’t take very long) and kept it in the fridge so on a weeknight I could quickly whip up fresh cookies to take to work the next day. So easy! Continue reading “Oat Fruit & Nut Cookies”

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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My first ‘Key’ Lime Pie

Well, it seems that I’m on a bit of an American kick with my baking lately. Possibly because I’m off to San Francisco in a couple of weeks for a conference. I can’t wait!!!

Limes are normally so expensive, so when I saw a big bag of them at the Chinese supermarket for $4, I couldn’t resist! The aroma of lime brings to mind so many fond memories, largely involving cocktails! 😀 I decided it was high time I made my first Key Lime Pie.  Continue reading “My first ‘Key’ Lime Pie”

Snickerdoodles

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Introducing a biscuit with the most bizarre name… the Snickerdoodle! Before joining the baking blogging scene, I had never heard of these tasty little treats. In the last 17 months (!) I’ve seen recipes for these pop up in my WordPress reader now and again.

I knew they were biscuits, but that was about as far as it went. Despite the crazy name, my curiosity was not sufficiently peaked. Americans have all sorts of foodstuffs with weird names that are not amazing, why should these be any different? Continue reading “Snickerdoodles”

In praise of the humble banana loaf

Until yesterday, I never quite realised just how important banana loaf was to me. You see, it has always been a part of my life, something familiar and comforting, but something to which I never really paid a lot of attention. You see, banana loaf isn’t really anything special, but it has always been there in the background of life. Continue reading “In praise of the humble banana loaf”