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Sticky buns

Sticky buns...

Sticky buns I can seldom pass a bakery without stopping in to see what is coming out of the oven and sticky buns have got to be a real weakness for me and making them is quite a process but worth every minute when you see them come out of the oven and get to dig in while they are still hot. I’ve also been known to smother them in custard for a real treat. This recipe makes 9 sticky buns in a 20x20cm cake tin. Baking...
Simple apple cake

Simple apple cake...

Easy Italian apple cake This easy apple cake recipe is ideal as a hot dessert with cream or as a tea time cake served cold. It’s a really simple recipe and while the apples are sweet and delicious in the shops right now, you are going to want to try this one. Use nice large golden delicious apples they work perfectly but any good apple will be fine. The beauty of this cake is that it is really simple to make and...
Cream cheese icing

Cream cheese icing...

Best Cream cheese icing Cream cheese icing is what you would normally find on a carrot cake and using this recipe exactly as it is makes enough to cover the top and sides of a 25cm round cake. The icing is not very sweet but creamy and really delicious. It’s a very versatile recipe so if you like your icing sweeter, add a 1/4 cup of icing sugar to the mix and to make a chocolate version, add the extra sugar and...
Banana bread with pecans

Banana bread with pecans...

Moist Banana bread This is a really easy banana bread recipe that is moist and will satisfy you day or night. The pecan nuts add such a wonderful texture to the banana bread that you really don’t want to leave them out. This recipe is from an old recipe book that never fails to turn out perfectly so give it a try, you will be very glad you did. If you prefer a more traditional easy banana bread recipe try this easy...
Easy Baked Cheesecake

Easy Baked Cheesecake...

Baked Cheesecake Don’t let the few ingredients of this cheesecake recipe put you off, it is a really tasty baked cheesecake. I actually prerfer baked cheesecakes to fridge style cheesecakes, they just seem more posh and the custard powder in this one does wonders to the flavour. Cheesecake is not meant to be low fat and this one is no exception, so if you are dieting this one is not for you. What you need Crust 120g...
Easy impressive chocolate cake

Easy impressive chocolate cake...

Impressive chocolate cake Here is a real winner of a chocolate cake recipe. It is foolproof and from start to eating is about 1 and a 1/2 hours with 1 hour being the baking time. It’s a really fantastic chocolate cake that is soft, moist, delicious and if you are looking for a chocolate cake to impress without any hassles, this is it. The real secret to this recipe is getting the baking time right and using the...
Hot gooey chocolate puddings

Hot gooey chocolate puddings...

Chocolate puddings Ever since I first saw Jamie Oliver make these little fellas it became an obsession to get them right and here they are folks, beautiful little chocolate puds with a runny chocolate center. If you are a chocoholic like me, these are definitely for you. (makes 6) What you need 230g 70% chocolate 4 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 egg yolks 6 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons...
German bundt cake

German bundt cake...

Bundt cake This is a fantastic cake that has been slightly modified from the traditional to include a hint of orange. It is soft and moist with a simple glaze that will have you going back for more, again and again. There is a little cheat in it with the instant vanilla pud but it just cannot be left out. What you need 2 1/4 cups cake flour 1 box powdered instant vanilla pudding 1 tablespoon baking powder Generous pinch...
Buttermilk pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes...

Buttermilk pancakes There are few things better than smell of freshly cooking pancakes in the morning and this buttermilk pancake recipe is just what the doctor ordered. The challenge is to get them to the plate without eating them yourself as soon as they are done. What you will find as that the kids will be waiting by your side, plate in hand to take them from you as soon as they are ready. (Makes 12 10cm pancakes.)...
German baked cheesecake

German baked cheesecake...

German baked cheesecake This Cheesecake recipe is really good. It has a rich lively filling with a few raisins that make it something extraordinary. There is something so appealing about a beautifully browned baked cheesecake with its rich and creamy center you just have to try this. The pastry is part of it’s unique flavour so make the extra effort. (23cm springform cake tin) What you need Pastry 200g flour 100g cold...
Strawberry cream cake

Strawberry cream cake...

Strawberry cream cake Strawberry cream cakes or Victoria sponge cakes are really quite simple to make. They are very light and can be filled with all sorts of great fillings. This one uses strawberries and whipped cream for a decadent and very impressive cake which is perfect as both a dessert or a tea cake. If you havn’t baked much, this is a great one to start with. You will need a scale for this recipe and 2 x 23cm...
Blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry cheesecake...

There are few things as satisfying as watching people become silent as they savour something you have made and this blueberry cheesecake. Try this cheesecake recipe with the sweet blueberry topping to really impress. What you need 1 packet tennis biscuits 3 tablespoons melted butter 500g cream cheese 1 and 1/3 cups white sugar 5 eggs 250ml sour cream 1 cup flour 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 1 teaspoon lemon juice 400g...
Chocolate raspberry dessert cake

Chocolate raspberry dessert cake...

This is a really decadent cake that is so good as a warm dessert and whatever is left over can be for your afternoon tea. It’s rich yet the berries give it a freshness that perfectly balances the cake. Have this as the dessert after the lamb shanks for a really decadent and impressive dinner. What you need 185g butter 185g dark chocolate 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 1 cup cake flour 2/3...
Portuguese custard tarts

Portuguese custard tarts...

Portuguese custard tart These little beauties are in most bakeries and if you are a Vida fan you will probably have had them before and nowadays, with prepared pastry being freely available in the frozen food section of the supermarket you can whip up a batch in about 45 minutes.(makes 8 to 10) What you need 400g frozen puff pastry thawed Filling 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup water 2 cups milk 2 tablespoons maizena (corn flour) 2...

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