Christmas Time, Tassie Time

The splendid but sometimes overwhelming proliferation of baked and sweet goods during the festive season always makes me long for a bit of everything. So in order to have a wee taste of all the Christmas goodies, I like to … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Jonas!

A dear friend of mine – the husband of one of my most beloved girlfriends– recently had his 40th birthday.  He’s a real Iron Man – loves to run and mountain bike.  Being so incredibly fit, of course he needs … Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Spiced Cupcakes with Ginger & Cinnamon Buttercream

‘At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, … Continue reading

Pink Peppercorn Candy Milk Brownies

For pretty much my entire baking career, I have been on the hunt for the perfect brownie. The one that turns out velvety, fudgy and dense, with that slight crust on top. I think, with this recipe, I have found … Continue reading

Hazelnut Mocha Baked Cheesecake

I love how extraordinarily decadent a cheesecake is.  For me, a cool, beautiful, titanic cheesecake sitting atop a cake stand is far more alluring than any cake that might occupy that throne instead.  It’s the seriousness of cheesecake that pulls … Continue reading

Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf

  There are a couple of recipes that always take me back to my childhood. Both of these recipes came from a shabby old 1970’s publication of the Be-Ro baking book. My Mum and Gran both used this book to … Continue reading