Hazelnut Meringue Torte (Dacquoise)

I have been wanting to make a Dacquoise for such a long time. Almond or hazelnut meringue layers filled with whipped cream or French buttercream sounds like my type of dessert. I have had a slice of this torte before and found the crispy meringue such a surprise. Christmas is definitely the perfect excuse to…

Irish Cream Liqueur…Merry Christmas to one and all

I have been making this homemade liqueur over the last twenty years. It’s essentially a homemade Baileys, but in my opinion, so much better than the real thing! I usually make large batches as Christmas presents for family and friends. My sister especially likes this liqueur and one year drank a whole bottle in two…

Traditional Gingerbread Biscuits

The smell of freshly made gingerbread is quintessentially Christmas for me. The combined smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves is magical in the way it can summon fond memories of distant family Christmas gatherings and of my first winter Christmas. Though funnily enough I wasn’t too fond of eating gingerbread as a child, just…

Panforte – an Italian Christmas sweet

Panforte is a delicious Italian sweet filled with dried fruit, nuts and a hint of chocolate. It’s a favourite at Christmas time and is often given as a gift. It’s perfect with a post dinner coffee or tipple, or as a sweet companion on a cheese platter. I found this recipe in a local paper…

Pistachio Pavlova with Nectarines and Raspberries

It was my mother in laws birthday recently and the family got together for dinner to celebrate. Of course as she was cooking her own birthday dinner, the least I could do was make her dessert! My mother in law is awesome, and I’m so appreciative of all the wonderful things she does for me…

Easy Banana and Nutella Loaf

I’m looking out my window at torrential rain and blustering winds and wondering where summer went! It was only a few days ago that we had 36C and now it feels like winter again. Though I’ll never complain about the rain, cause we desperately need more. As I’m stuck inside, my mind has turned to…

Deck the halls…it’s Christmas craft time

Hooray it’s finally time to decorate the house for Christmas. I absolutely love Christmas – all those twinkling lights, glittery tinsel, soppy Christmas carols and over the top smaltzy sentimentality. I love it all I just can’t help myself. But now that I have two small children Christmas time is so much more special; it’s…