Mulberry and apple cake

Our local communal mulberry tree across the road from our house grew a bumper fruit crop this year and as usual young and old appeared with buckets (and even ladders) to pick the juicy messy fruit. It’s a lovely way to get the community together. My girls love eating them straight from the tree and…

Beetroot, feta and basil pesto tart

The beetroot in our garden is finally ready to eat…though it seems to have taken forever to grow this year. I love fresh beetroot when it is combined with feta, so this delicious tart with basil pesto is perfect. This tart would be ideal served at a relaxing Sunday lunch with a garden salad and…

Homemade doughnuts with icing and sprinkles

Making homemade doughnuts is a great idea for a school holiday baking project. My girls have been begging me to make doughnuts for a long time, but I didn’t want to make the deep fried versions. These baked doughnuts are nice and fluffy minus the greasy fingers. Of course the girls wanted theirs covered in…

Lollipop flowers

There’s a school tradition that when it’s your child’s birthday, you send something in for your child to share with their class to help celebrate their birthday. Now if I’m perfectly honest, contemplating and preparing these gifts send shivers of fear down my spine! Last year I made and iced thirty cupcakes for my daughter…

Homemade muesli bars

Finding nutritious and tasty snack food for my kids is hard work. Thankfully these homemade muesli bars are full of seed goodness and are nut free so they are also great for school lunch boxes. I also like to have them as breakfast bars on the go or as a quick pick me up in…

Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce

It’s been so cold lately and constantly raining, so last weekend I made the family a classic comfort dessert to brighten their day and warm them up. This sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce is so sickly sweet and so bad for you but is so good to eat.  It’s also quick and easy to…

Chocolate Cinnamon Pear Cake

Now that the weather is cooler my favourite but often underrated fruit, pears, are now in season. Pears are beautifully delicate, sweet and so versatile to use. This chocolate and cinnamon pear cake is a wonderful comfort cake for those cold nights when you are curled up on the lounge watching a movie. The pears…

A Delicious Chocolate and Coffee Cake

Happy Easter 🐣 Here is a delicious and easy to make chocolate and coffee cake recipe which certainly ticks all the boxes when you need a rich, moist and light chocolate sponge cake. I’ve made this cake for a family Easter gathering, but it would be perfect as a birthday cake too. And don’t worry…

Homemade toasted muesli to start the day right

I do love a nutritious fulfilling breakfast to start the day and to keep me going. As I look after two young boisterous girls and work, I need all the good energy I can get! I usually buy toasted muesli or granola, but after making my own, I definitely won’t be buying it again. For…

Fig, almond and honey frangipane tart

Fresh figs are a wonderfully sweet and decadent summer fruit but are exorbitant to buy where I live, even when they are in season. Fortunately my mother in law has a wonderful fig tree in her garden which produces beautiful fruit each summer. As much I love eating figs just as they are, sometimes it’s…

Apple and cinnamon cake

What do you do when you have wrinkly old apples in a fruit bowl and no one wants to eat them? Well if you’re me, you bake them into a cake of course! This apple and cinnamon cake is an instant classic and full fills all my comfort food requirements. There’s something about the combination…

Meringues with marscapone cream, peaches and raspberries

This sophisticated dessert is definitely for those special occasions in your life. I made these individual meringues with marscapone cream topped with peaches, raspberries and cherries for Christmas Day, but it could easily be made for Valentine’s Day or a special dinner party. The sweetness of the crunchy meringue is perfectly balanced with the creaminess…