Pistachio & Rosewater Cake

A couple of months ago I was looking for a cake to serve for Persian New Year that would have a slight Middle Eastern feel to it and came across this recipe from Nigel Slater which fit the bill perfectly. This is an amazing cake, moist and so flavourful with just a hint of the exotic … Continue reading

Gina De Palma’s Amazing Hubba Hubba Apple Cake

Gina De Palma is the ex pastry chef of iconic New York restaurant Babbo and the author of a fabulous blog. Gina says this apple cake is one of her all time favourites, hence the name, and that’s high praise from someone whose profession is all things sugary. Apparently the recipe is one that Gina’s … Continue reading

The Village Bakery’s Berry Ricotta Cake

I’ve never had the opportunity to sample the delights of the Village bakery in LA, which isn’t surprising as I live on the other side of the world, but Adam Roberts of the Amateur Gourmet blog is fortunate enough to have the Village Bakery as his local cafe. He loved their berry ricotta cake so … Continue reading

Banoffee Pavlova

Granted it’s not the prettiest looking dessert but I can’t think of a more delicious combination than caramel, cream and bananas. Banoffee is normally served as a pie but it also makes a wonderful topping for pavlova, in fact I almost prefer it as it’s somewhat lighter and not as sweet. This is a very easy dessert to … Continue reading

Rockpool’s Date Tart

The iconic date tart served at legendary Sydney restaurant Rockpool was originally created by Lorraine Godsmark and whilst Lorraine has long since departed Rockpool to start her own Patisserie (where she also sells this date tart) it’s still on the menu at Rockpool and I couldn’t imagine ending a meal there without it. There’s a good … Continue reading

Chocolate Angel Food Cake – A Fat Free Cake

Yes, that’s right, fat free! I’ve made Ina Garten’s black and white angel food cake before and just love the idea of a cake that doesn’t incorporate any fat – no butter, no oil, no egg yolks. In fact you shouldn’t even grease the baking tin. In this version even the chocolate is fat free as … Continue reading

Authentic Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert comprising of coffee soaked savoiardi (lady finger) biscuits that are layered with a whisked filling of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar. It’s totally delicious and addictive and I don’t think there was a date night in the 80’s when this wasn’t ordered for dessert! Don’t be fooled by all … Continue reading

Caramelized Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

When I was growing up it was compulsory to take home economics in the first two years of high school. I used to love those weekly lessons with Mrs King who was tasked with teaching us the basics of cookery. And by basics, I mean basics. Grilled tomatoes and lemon delicious pudding made from a packet … Continue reading

My Favourite Carrot Cake

It’s only been in recent years that I’ve developed an appreciation for carrot cake. It was never something I would think of ordering when I was out and I only remember making it at home on a few occasions. But my niece has really turned me on to the beauty of a great carrot cake. … Continue reading