Citrus peel cookies

September 16, 2021

Needed a quick bake to use up some mixed peel that's been sitting in the pantry for too long! It's worth the extra effort to add the tangy drizzle icing. You can swap out the butter for a non-dairy spread and use whatever flour you like.

125 g butter or non-dairy spread

1/3 c sugar

1 c flour (I used gluten free)

pinch salt

fine zest of 1 lemon, lime or orange

1/2 c mixed peel

For the icing mix 1/2 c icing sugar with the juice of 1 lemon, lime or orange to make a drizzling consistency.

In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar until pale. Mix in flour and salt until combined. Add in zest and peel and form dough into a ball. Cover and chill in fridge for half an hour.

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Roll out the dough in between 2 sheets of baking paper to 4 or 5 mm thick and cut into shapes. Place on your trays at least 2 cm apart and bake for 10 minutes.

Once cooled drizzle over icing and top with sprinkles if desired.


Brioche scrolls 2.0

September 15, 2021

I first made brioche scrolls in during 2020's lockdown. It's not surprising I've had cravings for enriched dough again, since I haven't been able to purchase my favourite brioche at my local cafe, Seabreeze. This recipe yields a smaller amount of dough, but it fits perfectly into a bundt tin to make a beautiful wreath. The dough is best chilled overnight in the fridge to develop flavour so make it the day before you want to eat them!
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Banana bread cookies

September 11, 2021

This is adapted from Donna Hay's ingenious 4-ingredient recipe. I just used less banana to more flour ratio so the mixture wouldn't be so soft. They are not very good-looking cookies so you can jazz them up to look more appealing. The cookies have a crispy shell and a soft banana bread middle - a real wholesome treat.

Makes about 15
3/4 c mashed banana (about 2 medium)
3 c almond flour or almond meal (I grind almonds in a coffee grinder then sieve)
1/2 c coconut sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
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Striped Swiss roll

September 9, 2021

This is a little fiddly to make, but looks great! Takes your stock standard Swiss roll to a new level. You can get even fancier by dividing your batter into more colours. If your mixture gets too runny you can chill one colour of stripes in the fridge before you add the next one.

3 eggs

1/3 c caster sugar (I use organic golden)

1/3 c flour + 1/2 Tbsp hot water

1/4 c flour + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder + 1/2 Tbsp hot water + 1 Tbsp milk

2 piping bags or plastic bags

1 1/2 c whipped cream mixed with 1/2 c ja...

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Caramel cashew fudge

September 6, 2021

This is Donna Hay's simple recipe for a better-for-you fudge - only 4 ingredients! You can use another nut butter and mix or match your nuts if you prefer, such as almond, hazelnut, macadamia, pistachios or tahini. It's best to use roasted nuts for flavour. You can also add dried fruit, such as sour cherries or cranberries, but there is already enough dates to make the fudge sweet.

2/3 c cashew butter

400 g fresh pitted dates (medjool are best but you can use any other kind. Dried dates too can...

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Boiled chocolate cake with glaze

September 3, 2021

The 9-year-old wanted me to get back into the "chocolate zone" - so I dutifully obliged with the easy boiled chocolate cake and tzujed it up with a chocolate glaze. It uses one pot and minimum utensils.

125 g butter

1 c coconut sugar

1 c water or espresso coffee

2 Tbsp cocoa 

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 c flour (I used spelt)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda


200 g 70% dark chocolate

100 g butter

1/4 c liquid glucose

2 tsp vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a bundt tin or line a 20cm...

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Cherry choconut slice

September 1, 2021

Raw slices are great to make because they keep in the freezer for months and you can just take out slice as you need and defrost for half an hour before eating. You could also use other berries for the filling such as blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. This is from Donna Hay's Modern Baking (Fourth Estate, 2018).


1 c cashews

1 c desiccated coconut

1/4 c brown rice syrup


1 c desiccated coconut

120 g fresh medjool dates (about 6-7)

1/3 c melted coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract or ...

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August 31, 2021

A yeasted flatbread that goes well with any meal, any time of day, really. Cook it in the oven or on a hotplate.

Makes 6

3/4 c lukewarm milk or water (I used coconut milk)

1 tsp dried yeast

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 c flour (I used spelt)

1/4 c yoghurt

25g butter, melted, optional

Extra melted butter for brushing, optional. Add chopped garlic and parsley or coriander too if you like.

Mix the water, yeast and sugar in a cup and leave for 5 minutes until frothy.

In a bowl mix in flour and salt and make a...

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Ginger pine cones

August 30, 2021

These are the cutest little bites! They are usually made for Christmastime in Scandinavia. A bit of effort to shape into pine cones but if you've got the time in lockdown... As long as you chill the dough you can roll out and cut into any cookie cutter shapes you have. This batch makes a lot of little pine cones, however, you can freeze half the dough and bake later. To save more time later cut into your desired shapes before freezing.

Makes 70 pine cones

125 g butter, cut into cubes

1/2 c sugar...

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Lemon meringue cakes

August 28, 2021

Oh such joyful mouthfuls, they're worth all the faffing about. If you're making your own lemon curd, it makes so much sense to make meringue from the egg whites. It's a full culinary circle. Thanks to Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes (Penguin, 2011).

1 1/2 c flour (if using self-raising omit the baking powder)

1 tsp baking powder

2/3 c sugar

150g butter, softened

3 eggs

zest and juice of one lemon

1 c lemon curd, homemade or store-bought


3 egg whites

3/4 c caster sugar

Preheat oven to 180C. Li...

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Frances C loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and DJ. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram and Facebook.

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