April 3, 2022

A lovely chewy bite, ideal with coffee. Fika your heart out.

Makes 24

2 egg whites

1 c caster sugar

1 1/2 tsp honey

1 tsp vanilla paste

zest of a lemon, orange or grapefruit

3 c ground almonds

1/2 tsp sea salt flakes

1/2 c icing sugar

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

Beat egg whites in a large bowl until frothy. Add sugar and beat until thick and glossy. Mix in honey, vanilla and zest.

Stir in the almonds and salt with a spoon or spatula until just combined. It will be a soft and sticky dough.

Spread icing sugar on a plate. Roll dough into tablespoon size balls and roll in the icing sugar, making sure it is well covered. Place on the trays spaced apart.

Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and leave to cool on the tray. The outsides will be firm but the centres will be soft.


Chocolate coconut marble cake

March 31, 2022

I like the surprise element of a marble cake - never know what pattern you'll get!

2 c flour (I used gluten free and added 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

110 g milk chocolate

140 g butter or dairy-free spread

1 c sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

 3 eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c coconut milk or cream

1/3 c desiccated or shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a small bowl whisk the flour, baking soda and baking powder t...

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Ginger biscuits

March 28, 2022

Another easy ginger biscuit with crystallised ginger for extra chewiness and sweetness. Mary Berry's recipe doesn't disappoint.

50 g butter or non-dairy spread

1 Tbsp golden syrup (or rice syrup, maple, agave)

175 g self-raising flour or normal flour with 1 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp ground ginger

75 g crystallised ginger, chopped

1 tsp baking soda

50 g demerara sugar

50 g light brown sugar or coconut sugar

1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Heat the butter and ...

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Lime slice

March 24, 2022

I dedicate this to my friend who gave me limes from her tree. It's a lemon bar recipe but you can substitute with any type of citrus.

Makes 16 squares


160 g flour

50 g sugar

120 g cold butter or dairy-free spread, cubed


160 ml / 2/3 c lime juice (about 8 small limes)

zest from limes, optional

250 g coconut cream

250 g caster sugar

6 Tbsp cornflour

few drops green food colouring (if you're using lemons you can add 1/4 tsp turmeric or yellow food colouring)

icing sugar to dust

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Chocolate ganache cake

March 23, 2022

This decadent recipe is by Dorie Greenspan (Baking with Dorie, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021). She calls it her Lisbon Chocolate Cake, after tasting something similar at Lisbon's Landeau Chocolate cafe. She says the three layers are essential to make the whole - a fudgy brownie-like cake, a whipped moussey ganache and a cocoa dusting.

1/3 c / 28 g cocoa

1 1/2 Tbsp cornflour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

113 g butter or dairy-free spread

142 g dark chocolate, chopped

1/2 c sugar

3 cold eggs...

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Brown sugar sponge with fruit

March 20, 2022

Another versatile recipe from Lazy Baking by Jessica Elliot Dennison (Hardie Grant Books, 2021). Just use whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand. I like a recipe that uses no more than 2 eggs. For some reason I find 3 or more eggcessive! You can use other sugars if you don't have soft brown. Ground coconut sugar will be delicious too. This cake is like a warm hug.

175 g butter or dairy-free spread, softened

150 g soft brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla paste

125 g ground almonds

175 g flour (I used...

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Tomato, parmesan and caper galettes

March 19, 2022

I am loving Lazy Baking by Jessica Elliot Dennison (Hardie Grant Books, 2021). She likes no-fuss recipes that are comforting and delicious, using minimal utensils and equipment. Of course you can buy shortcrust pastry but it doesn't take much effort to make your own, and her basic recipe is very easy. This recipe only makes 4 galettes so I would suggest to double it so you can freeze half the dough for next time.

Makes 4


150 g flour (I used spelt)

pinch sea salt flakes

85 g cold butter, cu...

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White chocolate & macadamia cookies

March 18, 2022

Very straightforward recipe to make these crowd pleasers. I quickly whipped up a batch to have for after school. White chocolate - the kid's favourite; macadamias - mine.

Makes 12

110 g butter or non-dairy spread

1/2 c caster sugar

1/4 c soft brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

180 g flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp milk of choice

50 g white chocolate, roughly chopped (use dairy-free if going vegan), plus 2 Tbsp for topping

50 g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped (or cashews), plus 1 Tbsp for topping

Preheat o...

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Miso maple cake

March 16, 2022

Now this is something a bit different from the legendary Dorie Greenspan. The unusual savoury sweetness adds that je ne sais quoi.

1 3/4 c flour

1 3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 c sugar

1/4 tsp sea salt

zest of orange, finely grated

113 g butter or non-dairy spread, softened

1/4 c miso

1/4 c maple syrup

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 c buttermilk (I used watered down yoghurt)

1/4 c apricot jam or marmalade

1 Tbsp water

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a medium ...

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Banana and rum cake

March 11, 2022

A banana cake with a bit of oomph. The rum doesn't make it too boozy so it's ok to serve to kids! It's from Guilt-free Baking by Gee Charman (Nourish, 2015).

2 eggs

3/4 c sugar (I used coconut)

1/3 c milk of choice

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 c apple puree

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 banana, sliced

1 3/4 c plus 1 Tbsp flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 Tbsp rum

2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20 cm square tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl whisk the...

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EST. 2010

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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