Sunday, 9 December 2012

Banana cake for the tea party

Banana Cake recipe

125g butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups S/R flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup soy milk

Pre heat oven to 180. Grease 15cm x 25cm loaf tin, line with baking paper.
Beat butter & sugar until light and fluffy. Beat eggs one at a time. Stir in sifted dry ingredients then banana, sour cream and milk.
Spread mixture into pan. Bake for 50 minutes. Stand 5minutes turn onto wire rack.
Serve with cream and a lovely cup of tea. Enjoy
This cake is so moist that you will have all your friends asking you what you have put in it. A personal favourite when a good old banana cake is in order.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Movember Bake Competition

At the start of November all the boys/men in the office start to grow weird looking facial hair for a good cause, Movember. Movember is to raise awareness for mens health, in particular this year stood out for me as my dad was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Thankfully it was detected early and he was able to have an operation that meant they got rid of the cancer. He recovered well and now is in good health. Each year at work we have a auction to raise money to go to this good cause, a bake competition is also  part of the fun. I am proud to announce that this year I won the bake competition, it was hard work baking in this heat but it worked. If you would like to donate to this cause go to the link

Monday, 26 November 2012

Christmas cookie inspiration

What Christmas Cookies will you be baking ? Dont these ones look lovely

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Caramel cookies

60g butter
1/3 cup golden syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup self raising flour
Caramel toffees halved

Oven at 180c, line baking tray with baking paper.
Heat butter, golden syrup and sugar on low in pot until sugar dissolved. Cool
Then add sifted flour mix well and form into balls tablespoon size. Press caramel toffee into cookie dough. Bake for 15 minutes.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Chewy Chocolate Slice

Chewy Chocolate Slice 

125g butter, melted
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup S/R flour
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Chocolate Icing
1 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons butter
1 tablespoon hot water

1. Preheat oven to 180c. Grease a slice pan, line with baking paper.
2. Combine butter, sugar, egg and extract in medium bowl. Stir in sifted flours and cocoa then coconut. Spread mixture over base of pan.
3. Bake for 25 minutes or until firm.
4. Make icing, sift icing sugar and cocoa in bowl, add butter and hot water, stir until smooth.
5. Spread hot slice with icing mixture then sprinkle with some coconut, cool then cut into slices.

Vintage tins

I managed to score 3 lovely tins today. Now to start thinking about which Christmas cookies to bake.

Vintage Christmas tins

Today I'm on the hunt for some cute old tins, I thought this would be a cute little christmas gift to give and it saves you trying to get your plastic container back. Hopefully I find ones as cute as these..

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Apron Sale


Until we do renovations on the kitchen, I am finding that I am quickly running out of space to store my apron, tea towel and tablecloth collection. So I have decided to post a few on here that I'm happy to part with. If you are interested in buying one please leave a comment and I will email you back. Thanks x

$6 plus postage 

$8 plus postage 
$6 plus postage
$6 plus postage 

$6 plus postage 

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Birthday surprise

My sweet boyfriend Simon bought me a kitchen aid for my 33rd birthday. I was so excited and thankful for such a generous gift. Now the question is what to bake!!!!!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Blueberry Cake

Blueberry cake ingredients
112g butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup plain flour
100g blueberries

Set oven to 350f, butter small loaf pan.
beat butter and sugar for approx 2minutes, add one egg at a time beating thoroughly.
sift flour  and baking powder, fold into egg mixture.
Stir in the blueberries
Transfer batter to loaf tin bake for 25-30 minutes test cake with a skewer.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

New home

It's been a busy few months buying a house and moving. But we are finally settled in now and I love this little house. We have named her Beatrice after her last owner, we feel very lucky to live in such a well kept home.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies 
2/3cup brown sugar 
2cups plain flour 
small pinch salt
100g butter
3tbsp golden syrup
1tsp vanilla extract 
1tsp bicarb soda
11/2 tbsp milk 
150g chopped milk chocolate
150g chopped white chocolate 

Preheat oven to 180c, line trays with baking paper. 
Sieve sugar, flour and salt in mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. 
Place butter, syrup and vanilla in saucepan over medium heat. When it bubbles remove from heat and add bicab, stirring to incorporate. 
When butter mixture is frothy, pour into well of dry ingredients, add milk and stir to combine. allow dough to slightly cool before adding choc chunks. 

Roll 16 heaped tablespoon of dough into balls and place on baking trays, slightly press down on them. Make sure there is enough space between them, using two trays will help this. Bake for 13 minutes then swap trays around, bottom one on top, top on bottom rack. bake for another 10 minutes. 
Take out of oven and leave on tray for a bit then transfer to wire rack. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Pear Teacake

I was going through some old cookbooks that Simon's grandma gave him. I found The Australian Women's Weekly 50 easy economical Cakes. Oh how food photography has come a long way.
Apple Teacake looks pretty easy, no apples in the fridge so I used Pear. It tasted lovely, even better with coffee.

retro apron a must in the kitchen 

AWW 1969

Monday, 4 June 2012

Weekend in Sydney with the girls.

Sydney Trip with Melissa and Belinda.
We stayed in the city and unfortunately we didn't make it to The grounds for coffee. We did find a lot of shopping in Paddington and Darlinghurst (in the rain), such lovely little suburbs with great shopping. I was shocked not to see many cafes on the main street. On Crown Street we came across The Goods Cafe, it had fresh juices and yummy looking food. I had a coffee with a Walnut and Date biscuit. Mel had Banana bread and Belinda a little cake. Later that night we went to the Shady Pines bar where we were surrounded by taxidermy animals listening to country music(yes I know not usually my style but this place pulled it off). Such a great vibe in this little bar, well worth the visit. I guess you have to see it to believe it's level of coolness. 
The following day (rain again) we ventured out to the city malls, to try and get some cover from the rain and last minute shopping in. Stumbled across some cool street art and the pit street cupcake shop. Oh course we had to try them. Delicious!!
Then it was off to the airport and back home. Next time I think we will make it a summer time trip. 


The Goods Cafe on Crown Street. 

Pitt Street Cupcakes