It’s plum season and we have multiple trees laden with fruit. The birds always manage to eat much of it early on but from experience I’ve learned they always leave enough for all of our needs. Last year I made enough plum sauce for years to come. This is something I try to do with […]
Home-made extracts; Vanilla, Almond and Orange.
Last December I made a few bottles of vanilla extract. One for my own use and the other as a gift. Today I’ve made more vanilla extract as well as a few bottles of almond extract and orange extract. I go through a fair bit of these three previously store bought essences. Good/natural essences aren’t […]
Orange Macadamia Cake
There’s a glut of citrus and eggs around here at the moment so I decided to rustle up my orange and macadamia cake. You can use almond meal if you prefer, in fact I think that is what the original recipe called for. Macadamias are the only nuts I can grow here and I have […]
Christmas just wouldn’t feel right without baking a stollen. It’s a traditional German bread with a deliciously moist centre of ground almonds. This year I’ll make some as christmas gifts. Yes they are a little bit fiddly and there are a few stages in the process but it’s so worth the effort. Making festive breads […]
Deliciously Citrusy Almond and Polenta Cake.
I’ve been wanting to use polenta for years now. I finally have and it’s certainly earned a spot in my cake-baking repertoire. These days I reserve baking for special occasions however, sometimes I would like to have a cake in the tin that I can indulge in now and then with a cuppa, and preferably […]
My very very delicious almond and apple cake
Here is another keeper. This is the cake that I most often get asked the recipe for. Today I made it for Ben to take home to his darling for her birthday. Ben is staying here at the moment. It’s a long story but the uptake is that he has a job nearby for a […]