Caramel, Cupcakes, Dessert, Muffins, Pudding, Sauces

Date Puddings with Caramel Sauce

Today is June 21st, our Winter Solstice; and what better way to celebrate the shortest day and longest night with a deliciously tasty hot winter pudding smothered in a creamy caramel sauce. And of course a dollop of freshly whipped cream never goes amiss. The combination is very more-ish as we discovered over dinner with friends the… Continue reading Date Puddings with Caramel Sauce

Baking, Dessert

Feijoa and Apple Crumble

Autumn, or Fall as this beautiful season is also known, is a time of change. The vibrant colours, creatures and sounds of Summer evolve into a more serene, although still beautiful surrounding, with leaves changing from the many versions of green through the yellows, reds and browns. The sun's light changes and our body clocks… Continue reading Feijoa and Apple Crumble

Baking, Dessert, Slices, Sweet

Great Aunt Mavis’ Milk Tart

I've already mentioned that I come from a rather large extended family on my Dad's side. His Dad, my Grandpa, was one of 4 children, the only son with three sisters - that in itself isn't a large family, but over the generations, and once they all had kids, and their kids had kids, there… Continue reading Great Aunt Mavis’ Milk Tart

Dessert, Pies, Sweet

Father’s Day Lemon Meringue Pie

To anyone else I imagine that Father's Day and Lemon Meringue Pie don't have much in common, unless your Father is like mine and would eat Lemon Meringue Pie every day of the week if he could. This coming Sunday is Father's Day in New Zealand; the first Sunday in September so I'm sharing this recipe… Continue reading Father’s Day Lemon Meringue Pie

Bread, Dessert

Apricot Jam Bread and Butter Pudding

Winter just isn't Winter without good old Bread and Butter Pudding. So easy to make yet so delicious and very versatile so you can change it's flavour depending on the ingredients you have on hand. I love smearing the bread with Apricot Jam as it adds another dimension, but any jam will do, or, stick… Continue reading Apricot Jam Bread and Butter Pudding

Dessert, Pies

Persimmon Pie

I had never heard of a Persimmon before moving to New Zealand, and I have to be honest, although they are a beautiful orange colour, it was a good few years before I tried one. Now I can't wait for late Autumn when the shops are full of them. This juicy fruit looks a bit… Continue reading Persimmon Pie

Dessert, Sauces, Sweet

Salted or Sweet Caramel Sauce – you decide!

I've been wanting to make this sauce for ages now and I finally got round to it, although I've discovered it is a little fiddly and you have to watch it ALL THE TIME so don't even attempt to do this if you aren't guaranteed a good half hour of uninterrupted concentration. It's super delicious on vanilla… Continue reading Salted or Sweet Caramel Sauce – you decide!

Dessert, Easter, Sweet

Chocolate Easter Tart and New Beginnings

With Easter just around the corner I thought I'd better get myself into gear and share a few ideas with you. For many Easter is a long weekend filled with chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, but it represents so much more to so many and I find myself trying to focus on the true meaning of… Continue reading Chocolate Easter Tart and New Beginnings

Cakes, Dessert, Slices

Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies

Something strange happened the other day - I found myself on the couch, with remote in hand and absolute silence. I have to admit I had a mild rush of panic wondering what to do with myself as the notion of holding the remote, let alone having the house entirely to myself is definitely out… Continue reading Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies

Dessert

Cheat’s “Homemade” Strawberry Ice Cream

I've made ice cream a few times before with cream or condensed milk and it is always a tad tricky, remembering to whisk it every hour so the ice crystals don't turn it into sorbet, but I've decided I need an ice cream maker! My latest attempt was to tackle one of Nigella's recipes containing 8… Continue reading Cheat’s “Homemade” Strawberry Ice Cream