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Summer Dessert Ideas

Since fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, and peaches are in season, why not take advantage of this and make some super quick and tasty dessert recipes for the entire family?

We have found five yummy fruit recipes which are easy (even for beginners), and look amazing!

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Blueberry cake

This luscious blueberry cake is made with a vanilla filling which is bound to agree with everyone’s taste buds! Feel free to add the icing once the cake has cooled down, then top if off with your favourite berries for extra flavour – without the refined sugar!

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Rhubarb and almond tart

If you’re making something for the adults, this rhubarb and almond tart is the perfect dessert to serve with tea and coffee (or cocktails if you’re that way inclined!). Dust it lightly with some sugar and silvered almonds for extra taste and texture.

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Fig cake

Who can resist a juicy fig? These delicious fruits make for the perfect cake filling since they are so soft and naturally sweet!

Pass on the icing if you want to keep the cake on the healthy side, but don’t forget to serve with a generous amount of sliced figs instead – yum!

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Watermelon coconut ice cream

Why buy it from the store when you can make it yourself? This delicious duo only uses 4 ingredients and is gluten and sugar-free.

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Strawberry rhubarb pie

Finish up with this classic summer pie featuring yummy strawberry and rhubarb extract. The filling is super-sweet, so it’s best to serve it with something light such as a green or chamomile tea. Store it in the fridge so you can enjoy a cool treat at any time of the day!

5 Summer Dessert Ideas

Image via Swooned Magazine, She Who Eats, Nutritionist in the Kitch, Flickr

June 24, 2015

5 Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

With Valentine’s Day just a few sleeps away, indulge your partner in a themed breakfast or even brunch recipe.

Our guide gives you quick and easy ways to create a delicious meal which is perfect if you haven’t decided to exchange gifts this year. A few heart-shaped pancakes never did anyone harm, right?

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Pink cinnamon scrolls

Just about the perfect scrolls you will ever have, and the best part – they’re pink! Use white and pink icing sugar to create a sweet texture which will won’t last until midday. We warned you!

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

French toast

Who doesn’t love French toast, nutella and love hearts? Use a cookie mould to shape your french toast before baking in the oven or over a hot pan. Strawberries and nutella are an extra treat which count as a cheat meal, right?

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Red velvet pancakes

Possibly one of the best ideas we’ve ever seen. Take a conventional red velvet recipe and alter it to create some yummy cupcakes. The cream-cheese icing makes for the finishing touch to a sweet breakfast recipe.

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Pink hot chocolate

Simply sprinkle pink and red icing sugar with cream over the top of your usual hot chocolate. Yum!

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Bacon hearts

For the true bacon lovers, take a single rasher of bacon and curve the ends into a heart shape. Grill or bake until crispy, and serve with a poached egg and avocado.

5 Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Those are just a few of our favourite breakfast ideas for Valentine’s Day. Comment below with some of your must-haves!

Images via House Hunt, Rachel Schultz, Simply Kierste, Recipe By Photo, Love From The Oven, Something Swanky

February 13, 2015

Roasted Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles

Cool down this summer with a delicious treat that is sure to satisfy all of your house guests. Red wine popsicles are another irresistible way to enjoy your favourite red wine in another form! The pinch of roasted strawberry makes the flavour oh-so-sweet and perfect for those hot days ahead of us.

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Makes 6-8 popsicles depending on size

Ingredients

450g strawberries (hulled and quartered)

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp granulated sugar

240ml sweet red wine

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 190ºC.
  2. Mix together the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and sugar into a medium sized bowl. Once the mixture has combined, spread over a tray lined with baking paper. Even out the mixture with your hands or simply a wooden spoon.
  3. Cook for 20-25 minutes in the oven or until the berry juices have slightly thickened. Remove and leave to cool.
  4. Divide half of the roasted strawberries and juice into a food processor until smooth. Then slowly stir-in the red wine.
  5. Add the remaining roasted strawberries into the popsicle container, then pour the red wine to the rim.
  6. Freeze for at least 1 hour before inserting the popsicles sticks, then continue to freeze for 4-6 hours. Serve completely frozen.

Image and Recipe via Pastry Affair

November 4, 2014

Strawberry Cheesecake Jars Recipe

How adorable are these strawberry cheesecake jars? Whether you serve them for your special someone on Valentine’s Day, or pack them for a summer picnic, you’ll love how luscious and creamy this cheesecake recipe tastes. Best of all, you only need four ingredients!

Ingredients
1 jar of Anathoth Farm Strawberry Jam (or flavour of your choice)
1 packet of white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies
250g mascarpone
220g cream cheese

Method
1. Crumble cookies into a small mixing bowl to resemble a fine crumb and set aside.

2. Add ½ a jar of Anathoth Farm Strawberry Jam, mascarpone and cream cheese into a large mixing bowl; stir until well combined and smooth.

3. Evenly distribute the cookie crumble amongst serving jars, setting aside a small amount to top each cheesecake with, top with strawberry cheese cake mix, add a layer of strawberry jam, top with cookie crumble and serve.

Optional: Mix 1 tbsp of melted butter into the cookie crumble before dividing it amongst the jars to form a more traditional cheesecake base.

New York cheesecake? Baked? Ricotta? What’s your favourite cheesecake recipe?

January 31, 2014

Maple Christmas Truffles Recipe

These luscious maple-infused chocolate truffles are easy to whip up and look so impressive on the Christmas table. Serve after dinner with coffee or cocktails.

Ingredients

100ml milk
¼ cup ground Gloria Jean’s Coffees Maple Whole Beans
500g dark chocolate, chopped
250ml cream
50g butter
1 heaped tbsp glucose
70g cocoa

Method

1. Bring milk and coffee to a simmer in a saucepan. Strain through a coffee filter or clean tea towel.

2. Melt 500 grams of chocolate and place in a large bowl.

3. Bring coffee-infused milk, cream, butter and glucose to the boil and pour over chocolate. Stir with a whisk until smooth and shiny.

4. Allow to set in the fridge until well chilled.

5. Cover a tray with the cocoa.

6. Use a teaspoon to shape into small balls and place on the tray.

7. Gently shake the tray so that truffles roll around and become covered in cocoa.

8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

What are you cooking for Christmas? Share your Christmas menu in the comments!

December 24, 2013

Best Baking Recipes: Little Pear and Vanilla Cakes

How sweet are these lovely pear and vanilla cakes? They make a wonderful alternative to your morning muffin, or serve as an elegant afternoon tea treat. The aroma of baking pears and warm vanilla is heavenly!

Makes 12

Ingredients

2 litres water
2 2/3 cups (370g) caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
12x 125g Beurre Bosc pears, peeled and cored

Vanilla cake

125 g butter, softened
2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups (190g) self-raising flour, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk

Method

1. Place the water, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Add the pears, cover with a round of non-stick baking paper and a lid, and cook for 25–30 minutes or until tender.

3. Drain on absorbent paper, set aside and allow to cool.

4. Preheat oven to 160°C. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 8–10 minutes or until pale and creamy.

5. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla, beating well after each addition.

6. Fold in the flour and milk.

7. Line 12x 1 cup (250ml) capacity muffin tins with paper cases and spoon ¼ cup (60ml) of the mixture into each case.

8. Carefully push in the pears and bake for 30–35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Recipe: Australian Pears

What’s your favourite morning tea treat?

September 16, 2013

Easy Dessert Recipes: Affogato

Throwing a dinner party for friends? Or looking for a simple dessert recipe that really impresses? Quick and easy to make, affogato is a traditional yet delicious Italian dessert and a clever way to combine the after-dinner coffee with a sweet ice-cream treat.

To ensure you’re serving the best tasting coffee every time, consider using the new DéLonghi PrimaDonna XS fully automatic coffee machine.

Affogato is so easy to make, it doesn’t even need a recipe. Just follow these five steps to make the perfect affogato dessert:

1. Fill a glass, mug or small bowl with 2-3 scoops of your favourite flavour ice-cream or gelato

2. Select the double espresso function on your coffee machine – try the PrimaDonna XS for best results – and pop a glass underneath each spout to capture two shots with one button to save you time

3. Pour a shot of hot espresso coffee over the ice cream

4. For an extra hit of flavour add an extra shot of chocolate, coffee-flavoured liqueur like Kahlua or even a couple of chocolate-coated coffee beans

5. For those with a really sweet tooth try adding whipped cream to your affogato or serve with biscotti for that finishing touch

What’s your favourite coffee dessert recipe?

August 16, 2013

Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

This really is the best vanilla cupcake recipe we’ve tried (and we’ve tried a lot). The cupcake has a lovely, moist crumb that tastes just as good the next day, and the vanilla buttercream recipe is really easy to make and is fluffy and packed with vanilla flavour.

Makes 24

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups plain flour, softed
250g unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat oven to 175C. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers. Go and find some cute ones!

2. In a big bowl, combine the flours. Set aside. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are just incorporated but do not overbeat.

3. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full.

4. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the centre of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the tins then on a rack. When cool top with the vanilla buttercream icing.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2-3 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is lovely and thick.

What’s your favourite cupcake recipe?

July 26, 2013