My Mother’s Scones


 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy when you know how

My memories of scones are always craggy squares just baked in time for lunch. They were never big. You need to be able to have a variety of toppings on multiple scones. Simple and perfectly executed. Sometimes they were flavoured. Cheese beloved by all. Date beloved by my father and I but detested by my mother. Today I felt like making something simple and adaptable. Now that I have mastered the scone and have learned a few tricks I should make them more often than I do. This recipe is the exact recipe that was copied down by me onto an index card when I left home. With a liiiitle bit more butter. Because reasons. Fluffy comforting perfection. For the Americans, these are closer to what you would consider a biscuit rather than a richer, more embellished scone. Scones get better with practice. But with only 4 ingredients and taking only a few minutes to prepare it’s no biggie. If you’re not 100% happy that’s what whipped cream is for… NO ONE will complain about getting warm fresh scones on a Sunday morning even if you wish they were taller or browner or whatever-er.

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Classic Pikelets


 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 5 Minutes | Total Time : 30 Minutes | Difficulty : Easy

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My parents came to visit me the other week (still looking after me even now) and we had a great time wandering around shopping and looking at things. One afternoon while they were here, I made afternoon tea and in this case it was pikelets. I realised I haven’t made them for you all, which is quite remiss! Pikelets are a staple of Kiwi home baking and were always to be found at family gatherings. These days they may be a bit kitsch but they’re so easy and rewarding. Why should you let style police stop you from enjoying a satisfying home made treat?

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Passionfruit Melting Moments


 Prep Time : 15 + 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Passionfruit Melting Moments

Hello my lovelies! It’s a sunny long weekend here in NZ and I have come down with a sore throat so I’m scraping together lemon drinks and feeling sorry for myself. Luckily there’s lots of couch time to look forward to tomorrow with the last round of NFL playoffs before the Superbowl. It’s going to be hot-dogs and nachos and football all day! In the meantime I made you all some cookies. These are the perfect combination of delicate buttery shortbread cookie and tart fruit filling.  They are called Melting Moments for good reason and I strongly recommend weighing the ingredients for this one to ensure the perfect melt-in-your-mouth cookies.

The filling does call for freeze-dried fruit powder which is a bit out of the ordinary but gives such a great flavour and means you can control the texture of whatever you’re making a lot better. I used Fresh As brand which is available at Moore Wilson and New World Supermarkets here in NZ, as well as online.

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Lolly Cake


 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 0 Minutes | Total Time : 2 hours | Difficulty : Easy

Lolly Cake

What’s the most Kiwi thing you can think of? For me Lolly Cake is right up there – there isn’t even a major international controversy about whether we invented it or not! I’ve been meaning to post my recipe for this beloved treat for a long time but never got around to it. The recipe comes from my ex-flatmate and great friend Steven, who got it from his Gran.I get a lot of compliments when I make this – it always turns out perfect and is so easy to make. Best of all there’s no baking required. Sorry to those outside NZ – the ingredients can be difficult to source!

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Anzac Biscuits


 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 10 Minutes | Total Time : 1 Hour | Difficulty : Easy

Anzac Biscuits

I could eat these all day. ALLLL day. I kinda did. Its probably good that there are so many other exciting, delicious, interesting things to bake otherwise I’d be a medical miracle made entirely of Anzacs. And they’re easy to make. And they’re made with oats (yay oats!) And they are an object lesson in one of the most important aspects of baking – supervision!

For the non-kiwis among us, ANZAC Day (25 April) honours both NZ and Australian soldiers who serve in the military and commemorates those who have given their lives for all of us. Its name comes from the Australian and NZ Army Corps of World War 1. While the major focus of Anzac Day historically is to commemorate WW1, it’s also an opportunity to give thanks to all service men and women. The Anzac biscuit (sorry it’s too kiwi a thing to call it a cookie) has its origin in fundraising for the war effort – they were a hit and have lasted over 100 years!

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Cappuccino Fudge Cake Squares


 Prep Time : 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 0 Minutes | Total Time : 1 Hour | Difficulty : Easy

Cappuccino Fudge Cake Squares

I’ve had a few requests for classic fudge cake, but I couldn’t resist adding a delicious twist. This one came about simply because I had been craving chocolate and coffee together for a week and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. This is absolute melt and mix simplicity – zero cooking minutes is not a typo! If you don’t like coffee you can add any flavours you like.

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Afghans


 Prep Time : 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 15 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Afghans

I have failed my countrymen. A true afghan should be topped with half a walnut but I realised too late that I hadn’t any when making these classic chocolatey cookies to share with you all. I improvised with pecans and beg for forgiveness. These cookies are a kiwi favourite and a breeze to make. I like them best with a dark strong cocoa flavour to offset the sweet icing.

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