Toasted Sesame Baby Bao


 Prep Time : 20 + 15 Minutes | Cook Time : 8 Minutes | Total Time : 3 hours | Difficulty : Bread

Hello my lovelies! We are mixing up our bread efforts today. Making fluffy delicious bao. Steaming rather than baking. You can get a bamboo steamer for hardly any money at any asian supermarket. Mine has two layers and a lid and cost around $12. These bao are soft and fluffy with a hint of nuttiness from the sesame seeds. It balances perfectly with the sweetness of the dough. You can shape these in the traditional bao ‘foldover’ style or just make neat round buns to slice and fill. They will look small when they have proved but they puff up even more as they steam. Use them where you would normally use a small roll or even to make a warm sandwich. The are also addictive on their own to be honest. Be careful if you have gas burners that the flames don’t curl around the bottom of the pot. Hijinks will ensue.

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Cacao Nib Shortbread


 Prep Time : 10 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 1 hour | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! I like butter. I like cookies that are crisp. So naturally shortbread is a go-to. There are other shortbreads up on the site already but this is one of my favourites. The nuttiness of the butter goes beautifully with the fruitiness of the raw cacao nibs. We need something quick and simple after our bread efforts earlier this week. I exhort you to bake your shortbread until it is golden. It gives it so much delicious toasted butter flavour. This is a small batch, just enough for a couple of people. If you want more just scale up as needed. I used Roar raw cacao nibs. You should be able to find cacao nibs in your local health food store. They have quite a different flavour to processed cocoa and cocoa nibs. They are very fruity and much more interesting so well worth the effort to seek them out.

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Brown Butter + Cinnamon Kugelhupf


 Prep Time : 30 Minutes | Cook Time : 25 Minutes | Total Time : 4 hours | Difficulty : Fiddly

Hello my lovelies! I’ve been going on about it enough. So here is a delicious buttery, spicy version of my new favourite thing. I am here to help you get over a fear of yeast. And show you it makes more than just bread. It takes a bit of planning. NBD. But the results are delicious and easy on the sugar. 1/4 cup is the extent of the damage. This makes a small cake. I haven’t tested a double recipe in a larger pan or cupcakes yet. I will get onto it. This cake will serve 8 people a slice. Serve it on it’s own with a cuppa or dress it up with raspberries and a little yoghurt or whipped cream for dessert. The only raspberries around here are frozen so it’s coulis for me. You lucky northern hemisphere people can go for fresh. A standing mixer is the recommended tool. A food processor can do the job so long as the bowl isn’t too big. You can opt to do it by hand but be prepared to mix for a bit. Get some children *coughslavelabourcough* to help. Mixing is key. Lumps are the enemy. It’s easier than you think. And totally worth it.

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Homemade Marzipan


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

Hello my lovelies! This isn’t the prettiest recipe. But it’s useful. And much cheaper than running out to get expensive imported store-bought marzipan when a recipe calls for it. This is one of those back pocket tricks. And it’s bizarrely easy. Like why haven’t we been doing this all along? I am a total fool for marzipan as a treat. Chocolate covered marzipan is up there with liquorice and those chai flavoured chocolate almonds from my local supermarket in the compulsive eating stakes. I really shouldn’t have made it while I’m trying not to eat treats. The things I do for you guys! Anyway. This is best if you make it for prompt use in a specific project but it can hang out in the fridge if you wrap it well. Don’t want it to taste like fridge.

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Date + Orange Scones


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

Hello my lovelies!I love a good scone. Fluffy and warm. Not too sweet. And they come together in a flash. What’s not to like? It’s important not to skimp on the dates here. No one likes to be cheated.  This recipe has been knocking around for a while. An old workmate of mine (hi Cath!) asked for it a looong time ago and I clearly took my sweet time getting around to it. Do as I say, not as I do. Make them now. No mucking around.

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Jam Tartlets {For Mum}


 Prep Time : 10 + 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 3 hours | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! We are a bit back to front this week. Baking first and preserving second. Sometimes that’s how things work out. This recipe is simple but comes out cute and special. Perfect to make with little-ish ones to treat Mum. The dough is easy to make with a food processor. Then it’s just rolling out and cutting shapes and scooping jam. No sweat. Use any jam you have or like. I used a few different kinds for a bit of variety. And let’s be honest it photographs well. My Mum lives in a different city so I will eat these and think of her. You should actually give them to yours…

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Salted Vanilla + Peanut Butter Cookies


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

Hello my lovelies! I was listening to the Sporkful podcast earlier this week. They were talking about a recipe for pancakes that belonged to Rosa Parks. It had peanut butter in it. Ever since I have been craving peanut butter. So I made you some cookies. These are light and melt-in-your-mouth cookies. The salt cuts the sweetness and balances the butteriness. I love all things crisp. These cookies have a shortbread texture. If you cook them a little less they will have fluffy centres. A little longer and they will be crisp all the way through. Always follow your own path. These come together so fast it’s practically witchcraft. And the dough is insanely good. There are no (good) reasons not to make them.

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