Orit’s Hot Apple Cake

To Israelis a ‘Granny Smith’ is a ‘Grand Smith’ so when Orit Schwartz told me to use ‘Grand’ apples I thought she meant big, and used big sweet eating apples. Ah, well, Lesson 1 learnt. It is important to use Grannys as they’re not as sweet as alternatives. This cake is plenty sweet enough as ...

Chocolate Banana Cake

We love it. The cake is moist and tasty – just the way I like them. Our family likes this cake so much that it is the most commonly baked cake in our house. It started life as a banana cake but we found the chocolates adds that special something. Chocolate Banana Cake Galit Haviv-Thomas ...

Baklava

Mmmmmm. Little sweet middle eastern pastries. Perfect with black coffee. Baklava Steven Thomas Print Recipe Ingredients  800 g filo pastry1 3/4 cups 350 g melted butter or margarine6 cups 750 g nuts (almonds or walnuts or pecans), chopped2.5 cups 500 g sugar2 tablespoons rose water1 teaspoon lemon juice Instructions Layer pastry sheets with butter or margarine between ...

Another Chocolate Banana Cake

Although we’ve got our favourite recipe for Chocolate Banana Cake we occasionally try new variations. This recipe starts with coffee – which to this coffee lover is no bad thing.   Another Chocolate Banana Cake Print Recipe Ingredients  1 teaspoon coffee or expresso coffee1/2 cup cocoa150 grams butter1/2 cup milk1 teaspoon Vanilla essence4 big eggs1 cup ...

10 minute Carrot Cake

Easy and very fast. Dates from when I was keen on microwaves and baking treats quickly for my friends. 10 minute Carrot Cake Print Recipe Ingredients  Ingredients for Cake2/3 cups oil2 eggs1 cup flour3/4 cups sugar1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon nutmeg2 cups grated carrots3/4 cups nutsIngredients for Cream cheese sauce75 ...

Tarte Tatin (French Apple Tart)

Tarte Tatin (French Apple Tart)
Imagine going out to the pub and when you get home your new flatmate had left an exquisite homemade French apple pastry for you to sample. This was my introduction to Bernard’s cooking and to Tarte Tatin. Yum. I tweaked Bernard’s recipe a bit to cope with my 28 cm Tarte Tatin pan and with ...

Carrot Ginger Cake

Marie made this for dessert in Auckland once. I like carrot cake but this was great. The recipe is for an 8″ (20cm) tin, but for a 10″ (25cm) tin you just need to double the recipe.  Carrot Ginger Cake Marie Hodges Marvellous carrot cake with a bit of zing. Print Recipe Ingredients  Ingredients for the ...

Creamy Chocolate Sauce

Mmmmm. Chocolate sauce. Great with ice cream and nuts. Creamy Chocolate Sauce Print Recipe Ingredients  50 ml Cream50 grams dark chocolate10 grams soft butter3 tablespoons honey Instructions Microwave cream until bubbly Add chocolate to cream and mix Add butter and honey to cream and mix

Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecan pie but gooey, with chocolate. 🙂 Gooey Chocolate Pecan Pie Print Recipe Ingredients  250 grams short crust pastry1 egg100 g castor sugar25 g plain flour250 g golden syrup65 g butter melted25 g white chocolate roughly chopped25 g milk chocolate roughly chopped50 g pecan nuts roughly chopped6-8 pecan nuts for decorationicing sugar to dust Instructions preheat oven ...

Bran Muffins

 Fiona and I went through a vegetarian phase and hung out at the only vegetarian cafe in my home town. They served the first muffins I’d ever seen. And in those days the only muffin was a bran muffin. This is Fiona’s version. Bran Muffins Fiona Masters A classic from the days when the only ...