Banana is a special fruit that can be used in more than one way. You can enjoy it as is for a quick healthy snack, coat it in batter to make crisp fritters, or mix it with dulce de leche and cream for a decadent banoffee pie. And when bananas start turning brown on your kitchen counter, there’s an even longer list of recipes to put them to good use. Of course, banana bread easily tops that list. (more…)
Hayley McKee is not only one of the rising stars of the cake world, but surely one of the most original. Who else would have dreamt of and succeeded in making flavour combos like beetroot rose truffle, lavender bay leaf, pumpkin bourbon crunch, and porcini caramel and chestnut cake? (more…)
I’ve always been interested in baking. Back in the day when I had no idea what a stand mixer was, I remember spending my weekends baking at home, mixing everything by hand. I used to read the backs of cake mix boxes and would cut out and save those recipes I thought I can do. Some turned out okay. Most were not. But I really like baking and working with the oven so much, I even decided to study it formally.
We always follow the Good Friday tradition of eating hot cross buns to represent Jesus on the Cross. My father began bread making bread in his 30s and proudly produced a batch of Hot Cross Buns every Good Friday after that, a tradition I followed with my own family. Homemade Hot Cross Buns are delicious fresh out of the oven, full of fruit and spices, and best spread with melted butter.