Recipe Scene: Spiced Blueberry Cake

August 15, 2018 Kate Delbridge

I found this recipe in the Australian women’s Weekly Simply Bread cookbook. I’ve copied the recipe as is except I renamed it a cake as to me it is definitely more cakey than bready and I adjusted the cooking time. They instructed to cook it for 1 hour and 45 minutes, but it only needs 45 minutes. Also I substituted the molasses for golden syrup. The cake ahs a beautiful spiced flavour and the blueberries add another really delicious dimension. They suggest it I served with butter, but I really don’t think it needs it, it is a terrific cake as is. It also makes lovely little cakes as well – I often cook this batter in friands tins. […]

Recipe Scene: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Slice

August 8, 2018 Kate Delbridge

As a housewarming present once my brother gave me a box of 36 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yum. What a great brother. Given I had so many I experimented a bit with using them in cooking. This slice is really great – buttery and scuity with chunks of peanut butter cup scattered throughout. If you want the slice to be soft, cook for 30 minutes. If you’d prefer it to be more crunchy and firm then leave it in the oven for an extra 5-10 minutes. […]

Recipe Scene: Maple Syrup Banana Cake

August 1, 2018 Kate Delbridge

If you like bananas it’s generally a given that you love banana cake, and having a couple of dark bananas in the fruit bowl gives me the perfect reason to make one. There are lots of things you can add to a banana cake to jazz it up, but I really like the simplicity of adding a bit of maple syrup for extra depth. If I’m feeling a bit healthy I use whole meal flour instead of white, but either is delicious. If you
want a bit more of a caramel flavour replace the white sugar with brown. […]

Recipe Scene: Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

July 25, 2018 Kate Delbridge

I’m always a bit anxious when it comes to unmoulding an unbaked cheesecake –
will it have set, or will it form a liquidy pool on the serving plate? This si a very
good recipe and works every time – no need to fear with it. I do however always
use full fat Philadelphia cream cheese as I worry that the lighter version won’t
have the staying power. If you don’t want to do the raspberry swirls you can
leave it as a classic vanilla cheesecake, or add a little lemon or lime juice to give it
a hint of citrus. I’ve included enough crumb mixture to go up the sides of the
cheesecake, however I usually make less and just have it on the base. And as
always, make sure the cream cheese is room temperature or it won’t incorporate
properly. […]

Recipe Scene: Malted Chocolate Cake

July 18, 2018 Kate Delbridge

This recipe is based on one I found online at I’ve adjusted it slightly and changed the icing to a fudge frosting. I first made this when I bought a large box of Maltesers but left them in a hot car and they all melted together into one big Maltesery block. But once they were chopped and scattered over and inside this cake no one was any the wiser. The cake is easy to
make and has a delicious flavour. If you don’t want to make the frosting you could easily whip cream and stir thorough crushed Maltesers and use this to fill and top the cake. Equally as delicious. […]

Recipe Scene: Lamington Brownies

July 11, 2018 Kate Delbridge

I adapted this recipe from one I found in Super Food Ideas magazine. It’s a really good brownie recipe, topped with a kind of coconut ice type layer that is briefly baked in the oven, then covered in chocolatey topping with a further scattering of coconut. I think you will find yourself quite popular if you make a tray of this. […]

Recipe Scene: Healthyish Weet Bix Slice

July 4, 2018 Kate Delbridge

I love that buttery, sugary weet bix slice that has piles of fluffy marshmallow on the top that brings back childhood memories. Obviously though it’s not particularly healthy. This version is really nice, and also a bit better for you. So yes, you can have 3 pieces. I drizzled with melted chocolate, but you can leave this off if you want. Because it’s made with coconut oil and not baked the slice gets a bit soft and crumbly if it’s a hot day, so best to store it in the fridge. […]

Recipe Scene: Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

June 27, 2018 Kate Delbridge

This recipe is from Bill Granger’s cookbook Bill’s Food. He calls it choc chip banana bread but to me it is most definitely a cake. A delicious cake that smells divine while it’s cooking and tastes absolutory sensational. The version here is slightly healthier than the one in the book. I’ve replaced the white flour with wholemeal flour, reduced the sugar a bit and switched out the milk choc chips for dark. I usually make this in two bar tins so I have a cake for us and one to give away. However usually the kids insist we keep them both. […]

Recipe Scene: Layered Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse Dessert

June 20, 2018 Kate Delbridge

This is my adaption of a Thermomix recipe for White chocolate Mousse Cups.
I’m not a massive fan of individually portioned desserts, I like people to have as
much or as little as they want, with plenty of opportunity for seconds. And
thirds. The original recipe calls for a home made sponge between the layers, but
I prefer to make it with tiramisu biscuits – it’s quicker, and also they taste great
with the other flavours. Because the recipe calls for 160 grams coconut milk and
I hate having leftover tins sitting in the fridge for a week til I throw them out, I
use the Ayam brand sachets of dehydrated coconut milk, one sachet with 150
grams of water makes the perfect amount. You can make this dessert with any
seasonal summer fruit. I’ve made this version with strawberries, but have also
included a photo of a mango one. The dessert improves with time – keep
leftovers in the fridge and have a few cheeky spoonfuls whenever you open the
fridge. […]

Recipe Scene: Brown Sugar Banoffee Pavlova Wreath

June 13, 2018 Kate Delbridge

This is a variation on the mixed berry wreath posted a few weeks ago. The substitution of brown sugar instead of white gives the pav a lovely caramel flavour. You can make your own caramel sauce or use a bought one, either is of course completely fine. As a tip, make sure you measure your largest serving plate before making the wreath, you don’t want to be in the awkward position of not having a plate big enough to put the pavlova onto. I also mark out the shape I want on the back of the baking paper first – for me making an even circle shape is harder than it seems! […]

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