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Recipe Scene: Flourless Cashew and Chocolate Cake

This cake is a cracker – really easy to make, works every time, and I’m yet to meet someone who didn’t love it. You can use any type of ground nutmeal, though I think cashews work really well. Other nuts that are delicious are hazelnuts, pistachio or macadamia. This is another ever-reliable Women’s Weekly recipe, copied almost word for word from their big yellow Bake cookbook. To get a great chocoaltely flavor I always use Dutch pressed cocoa – you can use any cocoa, but the Dutch really does have the best flavor, and makes for a darker, richer cake. […]

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Recipe Scene: Blueberry Scrolls

Who doesn’t love a sweet fresh scroll, warm from the oven. Yum. I’ve filled this batch with a blueberry almond filling, but you can put whatever you like in – other crushed berries mixed with almond meal, mashed banana and Nutella, cinnamon, whatever takes your fancy. I have been known to make two batches in short succession, as they really are eaten up quickly. […]

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Recipe Scene: Oatmeal Ganache Biscuits

I hope Arnott’s don’t have a go at me for using their biscuit name here, but these taste remarkably like Kingstons. They have a similar oaty, golden syrupy flavor and are sandwiched together with a delicious chocolate ganache. If I’m pressed for time and don’t make the ganache drizzle with melted chocolate when they are cooked. Oh and I always make double this amount. Always. Once you taste them you’ll know why. […]

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Recipe Scene: Cherry Danishes

This is an easy, cheats version of a cherry Danish. To make proper Danishes takes quite some time – all that flaky pastry rolling and folding. For this version however I use bought puff pastry. If you’ve got the time then by all means make your own pastry, but if not a good quality butter puff pastry works really well. I make my own custard, but if pressed for time you can use shop bought. I’ve made these with cherries, but they are equally delicious with any fresh or tinned fruit. […]

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Recipe Scene: Spiced Blueberry Cake

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. […]

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Recipe Scene: Spiced Blueberry Cake

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. […]

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Recipe Scene: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Slice

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. […]

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Recipe Scene: Maple Syrup Banana Cake

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. […]

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Recipe Scene: Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

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. […]

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Recipe Scene: Malted Chocolate Cake

This recipe is based on one I found online at www.delcious.com.au. 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. […]