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Bread and Butter Pudding – an Endlessly Variable Old-Fashioned Dessert

12/07/2019 | By

I’ve never used a recipe to make bread and butter pudding, but I’ve had requests for one, so here it is. Just remember to make enough for breakfast!

bread and butter pudding

My breakfast!

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Last week I posted a picture of my breakfast of left-over bread and butter pudding on my Instagram profile and Facebook page (feel free to follow me on both – the links are to the right). 

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Molasses Bread – (Almost) as Tasted at Yorkshire’s Stone House Hotel

12/09/2018 | By

Tweaked from a home made treacle bread I became addicted to in Yorkshire last year, my molasses bread is deliciously mellow and slightly sweet.

sliced molasses bread

 

If someone told me that I couldn’t eat carbs any more I think I’d just shrivel up and die. 

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Turkish Bread Recipe

10/02/2017 | By

It’s easy to make these delicious, golden Turkish bread loaves at home – and if you have a Magimix Cook Expert it’s also super-fast!

Recipe for Turkish bread

I arrived home last week from a couple of weeks away and, as usual, my first inclination was to bake. My thoughts turned to a recipe for Turkish bread that I had seen on the Orgasmic Chef food blog. 

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Weekend Baking Recipe – Honey Orange Brioche

15/08/2014 | By

Well, we are back on planet normal after our indulgent week in Vietnam, most of which we spent lolling around a fabulous resort which I’ll share with you later. Back here in real life the absence of a vast and sumptuous breakfast buffet was immediately noted and sullenly commented on by The Bloke.

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Cheese Batter Bread – Another Fabulous, Fast Recipe!

14/03/2014 | By

The fastest bread you’ll bake, this Cheese Batter Bread is wonderful served with soup and the leftovers toast brilliantly.

cheesy batter bread

I’ve really been cranking up the baking over the last week or two. The milder weather always does this to me – I want great cakes and breads and I want them right now, so the best way to do that is to make them myself.

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In My Kitchen, October 2012

05/10/2012 | By

My friend Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial does a monthly roundup of interesting things in her kitchen.   She’s a cracker baker and chocolate temperer (erer?) so it is well worth swinging by her kitchen and checking it out.  Every so often I actually manage to get organised enough to join in – like this month!

Fairy floss is something I thought I was well past in this life, although I do sneak the odd mouthful if I happen to be at the Royal Show, but a parcel which arrived in the post last week is about to change that.  Genevieve Loxley one day wondered why you can’t buy passionfruit flavoured fairy floss and three years later Spun Fairy Floss was born.  Now available in over 100 different and gorgeous flavours, Spun Fairy Floss is wonderfully fragrant and vegan friendly, gluten, fat, sodium, lactose and preservative free which I’m hoping makes it some kind of health food because I had it for lunch today!

Although I really did have fairy floss at lunch time, I lifted my game a little for afternoon tea after a trip to the fruit and vegetable shop.  Once my blood sugar crashed I went looking for something a little more sustaining and came home with a loaf of the absolutely stunning pumpkin bread from Mylor Bakery in the Adelaide Hills.  Not available in many places, their genuine sourdough bread comes in several different varieties and is worth looking for.  This moist loaf has just a hint of nutmeg and I really can’t get enough of it.

While meandering around the greengrocers I discovered a new line of local Adelaide-made dips.  Thia’s Dips are family-made in Norwood, largely using the fresh organic produce which is grown on the family farm at Virginia and are preservative and additive free.  They are very new and won’t be found in the large supermarkets so, once again, you’ll have to look for them.  There is a glorious image of a widely beaming Thia on the lids which makes them instantly recognisable.  My favourite is the Eggplant & Spanish Onion dip which looks and tastes as if it was made this morning – and goes very nicely with the pumpkin bread.

Adelaide Showground Farmers Market and Willunga Farmers Market habitue’s will be very familiar with the gorgeous honey products of Silvia The Honey Lady and now she has brought her goodies up into the hills, opening her new shop last week in Hahndorf.  She is making herself at home in a charming heritage cottage on the main drag where she stocks her full range of natural raw honey and honey blends.  The Honey Lady also sells a wonderful range of hand blended herbal teas and will be releasing an all-natural honey-based range of skin care products in time for Christmas.  I’ve had a little sneak preview of these and I fell instantly in love – I just can’t wait until these are available!

Silvia has developed quite a reputation with her blended honeys which include a vanilla blend, chai blend, licorice and turmeric.  These are all popular home remedies for various ailments but are also splendid secret ingredients in your cooking.  The sweet licorice honey will completely lift a pork dish up to the next level and the vanilla and/or ginger  honey turns a panna cotta into something truly sublime.  And, of course, they are perfect in a cup of tea – which is my favourite way to enjoy the ginger honey.

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