Crowd pleasers – Mardi Gras Doughnuts

This post is terribly late! But better late than never, right?  Plus it involves jam doughnuts and definitely worthy of sharing with you all! Last Christmas, we made dessert for both sides of the family. I may have overlooked the commitment of baking from scratch, as we (Derek too) spent almost two days in the kitchen (minus a dishwasher) leading up to what always turns out to be a hectic Christmas every ...

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Peanut Butter Cups

Who loves Reece's peanut butter cups? I do! I really do, so much so I had to make them at home. This is a super easy recipe adapted from the New York Cult Recipes cookbook. Thankyou @shopgirlinprint for the recommendation! The peanut butter cups were ready to eat in a couple of minutes after making. 1 tablespoon coconut oil 280g dark chocolate, chopped into very small pieces for melting (I love dark chocolate however you can ...

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Cinnamon crème brûlée

Gifts can introduce you to something new, up until the moment I received a set of Chasseur ramekins and a blowtorch I never knew the taste of a crème brûlée  nor had I even made one at home. Chilled custard, creamy soft in texture and covered in a crispy hard carmelised layer of sugar, THIS is a crème brûlée. Instantly hooked, I have been making this dessert again and again since Christmas! Taking this ...

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Slow Cooked Sausage + Chasseur French Oven Review

When I found this recipe to slow cook sausages I was pleasantly surprise. I have been so used to cooking them on the BBQ (an Australian tradition) it had never occurred to me that I could also slow cook them! Let me tell you slow cooked sausages are amazing, so soft and the delicious flavour. Combine them with mashed potato and it becomes a great winter meal. After this revelation ...

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Gerbeaud Slices

The Gerbeaud slice (Gerbeaud-Szelet) is a Hungarian recipe of thin sweetened yeast dough, apricot preserves, ground walnuts and dark rich chocolate. Sounds divine doesn't it? The recipe was sourced from Rick Rogers' Kaffehaus Book, it is a wonderful addition for any cake lover featuring recipes from the old bohemia country in Europe. The book covers basic batters and doughs, simple cakes, fancy cakes, strudels, sweet yeast breads, dumplings, pancakes and puddings. ...

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Tiramisu in a cup!

Tiramisu was one of the first desserts I made when I moved out of home a few years back. There are many variations of this strong tasting Italian dessert from super easy to difficult. Sometimes if I make a batch of Tiramisu I will have it for breakfast in place of my espresso, not the heathiest of meals I know but I go weak at the thought of dessert. This ...

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La joie de vivre and a French meal at home

The first weekend in a while that we have been able to spend it alone and at home all rugged up near the heater, I was looking forward to a big meal. Earlier that afternoon I opened my Little Paris Kitchen cookbook in search of a new and exciting dish to cook for dinner and bake for dessert. Cider Liqueur A twist to the traditional beef wellingtons I made Cheureuil en croute which ...

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Minestrone Alla Genovese

There is nothing more satisfying than a steaming hot soup on a cold winters evening, it is a fantastic way to end my day. Minestrone is budget friendly, incredibly tasty and there are a few variations to make so you can never get bored with this winter's dish. On occasion I will add Pork or Beef if I feel like a meaty taste. This recipe is from the book called a little ...

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Roast Pumpkin Soup Recipe

During winter in perth pumpkins are so cheap to buy and this simple roast pumpkin soup recipe is just delicious. Butternut Pumpkins are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes growth, string bones, healthy skin, hair teeth and gums. It helps aid the removal of age spots. Vitamin C helps decrease blood cholesterol. Ingredients 3 butternut pumpkins 2 table spoons of Olive Oil 40 grams of Butter 2 onions, coarsely cut 3 garlic ...

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