Bushwalker Cookies with Apple (Dairy-free)

Bushwalker Cookies with Apple

When I originally began this blog it was my intention to take regular recipes and see how I could ramp them up with flavours of apple.  I have done a fair bit of adding apple to recipes but have failed to add them to my blog before the bottomless-pit-teenagers manage to remove all trace of such baking experiments. Continue reading

Update: Apple & Cinnamon Wholemeal Panettone

Panettone
Having purchased a commercially baked panettone and compared it to my baby panettone (see here) I could see that the few issues I had had with my rising and baking had impacted on the texture of my bread. The mini panettone were delicious but more like regular fruit bread than proper panettone. Continue reading

Panforte with White Chocolate

Panforte with White Chocolate

Panforte, an Italian Christmas cake of Siena, Italy, is more confection than cake. A variety of nuts & fruit are coated in heady spiced flour then enrobed in honey-caramel.  The result is a rich chewy treat, delicious when cut into thin slivers and served with coffee.  In Italy, each village has their own variation of Panforte, and so I was inspired to make not one but two Gisborne variations.  Here is the White Chocolate version. Continue reading

Homemade Apple & Cinnamon Wholemeal Panettone

Homemade Apple & Cinnamon Wholemeal Panettone
My December recipe for our local paper, The Gisborne Herald, was inspired by the classic Italian dessert Zuccotto.  I create the recipes and on the bottom of the page is an advertisement for a local Mediterranean delicatessen.  Each month features a recipe using some ingredient available from the delicatessen.  Occasionally I get very inspired by a recipe idea and get right through to the baking and making stage before I realise that none of the ingredients are available at the deli.  When I get in my inspired mode, it is full charge ahead…… Sometimes it is back to the drawing board for a few tweaks, sometimes it is a whole recipe redesign. Continue reading