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Dutch Donuts – The Last Daring Kitchen December Challenge

Dutch Donuts – The Last Daring Kitchen December Challenge

The week since Christmas Eve has flown by and now we arrive at the end of 2016. I’m sad to say that this post also marks the end of Daring Kitchen, a wonderful online group of which I have been a part of since 2009. […]

Merry Christmas and a festive Stollen

Merry Christmas and a festive Stollen

I can hear the kookaburras calling outside my window and the Torres Strait pigeon in the mango tree as dusk settles here after a hot and humid Christmas eve. It’s not what many would consider typically Christmasy but to us it is. Today I baked […]

Lebkuchen – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #58

Lebkuchen – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #58

Lebkuchen is a spicy German cookie synonymous with Christmas. Soft in the centre and slightly crunchy on the edges, fragrant with spices and sticky molasses. What this cookies lack in looks it makes up for in flavour and like all good things, improves with age! […]

Krumkake – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #57

Krumkake – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #57

This week as we race towards Christmas day I find that I’m baking lots of recipes from this wonderful cookbook by Greg Patent. In Montana where Greg lives, the snow is softly falling and the vista is picture perfect. Quite unlike the view outside my […]

Hazelnut Christmas Cookies – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #56

Hazelnut Christmas Cookies – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #56

These unusual hazelnut cookies (or biscuits) are a German specialty called Nussplätzchen which have a thin base topped with mound of hazelnut marzipan. The topping is soft and chewy when first baked but hardens and becomes crunchy in a matter of days. As with much […]

Christmas Cake – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #55

Christmas Cake – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #55

Do you like Christmas fruit cake? Fruit cake is very alienating – you either love it or you hate it. Here in Australia, we have had an English baking heritage and that includes fruit cakes. In years gone by it was the only cake to […]

In my Kitchen this month

In my Kitchen this month

Summer has arrived with vengeance here in North Queensland! It’s hot and dry and we longingly wait for the monsoons and the tropical rains. The last of the  sugar cane waiting in the fields to be harvested is crisp and brown from the heat. This […]

Torta Della Nonna – The Daring Kitchen November, 2016 Challenge

Torta Della Nonna – The Daring Kitchen November, 2016 Challenge

For the month of November we at the Daring Kitchen were challenged by Ginger-Z to make the delicious Torta della Nonna.  This humble Italian cake is seen in many variations, single crusted and double crusted. Many years ago I had clipped a recipe from an […]

Pumpkin Empanadas for Thanksgiving – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #54

Pumpkin Empanadas for Thanksgiving – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #54

Baking is like a journey, isn’t it? You are at the wheel and you can steer it in any direction you choose. That’s the best part. It can be a trip to your favourite place, taken in luxury and comfort or it can be an […]

Mocha Cake with Coffee Liqueur Syrup and Chocolate Glaze

Mocha Cake with Coffee Liqueur Syrup and Chocolate Glaze

Mocha Cake with Coffee Liqueur Syrup and Chocolate Glaze. Well that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?  But when I came up with this cake that’s exactly what I wanted. This cake was for my sister’s birthday and the request was for a “simple chocolate cake”. The […]