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A Baker's Odyssey

  • Mini Streusel topped Buns filled with Jam or Nutella

    These streusel topped buns are made with a yeast dough which is rich in butter and eggs. But that's ...

  • Quick Doughnut balls

    Doughnuts are such a delicious treat food. I really don't think you can beat the traditional doughnut ...

  • Addictive Portuguese Bread

    Let me introduce you to Lola, the luscious, sweet, soft bread from Portugal. Yep, she is as delicious ...

  • Crispy Homemade Crackers that are super easy to make

    Crispy homemade crackers are a cinch to make. Team these crackers with a bowl of olives and garlicy ...

  • Breads and Buns

  • Pumpkin Scones with Jam and Mascarpone Cream

    Pumpkin Scones are such an institution here in Australia. It seems almost unpatriotic to not like Pumpkin ...

  • Mini Chocolate Chip Panettone

    These Mini Chocolate Chip Panettone are so cute and delicious you'll want to make and eat them year ...

  • No Bake Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake

    Do you need a great dessert for Christmas? This No Bake Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake is perfect. This ...

  • Cheese and Pesto filled Bread Wreath with Tomato Dipping Sauce

    Christmas baking is always extra special. This Cheese and Pesto filled Bread Wreath with Tomato Dipping ...

  • Breakfast

  • Homemade Granola

    This Homemade Granola has been a staple at our family breakfast table for a very long time. It's simple, ...

  • Panettone French Toast with Berries and Honey

    Panettone French Toast is a delicious alternative to simply toasting your panettone which in itself ...

  • Mini Ham and Spinach Frittatas

    What to do with all the leftover ham? Make Mini Ham and Spinach Frittatas, of course. These little individual ...

  • A Wonderful Pear Tea Cake

    You are going to love this Pear Tea Cake! It is simply loaded with pears and has a light lemon scent. ...

  • Cakes and Cupcakes

  • Orange Syrup cake with Mascarpone Cream

    So, you need a great cake and it needs to be dessert as well? Do you find that a bit of a challenge? ...

  • Lime and Blueberry Syrup cake

    The making of this Lime and Blueberry Syrup cake was one of those serendipitous moments that happen ...

  • Fast and Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Do you want a great muffin recipe? This is it. These Fast and Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins are tender ...

  • Caramelized White Chocolate Everyone Will Love

    White chocolate is polarizing. Either you love it or you hate it. If you love it, you're usually pretty ...

  • Christmas

  • Gingerbread Pizzelle

    These Gingerbread Pizzelle are fragrant with spices and molasses which make them perfect for Christmas ...

  • Italian Fig Cookies – Cuccidati

    Baking cookies at this time of the year seems to be a worldwide event. These Italian Fig Cookies know ...

  • Merry Christmas and a festive Stollen

      I can hear the kookaburras calling outside my window and the Torres Strait pigeon in the mango ...

  • Lebkuchen is one of the great Christmas cookies

    Lebkuchen is a spicy German cookie synonymous with Christmas. Soft in the centre and slightly crunchy ...

  • Cookies, Biscuits, Bars and Slices

  • Italian Pignoli Cookies

    These Italian Pignoli cookies are the ideal cookie for Christmas. A simple cookie made of almond paste ...

  • Salted Cranberry and Pecan Biscotti

    These biscotti are a perfect holiday treat. Combining the classic flavours of tart cranberry and crunchy ...

  • My most requested recipe – Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    This Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is my most requested recipe. Chocolate chip cookie recipes abound. ...

  • The Anzac Biscuit with a difference

    These Anzac Biscuits zing with the warmth of ground ginger that melds perfectly with the flavour of ...

  • Desserts and Delicious Sweet things

  • Nutella Panna Cotta

    Nutella Panna Cotta is not a difficult dessert. But it is a delicious and impressive dessert. This is ...

  • Spiced Dried Fruit with Rum

    Australian dried fruit is among the best in the world. Whether you like apples, peaches, apricots, pears, ...

  • Italian Apple Pie with no fail pastry

    Italian Apple Pie with no fail pastry is always going to be popular. Take apples douse them in cinnamon, ...

  • A hands on chocolate class with The Art of Chocolate

    “Anything is good if it's made of chocolate.”  - Jo Brand Imagine a day spent immersed in chocolate, ...

  • Drinks

  • Pina Colada to welcome in 2011 Tropical Style!

    Here in tropical Northern Australia, the sky's are cloudy and the rain teems down intermittently ...

  • Family Dinners and Meals

  • Stuffed Zucchini with Ricotta

    Are you ready for a great, make ahead, vegetarian dish? This Stuffed Zucchini with Ricotta is what you ...

  • Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice, Capers and Anchovy

    These Stuffed Tomatoes are bursting with the flavours of summer. Perfect served as a side dish or a ...

  • Italian Sweet and Sour Peppers – Agrodolce di Peperoni

    Italian Sweet and Sour Peppers or Agrodolce di Peperoni are delicious and easy to prepare. Make double ...

  • My father’s Risotto alla Milanese recipe and some Risotto secrets

    Risotto alla Milanese is a luxurious and delicous risotto flavoured with saffron which results in the ...

  • In my kitchen

  • In my Kitchen

    In my kitchen in February it was hot and not a lot of baking was happening. The kitchen was filled with ...

  • In my Kitchen this month

    Summer has arrived with vengeance here in North Queensland! It's hot and dry and we longingly wait for ...

  • In My Kitchen – November 2016

      This is my second edition of In My Kitchen which is hosted by Liz of Bizzy Lizzy Good Things. If ...

  • In My Kitchen October 2016

    I am linking this in to the monthly In My Kitchen event hosted by Lizzy of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things. ...

  • In North Queensland

  • Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

    Have you ever seen a cocoa tree? Or even a cocoa pod? Or followed the pod all the way to when it becomes ...

  • A Tribute to my Dad and a Simple Soup for my Dad on Father’s Day.

    In 1952 a young man from Fiorenzuola D'Arda near Piacenza in Italy embarked on a journey that would ...

  • Come with me to the North Queensland Farmers Markets

    The last of the season figs. We bought them all! Saturday morning, up bright and early to travel the ...

  • “Very Nice” Avocado Dip

    Planning major renovations to a house involves many hours of decision making. Choosing materials, style, ...

  • Italian

  • Nonna’s Peperonata

    This is a special recipe. Peperonata was nonna Lucia's speciality. Nonna Lucia made one of the best ...

  • 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 ...

  • Multi Coloured Pasta – The Daring Kitchen July, 2016 Challenge

    There is pasta and then there is PASTA. This is PASTA. Coloured with vegetable puree. Sliced and rolled ...

  • Italian Anise-Orange Cookies – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #44

    Colourful sprinkles attract children like bees to honey.  I had made these cookies for the biscuit ...

  • Jams, Preserves and DIY

  • Pavlova – Daring Kitchen challenge for August 2016

    This month I hosted a Daring Kitchen challenge and challenged the members of the Daring Kitchen to make ...

  • Making Mozzarella Cheese

    Some time ago I spotted a cheese making kit at my local deli. Already having prepared ricotta using ...

  • Conserva di Pomodori – Homemade Tomato Paste

    While in most areas summer is tomato season, in tropical North Queensland tomato season is in our mild ...

  • Homemade Ricotta Cheese

    This post has been a long time in the making. Eighteen months ago the Daring Baker's Challenge for November ...

  • Pasta

  • Jamie Oliver inspired Asparagus Pasta

    At the moment Australian grown spring asparagus are $1.00 per bunch! Yep, that's correct...$1.00. And ...

  • Homemade Orecchiette with Bacon and Broccoli

    Orecchiette have been on my list of pasta to make for a long time and this Sunday was the day! At a ...

  • Hand made Pasta – Garganelli

    Here in the southern hemisphere we are finally letting go of the hot summer and approaching cooler months. ...

  • Hand made pasta – Busiati

      Pasta has always been an integral part of my life. As children, my sister and I always helped ...

  • Pies and Pastry

  • Almond tartlets to satisfy your sweet cravings (we all have those!)

    Almonds tarts or tartlets are one of the most loved pastries which span many cultures. From the Italian ...

  • The Original Shoofly Pie Recipe

    For me, up until now one of the mysteries of US cuisine was the Shoofly Pie! Yep, it's taken me a long ...

  • Baklava – A Baker’s Odyssey Challenge #59

    What's the best baklava you've ever had? Was a Greek or Lebanese baklava? Come to think of it - is it ...

  • 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. ...

  • Salads

  • Curried Roasted Cauliflower Salad

      I get very stale sometimes!   With my cooking that is!    I get caught up making ...

  • A Salad for all Seasons

    As the scorching heat of our tropical summer begins to give way to the humidity of the relentless rain ...

  • Soups

  • Nigella’s Pumpkin and Chickpea Hotpot

    Do you want a warming soup with a hint of spice? You've come to the right place. This amazing soup is ...

  • Starters, Snacks and Nibbles

  • Nuts and Bolts for a retro snack with drinks

    This is spicy and crunchy snack, commonly known as Nuts and Bolts here in Australia, delicious to have ...

  • Parmesan Crisps

    Sometimes I think we complicate life unnecessarily. I've been reading an interesting blog lately - Becoming ...

  • PÃO DE QUEIJO – The Daring Bakers’ May, 2014 Challenge

    This month's Daring Bakers' Challenge took us on a trip to beautiful Brazil! Renata of "Testado, Provado ...

  • Cheese and Ham Sofficini

    The Italians know how to do food, don't they? Born of Italian parents, I grew up surrounded by food. ...

  • Travel

  • Torta Greca and Mantova

    Mantova in the Lombardy region of Italy. Three years ago our family played host to a delightful young ...

  • Bagna Càuda in the countryside of Piedmont

    It was misty and foggy the day we arrived in Camagna Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy. At midday the mist ...

  • Piemonte and Bunèt for dessert

    Family is a treasure. Even more so when they live half way around the world and welcome you with open ...

  • Italian Dream – Part 3 and the end!

      Our dream holiday in Italy finished up in the south visiting relatives in Reggio di Calabria ...