September 19, 2017
The first biscuit was a chunky, dry creation baked to sustain travellers on long journeys on horseback or camel. Prepared from crushed cereals, it was never sweetened. In the 7th century, Persian cooks started to make lighter, sweeter biscuits adding shortening, eggs and hon...
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June 5, 2017
The icing on these Afghans is ganache — a mixture of dark chocolate and cream.250g butter, softened3/4 cup caster sugar1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder1 1/2 cups cornflakesChocolate Icing: 1/2 cup cream200g dark chocolate, finely chopped20-21 walnut halv...
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225g gluten-free crunchy coconut biscuits or similar125g butter1/4 cup sugar1 egg, lightly beaten1 tablespoon cocoa powder1 cup chopped walnuts1/2 cup sultanas1 teaspoon vanilla essenceIcing: 1 3/4 cups icing sugar3 tablespoons cocoa powder2 tablespoons each: butter, bo...
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Cake: 1 cup brown sugar2 large eggs3/4 cup canola oil1 teaspoon vanilla essence1 cup gluten-free flour mix1/2 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon each: baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon1 1/2 cups freshly grated carrots1/2 cup chopped walnuts nutsCream Cheese Topping: ...
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A makeover of the muffin. Delicious served with coffee or as a dessert.1/8 teaspoon saffron threads2 tablespoons hot water10 slices toast-thickness white bread1 cup each: cream, milk4 large eggs, lightly beaten1/3 cup white sugar1 teaspoon vanilla essence75g butter, melted1/...
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This light but colourful cake can be made and cut within a few days. Because it is not rich it has a shorter shelf life. I used about 450g of dried fruit in total.1/2 cup each: dried mango slices, dried pineapple pieces, crystallised strawberries, dried pawpaw, glacé red ch...
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Hummingbird Cake

September 28, 2016
3 cups plain flour1 teaspoon each: baking soda, ground ginger1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup sugar1 1/2 cups canola oil3 eggs, lightly beaten225g can crushed pineapple, undrained3 bananas, mashed1 cup walnuts or nuts of your choice, chopped1 teaspoon vanilla essenceCream Cheese Icing...
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Spiced Pumpkin Bread

March 16, 2016
Choose a butternut or dry crown pumpkin for best results. Ensure the mashed pumpkin is fairly dry.2 cups mashed pumpkin1 1/2 cups sugar1 cup each: water, canola oil4 eggs3 1/3 cups standard flour2 teaspoons each: baking soda, ground cinnamon1 teaspoon each: salt, baking powd...
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