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“Hot” Chocolate Cake

June 3, 2011 by


Being named after a saint has at least one advantage – you get an extra birthday each year. Like a birthday, your Saint’s Day or Name Day is an excuse to have a feast. The tradition of celebrating your Saint’s Day was originally a Catholic one, and it has spread through Europe. But even if […]

Stewed Quince

May 14, 2011 by


Armidale, a town in northern NSW, gets a little chilly in autumn, but that gives it the perfect climate for growing quinces. I was staying in Armidale recently when a very excited young physicist came rushing into my cabin bearing two fruit. She didn’t know what they were, but she’d found a tree full of […]

Prune Roulade with Chocolate and Ricotta

April 15, 2011 by


Moving house is enough to make you wish you were a minimalist. Or at least that your partner was one. “Why does he collect historic computers?” you ask yourself, “and what use are all his uni notes about…?” But when he asks about your archive of baking magazines, you suddenly find the minimalistic lifestyle isn’t […]

Cornbread Muffins

March 12, 2011 by


When I was a child we used to go over to the neighbours’ house for a cuppa. They were houseproud people, and had a wooden deck out the back covered by a decorative grape vine. There they would serve tea in a pot, and often a loaf-cake. The interesting thing about the loaf-cake is that […]


January 14, 2011 by


German Christmas baking smells enticingly of spices and orange, and plays an important role throughout the celebration. Some cookbooks separate their recipes by the period of baking: November, Advent, Christmas or New Year. The batches the recipes make are often enormous, but there’s no hurry to eat them all since the biscuits and cookies baked […]

Chocolate Quark Torte

November 5, 2010 by


It’s not customary to buy yourself a present for someone else’s birthday, but hopefully buying yourself the equipment to bake a really good birthday cake is excusable. Baking using the tea-cup guestimation technique is great for muffins, but not for a proper torte. Electronic scales are not only more accurate than teacups, but also nicer […]


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