Sweet Treats

Plenty of indulgent blow outs and healthy everyday treats to keep you on track.

I try my best to make desserts as healthy as possible so that they can be enjoyed more often without sacrificing texture or flavour. I have been experimenting a lot with vegan desserts so there are plenty of those.

Homemade fig, vanilla and lemon jam

Posted on March 8, 2014

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After yesterday’s heavy post, I thought I’d get back on your sweet side with some homemade jam. Did it work?

My very good friends Robyn and Rocco gifted me with about 3kg of figs from their tree last month. Tiny, sweet, gorgeous things. I was ecstatic until I realised I couldn’t actually eat that many figs before they were going to turn.

What was I to do? That’s right, make jam. But I also stuffed them into biscuits, brownies (so good! Use this recipe and just chuck in a cup of chopped fresh figs with the nuts in step 4), plus I ate them on muesli everyday.

And I STILL had about a kilo left over. Jam, was their destiny. (more…)

Mango tiramisu

Posted on January 13, 2014

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Happy New Year! I am looking forward to absolutely rocking 2014 and I can’t wait to share all the fun stuff with you so I hope you’ll come along for the ride…

Meanwhile, Australia’s long hot Summer continues and I’ve been busy in the kitchen with the King of Summer fruit – Mangoes. The sweet, silky flesh of ripe mangoes is the perfect partner in this rich, but fruity dessert. It’s a cracker served after a spicy meal. (more…)

Christmas pancakes

Posted on December 11, 2013

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Yep, I’m giving everything the Christmas makeover at the moment. I just love helping you prepare for the festivities!

First there was the chilled dairy free eggnog, then a delicious rolled turkey breast with cranberry couscous stuffing and most recently, some delectable christmas cake brownies (yum, yum, double yum!).

Today I present you with… christmas pancakes. Go on, I know you want to! (more…)

Christmas cake brownies

Posted on December 9, 2013

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Just when you thought all the brownie flavours were played out… bam! I present you with christmas cake brownies. Chocolatey squares that are delightfully supercharged with dried fruit, spices and blanched almonds.

You’re welcome.

Two beautiful desserts come together here in one festive treat that is so versatile. Serve in small squares with coffee or tea, plate up with custard as dessert, sneak a bit from the fridge between meals, or maybe for breakfast – hey, it’s the holidays, live a little!  (more…)

Almond and coffee self-saucing pudding {vegetarian}

Posted on June 12, 2013

Self saucing pudding is one of my signature desserts. I love experimenting with different flavours and textures in both the fluffy topping and the saucy bottom. My usual go-to flavour combo is banana (on top) and caramel (saucy bottom). It is truly divine, and I promise to share that recipe soon.

However, this delicious combination came about when Vitasoy briefed me to make two coffee-flavoured desserts. Tiramisu immediately sprang to mind, but then I remembered I’d already created a chocolate virgin version before for them, so that was out. At that moment it started raining, and for some reason a warm, comforting self saucing pudding popped into my brain.  (more…)

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