Christmas Shortbread (that holds it’s shape!).

shortbreadThe start of this shortbread journey began with a failure. I had an old recipe for a shortbread that I found in my recipe book. I couldn’t recall the last time I had made the recipe so I thought I would test it out. The recipe had a bad combination of ingredients, the dough was too wet, the cookies spread in the oven and it was a disaster zone. Determined to figure out how to fix this recipe, I started again and modified some ingredients and steps. I also decided to list down my top tips for the shortbread to hold it’s shape (based on my method for other cookies). These tips are:

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November 28th – Childhood Chocolate Cake.

img_9197.jpg2007. I was fourteen, teaching myself to French braid and fishtail braid, still listening to Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway album, and my favourite TV show was Cold Case. While my taste in music might have changed in the last ten years (thankfully), my favourite chocolate cake recipe has not. This one-bowl chocolate cake is not only easy to make (i.e. for the 14-year old baker in 2007), it also can be modified in one hundred different ways to make it suit your personal baking style. My favourite? 2 tiers with fresh cream and strawberries in the middle of the tiers, and on the top tier (with some chocolate icing, of course!).

For this featured cake, I decided I wanted to work on my icing and decorating skills. Scrolling through Instagram each day I get inspired by so many amazing cake decorators, so I’ve decided to give it a try. What did you think of the end result? Keep reading for the best chocolate cake recipe!

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November 26th – Tasty TOBLERONE Cheesecake

Does anyone else pick up the free recipe cards in grocery stores? A couple of years ago I picked up a Woolworths & Philadelphia recipe card for a “TOBLERONE Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake”. I’ve had a few bad experiences with free recipe cards in the past but a few minor tweaks and this cheesecake has become one of my go-to’s. Have you had an interesting experience with a free recipe card? Tell us about it in the comment section πŸ™‚


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November 26th – The Plentiful Pavlova.


What do you think of when you hear “pavlova”? For me, it brings memories to my mind of baking the Christmas pavlova with my Grandma in her kitchen when I was younger. The pavlova is still a staple Christmas dessert at our house, and this is the recipe I use each year (pictured). Why not kick off the 2017 festive season by giving this pavlova a try? Guarantee you’ll have your friends and family impressed!

The recipe below is for a large (8 egg) pav. If you’re looking to make a smaller pav, opt for 4 eggs (halving the recipe) or 6 eggs (3/4 of measurements below). Happy baking!!

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