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Black Cats Rocky Road

Black Cats Rocky Road

It's the scariest time of the year. Halloween is here, bringing with it witches, ghosts and ... plenty of black cats. We can now buy bags of sweet black cats here in Australia, so I've created a special Black Cat Rocky Road recipe for all the black cat fans.Black cats...

Passionfruit Biscuits

Passionfruit Biscuits

These Passionfruit Biscuits are sweet and buttery with a big passionfruit hit.You'll need about 6 passionfruit to make up these biscuits along with these basic ingredients: butter icing sugar SR flour cornflour custard powder salt Kitchen confidenceI'm happy to report...

Peppermint Slice

Peppermint Slice

This Peppermint Slice Recipe is one to add to your favourites collection. The combination of sweet, minty cream filling, crunchy choc biscuit base and smooth chocolate is very, very moreish. You've been warned!Peppermint Slice: a bakery favouriteThis triple-layered...

Passionfruit Sponge Cake

Passionfruit Sponge Cake

Feel like stepping back in time some days? Then just whip up this old-fashioned Passionfruit Sponge cake.Nana's Passionfruit Sponge CakeThis is the type of recipe that our grandmothers always had stored away in their head. An old-fashioned sponge cake – this one is a...

Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

If you love your local cafe's Orange and Poppy Seed muffins, this recipe will help you re-create your favourite treat at home. This recipe is so simple and, dare I say, the results so good that you may decide to skip the cafe for good. Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins:...

Orange Marmalade Cookies

Orange Marmalade Cookies

These Orange Marmalade Cookies are old-fashioned soft biscuits, more like a rock cake than the flatter and crispier things we usually call cookies or biscuits in Australia.Old-fashioned cookiesNana Ling had marked these cookies with crosses, a sign that it was a...

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

Looking for a simple yet wonderful homemade Orange Marmalade Recipe? You've found it!Orange Marmalade: my Melbourne memoriesEvery time I enjoy some chunky Orange Marmalade, I think of Melbourne. I wasn't really a fan of marmalade until I tried homemade-style marmalade...

Orange Cordial

Orange Cordial

This homemade Orange Cordial Recipe is the perfect solution for excess citrus. Bottle up those excess oranges and enjoy them throughout the year.Forget the supermarket stuff. It's so easy to make your own homemade orange cordial and you simply won't beat the flavours...

Cream Scones

Cream Scones

If you're searching for the best scones recipe around, add this Cream Scones recipe to your list of contenders. It's simple to make – no rubbing in butter required – and the texture is deliciously light. A scone recipe with creamIn my search for the best scone recipe,...

Potato Cakes

Potato Cakes

These Potato Cakes are simple, tasty and versatile. Potato Cakes for breakfast, lunch and dinnerPotato Cakes are sometimes called Onion Cakes or Potato Pancakes. Whatever you call them, the best thing about them is you can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner! They...

Choc Coconut Slice

Choc Coconut Slice

This recipe was tucked away in my Nan Mac's handwritten recipe book. But it's back – and this Choc Coconut Slice is on regular rotation at our house!Imagine Golden Rough chocolate transformed into slice form. Can you taste it? Now you'll have a good idea of what to...

Salmon Bread Cases

Salmon Bread Cases

Salmon Bread cases may just be the best thing since sliced bread! Rescue your day old sliced bread and enjoy this retro canape today. Whether it's a party or quick lunch, Salmon Bread Cases always disappear fast.Savoury bread casesMy mum has always made savoury bread...

Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice is the pretty sweet we fell in love with at fete stalls all those years ago. Biting into the lovely layers of pink and white sends us directly to coconut heaven (and delivers a mighty good sugar kick in the process!)This old-fashioned Coconut Ice Recipe...

Ginger and Nutella Cookies

Ginger and Nutella Cookies

Go directly to Nutella heaven with these Ginger and Nutella Cookies. Fluffy Nutella buttercream sandwiched between crisp ginger biscuits and topped with a Choc Nutella drizzle. A new twist on an old favourite These delicious cookie sandwiches were created with Nana...

Ginger Biscuits

Ginger Biscuits

This Ginger Biscuits Recipe is an old-fashioned recipe which delivers a thin, crisp biscuit that's the perfect little accompaniment to a warm cup of something. These biscuits are just the thing to remind you how the simple things in life can be the most wonderful and...

Mother’s Day Cake

Mother’s Day Cake

This Mother's Day Cake is a celebration of everything we love about the day devoted to mums. And while it looks fancy, it's quite simple to put together.Chrysanthemums and cake for Mother's DayThe chrysnathemum, our most popular Mother's Day flower in Australia, is...

Weetbix Slice

Weetbix Slice

Weetbix Slice is one of those slices that's great to pop into lunch boxes or enjoy as a sneaky snack. It's also one that'll quickly become a family favourite – if it's not already.I don't remember a time when my mum didn't make this slice. When I think of it, I can...

Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes

Rock Cakes, or Rock Buns as they are sometimes called, are a traditional fruit cake. They are – thankfully – more cake than rock.Rock Cakes are crispy on the outside and a little less perfect in shape than most cakes. It's easy to see how they got their name. But...

Bounty Easter Eggs

Bounty Easter Eggs

These pretty homemade Easter Eggs are inspired by the Bounty chocolate bar. This chocolate bar introduced many of us to the wonders of combining chocolate with coconut.If you're a fan of the Bounty, this is definitely one to add to your recipe collection. The taste of...

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits are an iconic Australian biscuit, known to have been baked by Aussie wives and mums and sent to the front during wartime. We’ve long loved these crunchy and chewy biscuits, defined by their key ingredients – oats and golden syrup. There's also,...

Golden Syrup Dumplings

Golden Syrup Dumplings

Around the world, dumplings are the comfort food of choice for many. And there are a huge variety of dumplings out there, both sweet and savoury. This is a recipe for old-fashioned Golden Syrup Dumplings.The sweetest choice in dumplings Golden syrup dumplings are a...

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread is one of the easiest breads to make at home. There's no yeast required, no waiting for the bread to rise and very little kneading involved. Best of all, it's a wonderfully comforting and tasty bread.The history of soda breadWhile it was the American...

Pavlova Grazing Board

Pavlova Grazing Board

A Pavlova Grazing Board is always a hit! We've used a summer fruits theme to prepare our version of this popular dessert. Pavlova – just how you like itOver Christmas 2019, Shalini Nestor of Swish Biscuits shared her pavlova grazing board creation. Pavlova lovers went...

Caramel Slice

Caramel Slice

This baked Caramel Slice recipe combines three wonderful layers: a buttery biscuit base, a rich baked caramel in the middle and a smooth milk chocolate topping. Although there is some baking involved, the recipe is still a simple one. The baking guarantees a gorgeous...

Tomato Sauce Recipe

Tomato Sauce Recipe

This Tomato Sauce recipe will take you back to a time when the internet, Uber and Insta didn't exist – but tomato sauce tasted a whole lot better. Remember what tomato sauce used to taste like? You will once you cook up a batch of this! Enjoy your homemade tomato...

Cherry Ripe Love Cake

Cherry Ripe Love Cake

This one's for you Cherry Ripe lovers. This heart-shaped cake is packed with the gorgeous flavours of Australia's favourite and oldest chocolate bar, the Cherry Ripe.  You'll need just minutes to whip up this Cherry Ripe Love Cake. And it might disappear just as...

Macadamia Cookies

Macadamia Cookies

These Macadamia Cookies contain all the right ingredients for the ultimate Australian snack.  Aussie-grown macadamias, a crunchy old-fashioned biscuit recipe, a sprinkling of white choc chips and native spices make these cookies absolutely irresistible.  ...

Jelly Lamingtons

Jelly Lamingtons

If you love traditional Lamingtons, then you might like to try this pretty variation. Jelly Lamingtons are a delectable twist on this Aussie favourite.Making Jelly LamingtonsThe process of making jelly Lamingtons is much the same as the process for the chocolate...

Lamington Recipe

Lamington Recipe

This Lamington Recipe delivers everything that is wonderful about the Aussie icon – perfect sponge cake and a rich chocolate sauce, all rolled up in plenty of coconut. Here, we'll take a quick peek into the history of the Lamington before running through the steps...

Mango Pudding

Mango Pudding

This chilled mango pudding is made with tapiaco pearls and fresh mango. Topped with coconut cream, berries and mint, it's the perfect end (or start) to a summer day.Mangoes: the perfect summer-time treatWe have so many wonderful summer fruits to enjoy here in...

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

Updated: 25 October 2020These rum balls are made with good ol' Aussie Weetbix. (If you don't have weetbix in your country (or cupboard), don't fear. You can use 140 grams of a wheat breakfast cereal instead of weetbix.) I researched several old-fashioned recipes to...

Pavlova

Pavlova

It's the wonderful dessert that both Australians and New Zealanders call their own. This pavlova recipe creates pav perfection, with a smooth and fluffy marshmallow centre encased in a delicate and crisp meringue shell. Top it with whipped cream and fruit, add a...

Floral Fruit Cake

Floral Fruit Cake

This fragrant floral fruit cake incorporates flower essences and Jordan almonds along with all the usual fruit and alcohol ingredients. It has all those things that make fruit cakes so darn wonderful.Something a bit differentThis year, I wanted to make a Christmas...

Persian Rocky Road

Persian Rocky Road

Rocky Road is so easy to make and such an irresistible combination of ingredients. I've given it a Persian twist here, with pistachios, Turkish delight and scattered rose petals.The rocky road to AustraliaMany sources suggest that Rocky Road was invented in Australia...

Crunchy Peanut Balls

Crunchy Peanut Balls

These Crunchy Peanut Balls are exactly what you'd expect from the name – choc-coated balls of crunchy, peanut-y bliss.  They're so good, you may need to hide them!  A treat worth hiding (or sneaking)My mum often used to make these little treats for family parties...

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

These Christmas Shortbread Cookies are made with an 80-year-old shortbread recipe and a beautifully handcrafted embossed rolling pin. I can see myself enjoying one or two of these with a cuppa in the quiet of the night after a loud and busy Christmas Day. Sound like a...

Butterscotch Pinwheel Scones

Butterscotch Pinwheel Scones

If you love scones, you'll love testing out this sweet twist on the traditional recipe. These Butterscotch Scones are best matched with a cuppa and a lazy afternoon.Making pinwheel sconesThis recipe is named "Butterscotch Curls" in Nana Ling's recipe book, but when I...

Passionfruit Pecan Slice

Passionfruit Pecan Slice

This Passionfruit Pecan Slice combines a golden biscuit base with a creamy, zesty passionfruit topping.Passionfruit and pecansThese star ingredients are available in supermarkets nearly year round. I found them in season and fresh, the passionfruit from my own...

Caramilk Christmas Slice

Caramilk Christmas Slice

In Australia, we enjoy golden sunshine and beach sand at Christmas rather than snow. So, let's update the traditional White Christmas slice with something more appropriate – a golden Caramilk Christmas Slice.It's beginning to look a lot like a Caramilk ChristmasIf...

Corn Relish Dip

Corn Relish Dip

This corn relish dip recipe is so easy, it may just be the most basic recipe in my jam-packed family recipe collection. The dip, on the other hand, reaches dizzy heights of tastiness. It's so good that I've never tired of it in 30+ years. It's one of those things in...

Choc Caramilk Cookies

Choc Caramilk Cookies

Australians and New Zealanders are going CRAZY over the return of Cadbury Caramilk chocolate. If you've finally managed to get your hands on a block of this golden chocolate goodness, add these Choc Caramilk Cookies to your recipe folder. It's back! It's back and what...

Cherry Ripe Slice

Cherry Ripe Slice

This Cherry Ripe Slice recipe uses just six ingredients and involves absolutely no baking. It's one of my mum's old recipes and was yet another of my childhood favourites.Cherry Ripe Slice: everybody's favouriteThis slice is based on the popular Cherry Ripe Bar, which...

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