Better for you Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Everyone loves a fudgy brownie the indulgent treat that most people feel incredibly guilty with each mouthful. But what if I told you, you can make them better for you?

Did you know that the average Australian consumes 3 times the amount of added sugar daily?

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That is a huge increase over the years, while our recommended daily intake is only 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons for men an average Australian is consuming up around 17 teaspoons that’s around 70g of sugar a day! It’s as little as having a glass of  store-bought orange juice and pre packaged cereal for breakfast with store-bought muesli bar or muffin for morning tea. They all contain added sugar which is hidden and without even knowing it you are already over your daily intake and you havent even had lunch yet.  (more…)

Raspberry Jam Coconut Slice.. The classics never get old.

There are some classic recipes that never seem to get old. They continue to be as popular today as the day they were created. The smell that permeates through the house when baking these classics trigger those child-hood memories of visiting Nanna after school or weekends. Welcomed with a warm yet delicate hug, a feeling of unconditional love and a sense of home. Always a freshly baked cake, biscuits or slice on the kitchen bench just incase visitors pop around for a cuppa. It’s amazing how smells connect us with deep emotions and memories something we take a little for granted now a days. As that saying goes we need to stop and smell the roses. Appreciate the little things in life.¬† (more…)

Dairy-Free No Bake Lemon & Coconut Slice

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My father-in-law has a grand lemon tree that he has grown for many years, it is his pride and joy. He takes great pleasure in showing the fruits of his labour to family and friends each Winter with a gleam in his eye and smile from ear to ear how can we not be anything but grateful to accept the buckets filled with his prized lemons. The lemon tree is in full bloom with hundreds of beautiful juicy lemons the size of  baseballs which means we have an endless supply. Whilst we have been using them in juices, cooking, teas etc we still have them by the bucket loads. Baking just seemed the natural fit to use some of these luscious citrus fruits.

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Blueberry & Vanilla Spelt Scones

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The Winter days have had me feeling more like baking. Maybe it’s because we don’t feel like braving the cold outside, the home comfort of staying warm indoors. Having time at home gives us some spare hours over the weekend to do the things we love in my case baking or maybe just because we feel like turning the kettle on more often to warm our frosty fingers. Whatever the reasons¬† I’m not complaining I love getting my hands dirty in the kitchen. There is just something so satisfying and homely about baking something from scratch wouldn’t you agree? (more…)

Strawberry Jam Coconut Slice

It only feels like the kids just went back to school for term 3 and now we are starting the school holidays again. I don’t know about you but it gets more difficult to keep the kids entertained as the year goes on. On the plus side the weather is warming up so beach and park days are definitely on the agenda and is free bonus.

Here is a old school favourite that I’ve adapted to a refined sugar free recipe and has a gluten free option. Another sweet kids treat without the sugar hit to feed the kids and their friends these holidays.

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Gluten Free Fig & Honey Cake

Fresh figs, Oh how I have missed them, admittedly store-bought are no comparison to my Nonno's homegrown variety but seriously nothing ever is.

I sourced some from my local fruit shop as flying to Sydney might not seem feasible to collect some from his garden though with the price of them in store it was very tempting let me tell you. Not sure if it is just an Italian obsession but these fruits just tantalize the taste buds like no other.

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Perfectly enjoyable on their own, though I did decide why not experiment and make a tea cake with these beauties whilst they are at their best.  We have all used the dried kind before but fresh figs in baking is a whole new ball game, on another level on enjoyment. The sweetness they contribute is perfect when making desserts without added sugar, it gives the sweetness in a natural form. Pairing with another favourable natural sweetener thank god for the bees the purest kind, raw honey of course. They are truly made to go together like mac and cheese, gin and tonic, like bacon and eggs well you get where I am going here.

The cake turned out a treat. I substituted the flours to make it gluten-free and can I just say when I turned it out I was so pleased. This moist teacake  (I hate to use that word but that's the best way to describe it) sweet and delicate, Oh and the  smell of the figs and honey filled the whole kitchen.

I was in fig heaven.

If you are a fig lover this is one cake worth making. Served warm with melted honey drizzled over the top. You can add a dollop of fresh whipped cream or natural yoghurt to top things off.

Enjoy!

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