Adriano Zumbo's Macarons

Timely Review of Adriano Zumbo’s Patisserie in Balmain

It’s the day before Mother’s day, and I’ve been asked by hubby to choose an outing for the family. Of course it involves yummy food…. Patisseries! Heaven.

I narrowed the decision down to 4 prospective patisseries, and finally chose one – Victoire in Balmain. Unfortunately when we got to the address the bakery wasn’t there. It seems that they had moved, and I hadn’t done my homework correctly! So, rather than walk back to the car, bundle the kids in and find the new address, we changed our plans. Across the road in Balmain was the hole in the wall Adriano Zumbo patisserie. We’d been there before a couple of years earlier on his annual Macaron Day.

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Grandma's Teacake Recipe

My Grandma’s Teacake Recipe is Quick, Easy and Uses Only Common Ingredients

Who else wants cake?

This teacake recipe was passed on to me by my beloved Grandma when I was much younger. She used to make this cake recipe in her home on the NSW Central Coast in Australia, and when I visited I used to help her. I’ve been making it ever since. What’s funny is that my mother (her daughter) has NEVER made it!

It’s very quick, easy and uses ingredients readily available in my pantry – sounds like a recipe right up my alley! As with most teacakes, it’s best eaten on the day of making.

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The Whole Family Will Love This Passionfruit and Nectarine Tiramisu

Ok, I know a classic Tiramisu has coffee and marsala in it, but I wanted a dessert Tiramisu that was lighter and fruitier.

So I adapted this to suit a lunchtime dessert – to celebrate my little baby boy (who is growing up way too fast).  It went very fast, so I almost didn’t get a photo of this. Luckily my sisters-in-law reminded me, when they requested the recipe on the day.

I’m still a massive fan of a rich, coffee tiramisu – It happens to be one of my favourite desserts. This recipe, while still being quite rich, is made a fraction lighter by the use of fresh passionfruit.

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Homemade Whoopie Pie Recipe

Delicious Jaffa-flavoured Whoopie Pies

Are whoopie pies the new cupcake?

Since they appeared on Masterchef, whoopie pies have been increasing in popularity here. It makes sense, seeing as the U.S. had a similar resurgence for whoopie pies. They are a cross between a cake and a biscuit, then sandwiched together with buttercream or ganache.

Whoopie pies are best eaten on the day of baking, but still ok the next day (That’s if there are any left!). And they really aren’t that difficult to prepare. I’ve noticed some packet mixes appearing on the shelves in the supermarket, but don’t be afraid to make them from scratch. I’ve made Jaffa flavoured whoopie pies here – My orange tree in the backyard is laden with ripening fruit. Another recipe I’m looking forward to trying is here.

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Vegemite Scrolls Recipe

5 Steps To Making Awesomely Aussie Cheese and Vegemite Scrolls

Vegemite. That strange black spread that is uniquely Australian.

It’s actually very rich in vitamin B, which is essential for growth and development in children.

These days, it seems that all babies progress from soft, mushy baby food and eventually end up eating Vegemite sandwiches. I like to bake with it, and make Cheese and Vegemite scrolls. I’ve made them previously for my mother’s group and all the kids enjoy them. My eldest son also enjoys helping make this recipe.

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