Hot Cross Buns with Crème Pâtissière Cross

Recipe adapted from Ima’s legendary hot cross buns: http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/recipes/yael-shochat’s-hot-cross-buns Makes: 9 large buns For the buns 425 Bread flour 60g Butter, at room temperature, cubed 90g Honey 30g Fresh yeast 250ml Milk (full fat), heated to 90°F 1 tsp Salt 1 Tbsp Ground cinnamon 1 tsp Ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp Ground cloves 125g Currants 65g Mixed…

Nutella Rugelach

These tiny treats are kind of a cross between pastry and cookie – they’re so cute and so morish! Makes: 48 cookies What you need 300g plain flour 250g butter, at room temperature 250g cream cheese (full fat) 4 Tbsp caster sugar 1/2 tsp salt 6 Tbsp nutella 1 egg yolk How to put this…

White Bread Loaf

What you need 250g bread flour 2 Tbsp white sugar 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast 1/4 tsp salt 2/3 c water 1 Tbsp oil How to put this together Put flour in mixing bowl. Add sugar + yeast to one side of the bowl. Add salt to the other side of the bowl. Give the mixture…

Blueberry Mini Muffins (No Butter)

My hubby has been asking for me to make him blueberry muffins for a few months now. I’ve had a few recipes up my sleeves, but all of them call for butter being at room temperature. Honestly, room temp butter is such a baking mood killer. When I want to bake, I want to bake…

Operation Macaron – attempt #2 (fail)

Result: disaster (see photo) Mistakes: left it for too long, piped then forgot about it for 2 hours (oh dear) Next time: don’t leave it for too long. See if you can help the drying process along by fanning the top. Try lower oven temperature? (140?) Recipe: Martha Stewart 6 Tbsp almond powder 1/2 cup icing sugar 1…

Pita Bread

We’re going through a bread phase. Here’s another recipe from Paul Hollywood’s book. What you need: 250 g bread flour (strong white flour) 2 tsp kosher salt (or 1 tsp table salt) 7 g instant yeast 120 ml water + 40 ml water 2 tsp olive oil How to put this together: In a clean mixing…

Green Tea Lava Cake

When we dine out and eat something that hits the spot, we will come home and religiously try to replicate the dish. This happened when we had dinner at Tatsumi (see blog here: Tatsumi, Auckland) and the green tea lava cake was so incredible we could not stop thinking about it. So I got googling,…