Best ever blondie!

Serves: Approximately 20 squares of blondie. Prep time: 10 minutes or less Cooking time: 30-40 minutes I’ve tried a bunch of different blondie recipes over the last few years always with mixed results. The flavour is consistently lovely (sugary and butter) but the texture is totally hit or miss. Tired of the inconsistent results I…

Epic Pizza dough

Makes: 6 x 9″-10″ pizzas Prep time: 25 minutes plus 24 hours of almost nothing Cooking time: 2-6 minutes depending on your oven I was lucky enough to be bought a chimnea for my birthday. It features a removable grill plate that will happily seat a pizza stone, so a quick trip to ebay has…

Cubano sandwich

Makes: Enough for four hungry people Prep time: 15 minutes plus time for the meat to marinade Cooking time: 90 minutes Given the strange and unsettling times we find ourselves in, it’s a great time to stay home and try something new.  While on lock down from work for a few days I finally had…

Mango chutney

Makes: Approximately one litre or about 4 jars Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 60 minutes I’m a big fan of Indian food and cooking with spices generally. I love going all out on accompaniments to any meal to make it a real occasion. Having pickles and raita, poppadoms, kachumber and naans and/or parathas and…

Chocolate brownies

Serves: it makes about 12 nice sized pieces of brownie you decide how many that serves I won’t judge you Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes This recipe was given to me by a talented baker I once worked with. It delivers a quality brownie that is thick and stodgy border line for…

Roasted pumpkin seeds

Makes: 1 batch Prep time: 15 or less Cooking time: 30-45 minutes So halloween is upon us and it’s time to carve your pumpkin. This simple recipe turns those seeds from bin fodder into a tasty treat. They are great to eat as a snack or to chuck over salads for some extra crunch or…

Sourdough crumpets/pikelets

Prep time: 2 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Yield: 4 crumpets/ pikelets This recipe is simple as can be and is a great way to turn over excess sourdough starter in a delicious way. The second time made thesecI added a little strong white flour and fresh water to my starter about 10 minutes before…

Sourdough starter

Prep time: 2 minutes a day for a week Yield: one sourdough starter (mother) I’ve wanted to grow my own bread starter for a while. After a fair amount of reading and talking with others who have done it before, I decided I was ready. I have opted to use rye flour as it will…

Potato buns

Makes: 8 burger buns or 2 cob loaves Prep time: 15 minutes plus approximately 90 minutes proving Cooking time: 30 minutes This recipe was born out of a conversation with a good friend of mine.  He asked if I had any experience making potato rolls after being blown away by the burger buns from shake…

English muffins redux

Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes plus 90 minutes proving (you can skip the proving, how to is explained further down) Cooking time: 15 minutes I recently attend a two day bread workshop and since then I’ve been putting what I learned into use. Time to revisit an earlier recipe and tweak it for a…