dessert

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pecan butter balls

The key to these being really yummy is using good quality butter and pure vanilla rather than margarine and artificial vanilla. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. For someone who likes to gift baked goods – these are a dramatic cookie wrapped in cellophane   ingredients   225 g butter, softened 1 cup icing sugar, divided in


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lemon cheesecake

Forget a quick trip to the Cheesecake Factory and make this divine, lemon, light, no bake cheesecake – it freezes well and is great for a crowd – everyone will want the recipe. It always surprises me to see we have cheesecake shops – where customers run in and buy a $35 cheesecake when seriously


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lemon & passionfruit tart

A simple lemon and passionfruit tart that is a café special in Geraldine in the South Island. Its so easy if you use good quality pastry and search out some passionfruit curd or lemon curd. Cooler weather makes the lemon tree surge with activity and Kiwis love citrus in cakes, puddings and slices.  You will


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black and white brownies
black and white brownies

This brownie will have everyone moaning with pleasure. U and use your large baking pan – and keep in the fridge – serve small pieces it is rich and goes a long way. We took our favourite black and white brownie and gave it a new lease of life – instead of the Tararua spreadable cream


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blueberry cheesecake brownies
blueberry cheesecake brownies

Imagine a cheesecake with fresh fruit and a little brownie all together and you have this slice – keep in the fridge and if you don’t like blueberries change to any other berries. Serve small pieces of these brownies.  They are quite delicious and disappear as quickly as your serve them!   ingredients   200g


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feijoa-crumble-tart
feijoa crumble tart

The word “tart” gets people excited – that buttery luscious bottom and crunchy texture on top – add the ease of supermarket pastry and fresh seasonal fruit – you will want to do this for your next dinner party – would work as well with apple or pear and even fresh figs   These tarts


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fresh fruit jelly
fresh fruit in jelly (with fresh mint cream)

You love fruit and you enjoy a sweet finale but don’t want anything too heavy – these fruit jellies are light and pretty – it looks indulgent but it’s almost healthy eating.   Ingredients Makes 10 Ramekins   450 g fresh fruit (Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sliced peaches, anything you like except avoid kiwifruit, as it


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raisin tart
raisin tart

This delicious tart recipe originally came from Logan Brown restaurant in Wellington.  The chef’s mothers favourite “pud” was part of a very fancy dessert offering and everyone was asking for more – please try it !   Ingredients 1½ cups raisins 2 eggs 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup sour cream 2 Tsp lemon zest 1


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rice pudding
rice pudding with summer fruits

My father is not much of a cook – boiled eggs, porridge and toast is really about it – however, years ago he perfected the rice pudding and makes this whenever there is milk to use up in the fridge and is very proud of his abilities. If my Dad can make this, you can


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roasted nectarine tart
roasted nectarine tart

Here is the perfect solution for a stunning dessert that is so easy and so good you will be making it on a regular basis. This fabulous fruit tart may look great and appear like loads of work, but it’s incredibly easy (you use commercial products mainly) and frees you up to enjoy the day.


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fresh-cherry-trifle
fresh cherry raspberry trifle

This is so easy and delicious. It’s a great recipe when you’re under pressure during the festive season as you can use ready-made products for this superb dessert. ingredients serves: 10   36 fresh cherries, stoned and cut in half ½ cup crème de cassis 225 g unfilled sponge (one from the supermarket is fine)


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meringue
impossible to believe meringues

Meringes will not get any easier then this. Bake and store and in a pinch serve with fresh whipped cream and top with strawberries. Lots of wow and no stress!   Ingredients Makes 13 little meringues   2 egg whites 125g or roughly ¾ cup icing sugar sieved   Preheat oven to 150degC. Check to


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Pawpaw, Avocado, Chicken and Bacon Salad with Fresh Herb Dressing
recipes for TVNZ close up christmas

It’s all about doing things in the right order to make this super simple. Please note we used our favourite recipes and made changes for this budget approach.   Make mint dressing in food processor do not wash bowl after completing.   herb-parsley dressing: ½ cup oil ¼ cup white wine vinegar ½ tsp salt


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eggnog
eggnog

Delicious eggnog to put the “festive” into Christmas. ingredients serves 6-8 / 15 minutes + 3-4 hours in fridge   4 egg yolks 1/3 cup castor sugar 2 cups milk 1/3 cup rum or brandy 1 teaspoon vanilla To finish 1 cup cream, semi whipped 4 egg whites + 1 tablespoon castor sugar Freshly grated


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alexas-pav
alexa’s pav’ (winner of the nosh pav competition)

I recently had the pleasure of judging home made pavs at Nosh and this was the winning recipe thanks to the baker Alexa and Jamie Oliver her guide in this – and thanks to Nosh for searching out the winning recipe. ingredients 6 large egg whites 300g sugar A pinch of salt   directions Preheat


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chocolate-pavlova
chocolate pavlova

We were looking for a delicious idea to celebrate Valentines Day and what better pairing then chocolate, strawberries and cream! Why not in a Pavlova? So we took an old recipe and added chocolate. This chocolate Pav is so delicious you’ll want a third helping! ingredients 3 egg whites 3 tbsp cold water 1 cup


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peach-cobbler
peach ginger cobbler

This peach cobbler boasts just enough ginger to add a lovely flavour to an old fashioned recipe. Serve it hot with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. ingredients 4 cups fresh peaches pitted, peeled and sliced ¾ cup sugar ½ cup water   115 g butter 1 ½ cups self-raising flour 1 tsp baking


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plum-upside-down-cake
plum upside down cake

Serve this delicious cake warm or at room temperature with fresh whipped cream. Our test cake didn’t last long at all! ingredients   4 to 5 large firm plums pitted and thickly sliced 1/3 cup water 1 ½ cups sugar divided 85 g unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 extra-large egg, at room temperature ½ cup


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streusel-cake
streusel cake

The advantage of this cake is that you can make it with anything in season fresh apricots in summer and slices of apple or pear in the winter. The Austrians make it as a slab cake so use your large oblong baking pan your lasagna dish will work well and line this with greased baking


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sweet crepês

Serve with any filling you find in your pantry from honey and jam to peanut butter or hazelnut spread. So quick to make.   Ingredients 3 cups whole milk 4 eggs 2 cups flour 2 tbsp sugar Pinch of salt Few drops vanilla extract (optional) Melted butter (for pan)   How to prepare batter: Whisk


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pernod marshmallows

From the 2012 Auckland Food Show. The flavour of alcohol is easily changed in this recipe, replace the Pernod for Brandy, Whisky, Bourbon, Rum, Cointreau   Ingredients Enough for 10 adults   90ml water 40ml liquid glucose 440g  castor sugar 2 egg whites 22g of gelatine 4 tsp Pernod   Icing powder Mix: 1 cup


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honey-apple-crisp
honey apple crisp

My mother made this for us growing up and it filled the house with wondrous aromas of apple, honey and butter.  It’s delicious with custard and cream; always ensure you use the lemon juice (even adding a little zest to the crumble, if desired for extra flavour).The lemon juice adds the necessary acidity and provides


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angel-food-cake
angel food cake with lemon zest topped with berries

For your next party this sweet treat is a delightful way to indulge you friends and family.  The sound of cream being whipped and the sight of brilliantly coloured fruit always generates a great deal of delight.  This dessert cakes looks very glamorous and difficult and yet it’s super simple   Ingredients Serves 8-10  


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apple-shortcake
apple shortcake

This is delicious frozen and reheated as needed.  It’s a real bonus for the home cook to find a recipe that so easily and successfully can be prepared ahead and re-created from the freezer!   Ingredients   370g butter 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 4 eggs 3 cups plain flour 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 x


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apple-blueberry-crumble
apple & blueberry crumble

This crumble is quick to make  and unbelievably good.   Ingredients   Crumble ½ cup flour ½ cup sugar ¼ tsp salt 1/3 cup unsalted butter chilled and cut in cubes   In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt then with finger tips, rub in butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Chill


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FreshPlumGinger
moist fresh plum and ginger pudding

This simple festive twist on traditional plum pudding is a lot lighter and fresher tasting than the original, and can be made at least a day or two ahead if preferred. Serve with premade custard mixed with a splash of Brandy if you like, however this addition if completely optional.   ingredients 8 tsp strawberry


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apple cranberry tarts

These tart are so good. Use my Magic Pie Pastry or store bought pastry. Plate or box them up to give away during the holiday season.   ingredients Annabelle’s Magic Pie Pastry (click on the link to the left) 2 Granny Smiths – peeled and cut into small pieces 2 Red Apples – peeled and


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peppermint-bark
peppermint bark

If you’re looking for a simple and easy gift, not to mention yummy – try making Peppermint Bark. Box it or wrap it in celophane with festive ribbons – the recipient of your gift will be asking for more.   ingredients   200g semi sweet dark chocolate 200g white chocolate 1 tsp vegetable oil, divided


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apricot-crumble-slice
apricot crumble slice

A deliciously “healthy” way to end a meal.  All those rolled oats are great for the digestive system. Serve a slice with custard or ice-cream and cream.   ingredients   1 cup self-raising flour 11/2 cups plain flour 1 cup brown sugar 11/2 cups coconut 1 cup rolled oats 350g melted butter 5 tbsp honey


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caramel-slice
caramel slice

Everyone loves this slice.  It’s so good, don’t just serve it with a cup of tea mid-afternoon – no,  forget  dessert and serve a slice to dinner guests with coffee.  It is a classy performer.  At all times it’s best eaten with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.  This is a very moreish version


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coconut-syrup-cake
coconut syrup cake

This makes a large cafe-style cake that would make a great dessert at a large luncheon.  You could easily feed 15 people with this cake.   Ingredients   250g butter 450g or 21/4 cups sugar 8 eggs 350g or approx 41/2 cups coconut 320g or 21/2 cups self-raising flour 2 tsp. lime zest   Orange


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date-cake
date cake

Date fans love this cake – we iced it with lemon icing and it disappeared within seconds!   Ingredients   370g dates 500ml water 120g butter 370g or 1 3/4  cups brown sugar 370g or  3 cups plain flour 2 tsp. baking powder 4 eggs, lightly beaten   METHOD Boil the dates, water and butter


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easy gingerbread

This can be buttered and sliced or eaten as is.   Ingredients   200g butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 cup golden syrup 3/4 cup milk 2 eggs 2 cups plain flour 1 tbsp ground ginger 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. mixed spice 2 tbsp chopped crystallized ginger   METHOD


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lady glenorchy’s super simple chocolate cake

A fellow foodie and friend Deb Alley of Queenstown is such an elegant hostess and cook, friends have dubbed her “Lady Glenorchy”.  Why bother waiting for the New Year’s Honours when your service to the community can be seen with this sensational cake recipe? This is the easiest and most delicious cake – better still


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pandoro chocolate brownie

Pandoro, a well-known name associated with great breads and baking makes a divine chocolate brownie.  In a word, it’s a living legend.  Everyone loves this delicious chocolate master piece.  Thank-you to the team at Pandoro for parting with this recipe – it is a real gem!   ingredients   200g cocoa 400g melted butter 800g


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passionfruit cheesecake slice

Passionfruit cheesecake slice is an all-time favourite for all cheese-cake lovers!   ingredients   Base:   1 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 125g butter 1 egg yolk   Method:   Mix all ingredients in cake mixer. Press into high-sided 20cm x 30cm Swiss roll tin.   Topping:   500g cream cheese 200g or 1 cup


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pear-and-ginger-upside-down-cake
pear & ginger upside-down cake

This cake would make a delicious pudding with custard and cream.   ingredients   Topping 100g butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 3 pears, peeled, halved and cored (or use 1 x 410 g tin)   Method Melt butter, add brown sugar. Place pears face down in a 20cm prepared tin. Pour sugar mixture over the


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raspberry-meringue-cake
raspberry meringue cake

 One mouthful and you really think you have died and gone to heaven.  Imagine a delicious combination of meringue, sponge, fresh raspberries, and cream. Serve this cake on Valentine’s Day!   ingredients   Cake Base:   90g butter 1/3 cup caster sugar 5 egg yolks 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 cup cream 1/3 cup plain flour


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rhubarb-sour-cream-cake
rhubarb sour cream cake

Sour cream adds a whole new dimension to a home-baked cake.  Moist and with the lightest texture – you will be delighted with the results and use this basic sour cream cake mix to make your favourite citrus sour cream cake.  This recipe is an all-time favourite!   ingredients   250g softened butter 2 cups


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simply-the-best-banana-cake
simply the best banana cake

Another recipe from Deb – when she was running her busy cafe in Queenstown this recipe was a hit with all the regulars.  Banana cake appeals to everyone and with the use of over-ripe bananas it makes you feel quite heroic.  You could almost suggest it was good for your budget and your health –


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strawberry-swiss-roll
strawberry swiss roll

This is a very elegant addition to a special afternoon tea or sweet finale for a glamourous lunch.  Everyone loves sponge, cream and strawberries!   ingredients   3 eggs 5 tbsp caster sugar 4 tbsp plain flour 4 tbsp cornflour 300 ml whipped cream 1 large punnet or 225 g strawberries   Method Preheat oven


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chocolate brownie

Chocolate overload and chewy to boot.   ingredients   1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1/2 tsp salt 170g butter, cut in pieces 340g dark chocolate, chopped (must be at least 70% cocoa) 6 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract Icing sugar (to decorate)   1   Preheat


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chocolate-molten-cake
chocolate molten cake

For the chocolate lover this dessert is a must.   225g dark chocolate chopped (must be at least 70% cocoa) 170g butter 1/2 cup flour 1 ½ cups icing sugar 3 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Sugar and icing sugar for dusting   Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Grease 6


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key-lime-tart-Barkers
barker’s key lime tart

We are always looking for things that make cooking and entertaining quick and easy for the busy cook. If you’re looking for a delightful treat to serve up for desert Barkers Key Lime filling was surprisingly easy to use and resulted in something that tasted like it was made from scratch. We made single serving


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chocolate date and nut rolls – RAW

This raw-food delight is especially good for when the sugar-crave arrives and you just know you’ll make a bad decision if these aren’t around. Enjoy a guilt-free, yummy snack. Recipe by Christine Smith.   INGREDIENTS Makes 15-20 balls 2 cups pitted dates, soaked in water 1 tbsp – 1/8 of cup soak water from dates,


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lemon-surprise-pudding
lemon surprise pudding

This delightful pudding is so easy to make   100 g butter, softened 2/3 cup caster sugar 2 lemons, juiced 4 large eggs, separated ½ cup plain flour 500 ml milk   Place oven rack on second-to-bottom rung in the oven. Preheat oven to 180°C. Using mixer or handheld beater, cream butter with sugar until


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aunty-iri-pav
aunty iri’s pav

* Please note Aunty Iri uses a dessertspoon as her spoon of measure   8 large egg white 2 cups caster sugar 1 dsp malt vinegar 1 dsp vanilla   METHOD Place all ingredients into your Kenwood mixer bowl and beat it for 12-15 minutes till stiff.  You will think it can’t possibly work but


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brandy compote

Every summer friends make this delicious compote and place it in the back of the fridge for unexpected guests.  On arrival, out comes the vanilla ice-cream and if you are in luck whipped cream and meringues.  A sensational dessert is made within seconds.  Warning: this compote is very addictive!   1 cup dried apricots 1


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brandy compote

Every summer friends make this delicious compote and place it in the back of the fridge for unexpected guests.  On arrival, out comes the vanilla ice-cream and if you are in luck whipped cream and meringues.  A sensational dessert is made within seconds.  Warning: this compote is very addictive!   1 cup dried apricots 1


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easiest-florentines
easiest florentines

Forget hard recipes this is so simple and you will be delighted with the results. Invest in scales for this recipe.   Makes 10 (8cm Florentines) 70g butter 75g sugar (about 1/3 cup) 25g mixed peel 50g currants or sultanas 110g sliced almonds 10 glace cherries ICING: 1 cup chocolate buttons METHOD Spray your large


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randall’s amazing key lime slice

This slice is absolutely delicious. Randall is an American from Georgia who discovered New Zealand quite by accident and now calls New Zealand home. He grows limes on his property and his key lime slice is a tribute to his grandmother and the key limes they brought home from their vacation in Key West as


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marilyns-apple-cake
marilyn’s apple cake

Please note 1 Tbsp vanilla and this is not a misprint – Marilyn swears by the need for the extra vanilla! This cake is just delicious especially with your favourite caramel sauce.   2 tbsp butter, at room temperature 4 Tbsp of brown sugar, divided 10 firm, tart apples, peeled and cored (like Braeburn; about


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flourless-chocolate-cake
flourless chocolate cake

3 large eggs (separate yolks from whites) 115g dark chocolate, chopped (must be at least 70% cocoa) 115g unsalted butter 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt   Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Beat egg whites until just peaking. Set aside. In a double boiler


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chocolate creme

Ingredients Serves: 4-5 125ml cup heavy cream 250ml of milk 3 egg yolks 70g castor sugar 180 g dark chocolate 60-70% cocoa   Directions 1. Bring the cream, milk and about half of sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Meanwhile in a bowl, whisk the egg yolk smooth and very rapidly whisk in


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raisin choc crunchies

Just in case you want something other than an ANZAC biscuit make these– who doesn’t love chocolate and raisins in a cookie? If dried fruit is not popular in your family – remove them from this line-up and increase the chocolate chips to ½ cup.   Makes 44 cookies and Takes 30 mins Ingredients 150g


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cinnamon delights

These are super and you may think we have made a mistake with 80g melted butter but you do need it for these treats –served warm they are as good as a warm donut without all the extra work.   Ingredients Makes 16 puffs Takes 30 minutes 2 cups flour 3 tsp baking powder 1/2


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creamy-rice-pudding
creamy rice pudding

Serves 4 1 1/2 cups cooked medium-grain rice 2 cups milk, divided ½ a vanilla bean (scrape vanilla from pod with back of knife) Orange zest (using a vegetable peeler, peel a 10 cm strip off an orange) Pinch of salt ½ cup sultanas (optional) 1 egg, beaten 1/4 cup white sugar   Directions 1.


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delaware apple tart

When I was 17 I went to live with the wonderful Mestro family in Dover, Delaware. I keep going back to visit on a regular basis ( that poor family) and my host mother is the best cook and made this pie last weekend – delicious – crunchy apples, creamy centre and light pastry –


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Bread and Butter Pudding
bread and butter pudding

Use stale bread and the technique of putting the pudding into a make shift bain marie (water bath) does work! Also making the pudding and resting in fridge before baking does help and adding the top layer (after this resting) quarantees a great result.   ingredients   3 Tbsp raisins 3 Tbsp brandy 200ml milk


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stewed-tamarillo
simple stewed tamarillo

This is such an easy recipe and you can adjust it as per you want – extra or less sugar – more or less water – I add more water than most as I love the intensely flavoured liquid left at the bottom of the bowl – use it over your cereal for breakfast –


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Rhubarb Slice
rhubarb slice

Serve hot or cold with yoghurt, ice cream or whipped cream.   Line a 20cm x 30cm baking tin with parchment paper Set oven to 180 degC   base 100g butter 1/3 cup caster sugar 1 cup flour ¾ tsp baking powder ½ cup thread coconut 60mls milk   filling 6 stalks of rhubarb, wash


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Danish Plum Prune Cake
danish plum prune cake

We tested it three times before it came to print to ensure success on every level. You can use imported plums or well drained canned plums.   cake 200g caster sugar 150g self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 150g butter 2 large eggs ½ cup milk 1 tsp vanilla essence   topping 10 stoned


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chewy triple chocolate chip cookies

When you first make this mix it appears a little runny for cookies, but leave on the bench for a few minutes and it “thickens up” for easier handling – please note it’s a wetter mix, as the cookies are almost “brownie” like in texture ingredients 125g butter, cubed 200g dark cooking chocolate, broken 3


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slow cooker fruit pudding
slow cooker fruit pudding

Without a doubt this is this is the best fruit pudding I’ve ever made and without all the hassles of topping up water in a large pot on the stove. If you ever needed a reason to buy a slow cooker – this is it – unquestionably the best way to cook a fruit pudding.


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Billie’s caramel crusted rhubarb pudding
billie’s caramel crusted rhubarb pudding

You have never had such a great rhubarb crumble and Billie as a very busy caterer to the stars says this is the most requested recipe! I added a little orange zest to the rhubarb and please note the variances in the sugar – if like me you are not a sweet tooth person go


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Date Rum Cake
sweet painted lady café date & rum cake

Waharoa on State Highway 27 near Matamata is worth the diversion for this great cake – the hint of rum intensifies the date flvaour and does not dominate. Thanks to Pat Jacques for this super recipe. ingredients 400 g chopped dates 1 cup boiling water 1 tsp. baking soda ½ cup chopped walnuts 125 g


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Louise's Chocolate Chip Cookies
louise’s chocolate chip cookies

My sister Louise loves to bake these cookies and they are incredibly good – I like to get them quite golden on the outside as it gives extra texture and flavour   ingredients   500g butter 240g caster sugar (1 cup) 1 tin condensed milk 600g flour (approx 41/2 cups) 4 tsp baking powder 2


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Easy Yoghurt Lemon Cake
easy yoghurt lemon cake

Years ago, my mother Jacqueline White discovered a yoghurt cake recipe in an old British newspaper where the writer said she found baking difficult, but had developed this great cake where you use the pottle yoghurt container to help with all the measurements and it literally was a “dump cake”. Trying out the recipe and


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Feijoa Cake
feijoa cake

The best approach to today’s great cake is to make it at night, preheat the oven to 200degC and when the cake is ready to cook place it in the oven turn it down to 180degC and put the auto bake on and leave in there for 50-60 minutes and then oven will turn itself


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rhubarb buttermilk loaf

Buttermilk makes this the lightest and moistest loaf imaginable. It keeps well and freezes perfectly – even if you are not a rhubarb fan – reconsider your opinion with a slice of this!     ingredients   11/2 cups brown sugar 2/3 cup oil (not olive – try vegetable oil) 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk


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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
oatmeal raisin cookies

Makes approximately fifty four 7cm cookies and takes 1 hour to make these delicious cookies…   ingredients   2 large eggs ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup brown sugar 250g butter, cubed and softened slightly in the microwave 11/2 cups flour ½ tsp baking powder 3 cups rolled oats 1 cup raisins 1/2 tsp salt ½


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banana buttermilk coconut pudding
banana buttermilk coconut pudding

This great dessert is enhanced by the use of buttermilk – it lightens the topping and gives it a slightly sour flavour that contrasts superbly with the intense caramel base. It’s so simple to prepare, everyone loves it and there is no point in giving you any advice about left-overs, as there won’t be any!


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Fresh Apple Cake
fresh apple cake

This cake can be mixed in the tin in which you bake it!   ingredients   125 g butter 3 cups grated peeled apple 1 cup brown sugar 1 large egg 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp salt 1 cup sultanas


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the best gingerbread
the best gingerbread

With the help of buttermilk you can transform this family favourite into something stellar! Try it warm from the oven with a cup of coffee or serve warm with poached fruits     ingredients   100g butter 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp golden syrup ½ tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground cloves 1


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date, apple and coconut loaf
date, apple and coconut loaf

Imelda says this loaf is so easy and always works! After we tested it we could see the appeal – rich, moist dates with that coconut almost caramel topping – so good!     ingredients 2 cups water 2 cups dates (roughly chopped) 2 tbsp baking soda 250g butter softened 21/2 cups caster sugar 2


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Irish Whiskey Cake
irish whiskey cake

ingredients   The peel of 1 large lemon Irish whiskey 175 g butter 175 g sugar 175 g flour 3 large egg yolks 175 g sultanas 3 large egg whites pinch of salt 1 tsp baking powder   method   Put the lemon peel into a glass and cover with a double measure (about 75


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Citus Yoyos
citrus yoyos

Take an old-fashioned tried and true recipe and add your own personal flavour – great zingy, buttery flavour is achieved here with citrus added in both the delicate biscuit as well as the filling.     ingredients   175g butter 1/2 cup icing sugar a few drops vanilla essence 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest


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Bespoke Cafe dark chocolate rocky road
dark rocky road

NZ Café of the Year, the Bespoke Kitchen’s recipe for Dark Rocky Road     ingredients   Slice 2 cups marshmallows ¾ cup cranberries ¾ cup pistachios 1 1//2 cups macadamia nuts 500g Turkish delight (chopped) 1.5kg dark 70% chocolate 35 g freeze dried raspberries   method   Melt the chocolate in a pan over


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salted caramel truffles
salted caramel truffles

NZ Café of the Year, the Bespoke Kitchen’s recipe for Salted Caramel Truffles Dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free     truffle mixture   Truffle mixture: 15 medjool dates ¼ cup almond butter ¼ cup ground almonds 1 ½ tbsps coconut oil (melted) 1 tsp vanilla essence ¼ t sea salt   Blitz all


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lemon currant gluten free biscuits
lemon currant gluten free biscuits

The secret to these great cookies is to cook them until they are lightly golden. That brings the flavour but with gluten free baking it does take longer to achieve – so be patient. Makes 22-24 cookies and takes 10 mins to prepare and 1 hour resting in fridge.     ingredients   115 g


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dutch apple cake

This is the most wonderful celebration of apple without too much sugar, cinnamon, dried fruit – just simple buttery cake with apple. A similar cake to this was enjoyed with a cup of coffee in a local café – when I asked the baker if she would part with the recipe – she said NO!


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low sugar fresh apple cake
low sugar fresh apple cake

This cake can make it in the tin in which you bake it!     ingredients   125 g butter 3 cups grated peeled apple 1Tbsp brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp salt ½ cup sultanas


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Sweet Painted Lady's Real Coffee Cake
sweet painted lady’s real coffee cake

Thanks to Pat Jacques for this great recipe and sharing with us – this is a delicious reason to stop by the Waharoa café and have a slice of great cake!     ingredients   1 ½ cups sugar 2 eggs ¾ cup plain unsweetened yoghurt 1 cup vegetable oil ½ tsp vanilla 1 shots


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cinnamon cream oysters
cinnamon cream oysters

Reproduced with kind permission from Edmonds.     ingredients   2 Eggs (at room temperature) ¼ cup sugar 2 tsp golden syrup 6 Tbsp Edmonds plain flour 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon Bicarb Soda Whipped cream and icing sugar for assembly   method   Beat eggs and sugar until thick. Add


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easy chocolate steamed pudding
easy chocolate steamed pudding

This is an incredibly easy pudding to make and great for the budget. It only takes half and hour to steam/boil and don’t be concerned that there is no sugar in the pudding itself – the sauce is where the sweetness comes in full voice.     ingredients   1 cup flour 1 tsp baking


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scrumptious fruit loaf
scrumptious fruit loaf

If you love Anathoth Fruit Mince and want to use it as a terrific base flavour for a fruit loaf that can be served warm as a dessert all year round– a slice with natural yoghurt or whipped cream or mixture of both on the side – or left to cool down and serve with


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easy raisin tart
easy raisin tart

This is an easy quick dessert option. You can make this ahead – just place in the oven to slightly warm before serving     ingredients   11/2 cups raisins 2 eggs 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup sour cream 2 tsp lemon zest 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg 25cm sweet short pastry line tart


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Old Fashioned Cheese Cakes
old fashioned cheese cakes

Clever cook and cafe owner Pat Sundholm of Chantilly Café in Blenheim loves to feed her devoted customers a wide range of great Kiwi classics, including these very popular old fashioned cheese cakes. She is such a busy cook, instead of making pastry she uses commercial pastry and says this recipe is so easy and


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ria brosnahan dutch appeltaart
ria brosnahan dutch appeltaart

You almost feel guilty when you ask a mother of ten children to pass on a beloved recipe. However, in the 2-3 free minutes she has each day she willingly passed on this great family recipe. It is a seriously delicious apple creation! Please note this recipe below makes double the amount of pastry needed


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delicious ginger cake
delicious ginger cake

This cakes does need scales to ensure the best results – it’s a good idea to buy some digital scales for your kitchen – this delicious cake will make it worthwhile!     ingredients   225 g butter 225 g dark muscovado sugar 200g golden syrup 1 Tbsp black treacle 2 large eggs, beaten 300


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Lyn's Apple Cake
lyn’s apple cake

Christchurch’s Lyne Cameron has a big heart – she thinks nothing of making this cake, even doubling the mix and throwing in a few additions to make it extra delicious and shares it with co-workers. She cooks all the time and will bring in lunches and extra food for a very happy team. In this


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