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For chicks who love to cook, to be honest... I bake a lot more than cook, so there'll be substantially more sweet recipes than savoury! 

I am also a bit of a calorie trimmer where possible, so you will find a lot of my recipes with just egg whites instead of full eggs, and other "small" alterations. I use the low-fat alternatives in my recipes too i.e. low-fat spread instead of butter, but it's totally up to you, your preference and what you have in the kitchen! 

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Nutty Fruit Loaf
  • Time: 3hrs 45 mins (Depending on Breadmaker)
  • Complexity: very easy

Nutty Fruit Loaf

Okay, so yes you can always make bread by hand, but when you have a breadmaker... it is just so damn easy!! And it's always nice to have new recipes to try in the breadmaker, so I give you my Nutty Fruit Loaf! 

If you like sweet breads, hot cross buns, or the smell of warm spices wafting through the house, this is the loaf for you. 

Southern Peach Cobbler
  • Time: 60 mins
  • Complexity: easy

Southern Peach Cobbler

A blatant pregnancy craving, I'm not even sure if I have eaten Peach Cobbler before, at least not that I can recollect, but nonetheless the baby wants what the baby wants! So on a cool Autumn evening, I created a scrumptious pudding that completely hit the spot. This is my take on Southern Peach Cobbler - peaches are nearing out of season, and let's face it, canned are way cheaper! And just as good ;)

Also, I used whole wheat flour to make it give it a bit more nutrition, but you could easily swap this out for plain white. 

Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts
  • Time: 1 hour, 45 mins
  • Complexity: medium

Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts

It's not very often that I manage to bake something that looks as pretty as it tastes, but these adorable Raspberry and White Chocolate Caramel Tarts are finally fitting of that category!

This was a recipe I developed over Christmas time when I was feeling notably festive and wanted something that is easily shared between family and friends. With a gooey caramel filling, encased in a gorgeous shortbread base, and then topped with white chocolate and a single raspberry, you'll definitely get a few comments for delivering these to the table!

Peanut Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Complexity: easy

Peanut Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding

My love of peanut butter continues into the world of puddings and this particular recipe combines one of my faves, Sticky Date/Toffee Pudding, with the wonderfulness that is peanut butter!

Dubbed my Peanut Butter Sticky Toffee Pudding, this is rich, decadent and oh so delicious on a cold winter's night with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side! (Thanks to Felicity Cloake for the inspiration from her Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe!).

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake
  • Time: 40 mins (plus 4 hours refrigeration time!)
  • Complexity: easy

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

Cookies and Cream is one of, if not my favourite ice cream flavour so when I am dreaming up desserts (which happens very frequently), thoughts of cookies and cream often float through my mind. This cheesecake is oh so delish and is a total cookies and cream indulgence!

White Chocolate Chip Vanilla Pudding Cookies
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Complexity: very easy

White Chocolate Chip Vanilla Pudding Cookies

I hadn't actually heard of 'pudding cookies' until quite recently but the alluring placement of the word pudding in the title was enough enticement to get me inspired! This is another of my own creations and while I haven't tried a pudding cookie baked by someone else, I'm fairly comfortable that these are a good depiction - they are at least how I imagined pudding cookies to taste! 

They are quite sweet, but the white chocolate and the vanilla flavouring is a simply gorgeous match! The texture is soft and almost moist. Enjoy!

Chocolate Gooey Caramel Cookies
  • Time: 40 mins (plus 1-2 hrs refrigeration time)
  • Complexity: easy

Chocolate Gooey Caramel Cookies

Caramel is almost always best when preceded with the word gooey and these cookies do that word combo complete justice! Filled with caramel choc chunks plus the addition of a caramel candy in the centre, these are soft, chewy and oh so gooey! 

Admittedly I had a bit of a spread-o disaster when creating this recipe and didn't heed my own instructions - patience is a virtue I tend to ignore in the kitchen! So to avoid ending up with a single cookie the size of the tray, make sure you do adequate chilling time in the fridge and give your cookies some space on the tray. 

Shaz's Snickers Slice
  • Time: 2 and a half hours (includes setting time in between!)
  • Complexity: difficult

Shaz's Snickers Slice

Oh how I love caramel. You put caramel with just about anything and you'll have my attention quicker than you can say 2 for 1 shoe sale! Well maybe not that quick...Anyway, while I tend not to really eat chocolate bars that often these days, I have always been a big fan of Snickers, so it was a natural creative progression for Snickers to provide the inspiration for my latest experimental baking adventure. An adventure that, although had its hiccups along the way, I deem very successful!

This slice is quite decadent, but the saltiness of the caramel and peanuts prevents it from being untolerably sweet. There is a rather tricky layer of nougat in there too, but worth the effort. It is totally delicious and one of my best yet!

Gingerbread Men
  • Time: 20 mins (plus 30 mins chilling time and 20 mins icing)
  • Complexity: medium

Gingerbread Men

There's something so whimsical and lovely about Gingerbread Men - even if you don't like ginger! And everyone has their own recipe to whip up a batch for the littlies at Christmas time, including yours truly!

This has been a wee while coming, having made my fair share in the past, but I feel like I've reached a good place with these cookies! Icing is always my crux... but the beauty of these is that they still look adorable when the icing is quite clearly a homemade job!

Daddy's Dark Chocolate Mud Cake with Salted Caramel Ganache
  • Time: 1 hr 20 mins (plus refrigeration time)
  • Complexity: advanced

Daddy's Dark Chocolate Mud Cake with Salted Caramel Ganache

The name might be slightly misleading for this decadent cake, as my father is about as capable in the kitchen as Stevie Wonder, so where does the naming come from? Well quite recently it was my dear old pop's birthday and being a fan of chocolatey goodness, I knew I had to do something special!

This cake could easily be used as a dessert, it's rich, decadent and definitely indulgent but not in a 'make you feel sick after one bite' kind of way. The cake itself is dense, moist and almost a blur between a flourless chocolate cake and a mud cake - best made in advance and it will fudgey itself up in the fridge. The caramel is simply delicious and could be used in a tonne of recipes! Be warned, the sheer density of this cake can make your caramel squeeze out the sides, but hey, just cover those parts up with more dark chocolate ganache!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been experimenting with cookies for quite a while, and this recipe is one I thought worthwhile sharing! My Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies take the flavour of a classic chocolate chip cookie and give it a soft but chewy consistency - it's the perfect cookie to serve with a glass of milk. 

Tan Slice (Caramel Crumb Bars)
  • Time: 1 hour (plus cooling time)
  • Complexity: medium

Tan Slice (Caramel Crumb Bars)

It's a kiwi classic, a close relative of caramel slice and one of my personal favourites from the bakery cabinet. Up until recently, I didn't actually realise the name Tan Slice is a New Zealand thing and for some of you out there, you may know it by another name such as Caramel Crumb Bars. Regardless, this slice is simply divine! 

I have quite the penchant for anything caramel, so while I have provided the traditional Tan Slice recipe, I would recommend doubling the quantity (or one and a half if you're not quite that daring!) of Caramel Filling to replicate that ridiculously thick layer that is sickeningly satisfying! 

Spiced Cous Cous Stuffing
  • Time: 20 minutes prep (plus oven time)
  • Complexity: very easy

Spiced Cous Cous Stuffing

I love stuffing. It's the perfect accompaniment to a roast dinner - I probably obtain this view because of the minimal amount of meat I eat, therefore a roast dinner is not all about the actual roast for me! Anyway, I digress... this stuffing is one that I've developed over the years. Switching out breadcrumbs for scrumptious cous cous and adding a few extras to make it delish!

You can use this stuffing to stuff the actual roast i.e. a chicken, or you can make cute wee stuffing balls too! Yum!

 

Hummus
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Hummus

There are a lot of hummus recipes out there, and to be fair, most of them are fundamentally the same and will produce a pretty good tasting hummus. I've explored a few methods and finally founded my own recipe which has just a few additional techniques that produce, what I deem to be, a pretty good interpretation of this fabulous accompaniment!

And did I mention mine is very healthy too!

 

Shaz's Christmas Pud and Brandy Custard
  • Time: 40 mins prep (plus 24 hours soaking time and 8 hours steaming time!)
  • Complexity: easy

Shaz's Christmas Pud and Brandy Custard

I am a huge fan of Christmas, in fact... I would go as far to say that it is my favourite time of year. I love absolutely everything about it, the festive cheer, the decorations, spending time with friends and family, and of course, the food! So it might surprise you that as of up until quite recently I had never made my own Christmas pudding before.

In my own signature style, I decided to develop my own Christmas pudding recipe and I must admit, that for a first attempt I am pretty happy with the outcome! This pudding is rich, decadent and moist, and with every bite I hope to bring as much Christmas cheer as I feel during the festive season.  

 

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