Baked & Fried Sweets

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    Basic Plain Cupcakes

    If you are a beginner cook and looking for a cupcake recipe, this is the most basic and easy-to-remember recipe. Once you have succeeded in baking these plain ones, you will wish to create new flavours by adding extra ingredients such as Cocoa Powder, Sultanas, Cinnamon & Apple, etc. Makes 12 Cupcakes Ingredients Butter 125g …

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    Apricot Crumble Cake

    This delicious cake can be made with any seasonal fruit. This time I used Apricots. You may wish to use plums, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, etc. If you don’t have any seasonal fruit, canned fruit is totally fine. Enjoy with softly whipped cream or yoghurt. Cake Tin 20cm Square Cake Tin Crumble Butter 50g Brown …

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    Sticky Date Pudding

    I never knew the fruit called ‘Date’ until I moved to Australia. The fruit was not known in Japan. My very first experience to taste the fruit was Sara Lee’s ‘Frozen Sticky Date Pudding’. I liked the flavour but I thought it was overwhelmingly sweet. I have tried some recipes to make the pudding by …

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    Super Easy Caramel Sauce

    Caramelising Sugar sounds scary? Follow my recipe, and you will never ruin your saucepan. You won’t spend hours cleaning the disaster. My recipe uses Caster Sugar, so you will see the colour change clearly, and that means you will know exactly when to stop cooking. ‘Caramel Sauce’ can be EASY! Ingredients Caster Sugar 1/2 cup …

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    Black Forest Cake

    This ‘Black Forest Cake’ has been one of my family’s TOP 3 desserts for special occasions. My husband and children all love this cake. ‘Black Forest Cake’ is such a popular cake and you can find so many different recipes on the internet and cooking books, but my recipe is fairly easy and fuss-free. Cake …

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    Croissant Pudding

    Old and dry croissant works better than freshly baked ones, so those on sale because there are at end of shelf life are perfect for this recipe. You can make a large pudding using a pie dish, but I use four 10cm ramekins for individual serve. Before baking, microwave the puddings for a few minutes …

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    Basic Pound Cake

    We don’t use the yard-pound system in Australia, but 1 pound is about 454 grams. The Pound Cake is made with 1 pound of each Butter, Sugar, Eggs and Flour and that’s what I learned. However, 1 Pound of each ingredient will make a huge volume. Just thinking of 454 grams of Butter scares me. …

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    Soft Raisin Cookies

    One of my children’s favourite childhood snacks is ‘Soft Raisin Cookies’. When we were living in Japan, a CO-OP store near our house was selling them and my children loved the cookies so much. After we returned to Australia, I started recreating those raisin cookies. There was no recipe available, I just tried again and …

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    Cinnamon Rolls

    ‘Kamome Shokudō’ is a 2006 Japanese comedy film that is set in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. It’s a story about a woman who sets up a small cafe serving Japanese-style food. Many delicious-looking foods appear on the film but the Finnish ‘Cinnamon Rolls’ holds the key to attracting the local customers. I started …

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    Gingerbread Characters

    My children have been always creative and they enjoyed making Gingerbread Characters when they were young. To decorate the characters, they used chocolate chips, ‘Smarties’, lollies and icing. One day I made a character’s mouth (lips) using sliced red lolly snake, and that upset my son so badly. He removed those red lips from the …

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    Super Easy Apple Crumble

    Everyone’s favourite dessert ‘Apple Crumble’ can’t be easier than this. All novice cooks should try this recipe and gain your confidence. I always use Granny Smith apples for this dessert. Granny Smith apple is originated in Australia and it is one of the most popular cooking apples. It gets soft quite quickly and you don’t …

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    My Egg Tarts

    I love Portuguese Egg Tarts. When I tried it for the first time at a local community market, I fell in love with it instantly. I wanted to make them by myself. I found many different recipes and methods on the internet, and I still don’t know which one is the best. So I decided …

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    Chestnut Crostata

    ‘Crostata’ is Italian baked tart. The reason why I call this tart ‘Crostata’ is because a photo of ‘Hazelnut Crostata’ taken on a street in Florence had inspired me to create it. My shortcrust pastry is super-easy as always. Using ready-made Sweetened Chestnut Puree (Cream or Paste), this crostata can be made so easily. If …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Matcha Nuts

    Matcha Biscotti

    I love Biscotti, the crunchy Italian sweet ‘twice-baked’ biscuits . Classic Almond Biscotti is my favourite. My daughter made Cranberry & Pistachio Biscotti on the other day and they were absolutely delicious. Do you like Biscotti? Why don’t you try my Japanese inspired ‘Matcha Biscotti’? I usually use Walnuts, but Almonds, Macadamia or Pistachio are …

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    Basic Shortcrust Pastry

    I never wanted to bother making pastry from scratch. But I have done it once to find out how easy it is. My shortcrust pastry is very versatile. It can be sweet or savoury. I always use ordinary salted Butter. The softness can be adjusted by adding Cold Water or more Flour. Ingredients Plain Flour …

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    Walnut Cinnamon Muscovado Cookies

    I used to make these cookies without cinnamon. OriginalIy it was ‘Kinako’, finely ground roasted soy beans, and Muscovado Cookies. One day, my daughter told me that cinnamon would be good to add extra flavour to it. The result was great. 1 teaspoonful of ground Cinnamon really improved the flavour. I admit that my daughter’s …

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