Chocolate, Coffee, and Salted Caramel Swiss Roll

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You know those ultra fluffy and delicious swiss rolls from Asian bakeries? How good are they! I love the simplicity of it, it’s essentially 2 components but they do it so well. I have to say besides the usual flavours like coffee, chocolate, matcha, and even taro, one of my favourite flavours is pork floss, where you have a plain sponge with shallots, and it’s filled with a sweet mayonnaise and pork floss (that’s sweet, salty, and meaty all at the same time). The best thing is how versatile they are. Once you have a master swiss roll cake recipe, you can make any…

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Tiramisu Jars

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This is NOT your traditional tiramisu. This is tiramisu taken to the next level, with a Frangelico coffee syrup, dark chocolate and orange cremeux, and a coffee and hazelnut crumb. What you end up with is sweet, salty, bitter, with a slightly fragrant citrus flavour from the orange. Tiramisu is one of those desserts that everyone has (or someone they know has) their own versions of a good tiramisu. And almost everyone has an opinion on what a good tiramisu should be – boozy vs. less boozy, well soaked vs. just soaked sponge, with custard, with chocolate. I’ve had some good, a…

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Apple Pie Petit Gateau

The infrequency of my posts annoy me. When I started this blog I had envisioned a post almost fortnightly, but like other well intentioned goals, this didn’t happen. I’m almost two months in to my new job and I’ve come to a realisation that my time management skills are not as impressive as I once thought. I keep telling myself that I’ll post this weekend, but instead of writing a post I end up scrambling to finish work I should have completed throughout the week. I even used commitment bias on myself – by telling you all on Instagram that a recipe was…

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Peanut, Caramel, and Chocolate Chouxs

My favourite recipes are the ones that give you maximum return for minimum effort. For me, it’s quick mix brownies that satisfy that chocolate craving, one bowl cake batters that yield moist and tender crumbs, and it’s choux pastry with its endless possibilities. I love making chouxs because they’re so incredibly versatile. You can shape them into whatever you want (buns, eclairs, paris brest, and even swans if you’re game) and you can fill and decorate them with pretty much anything. It can be as simple as filling them with different flavours of whipped cream, or a beautiful vanilla creme patissiere, lemon curd, mousses, or my…

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Black Forest Pyramids

I am a serial waster. Or rather, I used to be, before I knew what to do with all those leftover ingredients in the fridge. Being a “just in case” person, I always buy more ingredients than I need and make way more than I need for one recipe. I attribute this slight OCD-ness to my irrational fear of screwing up and always thinking of the worst case scenario. You know that person who finds one tiny thing wrong with themselves and then thinks they could have cancer? Yep, that’s me. Sometimes this kind of thinking pays off, when things…

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Dark Chocolate and Orange Petits Gateaux

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Chocolate and orange are soulmates. They were destined to be together. As remarkable as chocolate (especially dark chocolate) is by itself, when paired with orange, its best qualities are brought out, the cocoa flavours are deeper and more complex, and the orange adds a tangy sweetness that balances out the slight bitterness of cocoa. I’ll admit, when people tell me they don’t like chocolate and orange I look at them funny and secretly think what’s wrong with you! But you know what, I think if you’ve never been a fan of chocolate and orange, that maybe you just haven’t had…

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Key Lime Pie with Dulce De Leche

When I tasted my first Andy Bowdy pie at the Sydney Flour Market about a year and a half ago, my view of desserts changed forever. Gone were the days I thought desserts were just sweet. I’ve now come to appreciate that a great dessert has multi-dimensionality of flavour – it’s sweet, but also sour, salty and/or bitter. The best desserts are not just the ones that taste good and leaves you wanting more, but it’s ones that surprises you, lets you taste flavours you weren’t expecting, and leaves you curious. This key lime pie was exactly that. A deceptively humble looking pie, just a key…

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