Easter Chocolate Cream Pie with Strawberries

What a better way to celebrate Easter than with chocolate! This pie is rich and full of dark chocolate flavour, off-set with sweet whipped cream and strawberries. The pastry base is a basic butter crust. I won’t bother with a recipe, as I think I’ve written about it before. The great thing about this time…

Fruit bowls

Are fruit bowls in the past? Does anyone still keep a large bowl with mixed fruits, not only looking delicious, but tasting delicious? Personally, I think having fruits on display, the contrasting colours, textures and aromas, entices you to eat them. And if you’ve got kids, I think it’s an extra bonus to promote healthy…

Super classic chocolate chip cookies

These cookies are so simple, and it doesn’t even matter how well each step is followed.  The important part of a good cookie is the butter/sugar ratio and the final consistency of the dough before cooking. And if all ingredients are mixed! My girls love to help mix the dough, though most of the consuming…

Easter Friday Chocolate Pavlova with vanilla custard and caramel sauce

This recipe is an alternative to one found on Delicious by Katie Quinn Davies, mainly because the original called for spiced pears (which I’m so-so about) and mascarpone (which I didn’t have on hand).  This is a relatively simple (yet time consuming) recipe.  The result is 3 layers of absolute yum. Ingredients Pavlova 1 Tb…

Banana bread with coconut

Lots of extra over-ripe bananas!   Ingredients 2/3 cup butter (~150 g) 1/3 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar grated lemon rind from 1 lemon 4 eggs 2.5 cups ripe banana (~4 large) 3.5 cups plain flour 5 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup desiccated coconut   Cream the butter and…