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Sweet Things

Sweet Things


The recipes on this page are sure to satisfy all your sweet cravings: cakes, bakes, biscuits and more!
Kiwi Granita

Kiwi Granita

Tangy, refreshing and bursting with kiwi fruit flavour, this simple recipe for Kiwi Granita requires only three ingredients: fresh kiwis, sugar and lemon juice. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a scoop of Greek yoghurt for a light and refreshing summer dessert.
Raspberry and Almond Friands

Raspberry and Almond Friands

Raspberry and Almond Friands must be one of Australia’s best-kept culinary secrets. These incredibly delicious little almond cakes are one of the most popular sweet treats sold in Australian cafes and are perfect with a strong cup of coffee or afternoon tea.
Black Forest Cherry Cake

Black Forest Cherry Cake

Possibly the most famous of all Germany’s cakes, the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, or Black Forest Cherry Cake is a retro favourite that never seems to go out of style.
Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

Making marshmallows is a type of kitchen magic. With only 5 ingredients you can create mountains of fluffy, springy, delicious marshmallows. Try the recipe yourself to see how easy it is!
Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart

Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart

With luscious, juicy cherries, surrounded by moist and fluffy almond frangipane and tender sweet pastry, this French-style Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart is guaranteed to impress.
Peach and Ginger Pie

Peach and Ginger Pie

Peach and Ginger Pie is the perfect bake for those long, lazy, late summer days when the trees are full of ripe, juicy fruit. Ideal for taking on a picnic, or serving for dessert.
No Churn Pomegranate Sorbet

No Churn Pomegranate Sorbet

Looking for the best way to make Pomegranate Sorbet without an ice cream maker? Look no further! This easy recipe works every time.
Union Jack Sponge Cake (Platinum Jubilee)

Union Jack Sponge Cake (Platinum Jubilee)

My Union Jack Sponge Cake is the perfect cake to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee! This gorgeous tray-bake is made from layers of light and fluffy sponge, rich custard cream and loads of fresh berries. Ideal for garden parties and feeding a crowd.
Elderflower Cordial (with just 3 ingredients!)

Elderflower Cordial (with just 3 ingredients!)

Sweet, floral and so refreshing, my 3 Ingredient Elderflower Cordial recipe is simple to make. This delicious syrup is perfect for cool drinks on hot summer days.
Pink Champagne Panna Cotta

Pink Champagne Panna Cotta

Pink Champagne Panna Cotta with a layer of creamy, delicious vanilla panna cotta, topped with a bright, jewel-like rosé jelly is a wonderful after dinner treat, and the perfect dessert for a party or a special occasion.
German Strawberry Cake

German Strawberry Cake

German Strawberry Cake or Erdbeerkuchen is made from a heavenly combination of soft sponge cake, creamy vanilla custard, and fresh spring strawberries, all topped with a sweet, clear jelly. The most beautiful of all summer cakes.
Fresh Blueberry Pie

Fresh Blueberry Pie

With sweet, plump summer blueberries encased in a flaky all-butter pie pastry, my recipe for Fresh Blueberry Pie is always a winner. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for guaranteed smiles at the table.
Easy German Apple Cake

Easy German Apple Cake

My easy German Apple Cake recipe is a tried and tested favourite. Known as Versunkener Apfelkuchen (sunken apple cake) around these parts, this simple cake is ever popular and totally delicious.
Simple Lemon Bundt Cake

Simple Lemon Bundt Cake

My Simple Lemon Bundt Cake is bursting with fresh, citrus flavour. Made with yoghurt and oil, it has a soft and tender crumb. Perfect for coffee or morning tea!
Marshmallow Easter Eggs

Marshmallow Easter Eggs

Made from light, fluffy homemade marshmallow smothered in rich, dark chocolate, these Marshmallow Easter Eggs are sure to delight children and adults alike. The perfect homemade Easter treat.
Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Deliciously sweet and sticky, my easy Hot Cross Buns recipe is perfect for baking this Easter. Serve generously slathered with salted butter.
Torta Caprese al Limone

Torta Caprese al Limone

Torta Caprese al Limone is a classic chocolate cake from the Italian island of Capri. With a mouthwatering combination of almonds, lemon and white chocolate and a soft and fudgy interior. Bonus: Gluten-free! .
Old Fashioned Cherry Cake

Old Fashioned Cherry Cake

My Old Fashioned Cherry Cake is a lovely, dense, rustic cake, full of deliciously tart sour cherries. Perfect for afternoon tea or to pack for a summer picnic.
Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes are possibly the cutest Easter treat around! These deliciously moist carrot cake cupcakes are topped with tangy cream cheese frosting and marshmallow bunny ears. No special equipment required!
New Zealand Peanut Brownies

New Zealand Peanut Brownies

Soft, chewy, salty and chocolatey, New Zealand Peanut Brownie cookies are quick to make and utterly moreish. One cookie is never enough! A Kiwi classic recipe.
Farmhouse Apple Cake

Farmhouse Apple Cake

Crumbly, buttery, nutty streusel tops this moist and tender apple cake. This rustic farm-style cake is made with no special equipment, just a couple of bowls and a whisk.
Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita

Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita

This is definitely a dessert for the grown-ups! This is a beautiful recipe for a dinner party as it is a wonderful palate cleanser. Wobbly, glass clear Gin and Tonic Jelly cubes, served with bright, fresh and tangy lemon granita.
Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Is there anything more tempting than a fresh, warm donut? My tried and true recipes guarantees light and fluffy, perfect cinnamon sugar donuts every time.
7 Perfect Valentine’s Day Desserts

7 Perfect Valentine’s Day Desserts

Any of these irresistible desserts is perfect way to finish a romantic Valentine’s Day meal for two. They’re all made in advance so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your date!
Christmas Fruit Mince Tart

Christmas Fruit Mince Tart

There’s nothing quite like the delicious aroma of a freshly baked Christmas Fruit Mince Tart to let you know the festive season has really begun. With brandied fruit mince and a buttery almond pastry, this recipe is perfect for a Christmas feast.
Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

With perfect spirals of chocolate and vanilla, my melt-in-the-mouth Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies are as good to look at as they are to eat. Made from crumbly, buttery shortbread they make a perfect and beautiful Christmas gift, though they are delicious any time of year!
Speculaas – Dutch Spice Cookies

Speculaas – Dutch Spice Cookies

Speculaas or Dutch Spice Cookies are a wonderfully old fashioned Christmas treat and so delicious! These light and crisp cookies are full of fragrant and exotic spices, perfect for the festive season.
Spitzbuben – German Christmas Cookies

Spitzbuben – German Christmas Cookies

Spitzbuben are one of the most beautiful traditional German Christmas cookies. Also known as Linzer Augen or Linzer Cookies, the delicious combination of buttery short pastry and tangy redcurrant jelly is a Christmas classic.
Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake

Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake

With a dark chocolate base, tangy cream cheese filling and a topping of raspberries in a jewel-like jelly, Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake is a showstopper of a dessert and the perfect way to make the most of in-season raspberries.
Raspberry and Almond Cake

Raspberry and Almond Cake

The perfect tea-time treat, Raspberry and Almond cake has a nutty crunch and bright pops of berry flavour. Quick and easy to make, this cake lasts for several days and is delicious warm or cold.
New Zealand Afghan Biscuits

New Zealand Afghan Biscuits

New Zealand Afghan Biscuits are crunchy chocolate and cornflake cookies, covered with melt-in-the-mouth chocolate icing and topped with a walnut half. A classic or the NZ kitchen, these sweet treats are loved by old and young alike.
Classic German Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)

Classic German Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)

Sweet yeast dough, vanilla custard cream and a crunchy honey almond topping – it can only be a Classic German Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake. This most beloved of German cakes is perfect for afternoon tea.
Almond and Apricot Cantucci

Almond and Apricot Cantucci

Often known in the English speaking world as ‘biscotti’, Cantucci are a deliciously crunchy Italian treat. My recipe for Almond and Apricot Cantucci is so easy and perfect for the festive season.
Vanillekipferl – Vanilla Moons

Vanillekipferl – Vanilla Moons

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Germany without the wonderful tradition of ‘Plätzchen’ – tins of mixed, homemade biscuits, all different and made with exceptional care. Possibly the most beloved of all are Vanillekipferl, crumbly, buttery crescents or moons.
Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Delicate, crumbly pastry filled with aromatic spiced fruit, Christmas Fruit Mince Pies are one of the most delicious treats of the season. One is never enough!
Zimtsterne / Cinnamon Stars

Zimtsterne / Cinnamon Stars

Christmas baking in Germany is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I grew up in the land of Christmas puddings and pavlova, quite frankly, store bought more often than not, delicious, but nothing on the level of care and dedication Germans put into their utterly delightful Christmas biscuits or Plätzchen – my absolute favourite of which is the Zimtstern or Cinnamon Star. All of the Plätzchen are a little fiddly to make, delicate morsels that dissolve in a moment on the tongue, but Zimtsterne have a reputation as being one of the trickier ones. Good news then, that as I love…
Almond Cranberry Homemade Nougat

Almond Cranberry Homemade Nougat

Sweet and delicious, it is easier than you think to make homemade nougat. This recipe has no glucose or corn syrup and can be made with ordinary household ingredients. Perfect for Christmas gifts!
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

When I was a kid, there was one food I hated above any other. Dates. I couldn’t stand them, and my mother (who makes excellent sweets) always used to put them in her scones, thereby ruining them as far as my seven year old self was concerned. It’s amazing how tastes change as you grow up, as now I love dates and am always looking for ways to use them. Funnily enough, dates are the secret ingredient in one of Britain’s most famous desserts, Sticky Toffee Pudding. This lusciously sweet dessert has been popular since the ‘60s and while the…
Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding

Rain, rain and more rain. The house is surrounded by fog and drizzle, the fire is roaring happily away and I’m wrapped up warm with a big pot of tea. ’Tis the season for comfort food in my house, long-simmered stews and casseroles, roasts, and puddings for afters. This is the sort of food that the British really excel at, so when I fancy a warming, comforting dessert, I always turn to that ultimate British nursery food: Bread and Butter Pudding. This is food from my great grandparent’s generation and beyond. A frugal set of common household ingredients, magically transformed…
Soft Honey Vanilla Caramels

Soft Honey Vanilla Caramels

Lusciously soft, chewy and gently flavoured with a hint of honey, Honey Vanilla Caramels are a pleasure to make. The perfect gift for Christmas!
White Wine Poached Pears

White Wine Poached Pears

Ralph Waldo Emerson may have famously said that ‘There are only 10 minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat’, however, he can’t possibly have been talking about White Wine Poached Pears, one of the world’s most classic and beguilingly simple desserts. Pears, I feel, are unfairly maligned, much less popular than apples despite their sweet and juicy flesh. I have to admit that there is some truth that stone-hard fruit turns overripe in the blink of the eye though, and that is where a little kitchen magic can work miracles. Poaching pears in white…
Raspberry White Chocolate Eclairs

Raspberry White Chocolate Eclairs

I was at the market today, and despite the fact that they are wildly out of season, I saw a huge punnet of raspberries for only a couple of euros. Do you think I could resist an opportunity like that? No, of course not! And ‘cause I’m in a baking kinda mood, these little beauties found their way directly into a big batch of Raspberry and White Chocolate Eclairs. I love making pastry, and choux pastry, the base for profiteroles and eclairs, is no exception. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there regarding choux pastry, but once…
Fig and Honey Tart

Fig and Honey Tart

Brrrrr! Just when I was enjoying the sunny days of autumn, we have plunged into winter. There is early snow on the alps and Munich is rainy, gusty and grey. As you’ll know if you have been reading along, I don’t really mind the grim weather as it gives me an excuse to hole up in the kitchen, baking, writing and keeping warm. I got my hands on a big container of beautifully fresh late-season figs while I was at the shops, and I knew exactly what to do with them. A Fig and Honey Tart with almond frangipane and…
Gingerbread Hearts ‘Lebkuchenherzen’

Gingerbread Hearts ‘Lebkuchenherzen’

My easy recipe for making traditional Oktoberfest Lebkuchenherzen or Gingerbread Hearts at home. Hang these brightly decorated hearts around the neck of your sweetheart (or eat and enjoy!)
Deep Dish Apple Pie

Deep Dish Apple Pie

On the weekend I love to get up early and spend the morning baking. There are no distractions, my work is mostly done for the week, so it’s the perfect excuse to brew up a big mug of coffee, put some relaxing jazz on the stereo and break out the flour, butter and sugar. Today I’m baking a real American classic: Deep Dish Apple Pie. I love the simplicity of flavours in apple pie. There is something so honest and comforting about a sweet apple filling, lightly spiced with cinnamon and wrapped in a golden, buttery crust. Making apple pie…
Zwetschgendatschi – Bavarian Plum Tart

Zwetschgendatschi – Bavarian Plum Tart

I have had a bit of wanderlust recently, so you might have noticed that many of the recipes I’ve been sharing are from far-flung places as I travel in my imagination around the globe. I love the way the smell can taste of food can transport us directly into other cultures. I’ve returned home to Bavaria today though with a real regional speciality: Zwetschgendatschi, Bavarian Plum Tart. When you start seeing the first slices of Zwetschgendatschi in the bakeries of Munich, it is a sure sign that summer is coming to a close. The smell of sweet, baked prune plums,…
Perfect Lemon Meringue Pie

Perfect Lemon Meringue Pie

Surely one of the most delicious and iconic desserts (I mean, anything that involves a blowtorch in the kitchen has me onboard), it is a favourite of mine and I have spent YEARS perfecting my Lemon Meringue Pie recipe. Tried and tested and tasted again and again (poor me, right?) this recipe bakes up perfectly every time.
Banana Berry Ice Creams

Banana Berry Ice Creams

My recipe for Banana Berry Ice Creams uses the ‘Nice-Cream’ technique to create a creamy and delicious dessert. This works by using frozen banana as a base which gives a beautifully creamy texture.
Red Currant Crumble Cake

Red Currant Crumble Cake

The most beautiful of all the summer berries has to be the red currant. Those long strands of jewel-like ruby coloured berries will always tempt me when they appear in the markets, and there is no better match for their delicate, tart flavour than a buttery, nutty crumble. While I sometimes make the German bakery favourite Johannisbeer-Streusel Thaler, little yeast cakes topped with berries and streusel, often I want a cake to slice and serve with coffee, and what could be better than my easy Red Currant Crumble Cake. This is such a simple cake to put together. The deliciously…
French Vanilla Custard Tart

French Vanilla Custard Tart

French Vanilla Custard Tart is often known as Flan Parissiene or Flan Patissier and if you’ve ever been to France you will have seen these glorious tarts temptingly displayed in the window of every patisserie and bakery in town.