Tag Archives: cold desserts

Desserts – Peanut Butter Pie

After the last four years of a gypsy lifestyle, you would think I would know a thing or two about travelling light. And while it’s true I can now pack a suitcase sparingly, there are some things I just can’t do without.

And chief amongst these indispensables are books.

I have gathered favourite books for the last 40 years and I would never part with them. Some have run away from home, others I have  loaned to friends and family never to return, but there are hundreds and hundreds of books in a storage unit waiting to be reunited to me. In my When-I-Win-Lotto fantasies I dream of a book-lined study with a brass ladder. It’s at the top of my list, only then is it followed by a lovely kitchen. Continue reading Desserts – Peanut Butter Pie

Desserts – Blackberry and Apple Crumble Slice

I writing this on Valentine’s Day, and I’m struggling not to be drawn into a passive-aggressive smackdown of the day’s festivities by putting all my grief into this article, or into this recipe, which is baking while I write.

For those who are not in couples, it’s a day of purdah. The single must stay away, away from restaurants with reconfigured Tables-For-Two, lined end-to-end with barely any space to move between, each couple in their own loved-up bubble of perfection, their primal scent of fear – or of keeping up appearances, I’m never quite sure which –  barely contained. Poor bastards.  Continue reading Desserts – Blackberry and Apple Crumble Slice

Desserts – Roast Strawberry Gelato

Recently a cousin from the UK came to stay for three months. She stayed with my sister on the Central Coast, but came down to Melbourne and for the week she was here I had the most delightful time being a tourist in my own town. On her to-do list were trips to St Kilda and the Zoo and the Botanic Gardens and after a couple of days I realised I was weaving my favourite eateries into our wanders. Which is how we ended up at a gelato bar in North Carlton. Continue reading Desserts – Roast Strawberry Gelato

Dessert – White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

It was my mother who prompted me to make this cheesecake, or rather, the prospect of my mother coming to stay. She doesn’t have much of an appetite and left to her own devices will opt not to have a dessert. Perversely, this only makes me want to bake a delicious treat to prove her wrong.  Continue reading Dessert – White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

Desserts – Iain's Slow-Cooked Pavlova

Now then. I adore Iain, and he’s shared some bloody good recipes with us, but I have to admit when he told me he had perfected a pavlova base you could cook in a slow-cooker I did think he was a little bit mental.

Because I’m a good friend like that. Continue reading Desserts – Iain's Slow-Cooked Pavlova

Dessert – Lemon Sorbet

When I was pregnant with my second child, I sweated like a heifer through a hot summer and on into the autumn towards the baby’s birth.

I had a craving that lasted that entire summer, for lemon gelato or lemon sorbet. As I worked in the heart of a thriving Italian community, it wasn’t hard to find. It had to be lemon and it had to be gelato. Why, I don’t know. No medical science has yet unlocked the bizarre nature of pregnancy cravings. Continue reading Dessert – Lemon Sorbet

Dessert – Chocolate Ripple Log

It’s an oldie but a goodie, and found in just about every western country who then claim this recipe as their own. This is an absurdly simple thing to make. Layer chocolate biscuits with cream and refrigerate.

Sooner or later, someone will bring this as their dessert offering to your next barbecue or party. It never goes out of fashion. It’s also a great dessert to make when you’re a teenager and learning dessert cookery – it’s a great boost to the ego as everyone loves it. Continue reading Dessert – Chocolate Ripple Log

Dessert – Banana and Coconut Ice Cream

It’s easy to forget, when summer is at its peak and our tables groan with fruit, just how susceptible our banana crop is to cyclonic conditions. It was only a few years ago that Yasi tore through far north Queensland and took out whole communities. When other people have to rebuild lives and houses, it seems churlish to complain about the high price of bananas that invariably follows.

I say all this because bananas are currently at very small prices. The sort of prices that encourage you to head out and buy so much that the bananas then over-ripen. Which is exactly what you need for this recipe. Continue reading Dessert – Banana and Coconut Ice Cream

Dessert – Strawberry Fluff Pudding

Whenever my mother made strawberry mousse, she used evaporated milk and would whisk the hell out of it with the Kenwood Chef going at such a speed it would slowly creep towards the edge of the bench. It seemed to take forever to bring the milk to a creamy consistency required for the mousse but the results were always worth it. It was such a popular dessert in my family, it was made almost every week.

Ah, memories. Still, nostalgia ain’t what it used to be – there’s no point using older recipes if they have no relevance to today’s palate.  So with that in mind, allow me to bring it bang up to date.

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Dessert – Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

ChocolateIceCream2As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of ice cream. It’s been so long since I’ve eaten chocolate ice cream it may well have been last century.  Almost certainly it was twenty kilos and a few dozen wrinkles ago.

But just because I’m not a fan, doesn’t mean others don’t like it.

This started out when I opted for a lemon tart for my winter-based birthday lunch and was wondering what to serve with it. Because, you know, my party, etc.

Not having a budget for berries, I decided on chocolate because the flavour goes so well with lemon, cutting across its creaminess and sourness, providing such a great contrast and balance that you can be forgiven for going way over the top and making this frozen wonder as rich as possible.

At this point, I should tell you that  this is a very rich and intense chocolate, and so a little really does go a long way*. Which is all well and good when you want such comfort in cold weather, but is it as good in hot weather when you want to be refreshed rather than feel sated?

There was only one thing for it and that was to make another batch now that the weather is heating up. It disappeared within a week, and readers, there are only two of us in this house and as already stated, one of us does not like ice cream.

Enjoy this with summer berries, with some toffee or praline stirred through it, or drizzled with caramel fudge sauce.

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