A collection of easy and delicious baking recipes. Cakes, cookies, pavlovas, brownies … there is something here for every occasion! Included are birthday cake recipes and gluten-free cake recipes.

Cinnamon Rolls

Soft and fluffy Cinnamon Rolls made from a brioche-like dough, and drizzled with a simple icing for a touch of indulgence. Easy recipe for Cinnamon Rolls with step-by-step photos. Cinnamon Rolls As a child, I loved anything which was slathered in icing. And it was a good thing that my parents ran a bakery because there was no shortage of cakes and buns generously decorated with a frosting of some sort. Iced Finger

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Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao)

These homemade Steamed BBQ Pork Buns are soft and fluffy with a succulent savoury filling. Make this classic Dim Sum favourite at home! Complete recipe for the bao buns, plus the Chinese Barbecue Pork filling, with step-by-step photos. Steamed BBQ Pork Buns One of my favourite dishes at Yum Cha are Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, also called Char Siu Bao. As a child, I tried to only eat them towards the end of

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Easy Tiramisu

An easy Tiramisu recipe served in individual glasses. These Mini Tiramisu are a delicious way to end an Italian meal, and they are also perfect for entertaining. Easy Tiramisu We are lucky to have three Italian restaurants on our street, which means that if I want to take a night off cooking (it happens at least once a week!), a pizza or pasta dinner is always only a few steps away. My kids

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Pumpkin Scones

Tender and buttery Pumpkin Scones, perfect for afternoon tea or as a savoury side dish. Make these classic Pumpkin Scones with homemade pumpkin purée or canned pumpkin. Pumpkin Scones There is something about Pumpkin Scones which always reminds me of Australia. My parents sold them in the bakery alongside the plain scones and fruit scones, and I was never sure if pumpkin scones were intended to be sweet or savoury, but I knew

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Pecans & Chocolate

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These Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Pecans & Chocolate are a delicious autumnal treat. Arrival of Autumn One sure sign that autumn has arrived in Europe is the welcoming array of pumpkins and squashes at the farmers’ market. That and the fact that ballet flats are not the best choice of shoes anymore, now that the temperatures have taken a sudden dip.

How to Make Bubble Tea (Boba Tea)

How to make a classic Taiwanese-style Bubble Tea (Boba Tea) at home from scratch! Try this easy and delicious bubble tea recipe with step-by-step photos. Bubble Tea Bubble tea has finally arrived in Switzerland and I couldn’t be happier to be reunited with my favourite beverage from my student days!

Focaccia with Herbs and Olives

An easy-to-make Focaccia with Herbs and Olives which is soft and chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. Perfect as a starter or as a side dish! Recipe with step-by-step photos. Focaccia Bread When I lived in Australia, focaccia was a staple which was sold in all bakeries and supermarkets. So when I first moved to Switzerland, I was surprised that, despite being next door to Italy, no focaccia bread could

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Steamed Bao Buns

How to make the perfect, soft and fluffy steamed bao buns with step-by-step photos. Follow these tips and tricks to make the perfect homemade bao buns, perfect for filling with your favourite ingredients. Includes instructions for steaming the bao buns on the stove and in a steam oven. Bao Buns When David Chang first offered his version of Pork Belly Buns on his restaurant menu at Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York, back

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

Delicious and easy Homemade Soft Pretzels, which are soft and pillowy, with the perfect chew. These pretzels are great for snacking and entertaining, and perfect served alongside some grilled sausages! Recipe with step-by-step photos. Soft Pretzels If there is one reliable snack that my children will always devour, it would be soft pretzels. In Zurich, Brezel stands can be found all over town with a wide assortment of toppings on offer – sea

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Cream Buns

Classic bakery-style Cream Buns filled with raspberry jam and freshly whipped cream. These soft and fluffy buns are a real tea-time treat! Recipe with step-by-step photos. Cream Buns If you’re familiar with suburban bakeries in Australia, you would be familiar with these Cream Buns. The buns are a lightly sweetened bread dough, often filled with raisins, which are split open and piped with some raspberry jam and fresh cream. So simple but yet

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Homemade Strawberry Ice-Cream

A classic homemade Strawberry Ice-Cream which is fresh, creamy and bursting with real strawberry flavour! Recipe with step-by-step photos. Ice-Cream Machine Every spring, I toy with the idea of buying an ice-cream machine. As someone who is trying (very slowly) to declutter and to only surround myself with meaningful purchases, I carefully deliberate over every home purchase, sometimes to the point where nothing ultimately gets done (or purchased!). In the case of my

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Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter

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A moist and tasty Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter. The perfect way to use over-ripe bananas! Banana Bread Recipe I know it sounds cliché, but there really is no better use for over-ripe bananas than to make them into a banana bread of some sort. I usually reserve such bananas for my Easy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, but as I wanted something a bit more homely today, I

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Zopfhasen (Easter Bunny Rolls)

Cute and delicious Zopfhasen, which are Swiss Easter Bunny Rolls, filled with raisins and decorated with pearl sugar. Easy recipe which you can make with the kids, with step-by-step photos. Zopfhasen In the lead up to Easter, many bakeries in Switzerland start selling these delicious Zopfhasen, or Easter Bunny Rolls. Or, as my daughter likes to call them, Bunny Buns.

Chocolate Madeleines

Tender and fluffy Chocolate Madeleines which will steal your heart! Tips for making the perfect madeleines and recipe with step-by-step photos. Heart-Shaped Madeleines Call me kitsch, but I couldn’t resist adding to my madeleine pan collection when I saw this heart-shaped mould late one night on Amazon. Those last five words also explain why the postman shows up at our place almost everyday, the poor guy.

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

A quick and easy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie to impress your friends and family. And it takes less than 10 minutes to make! Recipe with step-by-step photos. Skillet Cookie This is what I make when I want to impress my kids and their friends. Hands down, every time, this skillet cookie gives maximum wow factor. And it takes less than 10 minutes to make!

Blushing Betty

A Blushing Betty is a rhubarb sponge pudding with a moist and delicious cake baked on top of a luscious rhubarb compote. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Rhubarb Dessert There was a time last year when I accidentally ordered 3 kg (6 lb) of rhubarb instead of 3 stalks with my online grocery order. It was one of those errors where, upon realising the magnitude of my mistake, we could only laugh and be

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Eve’s Pudding

An Eve’s Pudding is a deliciously comforting dessert with a soft tender sponge on top of baked apples. This Eve’s Pudding will tempt you! Recipe with step-by-step photos. Eve’s Pudding One of the most comforting puddings I know of is this Eve’s Pudding. Whether it is cold and snowy outside and you need something warming for dessert, or it happens to hot and balmy but you want something familiar with your bowl of

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How to Make Crème Pâtissière (Pastry Cream)

An easy to follow recipe for Crème Pâtissière, also known as pastry cream or vanilla custard. Comprehensive recipe with step-by-step photos. Pastry Cream Recipe Pastry cream is a popular component of many French desserts. It is a thick, vanilla custard which you will often find inside Profiteroles or Éclairs, spread between the layers of a Millefeuilles, or used as the filling for fruit tarts.

Angel Food Cake

A light and fluffy Angel Food Cake, perfect for entertaining. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Angel Food Cake An Angel Food Cake is a tall cake with a bright white sponge and fluffy texture. In Australia, it is a cake which I used to order in cafés and which was always popular at parties and celebrations. But, here in Europe, Angel Food Cake is virtually unknown.

Yule Log (Bûche de Noël)

A spectacular and easy Yule Log (Bûche de Noël) to make at Christmas time. Tips to make a gluten-free Chocolate Yule Log Cake. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Yule Log My family in Switzerland has always celebrated Christmas with a Yule Log (or Buche de Noel), and when I realised that it was essentially a Swiss Roll rearranged to look like a log, I thought it was worthwhile trying to make my own one

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Pork and Sage Sausage Rolls

No party is complete without a batch of sausage rolls, and these classic Pork & Sage Sausage Rolls will be a hit with your friends and family! Sausage Rolls As an Aussie, sausage rolls have been in my food memory for as long as I can remember. My parents ran a busy suburban bakery throughout my childhood, and I can still remember the sight and smell of the gigantic tray of freshly-baked sausage

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Yoghurt Flatbreads

Easy Yoghurt Flatbreads which are thick, soft and chewy. Make this delicious, no-yeast flatbread recipe with step-by-step photos. Easy Yoghurt Flatbreads Whenever we have Indian food for dinner, whether it’s home-delivered or home-made, there has to be flatbreads to go with. And these Yoghurt Flatbreads are the easiest, and most delicious, flatbreads you could make.

Dreikönigskuchen (Swiss Three Kings Cake)

Celebrate the Epiphany with a Dreikönigskuchen or Swiss Three Kings Cake. This brioche-like cake is perfect for sharing, and whoever finds the hidden fève is crowned king for the day! Follow my Dreikönigskuchen recipe with step-by-step photos. Swiss Three Kings Cake If there is one thing that can chase the post-Christmas blues away, it is the knowledge that the Epiphany is just around the corner. Once all of the Gingerbread Men, Panettone and

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Grittibänz

Fun and delicious Grittibänz, traditional sweet buns which are eaten at Christmas in Switzerland. A great recipe to make with the kids. Follow my delicious Grittibänz recipe with step-by-step photos. Christmas in Switzerland As soon as the Grittibänz start appearing in the bakeries and supermarkets here in Zurich, my children get very excited because, for them, it is a sign that Christmas is around the corner. Gingerbread Men are not exactly common here

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Moist Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting

A delicious and fail-proof recipe for a Moist Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting which is both tangy and delicious. My Carrot Cake I had a friend coming around for afternoon tea today, and whilst my first instinct was to go out and pick up something from the local bakery, I decided instead to turn on the oven. In running a quick mental analysis on which would require more physical and mental exertion, setting

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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These Peanut Butter Spider Cookies are a cute and chocolatey Halloween treat! Recipe with step-by-step photos. Peanut Butter Spider Cookies I was scrolling through Pinterest one evening, looking for Halloween baking ideas, when I came across these awfully cute Peanut Butter Spider Cookies from A Spicy Perspective. Not only are they adorably sweet, but they combine two of my favourite loves – peanut butter cookies and Lindt Lindor chocolate truffles.

Gingernut Biscuits

Crunchy and slightly chewy Gingernut Biscuits, spiced with ginger and sweetened with honey. They are deliciously addictive and so easy to make. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Gingernut Biscuits There is a book shop in Zurich which has a large section filled with English books, and a curiously large section filled with American and British food for the expats. I use the term “food” loosely because it is really only snack food (or, rather,

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake

A stunning Pumpkin Bundt Cake made with homemade pumpkin purée, and drizzled with an orange glaze. Pumpkin Patch On a recent visit to the Jucker Farm, a pumpkin patch just outside of Zurich, I treated myself to a slice of their famous pumpkin cake which was topped with lemon icing and pistachios.

Japanese Milk Bread (Shokupan)

Japanese Milk Bread is soft, fluffy and pillowy, making it the perfect loaf of sliced white bread! Make Japanese Milk Bread at home with this easy and delicious recipe with step-by-step photos. Japanese Milk Bread If you are a fan of Japanese bakery treats, you might already be familiar with Japanese Milk Bread, also called Hokkaido Milk Bread or Shokupan. This fluffy and pillowy-soft white loaf is a bread-lover’s dream, perfect for slicing

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Homemade Pizza Dough

Make your own pizza at home with this easy and delicious pizza dough recipe! Recipe with step-by-step photos. Easy Pizza Dough For me, a pizza dinner usually involves calling the local pizzeria up the street and sending my husband to pick up the order 10 minutes later. That is how we do fast food in Switzerland!

Date Scones

Classic Date Scones with a hint of orange, perfect with a cup of tea. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Date Scones Freshly baked scones with a pot of freshly brewed tea are an irresistible combination for me, and something which I love to indulge in at any time of the day.

Butterzopf

Butterzopf is a classic Swiss bread which is often served for weekend brunches. Try this Butterzopf recipe with step-by-step photos. What is Butterzopf? In Switzerland, it is a ritual in most households to serve a loaf of Butterzopf for breakfast on the weekends, so much so that many bakeries do not even sell these loaves during the week.

Iced Finger Buns

Soft and fluffy Iced Finger Buns (or Iced Buns), a classic Australian bakery treat! Easy recipe with step-by-step photos. Finger Buns If there is one baked treat from my childhood which evokes nostalgia, it would be Finger Buns (also called Iced Buns or Iced Fingers in the UK). These sweet yeasted buns, filled with sultanas or raisins, and decorated with pink icing and dessicated coconut, were my idea of heaven.

Classic Pavlova

Make the perfect pavlova every time with this easy pavlova recipe with step-by-step photos. Tips on how to make a pavlova with a crisp meringue shell and soft and chewy marshmallow centre. Australian Pavlova There is nothing which reminds me more of Australia than a classic pavlova. This was something I grew up eating at parties and celebrations, and a backyard BBQ was never complete without a pavlova dessert standing proud and tall

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Easy No-Knead Bread

Make your own homemade artisan-style bread with this Easy No-Knead Bread recipe with step-by-step photos. What is No-Knead Bread? A No-Knead Bread is exactly as the name implies: a bread which does not require any kneading. In fact, this No-Knead Bread recipe is rather hands-off when compared to most traditional bread recipes.

Easy Chocolate Cake

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An easy chocolate cake recipe that is moist and delicious, perfect for birthdays and celebrations. This easy chocolate cake recipe includes instructions for different sized cake pans, plus tips for making chocolate cupcakes. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Easy Chocolate Cake I am mindful that I have already shared quite a few chocolate cake recipes here on this blog, and that they all happen to be recipes which I frequently return to whenever a

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Pie Maker Meat Pies

Makes these delicious meat pies using a pie maker! Perfect for parties and entertaining. Easy pie maker recipe with step-by-step photos. Pie Maker I have jumped on the pie maker bandwagon. I never intended to. Our kitchen is 9 square metres in size with minimal storage, and I already felt that owning two (yes, two!) waffle machines was a bit excessive. But this unusual period of isolation to avoid a certain virus has

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Anzac Biscuits

Easy Anzac Biscuits which you can make with the kids! Crispy on the outside and chewy in the centre, these Anzac biscuits are perfect with a cup of tea. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Anzac Biscuits I wish I could say that I grew up baking Anzac biscuits at home but, the truth is, my parents sold these biscuits year-round in their bakery. Which meant that I got to enjoy these biscuits whenever I

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Classic Meat Pies

Classic Meat Pies with a chunky beef and Guinness filling. A delicious meat pie recipe with step-by-step photos. Meat Pies For many Australians, a meat pie at lunch with a good squirt of tomato sauce (ketchup) is almost a daily ritual. You can find meat pies at nearly all Australian cafés and bakeries, corner shops and supermarkets, but making your own at home from scratch can be very satisfying.

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Delicious and decadent Hot Cross Buns with chocolate chips! These buns are subtly spiced and generously studded with chocolate, making them the perfect Easter treats. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Hot Cross Buns There are so many baking choices at Easter, and Hot Cross Buns are a must for me. My Easter Egg Nest Cake is also an annual treat for us which I like to make on Easter Sunday.

Easy Cornbread

A quick and easy Cornbread recipe which you can make in 30 minutes! This cornbread is perfect as a side dish or even served as a sweet snack. What is Cornbread? As an Australian, I didn’t know what cornbread was until one of my trips to the US. In fact, my first taste of cornbread was at a breakfast one day during our honeymoon in Nantucket. That cornbread muffin, served warm with a

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Hot Cross Buns

Light and fluffy Hot Cross Buns with delicious spices and raisins. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Hot Cross Buns For as long as I can remember, Easter has always been celebrated in my family with a batch or two of Hot Cross Buns. This sentiment only amplified when I moved to Switzerland and discovered that these spiced buns were not as universal as the religious festival.

French Brioche Loaf

A delicious French Brioche Loaf which is soft and buttery. Follow this easy brioche recipe with step-by-step photos. Homemade Brioche Something I am really into at the moment is making homemade brioche. At this particular point in time, i.e. March 2020 during the outbreak of a certain virus, the majority of people seem to be searching the internet for a million and one ways to bake bread at home.

Easy Waffles

Quick and Easy Waffles which are crisp and crunchy, perfect for a lazy brunch or breakfast. Follow this waffle recipe for the perfect results! Waffles in France On one of our many visits to my husband’s family in France, my mother-in-law decided to make waffles for dessert after lunch one day. She made them to order in the kitchen whilst we sat impatiently at the dining table until she would appear with a

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Brioche Bread

A delicious brioche recipe with step-by-step photos. Make this classic French brioche (Brioche à Tête) at home for breakfast or brunch. Brioche Bread If you live in France or Switzerland, brioche bread can be found in almost every bakery in every town, and it is quite a common treat for breakfast or morning tea. Brioche buns tend to be quite popular with children, but I know many adults who would happily devour a

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Rhubarb Crumble with Strawberries

An easy recipe for Rhubarb Crumble with step-by-step photos. Delicious served warm with a scoop of ice-cream, or even cold the next day at breakfast! Rhubarb Crumble with Strawberries I think a fruit crumble would have to be my favourite dessert of all time. When I am not making a classic Apple Crumble, I am probably making my favourite Rhubarb Crumble, especially when forced rhubarb (the bright pink variety) is in season.

Apple Crumble

Easy and delicious Apple Crumble. A comforting and nostalgic dessert which everyone will love. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Apple Crumble Sometimes when I am stuck for ideas for dessert, I will fall back on my trusty Apple Crumble and know that this humble, yet fabulous, dessert will hit all of the right notes, no matter who I am sharing it with.

Carrot Cake with Cream-Cheese Frosting

A deliciously moist Carrot Cake with a light and fresh Cream-Cheese Frosting. This carrot cake recipe is sure to become a favourite with your family and friends! Carrot Cake Recipe One of my favourite past-times is chatting online with my foodie friends. We talk about a whole manner of things, mostly food-related, frequently veering off-topic but somehow always circling back to the matter at heart.

French Crepes

A simple and delicious recipe for basic crepes, or thin French pancakes. Recipe with step-by-step photos. French Crepes Recipe My husband hails from the French region of Brittany where crepes (or more correctly spelt, crêpes) are thought to have originated. And so it goes without saying that, in this part of the world, it is completely acceptable to have pancakes at breakfast every morning, or even as a goûter, the French equivalent of afternoon tea.

Profiteroles with Chocolate Ganache

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A classic and foolproof recipe for Profiteroles served with a vanilla pastry cream and drizzled with a decadent chocolate ganache. Recipe with step-by-step photos. Profiteroles with Chocolate Ganache If I had to name one dessert as my “desert island dessert”, it would probably have to be profiteroles. It seems most people are abuzz with French macarons these days (which I also adore) but, to me, the profiterole is what encapsulates a typically French

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