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Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake (gf, df)

I’ve always love to immerse myself in different cultures and religion. Each occasion is celebrated with a food with a special meaning behind it. Obviously I’m not Jewish, but a very special grandma told me how she grew up having honey cake every Rosh Hashanah. However, the honey cakes that she had in the past were often dry. Since I love to bake and eat, I’ve given the Rosh Hashanah honey cake a shot and made it moist and absolutely delicious! Dry Ingredients: 200g almond meal 25g gluten free flour 25g tapioca flour 1 tsp bicarbonate soda 1 tsp cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder Zest 1 orange Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup soy milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice (leave it to rest for at least five minutes) 3 large eggs 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup olive oil 4 tbsp kahlua 1 tsp vanilla essence Directions: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Grease a 18cm bundt cake tin Mix all the dry ingredients into a bowl Whisk all the wet ingredients together until a smooth …

Classic flourless chocolate cake (gf, df)

The classic flourless chocolate cake! One of my favourites to make because it is moist and fluffy at the same time. I love decorating my cakes with fresh strawberries and since they are in season now, I definitely made full use of it. I didn’t get a chance to take any photos of the cake slices because it was meant for a house warming party. But before the end of the party, that cake was gone – says a lot about how delicious it was! Ingredients 85g nuttelex (or unsalted butter) 85g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 90% dark) 60g caster sugar 2 tbsp kahlua 3 eggs seperated 85g almond meal 1 pinch of salt 50g dark chocolate (70% Lindt dark) 1 punnet fresh strawberries Directions Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Grease a 18cm cake tin Melt the chocolate and nuttelex/butter in a bowl over a pan of hot water, remove from the heat, stir in the kahlua and leave to cool Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a large bowl until …

Orange and coconut cake (gf,df)

It has been two months since I’ve posted anything. It is really hard to find time to bake and post now that I am working almost full time. I finally had some time this week to catch up on the things that I love to do – that is of course baking. I like to bake according to the seasons and being in Australia, it means that I get one of the best fresh produce. Mandarins and oranges are in season now. Since I’ve made mandarin cakes before, I decided to make orange cakes this time round. The recipe is similar to the mandarin cake recipe, I’ve just added desiccated coconut for that extra flavour. I made this cake last week for a dinner party and I didn’t get much time to take good photos of it before it was devoured completely. Ingredients for the cake  4 large oranges 5 large eggs 100g caster sugar 200g almond meal 30g desiccated coconut 1 tsp vanilla essence Directions Preparation time: 80minBaking time: 40-45min or until the top is …

South Island New Zealand

The South Island of New Zealand is a more popular tourist destination than the North Island. An ideal amount of time in the South Island would be at least two weeks. If you are thinking of doing any over night hikes especially for the Milford track, do remember to make bookings at least six months in advance because it is extremely popular during the Great Walks Season. Initially I had booked for the Routeburn track. Unfortunately, due to an accident in October, I was physically unable to complete a 3D2N hike so I had to make last minute changes to my itinerary. As it was over Christmas period, most of the accommodations were fully booked in Queenstown or ridiculously expensive, we ended up staying at Cardona Alpine Resort which has got to be one of the best places I’ve stayed in New Zealand! Here I am sharing my South Island itinerary, hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!  Destination Duration of stay Distance to next destination Picton 2 nights (N) ~279km Waipara …