Category Archives: Desserts and baking


This is one of my favourite breads. made well its awesome, but its very easy to make too.

  • Flour 1kg
  • Instant Active yeast-20 gm
  • Sugar-20 gm
  • Salt -20 gm
  • Water-800 ml
  • Olive oil-100 ml

Mix Flour with yeast, sugar and salt.Add in the water. the dough will be very very sticky.

Dont worry thats normal.Add in half of the oil.

allow to proof for about 20minutes.(keep in a warm area with gladwarp on dough or a wet tea towel).

Divide into 4 and spread flat on baking trays with the remainder of the oil.make dimples with your fingers on the top

of the dough and then add the oil.

when the bread is proofed nicely(risen) Bake at 195 C for 13-15 minutes.

You can add fresh herbs in the dough and some rock salt on top too.Enjoy.


Chocolate mousse

  • dark chocolate -150 gms melted with about 30 ml cream
  • eggs -2 whole
  • sugar-45 gms
  • vanilla essence- 2-3 ml
  • dark cocoa powder- 10-20 gms i use home brand cocoa or valrohna .
  • cream- 200 ml
  • alcohol-10-20 ml ( grand marnier/ whisky or baileys/ rum/ brandy  )

whisk cream and keep in fridge till later.

whisk eggs sugar and vanilla essence over a double boiler till thick and foamy and ribbony consistency.(not dont overcook the egg or you have a sweet scrambled egg)

add chocolate and cocoa powder and alcohol  to it.

allow to cool down then fold in the cream inside and portion into cups or bowls and allow to set for a few hours.if you want this set faster then you have to add in some gelatine after the egg stage.( the gelatine if using should be about 10 gm maximum and soaked with about 40 ml of liquid / water)

Gateau Opera

We are making a beautiful gateau opera tonight  in our cookery class. this is an almond sponge called joconde which is layered with a coffee flavoured butter cream and ganache.

For the sponge we need( will make one half sheet pan30cmx 40 cms)

  1. ground almond -85 gms
  2. sugar- 55 gms
  3. flour-30 gm
  4. eggs whole-3 ea
  5. Vanilla essence- 1ml
  6. egg  white – 2ea
  7. sugar- 30 gms
  8. melted butter-30 gm
  • mix almond sugar, flour together with the whole eggs and vanilla
  • beat the egg whites with the sugar till quite stiff and fold it into earlier mixture
  • fold in melted butter and bake in pre heated oven at 180c for 7-9 minutes.
  • take out and keep covered to prevent it from drying out.


Swiss butter cream

  1. egg whites-3
  2. sugar-150 gms
  3. soft butter- 300 gms
  4. coffee liqueur

whisk egg whites with sugar over a double boiler till light.Add in soft butter and some coffee liqueur.


  1. cream- 50 ml
  2. Dark chocolate- 100 gms

Melt chocolate along with cream and use for one layer of the cake.

for glaze

  1. dark chocolate- 75 gms
  2. butter-45 gms
  3. sugar syrup or glucose- 20 ml

Melt butter chocolate and glucose in a pan and adjust consistency to be able to pour on top of the cake.

the rest is all about arranging it neatly together and piping “opera ” on it with some chocolate.



mango pudding with basil/ sabja

this delicious pudding is a version of a panacotta, but we gave it a southeast asian twist when we made it and topped it with basil seeds soaked in water. they go a bit funny, and then we used those for garnishing the dessert. the result funky looking and delicious.+vegetarian and gluten free too.

this recipe is designed to be made for a big bunch of people, because u have to use up the whole tin of mango, u could halve it but then use the mango elsewhere so it doesnt go waste


  • mango puree/pulp tinned – 1 tin (850) gms
  • milk500 ml
  • cream 500ml
  • sugar 100gm
  • gelatine-14 gm soaked in 60 ml room temp water
  • coconut cream- 400 ml
  • basil seeds- 5 gms
  1. soak gelatine in water . soak basil seeds separately as well
  2. heat up mango pulp and reduce to half. take off the heat and add sugar to sweeten.
  3. heat up milk and cream. when boiled add in gelatine and mix well.
  4. start too cool down, add coconut cream, when almost room temperature, add in mango pulp mix.
  5. continue to cool  down, mixing every few minutes.
  6. pour into glass bowlsor wine/ martini glasses, and refrigerate atleast 2 hours to allow it to set nicely.
  7. the basil seeds will have started to look like fish eggs by now, .spoon a little on top of the pudding before serving.

chocolate raspberry brownie

  1. Dark chocolate buttons  285 gms

  2. sugar  270 gms

  3. flour  45 gms

  4. cocoa 85 gms(dark really dark bitter kind)

  5. butter  185 gms

  6. eggs    3 nos

  7. Raspberry frozen  100 gms

  8. white chocolate buttons 100 gms

  9. vanilla essence 2 mlMethod
  • melt the dark chocolate and butter.

  • whisk eggs and sugar till thick and creamy.

  • mix well the flour and cocoa powder, if lumpy then sieve together.

  • Add vanilla essence , and the melted chocolate and butter mix to the eggs.

  • slowly fold in the flour /cocoa mixture.

  • line one half chafing pan/or half sheet pan 12 inch x 18 inch pan  with greaseproof paper, and pour the mix over it then top with the raspberries and the white chocolate.

  • bake at 175 C for 25-30 minutes. the center shouldn’t be too dry just soft cos we want them to be gooey like proper brownies should

  • Cool down well, and cut into desired size for use.

  • Makes about 1 small tray of brownie

Feijoa mousse

I first ate this at the marina restaurant  in gisborne and then made my version of it.

Feijoas- 500 gms- you will need to scoop out the flesh from inside them.
sugar-50 gms

first part- scoop out the pulp from the feijoas-for the people not from nz, its similar to a guava and the aroma s incredible. then cook these on low heat with the sugar till really nice and soft and pulpy.blend to a puree. it will have crunchy bits from the seeds in it. dont strain these out.these add to the nice crunchy texture in the middle of some creamy goodness


2 eggs whole
50 gms grain sugar+30-40 depending on how sweet your feijoa mix was.
10 gm gelatine soaked in abt 20 ml of water
250 ml cream.


whisk the eggs and 50 gm sugar over a double boiler until really frothy and thick and light. melt the gelatine in a microwave (10 seconds max and add it in)
taste your feijoa puree to see how sweet it is.should be fairly sweet but not cloyingly so.add into your egg mix.
whisk the cream and keep chilled.
when the feijoa , egg mix is cooled down , fold in the whipped cream, set in glass bowls or wine glasses or whatever you want it in really.

Chocolate zucchini cake by Dina

Dina, who is a childcare educator at Viraajs day care , is an ex-chef and had this recipe which wowed all the children, so this post is dedicated to her .


To cream together

  • 125 gm butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 +3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Sour milk

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Dry ingredients( sieve twice to ensure they get well mixed)

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch of ground cloves( here ive reduced the qty which dina had)
  • 2 +1/4 cups plain flour

4 tablespoons dark cocoa powder

To add

2 cups of grated zucchini

  • 1/4 cups of dark chocolate chips


  1. preheat oven to 180 C/ 375 F.
  2. cream butter, sugaroil then add in eggs and vanilla till well blended
  3. Mix in milk and lemon juice.( the acid in the lemon juice helps the baking soda to act). +the baking soda when used with cocoa powder gives it a richer darker colour.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients to the creamed mix.
  5. Stir in the zucchini.pour into large cake tin or 2 loaf tins, and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  6. Check that’s done by inserting a toothpick or wooden skewer in the center, it should come out clean.

anzac cookies by Cherie Green

Cherie Green is/was  one of my fellow tutors at Whitireia, and she had made some fabulous anzac cookies one day very very long back. after much persuasion and bribery she kindly parted with her recipe, which is what im sharing down here.Since that time cheries mood on literally to greener pastures and has her own farmland or section as its called in New Zealand


Anzac biscuits

  1. Mix Flour -50 gm
  2. Sugar- 75 gm
  3. Coconut dessicated- 2/3 cup
  4. 2/3 cup rolled oats
  5. MELT Butter- 50 gms add
  6. Golden syrup- 1Table spoon
  7. Dissolve Soda bicarb- ½ teaspoon in 2 Tablespoons of Boiling water.Mix in with the dry ingredients.

Form into round biscuit shapes and bake in pre-heated oven at at 180C 15-20 mins.


Daves fruit bread

Dave our It dude, made some fabulous fruit bread and here’s the recipe straight from heart.

self raising flour sifted -3 cups
Mixed nuts and seeds- 1 1/2 cups
mixed berries- 1 cup
Dried mango- 1 cup
Milk- 1cup
water- 2 cups
Extra virgin olive oil- 1 glug ( yes 1 glug)


mix all the dry ingredients. mix water, milk and glug and add the dry ingredients to the this mix.

pour into a greased baking tin or 3 and bake in preheated oven at about 180 c for about 35-40 minutes.

cool down , slice toast and butter and you’re ready to roll.

Sitafal panacotta.

A take on a classical italian dessert- pana- milk , cotto is to  cook so literally cooked milk, set with gelatine and creamy, this one is flavoured with sitafal, an amazing fruit from india, there is a caribbean relative called soursop, but sitafal is sweeter and creamier.

  1. cream- 500 ml
  2. milk- 500 ml
  3. sugar- 100 gm
  4. gelatine- 15-20 gms depending on which country you are making it in.
  5. water – to soak the gelatine- 50 ml
  6. sitafal puree/ pulp-  750 gms
  7. cardamom powder- large pinch


  • Soak gelatine in water.
  • heat milk and cream, add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • add in the sitafal pulp and gelatine and whisk well. depending on how sweet the sitafal is you might need to slightly increase sugar quantity.
  • flavour with cardamom and  allow to cool down. set in individual glass bowls of small plastic shot glasses like i did( 80 x 60 ml) + got some extra.
  • chill for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight