Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fingerbuns

When I was in primary school my mum would send me off to school with a ‘lunch order’ – a paper bag with the items my mum or I had chosen for my lunch that day at school. The order total would be written on the front of the paper bag and that amount of money (usually in coins) would be placed inside the bag and folded over. When I arrived at school in the morning, I gave my teacher the lunch order, and then at little lunch and/or big lunch the order would arrive inside the paper bag.

One of my favourite items to have for little lunch was the fingerbun – a delicious, light, sultana filled, brioche-like bread in the shape of a finger, topped with a lightly strawberry flavoured icing and rolled in dessicated coconut. I’ve been thinking about these fingerbuns for a little while now and decided that today was the day to attempt to reproduce one of my favourite childhood treats.

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Cinnamon and Raisin Bagels

I was inspired to have a go at making bagels after my first trip to Brooklyn Boy Bagels where I tried their cinnamon and raisin bagel which was amazing smeared with salted Pepe Saya butter – my favourite butter. Now, I’ve never been to New York or anywhere in the U.S. and had ‘real’ bagels, but if the ones at Brooklyn Boy are anything like them, then I’m smitten.

Making bagels is a fairly long process, but not as complicated as I’d initially thought, in fact, the hardest part is waiting overnight, unlike when I make croissants which is technically a lot more challenging.

This morning I when I woke up, the first thing I did was head to the kitchen, turn the oven on and bring a large pot of water to the boil. Then I started boiling and baking the bagels and they are delicious. I am so happy with how they turned out, my expectations were exceeded and I’ll be making these babies again for sure.

ANZAC Biscuits

I always love baking ANZAC biscuits – they’re such a quick and easy biscuit to make, I almost always have all the ingredients I need in my fridge and cupboards, and they taste amazing.

I spent a long time searching for my perfect ANZAC biscuit recipe, lots of trial and error – some recipes produced a thick dry biscuit, others were overly sweet. Unfortunately I can’t reveal my source (although I am open to bribes!) so you’ll just have to trust me when I say these are some of the best ANZAC biscuits around 🙂