Showing posts with label Desserts and Sweets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Desserts and Sweets. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chocolate & Pomegranate Pot de Creme with Caramelised Figs

chocolate pomegranate pot de creme

I'm not entirely sure why I've had a craving for chocolate after scoffing more than my fair share of Lindt bunnies over the Easter long weekend, but it seems that every recipe idea I've come up with in the last few weeks revolves around chocolate!

I've actually been wanting to make a pot de creme for several years now, but with my own little spin on it. I wanted to show off some beautiful ingredients - yet more delicious figs from my Nanna's garden and some beautiful pomegranates. And finally, this is one of those extra special recipes that I'm secretly a tiny bit proud of...

chocolate pomegranate pot de creme

I made a rich chocolate custard spiked with a little pomegranate molasses - one of my favourite secret ingredients. If you haven't tried this prized Middle Eastern ingredient, you're really missing out! The sweet, tangy syrup is super versatile and delicious in both sweet and savoury dishes.

I've used it in homemade BBQ sauces, salad dressings and even cocktails, but my favourite is adding some to this Lamb Stuffed Eggplant recipe. Pomegranate molasses is readily available at most gourmet supermarkets these days, but you could also try making it yourself.

chocolate pomegranate pot de creme

This dessert can be made well in advance, so it's perfect for dinner parties. It looks impressive, but it's incredibly simple to prepare. And it looks so pretty served in little jars with a dollop of lightly whipped cream, caramelised figs and fresh pomegranate arils! The flavours work really well together, and I love the added textural element of the fresh pomegranate. Some finely chopped pistachio scattered over the top would also be great. I may have had a second helping of dessert last night, they're that good!

chocolate pomegranate pot de creme


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Baked Peaches with Mascarpone, Salted Caramel and Crumble

baked peaches

I realise that it might be a little bit cruel to be talking about dessert at breakfast time, especially when salted caramel is involved, but I just had to share this recipe with you. I've cooked up some pretty delicious things in recent times but I've gotta say - and this is a big call - this recipe is my new favourite. I'm already looking for another occasion to make it again soon.

It involves beautiful summer fruit (I used peaches but you could try other stone fruit as well), vanilla bean-spiked mascarpone, a homemade oat crumble and a generous amount of salted caramel. It elevates an already beautiful peach to something almost transcendent.

baked peaches

It came about when I was looking for a quick but still impressive dessert to make for a dinner party last weekend. This fit the bill perfectly, and was definitely a crowd pleaser. The flavours just work.

When you get a little of everything on your spoon, it's a party in your mouth between the sweet, creamy, salty and crunchy elements. The oat crumble and caramel sauce can be made well before your guests arrive, and the peaches popped into the oven just before you serve the main course.

baked peaches

As I mentioned earlier, I think it would also be amazing with other stone fruit such as nectarines or plums. It could even work with grilled fruit such as figs, mango or pineapple. Uhh, yum! And in winter a version with pears or apples would be the ultimate comfort food.

You could try a big scoop of ice cream or creme fraiche instead of the mascarpone, and crumbled meringue or praline on top. With room for versatility like that, I think this recipe will become a firm part of my repertoire!

baked peaches

Monday, February 10, 2014

Churros with White Chocolate Raspberry Ganache

churros with raspberry ganache

It was only after I'd made, styled and photographed this dessert that I planned to post next week that I realised that it'd actually be a pretty awesome dessert for Valentines Day. Apparently in February I develop an infatuation with doughnuts and raspberries, as last year's post contained accidentally similar flavours!

Let me preface this post by saying I've never been a fan of the rampant commercialism that comes along with VDay. This is also my first one as a single lady in years... But this year I'm actually a little thankful for a little reminder to show and tell my friends how much I love and appreciate them, because it's something we perhaps don't do as often as we should. I know I'm guilty.

churros with raspberry ganache

I like to show my love for the people in my life with cooking, whether it be making their favourite foods or express posting them a batch of cookies. More than anything I wish I could teleport all of my friends from their various corners of the globe, get them all in a room together, drink some wine, laugh a lot, cook them an incredible meal, and finish with this dessert.

So whether you're spending time with your boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend, I hope you tell them how much they mean to you. And not just on Valentines Day, but often. I urge you to avoid the tacky store-bought flowers and overpriced chocolates. This year, show your love with something homemade instead, whether it be a home-cooked meal, a scrapbook of photos, or if you're crafty, a DIY gift. There's lots of ideas over here!

churros with raspberry ganache

These churros all but vanished, they were consumed so fast. A few even went missing during the photo shoot. I love this combination of flavours - a barely sweet doughnut cooked to a perfect golden brown, paired with a white chocolate and raspberry ganache, that also includes a healthy splash of Chambord raspberry liqueur. And some sprinkles for good measure, because lets face it - sprinkles are never a bad idea :)

churros with raspberry ganache

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chocolate Cherry Bourbon Cheesecake + 13 Ways with Cherries

chocolate bourbon cherry cheesecake

CHERRIES! I get super excited this time of year, because yes, Christmas is a little over a week away... but even more awesomely, almost all of my favourite fruits are in season, abundant, and totally delicious. Berries, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, figs (soon) and cherries!

They're one of my favourite fruits and only have a very short season, so I wanted to share 13 amazing looking recipes that I hope you'll try. And if you're in the northern hemisphere and fresh cherries aren't available, most of these recipes work with preserved cherries too. I think some of these would be perfect at your Christmas lunch!

13 Ways with... Cherries

13 Ways with Cherry
Picture Credits: Our Kitchen & Cookie and Kate

1. This Cherry, Lime & Whisky Cocktail from Our Kitchen looks very pretty, and sounds perfect for any Christmas party, no matter which hemisphere you're in. Stripy straws a must!

2. I only discovered Rainer cherries recently, and loved their sweeter flavour. I loved Cookie and Kate's lovely twist on the classic cocktail - the Rainier Cherry Mojito. Sounds perfect for a sunset tipple on a hot summer's day.

13 Ways with Cherry
Picture Credits: How Sweet Eats & Martha Stewart

3. How good do these Roasted Cherry Bourbon Milkshakes with Hot Fudge look! This recipe from How Sweet Eats looks like a very, very special boozy treat. I've also become addicted to this beautiful and new-to-me blog. Check it out!

4. When I was in New York earlier this year, I became addicted to this Cherry Juice that was sold at the Union Square Greenmarket, which was tart and super refreshing. I think Martha Stewart's Sour Cherry Lemonade would be just as delicious. I love that it's served in a large pitcher - perfect for your summer BBQ's.

13 Ways with Cherry
Picture Credits: Cannelle et Vanille & Spicyicecream

5. Aran from Cannelle et Vanille is a very talented lady who always makes the most delicious looking desserts, and these Cherry, Cinnamon and Vanilla Flan Tarts are no exception! I love that she has mixed different kinds of cherries in the one dessert for colour and flavour.

6. I made these Cherry Poptarts with Vanilla Bean Glaze for my blogger girlfriends a few Christmases ago and they were a massive hit. The best thing is that they're made with a good quality (or even homemade if you're feeling keen) cherry jam, so you can enjoy them all year round.

13 Ways with Cherry
Picture Credits: What Katie Ate & Lara Ferroni

7. What Katie Ate is one of my favourite blogs without a doubt. I remember seeing this epic Black Forest Gateau (from an episode of Masterchef Australia) soon after I discovered it and was immediately hooked. Luckily it's still picture perfect, even if the recipe had a few problems.

8. Lara Ferroni is the author of a book all about doughnuts (which I own and love), so I would trust her implicitly on all matters concerning fried dough. I love the sound of these simple Ricotta Drop Doughnuts with Fresh Cherry Sauce. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

13 Ways with Cherry
Picture Credits: Citrus and Candy & Gourmet Traveller

9. My gorgeous friend Karen from Citrus and Candy does decadent desserts like no other, and clafoutis is a great "lazy but fabulous" option, in her words. So it goes to reason that this Chocolate and Cherry Clafoutis is perfect for the busy Christmas season, when you'd rather spend time by the pool than in a hot kitchen. Perfect.

10. Christmas breakfast is sorted. This alluring stack of Cherry Toast with Vanilla Cream looks like the perfect way to start your Christmas Day. With a few Mimosa's too?

13 Ways with Cherry
Picture Credits: Call Me Cupcake & The Bojon Gourmet

11. Ice cream on Christmas Day is a bit of a tradition here in Australia, because it usually gets so hot! Dessert is often followed by a dip in the swimming pool. I really love the look of this festive Fudge Ice Cream Cake from Call Me Cupcake, topped with ruby red cherries. Stunning!

12. This Roasted Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream with Bourbon and Chocolate from the Bojon Gourmet looks like a grown up cherry ripe. And that is definitely something I can get behind. If you haven't already checked out this blog, do! It's filled with great recipes and amazing photographs.

chocolate bourbon cherry cheesecake

13. It was my Mum's birthday over the past weekend and she deliberated long and hard over the kind of cake she wanted. "Cheesecake would be nice... or something with cherries" were her requests, so I set about combining the two in one decadent birthday dessert - Chocolate Cherry Bourbon Cheesecake - that would also be perfect for Christmas.

I think next time I'd swap half the amount of cream cheese for mascarpone or ricotta (or a combination of the two) and use melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder. I was a little rushed for time, used a cake tin that was slightly too small and probably didn't give the cheesecake quite long enough to cool in the oven before transferring it to the fridge, so it sunk a little and developed a few cracks in the top. Oops. Luckily with some strategic photo angles you can't really tell, and it still tasted great. I even got Mum to cut her cake for me while I photographed it! Happy Birthday Mummy! xx

Hope you give these a try, and if you have any other great cherry recipes, please post the link in the comments below!

chocolate bourbon cherry cheesecake

Friday, November 22, 2013

Banana Split Blondies + 13 Ways with Bananas

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I get tremendously uninspired whenever I have a bunch of bananas turning brown in the fruit bowl. Banana bread again?! They're not really my favourite fruit at the best of times, but over the years I have learned that they can be greatly improved by caramel, chocolate, booze or all of the above! I hope this roundup inspires you to try something different next time you have a few ripe bananas lying around!

13 Ways with... Banana


13 Ways with Banana
Picture Credits: Sips and Spoonfuls & Nutmeg Nanny

1. After banana bread, a smoothie is the other thing that comes to mind to use up ripe bananas. I really love the look of this healthy Fig, Banana and Oat Smoothie from Sips and Spoonfuls, especially with the flaked almonds on top. What a beautiful breakfast.

2. It's no secret that I have a soft spot for sneaking a bit of booze into a milkshake, but I never thought of interpreting a classic dessert into one! Nutmeg Nanny's Bananas Foster Milkshake uses ice cream, caramel sauce, banana, cinnamon and dark spiced rum, and looks super easy to make. Winner!

13 Ways with Banana
Picture Credits: Recipe Sweet & Top With Cinnamon

3. I was sold on these Banana Bourbon Cupcakes from Recipe Sweet after reading three words - Bourbon Chocolate Ganache. Why didn't I think of that!!!

4. I'm all for anything that makes breakfast feel like dessert, and the fact that these Banoffee Parfaits are healthy as well puts this recipe from Top With Cinnamon right at the top of my to make list! Love the sound of the date caramel and granola made on the stove top, not in the oven! Also love Izy's photography, as always.

13 Ways with Banana
Picture Credits: Bakers Royale & Alanabread

5. These Banana Pops from Bakers Royale look super fun with their colourful stripy straws and loads of toppings. Perfect for the kiddies.

6. Holy Moly. I've always loved the look of this Banana Split Birthday Cake from Alanabread and just had to include it in this roundup. If you haven't read her blog, go and do so because it's hilarious and her photos are wonderful. I'm all for age inappropriate cakes too!

13 Ways with Banana
Picture Credits: Citrus and Candy & Spicyicecream

7. This Brioche French Toast Sandwich from my gorgeous friend Karen at Citrus and Candy must be one of the most decadent breakfasts I've ever laid eyes upon. Bruleed bananas. Creme Patisserie. Salted Caramel. Buttery Brioche. Oh my lord!

8. I love the combination of chocolate and passionfruit, but add bananas and whipped cream to the equation and you get a Chocolate Passionfruit Banoffee Pie, which I made for Easter earlier this year.  Definitely a crowd pleaser.

13 Ways with Banana
Picture Credits: Zen Can Cook & Gourmet Traveller

9. I own Christina Tosi's Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook but I've been a little scared to actually make anything from it so far, because it involves tracking down some hard to find ingredients. But the Milk Bar Banana Cake is a thing of beauty, and Zen Can Cook recreated it beautifully.

10. I like the sound of this White Chocolate and Banana Rice Pudding from Gourmet Traveller because it's actually baked in the oven, which I've never tried doing before. I think it would be delicious with the combination of vanilla bean and fresh nutmeg in the recipe too.

13 Ways with Banana
Picture Credits: Donal Skehan & Citrus and Candy

11. Bananas Foster is definitely on my list of foods to try when I eventually visit New Orleans. Apparently 35,000 bananas are flambeed each year to make this classic dessert! In the meantime thought, this Bananas Foster Brown Butter Tart from Donal Skehan looks incredible.

12. I couldn't help but include another recipe from Citrus and Candy, because this No Churn Banana and Salted Caramel Ice Cream was inspired by my favourite ice cream recipe! Hooray!

banana split blondie

13. Gotta say, I'm pretty excited about these little babies - Banana Split Blondies. They turned out even more cute than I could have imagined, not to mention totally delicious. I think it would be a great dessert for the kiddies, but also for the big kids at heart. I made a little video showing how I assembled this dessert.



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It would also be amazing with a scoop of ice cream instead of whipped cream if you prefer, and if fresh cherries aren't available, substitute maraschino cherries instead. I've only made blondies once before, always preferring brownies, but the addition of banana was just fabulous!

Hope you give these a try, and if you have any other great banana recipes, please post the link in the comments below!

banana split blondie

Friday, October 25, 2013

Watermelon, Berry & Rose Salad with Coconut Granita + 13 Ways with Rose


Watermelon, Berry & Rose Salad with Coconut Granita

Florals for spring? It kinda had to be done. In the past I've featured 13 unique ways to use lavender, so I wanted to bring Rose into the spotlight this time. It's such a beautiful ingredient, especially when used with certain other flavours - lychee, berries and champagne to name a few.

I also have a lovely, light and somewhat healthier recipe than you'd usually see around here that would be the perfect sweet ending to an alfresco dinner. I hope you'll get inspired and experiment with a rose flavoured dessert or drink before spring comes to an end!

13 Ways with... Rose


13 Ways with Rose
Picture Credits: Donna Hay & Baking Bird

1. A pretty and very girly Rose Petal, Gin and Prosecco Punch from Donna Hay would be a lovely little tipple to serve at a girls night in or a high tea, don't you think? 

2. This year I'm all about the G&T and Hendricks gin is one of my favourites (stay tuned for a very special gin cocktail recipe coming up in the next few weeks!). I totally love the sound of this unique Cardamom and Rose Gin & Tonic from Baking Bird. I think the rose would be a totally perfect match for the slightly floral gin. Lovely photos too!

13 Ways with Rose
Picture Credits: Gourmet Traveller & Raspberri Cupcakes

3. How's this for a beautiful breakfast! Pikelets are served with Apple & Rose Compote and Crystallised Rose Petals in a very special recipe from Gourmet Traveller. I think the compote would also be lovely with scones or a tea cake.

4. My gorgeous friend Steph from Raspberri Cupcakes has quite a few rose recipes on her blog, but I think these Lychee, Raspberry & Rose Marshmallows are one of the prettiest. The flavour combination is inspired by Pierre Hermé and his famous Ispahan desserts. Trying his creations in Paris is definitely on my Bucket List!

13 Ways with Rose
Picture Credits: Spicyicecream & Bossacafez

5. This Pomegranate Baklava with Rose & Mint Syrup is one of the very first times I'd ever used rosewater in my cooking, and started my love affair with it. It pairs just beautifully with pistachio and pomegranate.

6. I love these super cute Lychee & Rose Cupcakes from Bossacafez, which was one of my favourite blogs when I first started out with mine! I've long been a fan of Evan's stunning photography and gorgeous sweet treats.

13 Ways with Rose
Picture Credits: Spicyicecream & Bobbies Baking Blog

7. This is one of my favourite doughnut recipes that I've ever made, inspired by a meal that we had in Melbourne. Turkish Delight Doughnuts have a double hit of rose from the piece of Turkish delight in the middle (it turns kind of jammy when they're piping hot) and a rose and honey syrup that is drizzled on top just before serving. This is a really great, easy and impressive recipe.

8. This perfect heart shaped Champagne Rosé Genoise Cake from Bobbies Baking Blog not only has rosé champagne, but also rose water, and is decorated to look as though it's covered in roses!

13 Ways with Rose
Picture Credits: Desserts for Breakfast & Food 24

9. Here's a combination I never would have thought up - Rose, Basil and Dark Chocolate Macarons! What an interesting blend of flavours from Desserts for Breakfast. These sweet morsels would make a lovely gift - especially for someone you love.

10. On the much simpler side of the baking spectrum (compared to macarons at least) we have this Turkish Delight Cheesecake from Food 24. I used to hate the chocolate covered Turkish Delight as a kid, but now I can't get enough. This cheesecake looks like a great dessert - perhaps with some fresh strawberries on top as well?

13 Ways with Rose
Picture Credits: Good Food & Epicurious

11. Looking for a very special Christmas dessert? Yes it's nearly that time already! These Rosewater & Raspberry Ice with Sparkling Wine from Karen Martini via Good Food are a sophisticated and grown up take on the 'spider' with a festive combination of flavours. Yum!

12.  And here's another boozy ice pop, because summer is just around the corner after all! But really who needs an excuse to eat pretty frozen treats like these Prosecco & Rose Petal Pops from Epicurious.

Watermelon, Berry & Rose Salad with Coconut Granita

13. Where is all the butter and flour, I hear you asking. But in the spirit of Spring, we're keeping things light and fresh today with a Watermelon, Berry & Rose Salad with Coconut Granita. It's inspired by two desserts, both famous in their own right - Pierre Hermé and his Ispahan and Black Star Bakery and their Strawberry and Watermelon Cake. If you're in Sydney and you haven't tried it yet, get down to Newtown quick smart!

Watermelon, Berry & Rose Salad with Coconut Granita

I've combined watermelon, strawberries, raspberries and lychees in a rose syrup, topped with a coconut and rose granita (which was originally going to be a sorbet, but I kind of messed it up and had to improvise).

I really like this fruit salad. It's very pretty, easy to make, and the flavours all work so well. Best of all, it can be made in advance so it's the perfect no-bake, no-stress dessert for a dinner party. For a boozy twist, you could even add a splash of gin or elderflower liqueur to the syrup if you like!

Watermelon, Berry & Rose Salad with Coconut Granita

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Caramelised White Chocolate Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce + 13 Ways with Blueberries

blueberry cheesecake pot

Spring is in the air and I'm so happy. This is without a doubt my favourite time of year. I caught my first whiff of that quintessentially spring-like aroma of jasmine flowers while walking around Paddington on the weekend. The days have been unusually warm for this time of year, and are starting to get longer. Strawberries and blueberries are coming into season and I've been buying them by the punnet load.

Today I thought I'd bring back a favourite column of mine and share a great little recipe that would be perfect for a picnic, plus 12 other great ideas to make the most of blueberries while they're in season. Hope you'll give some of them a try this spring!

13 Ways with... Blueberries


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Picture Credits: Donna Hay & Hungry Girl Porvida

1. A wonderfully unusual drink, this Fennel-infused vodka punch with blueberries with ouzo from Donna Hay is not only super pretty (I love the moody photography and those beautiful colours), but sounds like it could be delicious too. 

2. We all know that blueberries, maple syrup and ice cream atop pancakes or waffles are a match made in heaven, so why not combine those flavours in a drink? I absolutely love the sound of this Blueberry Maple Ice Cream Soda from Hungry Girl Porvida.

13 Ways with Blueberries
Picture Credits: A Crimson Kiss & What Katie Ate

3. Blueberries and herbs go really well together, so I can imagine this Blueberry Mojito from A Crimson Kiss would be delicious and super refreshing during the warmer months. And doesn't it look festive? Perfect for a celebration.

4. Another fabulous Mojito recipe is this one from one of my favourite blogs What Katie Ate that combines Watermelon, Strawberry, Vodka and Blueberries. I think this would be lovely to sip on during alfresco dinners with friends over summer.

13 Ways with Blueberries
Picture Credits: Martha Stewart & Call Me Cupcake

5. How cute are these Blueberry Dutch Pancakes from Martha Stewart? I've been way more into elaborate weekend breakfasts in the last few months, and this is one recipe I'll definitely be trying soon as an alternative to my new favourite ricotta pancakes. Yum!

6. I love this epic brunch post from Call Me Cupcake, that included this delicious sounding recipe for French Toast with Blueberries and Maple Syrup (and also waffles, pancakes and a smoothie too). If you're in need of some brunch-time inspiration, definitely check out this beautiful post!

13 Ways with Blueberries
Picture Credits: Raspberri Cupcakes & Broma Bakery

7. Waffles are something I've actually never made, for the simple reason that I don't own a waffle maker. But as soon as I buy one, this will be the first recipe I make. Brown Butter Waffles with Blueberry Ice Cream. Um yes! And this recipe uses my favourite no-churn ice cream recipe which couldn't be easier.

8. Say it with me, Bourbon Blueberry Basil Donuts. A little bit of a tongue twister, but these are some of my favourite things, all rolled up into a donut courtesy of Broma Bakery. Yes please!

13 Ways with Blueberries
Picture Credits: Spicyicecream & A Beautiful Mess

9. Cobblers and fruit pies are some of my favourite desserts to make and to eat. So of course I had to try this Blueberry Cobbler with Lemon Curd Ice Cream (with a good glug of dark rum for good measure). Totally delicious, I'm definitely making it again this summer.

10. Pavlovas are a quintessentially Australian summer dessert, usually topped with tons of fresh berries. I love this twist by A Beautiful Mess - Pavlova with Blueberry Jam! The possibilities of jam combinations are almost endless too - rhubarb and berry jam pavlovas?

13 Ways with Blueberries
Picture Credits: Twigg Studios & Endless Simmer

11. Mojito obsessed? Perhaps. But Blueberry Mojitos in popsicle form from new-to-me blog Twigg Studio is very cool (pun totally intended). If you've been reading for a while, you know how much I love a boozy ice block!

12. I totally love the sound of these Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake Poptails from Endless Simmer. A very grown up sounding flavour combination, but one that I think would work really well!

blueberry cheesecake pot

13. Lets talk about caramelised white chocolate for a second. It's magical stuff. I first had it in gelato form at Messina, and it was incredible. Then I forgot about it until Steph and Karen each made it and raved about how incredible it was. And if David Lebovitz raves about it, then it definitely becomes something I need to try for myself. And so we have it, this Caramelised White Chocolate Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce was inspired by Steph's recipe, but I changed it up to be a no-bake  cheesecake served in individual jars.

I was really pleased with how these came out and the flavours work really well together. It is quite a rich dessert, and tastes the best when you get a little of all three elements in the one spoonful. I think they would be cute for a spring picnic - just pop the lids on, and they're perfectly transportable.

Of course if you wanted a more traditional cheesecake, this would still be lovely with the biscuit base on the bottom, no-bake cheesecake mixture in the middle and the blueberry sauce poured on top to serve. Enjoy!

blueberry cheesecake pot

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Pandan Tres Leches Cake + 13 Ways with Pandan

pandan tres leches cake

13 Ways with... Pandan


I have Steph and Karen to thank for introducing me to Pandan. A somewhat uncommon ingredient to us everyday Aussies, but these green leaves are used extensively in South East Asian cuisine. Lending a delicate, almost floral taste that is perfect in baked goods, drinks and even ice cream, in a similar way to how we would use vanilla. I wanted to shine the spotlight on this great ingredient with 13 interesting and unique ways to it!


Drink it...

13 Ways with Pandan
Picture Credits: Cooking Tackle & Singapore Shiok

1. It was a little surprising not to find more drinks made using pandan, but this Ginger Honey Pandan Drink from Cooking Tackle combines some of my very favourite ingredients in one drink. It looks so soothing, like something that would make you feel a lot better when you are sick.

2. How refreshing does this Lime Drink with Pandan look? The recipe comes from from Singapore Shiok, and I can imagine it would really hit the spot on a hot day, especially in the humid Malaysian climate! I am hoping that I can track down some fresh pandan leaves soon so I can try this.


Freeze it...

13 Ways with Pandan
Picture Credits: The Food Dept & Dessert First

3. It is great to see Pandan being featured on incredible and popular blogs like The Food Dept. which is one of my new favourites, as the recipe ideas and photography are both amazing. Their Pandan ice cream with toffee pecans looks so good! I have made pandan ice cream before but the toffee pecans would take it to a whole other level of yum.

4. I remember seeing this post on Dessert First a few years ago (when I was still a Daring Baker!) before I had tried pandan for myself. These Pandan Cheesecake Pops are so cute and I can imagine how good they would taste. This post is really interesting for a side by side comparison of using pandan leaves vs pandan extract, and aside from the green colour which comes from the extract, the taste was remarkably similar!

Bake it...

13 Ways with Pandan
Picture Credits: Spicyicecream & Alanabread

5. This Caramelised Pandan Cake with Coconut Sorbet from my archives was my first foray into baking with pandan, inspired by the dessert at Ms G's in Sydney. I gave it a calorific French-toast-like twist by soaking the chiffon cake in a sweet egg mixture and cooking it in caramel, with a big scoop of coconut sorbet to serve. This is actually one of my favourite desserts that I've made on this blog!

6. Another delicious looking recipe is this Jasmine Pandan Macarons from Alanabread. I can only imagine how nicely the pandan flavour goes with the floral jasmine! And as always I love the neon-green colour of the filling.

13 Ways with Pandan
Picture Credits: Raspberri Cupcakes

7. As I mentioned, my friend Steph introduced me to Pandan, and her blog Raspberri Cupcakes is an amazing source for recipes using the ingredient. I love how she combined an Aussie dessert with the Asian ingredient to create these Pandan Lamingtons. And we all know how well pandan goes with coconut!

8. Okay, one recipe wasn't enough, so here is a beautiful Pandan Cotton Soft Cheesecake with Kaya also from Raspberri Cupcakes. Kaya is a coconut jam cooked with eggs and pandan leaves until caramelised, so you can imagine how delicious it would be slathered generously inside this cheesecake! I'm still looking for a way to use the kaya I brought back from Malaysia and I think this might be it!

13 Ways with Pandan
Picture Credits: Masam Manis & Pickyin

9. I have never tried combining pandan and chocolate together, but the green and chocolate swirls in this Pandan Marble Cake from Masam Manis look so beautiful! This would be a delicious cake for a birthday party.

10. Another beautiful dessert is this Pandan Gula Melaka Cake from Pickyin. I absolutely love the icing roses and detailed tutorial for making layer cakes, but I am most intrigued by the flavour combination. I think the Palm Sugar frosting would be a perfect match for a cake flavoured with pandan!

13 Ways with Pandan
Picture Credits: Ribbon and Circus & We Dare Food

11. It was actually through a waffle that I first experienced pandan, at a little shop in Cabramatta with the girls, and now I always get one whenever I go back! More recently I saw them on the menu at my favourite local Thai place Green Peppercorn. So then I had to include these Pandan Waffles from Ribbon and Circus in this roundup, as I can only imagine how good homemade would be.

12. And after the waffles, try these Pandan Pancakes from We Dare Food! Give your breakfast a green twist by adding pandan to your pancakes and serve them with a delicious coconut syrup. Or some kaya. Yum!

pandan tres leches cake

13. Yes, this cake is very very green. And also delicious. While looking for an interesting turn on the classic South American Tres Leches (three milks) cake, I wondered if an Asian twist would work. When pandan leaves are unavailable, a good quality extract or paste is my weapon of choice, which also gave this cake the most incredible colour. For the three milk soak, I used a combination of milk, sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk. And the Pandan Tres Leches Cake was born.

I'm so happy with how it turned out, the cake is incredibly moist without turning soggy, and actually tastes even better a day or two after making it. The coconut milk was definitely a good move here, as it goes so nicely with pandan. I topped the cake simply with some barely sweetened whipped cream and fresh raspberries for a colour and tart flavour contrast. But I think a palm sugar caramel drizzled over the top would be quite amazing as well!

I hope this roundup inspires you to experiment with some less common ingredients soon, and if you have any other great pandan recipes please share them with me in the comments below!

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