Plum & cinnamon sugar clafoutis

It should be fairly apparent by now that I’m not afraid to mix dessert with breakfast. Some of my all-time favourite desserts make perfectly socially acceptable breakfasts: fruit crumble, rice pudding with (booze-soaked) plump sultanas, and of course, clafoutis.  Clafoutis is a custardy pancake batter encasing tart seasonal fruit baked until it is puffed and…

Almond cakes topped with summer fruit

Lois Daish is my original food hero. For a year and a half I wrote a blog called Lois & Me as I cooked my way through Lois’ extensive recipe archive, à la Julie & Julia. Through writing Lois & Me I became friends with dear Lois and discovered some truly wonderful recipes, including her almond cake which I made…

Plum buttermilk cakes

Growing up, many favourite meals came from Lois Daish and her column in the New Zealand Listener. Mum’s recipe scrapbooks contain many cut-outs of these columns, which I later copied down when I moved out of home and started making my compilations of favourite recipes. When I phone my mum on a Saturday morning during summer,…

Baked Plums with a Crunchy Coconut Topping

I made this for the first time in Central Otago with apricots poached from an old tree we discovered along a path by the Clutha River. Growing amongst wild thyme these were the most amazing apricots. We ate as many as three greedy girls could manage and then filled up our backpack. For pudding that evening we sliced the apricots in…

Plum, tangelo & almond cake

I make this cake every summer, at least once. The last time I made it I took it round for dessert at a friends’ place. After finishing his (let’s be clear, generous) first slice of cake, one friend announced he was going to quickly have another before his stomach told him that he was too…