It has arrived, its finally here – after 4 years of hard work getting the book together it has come! Can you believe it? I can’t, its soooooo surreal. Three huge pallets of books have been unloaded and are ready for sale. You can get a copy right here, if you live in Australia or New Zealand just click on the shopping cart link and away you go. I will post it off to you straight away. Now the nail biting begins…… Who will be the first to buy one? What if no one wants one? Ahhhh that’s a bit scary to even contemplate.
I am so incredibly happy with how it has turned out and I am so glad I had the help of the wonderful team at Random House NZ. I know you will all love it as much as I do. If you love baking and looking at pictures of baking then this is one for you. There are 100 recipes in the book all accompanied with a photography of the final product. The recipes in the book are my personal favorites. Some have been handed down to me by family and friends, some I have been making since I began my baking journey at the age of 7, others are recipes I have created through trial and error. There are pies and tarts, cakes and pastries and cookies and slices. There is a recipe in this book for everyone.
Oh my I just realized I haven’t even told you the name of the book, how silly. Drum roll please……..
A Piece of Cake.
The funny thing is it hasn’t really been a piece of cake to get the book to this stage but the recipes in the book are all A Piece of Cake. They’re simple, easy to follow and don’t require any crazy ingredients. I wanted the book to be something that people would use and be able to pick up and start baking. I love books that are beautiful, but books that are beautiful and easy to use are the best. I really hope you will find it one of the books you always turn to when you want to make something delicious. We all have one of those books, the ones that have a special place on the shelf. I hope it will be a book that is so well used that the pages get stuck together from the ingredients that are splatted all over them (and covered in chocolate finger prints), well worn and very loved by your family. I hope in 50 years time I pick one up in a second hand store to discover how loved it was. That would make me so very happy and proud
- 175g plain biscuits
- 50 g macadamias
- 100 g butter
- 250g cream cheese
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 300ml cream
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon gelatine
- ¼ cup hot water
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- ½ cup sugar
- 2tablespoons water
- Place the biscuits and macadamias in a food processor and process until they form fine bread crumbs. Melt the butter in the microwave and pour into the food processor, pulse until the mixture starts to come together. Press the mixture into four small tart tins and set aside.
- To make the filling, place the cream cheese into a bowl with the icing sugar and beat with and electric beater until combined. Add the cream and beat until the mixture comes together and is smooth, don't over beat it. Pour in the maple syrup.
- Place the gelatine into a bowl and stir in the water until combined. Pour the mixture into the cream mixture while constantly whipping. Once combined pour into the tart tins and place in the fridge for 5 hours or until set.
- To make the sauce, place the blueberries, sugar and water into a saucepan, and simmer on a low-medium heat until the fruit is soft but still holds it shape and the sauce has thicken slightly.