Fennel Rye and Fruit Loaf

April 25, 2013 § 10 Comments

Things are moving along with the bakery build, and I am taking every opportunity between my current baking schedule to road test some loaves I may bake once we move. Today I made a Rye Fennel and fruit loaf. I think I will eat it with bresaola and a sharp hard cheese. Fennel rye and fruit loaf.


Chocolate Meringue Ice Cream Sandwich

February 5, 2013 § 2 Comments

It is February already and things seem to be progressing rather slowly with the bakery.  However there is no shortage of planing to do while we wait for architects, engineers and builders to pull together the bits they need to do so we can truly get under way.  The other day when I was having one of those “my brain doesn’t want to think about spreadsheets, costing or invoicing any more” days,  I streamed a couple of episodes of Nigella Lawsons new Italian cooking program Nigellissima.  In one of the episodes Nigella made a frozen chocolate meringue ice cream.  This inspired me to procrastinate a little further and make an ice cream cake with some of the meringues left from my stall at the markets.

Each week we make a huge batch of meringues that I put in a large glass bowl and perch on top of my market stall.  Most of them are sold to people who munch on them straight from the bag looking for an instant Sunday sugar hit.  Though some of my customers buy a bag of them when they are having a dinner party to turn into a trifle or Eaton Mess.  I thought this frozen dessert was another incredibly simple way to use meringues.

Smashed Chocolate meringues


Adapted from Nigella Lawsons Meringue Gelato Cake featured in Nigellissima

For the meringue ice cream


400 ml cream

60 ml rum

2 x Chocolate pistachio meringues broken into pieces (approx 180 grams)

65 grams chopped pistachios

(If you only have plain meringues also add chopped dark chocoalte)


Whip the cream until it holds medium peaks then whisk in the rum. Then fold through the meringues and pistachio nuts. Spread into a rectangular cake tin (110 x 350mm) lined with baking paper or cling wrap and freeze for several hours.

You could stop here and serve the ice cream with Chocolate sauce and berries like Nigella did, but I sandwiched my ice cream between two slabs of brown sugar chiffon cake.

meringue ice cream ready for the freezer

For the brown sugar chiffon cake

155 grams flour

150 grams brown sugar

5 grams baking Powder

Pinch of Salt

60 grams sunflower oil

60 grams egg yolk (approx 3)

80 grams water

5 grams vanilla extract

150 grams egg whites

2 grams of cream of tartar


Preheat the oven to 165 degrees celsius. Place two rectangular cake tins (110 x 350mm) onto a tray lined with baking paper. Do not grease the side of the tin as you want the cake to stick so it doesn’t collapse too much when removed from the oven.

Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. Whisk together half the sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and water. Whisk this into the flour and mix until well combined. Place the egg whites in a bowl and whisk until they hold soft peaks and then add the cream of tartar. Then slowly add the sugar and continue until they hold stiff glossy peaks. Fold the whites into the yolk mixture in two batches. Spread into the cake tins and cook in the oven for 25-30 min.

Rum Syrup

65 grams of water

65 grams brown sugar

30 grams of rum

Boil the water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat allow to cool slightly and then pour in the rum.

When the cakes have completely cooled brush the top of one with the rum syrup then place the ice cream slab on top. Brush the top of the other cake with the remaining syrup and invert onto the ice cream. Place the whole cake back into the freezer until it is ready to be served. Dust with icing sugar and slice.

Meringue ice cream sandwich

Sneak Peak – Chairs

February 5, 2013 § Leave a comment


Photograph by Christo

Photograph by Christo

I think we have settled on these original Knoll Harry Bertoia chairs for the bakery.


January 31, 2013 § 7 Comments

Although I am meant to be focusing on the build, I have added one new product this year that I couldn’t wait until the move to share and I am delighted it has had such a positive response, selling out each week at our stall. I make a batch early Sunday morning before heading to the Farmers Markets so if you make it to the markets early they will still be just warm. Cannelé are a traditional french cake made in special copper moulds brushed with bees wax, they have a soft custardy pudding like centre with a cruchy shell.


Vino Cotto & Coffee Sago with Fresh Fig & Yoghurt Mousse

January 29, 2013 § 2 Comments

A few years ago I took a cutting from a friends’ fig tree and planted it in the front yard where we are now building the bakery. This year we have had a bumper crop of figs and have been eating them with everything.  One of my favorite combinations has been toast with ham, sliced fig and a slosh of Maggie Beer’s Vino Cotto that I received as a Christmas gift.

I though the vino cotto would also be lovely used in a dessert.  Initially I had been using it as was suggested on the label, just as you would use balsamic vinegar but also it reminds me a little of marsala which I know goes well with coffee.

Fig Vino Cotto and Sago


For The Sago

1 cup Sago

125 grams of water

70 grams of Vino Cotto

60 grams Organic Sugar

200 ml Strong Black Coffee (I used plunger) 


For The Yoghurt Mousse

200 grams milk

200 grams of Greek Yoghurt

vanilla pod

3 egg yolks

50 grams Organic Sugar

3 gelatine leaves

 200 grams of cream 

To begin bring a large pot of water to the boil, add the sago and stir.  Simmer this for about 10-15 min or until most of the sago is transparent.  Drain through a sieve, rinse in cold water and set aside.

Bring the sugar, water and vino cotto to a simmer and continue for 10 minutes.  Add the coffee and remove from the heat. Combine with the drained sago return to the heat and simmer for a few minutes.  Ladle this into glasses and place in the fridge to set.

For the mousse place the gelatin in a bowl of cold water.  Pour the milk into a saucepan with the cut and scraped vanilla bean. Bring the milk to the boil.
In the mean time whisk the yolks and sugar until thick and creamy.  Pour  the hot milk onto the egg mixture while whisking, place this in a double boiler.  Continue whisking until it reaches a temperature of 85°C. Stir in the squeezed gelatine and mix until dissolved.  Remove from the heat and incorporate the yoghurt.

When the mixture has cooled to around 30-40°C whisk the cream until soft peaks form and fold into the yoghurt egg mixture.  Ladle over the cold sago.  Carefully put the glasses back in the fridge and set the mousse about 1 hour.  Slice your figs and sprinkle with a little extra vino cotto, arrange on the tops of the mousse and dust with crushed pistachios.


Exciting News

January 17, 2013 § 2 Comments

Looks like we will finally be building an Uprising Bakery with a retail shop. I will be posting updates here as the building progresses.

Over the Christmas break Christo began machining the timber from the demolished internal walls. All going to plan this will be re-used in the fit-out of the shop front. How long this will all take I have no idea, but the main thing is we have started!Stage 1 Bakery

Long Days Working In The Kitchen

September 26, 2012 § 4 Comments

Sardine and Toast love