Recipes: Best Citrus Desserts

If you like your dessert a bit tart and not too sweet, citrus might be the right choice for you. From oranges to limes and lemons to pomelos, you can’t go wrong with these fresh fruits. Here are a few recipes to get you cooking…

Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake by Broma Bakery

Who says citrus is only good for summers? This beautiful cake will freshen you up and fulfil your daily vitamin C requirement.

 

Light Key Lime Cheesecake Shots by Sprinkle Bakes

The small size of the shots make this great for dinner parties.

 

Shortbread Lemon Tart by Taste and Tell Blog

It’s like lemon slice bars, but in a wheel that you can share… or eat on your own.

 

Orange Creamsicle Truffles by Homemade Hooplah

This sweet confectionery is not just fancy, but also easy to make!

 

Grapefruit French Macarons by La Fete de Emily

For those advanced in baking, try your hands at these delicate macarons.

Gingered Pomelo Sorbet by Gourmet Creative

End your dinner with a healthy, refreshing touch of pomelo!

Event: Sweet Expo, Sydney and Melbourne

Whether you’re a baking aficionado or just have a sweet tooth, this event is for you.

Sweet Magazine presents Sweet Expo, a two-day exhibition dedicated to all things cake decorating and baking. You can shop the latest kitchen gadgets and cake decorating tools, learn from renowned decorators and pastry chefs at demos, and eat your way through with chocolates, coffee and baked goods from artisan and specialty producers. You can also get some inspo from masterpieces of sugar and cake on display for the Sweet Expo competition and get your vote in.

Tickets start from $19 a day per person, and entry for children under 12 is free. For more information, visit Sweet Expo’s website.

August 26-27, 9.30am-4pm | Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Road, Olympic Park

November 18-19, 9.30am-4pm | Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale

Max Brenner Drizzles Chocolate on Anything for Free This Friday

Do you know this Friday is World’s Chocolate Day? To celebrate, Max Brenner is covering your stuff in melted chocolate.

On Friday, July 7, customers can bring in anything to a Max Brenner shop to get in drizzled in chocolate for free.

So far, the shop has suggested to bring the following: burgers, pizzas, salads, shoes, avocado toast, magazines, or your boss. However, animals and forbidden/inappropriate items cannot be drizzled – other than that, it should be good to go.

All Max Brenner stores across Australia are participating, so get ready and get excited.

Recipes: Best Vegan Pasta Dishes

Pasta is one of those rare dishes that are fulfilling, indulgent and yet still full of healthy nutrition. However, often pasta dishes are not very accessible to vegans, thanks to the frequent use of cheese, cream and meat. Fortunately, there are a lot of tricks that you can do to make your pasta delicious and vegan. Check out these recipes to get inspired!

Ratatouille Spaghetti

Source: Wallflower Kitchen

Give your pasta a bit of a French taste with this one. You can use regular spaghetti or change it up with chickpea/corn spaghetti to make the dish gluten-free.

 

Mushroom Stroganoff

Source: Natural Girl Modern World

When it comes to pasta topping, nothing beats some juicy button mushrooms.

 

Mediterranean One Pot Pasta

Source: My Vibrant Kitchen

Tomatoes, olives, capers… With all these rich flavours, who needs meat?

 

White Mac and Cheese

Source: This Savory Vegan

Mac and cheese needs not be a carnivore meal. Add some red pepper flakes if you need an extra ‘kick’.

 

Vegan Cannelloni

Source: Cilantro and Citronella

The pasta is not filled with meat like usual, but root vegetables (sweet potato, carrots and turnips) and romesco sauce.

 

Which one will you be cooking this week?

Recipes: Cookies with a Twist

When it comes to feel-good food, nothing beats warm, freshly-baked homemade cookies. You might be familiar with the classic varieties, such as chocolate chips and peanut butter – but today, let’s try other, unique flavours! Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

Source: 12 Tomatoes

It’s like lemon cheesecake, but in cookie form. Check out the recipe here.

 

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Source: Sweet Little Kitchen

These lavender cookies are not only tasty, but also fragrant and elegant – perfect as a gift. See the recipe here.

 

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Source: Sweet Spicy Kitchen

Other than chocolate chips, you can also add nuts, sprinkles, or pieces of candy bars – your imagination is the limit. Check out the recipe here.

 

Orange-Infused Sweet Ricotta Peach Cookies

Source: Mitzy at Home

Are these too pretty to eat? Probably. Read up on the recipe here.

 

Mint Chip Sugar Cookies

Source: Little Dairy on the Prairie

The soft, fluffy texture meets the refreshing, tangy taste of mint. Find out how to make them here.

 

White Chocolate Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Source: The BakerMama

The oatmeal gives a chewy texture and keeps you full, while the white chocolate and blueberry melt together to give a sweet, juicy flavour. Find the recipe here.

Recipes: Most Indulgent Pastries

Pastries: great breakfast food, wonderful companion to coffee, a snack to unstuck you from afternoon rut. Not only are pastries versatile, but there are also a range of types to choose from, varying in texture and taste. Here are eight pastry recipes that you can try at home:

  1. Croissant
Source: Ambrosia Baking

Plain or filled with chocolate, the choice is yours.

 

  1. Cinnamon Roll
Source: My Name is Snicker Doodle

With spices and sweet frosting, nothing could go wrong with this pastry.

 

  1. Cronut
Source: Deliciously Yum

For the unacquainted, cronut is the lovechild of donut and croissant – the ring shape with the buttery, layered texture. It’s perfect to dig in!

 

  1. Puff Pastry Cannoli Cone
Source: Campbell’s

Nothing better complements your tea time than cannoli cones a.k.a cream horns.

 

  1. Cream Puffs
Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

Eat as is, or mix it up with chocolate sauce and strawberries.

 

  1. Sausage Roll
Source: RecipeTin Eats

These hand-sized delights are great for parties and picnics.

 

  1. Apple Struddle
Source: All4Recipes / All4Women

A classic choice. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the most indulgent dish.

 

  1. Tart
Source: Sarah L. Bolla / The Daily Meal

Sweet, small and easily customisable.

Best Donuts in Sydney

In the recent years, there seemed to be a donut awakening in Sydney – more and more specialised donut vendors opened their business through online and physical shops. But which ones are truly worth trying? Here are the best donut shops in Sydney:

 

Woah Nelly

woahnellybakes.com

Source: @woahnellybakes / Instagram

Janell Smith’s donuts are not to miss – from the Homer Simpson style pink icing to maple bacon donuts, you will want to try every variant. You can order online or find the donuts at a number of cafes across the town, like Mecca in Ultimo, Sifters Espresso in Wollongong, Pablo & Rusty’s in Lane Cove and more.

 

Grumpy Donuts

72 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown

Source: Grumpy Donuts / Instagram

Grumpy is the opposite of your feeling after tasting their donuts. Other than the classic Vanilla Bean Glaze, Maple, and Cinnamon donuts, you can also try their range of flavors such as Blueberry White Choc Fritter, Peanut Butter Bing, Raspberry Lime and more. You can either come to the shop or order online from Wednesday to Friday.

 

Brewtown Newtown

6-8 O’Connell Street, Newtown

Source: @brewtownnewtown / Instagram

Granted, Brewtown is not about donuts – more like, cronuts – but that does not mean you should skip this one. The cronuts come in various flavours, from the classic cinnamon to lamington and orange poppyseed. You can also order the Elvis burger with cronut buns and bacon – such a delight!

 

Dr Dough Donuts

28 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

Source: @drdoughdonuts / Instagram

For a complete donut experience, try visiting one of Dr Dough Donuts joints. A great variety of donuts is available for your choosing – from Pop It Like It’s Hot (butter toffee popcorn-topped donuts) to Juniors NY Cheesecake (donuts filled with strawberry/blueberry cheesecake!). Pair your donut with a tall glass of tasty milkshake.

 

Milk Bar by Café Ish

1/105 Regent Street, Redfern

Source: @milkbar_cafeish / Instagram

An accomplished burger and shake spot, Milk Bar also offers great donuts – White Chocolate Green Tea, Adams Apple (white chocolate with toffee apple Tim Tams), and range of Custard flavours. You can patronise the small, cosy joint in Redfern or order online.