Recipes: Best Fruity Desserts

For the warming season, we’re slowly moving from hot drinks and lava cakes to sweet and refreshing fruit concoctions. Here are some of our favourite fruity dessert recipes for your picnics and outdoor dinner parties…

Watermelon Chiffon Pie by Genius Kitchen

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The pure flavours from fresh watermelon juice meet the creamy yet feather-light chiffon texture – this recipe is to die for!

 

Lemon Passionfruit Coconut Pudding by I Love Coconut Cream

I love coconut cream

Enjoy all the tropical flavours of lemon, lime, passionfruit and coconut milk in one cup!

 

Mango Mousse Cups by Marriage and Laughter

Easy to prepare, these cups can keep for a few days – make ahead for dinner parties or binge-watching sessions.

 

Grapefruit Vegan Cashew Cheesecake by Heart of a Baker

No eggs, butter or milk involved – just some good old dairy-free yogurt, coconut oil and a fresh grapefruit.

 

Kiwi and Pineapple Parfait by Primavera Kitchen

No fuss, all bliss – this recipe requires only six ingredients, little prep time and no baking whatsoever.

 

Lemon Curd Pavlova by Seasons and Suppers

Light, fresh and tangy, this meringue-based dessert is perfect for those who prefer their desserts to be not too sweet.

 

Peach Cobbler by Pinch of Yum

Juicy, jammy, messy and delicious. Serve with vanilla ice cream to add a cool touch and a contrast in your mouth.

 

Kiwi Sorbet by Amanda Powell

The freshness of kiwi and key lime juice blends beautifully with the creamy texture of coconut milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Pop-Up Sweets Museum is Coming to Sydney

After hitting Melbourne and Brisbane, the pop-up dessert museum is finally coming to Sydney.

Sugar Republic is bringing a range of events to make every sweet tooth’s childhood dream come true: a day full of chocolate, confectionery and desserts with a fairy floss room, a giant birthday cake to jump out of, a life-sized gum ball machine, a sherbet-filled rainbow bridge, an interactive sprinkles wall and many more. It’s like a Willy Wonka factory, without the trickeries.

Tickets will go on sale next month for the event, which will hit a Myer store in February 2019.

Event: Shortstop Coffee & Donuts’ 4th Birthday Celebration

Looking for a good bite this weekend? Shortstop Coffee & Donuts are giving away free dough rings to celebrate their birthday.

In celebration of the joint’s fourth birthday, Shortstop is giving away 1,000 free doughnuts from its Sydney and Melbourne stores on Saturday. The offering, which you can get with every purchase, is a vanilla-bean cake doughnut with sprinkles and a vanilla glaze, reminiscent of childhood ice-cream birthday cakes.

Get your freebie from 8.30am to 6.30pm, or until sold out. For more information, visit here.

Recipes: Desserts with Coconut Juice

Coconut juice, also known as coconut water, makes for a great vegan, dairy-free alternative to milk and cream – and the sweet, refreshing taste certainly doesn’t hurt! Here are a few recipes you can try to make your end of meal more coconutty.

Coconut and Chia Seed Pudding by the Healthy Foodie

The sweetness of coconut water and milk is complemented with the chewy texture of chia and juicy raspberries, making for an indulgent, healthy treat.

 

Triple Coconut Sorbet by Gourmande in the Kitchen

Featuring three layers of coconut – coconut water, coconut milk and shredded coconut – and juicy soaked cherries, the sorbet is a fantastic treat for vegans and non-vegans alike.

 

No-Bake Coconut Water Dessert Bars by Be Well with Arielle

With shredded coconut as the base, this recipe is easy to make. No added sugar, too – gotta love a guilt-free treat!

 

Coconut Cake by Baked Bree

Coconut through and through! This light, fluffy cake is perfect to impress your dinner guests.

 

Which one will you try this weekend?

Recipes: Best Bars

Bars are the most versatile food for all occasion – breakfast, dessert or afternoon snacks. Here are some of our favourite bar recipes for your inspo and enjoyment…

Lemon Bars by Live Well Bake Often

live well bake often classic lemon bars

A beautiful combination of soft shortbread crust and sweet, tangy lemon filling – every bite is lovely!

 

Raspberry Crumble Bars by Pinch of Yum

If you think store-bought raspberry jams are too sweet or artificial, this recipe is for you. The fresh, juicy filling of raspberries and lemon juice is complemented with soft buttery crust made of rolled oats.

 

Apple Pie Oat Bars by My Kids Lick the Bowl

These soft granola bars don’t need a lot of added sugar, thanks to the natural sweetness from the applesauce.

 

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars by Friday is Cake Night

A classic. You can also try this with other fruits like strawberries, raspberries or cherries.

 

Coconut Bars by Sofia von Porat

This one is so simple, you don’t even need flour, butter or eggs. Perfect for quick, guilt-free snacks.

 

Cinnamon Roll Blondies by A Latte Food

Cinnamon rolls in a bar form? Sign us up! The cinnamon roll filling in the bars gives it a snickerdoodle touch.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars by the Recipe Critic

Buttery, soft in the middle while firm on the outside – it’s like brownie, but with peanut butter instead of cocoa powder. Enjoy with milk!

 

Which one will you try this weekend?

 

 

 

 

Best Summer Drink Recipes

Sun’s out, guns out! Summer is the best season to go out and enjoy outdoor activities – and what’s better to complement these than some cool, refreshing summer drinks? While the tropical flavours delight your tastebuds, the nutritious liquids will keep you hydrated and replenished all day! Here are some of the best summer drink recipes from my favourite bloggers – check it out.

Pineapple Coconut Mojito by The Novice Chef

Happy hour in the summer isn’t complete without this cocktail! The mixture of lime, mint and pineapple brings freshness while the honey and coconut provides sweet summer flavours like no other.

 

Iced Tea with Mint, Ginger and Lemon by Drizzle and Drip

Lemon tea with a little extra something – why not?

 

Rose Lemon Spritzer by Half Baked Harvest

Perfect for warm date nights… or whenever you want a little romance in the air! Serve with or without alcohol, according to your preference.

 

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade by Cooking Classy

Lemonade with a twist – juicy and tart, yet also fizzy and chilling.

 

Ginger and Jasmine Rosé Cocktail by Sugar and Charm

Ginger’s tang and the thick taste of jasmine tea are brought together with delicate Rosé wine and vodka – marvellous!

 

Blackberry, Cucumber and Mint Gin Cooler by The Broken Bread

Berries and spritzers never go wrong together. This also comes with a recipe for cucumber and mint simple syrup, which you can try with other cocktail/mocktail concoctions – experiment and have fun!

 

Black Star Pastry Opens A New Branch in Sydney’s East

Black Star Pastry has opened its fourth branch in Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, complete with two-level café and an open kitchen.

The 500-square-metre factory floor will house all of the cakery’s production, with high end tools such as an ultrasonic robot cake cutter and an egg splitting machine.

The upgraded infrastructure will enable the team to increase production and expand the menu to include a new range of savoury pies and other items. “Up until now if I wanted to do any creative work I’d have to get in at four in the morning and get out before the main guys turned up; it’s been very restrictive on our creativity,” said Christopher Thé, director at Black Star Pastry. “We have this back log of all these things we want to do.”

More new stuff are expected to arrive at this location soon, including a café menu consisting of salad bowls and bento boxes as well as dessert-wine matchings.

Black Star Pastry Moore Park opens every day at 210 Bent Street, the Entertainment Quarter.