Tried and Tested Home Cooking

Some of my favourite recipes are included here. You can make a complete three course meal based on some of my treasured family recipes, which I usually keep to myself, but am now sharing them with you now! Some recipes that have not previously been blogged, are included at the end of the post, otherwise click on the title/image to take you to the blog post where you will find the full recipe and relevant cooking tips

Lemon Broccoli and Spinach soup

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Roast Vegetable Frittata

Granny Mac’s Scones


Lingonberry Slice


Lemon and Ricotta Ring Cake

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Lemon Madeira

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Other Assorted Popular Lemon Cake Recipes

Danish Apple and Cinnamon Bread

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake


Orange and Cinnamon Cake

Delicious with a cuppa!!! And cinnamon is good for you, and tastes great, right?


1/2 cups Self raising flour

NB: {for the non-Australians: Self raising flour is the equivalent of 1 cup of plain or all purpose flour mixed with 2 teaspoons of Baking powder sifted and mixed thoroughly}

3/4 cup (180 g) castor sugar

2 tablespoons skim milk powder*

125 g ( 4 0z) butter

2 eggs


zest of an orange, grated

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 teaspoon cinnamon, (extra)

3 teaspoon castor sugar (extra)

1 tablespoon butter (extra)

Combine sifted flour, sugar and milk powder in bowl of food processor, fitted with metal blade, add chopped cold butter. Process 10 to 20 seconds until butter is evenly distributed in dry ingredients. Seal and store for up to three months the or continue to make a cake….

To Make Cake:

Place cake mix into small basin of electric mixer,

Add eggs, orange zest, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup water, beat on low speed until ingredients are combined.

Increase speed to medium, beat until mixture is changed in colour and smooth. There should not be any lumps in the mixture; if there are, beat until they have disappeared. Spread mixture evenly into well-greased tin of your choice. I use a round 20 cm (8 inch) tin or a kugelhof tin.

Bake in moderate oven 30 minutes before turning on to wire rack.. Invert so that the right side is up.

Brush on extra butter that has been melted slightly in a microwave.

Mix extra cinnamon and extra castor sugar together and sprinkle over the top of the cake.

  • You can substitute milk for the skim milk powder and water if you so choose.

For more orange flavour: replace some of the water, or milk, with orange juice

Delicious with a cuppa!!!

And cinnamon is good for you, right?

Chewy Chocolate Slice

Chewy Chocolate Slice

If you like a Chocolate brownie, you will love my Chewy Choc Slice:


1 23 cups sugar

34 cup butter, melted

(you can use margarine too, but I prefer the natural qualities of butter)

2 tablespoons water

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 13 cups flour

34 cup Baking Cocoa

12 teaspoon baking powder

14 teaspoon salt

Optional: – (to increase decadence and flavour!)

1/2 cup dark cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped (I like to chop this into chunky choc chip sized pieces and grate a little, to sprinkle over the top of the mix as well)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 ° C and grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan ( I line the pan with baking paper as well).
  2. Combine sugar, butter, and water in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl; stir into the sugar mixture.
  5. Fold in chopped dark chocolate
  6. Spread into prepared baking pan.
  7. Sprinkle grated chocolate on top (optional)
  8. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into bars.

Mel’s Dark Chocolate Slice

Decadent and Simple Chocolate Slice – what more could you want?
This slice is great for desserts, lunch boxes and especially kids parties….easy and so quick. For those cooks, like me that have no success melting chocolate.You can not stuff this one up if you buy the block cooking chocolate
Tip: do not use those useless chocolate buttons – ( they never work the way you want them to work)

1 cup Brown sugar

125 g unsalted butter

1 cup Plain flour, sifted

2 eggs, whisked

1 Block of dark cooking chocolate

1 teaspoon vanilla essence


Preheat Oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line a slice tray with baking paper.

Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan over low to medium heat. When close to melted, add the sugar and vanilla essence and stir until dissolved.

Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the whisked eggs

(must stir quickly to prevent the eggs from cooking)

Stir through the sifted flour until all mixed through.

Pour in to lined baking tray and cook for 20-25 minutes.

Might be nice dusted with Icing sugar to serve.

Christmas Cookie Recipe – One Batch,

Five Different Cookies

Xmas cookies

Something to ponder about whilst eating and savouring the taste!!

7 thoughts on “Tried and Tested Home Cooking

  1. The orange and cinnamon cake looks yummy. I have saved the recipe and will try it out at the coming weekend. I’m sure the whole house will smell nice and inviting the spices too. 🙂
    Have a great start in the new week, Amanda!
    Lots of love, from the Four of us,
    Dina xo

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