Category Sweets and Desserts

Melomakarona (Orange & Walnut Biscuits) | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Melomakarona (Orange & Walnut Greek Biscuits)

Crunchy, cake-like orange-flavoured biscuits, dipped in a honey syrup then rolled in walnuts. A traditional Greek biscuit served at Christmastime and the perfect addition to your holiday baking spread. Let me preface this post by saying: I’m not Greek, I don’t have Greek heritage and I’ve only visited Greece once as a 14 year old, […]

Gingerbread Truffles | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Gingerbread Truffles

Soft gingerbread truffles made with gingernut biscuits and dipped in white chocolate. The perfect treat for the holidays. Hi, everybody! It’s taken me a bit of time to get around to writing this post. Before we left for Africa, I had everything set up and ready to go. Since this trip to South-East Asia was […]

Peach, Pistachio & Cream Cheese Toasted Cheese Sandwich | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Peach, Pistachio & Cream Cheese Toasted Sandwiches (Sweet Cheesus Series Part 3)

Juicy, ripe peaches, atop layers of cream cheese and honey, sprinkled with pistachios and sandwiched between two slices of crisp, golden toasted bread. This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! Welcome back to the third and final instalment in the Sweet Cheesus Series. A reminder in […]

Blueberry, Lemon & Ricotta Toasted Cheese Sandwich | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Blueberry, Lemon & Ricotta Toasted Sandwiches (Sweet Cheesus Series Part 2)

Blueberries, lemon, ricotta and honey smushed between two slices of golden, perfectly crispy toasted bread. It’s not your average grilled cheese sandwich. This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! Welcome back to the next instalment of the Sweet Cheesus Series! I’m so stoked to bring you part […]

Chocolate, Raspberry & Mascarpone Toasted Cheese Sandwich | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Raspberry, Nutella & Mascarpone Toasted Sandwiches (Sweet Cheesus Series Part 1)

Juicy raspberries sandwiched between layers of Nutella and mascarpone, then toasted to grilled cheese perfection. Sweet Cheesus! This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! So, in my last post I promised a brand spanking new series here on Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind. And guess […]

Lemon Curd Crumb Cake | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lemon Curd Crumb Cake

A moist butter cake swirled with a sweet and tangy lemon curd then sprinkled with an easy crumble topping. The perfect cake for any occasion. And so easy to throw together. It’s my last week of work this week! I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. I feel excited and also sad to be leaving such an […]

Lemon Curd | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lemon Curd

Sweet and tart homemade lemon curd, made with only four ingredients. It’s an extremely versatile treat that can be used to add a little kick to your yoghurt and granola, as a topping for fruit salad, a spread for your scones or toast, or simply baked into a cake. I think today’s recipe is the perfect way to pay homage […]