Rocky road

A friend of mine created this unique twist to an old classic, and I make it now too! Have a shot, you will not be disappointed!

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250 g bag of pink and white marshmallows

250 g chocolate – here I have used milk but use what you love!

A bag of raspberry lollies


Line a small slice tray with baking paper. Melt your chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Add the marshmallows and raspberry lollies, coating and combining until covered. Spoon the mix into your slice tray. If you like, sprinkle with your favourite nuts! Sometimes I go for pistachios here! Leave on the bench to set, or if it is a hot Queensland day, pop her in the fridge for a few hours. Cut into small squares to enjoy this easy and yummy treat!

Rocky road

Caramel walnut cinnamon buns

Yes, caramel walnut cinnamon buns…. Heaven awaits! My dear friend Bonnie makes these a few times a year, so I just had to give them a go! Kids and adults alike all loved them. The aroma going through the house is of pure joy! The combination of the cinnamon with the caramel and nuts is just sensational. Give this a try when you have a few hours on your hands – you will not be disappointed!



For act 1:

25 g active yeast

125ml warm water

1 tsp caster sugar


For act 2:

125ml milk

¼ cup caster sugar

3 tbs butter

A pinch of salt


For act 3:

2 eggs

4 cups plain flour


For act 4:

200g butter

¾ cup brown sugar

1 cup walnuts


For act 5:

¾ cup brown sugar

2 tbs cinnamon powder

3 tbs melted butter



Act 1: Get the yeast activated! Dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar and the yeast in warm water and let sit for 10 minutes.

Act 2: Pour the milk into a small saucepan, heating at a low temperature for about 10 minutes, then add in ¼ cup caster sugar, the 3 tbs butter, a pinch of salt and stir until combined. Set aside to cool.

Act 3: Put the eggs, yeast mix and milk mix in a mixing bowl and stir. Add half the flour and stir, then gradually stir in the other half a bit at a time. Once the dough is formed, knead it on a floured surface until well combined and looking good! Place the dough in a metal bowl, cover and set aside for an hour. The dough will rise steadily, and a smell similar to light beer will be around!

Act 4: Melt 200g of butter on low heat, then stir in the ¾ cup brown sugar. Grease a good size baking dish, I used my roasting dish, with some butter. Pour this thick syrup in to the bottom, spreading it out a bit, then sprinkle with crushed walnuts. If you have bought whole walnuts, it is easy to take the shell off, put the nuts in a plastic sandwich bag and bash with a rolling pin to crumble without messing your whole kitchen – although, don’t look now – the kitchen for these buns is crazy!

Act 5: Roll your dough out to be as big as it can, but about 5mm thick. Spread the melted butter from act 5 over the dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon from act 5. Now you are ready to roll – lol! Roll the dough sideways, so you are rolling the longest length over and over. Cut the dough into portions, mine are about 5 cm long. Place each portion into your dish. Cover the dish with some cling wrap and leave for half an hour. In this time the dough will get fatter and fill out the dish more.

Sizing before letting sit.

The buns ready for the oven.

The finale: Bake the buns in your oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 35 minutes, until beautifully golden brown. Once browned, leave for a few minutes before turning upside down onto a huge plate! Can you smell that?! Have a taste! It was so worth it, wasn’t it!!

Golden brown straight out of the oven, ready for tipping out!

Inverted – beautiful sticky loveliness!

Caramel walnut cinnamon buns

Fig slice

Figs are just scrumptious! So when asked to bake a little something for a Parish event this is what happened because I had a pack of dried figs in the cupboard. It is pretty simple and isn’t too time consuming. Another reason this slice is fabulous is that adults and children both love it! Have a go, you just might fall in love!



2 cups plain wholemeal flour

180 g butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

Pack of dried figs

1 tablespoon brown sugar, extra

Dash of water


Slice up the dried figs and place in a small saucepan. Add the brown sugar and a dash of water. Allow to simmer down on low heat for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool. Whilst that is cooling get your base done! Put your softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla and flour in a mixing bowl and combine. When the mix is together check it out. If you think it is too sticky, add a little more flour. Too dry and put a dash of water in. Roll out the mix on a piece of baking paper until about half a centimetre high. Lift the baking paper holding the rolled dough into an oven slice tray. Trim any edges or fill in any spots with trimmings if it isn’t quite perfect. Your fig mixture will be cooled by now, so pop it into your blender (I used my nutribullet) and blitz for a few seconds until it is a paste. Spread the fig mixture over the base. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes and let it cool in the pan. Cut into squares and eat! This keeps for a couple of days, but won’t last that long!! Enjoy!


Fig slice

Almond praline!

I made this for on top of my son’s birthday cake as decoration, but we also love it broken into bits, or as an extra texture to a slice (like have the biscuit base, then this, then the caramel – unbelievable)! Too easy and so naughty!

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1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup caster sugar



Toast the sliced almonds until a little browned, about 15 minutes in 180 degree Celcius oven. Place them together on a lined baking tray. Place the sugar in a small saucepan and put on medium heat. Once the sugar starts to go brown, roll the saucepan a little to ‘stir’ without actually stirring. When all the sugar is dissolved, quickly pour onto the almonds. Pick up the baking tray and tip from one side to the other, trying to coat all the almond slices in the browned gorgeousness! Set aside to cool for an hour or so. Then if you want it fractured, just break with hands. If you want to have it as a smashed topping, place fractured pieces in a sandwich bag and smash with your rolling pin! Have fun!! I hope you like this really simple way to decorate, or just make a treat!

caramel cake

Almond praline!