Pastry or Dough clean up

Whether you use a pastry sheet, your bench top or a chopping board to roll your pastry or knead your dough, you will end up with dried bits stuck to places they shouldn’t be. Upturn your measuring cup and use the rim to scrape your kneading surface; as it’s usually a round plastic cup, you do more angles at once and won’t scratch your surface. If your measuring cup is metal use a sturdy drinking cup.

Donut Cupcakes


Donut Cupcakes

A cupcake that surprisingly does taste like a donut. This is also an eggless cupcake.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Cakes, Slices & Breads
Servings 8 cupcakes


  • 1/2 cup Caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup Margerine, softened
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Self raising flour
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup Melted Margerine
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons Caster sugar


  • Heat oven to 180*C
  • Beat margarine and sugar in a bowl.
  • Add milk slowly, it will sort of split and not look good but keep going. Add flour and mix by hand until combined for about 1 minute.
  • Spoon into cupcake papers in a cupcake pan, bake for approx 12-15 mins or until cooked, test with a skewer.
  • While cupcakes are cooking mix the cinnamon and sugar.
  • When cupcakes come out of the oven immediately brush with melted butter and top liberally with the sugar cinnamon. For me this mix makes 8 or 9 cupcakes.


The original recipe didn't have the cupcake papers, you dipped the cakes into melted butter then cinnamon sugared (if you do this you will need to mix more than the above amount, try tablespoons instead of teaspoons). I didn't think you needed that much extra sugar and butter so baked in the patty papers then just brushed the tops.
Place an apple slice or two on top of cake batter before baking this gives that apple teacake effect for something different.
They do freeze well but be aware the sugar on top may get a bit wet in the defrosting process, I defrost on an open wire rack and all is well.

Christmas sweets

The time has finally  come, we have finished all those treats that only come out at Christmas time, white christmas, rocky road and the any time chocolate cheese cake balls.  It’s lovely to have these in the fridge to munch on at any time but it’s nice when they’re gone as we know the calorie intake will lessen.

The recipe for white christmas and chocolate cheesecake balls are in the file of RECIPES above.

Here’s to new endeavours

Here’s to new endeavours and a start to my blogging life.  My husband of 26yrs nudged me this way.

I’ve had many ideas in my head over the years, collected by raising 2 lovely boys to being great young men.

I hope I can string my ideas together in a meaningful way that shows you can live within a budget.  It’s all about how I can use one item, recipe, idea in more than one way. I hope you like what I’ve learnt from many friends relatives and media sources. Cheers

Cheers to 2014

A brand New year
A brand new start,
Make the next twelve months
Be the best by far.
Good wishes and good luck,
Are sent your way,
From January to December,
May good luck come to stay.

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