Category Archives: Baking

Forgotten cookies

Maureen has his favourite cookie recipe: My ‘go to’ recipe when I have to take something is Forgotten cookies. Basically tiny meringues 180 degrees Beat 2 egg whites and pinch salt until foamy. Gradually add half a cup castor sugar. 1 tsp vanilla Then whatever eg chopped almonds, chopped dark chocolate etc. But for Christmas […]

A replacement for butter

Margarine can replace butter in just about every recipe, which makes it cheaper. It can be used in recipes where the butter is melted or softened or creamed. I’ve used it in scones, biscuits, slices, cakes, muffins and everything, really. Oil can replace butter in recipes where the butter is melted, but it won’t work […]

Malt Meal Wafer recipe?

Faye from Hastings asks: “Has anyone mastered a replica recipe for Malt Meal Wafers? They are a large square lain biscuit that was lovely and buttery. You can no longer buy them and I cannot find anything online. I would really like to make some.” We understand Griffins used to make them but stopped doing so […]


Mary has a suggestion for mixing pavlova ingredients, which are 4 egg whites, 1 cup castor (fine) sugar, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, and 1 tablespoon cornflour.  Mary says, “an easy way to mix the pav is put the egg whites and caster sugar in the mixer and beat continuously for ten minutes […]

H M K, Waipukurau.

One way to save move is to ‘knock’. When measuring unspecified amounts of stuff (eg tea, sugar, flour etc) knock the spoon on the inside of the jar or packet. Any loose material falls back, so you don’t spill it and you don’t notice any less. Over time you will find you are not using […]

KJ, Wellington.

Pumpkin muffins. To make pumpkin muffins you will need 2 cups of flour, 1½ cups of sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 egg, ¾ cup milk, ¼ cup cooking oil, ½ cup cooked and mashed pumpkin, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg. Mix all of the dry ingredients together, and the pumpkin, […]

S.J., Dunedin.

Fruit loaf pudding. Clean the empty Baked Bean tins and take outer wrapping off. Grease , flour and set aside. Ingredients: 1/2 cups of raisins, 1 1/2 cup of sultanas, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda. Combine all ingredients. Mix well […]

Jude, Palmerston North.

Sally lunn. Ingredients: 1 cup cold mashed potato, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 cup flour, 2 tsp BP, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup milk, 1 cup sultanas. Beat potato and sugar til creamy, add rest of ingredients. Bake 180 c (or 350 f) for 30 mins on a well greased tray. Ice while warm and sprinkle with […]

Lekki, Waiuku.

Sally lunn. Ingredients: 1 cup cold mashed potato, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 cups SR flour, pinch salt, 1 cup sultanas, about 1/2 cup milk.   Icing: 1 cup icing sugar, hot water, 1 tbsp melted butter, about 1 tbsp coconut.   Cream potato & sugar together until light and fluffy. Sift flour & salt together. Add […]

Lorri, Kawerau.

While I know it’s cheaper to bake your own bread, on reading a Vogel-type recipe, and it being touted as ‘only’ $2.20 per loaf, it’s not the cheapest Vogel-type bread out there. Try the Budget, Giant or Big brands of Multigrain loaves. These are delicious, nutritious and filling, and cost somewhere around $1.69 per loaf […]