Category Archives: Baking

Shirley, Masterton.

Vogel-type bread recipe. You will need: 2¼ cups (315g) white flour, 2¼ cups (315g) wholemeal flour, ½ cup (75g) kibbled wheat, ¼ cup (35g) kibbled rye, ½ cup (70g) sunflower seeds, ¼ cup (22g) rolled oats, 2 teaspoons Surebake yeast or 1 teaspoon Bakels dried yeast, 2 teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon of sugar, and 3 […]


Make over 120 cookies for just $4.00! This fantastic basic cookie recipe is terrific value, makes loads and has lots of room for variations: 500g margarine 1 tin condensed milk 1 cup sugar 5 cups self-raising flour Cream sugar and margarine. Add condensed milk and flour. Roll into teaspoon sized balls and press down with […]

L.J., Whakatane

My grandmother wanted me to share her tip after reading an article about food wastage. With soft biscuits she places them in the oven for a few minutes (even if they have filling) and they come out crisp, fresh and taste beautiful!


Keep sliced bread in the freezer and take out only what you need. Then there is no waste. 30 seconds in the microwave will thaw it.

Reader, Masterton.

When I do my weekly bread baking I make an extra loaf for my dogs. They love it and it’s cheaper than dog biscuits. As the oven cools I put any left over stale bread in there in slices to give them a crunchy variety also.

Jaelle, Auckland.

Bread crusts make great croutons. Cut them up and toast them in an oven with other dishes, or after the oven has been turned off just leave them there. Store in a jar…use on soup or salads. (The only ones missing out are the birds!!)

Mean Girl, Hastings

Cup Cakes and Muffin tins… experiment with different shaped food cans, for example tuna or baby food. Make sure the cans are clean and also clean of any smells, then grease them up and use like you would for any recipe. Remember to watch for differing cooking times.

Ann, Whakatane.

One very handy easily remembered recipe for a lovely shortbread — say 3, 6, 9. I can only do ounces — 3 sugar, 6 butter and 9 flour! Make as usual.

Annie, Auckland

Wanted to make lemon and cream cheese icing for my Banana cake. By mistake bought sour cream. Oh dear! Anyway had to make do. Here is my recipe and tip. 1 small potle of sour cream, zest of one lemon, a few drops of the lemon juice and then add the icing sugar. Wow! It […]

Tex, Christchurch.

I make a date and banana loaf each week. 3 cups flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup bran flakes. butter or margarine, 3 teaspoons baking powder, spices -Cassia, mixed spices or others. One overripe banana cut into pieces. I whirl the lot in my food processor and add sufficient water to […]