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Three Recipes for The Ultimate Winter Bake-Off!

Three Recipes For The Ultimate Winter Bake-Off!

With the cold weather forcing us to hibernate, winter is the perfect time to fire up the oven and get baking!

Here are three recipes — guaranteed family favourites — that are sure to fill your homes and your bellies with the scent of delicious buttery baking!

1. Super Easy Triple Choc Brownies
It’s dangerous how easy these fudgy chocolate brownies are to make!

What you’ll need:

  • A third of a cup of vegetable oil
  • One and a half cups of sugar
  • One and a half teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Three eggs
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • One third of a cup (plus two and a half tablespoons for dusting) of cocoa
  • A third of a cup of milk chocolate chips
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of salt


Preheat your oven to 180°C and line your favourite baking pan with non-stick baking paper. In a mixing bowl, start with combining the oil, sugar and vanilla extract, before adding the eggs and mixing well until combined. Next, gently add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Combine well before adding chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Dust with the remaining cocoa for the third chocolate element.

2. Scones with a (Cheesy) Twist
Nothing beats a fluffy scone packed with cream and jam - except for this more-ish cheese variation!

What you’ll need (to make 12 scones):

  • Three cups self-raising flour
  • A teaspoon of salt
  • 50g of chilled and chopped butter
  • 1/2 cup of freshly chopped chives
  • A third of a cup of grated cheese
  • One cup of milk


Start by preheating your oven to 220°C. Next, line your baking tray with non-stick baking paper (you’ll thank us later!). Grab a mixing bowl and sift the flour, add salt, followed by the butter. Using your fingertips, work the butter into the flour and salt until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add the chopped chives and cheese to the flour mixture, followed by the milk, and combine until a dough forms. Lightly flour a kitchen surface and knead the dough gently. With a flat knife, cut the dough into 12 rounds, and place close together on a baking tray. Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

3. Mushroom and Leek Quiche
Apply your baking skills to this gourmet feast that is sure to please all the senses!

What youll need:

  • A sheet of shortcrust pastry
  • One diced leek
  • 10 grams of butter
  • 150 grams of mushrooms (champignon work best)
  • A tablespoon of olive oil
  • Three eggs
  • 200 millilitres of heavy cream
  • 100 grams of grated cheese
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg, a pint of salt and pepper.


Preheat your oven to 180°C and line your pie dish with shortcrust pastry. Wash and dice the leek, and heat the butter in a non-stick frying pan. Cook the leek over medium heat for five minutes, or until translucent. Slice up the mushrooms and, in a separate pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the mushrooms for five minutes. Crack the eggs into a bowl. Add the cream and season the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Whisk until fluffy. Add the grated cheese and mix. Pour the mixture into your prepared pastry shell (you can bake till golden before assembling if you prefer a flakier crust) and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Serve with a green salad with lemon vinaigrette.

Grab all your baking goods in one convenient location at Top Ryde City!

If baking isn’t your strongest talent, you don’t have to miss out. Head down to Top Ryde City and sample the delectable offerings at some of our very own bakeries in - centre!

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