Seasonal Recipes

Pistachio Cake with Rhubarb Buttercream

This cake combines quite a few of my favourite things – pistachios, rhubarb, and a hint of rose – and is also in my favourite colour-way, green and pink. Because who doesn’t feel cheerful in the face of pink icing?
6. May 2022/by Tilly Pamment

Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

The Plain-Cake Appreciation Society {edition 45}, Hazelnut & Chocolate Cake. 

This week’s bake is a light, fluffy cake - for when the world feels heavy. Make it, share it with a neighbour, take one to a friend who’s feeling low, or sit in the sun with your kids and eat a big slice - because the world seems a little lighter when we share. x 
11. March 2022/by Tilly Pamment

Rhubarb & Raspberry Trifle

I have one final sweet offering for you before I sign off for Christmas and a few weeks of eating too much and doing too little - a rather impressive Rhubarb & Raspberry Trifle (if I do say so myself).
23. December 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Meringues with Roasted Strawberries & Rosewater Cream

These meringues are exactly what I want to be eating at the moment. The weather has finally warmed up here and I feel like clouds of whipped cream, syrupy strawberries and crisp meringue. 
17. December 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Fruit Mince & Frangipane Pies

Fruit mince pies are one of the items on my mandatory Christmas cook-list (along with gingerbread and meringues) - my mum always makes them in the days leading up to Christmas and it is a tradition I have adopted also.
10. December 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Cardamom, Rose & Poppyseed Cake

The Plain-Cake Appreciation Society {edition 34}, Cardamom, Rose & Poppy Seed Cake.
I don't know about you, but I find cake with pink icing inordinately cheering. Even more so at the end of a wet and windy week, when everyone feels more than a bit harried.
15. November 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Passionfruit Butter Cake

The Plain-Cake Appreciation Society {edition 30} - a Passionfruit Cake and playing favourites.
27. October 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Sugared Citrus & Semolina Cake

A simple, sturdy drizzle-cake that can be made with whatever citrus you have on hand. I’ve made versions with lemon, lime and bergamot (after impulse buying a glorious box of bergamots online…) and all work beautifully.
10. September 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Pistachio & Rose Cake

The Plain-Cake Appreciation Society {edition 22}, Pistachio and Rose Cake.
20. August 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Burnt-Butter Sheet Cake with Blackberry Buttercream

The Plain-Cake Appreciation Society {edition 15}, Burnt-butter Sheet Cake with Blackberry Buttercream.
25. June 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Sour Cherry & Shiraz Brownies

Years ago, when I ran a cake stall at the Bondi Farmers' Market, double chocolate brownies were my best seller. I would make trays and trays of them on Friday night and inevitably wish I had made one more tray when they sold out early the next morning.
31. March 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

Welcome to this week's meeting of 'The Plain-Cake Appreciation Society'. It seems only fitting that this week I give you a chocolate offering - the proximity to Easter and the weather positively demand it - and who am I to stand in the way of chocolate cake?
26. March 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Apricot & Sultana Hot Cross Buns

It's a slippery-slope that first hot cross bun of the season. A steep descent towards carbohydrate-induced haze, but one I happily slide (earlier, and earlier) each year.
23. March 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Browned-Butter Cake with Cumquat Glaze

Introducing 'The Plain-Cake Appreciation Society' - a club for connoisseurs of uncomplicated bakes, simple cakes the general appreciation of pausing daily for tea and cake. Sound good?
11. March 2021/by Tilly Pamment

Semolina & Lime Drizzle Cake

Our lime and lemon trees are laden with fruit at the moment. This is making me feel quite smug - as I can duck out to the courtyard and pluck a few juicy limes or lemons whenever the fancy strikes. O is making the most of it, managing to consume her own weight in fresh lemonade most days, and Kip is not adverse to eating them straight from the tree...
25. September 2020/by Tilly Pamment

Mandarin & Earl Grey Madeleines with Raspberry Glaze

In an inverse relationship to their size, small cakes hold a big place in my heart. For me, there is just something immensely likeable about them. Maybe it has something to do with nostalgia and the fact that they so easily transport you back to childhood - when the ultimate treat was a cupcake with pink icing, or better yet, a butterfly cake - or maybe it is that being small in size you feel less guilty about eating them and can therefore eat them without constraint...
5. July 2020/by Tilly Pamment

A Second Easter & Red Egg Bread

I love the distraction of a celebration, and in the current circumstances that’s even more welcome - so whilst most people are still recovering from the sugar-high and excitement that is Easter, we are gearing up for another Easter celebration tomorrow (involving red boiled eggs and bread, not chocolate, thankfully).
18. April 2020/by Tilly Pamment

Chocolate Pots & Soggy Roses

Chocolate pots and soggy roses... If this doesn't sound like the ultimate Valentine's Day to you, then I'm not sure we can be friends. Ha! Don't get me wrong, I'm as much a fan of the 'grand gesture as the next person, but sometimes it's the little things that mean the most, isn't it? Like cheat's-chocolate-mousse and soggy garden roses.
13. February 2020/by Tilly Pamment

Plum Streusel Cake

'And every creek a banker ran,
And dams filled overtop;
"We'll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"If this rain doesn't stop."'

As I sat with the rain drumming on the roof, gutters over-flowing and big fat drops splattering the windows, this John O'Brien poem kept running loops in my head.
10. February 2020/by Tilly Pamment
Tilly's Table - In Bloom

In Bloom Table Linen Collection

I'm saying this in a quiet voice because I don't want to alarm anyone (and because I'm equal parts excited and nervous!), but my online shop is now open! Introducing In Bloom, a collection of luxurious table linens featuring original photographic prints, designed and handmade in the Blue Mountains ...
2. December 2019/by Tilly Pamment

Strawberry & Rose Bundt Cakes

Those of you who know me will be familiar with my belief in the restorative qualities of cake. Most milestones or problems in our house are met with the making of some kind of baked-good. Sad...? You need cake. Happy? A celebration cake. Sick...? Plain cake and a rest. Tired? Cake and tea. Heartbroken...? Chocolate cake, big slice.
18. October 2019/by Tilly Pamment
Cumquat and blood orange marmalade

Cumquat and Blood Orange Marmalade

When my parents visited last time, with them (among all manner of lovely treats from home) came a bag full of beautiful blood oranges from their greenhouse. There's something about blood oranges that makes them seem very precious to me - maybe it's their short season, or glorious ruby-colour, but whatever it is, I always feel pressure to treat them with respect and use them wisely.
19. November 2018/by Tilly Pamment
Tilly's Table - Baked Leeks Two Ways

Baked Leeks Two Ways

When I was little, for a treat my mum would occasionally buy some lovely fat leeks, wrap them in ham and bake them in a cheesy white sauce. I remember it being a pretty special dinner (leeks were expensive!) and one that was a favourite of mine and my brothers – I mean, what could be better than sweet baked leeks and ham in bubbling cheese sauce…?

This is my take on mum’s recipe (really just with an added crunchy breadcrumb topping). Perfect winter fare.
20. August 2018/by Tilly Pamment
Tilly's Table - Rhubarb Tarte Tatin

Rhubarb Tarte Tatin

Up in the mountains, winter has hit in full force. This week it has felt not so much like a cold ‘snap’, but a cold whack in the face. It’s decidedly nippy and the wind has been fierce...
14. May 2018/by Tilly Pamment

Smoked Trout Rillettes

Smoked trout, crème fraîche, lemon, fresh crusty bread… I mean really, does it get any better? Ok, ok – maybe throw in a glass (bottle) of chilled ...
11. November 2017/by Tilly Pamment

Chilled Rice Pudding with Tamarillos

Yesterday was a day for comfort eating. It was a tricky and tiring day involving a failed daycare drop-off (which turned into a pick-up), tears (her and me), a lot of soul-searching ...
3. November 2017/by Tilly Pamment
Tilly's Table - Hello Madeleine

Hello Madeleine

I have spoken before about my love of small cakes. For me, there’s something immensely likeable about them.
24. May 2017/by Tilly Pamment

Easter Feast

This Easter we’ll be heading to the country to hang out with my parents, my brother, and sister-in-law and extended 'family' of very dear friends.
13. April 2017/by Tilly Pamment

Chocolate, Orange & Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches

I've never really been a fan of the ice cream sandwich. Too much fanfare and cross-pollination for my liking. The promise is big, ...
28. October 2016/by Tilly Pamment
Asparagus & Broccolini Tart

Something Green Tarts

Even though I have long moved out of home, I still talk to my mum most days. We live a long way away from each other, meaning a casual drop-in for a cup of tea...
25. October 2016/by Tilly Pamment