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Best Bread-Maker Dough Recipe, Ever


Out of all the appliances I have ever purchased, our bread-maker is by far the best. We tried to use it to make loaves of bread, but that didn’t really appeal and I could never slice it thin enough and I now really understand why they say sliced bread was so good. I had been taking it for granted obviously – Anyway, we use the bread-maker for dough only because I suck at making dough by hand for the following reasons:

  • It’s sticky and gooey and I don’t like getting my hands icky.
  • I over-work the dough and whatever I’m making turns out tough and wrong.
  • I’m lazy

Our bread-maker takes all the hard work of dough making out of the equation and leaves only the creative bit left to do. Brilliant.

And – even better, this one dough recipe we use, has about a billion uses, it is hands down, the best bread-maker dough recipe, ever.

April 398





Chilli Pesto Bread

Pizza bases

Scrolls (cheese and vegemite or ham and cheese or pizza)

Flat Bread

Hotdog rolls

Hamburger Buns

Fancy plaited breads and knots

Garlic Bread

See? Almost a billion uses!

So, here is the recipe:

290mls Water

50mls Olive oil

2 teaspoons Salt

3 Tablespoons Sugar

1 egg

4 cups of flour – I use a mixture of white and wholemeal.

1 tablespoon dry active yeast

Put the ingredients into the bread-maker in that order and select the dough function. It should take roughly 90 mins and then when it is done you can create whatever amazing doughy goodness your heart desires. I make scrolls regularly and freeze half the batch. This makes an awesome ready-to-go lunch box staple.

Chilli Pesto Bread

Chilli Pesto Bread – totes delish 

  • Use the dough recipe from here.
  • Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface or sheet of baking paper.
  • Roll into a rectangle shape about 1cm thick
  • Spread pesto down the middle third of your rectangle
  • Smear sweet chilli sauce on top of the pesto
  • Grated cheese can then be added if you like. Totally optional.
  • You can simply fold over the side dough flaps or you can get fancy and make cuts in the side like the picture below and kind of plait them over each other. This looks awesome once baked.


  • Place in the oven at 200°C for 20 mins.
  • Let cool for a couple of seconds and then devour chilli pesto bread with soup or salad or just by itself while watching crap on TV. It’s all good.

You can even make smaller individual chilli pesto bread cuties like these by splitting up the dough and repeating the above steps on a smaller scale. Totally awesome.



Easy Cheesy Vegetable Triangles

My kids love these. I love that they are packed full of carrot and zucchini and my kids eat them all without complaint. Because it’s wrapped in pastry!cheesy vegetable triangles

These cheesy vegetable triangles freeze really well so are great to make in bulk and also taste good cold, so are good for the school lunch box.


Pastry sheets

1 carrot grated

1 zucchini grated

1/2 cup grated cheese


Preheat oven to 210 degrees C

Thaw out pastry sheets.

Combine grated carrot, zucchini and cheese.

Cut thawed pastry sheets into strips

Place a spoonful of mixture at the top of pastry strip.

cheesy vegetable triangles

Fold over in a triangular manner – does not need to be perfect – keep folding all the way down the pastry strip. – if you want less pastry, cut the strip in two and make two triangles from the one strip. You may need to be more careful with your folds to encase the mixture.

Squeeze the corners of the pastry triangle together to seal in the mixture.

Place on baking paper on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes turning once.


You can put pretty much anything in the mixture. I have done turkey, cranberry and brie triangles. (very yummy albeit a bit gooey). Cheese and pesto, cheese, ham and corn, and also spinach and feta.



How to make a Pirate Ship Cake

It’s been almost a full year since my mum and I made this cake for my son’s 5th birthday. So it’s about time I shared how to make a pirate ship cake!

how to make a pirate ship cake

We used an upturned baking tray as the cake board and covered it in shiny blue wrapping paper to look like water.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 1: Bake two cakes. Standard rectangle cake size. Let them cool and refrigerate overnight. Then stick them together with butter-cream icing.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 2: Cut some baking paper in the shape of a boat and lay it on top of the to make a pirate ship cake

Step 3: Using the baking paper as a guide, cut off the bits of cake that do not look like the front of a ship.

Knives are sharp. Get an adult to help you. My mum flew all the way from NZ to help me :)

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 4: Cut out a bit from the middle. Live dangerously and do this without a paper guide. Put the piece aside as you will need it soon.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 5: The front bit is too square, we want a rounded look. Use baking paper again and cut away a crescent out of the front.

Fun fact: the front of a ship is called the bow. Us land lubbers can still call it the to make a pirate ship cake

Step 5a: Like this.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 5b: See? That’s better.

Step 6: That piece you cut out of the middle – stick it on the back of the ship… it’s a bit unsteady, even with butter-cream to glue it together – so shove a wooden skewer through it to hold it in place.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 7: Start smearing that butter-cream icing on. We wanted it to look wooden so we went with chocolate butter-cream icing. If you want a blue pirate ship – go ahead and colour your icing blue.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 8: We used a cocktail fork to texture the icing to give it a wood grain look.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 8a: We used a skewer to make the plank outlines to finish off the wooden look.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 9: We used pretzel sticks to make the railings of a balustrade. A kebab skewer with cut out bits of fabric featuring the Jolly Roger, make for a good pirate ship mast. Maltesers placed just so, look like canon to make a pirate ship cakeStep 10: Licorice strip strung on the pretzel balustrade to make the railing. Stuck on with dabs of butter-cream. This was fiddly and hard and looks a bit shit. Don’t do this. Find some other better way.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 11: Licorice strips arranged in circles make portholes and the candles are guns or canons. Number 5 written in icing finishes it off. Figurines of Jake, Izzy and Cubby were found at a toy store.

how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 12: A bit of leftover cake, smeared in butter-cream and covered in brown sugar makes an island. how to make a pirate ship cake

Step 13: Mum made a treasure chest out of fondant and we put chocolate chips and massacred  gummy bears to make “treasure”.
how to make a pirate ship cakeStep 14: Set on fire and place in front of birthday child while everyone sings.