All posts tagged: desserts

Tasty questions with Alessandra Zecchini

Alessandra Zecchini is one of Auckland’s longest standing eatood bloggers, emerging mid 2008 and still regularly updated. Alessandra writes about baking and desserts, Italian cuisine, vegetarian/vegan recipes and travel. As a recipe developer, food stylist and writer, she writes for 6 blogs, regularly contributes to food magazines and has written 3 cookbooks. Below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: This was my first blog, so it is a bit of a mixture: recipes, travel photos, some news. Unfortunately I don’t have much time to blog these days, but it is fun to do, and I am a happy blogger. I also list just recipes in three more blogs (links below): Only Recipes for Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. Vegan Recipes, only Vegan Recipes, and Cooking with flowers: flower recipes. What is the most popular post on your blog? Asparagus and onion weed-soup with 302300 page views to date. Name your favourite comfort food: Crescentine, the traditional food from my village. What did you have for breakfast? Soy latte – I don’t eat breakfast, I …

Baked butter & maple figs

  The following post is part of a series of recipes celebrating figs. This is a simple recipe, great for dinner parties as you can get the figs prepped ahead of time and then pop them in the oven for 10 minutes shortly after dinner. I’ve written this recipe for 2 people, but it’s easy to multiply for more, just allow 2-3 figs per person. I was happy with 2 figs but my sweet tooth friends preferred 3. This recipe is gluten free. Most ice creams are gluten free but if serving with ice cream, double check the ingredients list. Greek yogurt is gluten free so that’s a safe option. Baked butter & maple figs (with yogurt or ice cream) Serves 2 for dessert Ingredients 6 figs Maple syrup 2 slivers of butter Greek yogurt or ice cream to serve Preparation Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, cut a cross in the top of each fig, and place on the sheet. Insert a sliver of butter into each fig and …