29 July 2016

best ever: buttermilk fried chicken

​I can never resist a piece of crunchy and golden fried chicken, and, as with most things deep-fried, it tastes even better when you make it fresh at home! My southern-style recipe creates a perfectly balanced bite; soaking the chicken in buttermilk keeps the meat moist and juicy while the spicy flour mixture results in an impossibly crisp and flavourful skin.

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24 July 2016

weekend baker: sticky cinnamon buns

Whether you call them cinnamon scrolls or sticky buns, this pull-apart treat is a favourite treat the world over. They’re surprisingly easy to make and the end results are seriously delicious.

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15 July 2016

weekend baker: easiest melt-and-mix desserts

  • weekend baker: easiest melt-and-mix desserts

    I’m all for no-fuss treats, especially when I'm short on prep time! Stirring together a few favourite ingredients all in one bowl can sometimes be all it takes to bake the most beautiful desserts!


  • chocolate and maple banana cake

    In our latest Fast issue, we've come up with the fudgiest chocolate cakes that you can simply stir in a bowl and bake! Sweetened with maple syrup and ripe bananas, this beautiful treat is so easy to master!


  • blueberry and yoghurt loaf

    A gorgeous classic that never goes out of style, this simple yoghurt and blueberry loaf is basically no-fail, and a great recipe to make with the kids!


  • spiced chai bundt cake

    Adding the flavour of chai to a simple cake mixture elevates it to a guest-worthy treat! I love serving this cake for afternoon tea.


  • rum and raisin chocolate brownies

    The smell of brownies wafting from the kitchen is one of my favourite things. This recipe has the extra indulgence of rum and raisins – yum!


  • one-bowl banana cake

    This is seriously the most easiest cake you'll ever make! Melt and mix cakes sometimes mean you get a crack on the top, just drizzle with icing to cover it up!


  • coffee and brown sugar tray cake

    This classic tray cake is swirled with strong black coffee to balance the crumbly and sweet caramelised brown sugar topping – it’s perfect for morning tea!


  • lemon and yoghurt cake

    One of my favourite cakes to make when I have guests over, I just love the citrus tang of this lemon and yoghurt cake. It looks so beautiful, but it's so easy to make!


  • sticky ginger puddings

    These individual puddings are a great winter warmer – it’s so satisfying to dig into the sponge layer to discover the saucy goodness underneath.


  • date doughnuts with spiced sugar

    I love the addition of soft, fresh dates to these light-as-air baked doughnuts – they create a deeper, satisfying sweetness.


  • salted dark chocolate layer cake with milk chocolate ganache

    I absolutely love the combination of salty and sweet, and this beautiful layer cake from our latest Fast issue is filled with a cheat's ganache and finished off with a sprinkling of salt.

07 July 2016

weekend baker: easy lattice pie crust

A beautiful pie crust is simpler than you may think! Follow these simple steps and find out my top tips for complete pie perfection.

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01 July 2016

behind the scenes: Basics to Brilliance
  • This is Rob, my cameraman – he's also the one responsible for many of my fits of giggles during filming!

  • This is the dark chocolate and raspberry tart from episode 9 of the show – it was one of the crew's favourite day of filming (mine too!).

  • You caught me! Sneaking in a shot of the set for Instagram – you can follow me @donna.hay for more of my behind the scenes cooking pics!

  • Out of the kitchen for a change and soaking up the scenery... Sydney's stunning Bondi Beach at sunset.

  • Meet Wolfie, my director's dog who is a Schipperke/Pomeranian. He helped us out as an extra in some of the shots. Super cute!

  • Taking a peek at the shot of my rich chocolate truffles behind my cameraman, Warwick. How good to they look?!

  • This is my amazing Basics to Brilliance crew - thank you guys, it was so much fun!

Take a sneak peek into all the fun that happened behind the scenes of my new series, Basics to Brilliance. ​I was lucky to have such a fabulous team from Foxtel who made filming my new series such a pleasure. We worked hard, but we had loads of laughs and I suspect they were the best-fed crew in television! D.x

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