Recipe Book

Gluten Free Bunya Nut Pancakes with Riberry Sauce and Ice Cream

½ cup Gluten Free Self-Raising
½ cup Bunya Nut powder
1 egg
½ cup milk
½ cup dried Riberry
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
Pinch of salt
Soak dried Riberry overnight in 1 cup of boiling water. In the morning place the reconstituted berries in a saucepan with the additional water. Add sugar and additional Riberry powder. Stirring constantly bring this mixture to the boil and then turn down the heat until simmering. Let simmer until the sauce begins to thicken. Take off the heat and leave to cool down whilst you make the pancakes.
Place flour and bunya nut powder in a bowl and add the egg. Use the milk to blend these ingredients into a smooth mixture. Add a little more milk if required so the mixture looks like thickened cream. This will make approximately 4 pancakes about 1/3 of a cup each. Cook in a non-stick pan using a little butter.
Stack the Pancakes in stacks of 2 or 4 depending on how hungry you are. Place a dollop of ice-cream on the top of the stack and then drizzle over the Riberry syrup. (If you prefer your Riberry a little more crunchy then do not soak them overnight but put them directly in the sauce mixture and then proceed with the cooking process.)

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White Chocolate & Rosella Cheese Cake

250 gm packet coconut cookies
125 gm butter or substitute
3 tspn gelatine
1/4 cup hot water

1/4 cup caster sugar
375 gm cream cheese
Juice 1/2 lemon
25 gm packet dried rosella sepal
250 ml thickened cream
150 gm white milk chocolate buttons
Extra caster sugar
Method - Rosella Compote
Empty packet of rosella sepal into a bowl and add a small amount of boiling water until they are covered and add the extra sugar to taste. Leave to cool.
Method - Base
Process the biscuits with a blender. Melt the butter and add to the biscuit mixture combining well.  Pour this mixture into a spring form baking tin which has been lined with baking powder. Press firmly so it forms the base of your cheesecake and place in the refrigerator to set.
Method - Cheesecake Mixture
Sprinkle the gelatine over the 1/4 cup hot water (not boiling) and stir until dissolved. Leave to cool. Chop the cream cheese into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl with the lemon and caster sugar and beat until smooth. Pour in the gelatine and the thickened cream and gently stir until all is combined. Partially melt the white chocolate buttons and swirl these into the mixture, but do not stir too much so you get chunks of chocolate through your mixture.  Place this into the cake tin on top of the biscuit base. Using a flat knife swirl the rosella mixture through the cheesecake creating a lovely pattern and return the whole cheesecake back into the refrigerator for at least two hours or until it has set.

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Strawberry Bush Cake


1 packet ready to go vanilla/butter cake or
Your own vanilla/butter cake recipe or
My favorite recipe below:-
125gms butter or margarine

3/4 cup caster sugar
3 eggs

3/4 cups self raising flour
1/4 cup milk

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time and mix until smooth. Add the flour in small amounts at a time and stir in until combined. Add the milk and two tablespoons of Strawberry Bush powder. Give mixture a good beat until everything is combined and the mixture is smooth.  If using a packet mix or your own recipe add the Strawberry Bush Powder into the batter mixture.  Place mixture into a prepared cake tin and cook at 180 degrees for about 40-45 minutes or until cake is completely cooked.  Leave in the tin until cake cools and then remove and place on a cooling rack.

Butter Icing

125 gms butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
splash of hot water to melt
2 teaspoons Strawberry Bush powder
1 or 2 drops of pink/red food coloring
Place butter into a deep bowl and add a dash of hot water to make it soft (not too much or you will have to add lots more icing sugar). Add icing sugar and food coloring. Beat with a mixer until it is smooth and creamy and soft peaks form.  If too soft add more icing sugar or if too thick add just a smidgen of hot water until you get the right consistency, something similar to a meringue consistency. Spread over the top of the cake. 

For a more interesting texture, make two batches of butter icing and only add the food coloring to the one batch with the Strawberry Bush powder in it.  Add Lemon Myrtle powder to the other half. Slice your cake into two layers, spread the Lemon Myrtle icing on the bottom layer, place the other half layer on top of the bottom layer and then spread the remaining Strawberry Bush icing on the top of the cake.

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Bunya Nut Shortbread with River Mint Cream

225 gms sifted plain flour
115 gms sifted bunya nut flour
115 gms sifted caster sugar
Pinch of salt
225 gms butter at room temperature


Preheat oven to 150oC  Grease a baking tray. Combine flour, bunya nut flour, sugar and salt into a bowl.  Rub in the butter and knead gently until a smooth dough forms. Transfer onto a floured surface and shape as desired. Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until light golden brown. Allow to cool.


1/3 cup of soft butter or margarine
1 tablespoon of boiling water
Icing sugar sifted
Rivermint powder

Place butter or margarine in a bowl and add boiling water.  Add enough icing sugar and beat well until a stiff paste is made.  Add the rivermint powder to your taste and beat until the cream is smooth.  When biscuits are cooled spread the icing over one biscuit and top with another.  When all are completed spread a little bit of sifted icing sugar over to coat the top of each biscuit.

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