21. New Zealand – Mum’s Neopolitan Rosette Birthday Cake

Wow I can’t believe I am a quarter of a way through my challenge already! I’m really enjoying cooking and baking all these different things, and sharing them amongst friends and family 🙂 Right, this one is a bit confusing as I’m not sure what to categorize it as, so I’ve just put New Zealand…

17. USA – Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Happy Independence Day!! To celebrate the Fourth of July in little old New Zealand, I made some whoopie pies. I’ve been wanting to make whoopie pies for ages, and went out on the weekend and splurged on a whoopie pie tin. You don’t necessarily need a tin to make them though, and Betty Crocker even…

16. Croatia – Bajadera Torte

Today is Croatia National Day. I decided to make something sweet to celebrate, and came across a great recipe on About.com that I’ve adapted slightly. This is a no-bake recipe that combines biscuit crumbs, nuts and chocolate. Bajadera Torte is named after Bajadera chocolates, which are apparently very popular in Croatia. This torte is rich…

9. USA – Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

June 12th is apparently National Peanut Butter Cookie Day in the US. I’m Kiwi-izing these however as I’ve decided to add chocolate to mine – Whittakers Peanut Butter to be precise, and using a recipe from Healthy Food Guide magazine. Peanut butter chocolate – seriously addictive! Chocolate and peanut butter cookies don’t seem to be…

8. Portugal – Pastel de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tart)

The second part of my Portuguese feast was to create delicious Pastel de Nata or Portuguese Custard Tarts. It’s thought these gorgeous tarts were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks in Lisbon. They were looking for a way to use up the excess egg yolks that came as a result of all the…