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Strawberry and Pear Shortcake

Japan is home to many an exotic fruit.... however while I was there in 2016, I was REALLY craving Pears and couldn't find any ANYWHERE!

Then... just as all hope seemed lost, this magnificent little shortcake appeared in the window of a cute little bakery in Kyoto. The heavens parted, angels sang and a halo of light surrounded it. My eyes lit up like a kid a candy store or a baker in a bakery. It was the best thing I've ever tasted! Or maybe I just wanted Pears so badly that no matter what it tasted like I would have thought it was the best thing ever... well, we're about to find out!

Here is my Strawberry and Pear Shortcake, to pay homage to that wonderful creation that saved my sanity in Kyoto.

MY TIPS FOR MASTERING THIS BAKE
#1 Grease the base and sides of your cake tin, then place a circle of parchment paper in the base and strips around the edges. The butter under the parchment paper will hold it in place and prevent it from slipping when you pour in your batter.

If yo…

The Hidden Orchard - My First Harvest

Apple Harvest The Hidden Orchard
Ellen Burns and Sandra Hawkins The Hidden Orchard
My first harvest with 
The Hidden Orchard
What a great group of people to spend an afternoon with. We picked roughly 65kgs of these 'mystery apples' from just one tree, and they're bound for the Food Is Free Laneway Ballarat as we speak.
The Hidden Orchard Volunteers harvest fruit from trees in local backyards or public areas that would have otherwise gone to waste and redistribute it within the community through channels such as The Food is Free Laneway, Second Bite, The Salvation Army, The Soup Bus and Community Cooking Programs at the Ballarat Community Health Center and Wendouree Neighbourhood House.




PS: If you have a recipe one could use some mystery apples in, let me know in the comment section below... because I don't know what to do with all of mine!!

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