Belinda Jeffery


Belinda Jeffery

Lantern, 2012



Desserts, puddings and cakes have always been my very favourite things to cook.


When we were kids, my mum nearly always made some sort of pudding for dessert; nothing fancy mind you, but scrumptious nonetheless. For us at the time it was just normal, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, and I realise now how lucky we were to grow-up with such treats. I always loved helping her cook, but even more so if she was baking or making something sweet (I have to admit that the opportunities this led to for licking a beater or scraping out every last skerrick of batter from a mixing bowl with my finger probably added to my enthusiasm!) It was certainly no surprise to me or anybody else when I started cooking in restaurants for a living, and with a particular focus on desserts, cakes and sweet things.

I don’t think there was ever a happier time in my career than when I worked in an exquisite patisserie in Sydney. My days were spent up to my elbows in melted chocolate, cake batter and all sorts of doughs as I baked cakes, biscuits and pastries to be sold in the shop which also doubled as a tiny café. So when my lovely publisher, Julie Gibbs, asked if I might be interested in writing a book on desserts, it felt as though all my Christmases had come at once! It’s been such a joy to work on this book and to bring together so many of the recipes and stories from different parts of my life. I only wish my mum were here to read it. I have no doubt that if she was, she would be tying on her apron, getting out her mixing bowls and whipping up one of the many desserts!

My cookbooks are available from most large on-line book stores, including Booktopia –