Graham Cracker Substitute Australia

So you’ve got an recipe that reads ” Graham Cracker” Or “Graham Crumbs’. You head over the the biscuit aisle at Woolies in search for “Graham Crackers”…. you soon realize that THERE ARE NO SUCH THING AS GRAHAM CRACKERS IN WOOLIES!

Step back, relax… I got you bruv.

Graham Crackers

What are Graham Crackers?
Graham Crackers usually refers to a store bought, semi-sweet american biscuit that is made from ‘Graham Flour’.

Graham Crumbs are crushed up Graham Biscuits.

Graham Crust is usually made of Graham Crumbs mixed with some butter and sometimes sugar, usually seen in recipes for pie crusts or Cheesecake bases.

What is Graham Flour?
Graham Flour in UK/AUS terms what we call (unbleached) Wholemeal flour.  Don’t worry too much about the “bleached vs unbleached” flour. Bleached flour is not available for domestic use in Australia . However, bleached flour is still used commercially in store bought baked goods.

What is the Australian Substitute for Graham Crackers?
You can either use Arnotts Granita, Arnotts Shredded Wheatmeal or Plain Digestives. I prefer using Shredded Wheatmeal because its less sweet and I can adjust the sweetness by adding sugar. If you prefer something a bit sweeter, you can use Arnotts Granita.

If you’re brave enough, you can make your own Graham crackers by just using wholemeal flour in place of ‘Graham flour’. Alton Brown has a pretty good recipe here, I like it because it’s not too sweet.

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Where can I buy Graham Crackers in Australia?
Your best bet is USA Foods the link is here. Alternatively, if you live near an asian/ Filipino grocer you can look got for MY SAN Graham Crackers.

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Now go forth and make all the S’mores!

APA TAFE- Patisserie intensive: 5 day foundation skills Review

This is a post about the APA TAFE-  Patisserie intensive:  5 day foundation skills course and my thoughts on it. If you would like to know more about the course, or thinking about doing the course this is a post for you!

This course is a good experience for those who love dessert, pastry and baking. It’s a chance get your feet wet in the world of pastry. You get the opportunity to work in a real commercial kitchen and be taught by experience professional pastry chefs.

It’s a really great course for beginners and experienced home cooks. But just don’t go into the course without having cooked anything in your life and expect  to turn into Zumbo over night.

More about the course 

The course ran for 5 days and they call it intensive for a reason. It was 9am- 3pm for five days (with a lunch break in between). The course covers the foundation skills in Patisserie: Chocolate, Tarts, Plated Desserts, Macrons and Choux. (Read more on details on the course on their site here)

I made the decision to do the course, to help me decide whether I should pursue a culinary education. The APA is a part of TAFE and the instructors also teach at the  Le Cordon Bleu and TAFE. I found that this was as close to a real culinary education that I could get without having to commit to a full course.

The classes were held at the Northern Institute TAFE the same campus as Le Cordon Bleu. It is easily accessible by car with plenty of parking.  It is possible to catch public transport there but  just keep in mind you get to take home what you make in the class (… and one of the classes is a croquembouche.. so good luck with that)

The classes were small and all equipment/ingredients are provided for you. You are required for wear appropriate clothes, shoes and have your hair tied back. Most of time you are required to work  in pairs, THANK GOODNESS my partner was fab! She was super clean. I cannot stand a messy bench.

I found this course to be an amazing experience, the course work was fun detailed and in depth. All the instructors were delightful and fun.

I will be the first to admit, it was actually quite pricey. However, after doing the course, found that it was worth every penny. I did get my money’s worth in the course. I learnt valuable professional skills and habits that I still use to this day.

The timing is not great. It’s held Monday- Friday. So if you’re working full time, you may need to take time off to complete the course. But don’t let this be a deterrent from taking the course because hey, you do what you  need to do to make things happen yeah?


In the end, after completing this course, it made me decided to commit to full time study to complete my Certificate III in Retail Baking. I have since then completed my Certificate at TAFE and have not looked back since.

Read more about the next APA TAFE  5 Day intensive course here

Head over to the Australian Patisserie Academy read up on other classes  here

Feel free to post any questions you have about the course in the comments and I will be happy to answer them.

Lovable Bakers from Films/TV who will bake their way into your heart!

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I love movies and I love baking… this means I definitely  love movies with bakers! 🙂

This list is for the nights that you want to curl upon the couch with some tea and a good film. There is my list of loveable bakers from film/tv who will bake their way into your heart.  I assure you that you’ll be inspired to cook something after watching these movies.

Did your favourite fictional baker make the list?

Sabrina Fairchild from “Sabrina” (1954)

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Sabrina Fairchild is sweet, funny and hopelessly in love with the rich bosses’ son. She is the daughter of the chauffeur  and she is sent off to culinary school in Paris to become a cook for the wealthy family her father works for. Sabrina eventually returns from Paris and is transformed into a cultured and sophisticated woman, who is determined to win the heart of the man she loves.

Sabrina stars Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. It’s easily one of my favourite films of all time! Sabrina is a cute , sweet romantic comedy for lovers of old hollywood film.

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But let’s be honest here, there real hero of the movie is this dress… *SWOON*



Amanda Shelton From “Simply Irresistible” (1999)

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I am a 90s girl through and through! I l adore Sarah Michelle Gellar,  I remember the first time I watched Buffy and thought she was the MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN I HAVE EVER SEEN!

Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a terrible cook who so is struggling to keep her restaurant afloat. She finds a magical crab who gives her  cooking super powers that allows the people who eat her food to feel her emotions. OKAY! Okkkk ….. Now after typing that short description of the film, it made me realize it’s not actually a ‘good’ film.  BUT it’s great for 90s nostalgia factor #SMG4ever


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Juila Child/ Juile Powell from “Juila & Juila” (2009)

So… Juila Child and Juile Powell aren’t fictional characters but they are both amazing cooks. Meryl Streep is a flawless queen. And her portrayal of Juila Child is so damn adorable, I just can’t even!  I love this movie mainly because Juila Childs’ love and passion for food is simply infectious.

Juile & Juila is feel good film about cooking and self discovery.  This movie intertwines the story lines of Juila Child ( Meryl Streep) and Juile Powell (Amy Adams).But the highlight of this movie is the beautiful relationship between Paul and Juila Child! #relationshipgoals.


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Ana Pascal from “Stranger than Fiction” (2006)

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Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Ana Pascal a badass tax evading baker. She is the love interest of the main character Harold Crick  (Will Farrell) a boring tax auditor.  I actually was not a fan of Will Farrell until I watched this film. This movie is not really about food or cooking but it’s a quirky weird film, but you should probably just watch it just for this scene, BECAUSE IT IS THE CUTEST THING TO HAPPEN TO A BAKER! *DIES*

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Jenna Hunterson From  “Waitress” (2007)

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Kerry Russel plays Jenna Hunterson, who is a waitress trapped in an unhappy marriage.  Jenna makes amazing pies with quirky names inspired by her life, such as  ‘Bad Baby Pie” and ” I hate my husband pie”. She finds out she’s pregnant and falls into an saucy affair with her doctor (Nathan Fillion).

Waitress is such an underrated film, if you haven’t seen it, I urge you to!! It’s a sweet, charming film and you’re probably going to want to bake a pie afterwards!

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Ned a.k.a “The Pie Maker” from “Pushing Daisies”

Pushing Daisies is a short lived TV series, about this hottie named Ned who is  the owner of a Pie eating establishment called the “Pie Hole”.. He bakes pies during the day AND HE SOLVES CRIMES AT NIGHT BY WAKING THE DEAD WITH HIS MAGIC TOUCH! 

The Pie maker is my all time favourite fictional baker of ALL TIME!


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PUSHING DAISIES - "Circus Circus"- Ned, Chuck and Emerson search for a missing teen (guest star Hayley McFarland as Nikki Heaps) who's run off to the circus . . . a circus where people keep turning up dead. Meanwhile, overcome with guilt, Lily pays Olive a visit at the nunnery, on "Pushing Daisies," WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/ADAM TAYLOR) LEE PACE


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There you have it. lovable bakers who will bake their way into your heart! Did your favourite baker make the list?!


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Best Stand Mixers – Australia

It can be a minefield looking for the best stand mixer, They’re an bit of an investment so it’s good to do the research before you take the dive. In the end,  best mixer is the one that suits your needs. There’s a mixer out there  for every cooking style. I’ve done the research so you don’t have to! I’ve round up the best stand mixers on the Australian market.

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I did some extensive research on mixers on the Australian market. I used all the information that was available to consumers on the brand’s website combined with consumer review sites and also product review resources.  First,  looked all the major brands on the Australian market which includes Sunbeam, Krambrook, Kenwood, Electrolux, Breville and KitchenAid.  I also looked at all the models that they had to offer which was a total of 26 models all together.

 Then I started to narrow it down the mixers which were readily available at leading retailers and excluded the ones which were hard to find. I also ended up excluding the models with bad reviews or insufficient information {This step basically knocked out any mixer under RRP $399! And I’ve mentioned this in a previous post you’ll get better bang for your buck if you  spend $200 on a quality hand mixer than $300 on a sub-par stand mixer. Trust me guys, I learnt this the hard way!} 

I ended up with 15 mixers to review and compare. Being the nerd that I am, I also created this glorious spreadsheet filled with specifications of each mixer so that I can compare each mixer to find the best one.  I love a good spreadsheet don’t you? Here’s a screenshot  just so you can get an idea. *flies nerd flag high*best mixer review australia


BEST Mixer for New Bakers

Kenwood, kMix KMX99, RRP $399

(Average price in stores $345.72)

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The kMix is the cheapest mixer with decent reviews. It’s a great mixer for those starting out and don’t want to spend a lot on a mixer. It has a cute design and comes in a range of colours. It also has matching appliances which great for those who like to colour co-ordinate their appliances. YAY for matching things!

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Best Mixer for a serious all rounder baker

Kenwood, Premier Chef KMC510 ,RRP $649
(average price in stores $520.25)

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This is powerful workhorse of a stand mixer and it will take whatever you throw at it. It will make moderate/large volumes, however it will struggle to make small batches. I have this stand mixer and I love it. My only complaint is that the mixer does wiggle a bit when you’re aggressively kneading bread dough but other than that it’s a great stand mixer. Kenwood have released the Chef Sense which is a more powerful ( and more expensive) updated kitchen machine. The Chef Sense is also a good option if you have a bit more cash to spare. It’s a relatively new model, there is actually not a lot of reviews on the Chef Sense machine.

Best Mixer for a Sweet bakers

Breville, scraper mixer Twin EM820,  RRP $599.95
(average price in store $478.75)

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This is a great mixer for light baking, cakes/cupcakes, cookies and meringues. This kitchen mixer is the only one which has a scraper beater that scrapes the bowl so you don’t have to. However,   I’ve seen pretty bad reviews on using this mixer to knead dough. So, if you’re not looking to make bread dough,  this mixer is perfect for you. It also comes with two different sized bowls for mixing larger or smaller volumes, you can use the bigger bowl to mix cake batter and the smaller one for icing. It works out perfectly!

Best Mixer for KitchenAid lovers-

A KitchenAid

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If you’re looking for a KitchenAid alternative just stop now. Because If you have your heart set on a KitchenAid, splurge a little extra and but it because you can’t go wrong with one. I know many people who have comprised with another model and ended up regretting not buying the KitchenAid.

Don’t get me wrong KitchenAids are very sexy and durable stand mixers. But KitchenAids are only great if you live in USA, where you can pick up one of  these bad boys for $279 ( $385 AUD!!! Proof here ).  Whereas, Australians are paying at least $599.00 for the same model!( And not to mention, US market has a larger range of colours.) It’s a good mixer, if want one buy it, you won’t regret it.

Best Mixer for Large Volumes

Kenwood Titanimum Major RRP $1,709 (Average price in store $1,263.00)

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KitchenAid KSM7581 Bowl Lift Stand Mixer RRP $1,199 (Average price in stores $1,199)

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If you find yourself baking large quantities, you’ll need one of these.  These mixers come with a big bowl capacities, big motors and big price tags.  KitchenAid has 6.9L bowl capacity which is slightly larger than the Kenwood Titanium Major 6.7L. The Kenwood Titanium Major has the most powerful motor on the Australian market with an impressive 1500 watts.

The main difference between these mixers, is the the Kenwood Titanium Major has a head lifting action to change out the beaters, whereas the KitchenAid has a bowl lift action as the motor is too heavy to tilt back, so what you choose is down to your personal preference. Though I personally like the tilt head action, this means most of the batter will fall off the beater as you lift and you won’t need to scrape as much off your beaters.

And there you have it! The round up of the best kitchen mixers on the Australian market! I hope this posts helps you by the mixer that’s right for you! Let me know which mixer you’re going to get!

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Cute Gifts for Bakers

Finding a cute gift for the baker in your life is not as hard as you may think it is. But if you’re having a hard time,  here are some cute ideas that will win over any baker!

Cake stands + Cloche

Cake stands are a classy and elegant gift, perfect for any baker to show off his/her creations. They make a lovely present because every baker knows you can never have too may cake stands! They come in all sorts of shapes, colours and designs, so you’ll be able to pick one that suits their style.  Here are my favourite picks below-

cake stands australia border anshebakes1.  Maxwell and Williams, PATISSERIE Cake Plate 32cm & Dome, $29.95  | 2. Ikea, ARV BRÖLLOP-Serving stand with lid, clear glass, $19.95 | 3. Donna Hay, Pink Glass cake Stand (small/ medium/large, $29.95-$89.95 | 4. Wheel and Barrow, Dome and stand Bell Shaped, $89.95 

Personalized rolling pin

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How cool are these?! This shop on etsy sells personalised rolling pins, where you can get your own customized text engraved onto the rolling pin. It’s such a sentimental gift, your can get things like “Made by [insert name here}”, “Made with love by [Name here]” laser engraved on the rolling pin.

These engraved rolling pins are perfect for sugar cookies, pastry and fondant. They also have other cute designs with cats, dinosaurs and geometric patterns. My favourite one is the “Love Languages rolling pin” which has “I love you” engraved in 9 different languages! SO DAMN CUTE!  Check out the store here:  Valek Rolling Pin, Approx $32- $65. 

Cake/ Cupcake carrier

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It’s scientifically proven* if you give a baker cake/cupcake carrier, they will carry a cake/cupcake to you!  I am obsessed with these chic cake boxes from Piebox designs! They are shamelessly ‘hipster’, but I don’t care. If anyone bought this for me I would be bringing them cake for life! Avaliable here {*may not be scientific} $50 – $75 

A more practical option is this carrier from Progressive. The clever thing about this carrier is that its collapses to half its original size  for storage. Available here, approx $50.00

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Cute Tiny food necklaces

I love these cute tiny food necklaces, they make the sweet gift for a quirky baker. They’re so cute and good enough to eat. urgh. I just cant’ get over how cute they are! They come all sorts of designs from roissant earrings, choc-chip cookie necklaces, pastry bracelets. There’s something there for everyone! SQUEEEE!  Here are my favourites below-

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  1. PetitPlat, Croissants Earrings / Studs – Food Jewelry – Paris Collection, $26.36, | 2. PetitPlat, Pink Donut Earrings – Sprinkles on Strawberry Frosting, $ 29.66 | 3. miniaturepatisserie, Fake Sweets Bracelet – Sweets Jewelry – 6.25 inches – Small Wrist Bracelet, $58.48| 4. tinyhands, Scented Chocolate Chip Cookie Necklace – Food Jewelry, $33.67

Statement Dessert Shoes

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From left to right, ShoeBakery, Pink Sprinkle Heels,  $250.00 | ShoeBakery, Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Heels, $300.00 |  ShoeBakery, Pink Sprinkle Flat, $80 

This one is a bit of a bold choice  and it’s not exactly baking related, definitely sugar related. BUT LOOK AT THEM!  These shoes are made for the girl who has a bold and quirky fashion sense. These are handmade shoes in the desert of your choice and they also offer a private custom order service. More from the Shoe Bakery here.

I hope you got some good ideas on my post on Cute Gifts for Bakers!
Let me know what cute gift you will give your favourite baker in the comments below.


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