Lyndey Milan’s Baking Secrets: Lazy Baking

Lyndey Milan's Baking Secrets: Lazy Baking
Lyndey Milan

Food Editor

Aug 18, 2014

Do you always leave the best till last; the pork crackling, the lamb bone; the gooiest bit of pudding?

Lazy Baking and it is just my thing! So much fun. So tune in for my favourite quick tips and handy hints to help ensure high impress, low stress easy baking.

When I had my café in Northbridge Plaza in 1990, one of the most popular things on the menu was our scones with thick cream and jam. The first person in every morning would put on the coffee machine, turn on the oven and make a big batch. Well now you are going to learn our secret – but I have added to it and figured out how to do caramelised pear on top but all in the one action and bake.

It’s just as well I made my no knead bread with olive oil, peppered with spicy chorizo and Murray River pink salt before I visited my old friend Michael Klausen at Brasserie Bread  – now with homes in both Sydney and Melbourne. Not that mine is not fabulous and easy but because when I was there, I learned the traditions of artisan baking: how important it is to take time, care for the sourdough starter (now 18 years old and made from organic unbleached wheat flour, spring water, Murray River salt and malt), retard the rising for long proving, hand shaping the bread, slashing and then baking on a stone hearth to get an award-winning end product. It is all this which gives their sourdough bread its complex flavour and crumb structure – taking three days of love for every loaf.

Michael has been successful for years and last year won both the Champion Sour Dough or Artisan Style Bread Exhibit and the Champion Organic Bread Award for his Boulot – along with a swag of other medals for his other products.

What is most amazing is how much he gives back. Brasserie runs “Breaducation” classes, which are free for kids. They learn about what goes into good bread, get to knead it, bake it and best of all, eat it! There are also classes for adults and industry.

Another highlight was Tobie Puttock joining me in my kitchen. He is such a delight, funny and shared his father’s Fruit and Nut Torte, a cinch to make but a joy to eat! Of course we used my favourite Rasberry Ice Kitchen Aid Mixer  to whip the egg whites. Then everything else was simply folded through. Tobie is Melbourne-born and met and became great friends with Jamie Oliver when they both worked at renowned River Café in London. A top chef in his own right he was Head Chef of the first Fifteen Restaurant in London. More recently he’s made his own e-books, complete with step-by-step videos for you to follow. ($2.99 each from iBooks/iTunes).

He is an absolute star and I had some fun with him in how to line a cake tin. I think I have converted him to my cheat’s way.



By Lyndey Milan

Food Editor

Lyndey Milan, OAM, Australian home cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz. A familiar face on television and in print, she has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for thirty years. Hospitality of the table is her catchphrase, as evidenced by her numerous television appearances, nine best-selling books and countless culinary appearances over the years as she maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine. Since 2011 Lyndey has hosted eight television series including Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia which won Best Food TV at The Gourmand World Awards in 2016.. The accompanying book won BEST TV Chef Cookbook in the World in English & Best Culinary Travel book in Australia in The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2015. In the Best of the Best judged at the Frankfurt Book Fair she came 3rd overall in the last 20 years! She is an experienced traveller, hosting bespoke international tours and cruises. In 2014 Lyndey was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours List for services to hospitality, the food and wine industry and the community and in 2012 was made Vittoria Legend in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards. In 2019 she was honoured as Legend of the Vine by Wine Communicators Australia. She is also the Food editor of More at



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