About Butter

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Hi!

Welcome to Butter Baking.

My name is Natasha. I am a pastry chef and lover of baked goods.

My pastry story began in the kitchen with my mum. I always loved helping her by mixing cake batter, sneaking chunks of her pie dough (to eat raw!) and by generally making a big mess in the kitchen. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with butter, flour and sugar.

After graduating from university, I realised that all I really wanted to do was bake cake all day (and I don’t even like cake). So I decided not to pursue a career in public relations, and turned my sights to my favourite pastime – baking.

That was when I started Butter Baking. Way back in 2011. I began blogging tentatively, intending for it to be a way of keeping track of all my recipes. But over time it inspired and motivated me to try new recipes, challenge my home baking skills and to learn a little about food photography.

Soon after, I enrolled in culinary school and dove into the sweet world of pastry, chocolate and gateaux professionally. I loved every single minute, and learnt so much from all of the amazing chefs.

Now I spend my days dreaming up new recipes for the blog, working at one of Melbourne’s great little bakeries and eating way too many cookies. I’ve even had the pleasure of appearing as a guest on an Australian cooking show, Everyday Gourmet!

As you can probably tell, baking makes me ridiculously happy. So I hope you stay a while and enjoy my blog and my recipes! Expect lots of cookies, pies and tarts. And not so many cakes (sorry!).

 

If you would like to contact me, please visit my contact page, leave me a comment or send me an email to:

butterbaking [at] hotmail [dot] com. I’d love to hear from you!
You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and RSS, or watch some of my baking videos on YouTube.

On a final note: Milk + Cookies = Happiness.

Happy baking! X

 

PS. When I started this blog, I never imagined it would grow and blossom into what it has become today – I actually thought no one would ever read it.
But Butter Baking has surprised me and grown into something fantastic that I am extremely proud of, that I work very hard at, and that I absolutely love doing.
I love having you here to visit and adore hearing when you’ve tried out one of my recipes.

But please keep in mind – all of the photos and some of the recipes (unless otherwise stated) on Butter Baking are of my own hard work and creation and subject to copyright.
If you recreate one of my original recipes on your own blog, please, please give me credit and link back to me.
And if you would like to use one of my photos, please email me first to ask at butterbaking[at]hotmail[dot]com. I would really appreciate it :-)

Thanks for visiting! Hope you come back soon.

Natasha.

123 Thoughts on “About Butter

  1. I’m officially a subscriber! Love your apple pie! Make one and send it over to me ASAP!!!

  2. Soula on July 15, 2011 at 4:01 am said:

    I HAVE SUBSCRIBED!!! Keep baking doll face, I’ll bake along with you here in the States…after I’ve finished converting all of the measurements of course!!

    xx

    • SOULA! Thanks for subscribing :-) I’m so glad you did! We ate those cupcakes together, remember?
      Go and buy a measuring cup and kitchen scales and you won’t need to convert anything! As a quick tip, 1 stick of your butter = 110g (grams). And from now on I’ll try and include ounces for you!
      xxx

  3. Anonymous on July 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm said:

    i think taste testing needs to take place at ag natasha!!

  4. Erika :) on July 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm said:

    Natasha!

    What an amazing site! We adore it!

    I am off to attempt a baking session with some great music with all this inspitrairon you have put before me!

    See you soon! It’s always lovely and we thoroughly enjoy your conversations! You have such an infectious personality!

    With love!

    Erika :) xx

    • Erika!
      I am so happy you like it and that it has inspired you to bake! You have to let me know how you go.
      It’s always lovely to see you and the rest of your family too! A bit of fun in a normally boring day :)
      See you soon!
      Natasha xx

  5. Beautiful site Bella! Vxx
    Ps – shoot me your email, the one I have is bouncing!

  6. Natasha:
    Love your site! I’m working on my food blog and found you via TasteSpotting.com. Butter is one of the best sites I’ve seen and your photography skills ROCK!

    oh, fyi – “Email Subscription” is misspelled.

    Will let you know when I get my blog up.
    Byron

  7. Amber Linn on October 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm said:

    I love your blog! I’m interested in becoming a better cook & I’ve found a lot of cooking blogs that I’ve liked but yours is by far one of the best! Kudos to you & your future business because you deserve it:)

  8. Hey! Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could come see your site! You have some wonderful recipes I want to try out and I would definitely go to your bakery :)

  9. farrah on March 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm said:

    I adore you blog and am blown away by your beautiful pictures. What kind of camera do you use and editing software?

    Keep up the incredible work!

    • Hi Farrah! Thanks so much for the compliments :-) I use a Canon 550D and don’t really edit my photos; sometimes I adjust the contrast. I find it has more to do with lighting than editing, but I love my camera and highly recommend it!

  10. Julia B on March 17, 2012 at 12:40 am said:

    I love your about me! Butter is amazing xxx

  11. Alison Empey on May 3, 2012 at 4:18 am said:

    Keep your passion! Success isn’t necessarily defined by $, but those that are the most financially successful are doing what they love and have a passion for! Good luck preparing for your own bakery…sounds like you’ve got your head stuck on right! Enjoy your journey…I’m going to keep reading and trying your recipes…and when I get to Melbourne, I expect you to have your own bakery!

  12. Any blog that begins with “butter” has got to be good! And it is!

    First time here and loving it!

  13. Hello Natasha,
    This is my first time on your blog and I love it
    You are a very talented baker and photographer :)

  14. Hi Natasha, from 1 fellow Aussie to another – love your work!!! Don’t stop baking and I look forward to sharing tips and tricks ;)

  15. Donna on July 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm said:

    So many wonderful things to bake Natasha, I can’t decide which ones to do first, I want to make them all in one day. Just love your blog.

  16. Donna on July 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm said:

    Well Natasha, I am going to start off with the Whoopie Pies (nutella and cream), then onto the Nutella Croissant Pudding, finishing with Tiramisu. I have a family get together so want to impress….should do the trick I think. I also need a savoury rice/vegetable dish to go with bar-b-cued meat if you know of anything thats tasty but simple to prepare.

    • Oh the Nutella croissant pudding is amazing! You can make it a single large one if you like, too. And the tiramisu is usually a crowd pleaser.
      As for a savoury dish with the meat, potato salad is great; boiled potatoes, finely chopped pickles, olives and sundried tomatoes, finely diced and fried bacon and onion, some shallots and a dressing made from mayonnaise, seeded mustard and lemon juice, to taste. YUM! Enjoy the get together :-)

  17. Hi! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to check it out. I’m undoubtedly loving the details. I’m book-marking and will likely be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding weblog and great style and style. 172366

  18. I’m officially in love with your recipes. There are just so many to choose from that I don’t know where to start lol!

  19. Hey Natasha,
    I nominated you for the Blog on Fire Award!
    http://cookie-talk.com/2012/08/14/blog-on-fire/

  20. pink_suger on September 6, 2012 at 3:23 am said:

    Great work…… :) I have just SUBSCRIBED to you YUMMY blog……I’m in love with your recipes. There are so many yummy stufffff…..I have a suggestion if i may , you have several pictures of the final work it would be preferred that there are photos of your work from start to finish… It Increases the pleasure of the dish…

    • Hey! Thanks so much for subscribing, I hope you enjoy the blog!! And thanks for the suggestion but I often bake at night so I can’t take pictures of the process as I don’t like the way photos turn out in unnatural light! :-D

  21. Hi Natasha! I was googling for a muffin recipe and stumbled across your website….AMAZING! I have recently started my own food blog and am loving it too. Like you baking and taking photo’s is my happiness…and from one Melbourne girl to another, well done Lady…wish I was still back home so when you open your bakery I could visit every week :)

  22. Hi, I love reading your blog – and it motivates me that I can create a blog that is visually stimulating as well as just yummy at some point :) Thanks for the inspiring ideas. I linked your blog onto a recent post if you would like to see: http://icedcupcake.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/almond-and-chocolate-chip-cookies/

  23. Teresa on October 28, 2012 at 4:30 am said:

    Love your recipes!!!

  24. Jasmine on November 13, 2012 at 3:23 am said:

    You are such a gorgeous girl! Keep up the amazing work! You are always my go-to site when I want something yummy to make!

  25. Stumbled across your blog and LOVE it! Wow, will defo be back for more!

  26. Great Blog, Natasha!

  27. love your blog and now a happy subscriber.all the way from Zambia!…your chats introducing your latest creation are always great fun….and your recipes sooooo yummy! I have finally found a food blog I enjoy and look forward to!

    • Hello Louise! Thank you so much for all the kind words :-) it made me really happy to hear that you like my writing and recipes, and that you have subscribed! Glad to have you following :-D

  28. I found your wonderful blog during a web search for Biscoff spread as my dear friend Christine in the USA (Texanas Kitchen on WordPress) recently spoke about Biscoff and I was trying to source it here in Australia. Your blog and recipes are great btw. Amazing! Also, I noticed you have the same green provincial dinner plates as I do. Small world. :-)

    • Hi Lance! Yeah Biscoff isn’t something you can get here unfortunately :-( get her to send you some!
      Thanks for the kind words! Haha it is a small world, I love those plates! :-)

  29. I’ve nominated you for the Blog Of the Year Award, Natasha

    Here’s the award post link: http://cookingwithmamamiyuki.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

  30. Hi Natasha! Thanks for this gorgeous post! I’ve just discovered your blog and it’s beautifully honest, inspiring and delicious! I also wanted to mention (after reading your ‘about me’) that I’m on the same journey in terms of career. I have been contemplating (without action) for a long time but I’ve decided that this year is THE year I am going to take the plunge! Thanks for being inspiring, and happy Summer from Perth x

  31. I know you are extremely busy but I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! YAY! :D And no I’m not a spam :(
    http://leohma.wordpress.com/?p=52&preview=true
    anyway, i’ve been nominated as well and feel free to visit page (link provided above) for more info bout the liebster thing.

  32. but I have nominated for the Liebster Award! YAY! :D http://leohma.wordpress.com/?p=52&preview=true
    anyway, i’ve been nominated as well and feel free to visit page (link provided above) for more info bout the liebster thing. I know you are extremely busy but i hope you can do it. And no I’m not a spam :(

  33. Natasha,

    I was overlooking your Nutella berry brownie bites and read that you are from Poland, so am I where about are you from? Beautiful blog, I also share the love for baking :)

    • Czescz Ela!
      I was born in Australia, but Mum is Polish. I lived there for about a year, and all her family are there, in the Southeast, w Opolu Lubelskim, w Lublinie, w Ostrowcu i w Warszawie! I have travelled around a little though, and Krakow is my favourite!
      Where are you from?
      Thank you :-)

  34. How are you not overweight from all the goodies you bake?! I made one of your cookie recipes and they were a hit! My family keeps asking me to bake them every time! Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes :D

    • Haha Nicky, I had brownie batter for breakfast this morning, so I have no idea! Everything in moderation I guess :-)
      I’m glad your family loved the cookies, which ones were they?
      You’re very welcome, I hope you keep baking along :-)

  35. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

  36. what culinary school did you go to?

  37. What a lovely site. Love your recipes. Inspirational, doing what you love!

  38. Ur good looking n talented

  39. I’m subscribed!! Thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes :)

  40. I am new to blogging and came across yours — love it! Will definitely be back to explore your recipes!

  41. Hi, I would like to nomimate you for the Supersweet Blogging Award. Hope you enjoy participating, find out what it’s all about here: http://allaboutthebake.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/sorry-and-an-update/

  42. I have just subscribed and excited to dig in and start using some awesome recipes. michael

  43. Miriam on April 7, 2013 at 10:24 am said:

    I just stumbled across your blog looking for an easy way to cook semolina for my husband’s breakfast (your method worked perfectly – thanks!). Then I saw the pictures of all the cookies and brownies and have decided I must subscribe and try them all out! Miriam

    • Hi Miriam! First of all I’m very happy to hear you like the semolina recipe – it’s a fave of mine and something my mum made me growing up :-)
      And I’s also glad you’ve subscribed! Hope you enjoy all the cookie and brownie recipes too :-)

  44. Larisa on April 10, 2013 at 2:21 am said:

    I just subscribed. I love your story, similar to mine. I studied International Affairs first and currently enrolled on a baking workshop. Baking makes me ridiculously happy, and what makes me happier is that I am not the only one.

    • Hi Larisa!
      Oh I’m so happy to hear that you are following along! :-)
      I really hope you enjoy your baking workshop as much as you enjoy baking at home! It’s great to find your passion, and I really do believe that it’s so important to do what makes you happy :-D Enjoy!!

  45. Stumbled across your blog, and am so thrilled that I did! Your recipes and pics/styling look divine, I can’t wait to try them out, starting with Choc Chip Cookies – I think I’ll try the New York ones first :) (And i love the reassurance that I’m not the only one that loves to bake, but doesn’t really like cake!) Have a sweet day.

    • Hi Meg!
      Very happy to hear you stumbled across the blog and like it – your words are so lovely!
      I LOVE the NYT cookies, hope you like them too, let me know how you go :-)
      Haha it’s also nice for me to hear that I’M not the only strange one who loves baking but not cake! Yay!

  46. Fazana on May 12, 2013 at 4:31 am said:

    OMG!! I stumbled upon to your wonderful, beautiful blog and I have NO IDEA where to start… It’s almost causing me distress haha! I can’t wait to start (make up my mind) on one of your amazing recipes. Thank you :)

    From an avid Nutella lover (Now a fan of your blog)

  47. Hi Natasha! I love all of the recipes you’ve posted (especially the ones with Nutella :D) I’ve subscribed to your blog and get emails whenever you post something new, but for some reason it always says “error” when I click on the link…

    • Hi Abby! Thanks for the feedback :-) I had a small issue with the dates being wrong on the hyperlinks and then when I changed the dates the links no longer worked… All sorted now for future posts though! If you ever hit an error again, just click on home and the post should be there :-)

  48. Hi Natasha, I enjoy reading your blog :) how long was your patisserie course? was it a traineeship?:)

  49. Ninik Xu on July 1, 2013 at 11:19 pm said:

    Hello Natasha..
    My name Ninik, from Indonesia ..
    I’ve subscribed your blog, since I was looking for recipes “Cookies filled Chocolatte”, and Google brought me to your blog, and I immediately fell in love, and my heart say WHOOAA!! many recipes i have to try, until I get confused where to start (I’ve never tried making cookies before). I still do not know where i can find the ingredients you use on your recipes (PS: i don’t know what Nutella is about) T_T, but I will try to make it from the easiest one .. thank you for inspiring me Natasha.

    Love from Indonesia,
    Ninik.. xoxo

  50. sujatha mohan on July 8, 2013 at 11:28 pm said:

    wow…this is just the place my kids would want me to be….
    i wish i had chked them out when they were home..both back to their hostels nd studies..but i will try to b/make as many of the recipes i can frm this treasure trove
    tnx

  51. felicity on September 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm said:

    Can you please cook / tell me if it would work / create a recipe for me? I am prepping for my first bikini competition in 3.5 weeks and I visit your site DAILY to ‘foodporn’ lol … But I had a dream last night … about Reeses peanut cup stuffed brownies with a salted caramel swirl on top … and I thought I must have seen it here. But nothing stuffed with reeses cups in the recipe index. So as I type this I think the only thing that could possibly be better – do you think if I make the oreo stuffed cookie / brownie I could replace the oreos with reeses cups AND put a salted caramel swirl on top of the brownie?!!! Oh Em Gee. Please tell me if you think this won’t work …otherwise on Oct 13th I’m going to try! LOVE YOUR STUFF xxx

    • Hi Felicity! Happy to hear you visit the blog all the time :-D
      Your idea sounds great! You could totally make an easy nutella brownie and put reeses in the middle! And then salted caramel on top. Yum ! Then send me a photo :-)

  52. kreative1 on November 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm said:

    Hi Natasha!! I am a Graphic Designer and Psychology student by day and a home baker by night!! I love finding yummy blogs and yours is amazing!! I just subscribed!! I have often thought of ditching all of this corporate stuff for a nice warm kitchen bursting with yummy baked goods!!
    I also do not like cake but what I really like is to make ‘em and decorate ‘em!

    I am going to scour your blog and see what I can make and create.

    Thanks for all of the inspiration and yummy stuff!!

    Wendi
    aka: kreative1

  53. I am so happy that I stumbled across your blog today, so many delicious recipes I need to try ASAP! Haven’t found a really yummy looking blog in quite some time :D Thank you!

  54. Sofi Theologitou on January 18, 2014 at 12:14 am said:

    Hi! I am Sofi from Greece and I love your blog.
    Well, is like I hear myself : I want to bake all day.
    I already tried the nutella cups. Just Perfect
    HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY BAKING

  55. Sofi Theologitou on January 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm said:

    I noticed that your last name is Greek. Are you or parents from Greece too?

  56. I just love your blog! I want to make everything on here right now!
    I’ve just started a baking blog and baking tutorials on youtube. If you could take a look, that would be amazing :)

    P.S. Nutella + Oreos + chocolate chip cookies + Brownies = GENIUS!

  57. The food pix look delicious! Found your site doing a Google image search for ‘convert 100 grams ounces’. I know… weird! But there you are. Congrats!

  58. I believe I can share some sympathies with you. Being a third year engineering student can be boring at times, but baking is much more fun! I was brought here because of the conversion table like many others, and I must say, the engineering part of me was very pleased. Your recipes, however, are awe-inspiring. Can’t wait to try some of them and I hope you can keep chasing your dreams! Best of luck.

  59. Damn, that Nutella cheesecake blew my mind! Thank you for the recipe! :D

  60. Sarah on April 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm said:

    hey! I am in love with your blog right now! I want to be a Pastry Chef when I’m older, I LOVE baking so much! What country are you from?! Going to start trying out your recipes ASAP! So excited, which recipe should I try out first??? ((:

    • Hi Sarah! I’m from Australia. That’s great to hear you want to be a pastry chef! Try the soft batch chocolate chip cookies, or the easy nutella brownies, and enjoy! :-)

  61. Came upon your blog looking for conversion, I like your p.s note, beautifully said, new follower:)

  62. Pretty blog! Will come back often :)

  63. Kathy Harris on August 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm said:

    Just discovered your blog today by searching for “mini cinnamon rolls” (I can smell them baking as I type). What a find!! Fantastic recipes. Perfect combination of the best of US baking but adapted by an Aussie! Have also cooked your brown sugar chocolate chip cookies today and my son declared them the BEST ever. I’ll be back often. (An Aussie living in Netherlands)

  64. you are a real inspiration! wonderful!! thank you :-)

  65. Verena on October 4, 2014 at 12:22 am said:

    Found your blog while looking for mini pie ideas and love it! Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes – they all sound fantastic:)

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