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  1. whisperinggums

    Lovely post Hannah … and Kate sounds as delightful here as she was on the show. She was a very worthy winner.

  2. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I have actually never watched Masterchef :P Not a single episode! I do, nonetheless, like the sound of this cookbook and those top 3 tips for desserts :)

  3. Lou

    Hey, great interview Hannah! I kinda wondered what had happened to Kate after Master Chef… working on sweet treats it seems :) What’s wrong with smooth PB!?

  4. Johanna GGG

    My enthusiasm for masterchef has waxed and waned – I loved it at first but have just found it harder to find time but also I just didn’t even know it was on because I hardly ever watch channel 10. I think some of the silly showbiz things like long silences and the adverts drove me a bit batty too.

    But it is always nice to see that people do well out of masterchef and I think I saw some of the episodes with Kate in them. Sounds like a lovely book – I can even forgive too many egg yolks if lots of chocolate is involved (though I saw an ice cream recipes with 30 egg yolks in it recently and thought it must be a typo – what do you think!). Love the idea of brownies mixed through ice cream mmmmm!

    1. whisperinggums

      Shh, don’t tell the sponsors but you record and watch it later cutting out the ads and as much as you can of the awful faked suspense points. We like seeing the cooking and creativity but hate all the stuff that goes around that.

  5. Margaret

    I don’t watch Masterchef but I think you asked all the right questions!
    I’m also very relieved that I only eat crunchy peanut butter (and Crunchie bars are way better than Violet Crumble). ;)

  6. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    It’s so exciting that you got to interview Kate! She’s one of my favourite contestants on Masterchef so far. :D I really need to get my hands on her cookbook, it looks fantastic and well done on your version, it looks soooooo yummo!
    I’ve been following this season from ep1 and I’m surprised at the level of cooking already being done. They sure don’t let them off easy :P Just excited to see what overseas adventures they’ll have this year as I loved the USA one last time. :)

  7. Kath Lockett

    This was the series (and the current one) that we movers-to-Switzerland missed but she sounds like a really decent person. Maybe I should get onto Amazon and buy the book….

  8. Rachel

    Wow, those chocolate pots just look amazing! I can’t wait to try them and I might even have to buy the book – the desserts sound both amazing and interesting and Kate seems like such a lovely person. Nice interview too!

  9. Gary

    Great post Hannah

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Great interview Hannah! I completely missed that entire season of MC but the recipe looks nice and silky :)

  11. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Great interview! I love the toasted almonds trick. I do that before I turn them into nt butter and it give it a great depth of flavor.

  12. Catherine

    Oh, I’ve been eyeing off that cookbook for weeks. And Masterchef is a seriously guilty pleasure of mine – especially the Adriano Zumbo challenges…

  13. Em

    Kate sounds so lovely, great interview Hannah. Even though I still find a lot of things about MC very annoying (recaps after ads, drawn out suspense) I seem to still be way too addicted to it.

  14. Lexi

    Yummy! Unsurprisingly, I’m VERY excited about the homemade amaretti (althought chocolate pots look yummy too). I can’t get enough of almondiness. This is an excuse to buy the book! Well done, Hannah Bee.xx

  15. Hotly Spiced

    I love Masterchef too and Kate seems like such a deserving winner. Great interview! I’m surprised though that the cookbook is entirely desserts! She cooked so much other great stuff on the show and I would have thought for her first cookbook she would put out something that attracted as wide an audience as possible. xx

  16. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I was just wondering what Kate was doing with herself the other day, and now I know. her cookbook sounds fab, but I have to ask, does it have pictures of all the recipes? That is one of my must haves in a recipe book (I have to have rules or our house would be full).
    Great interview, loved it!

  17. Choc Chip Uru

    What a fabulous interview – masterchef was what initially got me involved in baking :D – Kate’s book has been on my must buy list for ages!
    A delicious feature recipe too :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  18. Spencer

    My wife makes a great cold version of chocolate pots which is delicious! Might have to get her to try and make a warm version too.

  19. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    Really good interview… you asked great questions! I’ve always thought that coming up with interesting, unique and not-boring interview questions must be really tough! Your questions reflected your personality, and allowed Kate’s personality to shine through on her answers. Nicely done!

  20. Catherine

    I can’t answer the question (and when have I ever?) so may I just say What a lovely interview and how cool to have this super recipe. Might I add some cherries to the white choc version (cherry trees are loaded, am adding cherries to everything – soup, humous, mango smoothies!)?

  21. Libby

    I don’t watch Masterchef nor am I really into desserts but the ones you’ve described above sound amazing – I might actually be tempted to buy myself a copy!

  22. Winston

    Oh my gosh Hannah… This is an awesome post!!! And congrats on scoring an interview with Kate! I, too, particularly loved her because of her “homey-ness” and love of her family. And cause of that, you know she cooks from the heart! I’m definitely going to try this warm choc pots now, because I’m really bad at desserts but these look simple enough for a noob like me to pull of! ;p

  23. Errign

    I haven’t had crunchy peanut butter in far too long. I’ve been making my own lately in the food processor, and I never think to add some chopped peanuts at the end!

  24. theresa

    Oh how wonderful! As I think you are aware, I am also an avid MasterChef fan, though I hadn’t heard that Kate’s cookbook is out. How exciting!

  25. Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations

    Great interview! The recipe looks delicious. Am enjoying this season, get so inspired watching it… like last night’s Maggie Beer cake… can’t wait to (try) bake it!

  26. Emma

    Looks like I’m missing out on a decadently suspenseful show:) The recipes in Kate’s cookbook (or would you call it more of a bakebook?) sound really inspired and delicious!

    I can’t picture being a very great cook, or a great anything really, at 5 am :D

  27. Hannah

    Food television over here is absolutely deplorable- I wish we could watch things like MasterChef! I always hear such rave reviews about it. It’s somewhat amazing to think that any of these competitions might actually showcase real cooking talent, rather than just feature the most entertaining disasters.

  28. Louise

    Being from Orange of course I was very pleased to see Kate win. I’ve flipped through her book a few times, but resisted buying it so far- I need to get rid of some of the (hundreds) of old cookbooks. At least I’ve definitely slowed with buying new cookbooks. This current series, is a bit meh. Most of the contests I don’t find that inspiring. My son is watching so I usually see it if I’m not at work, but it’s even more contrived than before, and fading in relevance I think. Sure, I like some of the food porn stuff too- Peter Gilmore and Adriano Zumbo for instance, but am I interested in seeing people cook and mess up continually? No, not really. And as for getting immunity because someone else can cook well? Well that just sucks.

  29. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    very impressed with the recipes here!! I adore a good almond biscuit. I’ve watched a handful of master chef eps, seems like they’re making it very interesting this season, which is nice! The quality of the chefs they get coming on are so good, too. always good for a shannon bennett perve.
    Heidi xo

  30. leaf (the indolent cook)

    I still haven’t started watching Masterchef this season yet. Am I a bad food blogger? But yes, I do remember Kate from last year and that dessert cookbook sounds great! Also, I am glad that we both like crunchy peanut butter. What’s the point otherwise??

  31. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    OMG that’s AMAZING Hannah ;) You got to interview Kate! Sigh Mr Bao wouldn’t let me buy Kate’s book… because he said I’ve got too many right now lol but wow that’s so exciting so so so happy for you!

    I remember reading this recipe in her book when I was at the bookstores and my months were already watering hehe so glad you were able to share it with us!

    WOO HOO now i’m gonna give this a go sometime soon :D

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