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Dane McGregor aka Baker Gatherer

Sure to rise: Q&A with instagram’s Baker Gatherer aka Dane McGregor

We’re not proponents of gender stereotypes round here at Metropol, but we won’t deny we were tickled pink by the sight of Dane McGregor, Baker Gatherer, getting his culinary craft on over on his Instagram @bakergatherer in amongst all the lasses. The sweet toothed recipe maker and content creator talks shop on whipping up a concept that was always sure to rise.

Dane McGregor aka Baker Gatherer
Dane McGregor aka Baker Gatherer

It’s exciting to see a bloke baking – often that is a field heavily populated by women. What inspired your passion?

I’m sure every male can relate to food being the key to any good relationship. I’m no different, although I do have a huge sweet tooth. From a young age, I’ve always enjoyed being in the kitchen and scouring through cooking books, so I can assure you that eating with my eye has definitely fuelled a passion.

Do you come up with original ideas or look to innovate on existing recipes?

Quite a lot of my ideas are all original, although I do like to experiment with different elements which stem from existing ideas or concepts. For example, if you already had two well-known desserts or pieces of baking, why not fuse them together to create something new, unique and get people curious about making it themselves? I’ve used the word ‘Frankensteining’ before and that’s exactly what I do, experiment and see what comes to life.

Do you think the true art of baking has been lost to the ‘baking in a box’ phenomenon?

Definitely not. I’ve even considered branching out into creating ‘baking boxes’ myself to allow people to replicate my recipes at home. I believe they have their place in the kitchen, either for convenience or allowing the public to try different recipes and products. On the other hand, there are still those people who are more traditional and prefer to bake from scratch. I’m probably more of a traditionalist myself, most likely because I’ve grown up with home baking and I generally already have everything I need in my pantry and cupboards ready to go.

What’s in the mix this year for you and your recipes this year?

I have lots of neat ideas moving forward, such as creating new recipes and content for my website. But I do want to spend more time networking and building positive relationships with brands I’ve already been lucky enough to work with, although with plenty of new ones too.

ANZAC Biscuit

A classic cookie comeback: An awesome ANZAC biscuit recipe you have to try

These clever little creations were made famous during World War I, when loving mothers and pining housewives sent care packages of these golden goodies to New Zealand and Australian soldiers.

ANZAC Biscuit

In time for ANZAC Day next month, we’ve given this classic little cookie a 2018 facelift. A chubby version of its predecessor, this frontline favourite has a chewy middle, a decadent coconut texture and the added crunch of macadamia nuts, topped off with a delicious yoghurt drizzle.

Ingredients

1 cup plain flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup brown sugar
125g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 tablespoon manuka honey (or any other kind)
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon boiling water
A handful of crushed macadamia nuts

Yoghurt drizzle

125g white chocolate
2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

Preheat oven to 180c. Grease and line a cookie sheet. Place flour, coconut, oats, sugar and nuts in a bowl and mix well. Place butter, golden syrup and honey in a saucepan over low heat until butter has melted.

Combine bicarbonate of soda and boiling water in a small bowl, add to the butter mixture and stir. Pour over oat mixture and mix all the ingredients together.

Roll tablespoonfuls into balls, place on the cookie sheet and flatten each cookie gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown. Take care not to overbake which will take away from the chewy centre. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

For the yoghurt drizzle, seal remaining ingredients in a ziplock bag and sit in a mug or bowl of hot water for 5-10 minutes, until white chocolate is melted. Open ziplock and stir to combine, then seal again and twist bag to push mixture into a point.
Make a tiny puncture in tip of bag with a toothpick or knife and squeeze in a zig-zag pattern over cooled biscuits.