BAKING AT HOME WITH SHELLEY SIMPSON

Mud founder Shelley Simpson has a very simple philosophy when it comes to the pieces she creates; “I want things that enhance our lives practically and aesthetically, not make it harder.” This is especially true with Mud’s bakeware range, which looks great and goes straight from the oven, to the table, to the dishwasher.

“When I first started making Mud, I had a lot of things in my house that weren’t practical, especially serving pieces. I really wanted everything to fit on the table to I could sit down and join everybody rather than running things back and forwards to the kitchen. Plus I wanted everything to go in the dishwasher.”

The range includes bakers, a pie dish, mixers, a mortar & pestle, and Shelley’s favourite, the Flan Dish. “It’s the most elegant of the shapes. I love making desserts, so that piece is so good for so many things”. Shelley recently invited us into her home to cook some of her and her family’s favourite dishes in a variety of Mud bakeware, including an eggplant lasagne in the Baker Medium, a bakewell tart in the Flan Dish and a decadent self-saucing chocolate pudding in the Pudding Bowl. “I’m fond of the pudding bowl, because pudding is a dessert my kids love. It’s really great to mix something, bake it, take it to the table then stick it in the dishwasher afterwards.”

You can explore our entire bakeware range here.

 

TWO GOOD FUNDRAISER DINNER

Two Good are a social enterprise supporting local women’s refuges and domestic violence survivors with their ‘Eat One, Treat One’ model. Ie. for every meal they sell, they donate one meal to a shelter. It’s a great service and, as of today, they’ve served over 82,000 meals to women in refuges across Sydney and Melbourne. At their recently held annual Two Good Fundraiser Dinner, with magnificent food by Peter Gilmore and Skye Gyngell, Mud Australia supplied the…

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CHOCOLATE SELF-SAUCING PUDDING

The Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding has been a favourite in Mud founder Shelley Simpson’s house for decades, and the reason the Pudding Bowl was created. It’s deep enough to ensure it doesn’t overflow in the oven, and looks beautiful served on a table with ice cream and strawberries.   1 cup (150g) self-raising flour 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder 1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup (125ml) milk 1 egg 60 gram butter, melted,…

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BAKEWELL TART

This classic English tart is the ultimate crowd pleaser. We baked ours in the Flan Dish in Red, which compliments the jam and raspberries perfectly.   For pastry: 100g butter softened 50g icing sugar 1 egg yolk beaten 200g plain flour For Frangipane filling: 200g softened butter 200g caster sugar 2 eggs 200g ground almonds 50g self raising flour 100g raspberry jam 60g crushed raspberries icing sugar to dust 50g flaked almonds 1. In a…

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EGGPLANT LASAGNE

This delicious, hearty vegetarian lasagne fits perfectly in our Baker Medium. For a smaller version, you can halve the ingredients and make it in our Baker Small.   Inspired by the Aubergine Lasagne by Jamie Oliver For pasta: 2 cups flour 3 large eggs, room temperature 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons water, or as needed For lasagne: 3 medium sized eggplants Ground salt 3 cloves of garlic A few sprigs of…

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ANY FRUIT & RICOTTA CAKE

A simple, fresh cake, perfect for lazy evenings with a cup of tea or coffee. The raspberries and peaches can be substituted with almost any fruit, so this can be made any time of year with whatever is in season.   180 gm sour cream, plus extra to serve ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda 180 gm plain flour 150 gm caster sugar 120 gm softened butter 90 gm hazelnut meal 1 tsp vanilla bean paste…

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MUD CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

2019 marks Mud Australia’s 25th year. We kicked off the celebrations with two beautiful events in the US – in LA & NY. The LA event was held in the mid-century Garcia House, designed by the American Modernist John Lautner. This mid-century Hollywood Hills classic home, generously provided by John McIllwee (Mud Australia lover), created the perfect atmosphere to celebrate our quarter of a century milestone.   The menu for the evening was designed and prepared…

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WALNUT OATCAKES AND APPLE CRISPS RECIPE

These two recipes are delicious as they are easy;  the perfect addition to a cheeseboard and an afternoon beverage.   Apple Crisps 1⁄2 cup (110 gm) caster sugar 1⁄2 cup (125ml) water 2 granny smith apples, sliced paper-thin Serves 4 Preheat oven to lowest possible setting — 100°C (212°F) is ideal. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, cook for 1 minute and…

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WRAP UP – STILL / LIFE, SALONE DEL MOBILE 2019

During Salone del Mobile 2019, we presented STILL / LIFE with Calico Wallpaper and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio – marking our first-time appearance in Milan. Featuring a selection of our ceramic tableware and lighting in a new matte finish, site-specific gradients by Calico Wallpaper and interiors and lighting by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, STILL / LIFE invited guests to experience a moment of introspection and interaction.   The STILL / LIFE installation featured a series of…

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INTRODUCING MATTE

Coinciding with our 25th anniversary, we’re delighted to introduce a new all-matte finish across our full collection. Launched in April at Milan Design Week 2019 as part of the collaborative STILL/LIFE exhibition with Calico Wallpaper and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Mud Australia's new matte collection is available now as a special order across all stores around the world. Porcelain is a vitrified material, and when left unglazed, it takes on a really beautiful smooth and…
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