These are deceptive little treats. You wouldn’t realise from their appearance how melt-in-your-mouth totally delicious they are. You pop one in your mouth and say ‘wow!’ then reach for another, then just one more, then … well you get the idea. These traditional Lunar New […]
Le Sparkly raspberry, chestnut and meringue log cake recipe (gluten-free)! And how to deal with baking disasters for fairytale endings!
Several of my near-disasters could provide you with amusement and ideas on how to battle fiendish obstacles in the kitchen with ease (?!). Somehow this log cake emerged from the battlefield, surprisingly not so bad and quite lovely just like in a fairy tale! It’s […]
Would you like to decorate a festive cake with pretty and delicious snowflakes? You’ll find snowflake templates really helpful and the results surprisingly stunning. I was initially scared as piping is not my forte but would now happily produce white chocolate decorations till the cows […]
Christmas pudding chocolate marshmallow pops! Plus a Christmas recipes roundup and healthier gluten-free stuff!
The pudding-shaped Christmas cake was peacefully maturing in a corner when suddenly there was an Instagram Xmas fun bake and I was propelled into more festive kitchen activity! It’s a hard life. But the results were surprisingly successful so I’m sharing them with you here […]
Would you like to make a cake that looks like a pumpkin? Um.. who wouldn’t?! lol. It’s a delicious cake, very moist and tangy. A perfect autumn cake, it was my contribution to a Halloween climbing weekend and could be an amusing centrepiece at some […]
Weeks 53 – 54 of cakes, Easter stuff and a moist Easter chocolate cake recipe for children (or adults)!
A friend requested a cake to give his goddaughter and niece, a Catalan tradition during Easter. More about that and some photos later. Several elements would ensure this cake could impersonate a local mona de pascua de chocolate (chocolate Easter cake) and not be spotted […]
This is a fruitcake with marzipan and a history. It’s sweet and delicious. The layer of marzipan in the middle melts when baking and contributes to making this fruticake incredibly moist. Then the toasted marzipan layer and balls on top are firmer, providing a contrast […]
Saint Patrick’s Day is around the corner and you don’t want a green cake so you think Guinness. Now you haven’t used it in a cake before but why not? And it’s absolutely amazing … wow! And good for you? More about that later. I’m […]
Pithiviers, galette des rois (French king cake) recipe for Epiphany, danger and Johnny Depp in a box!
Do you want to be king or queen for the day? Just bake this easy galette and make sure you find the fève hidden in there. What’s a fève? A bean or porcelaine trinket and I’ll be showing you some cute ones. On January 6 or […]
Want a little healthier break with some yummy spiced treats? They’re gluten-free made with buckwheat flour and pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Then you can decorate with milk or dark chocolate. This was an experiment and I didn’t expect the pastry to hold […]
A savoury-sweet tangy delight and swirly cloud of delicious flavours. Pavlovas are delicious anytime and a popular Christmas dessert in Australia and New Zealand. The base is very simple and fast to whip up if you follow a few basic steps. Yay! For this […]
La Casta… what? Well here in Barcelona Halloween is becoming more popular but to celebrate October 31st in true Catalan tradition you have la Castanyada, ‘Chestnut time’. I’ll tell you more about this celebration next week but it involves eating chestnuts, panellets (almond paste treats) […]
Perhaps it’s a little early to be singing ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ but it’s definitely time to start planning our Christmas fruitcakes! As I explained to my very surprised Catalan climbing friends in January, it’s actually normal in Britain to store this cake […]
Once baked and golden brown allow the savarins to cool at least half an hour before the next stage. Last week on the phone mum said she’d like a rum baba for her birthday cake next month. I guess they’ll always be considered as treats […]
Let’s celebrate the 14th of July French Independence Day with this delicious dessert based on a Spanish classic. You can make it a French classic by using champagne, or Italian with prosecco! Anyway, have you heard of Lemon sorbet and cava, commonly served at Spanish […]