Cassel’s flan cassis is one of the most delicious custard tarts I’ve ever tasted and well worth making. Fast and easy to whip up, the trickiest thing may be finding the blackcurrants with their beautiful sharpness to balance the soft sweetness of the custard filling. […]
Healthier sourdough orange and lemon cake recipe! And how to start on sourdough adventures and plans! :)
If you feel you’d never make a sourdough cake please think again. They’re delicious with an unusual depth of flavour and made with simple ingredients: flour, butter, eggs and relatively little sugar. But the process creates a delicious healthier cake that’s easily digestible! I’m no […]
Gennaro’s artichoke, bean and potato pie recipe with rosemary! Gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan … or not!
Savoury pies, yum yum! Love ’em and these are so heartily delicious and satisfying. Once again the Cooking the Chef challenge has helped me discover a wonderful bake by this month’s Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo, full of energy with his cheerful slogan ‘Why am I cooking […]
This cake is like a snickers (marathon) chocolate bar but much better my climbing friend assured me. Another friend said it was perfect! Hurray! Everyone has loved this cake. There’s a lovely balance between the moist cocoa sponge that isn’t very sweet, the homemade peanut […]
It’s true what they say about home-made marshmallows being delicious soft heavenly clouds. These are also simple and fast to make by whisking up glucose and softened gelatine with a syrup of sugar, fruit purée and more liquid glucose. Raspberry or passion fruit are ideal fruit […]
Chocolate chip and passion fruit or Birthday cake truffles! Glutenfree or not, using up leftover sponge cake… and two Christina Tosi layer cakes! :)
There are loads of reasons for making cake truffles: it’s great to recycle leftover sponge languishing in the freezer; a lumbersome birthday cake can be transformed into portable energy balls for the great outdoors or bar hopping; its fun making something super easy with kids; […]
This magical chocolate entremets will blow the minds of chocoholics and also people who say ‘I don’t usually like chocolate cake, … ‘. A French climbing friend who’s extremely honest about my cakes (yes, sometimes it hurts) said this really tasted like master pâtissier Gaston […]
Once upon a time there was a lady who had too much jam. It was everywhere! Jars in the fridge, jars in the larder, jars on the table. ‘What shall I do?’ she exclaimed, looking distraught and pulling her hands through her hair, which felt […]
Apple strudel recipe with traditional or lower-gluten homemade pastry! Inspired by Alfons Schuhbeck…
Wait, don’t leave! The homemade pastry is fun and not difficult, honest! Making strudel with the traditional pastry hand-stretched and spread thinly over a cloth has been a dream of mine for years and there was no need to be scared because it’s easy and fast […]
Vegan cakes are well-known for surprising non-vegans with their yumminess and these cakes are no exception. They’re actually my favourite fruitcake ever – I couldn’t believe the lovely crumb and flavour achieved with no eggs, no dairy butter or milk and no gluten either! And […]
Our favourite cake over the New Year holidays, I’m finally recording and sharing the recipe here so variations of it can be made all year round! This mandarin bûche or log cake is light, fruity and delicious. It stores well in the freezer from which […]
This is my first ever rocky road! But it’s delicious with the ‘gourmet’ and Easter stuff so I’m sharing it with you. What convinced me was when I took some to a party recently and watched revellers repeatedly sneak up on the plate to nibble […]
Pâtes de fruits, French fruit jellies recipe! Raspberry or passion fruit … naturally gluten-free vegan sweets!
These wonderful sweets sparkle like sugar-encrusted jewels in French pâtisseries tempting generations of adults and children alike. One bite in the soft intensely flavoured fresh fruit paste and you’re hooked. And they’re pretty simple to make! My first, second and third ever batches surprised me […]
Vegan cinnamon spiced cookie nests or cups recipe! Gluten free and refined sugar free… plus other Easter recipes!
For when there’s a little mountain of chocolate Easter eggs and you realise healthy stuff is required, I offer you these scrumptious cookie nests!!! They’re filled with healthy stuff: homemade cashew butter, date caramel and marzipan eggs. But you can let a few little chocolate […]
These are delicious pastries and rather amusing! They look like fried eggs don’t they? Eggs are a symbol of Easter and rebirth so I thought I’d post this easy fun recipe you can make with kids. The roughly-shaped puff pastry bases are filled with a thin […]