To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the traditional apple pie. The shortcrust pastry can be dense and cloying, and the apple filling prone to being thick and pasty. I also think that most apple pies are overly sweet, with the delicate flavours of the apple getting a little lost with all the … Continue reading Easy as Apple Pie
My children were both born in American, which means that we've been able to legitimately appropriate some wonderful new holidays into our annual calendar. Independence day is a confusing one... But my favourite, hands down, has to be Thanksgiving. However, some of the traditional foods are highly questionable to me. Whilst green bean casserole has … Continue reading Citrus tarts ~ A belated Thanksgiving two-for-one!
From the moment I discovered cannoli, I have been determined to make them. Deep-fried pastry tubes, filled with sweetened ricotta, and punctuated with candied fruits, chocolate, and nuts - they truly are delicious. I've had a couple of failed attempts at making the shells already, but with a new-found determination, I'm ready to take them … Continue reading Authentic Sicilian Cannoli
I recently visited the Cake and Bake Show at the London ExCel, on the lookout for some new bits and pieces to bolster my ever expanding bakeware collection. I did my best to be as well behaved as possible though, as we're going through a big clear out at the moment, so coming home with … Continue reading Dark Chocolate and Orange Eclairs
I love cherries. I genuinely can't get enough of them, and will happily eat my way through an entire punnet in one sitting. You can get cherries all year round nowadays, but out of season they're usually not very sweet, and also horrendously expensive. So when fresh, seasonable cherries are readily available, I go a bit … Continue reading Cherry Clafoutis
Whilst scouring Youtube for new recipes and techniques, as I often do, I stumbled across a video which has been an absolute revelation for me; I'll spare the waffle and link you right to it: A technique to make a tart shell that looks damn near perfect! And after a few attempts, I've pretty much … Continue reading Strawberry Tart
I'm a nightmare when it comes to buying bakeware. Every time I see something new and exciting, it gets added to an ever growing list of things to be bought when I next have some spare money. I'd been eyeing up this rectangular flan tin for a couple of years before I finally bought it. … Continue reading Asparagus and red pepper tart