Grilled Nectarine, Honey and Almond Pavlova

The nectarines that are in the local shops are their absolute best at the moment though sometimes they can be a little under-ripe. Caramelising the fruit before eating assists in the ripening and add more juice and flavour to the fruit.   Piped meringue makes the pavlova look ornate and immaculate, if though your not…

Almond and Apricot Cake

Apricot goes with almond as if they were destined to be together, this cake gets its sweetness from the dried fruits and the cream filling means that it is not sickly sweet. Apricot and Almond Cake (you will need two 20cm sandwich tins) Ingredients: (for the cake) 230g butter 230g golden caster sugar 230g self…

Individual Lemon Tarts

Lemon is my flavour of choice at the moment, making these mini is even better. Thinly lined sweet crust pastry, filled with a creamy lemon filling and topped with anything small and sweet you can find. Freshly whipped cream Curled Lemon Peel Mini Meringues Edible flowers Gold Leaf Individual Lemon Tarts Ingredients: (for the pastry)…

Indulgent Chocolate Cupcakes

A box of these cupcakes makes for a lovely gift for a friend (hello Kristin!) and everyone loves chocolate so they’re a true crowd pleaser. A soft chocolate sponge cake, topped with a swirl of creamy buttercream, drizzled with chocolate and decorated with whatever chocolate morsels you can get your hands on. Indulgent Chocolate Cupcakes …

Lemon and Blueberry Loaf Cake

New season blueberries are in shops at the moment and they are the most plump, juicy sweet berries ever. They make a perfect addition to any baked good. This loaf cake is swirled with lemon curd and speckled with blueberries, adding a fudgy sort of texture with bursts of sweetness. Topped with candied lemon slices,…

Mini Egg Easter Macarons

This has been my third attempt at making macarons and they’re still not quite right. First I tried a simple recipe online, using three unmeasured egg whites, lets say they didn’t turn out quite as expected. Second time around I tried to get all fancy and make pink and yellow macarons, to make rhubarb and…

Blood Orange Marscapone Cream Cake

Currently in season, this blood orange cake is a crowd pleaser, serve up at a birthday, event or party! With layers of sponge topped with brightly coloured orange slices, filling with sweet blood orange curd and finished of with piping of marscapone cream, its sure to impress many! Ingredients: (you will need two 8 inch…

Rose and White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits

Remember its Mother’s Day this Sunday for those of you in the UK. Whip up a batch of these delicately floral shortbread, pop them in a lovely tin and there you have it, a thoughtful gift to show your mum how much she means to you. They are regular shortbread, with the addition of a…

New Orleans: King Cake

Last Tuesday many of us here celebrated pancake day however its a very different story over the pond in New Orleans. Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, carnival. It has many names but one thing you’ll be guaranteed is a party, and beads, lots of beads. Unable to be in the actual city for it I’m looking…