Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies – put your pumpkin carving skills to good use with these tasty, creepy (or cute – your choice!) pumpkin pies for Halloween.
It is very nearly Halloween so I should probably get a move on and share the couple of Halloween recipes that I have left before it is too late! these Halloween Jack-O-lantern pumpkin pies take a little bit of time and effort to make but they look really effective and would make a great addition to a Halloween party spread. (more…)
I have been eating so many berries recently, I’ve always got a stash of them both in the fridge and in the freezer, I can’t get enough! I want to make the most of them while they are still in season as soon enough they will be gone for the Winter. Although most of them just get eaten straight from the tub, I have managed to set a few aside for baking with; these coconut and berry fruit tarts are a wonderful way to serve them and would be perfect for afternoon tea or a garden party, or just because it’s Tuesday. (more…)
Did you know that the Queen has not one but two birthdays? Obviously there is her actual birthday, on April 21st; but since 1748 the sovereign of the UK has had an ‘official’ birthday which is generally set around the start of June, to coincide with a higher probability of good weather for outdoor ceremonies. For her 90th birthday this year, June 11th is the official date, but celebrations will begin on June 10th as well as there being events on May 12-15th. (more…)
Like fruitcake, nut roast is another very divisive and much-maligned food; oft-mocked and shunned by vegetarians in favour of something a little less clichè, it is rare nowadays to find it on a menu anywhere. Which is a shame as it is both incredibly nutritious and, if done well, extremely delicious. I make nut roast fairly regularly, both I and my fiance love it, and it works perfectly with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings; any leftovers also make great sandwiches with some cheese and chutney. It is also perfect for Christmas dinner as a vegetarian option (though it does also go down well with the meat eaters) as it can be served with all the same sides as the main roast. A regular nut roast is a little plain-looking though, too boring for a proper festive dinner; this pie however makes for a very impressive centerpiece, making sure that any vegetarians don’t feel left out and under-catered for. (more…)
It feels like an absolute age since I last posted! I don’t think I have ever actually gone this long without posting since I first started the blog… I have to admit that I quite enjoyed being lazy and having a bit of a break from blogging and although I am eager to get back into it I am finding it a little difficult to get back into the swing of things! I do have a cracker of a recipe for you today to start me off and ease me back into it though. (more…)
Galettes, also known as free-form pies or crostata, have to be just about one of the easiest things to make, it is in their nature to be rustic, so there’s no need to worry about trying to make it look neat and pretty; when it comes to a galette it is all about the flavour. They lend themselves well to pretty much any kind of fruit, so are the kind of thing that can be baked all year round; but are particularly good in Summer when there is an abundance of stone fruits and fresh berries. I opted to use nectarines, though peaches or plums would work just as well; and I couldn’t resist adding a bit of marzipan to the topping as almonds pair so well with stone fruits. I like to use cornmeal pastry for my galette crusts, as it adds a nice bit of extra crunch and deals better with the juice from the fruit. A perfectly crisp, golden crust, filled with juicy, sweet nectarines topped with marzipan crumble – heavenly. (more…)
I have been away from the blog for a little while – visiting my parents and cat-sitting in London; and have struggled to find the time (and motivation – the weather has been so warm I have just wanted to be outside) to do any blogging, so apologies to those of you who have commented and I haven’t yet replied to, service shall resume as normal as of now! I did not stop baking however; so I do have a few delicious things to share with you, the first of which is these gorgeous peach, pistachio and rose tarts. (more…)
I debated for a while as to whether I should actually publish this post or not…I just wasn’t entirely happy with the appearance of the tarts, I couldn’t help but feel that the pears turned out looking somewhat slug-like…In the end though taste won out. What they lack in looks they make up for in flavour. Sweet pears poached in a spiced red wine syrup are baked with rich chocolate frangipane in a crisp chocolate pastry crust. When topped with a dollop of ice cream and an extra drizzle of spiced red wine syrup they are heavenly. (more…)
We were visiting some friends over the weekend and I was charged with bringing dessert (what a surprise!); despite the fact that I was already taking the remnants of two cakes with us (carrot and cookie dough brownie), I couldn’t resist making something else to take…(I’m good at overkill…). I figured that two cakes was probably enough cake (just…!) so for my third dessert I went with a tart. (more…)
For the March Daring bakers’ challenge, Korena from Korena in the Kitchen taught us that some treats are best enjoyed upside down. She challenged us to make a tarte tatin from scratch.