After spending a rather lovely Christmas day with my family in London we flew to France to see in the New Year with my in-laws. I can't tell you how much I looked forward to this two week break, 2016 flew by so fast I barely had time to gather my thoughts. With a little … Continue reading Chocolate, Chestnut and Pear Pavlova
This Christmas my mum asked me to make a dessert to go with our family lunch. She asked for something light and nothing too extravagant knowing that left to my own devices I’d be planning something that would take days to make. So I decided to keep it simple and make an apple custard tart, … Continue reading Apple Cinnamon Custard Tart
A few years ago I went through a bit of obsession with making macarons and it went something like this... first attempt: fail, second attempt: success, third attempt: fail... and so forth. The flavour combos were right, I just struggled with getting a consistent result and so I put my obsession to bed and moved on … Continue reading Mango and Strawberry Macarons
There's something about this time of the year that makes me crave chocolate like nothing else and I'm putting that energy into making lots of desserts that I can share so I don't over indulge too much! This particular dessert was created for one of my best friends Emily, who's birthday falls on Christmas eve. … Continue reading Chocolate and Orange Entremet
This week's patisserie creation was perhaps a little over ambitious... not only did I set myself the task of creating a new recipe from scratch (based on leftover elderflower cordial), I also used silicon hemispheres and made sablé for the first time. I'm pretty happy with the overall look and it tasted great.
Last weekend we hosted a big family meal at our house to celebrate my father's 61st birthday. It was the perfect opportunity to trial a new recipe I've been working on - a blackberry and elderflower entremet.
Chestnut flavoured desserts are much more common in France, in fact it was after having a divine chestnut mousse at a restaurant that I was inspired to start using the ingredient. The problem however is finding the chestnut puree in South London, I've only come across it once in a supermarket near me and I guess it wasn't popular as I haven't seen it since - I'll be stocking up on my next trip to France.
I have the GBBO to thank for my obsession with Charlotte Russe, it was one of the showstopper challenges in series six and I just can't get enough of them now. I'd actually never thought of making a Charlotte Russe before that moment, but after a bit of frantic googling I came across lots of different recipes and decided to give it a go.
For my first blog post I'd like to share a recipe for one of my favourite layer cakes which combines the beautiful and delicate flavours of raspberry, mango and vanilla. It always goes down a treat with family and friends, and is a wonderful way to end a special occasion.