For those of you who are still on the fence about marzipan and maraschino cherries (these from Hotel Starlino in Italy are STUNNING). It’s all about the ingredients. If your guests love marzipan, then double up and add an extra layer in the middle of the cake. Mahleb is an aromatic spice made from cherry seeds and gives a slightly bitter edge to sweet foods, with notes of cherry and bitter almonds. It’s often used Greek celebratory cakes.
Festive snowflake brioche – Christmas is approaching fast and I’m not sure I’m ready yet!
A full-bodied Autumnal cake, and the equivalent of a big, warm, enveloping hug. The edges are golden brown, caramelised and chewy, while the inside is dark, moist and packed with flavours that linger on the tongue.
This feel-good cake incorporates pears, contributing to our ‘five a day’, as well as dark brown sugar, treacle, stem ginger, and an abundance of warm spices. The plant-based version is perfect for vegans.
Creamy, sweet, fruity and delicious. A luxurious treat to try
With the glut of ripe tomatoes in my garden, lovingly planted and cherished during lockdown (not by me), what could be better than a big bowlful with spicy chorizo, shallots and olives with peppery olive oil? INGREDIENTS6-8 tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces1 banana shallot, peeled and finely sliced1 chorizo cooking sausage, cooked according to pack…
PASTRY INGREDIENTS 600 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 300 g cold unsalted butter, cubed 180 ml iced water 1 medium free-range egg 2 tsp fennel seeds and nigella seeds Put the flour and butter in a bowl, and rub together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Slowly add the water until the mix starts to form…
INGREDIENTS320 g ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry3 tbsp icing sugar290 ml full fat milk2 egg yolks55 g caster sugar20 g plain flour20 g cornflourSeeds from 1 vanilla pod 160 ml double cream200 g fresh berriesMETHODPreheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan.Unroll the pastry and place on baking parchment on a non-stick baking tray. Dust generously with icing…
An old favourite in our household, packed with flavour, and fridge to table in 20 mins.
You may not be instantly drawn to a bowl of cold tomato soup, especially one garnished with chopped egg and ham, but I VERY STRONGLY encourage you to try it, especially with warm weather 🌞
Deliciously moist and tasty cake, with crunchy caramelised nuts and creamy orange flavoured mascarpone cream