Hazelnut Cake with Orange

Hazelnut Cake with Orange A

Nuts are such a beauty to bake with, they enhance cakes with extra moisture and, as in this case, add depth of flavour when toasted. I’ve paired toasted hazelnuts with orange zest for a lovely traybake which is easy to whip up. Once baked and cooled a bit all that’s missing is an accompaniment, vanilla ice cream as I’ve suggested below or a refreshing dollop of yoghurt – yum!
Click here for the recipe


Apple Crumble Cake

Apple Crumble Cake ASome call it coffee cake (hate coffee!), some call it streusel cake (yeah, I like that…), I’ll call it crumble cake (spot on!). Crumble is undoubtedly one of my favourite puddings, and you can make it with whatever fruit you like, although I’ll say classic apple is best. Call me classic, I don’t mind. So of course, this take is straightforward and simple, combining a vanilla and cinnamon sponge with sweet caramelised apple and crunchy golden crumble. It’s like a hug in bowl, well… with plenty of custard it almost is!
Click here for the recipe


Raspberry & Rose Tart

Raspberry & Rose Tart CExtra special if the sun is out and equally delightful if it’s not, this combination of raspberries and rose makes for one tasty dessert. I’ve filled this tart with pastry cream, which is one of my favourites and is incredibly versatile when it comes to flavours! The tart maison shape can only mean sharing, so cook up a feast and bring this out to round off the meal.
Click here for the recipe


Pistachio & Almond Bars

Pistachio & Almond Bars AThis was not what I planned to make. I was intending to make a pistachio and almond battenberg but somewhere along the way my mind got warped and I split the mix wrong! Not to worry, as these are cute miniatures with all the looks but much more charm. I absolutely love the green tint of the sponge – all natural from the pistachios of course!
Click here for the recipe


Banoffee Tarts

Banoffee Tarts BI’ve never been a fan of banoffee pie (wait, wait) because I find the textures all wrong. It’s all soft and crumbly and airy and mushy and I just don’t get it. What I do get, however, is that bananas and toffee get on like a house on fire. On top of the digestive biscuit pastry sits the pièce de résistance: banana toffee. This stuff just hits the spot, I mean, all the spots. I actually ate a good amount of it on it’s own, but on top of the digestive base and beneath the whipped cream it is divine! One quick note, the caramelised banana slices don’t stay good for too long so if you plan to make this recipe in advance, save caramelising the bananas until you are about to serve.
Click here for the recipe


Walnut & Raspberry Syrup Cake

Walnut & Raspberry Syrup Cake B

This cake was inspired by a recent holiday, one where almost every dessert was soaked in syrup! It seemed a bit peculiar and funny at first, but it soon became the signature of meals out. Here, the fresh zing of the raspberries contrasts beautifully with the sweet, delicate walnut sponge. And it tastes all the better with a splash of cream! P.S. Don’t worry if the raspberries get hidden within the cake, they’ll soon reappear when the cake is cut.
Click here for the recipe


Malted Chocolate Cubes

Malted Chocolate Cubes B

I love this chocolate cake recipe, it’s rich and moist and super-chocolatey! Topped with malted frosting and a Malteser for good measure, they make quick and easy petits fours. I particularly like these chilled, amping up the luxury factor!

Click here for the recipe


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,604 other followers