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.
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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.
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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!

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Macaron Éclairs

Macaron Éclairs B

It seems a bit odd that I was inspired by écalirs when I have a strong dislike for choux pastry. But this works as the perfect replacement, in fact it’s more than perfect – what’s the word for that please? Crisp macaron shells, encasing fresh vanilla cream, dipped in chocolate on one side; no choux needed, that’s what I’m talking about!

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Lemon Meringue Traybake

Lemon Meringue Traybake A

Lemons and meringues were just meant to be together. The sharp plus the sweet equals heaven on a plate. Here I’ve taken those marvellous flavours and thrown them into a traybake which is both easy to make and easy to eat!

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Apricot & Ginger Friands

Apricot & Ginger Friands

These friands are flavoured with dried apricot, one of the better looking dried fruits due to their lovely orange colour. What’s more, their subtle flavour blends well with other flavours without getting lost completely. It may seem I’ve over done it here, soaking the friands with a ginger syrup as they are deliciously moist already (thanks to the almonds). But the syrup makes them simply melt in the mouth, and I mean melt.

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Hazelnut & Salted Caramel Macarons

Hazelnut & Salted Caramel Macarons D

Macarons are great because the flavours you put in them are completely up to you! Be it fruity, be it chocolatey, be it nutty, be it strange – the canvas is blank. Some people go so far as to make them savoury, but sugar is always best in my opinion. And sugar in the form of salted caramel is just lush, not to mention topped with crunchy toasted hazelnuts. After eating these macarons you’ll be living a new life!
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