Monthly Archives: May 2015

Coffee Dacquoise with caramelised hazelnuts

I ate a stunning Dacquoise in a pâtisserie in France very recently and I couldn’t wait to put my spin on it when recreating it back home. The crisp toasted hazelnut meringue layers are sandwiched together with a truly melt-in-the-mouth coffee buttercream, and it is topped with a very simple shiny chocolate glaze. About the recipe I took a standard […]

Mini Gluten-free Pistachio Fraisiers using left-overs!

  Further to posting my version of a large Fraisier a few weeks ago, I decided to make another large one for this month’s Clandestine Cake Club – this time going for a gluten-free version. And with left over elements, I also went for mini Fraisiers. A gluten-free treat! As I do with several of my bakes […]

Easy fennel seed & smoked garlic sourdough grissini

These crisp grissini are easy to make and have bags of flavour. I like to make them using some sourdough starter that I had discarded prior to feeding the main starter, just adding more flour and water to give a dough that handled well. To be honest, you really do not need to be at all […]

Orange & cranberry macarons

I was working on a new cake recipe for the Christmas 2015 edition of a magazine, using orange, cranberry and white chocolate as the key flavours. However, I had a fair bit of ganache left over….so macarons were called for! Besides, I need no excuse to make a batch of macarons! The basic macaron recipe: The recipe for the macarons […]

Easy orange & rhubarb Danish pastries

These very easy Danish pastries, using quick croissant dough, are an excellent approximation to Danish pastries that are made with traditional croissant dough. Although this version is something of a short-cut, with little hands-on time, they are light, flaky and taste excellent. Many shortcuts use bought puff pastry, but using an easy homemade croissant dough such as this gives […]

Harry Potter Spell Book Cake

A novelty cake for this month’s Clandestine Cake Club, this month’s theme being Where the Magic Happens. I rarely make novelty/themed cakes and while they are not my strength, I do love a challenge. My philosophy with any cake, though, is that flavour must come first. Ok, a cake should look inviting, but flavour certainly takes […]

Two flavours of savoury biscotti: gluten-free

  In this post I have given two recipes: one for sun-dried tomato, basil & pine nut biscotti; the other for olive and rosemary biscotti As moreish as sweet biscotti unquestionably are, savoury biscotti are in a slightly higher league for me, but then more-ish savoury food is one of my weaknesses! These biscotti are great […]

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