Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dark Cherry Tart

Gateau Basque aux cerises noires

This tart is a regional French desert that I saw being made at work this week but due to my clumsiness, the recipe didn't work out, therefore I plan to bring this one in as an apology... I'll let you know how it's received by the Chefs!

Carambar Tarts

In France we have a caramel chewy sweet that is a childhood favourite to all, especially my sister. This is a plain pastry case filled with a Carambar ganache (cook cream and Carambar to 104) and left to set. Voila! These were particularly successful with kids.

Daisys delicious cookies

I am very happy to say that I improved a cookie recipe so now we can have delicious peanut butter and chocolate cookies all the time! I sprinkled a few walnuts on top for decoration. Let me know if you want my awesome new recipe! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart is my Moms' favourite dessert although I'm not very keen, I personally find the candied lemon zests on top the best part!
It's a sweet pastry base (made with icing sugar not caster sugar as it makes it so much more delicious), a lemon curd centre (eggs, sugar and lemon juice whisked on water bath till thickened) and a meringue topping (I cheated by doing a French meringue but an Italian meringue -if you have the time- would be best) all finished off with candied lemon zest (twice brought to the boil then candied in a simple syrup).

Next week: Tarte Tatin x

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pretty in Pink

It was our friends daughter's birthday, she was turning seven so wanted something a little bit more grown up but still girlie so I wanted to practice... What do you think?
The ribbon around the bottom is from a beautiful ribbon shop in the Jewish Quarter called "Entree des Fournisseurs"... But be warned, if you take photos you will be asked to leave the shop.

Next week: Lemon Meringue Tart!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Zesty Madeleines

Nearly two weeks of no baking and I was getting antsy! This morning, still dressed in my pyjamas, I got to work. Everyone dunks into their tea/coffee...the English have digestives, the Italians have their biscotti and the French have tender madeleines.