Strawberry and Vanilla Whipped Cream Cake

This cake is the taste of British Summer captured in a cake! Juicy strawberries, delicious soft vanilla whipped cream with a light vanilla scented sponge…amazing! Relatively quick and easy to make too. This would also work beautifully with raspberries, blueberries, sliced peaches or nectarines….up to you, as long as the fruit is ripe and tasty.Continue reading “Strawberry and Vanilla Whipped Cream Cake”

Hot and Cold Chocolate and Vanilla Baked Alaska Cake with a Milk Chocolate Sauce

I know baked Alaska is traditionally made from plain sponge base, strawberry jam, vanilla ice cream center and french meringue, but I was trying to combine my son’s favourite desserts (chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream and toasted marshmallows) in one cake. It was gorgeous: rich french chocolate cake base, cold vanilla ice cream centre, coveredContinue reading “Hot and Cold Chocolate and Vanilla Baked Alaska Cake with a Milk Chocolate Sauce”

French Fruit Tarts

Crisp buttery pastry, filled with luscious vanilla crème patissiere and juicy fruit, what is there not to like! These take a while to make but are definitely worth it! I usually make double the amount of pastry and freeze so it is handy at a later date. Ingredients: for a 28 cm diameter tart orContinue reading “French Fruit Tarts”

Home Sweet Home “Le St Germain” Almond Cake

Was feeling a little homesick at the weekend so I decided to make the speciality cake from my hometown, St Germain en Laye, 10 miles west of Paris. “Le St Germain” as it is called, was created in 1920 by Patisserie Hardy on rue des Louviers. It is a very moist almond cake, packed withContinue reading “Home Sweet Home “Le St Germain” Almond Cake”

Baked Apple, Pear and Almond Pudding

This pudding is very simple to make, light and is good for using up fruit that is past its best. In this version I used 3 apples and 1 pear, but I have made it before with 100% apple, or 100% pear. It would work well with plums or cherries too. Ingredients: for 4-5 peopleContinue reading “Baked Apple, Pear and Almond Pudding”

Best Ever White and Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

In these stressful times it is essential to have a few treats to help keep our spirits up…. Chocolate chip cookies are personally one of my absolute favourites. They have to be sweet, soft and indulgent. But if, like me, you have zero self control when it comes to consuming freshly baked goods you mightContinue reading “Best Ever White and Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies”