Rhubarb and blueberry galette

RECIPE: I was going away for a weekend and wanted to bake a dessert on site, but didn’t want to carry half my kitchen with me. This meant it was important to find a recipe that minimised the amount of equipment I needed. PREPARATION: While the butter and dry ingredients were in the freezer getting…

Apple Mille-Feuille

RECIPE: I know this isn’t really a mille-feuille because for starters it only has two layers of pastry, but work with me here! I had a small piece of leftover home-made traditional puff pastry (I’d made sausage rolls) and several apples, and my husband likes custard, so this is what developed. I added candied apple…

Les Religieuse Fraise

RECIPE: I always go back to William and Suzue Curley’s Pâtisserie when I’m making a base pastry because their instructions are so clear and failsafe. To treat myself for my birthday I made my favourite pastry, Les Religieuse (two choux buns, one on top of the other) and filled it with a strawberry cheesecake filling. I…

Banoffee Tart

RECIPE: To redeem myself after a rushed but acceptable effort at a butterscotch tart topped with lemon chiboust cream that was designed to use up some condensed milk but ended up tasting rather unexciting and didn’t look very pretty, I used my leftover pastry and cream to make banoffee tarts. I should have just made…

Lemon Basil Tart

RECIPE: We had friends coming for tea on a school night so I needed a dessert that was special but could be made with a minimum of fuss and stress. I haven’t made a custard-based dessert for a while and being mid-summer berries are at their cheapest and best flavour, so a fruit flan was…

Baklava Cheesecake

RECIPE: The filo pastry I made for my Spanakopita was a large enough quantity to make two things, so a dessert it was. I thought of making baklava but I usually find it too sweet and in searching online for baklava recipes I happened upon this cheesecake. Perfect. I followed the recipe except fresh cranberries…

Filo pastry and Spanakopita

RECIPE: I’ve always wanted to make filo pastry but I delayed because I thought it would be hard. But it’s not! I used Chef John’s recipe and didn’t change it, although I did use more of the cornflour and flour mix for dusting than he did. The video was a really useful addition. The Spanakopita…

Gâteau Basque

RECIPE: A Gâteau Basque popped up on my Instagram feed (@rubymadeit) and that immediately settled a decision about what to make for my kayak club Christmas party. I could prepare it in advance and it was easy to cut and serve. I used the recipe from William & Suzue Curley and didn’t alter it. COMPONENTS:…

Party Pies

I’m not going to say a lot here because I used the same recipe and followed largely the same process as I did last week when I made Steak and Mushroom Pie. I wanted a pie I could sell as a fundraiser, so I made party pies. Using a muffin tin gave me a good-sized pie….

Steak and Mushroom Pie

RECIPE: I’ve been admiring decorative pie tops on Instagram and in particular @julie_jonesuk who does these incredibly intricate pastry cases. I thought I’d give it a go. The recipe I chose online from BBC Good Food was full of detailed instructions and very easy to follow. PREPARATION: I really wanted my beef to be tender,…