Mini Tartes Tatins

RECIPE: Actually three recipes in one (Mini Tartes Tatins, Delicate Sweet Pastry and Fruit Glaze), these tarts were fairly easy to follow, but you definitely need to be precise and follow the instructions. The recipe asked for a combination of Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples, which at this time of year I was unable…

Choux au Craquelin

RECIPE: My aim was to attempt choux pastry, which meant that I dissected the pear and apple choux recipe for the parts I wanted, namely the choux buns and the crackle finish. I filled it with a basic crème pâtissiére from the croquembouche recipe in the same book. I didn’t have gel colour, so substituted liquid…

Butter croissants

RECIPE: I have several recipes for croissants and all quite different. I was all set to make Julia Child’s recipe given she is lauded as the expert in French cookery, and with a recipe 12 pages long I figured I couldn’t make a mistake. An online review thought her recipe had several issues which they…

Fraisier

RECIPE: This is another pretty cake I had admired from the Great British Bake Off. The recipe for Fraisier seems to vary a bit. The traditional version uses a genoise sponge, an alcohol flavoured syrup, fresh strawberries and crème pâtissiére, topped with almond paste; however, the type of sponge can vary and it can alternatively…

Banana Caramel Macarons

RECIPE: I love Christophe Felder’s book because he provides step by step instructions with lots of photos to show exactly what the step is meant to look like. I tackled this recipe because I’ve tried making caramel several times and every time the sugar has crystallised. I felt better about this after watching every contestant…

L’Opera

RECIPE: I had some chocolate ganache left over from another recipe, so L’Opera seemed like a good option. Opera Cake is joconde sponge painted with coffee syrup and layered with coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache, and topped with a chocolate glaze. While you might expect this cake to be a sugar-overload, it had a light coffee…