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…

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

RECIPE: There’s been a run of cheesecakes in my kitchen because the price of cream cheese was reduced. I liked the look of this recipe because it used a cooked meringue as a topping, which I haven’t tried before. I didn’t alter the recipe. PREPARATION: I mixed the base and pressed it into my pan…

Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars

RECIPE: Once again wanting to entertain with a difference, I decided to try a couple of new recipes in my Dorie’s Cookies book. The only change I made to this recipe was to use defrosted frozen blueberries, because I wasn’t about to pay $8 for a 125g punnet of fresh ones (it’s not blueberry season)….

Angel Food Cake

RECIPE: Having made choux pastry and custard several times and not making macarons, I was starting to collect egg whites in my freezer. Angel food cake recipe is perfect if you’re on a mission to use up egg whites because it uses A LOT. There’s no shortage of angel food cake recipes around, I just…

Raspberry Charlotte

RECIPE: For my birthday I decided to treat myself by making fancy desserts that I especially liked, without worrying about what others preferred. This recipe appealed because it had some elements I hadn’t tried before and I’ve had mixed success with entremets so far. I followed the recipe but didn’t add the strawberries so didn’t…

Rhubarb Custard Cake

RECIPE: I made this cake more than ten years ago and couldn’t for the life of me remember where the recipe had come from. I searched my books, looked online and found nothing. Finally, this month while I was searching for cake recipes for my husband’s many 50th birthday celebrations, I found it and 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…

Mango and white chocolate entremet

RECIPE: This all started with a new mould and a desire to make something special for my mum’s birthday. Mangoes were newly in season, so I decided to work around that as my base flavour. I took recipes from The Pastry Chef’s Little Black Book, a recipe collection for chefs that provides very abbreviated recipes,…

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…