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…

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,…

Lamington Slice

RECIPE: With Australia Day just around the corner it was time to experiment with an Australian-themed recipe and try this variation on the lamington. I had to substitute or make a few of the ingredients as I was unable to get them – they’re described in the recipe below. I made one-third of the recipe…

Dark chocolate lemon layer cake

RECIPE: I’ve made variations of all the components in this layer cake before, but there were a few new techniques that I thought made it worth trying. As a point of interest, I calculated the cost of the ingredients and found that I had spent about $45AUD on ingredients. It took me about six hours…

Blueberry yoghurt dome

RECIPE: I had a punnet of blueberries that were too sour to enjoy fresh. I’d also been dying to try making a mousse entremet style dome so here was my chance. Rather than going with my first instinct and pairing blueberry with lemon, I decided to try something a little different in a mousse made…

Apple mousse crumble

RECIPE: Once again I had ingredients to use up before going away. I think this is when I’m at my most inventive! I had cream and some leftover crumble topping, so I decided to make a cinnamon sweet pastry base with apple mousse topped with the crumble topping. COMPONENTS: The sweet cinnamon pastry was not…

Lemon meringue entremet

RECIPE: My brother-in-law was pretty upset to miss out on my lemon meringue tarts, so with his birthday here, I thought I’d make a variation on lemon meringue. I didn’t have a fully formed idea but knew I wanted to make an entremet (a multi-layered mousse based dessert). I wanted to use the lemon┬ácurd recipe…

Vanilla Passionfruit Bones

RECIPE: It was my dog’s birthday this week, and it coincided with his weekly visit to Doggy Daycare at Scruffy’s, so I decided to treat the staff as a thank you for persisting with my lively fellow. I made the vanilla cake for two recipes. I cut shapes from it for this recipe, and used…