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…

Chocolate ganache tarts

RECIPE: I decided it was time to learn how to temper chocolate. The tart shells were made up from leftover cinnamon pastry from my Apple Mousse Crumble. They are filled with chocolate ganache and topped with tempered chocolate. COMPONENTS: I’ll take a moment here to discuss baking pans. The cinnamon tart shells were baked in…

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 Tarts

RECIPE: I’ve been dying to try a recipe from this cookbook, which so far has just been a delightful way to pass time reading and looking and planning. I started with an easy recipe rated 2/5. It didn’t have any unusual ingredients, and didn’t require much in the way of special equipment. It did have…

Pear and Chocolate Frangipane Tart

I had some lovely new season pears and needed to take morning tea to work, and this recipe looked like something that could achievably be baked after work but still push me.

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…