Simnel Muffins

Simnel cake is an Easter tradition, and this muffin variant is great on its own or even served as a dessert. Like many people, some of my guests aren’t that keen on Marzipan so I’ve left that out and made a few ‘plain’ versions.  But don’t let that put you off – without the marzipan…

Vertical Potatoes

So I love Boulangere potatoes but unless they’re properly cooked on a low heat over a long period, often struggle to judge the timings and get them properly and evenly cooked through.  This alternative address potato cooking from a different perspective, literally!  By stacking the slices up on their sides, not only do you get…

Mini Lemon and Plum Savarin

Week 8: Patisserie Week – Savarin It’s semi-final week, and I’ve been away, so this post is really quite late (photos to follow – sorry) A ‘high end’ desert, the Savarin is a yeast leavened sponge saturated in alcohol based syrup, usually served with cream and fruit.  Paul’s Savarin was exactly this.  His orange sponge…

Marjolaine

Week 7: Dessert Week – Marjolaine Target Time: 3 hours No, I didn’t know what was either so a visit to the interweb was called for. If you google Marjolaine you’re likely to come across a number of sites devoted to French lingerie.  Be warned, I’m sure this was not the Marjolaine that Mary had in…

Tropical Fruit Pavlova

I can’t really take much credit for this one – Alex saw a picture of something very similar in a Tescos magazine and immediately declared that this is what she wanted for her birthday party, instead of a cake.  So yesterday Alex had her very first ‘Pizza and Pavlova Party’ Well, I have to admit these…

Lemon Curd Eclairs

So I find myself with some double cream and a batch of lemon curd to use up – what better way than to make up a batch of decadent eclairs? Mixing the lemon curd into the cream filling cuts through the richness, making these seem light and refreshing by comparison to some chocolate equivalents.  The…

Cranberry & Cherry Hot Cross Buns

OK, so I’m a couple of days late – these should have been ready on Good Friday but there was so much going on!  A great variant of the traditional Hot Cross Bun, this uses alternative fruits for a alternative the the seasonal favourite.  If you wish, replace the ginger and dried fruit* with 160g…

Lemon Drizzle Cake – Birthday Special!

So Alex suggested we bake mummy her favourite Lemon Drizzle Cake for her birthday last week.  A really nice idea, but this is a birthday, and as nice as this recipe is I felt that for a special occasion we had an opportunity for some serious cake pimping, so roll on the ‘Birthday Special’ version!…

Cranberry Punch

Of course if you’re the one driving, or perhaps just a little underage for the alcoholic cocktails, an Earswick Donkey probably isn’t for you. This Cranberry Punch goes down well as an alternative Serves Plenty Ingredients 200ml Cranberry Juice 500ml Orange Juice 600ml Sparkling Apple Juice, such as Appletise 1 Lime, thinly sliced 1 Satsuma,…

Earswick Donkey

So if you’ve followed my recipes for plum & slow gins & liqueurs, you’ll have been drinking this seasons for a few weeks now. You’ve probably given the odd bottle away as a present, maybe served up liqueurs after dinner, but what to do with the rest? Cocktails! My Earswick Donkey is a festive take…

Special Mushroom, Celeriac and Walnut Lasagne

For my vegetarian Christmas celebration, I opted for one of my favourites – lasagne, this time made with rich layers of mushroom, herby celeriac and creamy cheese sauce, along with the obligatory home made pasta sheets.  Of course you could use shop bought pasta, but making your own is really simple. It’s a 3 pan,…

Italian Slow Roast Shoulder of Pork

Shoulder of Pork is another ‘cheap’ cut of meat which lends itself to slow cooking.  Treated properly, this can make the most amazing roast dinner, requiring very little effort once it’s gone in the oven.  The fatty layers mean the meat does’t need basting as it cooks, and doesn’t need covering.  The Italian spin from…

Cassata Siciliana – The alternative to Christmas Pudding

So you’re entertaining for Christmas, but you want something a little different?  Just as rich and decadent, but maybe something chilled, or something a little bit lighter than the traditional pudding?  Give this cassata a go.  Packed with the festive richness of christmas pudding fruits soaked in rum, filled with creamy ricotta and covered in…

Cinnamon, Pecan and Orange Kringel – A Mother’s Day Special!

This recipe makes a very impressive celebration centrepiece, but it’s remarkably easy to make.  The traditional ‘Kringle‘ is a Scandinavian pastry dish, often pretzel shaped and can be either sweet or savoury.  This is an Estonian version, and is very similar to a Danish Pastry (my favourite!) The outside has a crisp, cinnamon crust, giving…

White Chocolate & Berry Valentine Tart

What better way of expressing your feelings for your loved one than presenting them with an amazingly decadent  white chocolate tart, tempered with fresh, tart berries?  What’s more, this recipe couldn’t be simpler. This recipe uses a white chocolate ganache – on it’s own this can be really sickly sweet and not to everyone’s taste,…