Vegan Chocolate Cake

Recently, I had to do a presentation for one of my subjects Special Dietary Requirements. The special dietary needs that some people have are, gluten sensitivity, egg, lactose, celiac disease, peanut  or nut allergies and the list goes on.  Covering this subject in more depth has opened my eyes further and given me much greater understanding… Continue reading Vegan Chocolate Cake

Pear Tarte Tatin

To celebrate my son’s birthday on Sunday I was inspired to bake, I have not had the opportunity to make sweets for a little while.  I know that he loves cake made with fresh seasonal fruit. This classic French dessert is an upside-down pastry in which the fruit is caramelised in butter and sugar before… Continue reading Pear Tarte Tatin

Smoky Bacon, Pepper, Courgette & Spring Onion Clafoutis

Originally a classical French sweet pudding made with black cherries, prunes or other suitable fruits in season. This pudding, originally a sweet treat, has conveniently been converted into a savoury dish.  Why not, it works.  It can easily be made into a complete vegetarian course by adding cheese instead of the smoky bacon.  No matter… Continue reading Smoky Bacon, Pepper, Courgette & Spring Onion Clafoutis

Sticky Pear and Fig Cake

This delightful cake recipe I am sharing was passed onto me and fellow students by our chef Sebastian. We used Nashi pears for the recipe in class however, for this recipe I have used William pears.  You can use other varieties such as Bosc, Packham, Asian, Comice, Red Bartlett or Conference as long as the pear’s flesh remains firm.… Continue reading Sticky Pear and Fig Cake

Classic French Madeleines

Madeleines, the classic little French cakes that are sometimes referred to as biscuits or a cookie.  There are a few stories that surround the origin of these sublime cakes and I am unsure where the truth lies.  In one story the cakes were introduced to the French Court by Luis the XV in honoured of his father… Continue reading Classic French Madeleines

Pumpkin, Herb & Leek Pie

For those of us who love pumpkin, it’s versatility and health benefits, this simple and delightful recipe can be enjoyed on it’s own or can accompany a variety of meat dishes.  I have taken this pie to BBQ’s, picnics and many lunches.  My family adore this dish, it is light, soft and naturally sweet with a wonderful array… Continue reading Pumpkin, Herb & Leek Pie

Carrot & Walnut Loaf

One of my favourite things in life are cakes and desserts.  Every once in a while I enjoy baking and making something sweet.  After all, what is life without a little pleasure!  I am sharing a simple carrot and walnut loaf recipe that will boast a little indulgence and pleasure with a cup of coffee or tea. Ingredients 200 grams plain flour 1 teaspoons… Continue reading Carrot & Walnut Loaf

Pastry Twists (Olive Paste & Mediterranean)

Originally posted on Milanka's Fine Food:
For easy entertaining these are great to serve to friends as a snack whilst watching football or movie, as finger food at a party or as a starter when dinner guests arrive.  Pastry Twists are best served hot. Preparation Time:     20 minutes (approximately) Cooking Time:    …

Video – How to Make Plum Jam Biscuits (Kifle sa Pekmez)

I would like to introduce to you my first how to make video.  Plum Jam Biscuits (Kifle sa Pekmez) these biscuits are much loved in my  country of birth, Croatia. My gratitude and thanks to Yenny my film-maker.  Your expertise and talent is appreciated.  Enjoy!