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  • apricot, cinnamon & olive oil cupcakes with italian meringue frosting
15 Feb, 2016

Italian meringue style icing

By |February 15th, 2016|Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low calorie, Low GI, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian, Wheat-free|0 Comments

Have you been looking for an alternative to cream cheese or sugar frosting on your cake decorating?  Conscious of those pesky calories?  Well, I came across (not my idea unfortunately), but I have embraced this low calorie replacement in the style of Italian meringue and yes, you can flavour it and pipe it, just like [...]

  • low calorie italian meringue icing
14 Feb, 2016

Apricot, cinnamon and olive oil cupcakes

By |February 14th, 2016|Low calorie, Low GI, Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

These cupcakes 'under the bonnet' are healthy versions of cupcakes, without scrimping on taste.  I have replaced butter with yoghurt and rapeseed oil and replaced refined sugar with xylitol (natural sugar alternative) and reduced flour by 50 per cent, replacing it with ground almonds.  As for the icing, I've used an Italian meringue style frosting [...]

  • rustic date and fig bread in basket
16 Nov, 2015

Rustic date and fig bread

By |November 16th, 2015|Bread, Recipes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Rustic date and fig bread - Bursting with fruit and a sweet flavour, this sourdough-style bread combines two types of dough and bakes in just 20 minutes. - starter dough: wholemeal flour, fast action yeast, water, 2nd dough: wholemeal flour, strong white flour, salt, butter (melted), treacle, water, figs, dates (stoned), starter dough: In a [...]

  • madeleines french patisserie
19 Oct, 2015

Madeleines

By |October 19th, 2015|Recipes, Sweet treats, Vegetarian|0 Comments

I have loved these for years, but never been brave enough to try these difficult treats.  I have heard many have had limited success when it comes to Madeleines.  Then I came across this recipe my Julia Childs, who has perfected the technique.  Armed with a madeleine baking pan (to give you bake the traditional [...]

  • lemon tart - tarte au citron
18 Sep, 2015

Zesty lemon tart

By |September 18th, 2015|Desserts, Recipes, Sweet treats|0 Comments

Zesty lemon tart - Based upon the French classic tarte au citron (lemon tart). Zesty lemon filling and short (crumbly) sweet, biscuit pastry. Perfect for a sweet treat or to impress guests as a fitting dessert course. - Pastry: plain flour (+ dusting), icing sugar, unsalted butter (cubed), egg yolks, Filling: eggs, caster sugar, double [...]

  • white bread dough
24 May, 2015

Perfect bread dough

By |May 24th, 2015|Bread, Recipes|0 Comments

Perfect bread dough - A perfect dough recipe every time. Time is needed if you are hand baking, but you can use these ingredients as a basic bread recipe in a bread machine. - strong white bread flour, dried yeast, sugar, salt, water, Keep the dry and wet ingredients separate until you are ready to [...]

  • cinnamon swirls
10 May, 2015

Cinnamon Swirls

By |May 10th, 2015|Recipes, Sweet treats|0 Comments

Cinnamon Swirls - The smell of toasted nuts, caramelised sugar and cinnamon. Who could resist? These are easier to make than you think, if you have the time! - Swirls: strong white flour, dried yeast, honey, fine sea salt, water (tepid), olive oil, Filling: almonds, hazelnuts, unsalted butter, ground cinnamon (extra for sprinkling), honey, demerara [...]

  • Tiger bread
23 Mar, 2015

Tiger bread

By |March 23rd, 2015|Bread, Recipes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Tiger bread - Tiger bread is given its name from the two tone pattern on the bread, similar to that of a tiger. It really looks great on any table, impressive, but only requires one small additional process from baking a normal white loaf. - Bread: white bread flour, easy action yeast (or 15g of [...]

  • black forest trifle
20 Mar, 2015

Black forest trifle

By |March 20th, 2015|Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Black forest trifle - This 70's style dessert is a combination of trifle and black forest gateau - made up with a bottom layer of sticky chocolate brownies, cherries in kirsch, chocolate custard and top layer of cream. Death by chocolate :) - custard, dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), chocolate brownies, cherries in kirsch [...]

1 Jan, 2015

Crab and prawn tostadas

By |January 1st, 2015|Canapés, Recipes, Starters, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Crab and prawn tostadas - Tostada is a Spanish word meaning "toasted". In Mexico and other parts of Hispanic America it is the name of different local dishes which are toasted or use a toasted ingredient as the main base of their preparation. - crab meat, prawns (cooked and shelled), lime juice (plus lime zest), [...]