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Desserts French

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a chocoholic. I love chocolate in all its forms, colours and sizes – dark, white, fudge, ice cream, cake, you name it. So when I saw a recipe for this luscious lava cake, I couldn’t resist. The best part is it was so incredibly easy and quick […]

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British Desserts

Winter Cocoa Cake

It had been years since I last made this cake. I found that it is still a great recipe for a quick dessert. You could frost it, but it is fine topped with just a dusting of powdered sugar. The only thing I would do differently next time? Similar recipes include ½ teaspoon of salt, […]

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American (USA) Desserts

Pumpkin Pie

The British have never really got pumpkin pie, although cookbook writers have been trying hard to make us like it for over 300 years – long before the first recipe appeared in Cucubita pepo’s native America. Jill Dupleix quotes a 1932 letter to the Times in which a gentleman marvels at the prodigious growth of […]

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Desserts

Passion for Pears & Apples

As the heat of summer begins to wane, we find ourselves gravitating to the kitchen, eager to prepare foods that will warm the house and fill it with enticing aromas. With apples, pears, figs and other autumn fruits at their peak, it’s the perfect season for baking desserts. Pan Roasted Apples & Pears-a wonderful dish […]

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Desserts Polish

3 Bit Cake

After the unexpected success of  The Warm Goat Cheese Salad let me show you another Polish invention, this time by our dear fan Mrs Kornelia Szczepanik. To say that this cake is good would be quite an understatement. So let’s cut the long story short. She made it. We ate it. As simple as that […]

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Desserts Turkish

Walnut Baklava

Gooey, rich, buttery, and sweet.  Baklava is a dessert that is claimed by many cultures as their own.  Whether it is Greek, or Turkish or even Chinese, makes no difference to me.  All I know is that it’s good, really good. The phyllo dough for this recipe is found in the freezer section of most grocery […]

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Desserts Italian cuisine

White Chocolate Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is Italian for “cooked cream” and comes from the Piemonte (Piedmont) region in Northern Italy.It is a thick cream pudding, not to be likened to crème brulée for the latter is a custard made with egg yolks, whereas panna cotta relies on gelatin as its thickening agent.   The variations on this dish […]

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Desserts

Lemon Sorbet-feed your body, mind and soul

A fruit sorbet is one of the simplest of puddings to make. Most people are like:what, you can make that at home? What, it only needs two ingredients? No ice cream machine needed? I’m in! Well I will tell you:It’s relatively quick to make, contains no artificial flavours or colours and tastes absolutely divine! I […]

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Desserts Main Courses Starters

Balsamic Reduction (Glaze)

Balsamic reduction sauce is a gourmet finishing sauce that will make your friends and family think you’ve taken up a cooking class–but it’s just oh-so-easy! Drizzle on salads, bread, deliiicious on fish, this sauce is sweet, tart, and a must have in the kitchen! There are some bottled balsamic glazes out there, but from the […]

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Desserts French

Strawberry Tart with Crème Patisserie

Nothing smells of an English summer like strawberries. I have wanted to make crème patisserie for ages and thought it would be the perfect accompaniment to the strawberries in this classic, unfussy tart. For the base of the tart, of course, we are using our yesterday recipe ‘ pate brisee’ ….and now you probably know […]