Desserts for entertaining

One tub, several spoons. Orange and White Chocolate Ice-Cream, a treat for the May weekend.

orange and white chocolate ice cream three scoops

Scoops of White Chocolate and Orange Ice-Cream, served with amaretto biscuits

 

May bank holiday weekend and the sun is planning on shining. Sun shine and warmth conjure images of lazy days, bluebell walks and family time. And  is it my imagination, or can I hear the tinkling and familiar tune of the ice cream van approaching? This rich and velvety orange ice cream will definitely knock the socks of anything you can buy. The white chocolate adds a satisfying, slightly chewy texture, the sugar content  is reduced so that its not overly sweet. Cooking the orange zest strips with the milk translates into a mellow orange undertone and the fresh zest adds spark.  Continue reading

Canelé flavoured with Seville Orange, Seedlip Spice 94, and Orange Brandy.

canele with seelip

Canele flavoured with Seville Orange, Orange Brandy and Seedlip’s Spice 94

Who ever thought of cooking sweet batter in small fluted moulds at a very high temperature ?  Luckily for us they did and today these deliciously sweet bites are enjoying the limelight.  

 Canelé are reputedly tricky to make; the batter is the easy part – the cooking of canelé is what makes it tricky. The art is in cooking the sweet batter of the canelé for a short burst in a  fiercely hot oven. The heat boils the batter trapping the air in pockets as the batter sets. Once cooked the insides are aerated and creamy soft in texture. The outside of the canelé is caramelised forming a dark, crisp shell.

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