Desserts for entertaining

Muscovado Pavlova with maple cream, poached plums, fresh figs and blackberries, topped with maple caramelized pecans

IMG_4504 Muscovado Pavlova with Poached and Fresh Fruits.

Comfort, generosity and togetherness are the themes for Christmas 2017. Encapsulating these ideas perfectly , this sumptuous dessert is a joy to behold and to eat.  Warmth of flavour is its storyline, provided by the two varieties of muscovado sugar in the soft mallowy meringue; the vanilla, winter spices and bay leaves in the red wine poaching syrup; and the addition of maple syrup to the sweetened cream topping. Continue reading

The Best Handmade Ice Cream in Cumbria!

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The Handmade Ice Cream Company

I first met Steve at Cranstons, Orton Grange Charity Christmas Fair where he was quietly offering tasters of some of his delicious handmade ice-cream. I know from experience how difficult ice cream is to make especially for commercial sale so I was immediately impressed by the quality of his product. It has a warm velvety mouth feel and excellent flavour.  He was one of the first Cumbrian food producers that I contacted, and subsequently met, when setting out to do the research for my new book, At Home in Cumbria, A Recipe Book; written to celebrate 20 years of care in the community from Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.  After visiting Steve at his business  The Handmade Ice Cream Company (article below), I was inspired to develop a dessert using his gingerbread ice cream.  Mini Baked Blencatharas  – a twist on a classic, epitomising the flavours of Cumbria.  Continue reading

How to make friends fast- Learn to make Sticky Toffee Pudding

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The ultimate comfort food – Sticky toffee pudding and thick delicious cream.

 

Sticky Toffee Pudding is the ultimate Lake District treat. Warm sponge cake steeped in dark buttery caramel. The original recipe was created by Francis Coulson at Sharrow Bay in the 1970s where it is still on offer every day in the restaurant. Cartmel Village Shop makes and sells their own extremely delicious version too. However, it is very easy to make at home and a bit more economical if you are cooking for large numbers.

Just to prove how easy – at Stirring Stuff  Cookery School, sticky toffee pudding was on the menu for the first of our two Men in the Kitchen classes . It was also a definite hit on the Back to Uni course – how to make friends fast – learn to cook a sticky toffee pudding! Continue reading

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