Fruit

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

Two Autumn Tarts, and an explaination for my long absence!

Autumn seems to have arrived early this year – the hedgerows are burgeoning with black berries and orchard trees are heavy with soft fruits and early apples begging to be picked.  There is a limit to how much of this gorgeous produce one can consume while its fresh, so it is a busy time of year for cooks in the kitchen as we turn the excess into chutney, jams and jellies. I also like to make fruit pies that can be prepared for freezing and cooking later. It makes for very easy entertaining throughout the late autumn and winter months.

Here are two of my favourite recipe: 1: Fig Tart with Brown Sugar Frangipani and Spelt Pastry. 2: Apple, Pear and Blackberry Open Pie with a Dark Muscovado and Allspice Streusel Topping.   Continue reading

Cake for Breakfast: Clementine Breakfast loaf

Clementine

Clementine’s – the smallest of the tangerine family. tender, juicy and seedless.

Eating cake for breakfast may seem like a wicked indulgence but just stop and think about it before you reach for packet cereals.  Fresh fruit cakes are often lower in sugar, they use real fats like butter of olive oil, eggs for protein and you can pack them full vitamins with fruits or pureed vegetables like carrot or beetroot.  Last year food trend spotters thought that cake for breakfast would be the ‘in thing’ by 2017. A number of studies  also suggested that so long as you don’t indulge in rich gateaux that breakfast cakes are better for you and set you up for the day ahead better than propriety cereals.  After all the Spanish have been doing it for generations  – think Magdalenas and Spanish coffee cake.

This clementine cake ticks all of the boxes;  it easy to make, it stores and freezes well and its delicious and refreshing. Clementine’s  are at their best for one more month until the end of February. Continue reading

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