Tarts and pastries

English Strawberries and Cream three ways

English Strawberries

English Strawberries and cream three ways

Strawberries, the symbol of summer, of sunshine and a carefree spirit.  The quintessential English summer conjures images of elegant ladies in cool attire while men ‘pink’ in blazers; of champagne and laughter,  riverside picnics, and race going . And the mere idea of a bowl of fresh strawberries and cream is enough to evoke an auditory response, ‘bop, bop…..out!..’, of the ball being lobbed over the nets at Wimbledon. 

Strawberries these days are with us virtually all year, flown in from around the world. Some are fragrant and delicious but others disappoint. They need sun to fulfil their promise and personally I am happy to wait until June 1st before buying my first strawberries of the year. Continue reading

Rhubarb Rhubarb and Orange scented Frangipani Puff Tart

 

Rhubarb and Orange Scented Frangipani Puff Tart

Rhubarb and Orange Scented Frangipani Puff Tart

I love frangipani, it is one of those concoctions that lends itself to different seasons, fruits and flavours. A classic frangipani is simply flavoured with vanilla essence and a touch of brandy or kirsch,   here we add a hint of the exotic with fresh orange juice and orange blossom water, both of which couple beautifully with the rhubarb. Puff tarts are incredibly easy to prepare,  but if you wanted something a bit more delicate then do make a short crust pastry, line an oblong or square baking tin and fill it with the almond and rhubarb as we do here. The joy of frangipani tarts is that more often than not there is no baking blind, so no worry that your beautiful shell is going to shrink away to nothing before you have got as far as filling it!   Continue reading