Tarted Up Treacle Tart with Ginger and Pecans

Treacle Tart gets a festive makeover with the addition of ginger, lemon zest and chopped pecans. Delicious served warm with cream!

Treacle Tart. If someone asks me what my favourite dessert is it has to be a treacle tart. It has to be served warm and preferably with a large dollop of clotted cream. My husband has to have it with custard and my mum prefers ice cream. At this point I have to say that […]

Naughty Nutella Macarons

Naughty Nutella Macarons are a must try if you love Nutella. This simple recipe is easy to put together and is certain to wow your guests.

Naughty Nutella Macarons? It should really be Naughty Amanda! I’ve been known to dive into a jar of Nutella with a spoon, so even though it’s cheaper to buy a huge jar, I just don’t trust myself. Macarons are found everywhere in France in all sorts of lurid colours with flavours to match and I […]

French Bread and Butter Pudding

French Bread and Butter Pudding. Sweetened French bread is buttered and strewn with hazelnuts and plain chocolate and then baked in a custard.

French Bread and Butter Pudding. What could possibly be French about bread and butter pudding? Absolutely nothing! This is a typical English dish that I would never eat  growing up. To me, sliced white bread was meant for bacon sandwiches or cheese on toast; it certainly wasn’t pudding. Then I married a man who liked very […]

Caramel Chocolate Tart

Caramel Chocolate Tart. Homemade caramel oozes over a crisp chocolate pastry base and is finished with a baked chocolate topping.

Caramel Chocolate Tart. I normally only eat desserts for special occasions and this caramel chocolate tart was planned for Christmas time but didn’t quite make it. Now we are nearly at Valentine’s Day and this tart would be perfect for a romantic meal but it would be equally good for any party as it will serve […]

Mozzarella Sausage Rolls or Mooing Pigs

Mozzarella Sausage Rolls. Known here as Mooing Pigs, these naughty morsels are stuffed with mozzarella and when you cut them the mozzarella oozes out.

Mooing Pigs or Mozzarella Sausage Rolls. No I haven’t gone mad. Every year at Christmas I make sausage rolls as my boys love them. They also love mozzarella so I had a dirty little thought. What if I could get mozzarella in the sausage rolls? Wouldn’t it all ooze out? Luckily my little experiment was a […]

Blueberry and Coconut Muffins

Blueberry and Coconut Muffins are moist and crunchy and easy to make at any time. The blueberries ooze out into a jammy crust which is delicious!

These Blueberry and Coconut Muffins are really moist and delicious. Whilst I’m normally moaning that I can’t find ingredients here in France, I’ve recently discovered that a local supermarket sells prepared fresh coconut! I’m all for not buying ready prepared food but there is a limit. Next I saw blueberries nearby which got me thinking: hot gooey […]

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mini Loaves

Raspberry and White Chocolate in cake batter and baked in mini loaves. The tart berries and creamy chocolate are a delicious combination.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mini Loaves. There’s an abundance of fresh berries in season right now and I was completely seduced by a pack of raspberries and blueberries. French people love berries and at a recent evening with our French neighbours, dessert consisted of black currants and strawberries  in a sort of light custard. I was […]

Strawberry Crumble

Strawberry Crumble sounds a bit odd doesn’t it? Being typically English I am always seduced by a tray of strawberries, artfully presented in a little wooden crate, even if it’s only a few weeks until my own strawberries will be ready. The trouble is that April has been fairly wet, not exactly the weather for sitting […]

Chocolate Banana Muffins

These Chocolate Banana Muffins are really easy to make. They rise well and the banana keeps them moist after baking. I had to find something new for my ‘thank you’ cakes. One of my French neighbours in the next hamlet brought me a bucket of oysters, another neighbour lent us his barn and another brought us some […]

Lemon Drizzle Muffins

Everyone loves lemon drizzle cake so what could be better then this recipe for muffins? Lemony, sticky drizzle topping on fluffy, moist muffins….what could be better? My French friends really like receiving something homemade, and especially anything English, so I made these to thank one of my neighbours recently from my post: How to Shuck Oysters. […]