Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. I love desserts but they are often complicated to make. When I’m entertaining the last thing I want to do is risk a disaster, and believe me it happens. Cream in France is notoriously tricky and last year I made a Pavlova and watched as the cream just slid out from between…

Strawberry Pimm’s Tiramisu

Strawberry Pimm’s Tiramisu. What ingredients could be more British, especially in the summer? I’ve always loved Tiramisu but I had a bottle of Pimm’s in the cupboard and fabulous strawberries so it was time for a new twist. Unlike my other  more traditional Tiramisu this version uses Mascarpone and eggs. It’s best made a day…

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis. We are lucky enough to have two gorgeous cherry trees and normally I make a cherry crumble as the cherries make a delicious sauce. Of course, who can resist the buttery crumble on top? That’s my problem. If I make a crumble I simply can’t rest until the whole thing is eaten. I…

Ricotta and Chocolate Cassatelles

Ricotta and Chocolate Cassatelles. From fresh fish to delicious produce and soul warming desserts, Sicily is a foodies dream and we recently had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in it! Already great fans of Italy and its lovely produce, wine, seafood and time honoured recipes, we were excited to explore this mecca for foodies and…

Blueberry Chia Dessert

Blueberry Chia Dessert. Have you heard of chia seeds? If you’re a fan of Pinterest and food you already know how easy it is to browse recipes and come across some completely new ingredients. I found chia in this way but couldn’t find it locally in France but you can buy online or easily get it in…

Nutty Chocolate Tiffin

Nutty Chocolate Tiffin. Is there anything better than sticky chocolate biscuit, almonds, hazelnuts, raisins and cranberries all smothered in a thick layer of milk and plain chocolate? Many years ago my best friend’s mum Lyn used to make some amazing cakes and sometimes I would be there when she was and my friend Michelle were…

French Bread and Butter Pudding

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. 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…

Tiramisu

Tiramisu has got to be one of my favourite desserts. Generally, we only have desserts at home if we have guests so when I found out that Tiramisu was a favourite of our guests, I had the perfect excuse to make it, along with my lemon cheesecake, even though I hadn’t made it since moving here….

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…