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…

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…

Chocci Banoffi Tart

I have to admit that this Choccy Banoffi Tart is rather naughty. It starts with buttery chocolate pastry  which encases layers of caramel, chocolate ganache, bananas and cream. This recipe came together by accident, as most of them do. We had friends coming for dinner and I had planned on  doing a banoffi pie. My sister in…

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…

Christmas Shortbread

So why is it Christmas shortbread? To me it’s Christmas shortbread as, growing up, the only time you could buy shortbread was at Christmas. Mostly it came in a circle where you were supposed to break off a portion. It never worked that way, you either had a massive bit or a pile of dust….

Chunky Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookies

Warning……these chunky chocolate and hazelnut cookies are very naughty and therefore very good! I remember making something like this as a child with chocolate chips and chopped nuts but this is definitely not something for children. It’s not because you find yourself biting into a large chunk of chocolate or because they are huge, crispy…