• mini tart cases

    Mini Tart Cases for sweet confections

    Mini Tart Cases for sweet confections These mini tartlets are perfect for all kinds of bite-sized delicacies. Special equipment: Nonstick Mini Muffin pan, with 24 cavities x 5 cm (about 2 inches), see photo:One 7 cm (about 2.75 inches) round cookie cutter Ingredients: 260 gr all purpose flour (about 9.2 ounces) 130 gr butter, straight from the fridge (about 4.6 ounces) 70 gr confectioner’s sugar, or caster sugar (about 2.5 ounces) 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1/4 tsp baking powder pinch of salt 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract ( optional, to taste ) Step 1 – Prepare the dough Cut the butter in 1 cm (about 0.5 inch) slices and put…

  • Chocolate and Kumquat Sorbet

    Chocolate and Kumquat Sorbet

    Of all the citrus-and-chocolate mix-and-matches, the kumquat-and-chocolate pairing in the form of a sorbet, beats them all. Kumquats are tiny citruses full of flavour and they are usually found in winter. They have a bitter flesh, a flavourful citrusy skin and an overall complex, flowery flavour. This Chocolate and Kumquat Sorbet requires some steeping to abstract the maximum flavour possible from the kumquats. And a good quality chocolate and cocoa powder, as the chocolate taste will be clearly pronounced in the final sorbet. You do not need to go over the top by buying the most expensive chocolate available, just use the chocolate that best suits to your taste buds. In…

  • Vanilla Ice Cream

    Vanilla Ice Cream

    When purchasing an ice cream machine, making vanilla ice cream is the first thing you ought to do, for it is the epitome of homemade ice cream, the one that will prove to you that you are in the beginning of a beautiful journey. Do not waste your time making something fancy, you need simplicity to build confidence. And do not choose a quick just-mix-and-churn ice cream recipe, you bough this ice cream machine to treat yourself to something special. Just-mix-and-churn recipes always fall into the mediocre side. When making ice cream at home, custard-based ice creams are the way to go – the word custard implies the presence of…

  • Lemon Curd Ice Cream

    Lemon Curd Ice Cream

    This is not an ice cream WITH lemon curd, like most “Lemon Curd Ice Cream” recipes you will encounter on the web. Those are actually heavy cream mixed with lemon curd. For the obsessed Lemon Curd lovers, chances are that you are looking for an ice cream which actually IS Lemon Curd. That’s it, a perfectly balanced ice cream, which fluffs up when churned, does not fill with ice crystals in the freezer and is easily scooped. It is a zesty ice cream, bursting with lemon flavour, enriched with egg yolks and mellowed with the addition of butter. Lemon Curd Ice Cream You do not have to worry about eating…

  • Dark Muscovado Whipped Cream

    Dark Muscovado sugar Whipped Cream ( + bonus Macerated Strawberries )

    In case you are asking: why should a recipe for Whipped Cream even have a place in a recipe blog? The answer is: because being made with Dark Muscovado sugar, it is really special. It makes for taste sensation, it will make you want to cry from happiness. And it opens the door to many new possibilities. This is the Whipped Cream of your dreams and the best way to serve it, by far, is with Macerated Strawberries ( recipe included ). Should it not be strawberry season, you can use almost any fruit you have handy, given that is has the slightest hint of acidity. An acid bite of fruit…

  • strawberries ice cream recipe

    Strawberry Ice Cream recipe

    The stars of this ice cream are actually Strawberries and Cream, it is more of a Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream, and it is as good as it gets. Making homemade ice cream with fruit is quite challenging in general, as the fruit may vary in ripeness and taste, greatly affecting the final outcome of the ice cream’s taste and texture. For this reason, you ought to choose in-season, locally grown and well-ripened strawberries. They should have a sweet taste when eaten plain and a deep red colour when bitten through. If your strawberries are packed with flavour, so will your ice cream. As for the seeds, you may want…

  • charcoal crackers with whipped feta

    Crackers with Whipped Feta and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

    The best part of these canapés is that, while everything is prepared in advance, most of the components are stored at room temperature. This means that you have one less thing to worry about storing in the fridge. Given that one of the most frustrating things when hosting a party is to find space in the refrigerator for everything, this makes for an easy and fun solution. Using disposable piping bags is a game-changer and it opens endless possibilities for amazing parties. Plus, you will have your friends fighting over who is going to help you, as, for some reason, the view of a filled piping bag wakes up their…

  • Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes recipe

    These Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes work as a wonderful addition to all kinds of dishes. Not only do they add umami, but they are also good-looking, easy to make and last in the fridge for a week. So they are ready to use whenever you want to jazz up your salads, sandwiches or other creations. Do check below the recipe for serving suggestions. Slow Roasted Tomatoes The quantities given are indicative. You can double, triple the recipe or even make just a handful of them if you like. No matter the quantities you choose to make, consider that:1) they should be spread in an single layer while baking and not…

  • Rum Raisins Ice Cream

    Rum and Raisins Ice Cream

    Raisins in desserts is definitely a love it or hate it affair. The hate it affair begins while we are toddlers, when we start panicking at the sight of these blackish things in our food. Growing up we are advised against doing so, but it may take decades to force ourselves to come to like them. Or simply, we never do. For the haters, the reason is that raisins in edible goods are often a distraction. If a biscuit is crunchy, a raisin will be the reason your jaws will stop happily munching on the crunchiness and slowly start chewing the sticky raisins. If a cake is tender, they will…

  • charcoal crackers

    (Seriously Good) Activated Charcoal Crackers

    These Activated Charcoal Crackers are seriously, seriously good. They may not be your usual mix-roll- and-bake crackers, as they require creating a poolish, which means preparing ahead of time.  If you have no idea what a poolish is, do not shy away from this recipe. It just requires some planning, and other than that, those crackers are made in a breeze. Poolish is what actually gives these crackers their seriously good flavour. Activated Charcoal had its moment as a hype product in 2016, so it is easy to find in specialty stores online. It should be in powder form and labeled as an edible product. It is supposed to have a…