July 21, 2013

Blueberry & Peach Crumble Ice Cream

i scream for ice cream, we all scream for ice cream. At the first ray of sunshine breaking through British clouds, the whimsical tune of an ice cream van will have children screaming for lollies of all sorts and throwing tantrums when they are declined a 99 flake. 

And even into your twenties, thirties and beyond, the mention of ice cream on a hot summer day will take you back to your childhood, when the melting trickle of sweet cream goes running down your hand only to leave you with sticky fingers that no amount of wet wipes can get rid of. 

I took this 31C opportunity to make my own, with a fantastic recipe from Debbie Major. I also especially wanted to photograph my petites cuilleres en bois along with a delightfully crotcheted basket that was given to me by the exceptionally talented blogger Prunelle Grise

Embrace summer and make as many flavours as you desire. Serve in cones, with wafers or in retro stripey tubs and make the most of the scorching weather before the rain returns.

Use this basic recipe and your imagination to add whatever extras you see fit!


July 20, 2013

Chocolate & Orange Sables

decadent cocoa nibs and crunchy hazelnuts make these sables irresistible. For a more bitter (and less guilty) bite of the biscuit, use 70% dark chocolate when you dip, rather than milk. The orange zest gives them a perky pick-me-up, whilst the variety of textures compliment each other perfectly. As for ingredients, you can find cocoa nibs in most health-food stores and online.

Time for a cuppa..


July 10, 2013

Orange, Almond & Yoghurt Loaf

believe me, this is the best teatime loaf I have ever tasted. Simple, quick and easy to make, it is the perfect afternoon treat! Putting a tiny dollop of yoghurt in the sponge keeps it moist and rich, whilst the orange zest gives it a tang and livens things up.

I took this to our summer street party, where I won the cake competition, judged by a lovely lady who owns a cafe where I live. Who would have thought something so simple could be so utterly delicious. In her own words "this loaf would be just perfect with a cup of Earl Grey tea". Enjoy. 


Intense Chocolate Loaf

indulge in chocolatey goodness with this dark, moist and delightfully rich chocolate loaf. Grab yourself a glass of milk and a plate to scoff the evidence before it's too late. I like this plain but you could add in some chocolate chunks or nuts if you fancy. 

Make yours like this:


Honey & Almond Madeleines

only the best birthday present was handed over to me at the end of May...un moule a gateau pour les petites madeleines. I have been wanting to make these moist, sweet, buttery treats for such a long time, so finally, it was a real pleasure to give it my first (and best) attempt!

With a spoonful of honey (ok, 2 teaspoons to be exact), a scattering of ground almonds and the zesty peel of a lemon, they were packaged up fresh from the oven and only shipped to Monsieur Lemon Cake in Belgium. 

A couple of sneaky nibblers managed to steal a few before they were popped in the post. Seems like a 12-hole tin just wasn't enough...