Daring Bakers Challenge January 2011: Biscuit Joconde Imprime/Entremet

  The January 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Astheroshe of the blog accro. She chose to challenge everyone to make a Biscuit Joconde Imprime to wrap around an Entremets dessert.   I decided to make my entremet from lime and passion fruit mousse layers, topped with fruit. The inspiration from the recipe was…

Daring Bakers Challenge November 2010 : Crostata

The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well. I chose to make 2…

Daring Bakers Challenge October 2010 (part 2): Churro Madness!

Recipe: Churros     So I decided to make a second attempt at this month’s DB challenge. I have had cravings for crispy, sugary churros dunked in hot chocolate sauce since having them for breakfast at this year’s Glastonbury Festival (what?! of course churros are a legitimate breakfast food!).   I wasn’t sure if it…

Daring Bakers Challenge October 2010 (part 1): Let’s Go Nuts for Doughnuts!

Recipe: Apple Custard Doughnuts     The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.   Ohmygosh doughnuts are amazing! Everything we aren’t supposed to eat,…

Autumn Soup – Jerusalem Artichoke and Roasted Garlic

I made this soup quite some time ago, but then left it a few weeks before posting… then another few weeks… and before I knew it, Jerusalem Artichokes were out of season. But their time has come again, I spied some on a market stall lat week so I think that warrants finally posting the…

I <3 Anchovies

  Today I want to share with you a gorgeous, oniony, sweet-salty creation called Pissaladière. It is a french version of pizza, using soft caremelised onions as the sauce, and topped with anchovies and (usually) olives.   A couple of years ago, I would have turned my nose up at the thought of olives and…

Matcha Madeleines and a Big Chocolate Hit

  I went to Japan Centre recently. Near Piccadilly Circus? Go see it for yourself. I nearly stayed in there forever, soo much japanese stuff… and the fresh sushi and cooked to order tempura at the takeaway counter looked amazing! I was all but hypnotised by the machine freshly grinding matcha (green-tea) powder, but I…

Daring Bakers Challenge September 2010: Get Creative

Recipe: Iced Sugar Cookies           The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.   September, for me, has been a month of firsts. First day working…

Practice Makes Perfect

Having offered to make a wedding cake for my friends Ruby and Lee (congratulations on the engagement!), I am in full-on research and planning mode. This means making practice cakes. Lots of practice cakes.   So here is my first attempt, a lemon syrup-soaked sponge, with lemon curd buttercream, fondant icing, and tiny jasmine flowers,…