Macaron Caramel au Beurre Sale

I know the macron is no longer the height of baking fashion (I always say, once they’ve appeared in “McCafe”, they’re no longer special) but they are always a joy to present and, more importantly, to eat! This macaron recipe I found a few years ago, at the height of macaron fashion, and have made…

Almond Biscotti

  Growing up, Almond Biscotti were always one of those fancy biscuits, which were brought and served on special occasions. Topped with either red or green glacé cherries, it was a biscuit I only really came to appreciate when I was older. They are usually piped using a star nozzzle, but I improvised with a…

Lemon Capri Torte

There is something lovely about baking with lemons in the middle of winter. The aroma not only provides warmth to the kitchen, but the taste provides a little hint of summer and warmer days to come. However, this torte is also extremely comforting with it’s pudding like texture. This recipe was published by Sophie Dahl. It’s summer on a cool winters day….

Chocolate Quakes

I like making biscuits for work; I find they are more popular than a cake or muffins. Often I don’t know what to make, and I will select a cookbook from my shelf and browse until something takes my fancy. One Sunday afternoon, I picked up The Essential New York Times Cook Book from my…

Almond Biscotti

I love these almond Biscotti. Usually wafer thin, they are delicious with coffee or enjoyed as a treat on their own. Unfortunately this is not a family recipe.I don’t think either of my grandparents ever made them. A former colleague used to make these, and I keep forgetting to get the recipe from her. However…

Apple, Cinnamon & Almond Muffins

I love muffins and the continuing search for perfection. I don’t think it would ever be possible to have a definitive muffin recipe. So many variables and such personal taste. I prefer smaller muffins, packed with fruit. They are also quick and often don’t require too much exertion. After an intense period at work, I…

Gateau A L’Orange Et Aux Amandes (Orange and Almond Spongecake)

I recently enjoyed four days off work. On Tuesday, after having lunch in the city with Mum, we wandered in one of the department stores. I say wandered, because I practically dragged mum to the Kitchen Appliances. I could never afford a Kitchen Aid; they are expensive and up until recently I was only casually employed. In the…

Toscanner Slice

Last Sunday, with plenty of time on my hands, I decided to make this slice as I had almonds, almond meal and plenty of butter at hand. This slice is a richly layered shortbread-esque slice covered in a golden caramel topping of almonds and honey. It is time-consuming but not difficult and a decedant treat…