Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

If we’re having people over to stay, I love the idea of baking something the day before that keeps well – or even improves – upon sitting for a day or two. That way when people wake up they can help themselves to a hot drink and a slice of cake, satisfying those immediate morningContinue reading “Apple Streusel Coffee Cake”

Lemon Semifreddo

I make this dessert every summer, without exception. Bright, cold, with a fabulous texture, and seriously lemony – a real slice of summer. This is adapted from a classic Giada De Laurentiis recipe, though I’ve dispensed with the amaretti biscuit base. The dreamy texture is too perfect without the interference of the crumbly biscuits. IContinue reading “Lemon Semifreddo”

Fortified Platinum Trifle

This was my submission to the Platinum Pudding Competition: Her Majesty is said to enjoy a particular cocktail now and again, made using a gently spiced, fortified red wine as the base. Evoking flavours of blackcurrant, citrus and a hint of spice, this fortified wine serves as the inspiration for a truly celebratory pudding toContinue reading “Fortified Platinum Trifle”

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

As far as I’m concerned, the only thing better than a rhubarb dessert is a strawberry rhubarb one. I made this for Easter Sunday this year after a traditional roast leg of lamb. Sprightly and sweet, it’s springtime in a bowl. Serve with some vanilla custard or ice cream. Feeds 6 Ingredients 400g rhubarb, trimmedContinue reading “Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp”

A Mindful Holiday: Shrove Tuesday

Read on for why pancakes are so mindful, tips on getting the perfect stack, and a recipe for the fluffiest Canadian pancakes. Whether you observe the day due to its religious significance (feasting before the period of Lent), or just because you happen to really, really like pancakes (me), Pancake Day is one of theContinue reading “A Mindful Holiday: Shrove Tuesday”

Salted Caramel Apple Sundaes

I made these for Thanksgiving this year, and everyone went absolutely crazy! The best part was I didn’t even have to serve it. I set out a build-your-own sundae bar and asked everyone to create their own masterpiece. Feeds 8 – 10 Ingredients For the salted caramel sauce: 340g sugar 4 tbsp water 120ml doubleContinue reading “Salted Caramel Apple Sundaes”

Berry Good Ice Cream

I love a no-churn ice cream. The method of combining condensed milk, softly whipped cream and whatever flavours you can imagine is limitless. This is an easy, lazy, summery ice cream you can keep on standby. Ingredients 400g frozen mixed berries, thawed 1 x 397g tin condensed milk Zest and juice of 1 orange 2Continue reading “Berry Good Ice Cream”

Chocolate Semifreddo

Semifreddo is similar to ice cream, except there’s no churning required and it’s a softer set once frozen. It’s often frozen in a loaf tin and sliced rather than scooped – as pictured above – making it very simple to store and serve. An ideal make-ahead dessert, this semifreddo is elegant, rich, and surprisingly easyContinue reading “Chocolate Semifreddo”

Easy Berry Compote

A no-notice dessert loved by children and adults, alike. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 250g frozen mixed berries 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp water 1 tsp cornstarch (corn flour) dissolved in a little water Method: Chop any large fruit in halves or quarters, then combine all the ingredients except the dissolvedContinue reading “Easy Berry Compote”

Classic Cornbread

As children we often ate cornbread with chilli. Sweet and sticky, it’s the perfect accompaniment. I eat this just as happily as an adult – after all, there’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia in the kitchen. Satisfying to bake, comforting to eat. A true joy. Feeds 6 – 8 Ingredients 1 cup (166g) fineContinue reading “Classic Cornbread”