black sesame seed shortbread with lemon and kumquats and coconut milk glaze

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

these shortbread where really tasty, i love black sesame seeds and they go really well with citrus like lemon and kumquats.
i found the kumquats in selfridges food hall in London when i visited for the day on Saturday and had to buy them, i also got lots of other weird exotic fruit to try out like mangosteen, custard apple and granadillo , that is my new favourite place to visit in London. i got the poppy from there too i was glad i got it home on the coach in one piece.
 i also visited borough market while i was there which is a food market selling every thing you can think of from mushrooms, jam and fruit to meat.

cacao lavender muffins with lavender goats milk caramel

Sunday, 29 March 2015

goats milk caramel is defiantly a game changer, i love it. i added some lavender into a teabag and infused it into the milk it was so good.
these muffins have cacao nibs and dried lavender in as well as some creme fraiche

rye crepes with cardamom poached rhubarb and strawberries

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

These crepes are really yummy, i poached the rhubarb and strawberries with some sugar and cardamom and smothered the crepes in creme fraiche.
they are a great breakfast or brunch treat.

coconut truffle filled croissants

Monday, 23 March 2015

these croissants are filled with coconut truffles made with dessicated coconut, condensed milk and icing sugar. they were so yummy.
you can either make your own croissant dough or use shop bought dough.

spiced carrot cake with grilled pineapple and brown sugar mascapone frosting

Sunday, 22 March 2015

this carrot cake it jam packed with flavours. to make it i added, dessicated coconut, crushed pineapple, chopped walnuts and pumpkin seeds as well as candied ginger pieces into the spiced sponge and then added a layer of grilled pineapple in the middle of the two layers of cake and smothered it in brown sugar mascapone cream frosting.

Boston cream pie with kaffir lime leaf and lemon grass infused coconut milk custard

Thursday, 19 March 2015

I feel a bit naughty, I know you are not meant to mess with a classic but i couldn't help it.
I have been inspired by allot of Asian flavours recently and i wanted to make a cake with a fusion of east and west, i imagined that infusing coconut milk and cream with some bashed lemongrass and some kaffir lime leaves would make a wonderful flavoured custard and i couldn't wait to make it and find out if it worked. I was awake most of the night thinking about it, I'm a bit sad i know!, i carry a little note book around with me in case an idea pops into my head.

beignets with mint infused caramelised white chocolate ganache

Monday, 16 March 2015

these beignets were so fluffy, i made a mint infused caramelised white chocolate ganache by adding fresh mint into a pan with some milk, i heated it gently then left it to let the mint flavour infused into the milk before adding it to the caramelised white chocolate.

tres leches cake with coconut coated cream frosting

Sunday, 15 March 2015

i love tres leches cake its is so moist and flavourful, i adapted kamran siddiqis recipe from his amazing book hand made baking.
i decided to make a two layered cake rather than the traditional single layered tres leches cake.
it is a Mexican cake, tres leche means three milks, which is what the sponge is soaked in.

earl grey brown sugar pistachio meringue with mandarin lemon curd and persimmon

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

this pavlova is so yummy the meringue is made with brown sugar, earl grey and has chunks of pistachios throughout, then i topped it with a brown sugar whipped cream and mandarin and lemon curd with sliced mandarins and persimmons, then i sprinkled it with more pistachio nuts and pistachio flavoured persian fairy floss.

maple pecan cupcakes with rosemary maple bacon

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

these cupcakes were so yummy. i love maple syrup so when i saw the recipe for maple pecan cupcakes on bakingmad.com i had to try it. i decided to add my own spin on it by adding a little maple rosemary bacon and some brown sugar in the frosting

eclairs with roasted rhubarb and tonka bean and ginger custard

Monday, 9 March 2015

 These eclairs are filled with roasted rhubarb and tonka bean and ginger custard with some crumbled specaloos cookies.
the tartness of the rhubarb goes really well with the fragrant tonka bean and ginger custard.

cuttle fish ink pretzels with black hawaiian salt

Sunday, 8 March 2015

i know its a little weird but the cuttle fish ink added such a nice salty flavour to the pretzels, and i promise it did not taste fishy at all.
i really enjoy making pretzels, usually i would bathe them in a water bath for 30 seconds first before i baked them but this time i brushed on the water/baking soda mixture and then turned out allot better.

chocolate buns with blood orange and cacao nibs

Thursday, 5 March 2015

these buns are made with a chocolate enriched dough, rolled out and sprinkled with butter, brown sugar, orange juice and zest and also cacao nibs. i drizzled over a blood orange icing too.

buckwheat honey cake with rose mascapone cream frosting and italian macarons

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

this cake is made with buckwheat flour, and i used half the amount of sugar and replaced it with honey.
the combination of honey and brown sugar makes a wonderful flavour.
i made the frosting with rose extract double cream and mascapone.

baklava with walnuts orange blossom water and rosewater

Monday, 2 March 2015

I love how easy baklava is so make, and it tastes so good. I like to add a little cinnamon and honey into the syrup it seems to make it taste so much better

blood orange poppy seed muffins with earl grey tea glaze

Thursday, 26 February 2015

these muffins are perfect for breakfast and are great eaten still warm.
i love blood oranges and i wanted to make the most of a big bag i picked up recently to i made these muffins with some freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast.
the season for blood oranges is almost over, but these would work well with regular oranges or even lemon.

Papaya and lime scones

Monday, 23 February 2015

i enjoy eating papaya with a little lime juice squeezed onto it so i thought it would be a nice flavour combination to add into a scone mixture. the two flavours go togther really well.
these scones were wonderfully crumbly and were really nice still warm with a bit of butter.

hummingbird cake with cinnamon and honey cream cheese frosting

Sunday, 22 February 2015

The name of this cake made it appealing to me before I even knew what the ingredients where, when i found out i was totally sold, banana, pineapple and coconut. Can it be any more perfect?.
there is cinnamon and brown sugar in it too.

banana cake with salty honey creme fraiche

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

when i first imagined this cake it was going to be an large layered cake, but i changed by mind and decided to stick with the humble loaf cake.
it is a very special cake though as i have used nice ingredients like black Hawaiian salt, Madagascan vanilla beans and cut heather honey with some creme fraiche, lets just say its a fancy banana bread.

raspberry and lychee curd tarts with crystallised rose petal meringue

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

these tarts a little bit special,  you may be able to see the pastry is pink. that's because i added some freeze dried raspberry powder to it.
the curd is made from raspberries and lychee's and i added some crystallised rose petals into the Italian meringue. they are so yummy.

 
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