Bailey’s chocolate cheesecake

Bailey’s liqueur, I’m sure you’ll agree, is delicious! My Aunt wonderfully gave me a bottle recently, but rather than just drinking it (highly probable) I thought I would try and experiment a bit and make a dessert. The end result is this lovely Bailey’s chocolate cheesecake. This is a no bake cheesecake recipe, which is…

Chocolate mousse with olive oil

My husband and I have just had our ninth wedding anniversary, but considering that I’ve just had my wisdom teeth out, romance or celebrations won’t be high on my list; just pain killers and ice packs!! As I have to exist on mushie food for a while, I decided to make this delicious chocolate mousse…

Mulberry and apple cake

Our local communal mulberry tree across the road from our house grew a bumper fruit crop this year and as usual young and old appeared with buckets (and even ladders) to pick the juicy messy fruit. It’s a lovely way to get the community together. My girls love eating them straight from the tree and…

Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce

It’s been so cold lately and constantly raining, so last weekend I made the family a classic comfort dessert to brighten their day and warm them up. This sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce is so sickly sweet and so bad for you but is so good to eat.  It’s also quick and easy to…

Fig, almond and honey frangipane tart

Fresh figs are a wonderfully sweet and decadent summer fruit but are exorbitant to buy where I live, even when they are in season. Fortunately my mother in law has a wonderful fig tree in her garden which produces beautiful fruit each summer. As much I love eating figs just as they are, sometimes it’s…

Apple and cinnamon cake

What do you do when you have wrinkly old apples in a fruit bowl and no one wants to eat them? Well if you’re me, you bake them into a cake of course! This apple and cinnamon cake is an instant classic and full fills all my comfort food requirements. There’s something about the combination…

Meringues with marscapone cream, peaches and raspberries

This sophisticated dessert is definitely for those special occasions in your life. I made these individual meringues with marscapone cream topped with peaches, raspberries and cherries for Christmas Day, but it could easily be made for Valentine’s Day or a special dinner party. The sweetness of the crunchy meringue is perfectly balanced with the creaminess…

Happiness is a Chocolate Brownie

Sometimes all you need to make yourself happy in this world is a chocolate brownie. This brownie recipe is my go to comfort food when I’m feeling a bit down. It’s full of sugar, chocolate and butter and if that combination doesn’t make you happy, then perhaps nothing will!  It’s even better served warm with…

Lemon curd and lavender tart

Sometimes I crave a dessert that’s both sweet and sour and this lemon curd and lavender tart certainly fits the bill. As it’s still summer, a dessert that’s also refreshing and easy to make is a great idea too. I also love using fragrant flowers in cooking as they look so pretty, but of course…

Pistachio Pavlova with Nectarines and Raspberries

It was my mother in laws birthday recently and the family got together for dinner to celebrate. Of course as she was cooking her own birthday dinner, the least I could do was make her dessert! My mother in law is awesome, and I’m so appreciative of all the wonderful things she does for me…

My delicious Pine Nut Tart

This recipe is my husbands favourite due to its buttery richness. Hence why I’m making this for his birthday. Perfect served cold with freshly whipped cream on the side. It comes from an old Italian cookbook, but it looks like an Italian version of a traditional English tart to me. Enjoy Pastry: 115g/8 tbsp unsalted…