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03Oct 12

Pecan Squares

These deliciously satisfying pecan squares are a fantastic solution if you’re looking for an interesting dessert for a dinner party or brunch.  Use the best quality pecans you can get and keep a close eye while baking to avoid burning. I also suggest you try my apricot and pecan cake. It makes a fantastic breakfast option!   Print Pecan Squares Author: Sarah White Recipe type: Dessert Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  40 mins Total time:  1 hour Serves: 8   A fantastic solution if you’re looking for an interesting dessert Ingredients FOR THE CRUST: 225g butter at room temperature 150g brown sugar ½tsp salt 375g flour FOR THE FILLING: 115g butter 100g brown sugar 6tbsp honey 2tbsp granulated sugar 2tbsp double cream ¼tsp salt 200g pecan halves ½tsp vanilla extract Instructions FOR THE CRUST: Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Line a deep baking dish with parchment. Using an electric mixer or a […]

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14Sep 12

Triple Chocolate Cake

 Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate – what more do I need to say about this triple chocolate cake recipe?!  Get baking and enjoy. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! For another rich chocolate dessert to be eaten by the spoonful, try these intense little chocolate pots. They are sinfully tantalising!   Print Triple Chocolate Cake Author: Sarah White Recipe type: Dessert Prep time:  45 mins Cook time:  30 mins Total time:  1 hour 15 mins Serves: 8   Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate Ingredients CHOCOLATE SPONGE: 4 eggs, yolks separated from whites, whites stiffly beaten 165g plus 2 tablespoons caster sugar 90g semisweet chocolate, melted in 1 tablespoon of water 95g plus 2 tablespoons flour RICH BUTTERCREAM FILLING: 200g granulated sugar 125ml water 5 egg yolks, beaten 250g butter, softened 1tbsp vanilla extract 125g semisweet chocolate CHOCOLATE GLAZE: 60g semisweet chocolate 1tbsp butter 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten Instructions FOR THE CHOCOLATE SPONGE: […]

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08Aug 12

Apple Meringue Pie

A traditional Swedish dessert, this apple meringue pie is a real treat for the apple pie connoisseur.  With a crispy crust, scrumptious strawberry and tart apple filling, all covered with a light and delicious meringue, this pie is sure to satisfy even the most demanding of palates.  Although the recipe and finished product appear to be quite complex and difficult, in reality, it’s quite the opposite.  You’ll have it ready in just over an hour, and judging by past experience, it’ll only last about half that time before disappearing! For another fruity meringue treat, try this iced fruit mountains and hot chocolate snow recipe.   Print Apple Meringue Pie Author: Sarah White Recipe type: Dessert Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  50 mins Total time:  1 hour 10 mins Serves: 10   A traditional Swedish dessert Ingredients FOR THE CRUST: 75g butter 3tbsp granulated sugar 2 egg yolks 95g flour 30g chopped roasted […]

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30Jul 12

Date and Raisin Biscuits

This delicious date and raisin biscuit recipe was given to me years ago by a neighbour who was a real baking aficionado, and they instantly became one of my favourite biscuits!  I remember her house (and mine, as I lived right next door) used to always smell of cakes and biscuits at the weekends, which always left me with my mouth watering and wondering if it would be too cheeky to go over and ask for a sample!  Luckily, I never had to, as she eventually came over and offered me some of these delicious biscuits, and many other treats over the course of the years that I lived next to her. To keep with the date theme, you could try this curly asparagus salad with goat’s cheese and Medjool dates as a meal before these biscuits. After all, you will probably need some healthy food to offset the sugar in […]

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26Jul 12

Apple Coffee Cake

  This apple coffee cake is a deliciously spicy treat that goes extremely well with your cup of morning tea or coffee. For an afternoon or evening dessert, pair it with a xanté hot apple cocktail. The combined flavours will be delicious! The tartness of the apples provides the perfect counterpoint to the aromatic sweetness of the coffee cake. In fact, I suggest you use the tartest apples you can find, as this really makes the cake stand out from the crowd. For a truly decadent delight, try adding some pecans or walnuts (or any other nut) to the batter. If you do, be sure to coat the nuts with a bit of flour before adding them to the mix, as this will help to keep them from sinking to the bottom during baking. Print Apple Coffee Cake Author: Sarah White Recipe type: Dessert Prep time:  25 mins Cook time:  50 mins […]

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23Jul 12

Basque Cream Cake

This is a French recipe originating from the Basque region, an area that borders France and Spain. That´s where I first tried this cake, after a very long morning walk around the city of Soule, France, and a quite heavy meal that included Coq Au Vin in a great restaurant where everything was fantastic. I didn´t know what to order for dessert, so the waiter recommended this delicacy, which is difficult to find even in Basque bakeries. Luckily, this rustic jewel is not hard to make, just hard to resist. I really liked its textures and flavours, and thought it could also be an ideal afternoon tea time snack. It’s a cake with a crunchy textured top and bottom, and then a soft middle. The filling is simply pastry cream. The cake I first made consisted of a cake that was basically dripping with rum, a vanilla pastry cream and […]

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19Jul 12

Hazelnut Torte

A simple, yet satisfying, hazelnut torte recipe that is quick to prepare, and even quicker to disappear! (For those of you who like hazelnuts mixed with chocolate, you should definitely try this white birthday cake with nutella frosting as well.)   Print Hazelnut Torte Author: Sarah White Recipe type: Dessert Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  40 mins Total time:  1 hour Serves: 8   Ingredients 175g hazelnuts 100g finely sliced almonds 255g caster sugar 4 egg whites, stiffly beaten 3tsp vanilla extract 1tsp fresh strained lemon juice 250ml double cream, whipped 2tbsp granulated sugar Instructions Preheat the oven to 240ºC. Butter and flour two layer-cake pans and line them with baking parchment. Set aside for later. Spread the hazelnuts along the bottom of an oven-safe pan and roast in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until the skin cracks open and the nuts are toasted. Shake the pan every few […]

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12Jul 12

Apple sauce Ginger Roll

As with most rolled cakes, this apple sauce ginger roll is a little bit labour intensive, so it’s not the best option if you’re short on either time or patience. However, if you’ve got the time to do it right, the end result is more than well worth the effort required! Another example of an elaborate cake roll is this Chocolate Caterpillar Cake. The author of this recipe made it for her niece’s birthday, and I think it was really clever! My apple sauce ginger roll recipe is one of my kids’ all-time favourites. Hopefully soon they’ll be old enough to help with the preparation! The recipe calls for apricot jam, but any other fruit jam should work just as well; let your taste buds be your guide and you can’t go wrong! Print Apple sauce Ginger Roll Author: Sarah White Recipe type: Dessert Prep time:  90 mins Cook time:  14 mins […]

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09Jul 12

Blueberry Cake

Every summer when I was a little girl, we used to visit my great-aunt who lived in Canada,  and she would often take us blueberry picking.  The picking itself was pure torture, bending over for hours on end picking the berries, scraping our hands on the bushes and wilting under the hot sun, but when we finally got home she would always make tons of blueberrydesserts, which made all the effort worth it.  My favourite of those desserts was blueberry cake. (A similar version is this delicious pistachio and blueberry cake.) This isn’t the exact recipe she used, but it’s fairly close to what I remember from those hot and humid Canadian summer afternoons so long ago.  I particularly like the way the blueberries seem to explode in your mouth with a burst of sweetness when you bite into one side of the cake.  Just make sure you let it cool […]

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06Jul 12

Traditional Pound Cake

This is a recipe for traditional pound cake, just like Grandma used to make!  The reason it’s called pound cake is because of the original quantities of the main ingredients in the old imperial measuring system – a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of flour and a pound of eggs.  My now, doesn’t that sound healthy!?! Well, be that as it may, this recipe has been a classic for ages, and it’s easy to see why.  Aside from being easy to remember and easy to make, it’s also very moist and delicious and loved by almost anyone with a sweet tooth! I top my cake with icing sugar, but if you have a preference for chocolate, you could make this dark chocolate ganache to cover it. Ingredients: 115g butter, softened 190g cake flour 300g granulated sugar 1tsp baking powder 1tsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt 4 eggs […]

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