toffee pudding

This super moist and decadent dessert is a British classic. The cake is filled with sweet Medjool dates and has a wonderful caramel flavour. Drenched in a rich and creamy toffee sauce and sprinkled with a bit of coarse salt, this dessert is a real treat.

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madeleines au citron

Madeleines are little French cakes, baked in scalloped shell-shape baking moulds. These buttery cakes with the crisp crust on the outside and a tender, moist crumb in the center go perfect for a brunch or with an afternoon tea. The batter can be made in advance, up to two days – preferably they should be eaten straight away, fresh from the oven, but they will still be good for up to a day later.

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chocolate cake with apples and rum

This is a lovely cake for an afternoon tea-party, rich in taste, full of tender apple pieces and delightfully boozy; but for adults only! The cake is very easy and quick to prepare and if you don’t like the taste of rum, it is also excellent with some Brandy or Calvados or even apple juice instead of rum.

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apple cake with shortcrust pastry

Last autumn we planted a little apple tree in our garden and I’m overjoyed how many delicious and beautiful fruits our tree has given us this year. There are plenty of tasty things that can be made with apples; so stay tuned for some more luscious recipes in the next few weeks! The base for this apple cake is a cross between pastry and biscuit and tastes lovely with the juicy and slightly sour apples.

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chestnut and chocolate cake

I love this time of the year; the leaves change colors, the air is crisp and clear, the early morning mists, followed by plenty of sunshine in the afternoon. The smell of autumn and the wonderful aroma of roasted chestnuts wafting through the air. Enjoy this moist and nice chestnut & chocolate cake with a cup of coffee or tea for warming up after an autumn walk.

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cannelés bordelais

After a wonderful week in the marvelous city of Poitiers in France with our gorgeous friends Elsa and Fred, I came back with my head full of ideas and inspirations for desserts and pastries. I start today with a specialty of the Bordeaux region of France; Cannelés. It’s a pastry with a thick caramelized crust and a soft and tender and slightly chewy center, flavored with vanilla and rum. For the best results, the dough has to rest for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator and then placed in a very hot oven. Enjoy these little cakes for breakfast, dessert or just as a snack in the afternoon.

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muffins with roasted hazelnuts & raspberries

Sweet raspberries, fresh roasted hazelnuts, topped with lemon glaze; enjoy the last days of indian summer with these absolutely delicious muffins with a glass of Champagne or dessert wine. 

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dacquoise with summer fruits

A  Dacquoise is a kind of dessert cake made with layers of almond or hazelnut meringue, filled with pastry cream, buttercream or whipped cream and topped with seasonal fruits. The texture of this classic french cake is soft and creamy, crisp and crunchy and will satisfy everyone. It will take some time to prepare this heavenly dessert but it is worth it.

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blueberry cupcakes

I’m actually not a huge fan of cupcakes, for my taste they are much to sweet. But these mini cupcakes have a delicious and not to overly sweet topping and have the perfect bite size. They are great for breakfast, as snack or for a dessert. And if you are a blueberry fan like me, you just can’t resist.

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