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Baking British French Recipes Vegetarian

Tarte Au Citron (Lemon Tart) – My 100th Post!

Following on from yesterdays “lesson” on how to create the perfect pastry, I shall show you how to make a delicious, yet relatively healthy, lemon tart. The Great British Bake Off, a televised British baking competition, first prompted to me to attempt such a dessert. One week the contestants were charged with following a recipe, devised by the goliath of British baking Mary Berry, for lemon tart. The standard set by Mary looked so incredibly delicious I had to go away and create this fantastic, decadent tart for mere pittance.

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Baking British Healthy Eating Recipes Vegetarian

Banana and Coffee Cheesecake


As my regular readers should know, I have a certain penchant for the buttery biscuit based dessert that is cheesecake. These smooth and creamy treats seem to be all the rage at the moment and this is yet another to add to my growing hoard of cheesecake recipes. Despite this love, the recipe you are all soon to be reading came about due to a stupid amount of spare bananas. We had made banana bread, banana muffins and banana cookies and wanted to make something radically different – what better than a damn good cheesecake?

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Baking British Recipes Vegetarian

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Cinder Toffee Dust

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

After very little deliberation it has been rather easy to come to the conclusion that cheesecake is my favourite type of dessert. It is so dense and smooth, and as Gregg Wallace of Masterchef fame will tell you, there is nothing better than a nice, moist, “buttery biscuit base”. My original plan for this recipe was to incorporate in some way the chocolate bar Crunchie, but I thought that method wouldn’t work all that well and it might end up a little more expensive than hoped. So instead we went out and bought some cinder toffee, which you can get from most supermarkets or health-food shops. We would have made it instead, but didn’t have enough time. For those of you with enough time here is a good cinder toffee recipe.

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Baking British Desserts Recipes Vegetarian

Traditional English Custard Tart

English Custard Tart

One of the best things about coming home to Aberystwyth for the holidays are my parent’s chickens. There’s nothing better than three home-grown free range chickens each producing an egg  a day for your eating pleasure. Apart from the fact that, beyond a little upkeep, the eggs are basically free, the bonus of keeping chickens is that the eggs are so much better than the ones you find in the supermarket. Because the chickens are treated properly and the eggs are fresh, eggs laid by your own chickens will have far more colour and flavour.