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Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 06.06.2016

Crème pâtissière is a thick, creamy custard also known as pastry cream. It is used in many French desserts such as pastries, tarts, éclairs and also as a base for soufflés. Considering its wide range of uses, it's essential that every self-respecting baker knows how to make it. Luckily it's really easy and requires no special ingredients or equipment to make - I'm pretty sure you could whip up a batch right now! Try it in this delicious Fresh Fruit Tart. Ingredients: 500ml full cream milk 1/2 vanilla pod or 5ml vanilla extract 4 large egg yolks 100g castor sugar 25g cornflour 25g cake flour Pinch of salt Directions: Split the vanilla pod (if using) and...

Desserts, Edible Gifts, Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 31.05.2016

Chocolate salami is not salami at all - it is a delicious chocolate log filled with nuts, biscuits and a dash of liqueur. The name simply comes from the salami-like appearance. Originally from Italy (or Portugal, depending who you ask), it tastes best when served with a glass of port or liqueur after dinner. Chocolate Salami looks beautiful when presented on a wooden board, partially sliced and ready to nibble on. When it comes to the ingredients, why not get creative? As long as you stick to the basic recipe, you can use any biscuits, nuts and liqueur you like. You can also replace some of the...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 20.05.2016

If you don't know about the mirror glaze craze, I can only assume you've been temporarily living on Mars. It all began when Olga Noskova shared photos of her creations on Instagram. Before long they had gone viral and for good reason. There is just something about the mirror-shine that is so mesmerising, you can't look away! A mirror glaze will transform a boring old cake into a sophisticated show-stopper.  It will most certainly be a talking point among your guests as they ogle over the glossy, reflective shine. Mirror Glaze The Sweet Rebellion from Astrid Field on Vimeo. All you need to do this yourself is a kitchen...

Brownies & Bars, Recipes / 10.05.2016

Paleo? Banting? Watching your weight? You might want to look away now. Low carb these are not. Pretty much the opposite really. They are basically composed of sugar, syrup and butter. Oh and pecan nuts. That makes them healthy, right? The trouble with pecan pie bars is that they are so incredibly moreish, it's impossible to have just one.  The crumbly, buttery shortbread is made all the better by using brown sugar. This not only gives it a lovely golden colour but also adds a hint of caramelised flavour. The topping has a gorgeously nutty, syrupy flavour and is just soft enough...