poppy cakes with lemon curd

I baked these babies in little cupcake liners, but you could bake them in a madeleine tray or even bake it as two small 15cm cakes (lower the oven temp to 160C). You’ll just need to adjust the baking time accordingly.

I’m also going to be using the same lemon curd recipe as the one I used for my lemon-lime tartlets because it’s always worked for me and I love the tart flavour from the limes.

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vanilla sugar cookies

It’s the ninth day of Christmas and you’ve likely, at least once, thought about, or actually gone (I feel sorry for you) to the shops. I’ve committed myself to doing my Christmas shopping 100% online this year and, because not all gifts can be bought, I’m going to be baking and making delicious treats for my favourite people this year.

Here are cookies I’m planning on decorating, popping in some boxes and tying up with a ribbon.

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salted caramel meringues

If you don’t know already, you’re about to find out that I’m a total sucker for Christmas. What better excuse to try decadent desserts and lavish lunches? Saying that, decadent and lavish needn’t be complicated, and this salted caramel meringue is as easy as cracking some eggs, sprinkling sugar and whisking away while scrolling through your instagram feed. (Which is actually how I spent the ~20 minutes of whisking time.)

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hong kong egg tarts

Hong Kong is a playground for the hard working to party harder. And even amongst the never sleeping bright lights of this big city there is some solace to be found. When we weren’t shopping or sipping on cocktails at rooftop bars we were eating, and the food in Hong Kong is truly heaven.

On our first day, in a darkened street in Sheung Wan we found a small pastry baker with steaming egg tarts on display. The pasty was delicate and the custard sweet and glossy. It was a small treat to end a full day of walking from one side of the island to the other.

The Hong Kong egg tart is more delicate in texture than the Macau egg tart, so I’ve used a shortcrust pastry. Also, Hong Kong egg tarts don’t have the bruléed, caramelised tops of the Portuguese tart that it originally derived from, and instead it should be smooth and glossy.

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