Chocolate Macarons with Sour Cherry Buttercream

I think the fact it is Semi-finals Week on GBBO has got me eggstra eggcited (sorry…).  We have been a vegan household for the past six months so my bakes have consequently also been dairy/egg free.   After using eggs to make petit canelé this morning, I had some whites left over so (continuing with the French patisserie theme) I thought I’d… Continue reading Chocolate Macarons with Sour Cherry Buttercream

Petit Canelé

I had never heard of these little French morsels (a speciality of Bordeaux, apparently) until my mum brought me back a silicone petit canelé mould from France.  After sitting in my baking cupboard for over a year, the mould has been dusted off and put to good use for The Great British Bakeoff Semi-Final: Patisserie… Continue reading Petit Canelé

Vegan Shortbread with Pistachio, Black Pepper & Lemon

This is a (very) belated post from episode #2 of The Great British Bakeoff – Biscuit Week.  I had never made shortbread before, let alone a vegan version, so did a fair amount of research before settling on this recipe.  Traditional shortbread relies on butter to give it its rich, melting, crumbly texture; some vegan recipes start by… Continue reading Vegan Shortbread with Pistachio, Black Pepper & Lemon

Chocolate, Chilli & Avocado Cake (Vegan)

The return of the Great British Bake Off on my birthday this year was a pretty awesome present from the BBC…I was excited to eye up the new batch of bakers and their creations.  I was also well up for the challenge of baking something I had never tried before.  But most importantly, I knew it would… Continue reading Chocolate, Chilli & Avocado Cake (Vegan)

Date, Tamarind & Walnut Cake with Lemon Cardamom Icing

The Bake Off is over, the best woman won and now I have to find another excuse for regular baking (as if an excuse was ever needed).  For the Final bake I wanted to go for something special, of course, and from my pile of recipes torn out of magazines and newspapers ‘to try soon’ came this incredible, amazing (to quote… Continue reading Date, Tamarind & Walnut Cake with Lemon Cardamom Icing

Pear Pain-au-Chocolat

Pear Pain-au-Chocolat It is patisserie week in the GBBO and we a have glut of pears from my housemate’s granddad.  A quick search for ‘patisserie with pears’ comes up with this recipe by past contestant Richard Burr.  The only change I made was to add 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground ginger to the pear mixture for some… Continue reading Pear Pain-au-Chocolat