Honey Custard, Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse Entremet

I have definitely gone slightly entremet mad since Christmas, and whilst I am also trying to be good and avoid too much sugar, we do still have a social life and we still like to entertain friends.  I made this for a garden party we hosted last week for the participants in the biennial Open…

No Sugar, Low GI Cheesecake

After achieving my new slim body,  I have been investigating whether no sugar, low GI baking is something that may help me maintain my weight and still enjoy the products of my baking. I have had a few mini experiments but this was by far the the best one and deserves a blog post. After…

Rhubarb and Custard Buche

Now I have to confess to be slightly late in posting this one, so apologies and please store it up for when Rhubarb is in the shops again.  That being said Rhubarb and Custard is an absolute English classic and frankly cannot be beaten as a flavour combination, be it in a Crumble (a personal…

Chocolate and Raspberry Kidney Bean Cake

This recipe is straight out of the 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet cookbook which has been so successful in helping me lose weight.  It was also my first attempt at a style of baking  that uses less/no  flour and sugar. I wouldn’t call it sophisticated baking, more at the chocolate brownie end of the spectrum…

Of Baking and Happy Buddha Bellies!

I have been off the grid for a while I am afraid.  Part of that was sheer busy-ness in both work and home life, a fabulous part was a wonderful 3 week trip to Vietnam, but the main reason has been, after a number of false starts, I have finally been dealing with my weight….

Checkerboard 30th Birthday Cake

My niece Phoebe hit 30 this weekend. 30 ! When on earth did that happen?  To celebrate she had a big party with 80 people coming so it definitely called for a big celebration cake. When I was planning this I realised I don’t do cakes that often, and certainly not big celebration cakes.  The…

Italian Meringue Butter Cream – The Story of a Rescue Mission

This weekend was my niece’s 30th Birthday party and I made her cake which will feature on the blog soon. Always wanting to do something new I decided to try my hand at Italian Meringue Buttercream. It seemed to have a number of advantages over the standard (and for me overly sweet) standard buttercream the…

Layered Mousse Cake 2 Ways – with lots of trouble

There are times in baking when trying something new, that you are stretched that little bit too much. For New Year’s Eve I decided to make another of Maren Lubbe’s (of Malus Köstlichkeiten) fabulous wonders, a Whisky and Chocolate mousse cake encased in stripy joconde sponge topped off with chocolate mirror glaze.   The stripy…

Bûche de Noël – a Chocolate and Marzipan Christmas Repast

Every Christmas I hunt for an alternative to the traditional British Christmas pudding which as I get older I find I like less and less after the big Christmas day meal.  Usually it is something involving meringue, but this year under the influence of Maren Lubbe’s blog MaLu’s Koestlichkeiten and the awfully produced Netflix  Bake Off…

Confiture de Noel (Quince Mincemeat)

This year our 3 year old quince tree delivered a respectable 12 quinces which is a vast improvement on the 2 that I had last year.  Their ripening however coincided with the great archaeological dig starting on our house so they were picked and flung into the fridge in our temporary digs.  They keep very…