Sweet Things: Ginger and Apricot Parfait

Take 5: Sponge finger, crystallised ginger, dried apricots, honey, cream. This is an easily assembled dessert. You can make it in the afternoon and eat it for dessert after the sponge fingers have had some time to soften. I made it in wine glasses (their second best use is for desserts), which adds a bit… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Sponge Finger Sandwiches

Take 5: Sponge finger, sweet sherry, mascarpone, chocolate, toasted nuts. This ‘assembled’ dessert is a quick but effective one to put together. When sponge fingers come into view, my family immediately think of tiramisu – but tiramisu takes a good beater to whip everything, and I just have a bowl to work with while I… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Raspberry and Mascarpone Palmiers

Take 5: Puff pastry, sugar, mascarpone, raspberries, cherry conserve. As I am in my present nomadic condition without an oven, there have been no cakes or baking forthcoming for last number of weeks. I must resort to the best I can find ready-made. I did find an utterly delicious orange and almond cake which was… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Mousse Cake

Take 5: Butter, sugar, eggs, milk, self-rising flour. I have called this a mousse cake because the mixture is so light and fluffy, and the cake is very delicate when it’s cooked – lovely to layer and serve for a party. It has an outrageous number of egg yolks in it – but sometimes if… [Read More]

Sweet Things: Coconut Pancakes

Take 5: Egg, coconut cream, self-rising flour, butter, castor sugar. I do seem to have a bit of a love affair with pancakes. It’s either a “What shall we have for breakfast?” thing, or it’s an after-dinner desire for a crèpe. These gorgeous, light, delicate pancakes are a bit of a mix between the two… [Read More]