Sticky Toffee Pudding

I tried Sticky Toffee Pudding a few years ago and I loved it. Recently I thought I should bake it again and only this is how I realized I never shared my recipe on the blog.

Sticky Toffee Pudding was invented in the 1970s by Francis Coulson at Sharrow Bay, an restaurant in Cumbria. I had no idea when I went to Ullswater and Aira Force Waterfall (my post about it), in a holiday last year, that I was so close to the birthplace of the Sticky Toffee Pudding. This means another trip to Cumbria is on the list for next year.
On their website, Sharrow Bay mentions figs instead of dates. I will try it with figs too in the name of culinary research and is just a way to enjoy more yummy desserts.

As you know, if you are familiar with the pudding, Sticky Toffee should be served with ice cream. I prefer salted caramel and my husband prefers vanilla, so I bought both of them. The pud goes great with any of them.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Ingredients for the pudding
– 200g chopped pitted dates
– 180ml hot Earl Grey tea
– 200g plain white flour
– 70g butter
– 100g muscovado sugar
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 1/2 tsp ground ginger
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Ingredients for the toffee sauce
– 250g caster sugar
– 140ml double cream

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Passion fruit tart

I made this Passion fruit tart decorated with edible pansies and a hot water crust pastry. It’s the first time I make a sweet pie with a hot water crust pastry. It was so good that I will make it again. I mentioned before that it’s easier to work with as it’s more stringy and easier to roll. Also, it’s more forgiving than the standard pastry with more butter, as it doesn’t need chilling.

Passion fruit tart decorated with edible pansies

I love the sharp taste of the passion fruit curd filling. I think the filling can be kept in a jar in the fridge to enjoy as a curd. I will make it again like that.

Passion fruit tart decorated with edible pansies

Ingredients:
– 165g plain white flour
– 60g butter
– 75ml water (for the pastry)
– 120g sugar
– 40g cornflour
– 200ml water (for the filling)
– 5 Passion fruits
– 3 egg yolks
– edible Pansies for decor

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Swan eclairs

The Swan eclairs are a beautiful and fancy dessert. I used to have them as a child, when I was going with my grandparents at a local tea room. It’s one of the first memories I have. While I remembered them and I was attached to the idea of Swan eclairs, it’s the first time I make them. Surely, it will not be the last. I like how lovely they look and I like that each of them looks like it has its own character. I think a Swan eclair lake would be a wonderful showstopper on a dinner party or even for a very special meal, like the Christmas dinner.

 Swan Eclairs

I think the Swans look so pretty. I think it’s quite a posh looking dessert.

 Swan Eclairs

Ingredients for 12 Swan Choux (and necks):
– 180g white plain flour
– 4 eggs
– 120g butter
– 200ml water

Ingredients for the vanilla creme patissiere:
– 100g sugar
– 50g plain white flour
– 4 egg yolks
– 500ml milk
– 1 tsp vanilla paste

Ingredients for the whipped cream and decor:
– 300ml whipping cream
– 30g icing sugar
– 10g icing sugar to sprinkle on top

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Rhubarb puff pastry tart

Rhubarb puff pastry tart sounds amazing, especially paired with quark cream. The cream has rhubarb and dry Sherry and it’s delicious on its own. The recipe is really easy to make, but it does take a bit of time for waiting for the rhubarb to cool down. I loved the Quark cream with the dry Sherry, it was delicious. I preferred Quark because it’s a cheese naturally low in fat and it was a good choice. I will use Quark again for cream, because I think it’s a good option.

Rhubarb puff pastry tart with quark cream and Sherry

I used less than 1 pack of puff pastry. With the remaining puff pastry I made 2 cheese pinwheels and a couple of vegan sausage rolls.

Ingredients:
– 240g puff pastry
– 800g rhubarb
– 125g sugar
– 250g Quark
– 25ml Sherry
– 1/2 tsp vanilla

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Plantain brownies

For my second dessert using plantain, after making Plátanos al Caldero, I’ve decided to try plantain brownies. They were soft, moist and delicious. I like brownies, but I don’t bake them as often as I should. I’ve used white chocolate and dark chocolate and it was a great idea. I will make these brownies again next time I’m getting plantains.
These plantain brownies are naturally gluten free and with only a bit of added sugar, that means less than 15g per brownie. I try to make everyday desserts as healthy as possible, without compromising the taste. While they do have sugar, it’s half of a standard brownie and without the extra calories from flour.

Plantain brownies

Ingredients for 10 brownies:
– 1 ripe plantain
– 100ml oil
– 100g sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 3 eggs
– 30g cocoa powder
– 40g white chocolate
– 40g dark chocolate
– 1 spoon of fine corn flour
– a pinch of sea salt

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Plátanos al Caldero

Plátanos al Caldero or Caramelized Ripe Plantains is a recipe specific to the Dominican Republic. The dish is not exactly a dessert, but for our European taste, it has to class as a dessert.
I’ve prepared plantains before, plantain oven baked chips, and I like them. I also love their versatility, although they look like a banana, they can be used in so many different dishes, both savoury and sweet.

Plátanos al Caldero

As I wanted them to be a dessert, I served my Plátanos al Caldero with coffee whipped cream. It was delicious. I like my desserts less sweet, so it was perfect for me. If you decide to try the recipe and you prefer sweeter desserts, add a bit more icing sugar in the whipped cream. Taste and add a bit more, to suit your taste.

Ingredients for 2 servings:
– 1 plantain
– 2 spoons oil
– 2 spoons demerara sugar
– 150ml whipping cream
– 1 spoon icing sugar
– 1 spoon instant coffee

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Apple tray bake

This apple tray bake is a recipe my husband loves. It reminds him of his childhood. This is the basic recipe of the tray bake. From here, lots of spices can be added, like cinnamon or nutmeg. It can be served with vanilla sauce. I made this tray bake with Bramley Apples.

 Apple tray bake

These apple are an old variety, from the early 1800s, in Nottinghamshire, grown by a young girl. A butcher called Bramley bought the cottage the girl had with those trees after 40 years. In 1900 a storm blew down the original Bramley tree. Amazingly it survived and it’s still producing apples today, after more than 200 years. During WWI a lot of Bramley trees were planted and it was more and more popular. Bramley are best for cooking. While too sharp raw, when cooked, they are truly delicious.

The recipe is very interesting to make. There isn’t batter, but the dry ingredients are put in the tray as they are. Do have a try of making it, it’s a fun thing to do and it’s different. I used 2 big Bramley apples, that are around 650g together. If you have smaller apples, use 3. The recipe is vegan and fat-free.

 Apple tray bake

Ingredients for 8 servings (2 pieces each):
– 140g white plain flour
– 170g semolina
– 170g sugar
– 1 heaped tsp of baking powder
– 2 big Bramley apples
– 250ml water
– icing sugar to decor

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