Tarts and Pastries

         

From French flaky pastry with glazed fruits, to chocolate tarts and sweet pies, there is something here for all occasions.   

        

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Almond FlanAlmond Flan

In this flan almonds are the hero.By toasting the ground almond (or almond meal) briefly you will get a great deal more flavour from the nuts, infusing the filling before it is cooked ...

 

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Black Forrest MatchsticksBlack Forrest Matchsticks

These are easy to whip up for a dinner party and look (and taste) wonderful. The smokey chocolate mousse with the cherries and flaky puff pastry is a lovely combination ...

 

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Blueberry GaletteBlueberry Galette

A wonderful brunch dish or for a delicate dessert, this pastry is easy to make and is packed with flavour ...

            

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Blueberry PieBlueberry Pie

For when blueberries are in season, or for when a sticky sweet purply treat is the only reasonable thing to make ...

      

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Cheesecake Fruit FlansCheesecake Fruit Flans

This is a lovely fudge, great to give as presents or to have a the end of a long languid meal with lots of strong black coffee, maybe even a liqueur ...

 

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Cherry ClafoutisCherry Clafoutis

I think this is one of those actually rather basic French dishes that hides behind a posh name. Basically a fluffy eggy pancake mix with a dappling of cherries, this is one of those puddings that needs to be tried to be fully appreciated ...

 

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Chocolate Chestnut Tart with Salt CaramelChocolate Chestnut Tart with Salt Caramel

This tart exploits the soft musky flavour of the chestnuts in the flour used to make the tart shell as well as in a dense salt caramel ...

 

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Chocolate Hazelnut TartsChocolate Hazelnut Tarts

These little tarts are lovely for special occasions with rich chocolate, hazelnuts and salted caramel ...

 

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Custard Lime TartCustard Lime Tart

Limes have the wonderful ability to be able to transform any dish they touch and this basic custard tart is no different. Using the zest and juice of the limes to infuse the custard results in an intense and deliciously piquant tart ...

 

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Fig and Amaretto GaletteFig and Amaretto Galette

A wonderful brunch dish or for a delicate dessert, this pastry is easy to make and is packed with flavour ...

            

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Fig BaklavaFig Baklava

I learned to make this by accident - I just wanted to see if it really was better when made fresh at home, it is ...

   

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Fruit Mince PiesFruit Mince Pies

Christmas isn't complete until you've had a couple of fruit mince pies – not ghastly store-bought one – proper home-made rustic Fruit Mince Pies ...

 

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Gluten Free Almond and Fruit FlanGluten Free Almond and Fruit Flan

If those dear to you suffer from wheat intolerance, this is a great way to bring the cheer of cake back into their lives, it is also a delightful dessert in its own right ...

 

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Lemon Meringue PieLemon Meringue Pie

This is still one of the all-time great desserts this one is just for my Mum...

         

      

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Lemon TartLemon Tart

Sweet and tangy this is a lovely elegant dessert - made in individual portions or as a large generous tart ...

 

 

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Lime Curd TartletsLime Curd Tartlets

These are little mouthfuls of delicious lime curd in sweet buttery cases ...

 

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Lime and Mango MatchsticksLime and Mango Matchsticks

This is a very decadent dessert to be savoured on very special occasions ... The cake itself is quite dense and flavoursome ...

 

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Pate SucreePate Sucree

This is a light, rather sweet pastry destined to become a flan, tart or torte base, rather than the traditional croissant or pie ...

 

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Pecan PiePecan Pie

Anoher classic dish ...

            

          

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ProfiterolesProfiteroles

Profiteroles are a great way to cater for a large group, as they can be prepared in advance then filled and topped just before serving ...

 

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Pumpkin PiePumpkin Pie

Special treat or everyday supper it is a sweet, spicy and comforting pie ...

           

     

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Raspberry and Almond TartRaspberry and Almond Tart

Use other berries if you wish, this is a very simple and delicious summer treat ...

          

          

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Sweet Ricotta Filo TrianglesSweet Ricotta Filo Triangles

These little filo parcels can be filled with either a thick ricotta filling or with a light mousse-like filling using lighter smooth ricotta ...

 

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