Tag: Sweets

And my weekend baking…. Nutella Cake from Ferrero !

I was pleased to receive a leaflet by Ferrero to promote its Nutella Professional Line. There are nine recipes including one for Nutella Cake ! I could not wait to give this recipe a try. Nutella was discovered in 1944 by Pietro Ferrero and is now the most famous chocolate spread in the world. More Nutella recipes from http://www.ferrero.com/products/the-most-famous-products/nutella/an-original-idea/ This is the most delicious … Read More And my weekend baking…. Nutella Cake from Ferrero !

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Quick All-in-one Sponge

There is nothing better than simplicity. This is the simple, perfect sponge adapted from Delia Smith’s recipe.  There is no creaming method, or pre-stages.  You just use an electric hand whisk to bring the ingredients together by putting them into the mixing bowl at the same time and this is one of the reasons why it is so perfect because it is also so … Read More Quick All-in-one Sponge

Good old fashioned Peach and Cherry Sundae Tart ….

A great aunt who passed on to me so many good old fashioned recipes came to tea yesterday. I am going through a phase of making fruit tarts as I love the summer fruits available locally. Somehow tarts feel more summery than cakes. I decided to make a Peach Sundae Tart from a recipe she gave me and as I was finishing it off … Read More Good old fashioned Peach and Cherry Sundae Tart ….

Healthy Bran Muffins

I am baking two kinds of muffins, Strawberry Bran and Almond Bran Muffins, to take with us for a day out at the beach. I have just taken them out of the oven and they look fantastic and taste divine as I am having one with a cup of tea before I go to bed! This is the basic muffin recipe that was passed … Read More Healthy Bran Muffins

Happy Fourth of July: celebrating on the island with a special Kiwi Pie !

An important day for family reunions in the US, a day of celebration… Happy Fourth of July to all my US friends and followers! On this little island in the heart of the Mediterranean, it will be another gorgeous sunny day, blue skies and bluer seas. We are blessed! We have been invited to a barbecue by some American friends living on the island … Read More Happy Fourth of July: celebrating on the island with a special Kiwi Pie !

Aniseed Knots and Ribbons …

Since I posted the photo of these beautiful biscuits on Sunday, I am delighted to receive so many messages asking what they are and requests for the recipe by Renato Briffa. I came across Xkunvat for the first time very recently last Christmas Day at the home of a good friend. She explained that since she was a child, this has always been a … Read More Aniseed Knots and Ribbons …

Apple Galette with cinnamon and honey … super easy…

I always like to use up my left over pastry immediately as when I leave in the fridge with the good intention of using it ‘one day soon’ it rarely ever happens and I am never organized enough to defrost pastry on time if I freeze it. So yesterday the leftovers of my almond and walnut tart ended up as a great success. I … Read More Apple Galette with cinnamon and honey … super easy…

A Sunday bake … Cherry Cinnamon Almond Tart

I like to bake something in the weekend. Not only do I find it therapeutic but I like the idea of additive free fresh home baking. Today I have made this tart which is very similar to the strawberry one I posted earlier this week and I have taken out the spices and increased the cinnamon as the combination of cherries, almonds and cinnamon … Read More A Sunday bake … Cherry Cinnamon Almond Tart

Renato’s strawberry and almond tart

Renato’s luscious tart has a crispy biscuit base spread with an almond paste and topped with a layer of old fashioned custard and lots of fresh strawberries. Watch out for Strawberry Festival next weekend. Strawberry and Almond Tart I use a deep 12 inch tart dish Heat the oven to 175 C For the Sweet Pastry: 320g flour 100 g Butter or Margarine 5g Baking … Read More Renato’s strawberry and almond tart

Muffins … A healthier version packed with goodness …

I have started making muffins regularly with a variety of fresh fruit…. They are ideal for breakfast or a light lunch with a pot of fresh yoghurt. I cut down the sugar content and I add a different fresh fruit combination each time I bake. This is the standard recipe I use and add fruit, nuts and other flavours: Ingredients 60 g unsalted butter … Read More Muffins … A healthier version packed with goodness …

Hazlenut and Thyme Honey Tart…. Celebrate Father’s Day !

Celebrate Father’s Day…. Guzi’s Hazlenut and Maltese Thyme Honey Tart This recipe was given to me a few days ago by Renato Briffa as I was looking for something special to bake for someone’s dad, not my father as sadly he is no longer with us. It was created by Renato’s father Guzi in 1955 as a speciality for the family Dolceria in Old … Read More Hazlenut and Thyme Honey Tart…. Celebrate Father’s Day !