I can imagine if these were commercially available from the supermarket shelves, there would be four in a pack.
But these are Mike’s very own home-made liquorice and raspberry flavoured butter cream filled butter biscuits.
I like to say they have a certain rustic charm. I think my ‘still-at-the-development-stage’ finer piping skills can account for that.
Thinking ahead, I wonder if there’s a pie idea worth trying? Black suits for savoury and red suits for sweet? Black pudding and rhubarb maybe?
Using Greek yoghurt with a relatively small amount of butter has made for something that is so pleasingly smooth and moist, not to mention lower in fat.
This combination of fruit is a tried and tasted winner for me. It’s very reminiscent of a traybake, which also includes lavender, that went down so well earlier in the year.
Butter, sugar and eggs are beaten together. A little vanilla extract, together with Greek yoghurt is added. Dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and bicarb) are then introduced and combined.
Into a cake tin it all goes, sliced nectarines and blueberries are arranged on top, and then it’s 45 minutes at 160 fan.
A simple peach of a cake (or should I say nectarine?)
Oh I do like these.
When they emerged from the oven, the fanfare I imagined was a brass band playing tiddley-om-pom-pom!
Then I imagined them providing the perfect snack on a windswept sand-duned beach on a wet Welsh November afternoon.
Inside the egg-glazed shells of traditional cornish pasty pastry is a spicy filling of curried chickpeas and prawns. Sunflower seeds provide the finishing touch.
I’d never baked anything in an ice cream bombe mould before, but this seemed like an ideal opportunity to give it a go.
The two semi-spherical halves of the casing sat alongside each other in the oven, containing between them the all-in-one sponge mixture (all of the ingredients had been simply combined in a bowl).
Once de-moulded, cooled and assembled into a globe, the sponge was spooned over with warmed marmalade and sprinkled with zest, with a little sugar paste snippet to finish.
Look what I’ve done with some tart cases left over from a couple of days ago and left over filling from earlier today.
Sandwiched between the no-butter sponges (it’s sunflower oil instead, as well as folded in whisked egg whites) is a sweet and creamy Columbian whole-bean instant coffee flavoured mascarpone filling.
Stenciled icing sugar and cocoa powder provide the decoration.
On a woefully wet Saturday afternoon, I baked these little rays of sunshine.
The trendy London patisserie that is Baker and Spice has provided the recipe. Eggs, ground almonds and lemon zest contribute to a beautifully crisp and sweet pastry. A little addition of my own, rose water, has gone in too.
For the filling, it’s eggs, cornflour, lemon juice and zest, caster sugar and butter. To finish, swirled melted chocolate.