Rum Soaked Dried Fruit Clafoutis

I hardly ever make desserts but last week a recipe in Saveur magazine caught my eye so I decided to make for my father’s birthday dinner earlier this week. I changed things a little and the following is the result. It’s very very easy.  Clafoutis is a classic dessert originating in the Limousin region of […]

Posted on: 29th Jun, 2017by frenchie Read more


Roasted Plums & Apricots with Almond Cream

While stone fruit continue to be plentiful I’m using them in lots of different dishes. In last week’s recipe I grilled nectarines for a salad and this week I’ve baked plums and apricots for a dessert. Peaches and nectarines would also work allowing extra cooking time because the fruit are usually larger. Eden Orchards who […]

Posted on: 15th Feb, 2017by frenchie Read more

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Rhubarb & Pear Crumble

Frances made this really delicious fruit crumble for dessert. She cut back the sugar and gave the fruit a lovely flavour with the addition of fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks.   Ingredients For the fruit: 4 pears, peeled, cored and roughly cut into pieces Approx 1kg rhubarb, cut into short pieces Rind and juice of […]

Posted on: 5th Jul, 2016by frenchie Read more


Fig, Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake

Line and spray a loaf tin – the one we used was quite deep – 190mms x 120mms x 90mms deep. As I said above, Frances replaced the pears in the original recipe with fresh figs   8-10 small/medium fresh figs, cut up 250g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 125g butter, softened 225g light […]

Posted on: 15th Mar, 2016by frenchie Read more


Spiced Quince Cake

I think this would also work well with pears, cooking apples and other seasonal fruit particularly anything that is a bit tart.   For poaching the quinces 1.5 litres water 150g caster sugar 3 medium quinces   For the cake 250g self-raising flour ½ each ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground allspice 1½ tsp cinnamon […]

Posted on: 15th Mar, 2016by frenchie Read more

panfried summer fruit

Pan-fried or Roasted Summer Fruits with Frozen Lemon Curd Yoghurt

For this recipe have a variety of fruit or just one or two types – here I used 2 large plums, 2 apricots, a white-fleshed nectarine, a peacharine and a handful of blueberries. I think mangoes and pineapple would also work in the recipe and you could replace the blueberries with any other red berry […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2016by frenchie Read more

grilled summer fruit

Grilled Summer Fruit Skewers

  Ingredients: Rosemary stalks Apricots, plums, peaches or nectarines, halved and de-stoned Juice and zest of one orange 2 tbps runny honey (Terry Lister has some just harvested from his hives) 25g butter 75ml liqueur (I used pear liqueur but any fruit one would be fine or something like Grand Marnier or Cointreau)   Put […]

Posted on: 23rd Feb, 2016by frenchie Read more

berry tart

Strawberry Tart

  Serves 4-6 people   Pâte Sucrée 125g butter, softened ½ cup (90g) caster sugar 1 large egg, beaten 2 cups (250g) flour   Beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the beaten egg and mix into the creamed mixture. Add the flour in 2 stages and continue mixing until the dough is […]

Posted on: 24th Nov, 2015by frenchie Read more



You’ll have noticed that I don’t often make sweet things. I’m the first to admit that baking isn’t my forté. However on my day off this week I decided it was time I tried something easy. I was looking through a newspaper online and saw a recipe for ‘Blondies’ – white chocolate brownies. On Frances’s […]

Posted on: 30th Jun, 2015by frenchie Read more

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Apple & Berry Almond Tart

  Ingredients 1 ½ sheets ready rolled sweet short pastry 125g butter, softened 150g caster sugar 3 eggs, beaten 4 Tbsp flour 170g ground almonds ¾ cup berry jam 3-4 apples   Method Preheat the oven to 200°C. Re-roll the pastry and line the base and sides of a 23cm flan tin. Refrigerate for 10 […]

Posted on: 9th Mar, 2015by frenchie Read more