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

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

Apricot & Coconut Tarte Tatin

  Ingredients – serves 8        100g  butter 100g  coconut sugar 10-12  fresh apricots halved and stones removed 400g  block frozen flaky puff pastry, thawed   Method Melt the butter and coconut sugar in a 23cm tarte tatin pan over a low heat. (A small paella pan works well). Remove from the heat. Place the apricots […]

Posted on: 28th Jan, 2015by frenchie Read more


I often buy one or two mendiants from artisanal chocolate shops in Paris. They’re great with coffee. I hadn’t thought about making them till recently – they are so easy and make a great gift. You can you your imagination with the toppings. Traditionally made at Christmas in France, these round disks of dark chocolate […]

Posted on: 16th Dec, 2014by frenchie Read more

Mango Trifle

For Christmas dinner this year Emma and Frances have asked if we can have trifle as part of our desserts. I think I’ve made a trifle once before. Consequently I asked Di, our new member of staff in our Kitchen Shop, if she had any ideas. She gave me the basis of the following recipe […]

Posted on: 9th Dec, 2014by frenchie Read more

Spiced Carrot, Pistachio and Almond Cake (gluten free)

You’ll know from my lack of cake and biscuit recipes that they’re not really my thing. However this recipe from ‘Persiana’ by Sabrina Ghayour looked easy and, most importantly, Frances was here to help. She and Emma are both much better at baking than I am. It’s best made the day before you want to […]

Posted on: 24th Jun, 2014by frenchie Read more

Sour Cream Plum Cake

Sour Cream Plum Cake

Once again I’ve called on Louise for another of her favourite cakes as the last one was a hit with many of you. With summer fruits starting soon this cake is perfect. Louise has agreed to bake this and her Swedish Saffron cake for us on Thursday 15 December. She’s going to do them in […]

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Swedish Saffron Cake

Swedish Saffron Cake

During the last three weekends I’ve been working in our new Kitchen Shop where we have a good selection of items needed for baking. You may have noticed that it’s rare for me to include baking in our weekly recipes. This is because I’ve never been very good at it. However working amongst the baking […]

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Roasted Fruits

Roasted Summer Stone Fruit

While it’s the season for summer stone fruit I like to use them as much as possible. The basis of this week’s recipe was given to me by an old friend Jane. Her cousins Rob and Nicki, the owners of Rockburn Orchards, had raved about the way Jane roasted their Moorpark apricots for dessert. I […]

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more

Pineapple Tart Tatin

Last week in our bistro chef Lou decided to make mini pineapple tart tatins for dessert. I really enjoyed the combination of the sweetness of the caramel with the tartness of the fresh pineapple. This definitely wouldn’t work using canned pineapple. Ingredients (for 8 mini tarts): 1 fresh pineapple – peeled, eyes removed, cut into […]

Posted on: 7th Mar, 2014by frenchie Read more