Desserts

Orange Cake

On Sunday night we had a family dinner to celebrate both my father’s and Mike’s birthdays which I had missed last week while in Paris. In a jetlagged state I made the main course and Mum baked the birthday cake for dessert. When she asked what Mike liked I remembered her orange cake that she […]

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

Madeleines

I’m not sure what happened last week but suddenly I had the urge to bake something. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve never been a baker. Emma and Frances had to be taught by my mother. Anyway I thought I’d have a try at madeleines because I like their seashell shape and they’re a perfect size […]

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Lou’s Lemon & Passionfruit Posset Recipe

Originally Possets were purely medicinal…a  drink of milk thickened with wine or ale and spices (similar to eggnog). Then over the centuries, the word posset came to mean a simple pudding. In this recipe, the acidity in the lemon juice causes the cream to thicken when chilled. Ingredients: 1 litre cream 250g sugar Juice of […]

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Gooey Cinnamon Cake

For our birthday last Friday we had planned to serve Christmas cake (the ones we were selling) with the bubbles. However on Thursday morning a customer bought all our cakes so we had nothing. After an initial panic I asked Lou if he could make something. But what? I subscribe to David Lebovitz’s blog from […]

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Frances’s Strawberry Tart

With the start of the strawberry season our daughter Frances decide to add strawberry tarts to her repertoire of tarts that she bakes every week in our La Cigale kitchen. We sell them during the weekend on the bakery counter and during the week in the café. She’s come up with her own version of […]

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Dried Fruit Compote

Dried Fruit Compote

This week it’s one of our old La Cigale favourites which I’ve been making for years. I’m regularly asked for this recipe DRIED FRUIT COMPOTE. 
Serve it with a selection of French cheeses at the end of a meal instead of a dessert or alternatively make it your dessert and serve with whipped cream or mascarpone. […]

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Apple & Tamarillo Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatins are an incredibly delicious and easy dessert, especially with the use of the Emile Henry Tarte Tatin set, which yields perfect results every time. Remember, you can use whatever fruit you desire for this dessert or alter the recipe slightly to create a savoury tarte. Ingredients for a 20-22cm x 5cm Emile Henry […]

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Gooey Lemon Slice

Gooey Lemon Slice

Last week I was talking to our daughter Emma wondering what I’d do for this week’s recipe and thinking it was about time it was something sweet. She reminded me about this gooey lemon slice which we used to make in our café about 10 years ago. Surprisingly I found it in our recipe archives. […]

Posted on: 13th Feb, 2014by frenchie Read more

Wild honey and walnut tart

Wild Honey and Walnut Tart

This is a favourite dessert with our customers when Warwick puts it on our evening bistro menu. For the best results use fresh New Zealand grown walnuts and honey from an artisan producer. We recommend the Whanganui walnuts sold by stallholder Owen Wilson on Saturdays and First Peak honey from William. I particularly enjoy his […]

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Crepe Suzette

Crêpe Suzette Recipe

The origin of this famous French dessert is somewhat disputed, but the strongest claim is that it was created out of a mistake made by a young waiter in 1895 at the Maitre at Monte Carlo’s Café de Paris. He was preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII of […]

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