Lately the weather has not been kind, certainly not what you hope August days to be. This has left me craving something comforting rather than the usual refreshing summer desserts. That said though, I still like to make use of what’s seasonal and I still […]
Is there a better summer dessert than a pavlova? Crisp and chewy meringue topped with cool whipped cream and perfectly ripe, sweet berries – this one has the added richness of cocoa and a luxurious drizzle of chocolate.
I love my meringue to be light and crisp on the outside but nice and chewy in the middle so I always add a little cornflour and a drop of vinegar to help achieve this.
3 egg whites
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp cornflour
3/4 tsp balsamic vinegar
300ml double cream
250g fresh raspberries
25g chocolate (whatever you like – I prefer dark)
Preheat your oven to 130°c and line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or some baking parchment. Place the egg whites in a spotlessly clean bowl and whisk until they hold a stiff peak. Add the sugar, a few tablespoons at a time and whisk again until the meringue is smooth and glossy. Sift over the cocoa powder and cornflour and add the vinegar. Whisk until it holds a stiff peak again. Dollop (or pipe if you’re feeling fancy) the meringue in a circle onto the prepared baking sheet, creating some nice spiky bits, and bake for 2 hours. Once baked turn off the oven and open the door a little but leave the meringue in there to cool and dry out for several more hours if possible.
Whip the cream and spread this over the centre of the cooled pavlova base. Arrange the raspberries on top. Melt the chocolate and then finish the pavlova by drizzling this all over it. Chill before serving.
It’s the last day of veganuary. How did you do? If you just started to have one meat-free day a week I think you can be pretty proud of yourself. Getting a bit more fruit and veg into our diets can only be a good thing!
Even if you don’t want to try this recipe for vegan reasons these are great if you’ve run out of eggs or want a way of using up over-ripe bananas that’s a bit different to banana bread.
The recipe was a bit of an experiment and I was worried that the resulting pancakes might be a little rubbery but they aren’t at all. They’re light and crisp on the outside with a deliciously soft centre, and who doesn’t love peanut butter and banana together?!
serves 2 hungry people
1 medium very ripe banana
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp peanut butter (I like smooth but use whatever you like)
100g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of cinnamon
200ml plant milk (whatever you like – I used soy)
squeeze of lemon juice
oil for frying, berries and syrup to serve
Thoroughly mash the banana together with the oil and the peanut butter, try to make it as smooth as possible. Sift in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and fold them into the banana mix. Gradually stir the milk and the lemon juice into the mixture to leave you with a fairly smooth batter (depending on if you used smooth or crunchy peanut butter).
Lightly oil a frying pan and set it over a moderate heat. Spoon dollops of the batter into the pan and cook until little air bubbles appear on the surface and then flip the pancakes over to cook the other side. The pancakes should be a lovely golden colour once they’re cooked.
Serve with a generous drizzle of maple syrup and a scattering of berries.
Hey, can you guys promise me something? Promise me you’ll never buy a key lime pie (unless maybe if you’re actually in the Florida Keys).
This recipe makes the most delicious key lime pie and it’s ludicrously quick and easy. On a warm summers day the last think you want is to be tied to a hot oven for hours on end in order to produce a scrumptious dessert. Let science so the hard work for you with the chemical reaction magic that makes this so good! The filling is gloriously thick and creamy with just the right balance of sweet and tangy.
I’ve used golden kiwis in this because as you might have spotted from my social media I recently got my hands on a five kilo box, but also because the acid in the green ones tend to make my mouth a bit sore. Golden kiwis are also a little sweeter.
200g digestive biscuits
400g (1 tin) condensed milk
175ml double cream
pinch of salt
3 limes, juice and zest
1 lemon, juice only (you should have a total of about 120ml of juice)
100ml whipped cream
100g sliced strawberries
2-3 peeled and sliced kiwi fruit
Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and grease a loose bottomed tart tin.
Crush the biscuits to a fairly fine crumb and melt the butter. Combine these two and then press them firmly into the base and sides of the tin. Bake for 5 minutes and then set aside.
Pour the condensed milk and 175 ml of cream into a mixing bowl and whisk until they are well blended. Stir in the lime zest and salt.
Whisk in the lemon and lime juice and keep stirring until the filling mixture become thick and creamy. Pour this into the prepared base and smooth off the top. Bake for 10 minutes, the heat just encourages the reaction which thickens the filling.
Once the pie is baked leave it to cool to room temperature and then pop it in the fridge to chill completely. When the pie has chilled carefully remove it from the tin and decorate the top with the cream and fruit.
Happy summer solstice everyone! It’s the longest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more hours of daylight (and hopefully sunshine) and as far as I’m concerned that’s cause for celebration. One year (a really, really long time […]