Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Christmas Collection

Christmas is right round the corner isn't it? Well it will be in the blink of an eye. Then it's time to be in full holiday swing. To have the tree up with presents wrapped under it and little decorations here and there around the house. My gifts are usually of the edible kind. My kitchen turns into some sort of Santa's Edible Workshop and the oven is on all the time. I love entertaining, holiday cooking and baking, having a bunch of friends over, planning and making the menus. That is the best part of Christmas for me. I love December so much I could wrap my arms around it and hug it so tight it would burst!!
Lemon Tart €15An elegant, tangy, sublime citrus tart. The fresh, crumbly pastry encases a thin layer of chocolate which is in harmony with the creamy lemon custard that covers it giving it a bittersweet flavour to delight the palate.Serves 8 to 10

Almond & Clementine Cake €15Little bits of apricots and clementine juice make this cake light and moist, while the almonds give it a compact texture. Ideal as a dessert or even as a tea time treat. Serves 8

Christmas Cake €25A profusion of dried fruit soaked in whisky, tea and marmalade makes this cake rich but not overpowering. It is then topped with a shower of fruit, nuts and seeds giving it a jewelled appearance. Serves 10 to 12

Mulled Wine Sorbet €12This a truly special sorbet! All the lovely, spicy, zesty aroma of mulled wine transformed from something warm into a beautiful cold contrast where the flavours are still exquisite and intense complimented by its luscious freshness and deep colour.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Autumn/Winter Collection

Looking out of the window it's hard to believe that summer is over. There are signs that cannot be mistaken, night falls earlier, the light gives cold blue undertones and there are plenty of shadows and angles. However, I appreciate this time of year when darkness falls early and I cozy up with a good book, a slice of cake and a cup of tea. The most important thing though is that the oven is buzzing with cakes, tarts and the likes, creating an enticing aroma that wafts through every room!

Caramelized White Chocolate Cakes €16

Original, innovative, unusual. These little cakes taste extraordinarily different yet wonderful. The caramelized white chocolate has a very distinct, burnished flavour and turned into a cake is a great way to savour it. The cakes are baked individually thus rendering them more elegant when served, especially with a scoop of icecream to accompany them. Makes 8

Baileys Cheesecake €22

A soft, smooth, creamy, delicate cheesecake. Laced with Baileys to the right point where it is not overpowering but pleasantly enriching. A very delectable dessert where the flavours blend marvelously. Serves 8 to 10

Apple Cake €16

Chunks of fresh apples and hazelnuts make up this cinnamon-tinged sweet cake. It is moist, wholesome and delicious. Ideal as a teatime treat or served with some icecream. Serves 10

Savarin au Rum €25

A stunning dessert! The Savarin is similar to its more popular counterpart the Baba'. Here the centre is filled with luscious chocolate whipped cream to serve it with. The cake itself is soaked in rum syrup, whose flavour is piqued by orange zest and cinnamon sticks. Serves 10 to 12

Apple & Pear Crumble Tart €18

Apples & pears compose this very seasonal tart. Gently cooked spice-scented fruit encased in sweet pastry and topped with a hazelnut crumble. Delicious accompanied with custard or cream. Serves 8