Tchaika Chocolate Cake (Gateau au Chocolat la Tchaika)

I’ve no idea what “Tchaika” means. Tchaika Chocolate Cake (Gateau au Chocolat la Tchaika) Print Recipe Ingredients  Ingredients for cake6 egg yolks retain whitescup 100 g confectioner’s sugar295 to 395 g bittersweet chocolate3 tablespoons water1 cup 140 g almonds, ground to a fine powder1 tablespoon cornflour3/4 cup 170 g unsalted butter at room temp6 egg whites ...

Hotcakes, Pikelets, and Scotch Pancakes

Hotcakes, Pikelets, and Scotch Pancakes
Growing up in New Zealand I discovered the joys of Pikelets – small, thick pancakes we used to eat with butter and honey for afternoon tea. Later I discovered Hotcakes, which are served up for breakfast in the US with butter and maple syrup. Much later still, when I started making my own Hotcakes and ...

Chocolate Slice

Fast, easy and yummy. Dates from when I sometimes needed to knock up a treat for friends at short notice. Chocolate Slice Steven Thomas Print Recipe Ingredients  150 g butter1 Cup coconut1 cup flour3 weetbix or weetabix or whatever it is called where you live, crushed1 teaspoon baking powder2 tablespoon cocoa1/2 cup brown sugar1/3 cup walnuts1/3 ...

Almond Tart (Pinolata)

I quite like Italian tarts. This was is “almond” flavoured.  Almond Tart (Pinolata) Print Recipe Ingredients  125 g butter softened150 g caster sugar25 g flour2 eggs2 egg yolks175 g ground almonds150 g pine nuts in 50 gram and 100 gram batchesRolled out Pastry6 tablespoons apricot jam or conserve Instructions Beat butter in warmed bowl until light and ...

Karen’s Muffins

I was doing some courses for a while where the caterer (Karen) made fab muffins. Muffins are really simple to make. Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the wet. Mix the two together (briefly). Cook. With only 1/2 cup of sugar these are not very sweet, so you might want to use more. Makes 12. Karen's ...

Chocolate Macaroons (Macarons Creoles)

We’re rather fond of Macaroons in our family.  Chocolate Macaroons (Macarons Creoles) Print Recipe Ingredients  150 grams bittersweet chocolate1 teaspoon vanilla2 large egg whites1 cup 140 g almonds, toasted and ground3/4 cup 150 g sugar50 grams bittersweet chocolate.2 tablespoons crème fraiche or heavy cream Instructions Preheat oven to 135º C Melt 100 grams chocolate with vanilla over ...