Category Archives: Desserts

Summer Travelling -Box Hill

2nd August 2017

This time I headed to the countryside, you don’t have to travel far from London to enjoy the best of the English country views and walks . Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, part of the National trust with plenty of different walks to enjoy . I did the happy Valley walk, up the steep hills in the middle of the woods, the walk took about an hour and I enjoyed every minute,at the top of the hill  views were amazing, we got there around lunch time, the perfect timing for a picnic with a view !

After a relaxing lunch and some rolling down the hill, we made our way down, ending the walk at the stepping stones; a landmark on the river Mole. We crossed the river and went back to Westhumble village, with its pretty cottages, where we first started the walk  .

Inspired by this walk, when I got back home I wanted to cook something that gave me all that nature feeling. The berries that I saw along the walk gave me the idea for this very summery Berry Galette .

 

BERRY GALETTE

1 sheet of shortcrust pastry
2 tbsp of jam, I used plum jam
2 tbsp of ground almond
A handful of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries
Juice and zest of half  of an orange
2 tbsp of brown sugar
Honey
Some mint leaves

After washing well the berries put them in a bowl, drizzle the sugar and add the orange juice and half of the zest, leave it to soak for about 30 min so the fruit absorbs well the orange juice.

After spread the pastry in a tray and fold the edges to make it a circular or oval shape, spread the jam, sprinkle the grounded almonds and the rest of the orange zest. Remove all the juice from the fruit and spread over the pastry . Spread some honey on the edges of the pastry and sprinkle some sugar oval. Bake at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven for about 20 min until the pastry is nice and golden.

Allow to cool down and decorate with mint leaves and serve with on it’s own or with natural yogurt .

One small note, in this occasion I didn’t soak or baked the blueberries, it was a personal choice as I wanted to have something raw but it’s up to personal choice.

 

Granola apple and pear crumble

29th October 2016

Granola apple and pear is delicious for breakfast or as a dessert .
Peel two apples and two pears put, them in a saucepan with a small amount of water just to to cover the bottom add two table spoons of brown sugar and a tea spoon of cinnamon, stir well, cover with a lid and let it cook until is soft.
In a bowl put some oats and nuts, spread honey and maple syrup and mix all well .
When cooked put the fruit in a baking tray with no water at all and add the granola on top .
Bake until is nice and golden and crispy.
It can be eaten on its own or with natural yougurt.

granola

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Pear and Polenta cake

24th August 2015

Yesterday I did my début on pear cake, I baked a polenta and pear cake , I think the texture of both goes really well together, plus the caramelised top adds some moist and a delicious texture to this cake.

BOLO DE PERA E POLENTA

Ontem fiz pela primeira um bolo utilizando pêra, fiz bolo de pêra e polenta , acho que a textura de ambos combina muito bem e o caramelizado no topo faz a massa mais húmida e uma combinação deliciosa .

Pear cake

Pear and Polenta cake

bolo polenta

 

Plum tart

27th April 2015

This tart looks beautiful and it tastes beautiful ! Quick and very easy to do . Juicy plums, fig jam and almonds are the perfect combination topped up with natural yoghurt  ! Truly delicious, the dessert that you have to go for second helpings, irresistible !

plum tart 1p

 

plum tart 2

115pm

 

 

plum tart 4

 

plum tart