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French apple flan, my version of a bistro dessert

The week before last was a bad week.  Last week was worse.  My kids and dog were threatened with a firearm, then I discovered my daughter was the victim of some hate email, my dad had a bad round of chemo, but hey, we all laagered-up (that’s gathered around in a protective circle for you […]

Quick and easy French Apple Flan

This tart is really quick and easy.  It uses one of my favourite pastries, one that is quite biscuity which really compliments the comforting bland juiciness of the apples.  Feel free to use as much sugar and spice for the filling as you require.  The best tarts are always tailor made. For the pastry: work […]

The last line of defense – peanut, oat and smartie cookie giants

When you finally realise your dream and open a deli / coffee shop / bakery what is it you are really hoping for?  Time to do lots of baking ?  Loads of manolo-clad ( or ugg-booted, as it’s winter) feet stomping, shuffling and striding over your threshhold?  Someone else to do the washing up?  All […]

Giant peanut, oat and smartie cookies

peanuts, oats and chocolate candy…   Preheat your oven to 180*C and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Cream: 225g granulated sugar 175g brown sugar 225g butter Add: 2 eggs, lighlty beaten 1Tablespoon vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy. Sift: 300g plain (cake) flour 5 ml bicarbonate of soda Add to egg […]