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Strawberry Tarts September 12, 2015

Strawberry Tarts

These are a lovely tasty way to say goodbye to Summer and they’re easy to make too.

If you’ve visited my blog before you’ll most probably know I’m useless at making pastry, so I bought ready made all butter pastry cases. But go ahead and make your own if thats what your good at 😉 I used 8 pastry cases but you could use mini ones or make one large tart.


Ingredients for the strawberry filling


2 cups of washed, hulled and roughly mashed strawberries

1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 3 Tbsp

zest of one lemon

3 tsp cornflour


Ingredients for the vanilla cream topping


1/2 cup soured cream

2 Tbsp soft dark brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

small srawberries for garnish, optional


Method for the strawberry filling


In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until thickened.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then divide into the tart shells. Place in the fridge to chill.


Method for the vanilla cream topping


In a small bowl stir together the sour cream, brown sugar, and vanilla, until smooth.

Dollop onto the chilled tarts, and top with a mini strawberry.

Tip: This vanilla cream topping does not go thick like whipped cream. Best not to put on top of the tarts until your ready to serve. This cream is also delicious used for dipping fruit into.






Apricot Muffins January 9, 2015

Apricot Muffins

They would be just as good with dried peaches. Also if you still happen to have some left over in a day or two you can re-heat them in the microwave to bring them back to that ‘just out of the oven’ state.




1 cup chopped dried apricots

1 cup boiling water

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup sour cream

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt




Soak the dried apricots in boiling water for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until fluffy.

Add sour cream and mix well.

Combine the dry ingredients and stir into the creamed mixture just until fully mixed.

Drain the apricots and pat dry with paper towels, stir into batter.

Fill muffin cases (I ran out so used a mixture of cases).

Bake at 200C/gas 6 for 20 minutes



Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes June 18, 2013

Cheesecake 3

I got this recipe from Allyson’s blog you should check her out for some really good things 😉


42 cream-filled sandwich cookies, 30 left whole, and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds (4 8-oz packages) cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 275°F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.
With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.
 Drizzle in eggs, a little at a time, beating to combine and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt.
 Stir/fold in chopped cookies by hand.
 Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through (around 11-12 minute mark), until filling is set, about 22-25 minutes.

 Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving.
To be honest, I only had enough willpower to leave them in the fridge for 3 hours before trying one 🙂
I halved the ingredients and made about 18

Coffee Crumb Cakes January 26, 2013

Coffee Crumb Cakes 2

One of these are perfect with a mid-morning coffee. The crumb topping is sweet and streusel-like, in contrast to the light sponge underneath it.




55g/2oz butter

100g/3 1/2 oz caster sugar

1 egg

5 Tbsp soured cream

125g/4 1/2 oz self raising flour


For the Topping


85g/3 oz plain flour

70g/2 1/2 oz butter, cut into pieces

1/2 tsp ground mixed spice

1 1/2 tsp ground espresso coffee

70g/2 1/2 oz caster sugar




Pre heat oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and line a 18cm/7in square cake tin.

For the topping, put the plain flour, butter, mixed spice and coffee in a food processor and blend until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and blend again for 2 minutes.

For the sponge, put the butter, sugar, egg, soured cream and self raising flour in the processor and blend until smooth and creamy, then turn it into the prepared tin and level the top with a spoon. Sprinkle the crumb mixture in an even layer on top. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until just risen and firm to the touch. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.




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