Tag: desserts

The Musette: Toscakaka

This is my spin on the classic Toscakaka, typically a light sponge topped with caramelised almonds. My version uses a moister and denser ground almond based cake, which makes it feel a little more indulgent with a full on almond flavour. Nobody is quite… Continue Reading “The Musette: Toscakaka”

The Musette: red wine-poached pears

You all know about my beloved husband’s love of desserts. In his mind, no meal is complete without one. Because I always have a large bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen, it’s often that which provides my inspiration. How many recipes have I… Continue Reading “The Musette: red wine-poached pears”

The Musette: gluten-free chocolate cupcakes

My beloved expressed a desire for some chocolate cake and I decided to make a gluten and dairy-free version with some cooked basmati rice that I had in the fridge, using the same-weight method that one uses for pound cakes. I recall reading somewhere… Continue Reading “The Musette: gluten-free chocolate cupcakes”

The Musette: sinfully-rich brownies

The richer a brownie is, the better it tastes. Most people would far rather have a fat finger of something truly decadent than a large square of what is often just a squidgy chocolate cake studded with nuts. Over the years I’ve made all… Continue Reading “The Musette: sinfully-rich brownies”

The Musette: chocolate cake

A bit like little black dresses, a girl can never have too many recipes for chocolate cake in her armoury. I recently read about an Italian chocolate cake made with a particular red wine and decided I just had to recreate it, albeit with… Continue Reading “The Musette: chocolate cake”

The Musette: spiced apple bread & butter pudding

My beloved believes every meal should end with something sweet. I try to oblige, often crafting puddings out of odds and ends. One of my regular standbys is that Victorian favourite, Bread & Butter Pudding. I’ll generally use brioche or panettone that is past… Continue Reading “The Musette: spiced apple bread & butter pudding”

The Musette: kaiserschmarr’n with rhubarb

A kaiserschmarr’n is a rich, thick Austrian pancake that is traditionally served for dessert. We’ve typically eaten it after a hard day’s cross country skiing. However, I also think it makes a fabulous and quick brunch dish. It is thick, eggy and torn to… Continue Reading “The Musette: kaiserschmarr’n with rhubarb”

The Musette: Tarta de Santiago

We used to host BBQs at the cycling club to thank our many volunteers and their families for their ongoing support as without their assistance we wouldn’t be able to hold our various events. I like to prepare from scratch the pre-BBQ nibbles, accompanying salads and… Continue Reading “The Musette: Tarta de Santiago”

The Musette: apple and almond cake

I’m generally not fond of cake as dessert. Instead mid-morning coffee and cake or afternoon tea and cake get my vote. However, there are a couple of exceptions: brownies, and cake with fruit. I had some organic apples my beloved wasn’t overly keen on,… Continue Reading “The Musette: apple and almond cake”

The Musette: Coques – Andorran flat cakes

The Vuelta a Espana is dipping its toe into Andorra, home to many a professional cyclist on account of its favourable tax regime. I understand Andorran cooking is similar to Catalan but with influences from both France and, surprisingly, Italy. I looked around for a… Continue Reading “The Musette: Coques – Andorran flat cakes”