While Dr B will happily drink a pint of Guinness I must confess that I much prefer it baked into some form of sweet treat. Sacrilegious I know but there it is. This tart combines some lovely dark and bitter notes with a light, fluffy and sweet mascarpone whipped cream which turns out to be the perfect balance. It was one of those moments where trying each element individually had me worried that my flavours were all slightly off but that first forkful of dessert proved me wrong.
As soon as candy canes become available in stores I want to start my Christmas baking. This year I decided to try out something new, for those of you who grew up in North America I am sure you have fond memories of Rice Krispie Treats. They are such a simple dessert to make, all you need is a bit of butter, some rice krispie cereal and marshmallows. To make them Christmas-y why not add some crushed candy canes and maybe some dark chocolate?
Are you sick of hearing about salted caramel yet? No? That’s what I hope you have said because I think it may be one of the best baking staples in this house. From the first time I made it I have almost always had a jar of home made salted caramel in the fridge. It’s easy to make once you have conquered your fear of boiling sugar (it took me about two years to bring myself to try caramelising sugar and another two or three attempts to be comfortable with it so don’t worry if you are nervous to start with). The result is worth it, wouldn’t everyone like to have this in their fridge? Continue reading