Queen of Tarts – Blackberry, Lime & Elderflower Tart

Blackberries are versatile and delicious things. For me they've made star appearances as jewels, sprayed silver on macaron towers and more humbly been boiled down for jam for the base of mini 'Blackberry Bakewell Tarts' and transformed into into compote in a layered, 'Blackberry, Limonchello Cream & Hazelnut Verrine.' (Recipes here..) Blackberry, Limonchello & Hazelnut Verrines [...]

Queen of Tarts – Camden Mirabelle Plum Tart

I wrote most of this post over a month ago so apologies for the delay. I have since been holidaying in France ( a fig tart to come on this, never have figs tasted so good) packed up my flat and moved house from Camden to Hackney and more to the point am now without [...]

Queen of Tarts – Sweet Pastry Recipe Tips

Studying for a Professional Patisserie Diploma at Westminster Kingsway, the first discipline on the syllabus was pastry and I still work with the basic sweet and savoury recipes I was taught then. After the method was demonstrated we were given two French classics to make, the Tart au Citron and a fresh fruit tart (pictured). They were [...]

Queen of Tarts – Blog Post – A life in tarts

There was never shop bought pastry in our house. Banish the thought. I’m not entirely sure whether this was because there weren’t quality options available in the 80s, or simply the objection of a keen baker to the idea full stop. Regardless, dessert was commonplace and always homemade. There’s little doubt my passion for baking was [...]

Welcome to my blog!

My baking journey really began when I was small but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that it became more than a hobby. Taking a slightly mad leap of faith I left my job and went back to college at 33, to study for a patisserie diploma. It wasn’t an easy decision but [...]