Friday, 5 July 2013

A Cake and some Fruity Tarts

I haven't been baking sweet treats much lately, because I have been experimenting with sour dough,  I have got the starter sussed but I have had mixed results with the proving time; but that's another story for another blog post.  For now I want to show you the cake and small tartlets I made.

The cake is a basic chocolate sandwich cake, filled with raspberries and vanilla buttercream, (rather a lot of buttercream in fact, one might say too much).  

What do you think, too much?  

What's that, you need a closer look?  OK ...

I purposely used fresh fruit rather than jam, believing the raspberries would cut through the rich chocolate sponge and the buttercream, they did!

On to the tarts, I have had a bash at making something like these before, which you can see here.  I was   inspired by those fancy,  beautifully composed treats you see in a patisserie and little pile of tins I bought whilst on honeymoon in a St Ives charity shop.

I used a different pastry recipe this time, the same as I used for my Lemon Meringue pie by Dan Lepard (he writes for the Guardian).   It just sweet enough and very workable after chilling.

Instead of filing them with creme patissiere, I made some chantilly cream, which is double cream, flavoured with vanilla and icing sugar.

I used fresh raspberries and kiwi fruit to decorate.

That's all!


Mrs. Dad said...

Gorgeous! I love your tarts. I fear I would love to eat them all too much.

muse kidd said...

Good lookin' and good cookin'!... shoooweee!... they were fabulous to eat and a feast for your eyes too! Yum, yum, yum... I am a lucky boy indeed.

muse kidd said...

oh yeah... the redesign on your blog is just great... and your food photography is top notch... excellent composition.

MJcee said...

Thank you Mr Kidd x