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Sweet Things

Sweet Things


The recipes on this page are sure to satisfy all your sweet cravings: cakes, bakes, biscuits and more!
Pink Champagne Panna Cotta

Pink Champagne Panna Cotta

Pink Champagne Panna Cotta with a layer of creamy, delicious vanilla panna cotta, topped with a bright, jewel-like rosé jelly is a wonderful after dinner treat, and the perfect dessert for a party or a special occasion.
Christmas Fruit Mince Tart

Christmas Fruit Mince Tart

There’s nothing quite like the delicious aroma of a freshly baked Christmas Fruit Mince Tart to let you know the festive season has really begun. With brandied fruit mince and a buttery almond pastry, this recipe is perfect for a Christmas feast.
Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

With perfect spirals of chocolate and vanilla, my melt-in-the-mouth Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies are as good to look at as they are to eat. Made from crumbly, buttery shortbread they make a perfect and beautiful Christmas gift, though they are delicious any time of year!
Speculaas – Dutch Spice Cookies

Speculaas – Dutch Spice Cookies

Speculaas or Dutch Spice Cookies are a wonderfully old fashioned Christmas treat and so delicious! These light and crisp cookies are full of fragrant and exotic spices, perfect for the festive season.
Spitzbuben – German Christmas Cookies

Spitzbuben – German Christmas Cookies

Spitzbuben are one of the most beautiful traditional German Christmas cookies. Also known as Linzer Augen or Linzer Cookies, the delicious combination of buttery short pastry and tangy redcurrant jelly is a Christmas classic.
Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake

Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake

With a dark chocolate base, tangy cream cheese filling and a topping of raspberries in a jewel-like jelly, Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake is a showstopper of a dessert and the perfect way to make the most of in-season raspberries.
Raspberry and Almond Cake

Raspberry and Almond Cake

The perfect tea-time treat, Raspberry and Almond cake has a nutty crunch and bright pops of berry flavour. Quick and easy to make, this cake lasts for several days and is delicious warm or cold.
New Zealand Afghan Biscuits

New Zealand Afghan Biscuits

New Zealand Afghan Biscuits are crunchy chocolate and cornflake cookies, covered with melt-in-the-mouth chocolate icing and topped with a walnut half. A classic or the NZ kitchen, these sweet treats are loved by old and young alike.
Simple Lemon Bundt Cake

Simple Lemon Bundt Cake

My Simple Lemon Bundt Cake is bursting with fresh, citrus flavour. Made with yoghurt and oil, it has a soft and tender crumb. Perfect for coffee or morning tea!
Peach and Ginger Pie

Peach and Ginger Pie

I am back! After a long break from the online world to recharge my batteries and work on some other projects I am back in the studio and kitchen and hard at work. I’ve been lucky enough to spend the early part of 2021 travelling in New Zealand and Australia, spending time with my family, and generally appreciating all that this wonderful world has to offer, even amongst the daily doom and gloom in the newspapers. This summer I’ve been soaking up the glorious Italian sunshine and picking up loads of recipe inspiration along the way, so keep an eye…
Classic German Bienenstich

Classic German Bienenstich

Sweet yeast dough, vanilla custard cream and a crunchy honey almond topping – it can only be a Classic German Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake. This most beloved of German cakes is perfect for afternoon tea.
Almond and Apricot Cantucci

Almond and Apricot Cantucci

Often known in the English speaking world as ‘biscotti’, Cantucci are a deliciously crunchy Italian treat. My recipe for Almond and Apricot Cantucci is so easy and perfect for the festive season.
Vanillekipferl – Vanilla Moons

Vanillekipferl – Vanilla Moons

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Germany without the wonderful tradition of ‘Plätzchen’ – tins of mixed, homemade biscuits, all different and made with exceptional care. Possibly the most beloved of all are Vanillekipferl, crumbly, buttery crescents or moons.
Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Delicate, crumbly pastry filled with aromatic spiced fruit, Christmas Fruit Mince Pies are one of the most delicious treats of the season. One is never enough!
Zimtsterne / Cinnamon Stars

Zimtsterne / Cinnamon Stars

Christmas baking in Germany is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I grew up in the land of Christmas puddings and pavlova, quite frankly, store bought more often than not, delicious, but nothing on the level of care and dedication Germans put into their utterly delightful Christmas biscuits or Plätzchen – my absolute favourite of which is the Zimtstern or Cinnamon Star. All of the Plätzchen are a little fiddly to make, delicate morsels that dissolve in a moment on the tongue, but Zimtsterne have a reputation as being one of the trickier ones. Good news then, that as I love…
Almond Cranberry Homemade Nougat

Almond Cranberry Homemade Nougat

Sweet and delicious, it is easier than you think to make homemade nougat. This recipe has no glucose or corn syrup and can be made with ordinary household ingredients. Perfect for Christmas gifts!
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

When I was a kid, there was one food I hated above any other. Dates. I couldn’t stand them, and my mother (who makes excellent sweets) always used to put them in her scones, thereby ruining them as far as my seven year old self was concerned. It’s amazing how tastes change as you grow up, as now I love dates and am always looking for ways to use them. Funnily enough, dates are the secret ingredient in one of Britain’s most famous desserts, Sticky Toffee Pudding. This lusciously sweet dessert has been popular since the ‘60s and while the…
Torta Caprese al Limone

Torta Caprese al Limone

Two of my favourite ingredients have to be lemons and white chocolate, which is why today’s recipe Torta Caprese al Limone or Capri Lemon Cake is one of my favourite sweet treats. The incredible smell of this cake baking in the oven is merely a preview of the meltingly delicious flavours awaiting you. You know those cakes that are so good you close your eyes and groan when you take your first bite? This is one of those. Can you tell I love this cake? I think you will too. Torta Caprese is a classic Italian cake from the sunny…
Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding

Rain, rain and more rain. The house is surrounded by fog and drizzle, the fire is roaring happily away and I’m wrapped up warm with a big pot of tea. ’Tis the season for comfort food in my house, long-simmered stews and casseroles, roasts, and puddings for afters. This is the sort of food that the British really excel at, so when I fancy a warming, comforting dessert, I always turn to that ultimate British nursery food: Bread and Butter Pudding. This is food from my great grandparent’s generation and beyond. A frugal set of common household ingredients, magically transformed…
Soft Honey Vanilla Caramels

Soft Honey Vanilla Caramels

Lusciously soft, chewy and gently flavoured with a hint of honey, Honey Vanilla Caramels are a pleasure to make. The perfect gift for Christmas!
White Wine Poached Pears

White Wine Poached Pears

Ralph Waldo Emerson may have famously said that ‘There are only 10 minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat’, however, he can’t possibly have been talking about White Wine Poached Pears, one of the world’s most classic and beguilingly simple desserts. Pears, I feel, are unfairly maligned, much less popular than apples despite their sweet and juicy flesh. I have to admit that there is some truth that stone-hard fruit turns overripe in the blink of the eye though, and that is where a little kitchen magic can work miracles. Poaching pears in white…
Raspberry White Chocolate Eclairs

Raspberry White Chocolate Eclairs

I was at the market today, and despite the fact that they are wildly out of season, I saw a huge punnet of raspberries for only a couple of euros. Do you think I could resist an opportunity like that? No, of course not! And ‘cause I’m in a baking kinda mood, these little beauties found their way directly into a big batch of Raspberry and White Chocolate Eclairs. I love making pastry, and choux pastry, the base for profiteroles and eclairs, is no exception. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there regarding choux pastry, but once…
Fig and Honey Tart

Fig and Honey Tart

Brrrrr! Just when I was enjoying the sunny days of autumn, we have plunged into winter. There is early snow on the alps and Munich is rainy, gusty and grey. As you’ll know if you have been reading along, I don’t really mind the grim weather as it gives me an excuse to hole up in the kitchen, baking, writing and keeping warm. I got my hands on a big container of beautifully fresh late-season figs while I was at the shops, and I knew exactly what to do with them. A Fig and Honey Tart with almond frangipane and…
Gingerbread Hearts ‘Lebkuchenherzen’

Gingerbread Hearts ‘Lebkuchenherzen’

The Oktoberfest recipes continue today with a real symbol of folk festivals here in Germany: Gingerbread Hearts or Lebkuchenherzen. Anyone who has ever visited the Oktoberfest has seen the many stalls selling these sweet treats. Ranging in size from tiny to absolutely enormous, these brightly decorated hearts are meant to be hung around the neck of your sweetheart – the bigger the heart, the bigger the love, or so the story goes. Gingerbread Hearts, much like old fashioned sweetheart candies, have writing on them, usually a sweet or humorous term of endearment, a greeting or good wishes. The possibilities are…
Deep Dish Apple Pie

Deep Dish Apple Pie

On the weekend I love to get up early and spend the morning baking. There are no distractions, my work is mostly done for the week, so it’s the perfect excuse to brew up a big mug of coffee, put some relaxing jazz on the stereo and break out the flour, butter and sugar. Today I’m baking a real American classic: Deep Dish Apple Pie. I love the simplicity of flavours in apple pie. There is something so honest and comforting about a sweet apple filling, lightly spiced with cinnamon and wrapped in a golden, buttery crust. Making apple pie…
Zwetschgendatschi – Bavarian Plum Tart

Zwetschgendatschi – Bavarian Plum Tart

I have had a bit of wanderlust recently, so you might have noticed that many of the recipes I’ve been sharing are from far-flung places as I travel in my imagination around the globe. I love the way the smell can taste of food can transport us directly into other cultures. I’ve returned home to Bavaria today though with a real regional speciality: Zwetschgendatschi, Bavarian Plum Tart. When you start seeing the first slices of Zwetschgendatschi in the bakeries of Munich, it is a sure sign that summer is coming to a close. The smell of sweet, baked prune plums,…
Perfect Lemon Meringue Pie

Perfect Lemon Meringue Pie

Surely one of the most delicious and iconic desserts (I mean, anything that involves a blowtorch in the kitchen has me onboard), it is a favourite of mine and I have spent YEARS perfecting my Lemon Meringue Pie recipe. Tried and tested and tasted again and again (poor me, right?) this recipe bakes up perfectly every time.
Banana Berry Ice Creams

Banana Berry Ice Creams

My recipe for Banana Berry Ice Creams uses the ‘Nice-Cream’ technique to create a creamy and delicious dessert. This works by using frozen banana as a base which gives a beautifully creamy texture.
Black Forest Cherry Cake

Black Forest Cherry Cake

I love reading through old cookbooks. Whenever I’m in a second-hand bookstore I make a beeline for the cookbook section and can spend many happy hours leafing through the foods of yesteryear. It is always amazing to see which recipes have stood the test of time and which seem hopelessly out of date or frankly bizarre to the modern palate. Even better than the earnestly written Victorian and Edwardian kitchen bibles with their helpful chapters on ‘How to Feed Invalids’ and the like, are the first luridly coloured cookbooks from the ’50s onwards. While the horrors are real (Tuna and…
Red Currant Crumble Cake

Red Currant Crumble Cake

The most beautiful of all the summer berries has to be the red currant. Those long strands of jewel-like ruby coloured berries will always tempt me when they appear in the markets, and there is no better match for their delicate, tart flavour than a buttery, nutty crumble. While I sometimes make the German bakery favourite Johannisbeer-Streusel Thaler, little yeast cakes topped with berries and streusel, often I want a cake to slice and serve with coffee, and what could be better than my easy Red Currant Crumble Cake. This is such a simple cake to put together. The deliciously…
No Churn Pomegranate Sorbet

No Churn Pomegranate Sorbet

Looking for the best way to make Pomegranate Sorbet without an ice cream maker? Look no further! This easy recipe works every time.
French Vanilla Custard Tart

French Vanilla Custard Tart

French Vanilla Custard Tart is often known as Flan Parissiene or Flan Patissier and if you’ve ever been to France you will have seen these glorious tarts temptingly displayed in the window of every patisserie and bakery in town.
Summer Berry Pavlova Slice

Summer Berry Pavlova Slice

Pavlova will always be a Christmas dessert for me, the perfect sweet treat even when you are groaningly full of ham, turkey and all the other delights of the Christmas table. The trouble is, of course, that Christmas in New Zealand and Australia is high summer, when strawberries and other berries are at their peak, and it is to summer that the legendary pavlova truly belongs, which is why I am sharing this recipe for the European summer in July. As many of you know, my heart belongs to both New Zealand and Australia, so I will refrain from entering…
Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart

Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart

We are bang in the middle of the European cherry season, with the street stalls and markets overflowing temptingly with mountains of gorgeous scarlet fruit. In America, you might instantly think of baking a cherry pie, but I think the French invented the perfect recipe for showing off the flavour of these little jewels: Cherry Almond Frangipane Tart. The idea of a tart with juicy summer cherries, surrounded by moist almond frangipane and tender sweet pastry is enough to get anyone’s mouth-watering, and while it may look like it belongs in the window of a fancy bakery, the good news…
Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots

Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots

It’s often said that apricots are a ‘kitchen fruit’ because, despite their beautiful speckled skin and orange glow, they can be disappointingly woolly and flavourless. However, the application of a little heat and sugar changes everything. Gently cooked in wine, scented with vanilla, served with a big scoop of ice cream and some buttery homemade shortbread, Rosé Vanilla Poached Apricots are practically a food of the gods. This is a great way to end a meal during the warmer months. Cool and refreshing, with just the right balance of sweet and tart, it sings of summer. You can make the…
Viennese Coffee Panna Cotta

Viennese Coffee Panna Cotta

If you’ve ever been to Vienna, you’ll know that the Austrians take coffee very seriously. Often grander than palaces, with sparkling chandeliers, acres of gleaming dark wood, and waiters in immaculate black tie, the famous Viennese coffee houses are time capsules of another era. Whether you step inside for a quick espresso, or, as the locals do, linger for hours reading the newspaper, you will be treated with the greatest formality and respect. There are so many wonderful treats to be had in the cake cabinets, Sacher Torte probably being the most famous. But whether you’re eating Kaiserschmarrn or Apple…
Raspberry and Almond Friands

Raspberry and Almond Friands

I have long been fascinated with the way recipes change and adapt as they make their way around the globe, each country putting their unique spin on the original. The café and coffee culture, once dominated by Europe, has been whole-heartedly embraced Down Under, though everything has been switched up to suit the local tastes. From the invention of the ‘flat white’, a coffee whose origin is as hotly contested between New Zealand and Australia as the legendary pavlova, to the delicate cakes known as friands. Friands began life as the French ‘financiers’ small, rich, gold-bar shaped cakes. As the…
Walnut and Orange Blossom Baklava

Walnut and Orange Blossom Baklava

Tatlı yiyelim, tatlı konuşalım or ‘Let’s eat sweet and talk sweet’ has to be my favourite Turkish expression. It’s definitely the perfect way to describe having a slice or two of sticky, sweet, nutty Walnut and Orange Blossom Baklava with a strong Turkish coffee and a good gossip with friends. Tomorrow evening will mark the end of the long month of Ramadan, with the celebrations of Eid-al-Fitr. After the long period of fasting, this is usually a night of family and feasting for Muslims around the world. In Cyprus and Turkey, Eid-al-Fitr is more commonly known as Şeker Bayramı –…
Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

Making marshmallows is a type of kitchen magic. With only 5 ingredients you can create mountains of fluffy, springy, delicious marshmallows. Try the recipe yourself to see how easy it is.
Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Today I am sharing the recipe for my ultimate Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake! This is a fabulous recipe if you are having people round for dinner. It’s a real crowd-pleaser and everyone always seems to find room for a little slice – even if they were claiming to be full seconds before you brought it to the table. As you do all the cooking the day before, it’s a fantastic low-stress way to end the meal. This dessert looks so beautiful everyone will think that you must have picked it up from the bakery, so it will…
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

The sun is shining, the sky is brilliantly blue and the fields are full of waving green grass that has sprung up seemingly overnight. The bowl of strawberries on the kitchen table is filling the kitchen with the sweet smell of summer. Juicy and succulent, they are the perfect topping for a delicious Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake along with clouds of creamy mascarpone. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you are lucky enough to be able to visit your mum this year, this could be the perfect cake to bring along. My mum is a long way from…
New Zealand Louise Cake

New Zealand Louise Cake

It’s been howling a gale the last two days, huge gusts of wind whipping through the valley, bending the trees sideways and turning the field into a sea of rippling and waving grass. I feel a bit sorry for the birds and bats flapping away day and night in the breeze! It’s definitely blowing away the cobwebs, though I have to confess, I wouldn’t mind a bit of sunshine this month. Never mind. Weather like this is always a good excuse to get some baking done, and today I’m taking another trip down memory lane to the sweets and cakes…
New Zealand Peanut Brownies

New Zealand Peanut Brownies

Updated August 2021 with cup measurements! Soft, chewy, salty and chocolatey, New Zealand Peanut Brownies are quick to make and utterly moreish. One cookie is never enough! A Kiwi classic recipe.
Farmhouse Apple Cake

Farmhouse Apple Cake

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, or so the old saying goes. Luckily for us, they never specified exactly how this magical apple is to be consumed, which is why today we are enjoying our apples in a deliciously moist Farmhouse Apple Cake. Topped with buttery, crumbly, nutty streusel, this cake is definitely good for the soul and will keep you coming back for more. My Farmhouse Apple Cake is a rustic, old-fashioned sort of cake. It’s super easy to make, no mixer required at all, just a couple of bowls and a whisk. The secret to the…
Old Fashioned Cherry Cake

Old Fashioned Cherry Cake

I often look around online and see the most beautiful, extravagant cakes. Seeing these towering works of art and engineering, with multi-layers and adventurous flavours I’m always amazed by how incredibly clever people can be. While I think these cakes are lovely to look at, they’re seldom something that I would cook at home. Firstly, there are only two of us and there is only so much cake we can eat, and secondly, my taste lies in the more traditional type of cakes I grew up with. This Old Fashioned Cherry Cake is exactly the sort of cake I crave.…
Summer Berry Chocolate Tarts

Summer Berry Chocolate Tarts

I can think of Easter weekends here in Munich where there has been a thick blanket of snow, gale-force winds and a sullen, steel grey sky. These were the times when we were all happy to be inside, hiding away from the weather and gorging on chocolate and treats. This Easter, as luck would have it, Munich is having the most glorious run of warm, sunny days. The sky is a sparkling, deep blue, there’s just enough of a breeze to waft the smell of fresh grass from the southern farmlands over the city, and the spreading chestnut trees are…
Fruity Hot Cross Buns

Fruity Hot Cross Buns

One week until Easter and spring is in full bloom. Every day there is more green on my daily walk and the sun shines a little brighter and hotter. Among the patches of wild garlic, bright yellow daffodils are bobbing about and the supermarkets are piled high with as many tulips as Easter eggs. It’s going to be a funny old Easter for a lot of people this year, spent at home rather than celebrating with family. Here in Bavaria, Easter Sunday is usually a true feast day, after the long Lenten fast. A day for good food, time spent…
Spiced Carrot Cake Loaf

Spiced Carrot Cake Loaf

With the barrage of news bulletins and onslaught of social media health advice over the last month, it’s been easy to forget that we are in the lead up to Easter! Normally we’d be gleefully snacking on chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, but with so many distractions it seems to have slipped by the wayside around here. Not today! I believe that the Easter Bunny has a sweet tooth, so in honour of our favourite rabbit (sorry Bugs), today’s recipe is a glorious Spiced Carrot Cake Loaf. This is the best sort of cake, requiring nothing more than a…
Eierlikörtorte – German Advocaat Cake

Eierlikörtorte – German Advocaat Cake

The sun is out, I’ve got my balcony door open to the kitchen letting in some lovely fresh air and I’ve been baking one of my all-time favourite cakes. All things that are so good for the soul. I think it’s so important at the moment when we’ve all had to slow down a little (or a lot!) to enjoy the simple rituals of life. For me, those are mostly based in the kitchen. And there’s nothing better than a freshly baked cake on the weekend! What is this fabulous cake you ask? This is an old family recipe from…
Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita

Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita

I don’t know about you, but there is only so much serious news and doom and gloom I can take before I get completely overloaded, so today’s recipe is pure fun. Gin and Tonic Jelly with Lemon Granita is a fabulous dinner party dessert and always gets people talking. The clear jelly is cut to look like ice cubes and the zesty, icy granita melts in the mouth and cleanses the palate after a big meal. Both components require some waiting around in the kitchen and a bit of patience, but what better time than now when we’re all at…