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Category: Dessert

Praline Tart Tatin

Inspired from a recent trip to Lyon I created what is now my favourite dessert of all time :). The addition of praline contrasts the sweetness of the apples poached in caramel while creating an almost baklava taste with the puff pastry base, a real crowd pleasing dessert.

Health: The main ingredient of praline is almonds; The health benefits of almonds include lowering blood sugar levels, reducing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels

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Peach Melba

My take on a classic, peach Melba. Uplifting the original recipe with the addition of a vanilla cream filled poached peach.

Health: Peaches are high in manganese, helping to repair and form blood tissue and bones.

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote with Vanilla Icecream and Madeleines

A seasonal rhubarb and strawberry compote topped with creamy vanilla ice-cream and hot out the oven madeleines. This dessert really is one to have outside on a warm sunny day, playing a perfect balance between the tart and the sweet.

Health: The most prominent vitamin in rhubarb is vitamin K, known to prevent oxidation of brain cells and stimulate cognitive activity.

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Rice à l’impératrice (Gourmet Rice Pudding)

Milky glace cherry rice pudding uplifted with freshly whipped sweetened cream and set with  a rum and lemon infused Crème bavaroise . Topping the set pudding with peaches in syrup and a raspberry glaze creates a dessert that finds a perfect balance between the rich and the fresh.

Health: Rice is known to be great for your skin as well as your nervous system.

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Apple and Fresh Walnut Moelleux

A caramelised baked rum and vanilla pancake garnished with caramel coated fresh walnuts and apples, a real winter winner at any dinner party or dinner date. Using intriguing methods and techniques that I can almost guarantee will teach you something new, a great recipe for any serious cook.  This dessert is best made during the apple season, which in the UK begins in August and end in February.

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Puffed Raspberry Turnovers

A fruity Raspberry filling enveloped within layers upon layers of light Puff pastry . Pairing perfectly with a dollop of Crème Fraiche or a touch of custard gives the pastry a comforting touch. A real great one to do with kids!

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Crêpes Suzette

A traditional French recipe that has had a place in my heart for as long as I can remember, bringing memories of my dear Grandad and his delightful desserts. I have been lucky enough to get this recipe from the head chef on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship (courtesy of a treasured newspaper article). The bouncy texture of the crepes steeped in a sticky sweet orange sauce with  hints of the dark vanilla and cocoa tones from the Grand Mariner is just undefinable.  Definitely one of my favourite desserts of all time.

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