Strawberries and Cream Tartlettes

The hints of orange & spice are a perfect taste counterpoint in these seasonal canapés. I’ve suggested making strawberry compote, but you could of course use your favourite shop-bought jam to make it even easier.

Adding a whipped cream garnish makes these the perfect bite-sized British summertime treats.

Makes: 30 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnote for larger sizes)
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Strawberries and Cream Tart

Tis the season for strawberries, and pairing them with cream is just classic. A hint of lime & pepper adds an invisible touch of luxury to a special tart.

I combined this mousse recipe with my own other mousses, and created a crusted tart with a fluffy, summery attitude.

If you prefer to serve the mousse on its own without a pastry crust, see the last footnote.

Serves: 12 – 16
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Spiced Fruit Bread – Gluten-Free

This is the GF version of my Greek Easter bread recipe. After a bit of practice, I realised that extra-fine sponge flour is almost exactly the same in texture/weight as shop-bought GF flour (which is usually rice flour with potato & tapioca starch).

It works best with self-raising GF flour. Pictured results used mixed dried fruit with citrus peel – it tastes just like hot cross buns.

Makes: One loaf
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Walnut and Cardamom Shortbread

There are eleventy-two variations provided on my gluten-free Sablé shortbread recipe but still I wondered ‘what else?’ Nuts! Cardamom & walnut are oft-used together in Persian cooking, so I opted for that combo, with an icing drizzle.

The dough should be made in advance, and stored in the fridge or freezer until ready for baking.

Makes: 30+ biscuits depending on size/thickness
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Peach Coffee Cake

As per my Blueberry Coffee Cake‘s notes, a North American ‘coffee cake’ doesn’t contain coffee, but is meant to be eaten whilst drinking a cuppa joe. They come in all shapes & types, and commonly use cream cheese/fruit.

Here it’s a jelly-roll style GF yeasted bread. Start the night before for a first rise in the fridge, and to drain the peaches.

Serves: up to 24 (but it’s easily halved)
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Rice Pudding Cake (Torta di Riso)

I bake weekly for a crowd including coeliac sufferers so I’m always hunting for different ways to liven up their coffee morning. This GF Italian old-school classic was perfect because everyone loves rice pudding, and they all love cake.

It’s best served with fruit: I’ve suggested a fruit compote made from frozen berries, but see the Toppings footnote for alternatives.

Serves: up to 16
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Parsnip and Honey Cake

We should all be using more vegetables in baking, but most of us stop at carrot cake and don’t consider other veg. Parsnips are sweet and pair beautifully with honey & coconut (also pistachios or other nuts).

This is similar in theme to my Zucchini Bread recipe, but make this one if you want a gluten-free frosted cake.

Serves: up to 24
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