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Champagne, Chocolate and Strawberry Layer Cake :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Writing a food blog has many perks. Mostly the excuse to have delicious treats lying around the house nearly all the time. If I fancy baking something incredibly large, ridiculously indulgent and calorie laden, I just blame the blog. "Oh I really, really didn't want to have a giant chocolate orange cheesecake sitting in the fridge, its just I HAD to make it for the blog...", and so on. Its also my reason for buying up all of the chocolate every time I go shopping. Its an absolutely winning ...

Courgette and Lemon Cake

Courgette and Lemon Cake // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

  A light and fresh courgette and lemon cake filled with lemon curd, and topped with lemon cream cheese icing and crunchy pistachios. At the moment I'm really buying into the craze for swapping out the carby part of meals for vegetable alternatives. Once you start substituting you realise how many more vegetables you can pack into your diet by doing it, and it doesn't take too long to feel the benefits. Better skin, better sleep, and a general feeling of virtuousness to name just a few. The ...

Eton Mess Cheesecake

Eton Mess Cheesecake 7 :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Eton Mess Cheesecake; a creamy vanilla cheesecake, topped with whipped cream, strawberries, meringue, and homemade strawberry sauce. This delicious take on a summer classic is bound to be a crowd pleaser! It seems there is a lot of talk online at the moment about the end of summer. Of how the nights are drawing in, the days are getting shorter, and the winter fashions are hitting the shops. Shops are bringing in their back-to-school ranges, the sight of which still makes me feel a little sad. ...

Chocolate and Raspberry Cake {vegan, gluten free & dairy free}

Chocolate and Raspberry Cake {Vegan, Gluten free and dairy free} // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

A rich, decadent vegan chocolate cake, sandwiched with creamy chocolate buttercream and filled with fresh raspberries. A wonderful dinner party dessert.  This is the last post that I'll be posting from England for a little while. As of Wednesday I'll be moving back to Hong Kong for at least the next year. You might remember Andy headed back over for work in April, and now its time for me to join him out there. At the moment I'm in the process of packing up, trying to fit my life back into one ...

Afternoon tea at the Conrad, London

Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea at the Conrad :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  With Afternoon Tea week coming up in just a few weeks time, and the array of miniature treats I've been posting recently, I thought I would share a proper afternoon tea with you today. For my birthday back in April I went to the Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea at the Conrad London St James Hotel. The Conrad regularly changes its tea theme, with each special tea only being available of a few months. ...

Cheats Mini Lemon Tarts

Cheats Mini Lemon Tarts // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Light and zesty Cheats Mini Lemon Tarts - just four basic ingredients, and absolutely no baking required! Its seems I'm on a roll with the theme of 'mini' at the moment. Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes, Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes, Mini Carrot Cakes. Everything finger sized and nibbley. I think in my head I'm putting together an afternoon tea for you, cake by cake. We'll set up the cake stands and dust off the vintage china. Slice the crusts off our sandwiches and warm the tea pot. Stir the tea, ...

Mini Carrot Cakes with Coconut and Lime {from Homemade Memories}

Carrot Cupcakes // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Deliciously tender mini spiced carrot cakes, topped with a zesty lime cream cheese icing and pistachios. A recipe from Kate Doran's beautiful new book, Homemade Memories. One of the first food blogs I ever read was A Little Loaf. I remember the first time I stumbled upon it. I was clicking through Poires Au Chocolat, and found Kate's blog recommended in the side bar. I've been a reader ever since, and was very excited when Kate announced she was writing a book. I love the way Kate writes, ...

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

  Miniature cheesecakes, bursting with raspberry freshness and finished with a hint of white chocolate. I'm sorry its been a little while since I've posted a new recipe - Andy came back from Hong Kong for a visit and we spent two weeks enjoying every last minute of sporadic sunshine. We've had a throughly British summer time, visiting Whitby, exploring the Isle of Wight. Drinking lots of cider, getting plump on cream teas, and debating the merits of Northern versus Southern fish and chips ...

Mini Strawberry Victoria Sponge Cakes

Mini Strawberry Victoria Sponge Cakes // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Wimbledon inspired mini fluffy vanilla Victoria sponge cakes filled with strawberry jam and cream, and topped with fresh strawberries. The perfect summer treat! A few years ago, me and my Mum went to Wimbledon for the day. One of my Mum's best friends works at the championship, running one of the restaurants. She invited us along to the day, sorting us ground tickets without the queues, and finding us a table at her restaurant. We turned up early and started off the day with a pot of ...

{Happy Places} Our Trans-Siberian Journey

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  'Just the place to bury a crock of gold,' said Sebastian. 'I should like to bury something precious in every place where I've been happy and then, when I was old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.'   Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh   About five hours into my flight back from Hong Kong to London a few weeks ago, I opened the window blind a little, to look down on the Gobi Dessert. Orange-brown sands stretching out endless and empty for ...