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 ...

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

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Rich, buttery chocolate biscuit cake, topped with a thick layer of milk chocolate and decorated with Malteasers. A truly delicious no bake treat!  It may be over a year until our wedding, but I'm already putting quite a large amount of thought into the food. For me, food is one of the most important elements of the day. Good food brings everyone together, creates conversation, and builds relationships. Sitting together over a shared meal creates a sense of family like nothing else. The very ...

Chocolate Mint Aero Cake

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Chocolate sponge cake, filled with mint chocolate buttercream made with Mint Aero bars, and topped with a mountain of bubbly Mint Aero chocolate.  On Saturday I had a sudden craving for Mint Aero. I love the mint and chocolate combination, but I'd usually choose After Eights, or Mint Thins. In fact I don't think I've had a Mint Aero in years. Sometimes though, you don't want anything quite so rich as a creamy After Eight, and thats where Mint Aero comes into its own. To me it tastes like Mint ...

Rocky Road Cupcakes

Rocky Road Cupcakes :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

  Incredibly moist fudgy chocolate cupcakes, topped with irresistibly creamy chocolate buttercream, and all your favourite rocky road toppings. Marshmallow, chocolate chips, biscuit; all the best bits of Rocky Road in a delicious cupcake!  In the summer holidays while I was in my early secondary school years, my friend Rooby used to cycle around to visit regularly. We would spend our days watching appalling television, and drinking endless diet cokes. A terrible display of teenage sloth. From ...

Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Oreo Crust Tart {no bake}

Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate and Mascarpone Tart :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Salted caramel, rich dark chocolate ganache, and light creamy mascarpone layered up in a delicious Oreo crust. This indulgent tart is far easier to make than it looks, and is completely irresistible!  Last Friday night this tart came with me to a barbecue, arranged with the hot weather in mind. We started off outside in the start-of-the-weekend sunshine, but it got cold very quickly and we ended up huddled inside around the radiator, heating turned up to full blast. Hello, British summertime? ...

Pear and Chocolate Cake

Poached Pear and Chocolate Cake :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

   A delicious Pear and Chocolate Cake. A rich, gooey, brownie-like cake, filled with whole tender gently poached pears. An indulgent, comforting cake that really brings out the flavours in this classic pairing.  I've been seen pictures of these type of cake swimming around Pinterest for a while. Gorgeous little round cakes, with the stalks of pears just peeking from the top, hinting at whats inside. Loaf cakes sliced opened to reveal cross sections of whole tender, gently poached pears. They ...

Prawn and Chorizo Skewers with Homemade Flatbreads

Prawn and Chorizo Skewers :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Skewers of spicy chorizo, and juicy king prawns marinaded in chilli, garlic and lime juice. Served with the quickest, easiest flatbreads you'll ever make. Fresh, spicy and zesty, these skewers are a perfect addition to a summer barbecue.  A couple of weeks ago we had an unexpected burst of sunshine in the middle of an otherwise wet week. The sun shone all day, and in the evening the garden was bathed with a beautiful glowing golden light, the dipping sun casting long shadows across the lawn. We ...

Apple and Almond Tart

Apple and Frangipane Tart :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

A delicious buttery sweet shortcrust pastry case, filled with frangipane, and topped with apples. Perfect served hot or cold, you'll find it hard just to have one slice.  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might already know the past couple of weeks I've been back in Hong Kong visiting Andy after 6 long weeks apart. At the risk of sounding soppy, I have to admit its been absolutely bloody brilliant. You almost forget how much you miss in a relationship when you're 8000 miles apart. ...

Bacon, Potato and Asparagus Salad

Bacon, potato and asparagus salad :: www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

  A gorgeous warm summer salad. It's packed with bacon, new potatoes, fresh tender asparagus and crisp Florette salad leaves. Dressed with a sharp, tangy mustard dressing and finished with soft centred eggs, this is a recipe that deserves to be a summer staple!  It’s no secret I love cake. I love chocolate, and cookies. I love bread slathered in salted butter, and hot flaky pastry. It turns out though, as one of the great cruel jokes of life, that these things aren’t really so great for us. ...