All posts filed under: Desserts

Apricot Jacks

Everyone has a danish pastry memory… OK maybe not everyone, but I sure do. When I was a child and my family came to visit from Essex, they would bring an enormous tray of them from Costco. Deliciously flaky pastry, iced perfectly and topped with a sweet baked apricot. The vegan diet is not very accommodating to danish pastries, and over the weekend this bothered me enough to do something about it. I’m pleased present to you Apricot Jacks, the vegan answer to the much loved danish pastry. They aren’t pastry-based, but the signature soft, syrupy apricot will induce the same sigh of satisfaction. It’s surprising how quickly calories soar down when butter is taken out of the equation, and these little gems come in at only 73 apiece. I’m a total sheep when it comes to health food trends, so when all the big-wigs of healthy started getting all excited about coconut oil I went out and bought some. However, I’m not one to cook with something for the sake of having cooked with it, …

Apple, Plum and Ginger Crumble

Ah, the great British crumble. The things we English would do for that warm, buttery bowl of soft fruity deliciousness. I have it on good authority that the crumble tradition began during the second world war. During times of killjoy rationing, people couldn’t scrimp together enough ingredients to make the pastry for a pie, and so instead they crumbled together a little flour, sugar and margarine to sprinkle over the filling. Being poor brings out intense comfort food creation skills in the best of us. My recipe is a little different than the keep-calm-and-carry-on-ers, but this is because it’s now 2014 and you can buy stem ginger at Sainsbury’s. It goes wonderfully with a big dollop of custard, if you can make your own you’re a braver soul than I, Ambrosia from the corner shop for me. for the filling: 6 apples 4 plums 3 tbsps chopped stem ginger               2 tsps flour a generous shake of cinnamon 50g caster sugar for the crumble: 200g plain flour 50g demerera …

Hot Apple Pie Fritters

I’ve been saying for a long time that Tuesdays are the worst. Turns out, I’m actually right. A survey recorded in 2009 suggests that 11:45 on a Tuesday morning is the most stressful time of the week. It’s an internationally recognised fact that stress can only lead to one thing, and that’s dessert. So, when you get home today with the sad knowledge that you’ve only completed 40% of your week, I invite you to indulge in these dessert fritters. Imagine a hot apple pie from McDonald’s, and then imagine it without all the weird addictive chemicals, yum, right? I’m not going to tell you that this is in any way, shape or form one of those wonder desserts that are somehow good for you. But, it’s main ingredient is a fruit, there’s not that much sugar in them and it’s Tuesday, you deserve it. Makes 6 fritters 3 grated apples                                                   …