The Gold of Autumn: Classic Pumpkin Pie

“Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.” Simone Schwarz-Bart   All seasons have their iconic bakes, but the link between autumn and the classic pumpkin pie is surely one of the closest…Majority considers the pie a traditional, straightforward American delicacy but -whilst it fundamentally is from the USA- its […]

The Apple of My Eye: Apple Bakewell Tartlets with Homemade Speedy Jam

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” Mother Teresa    Whilst one can not make jam out of love, one can certainly make it with love. Good jam is a treat that can be freely enjoyed in small quantities and when used in hearty, old recipes, jam […]

Forever Foraging: Apple and Cheese Frangipane Tartlet

“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart: Your seeds shall live in my body, And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart, And your fragrance shall be my breath, And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.” Khalil Gibran Autumn is the time […]

Real Autumn Treat: Apple, Cinnamon and Berry Preserve Mini Pie

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” David Mamet, Boston Marriage   With the arrival of the often dramatically crisp, sunny and rainy autumn days, the best treatment for the psyche and body is to reflect the fall months via the new, earthy, deep seasonal flavours in one’s […]

Recipe Demonstration Live on Stage at Cake&Bake Show in London

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Robert Frost Getting ready for demonstrating my Forager’s Wild Cherry and Blackberry Mini Madeira Tarts live on stage…   “If you’re not gonna go all the way, why go at all?”  Joe Namath Being interviewed by Peter Sidwell…whilst he is eating my wild cherries…   “The more that you […]

French Pastry Perfection: Wild Mushroom and Sausage Vol-Au-Vent Tartlet

 “Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.” Jonathan Swift A vol-au-vent , French for “windblown” to describe its lightness, is a hollow case of fluffy puff pastry typically made by cutting two circles,squares or rectangles in rolled out puff pastry, cutting a hole in one of them, then stacking the shaped pieces on top of the full, disc style […]

Harvest Orchard: Autumn Tipsy Wholewheat Apple Pie Cupcake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  Albert Camus   Every little drawing of Mother Nature, every sound she makes, every breath she takes, every season has its special beauty, without an exception. Autumn, however, is different: with a melancholic, depressed sadness in it breathtaking beauty, yet with a colourful, sexy make-up […]

Foragers’ Wild Cherry and Blackberry Madeira Mini Tart

It is blackberry season!!! Blackberries are not actually berries, but are instead an aggregate fruit. Blackberries are formed from several individual seeded fruits that are attached to a single core. This design allows blackberries to have a high skin and seed composition which contributes to their high nutritional content. Blackberries are high in dietary fiber. Blackberries are rich […]

Great British Life Tart – Fruitcake frangipane tart with gingerbread crust

I developed this recipe based on my (taste)sensational experiences I have gained since arriving to live in the United Kingdom six years ago. Gradually getting to know all cultural aspects of my well-beloved English history and literature, I think this combination of flavours and methods mixes some essential elements of British cuisine: fruitcake, tart, gingerbread […]

Humble Goulash Tart with Paprika Pastry Crust

As much as I have loved living in the United Kingdom for the past six years, I miss my native Hungary. This particular tart is a homage paid to my every-now-and-again homesick taste buds, combining basic flavours of the Hungarian cuisine: paprika, garlic, meat, onion, potato and smoked dry sausage. This is a sufficient, filling […]