Archive for December, 2006

Mad about Poached Peach Frangipane Tart

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Peach Frangipane Tart

My mum received a small basket of beautiful yellow peaches recently and very generously shared some with me. I decided to try poaching them and incorporating them into a dessert. The result was this lovely golden brown frangipane tart, which is really just a variation of this tart.

Peach Frangipane Tart

I loved the taste and texture of the puffed up frangipane, which went really well with the wonderfully plump and moist poached peaches.

Mad about Poached Pear & Almond Tart

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Poached Pear & Almond Tart

I was inspired to bake this tart after seeing the lovely photo in Baking Illustrated. The pears were poached in sugar syrup with a cinnamon stick and black pepper corns.

Poached Pear & Almond Tart

The smell of the baked frangipane was wonderful. The only problem I had was that the pears were still very firm despite having been left to ripen on the counter for 5 days. I’ll have to plan way ahead the next time.

Mad about Marbled Cheesecake

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

Marbled Cheesecake

Usually I like my cheesecake plain and simple. Appropriate amount of Digestive biscuit crust accompanied by smooth, thick and cream cheesy batter on top of that. No Oreos in the crust or batter and most definitely no blueberry topping.

On a wimp, I decided to try a variation involving chocolate. After all, who can say no to chocolate? I saved about 1/2 cup of cheesecake batter, mixed in some cocoa powder and swirled it into the plain batter with a knife.

Marbled Cheesecake

I liked this version so much that I made it again for my parents’ wedding anniversary.