Summer is here at last and not only does it bring light and warmth, it also brings us a wealth of juicy fruit. When you’ve had your fill of fresh berries and stone fruit, you’ll probably be looking for other ways to eat them. This recipe for poached peaches and apricots in a spiced lemon & thyme syrup is simple to make and utterly delectable.
Who likes a crumbly cookie? For those that do, these vegan vanilla almond cookies are just that. They’re made with ground almonds and wholemeal spelt flour and flavoured with vanilla. Not too sweet, but perfect with a cup of tea.
Despite their name, Viennese whirls are a classic British biscuit. These chocolate Viennese whirls are light, short and buttery. They’re filled with vanilla buttercream and blackcurrant jam and they’re not as difficult to make as you might think. They’re just the thing for posh tea parties but also make a lovely Christmas gift.
Three differently coloured and flavoured biscuit doughs are used here to great effect. Simple to make, these vanilla, matcha and chocolate Christmas butter biscuits are also very easy to eat.
A sort of cross between a rock cake and a thumbprint biscuit. These very British non-yeasted apricot buns are made with a mix of wholemeal spelt and freekah flours. They’re flavoured with vanilla and crowned with a spoonful of vanilla apricot jam.
Very vanillary vanilla biscuits sandwiched with a rich vanilla chocolate ganache. The biscuits are made with Chardonnay wine to give a slight fruity note and hint of sophistication. They’re just the thing for an afternoon tea party or to give as a gift.
Yesterday, I made the most delicious dessert I’ve ever eaten. Well that may be a slight exaggeration, but this raspberry syllabub with Chardonnay vanilla biscuits was up there with the best. It was cool and creamy, but warming at the same time with bursts of intense summery tartness and accompanied by crisp vanilla biscuits with fruity tones. And it was all thanks to Lindeman’s.
A delicious silky smooth dairy free raw chocolate spread with cashew nuts. Works wells as a cake or biscuit filling and also as a vegan cheesecake. Easy to whip up in a blender.
Ages ago, I saw a fabulous post for a fruit dessert pizza over at Peaches Please and was immediately struck by the idea. I had been sent some plums from South Africa so the time was right to try a plum pizza. Some of you may recall the plum and amaretto ice-cream I made with these very same plums way back when, so I had high hopes. I was also keen to try making pizza dough with white chocolate which I thought would suit this fruity delight very well.
This is how I made:
Plum and Walnut Pizza
- Mixed 250g flour (half wholemeal, half white) in a bowl with 1 tsp instant yeast, ½ tsp salt and 1 tsp maca powder (not necessary, but makes me think I’m being healthy).
- Stirred in 150ml warm water and 1 tbsp olive oil until the mixture came together in a ball.
- Kneaded for about 10 minutes on an oiled surface, adding 30g of finely chopped vanillary white chocolate towards the end (I used G&B).
- Placed into an oiled bowl and left to rise for an hour or so.
- Divided the mixture into 4 balls and rolled as thinly as possible into rounds.
- Placed on lined baking sheets.
- Warmed 3 tbsp of plum jam (homemade) and 1 tbsp marsala in a small pan.
- Sliced 4 large purple plums into thin slices.
- Roughly chopped a handful of walnut halves.
- Spread a tbsp of the jam mixture over the base of each pizza.
- Laid the plum slices over the jam then scattered some walnuts over the top.
- Dusted a little vanilla sugar over the top.
- Baked in the middle of the oven at 200°C for 12 minutes.
- Served immediately (apart from the odd photo or two).
Gosh these were good. The dough was soft and sweet and combined beautifully with the tart juicy plums and the fragrant vanilla. The walnuts gave a delightful crunch and added bitter notes which contrasted nicely with the caramel undertones from the bits of white chocolate that had caramelised in the dough. These were also a visual feast with the strikingly coloured purple plums. This is a dessert I can see us having again and again – maybe with peaches or nectarines by way of a change.
Alpha Bakes is P this month and I have three of them. P is for Purple Plum and Walnut Pizza. It is hosted this time around over at Caroline Makes and is alternately hosted by Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker.
If you like Bounty bars but find them just a bit too sweet, you’ll love these homemade coconut chocolate bars. They have all the flavour and texture of a Bounty, but so much more.