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APPLE COMPOTE

Posted on November 22, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

This is a delicious dessert. Those which usually tend to be simple and easy to make, are always my favourite, like the apple compote. Everyone can make it at home. Apple is a versatile fruit and apple compôte is great. Use up a glut of apples, and make a delicious breakfast or healthy dessert. Kids love it, grown-ups love it. Serving it chilled or warm is great, sprinkled with some toasted almonds and raisins make it even better.

Ingredients: 100g unsalted butter, 750g Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped, 100g caster sugar, 1 vanilla pod split.

Preparation and method: Place the butter in a stainless steel saucepan and start to melt. Add the apples, sugar and vanilla pod. Cook out the apple to a compote, stirring from time to time for approximately 30 minutes on a moderate heat. If the texture is too runny then leave to reduce until you have a thick texture. Remove the vanilla pod, and reserve for use later. Place the apple compote into a blender, blend to a fine pulp and pass through a fine sieve. Serve.

MOIST ALMOND OLIVE OIL CAKE

Posted on November 14, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

Preliminary remark: I try to give my kids healthy food. This cake is! But it’s also full in flavour. And it’s got to be the easiest thing I have ever baked. It requires no electric appliances at all, and you need only two bowls and a whisk. Mix your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients, fold the batter gently, and bake. When the cake cools, glaze it and let it sit. And with the glaze the cake shines; the flavors just dance. Which is exactly what you’ll want to do around your kitchen after you have a slice of this. Continue Reading →

THE EASY PEASY CUPCAKE

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

Whilst expecting my first child, I came across a cake decorating book and soon got enthralled with the endless and colourful universe around what I so far considered a pure and simple “loaf”. It took me a second maternity to effectively be caught into the desire of cake making and decorating (no worries, no Postnatal Stress to get through!). The opportunity came when my old boy turned 3. I wanted to make a super astonishing birthday cake for him and that’s how I got involved in learning more and more about cake decorating. I attended several classes inItalyand inUK. I just LOVED it! My first sugar production was, then, a Nemo cake and I couldn’t believe how it looked like a real fish. And when I made a flower petal? Oh… I was hooked! From that very moment, I can’t help making cakes for  friends and family. And now that I’ve been bitten by the ‘cake decorating bug’ I just can’t stop.. Continue Reading →