Seasonal shortcake

A cake for all seasons. Spring time brings together rhubarb and new season strawberries (pictured), a heavenly perfumed combination of tart and sweet. Summer is yellow-fleshed peaches and blueberries. Autumn is feijoas and apples.Winter pairs the sharpness of tamarillo with the softness of apple. Each seasonal shortcake is delightful in its own way; you’d better try…

Sponge cake

My Dad is a sponge cake expert. An electrical engineer, he takes an analytical approach to the production of baked goods. Sunday morning pancakes, for example, involved the use of a second ‘finishing pan’ set to a lower heat, to allow pancake production to keep pace with my family’s enthusiastic pancake-eating. He took a similar approach to…

Strawberry & pistachio tart

A heavenly combination of a puff pastry base, spread with tangy lemon curd cream, and covered in strawberries and toasted pistachios. I made this as a birthday cake for a outdoors picnic and can confirm that it goes well with paper cups of bubbly. Strawberry & pistachio tart Adapted from a Dish magazine recipe puff pastry 400g, quality store-bought or homemade; I made…