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Blueberry and Ricotta Bread and Butter Pudding

We’ve always enjoyed bread and butter pudding, a delicious baked dessert that has remained a favorite over the years. We didn’t use any fancy breads back then and only used day old sliced bread and raisins were the only fruit used. Over the years this classic homely pudding has gotten a little fancier and recipes more indulgent, just like this blueberry and ricotta bread and butter pudding. Continue reading

Make-Ahead Desserts for Easy Entertaining

chocolte torte with strawberriesFor easy entertaining I have pulled a few desserts from the archives that you might like to try over the holiday season. This is a busy time of year for many and you can make each dessert a few days ahead, leaving you with plenty of time to attend to your guests and other preparations. And, if you haven’t made your christmas pudding yet, I have included a last-minute christmas pudding recipe.

Chocolate desserts are always popular and you can make this Squidgy Chocolate Torte two days ahead and keep covered and refrigerated until needed. Decorate with strawberries a few hours before serving. When cutting this dessert for serving, it’s a good idea to run the blade of a knife under warm water and carefully wipe away the excess water with some paper towel. The warm blade should glide through the chocolate torte, leaving you with clean and evenly cut slices.
Christmas Pudding Ice Cream-0119Christmas Ice Cream Pudding is a delicious way of using left-over christmas pudding and you can make this very easy frozen dessert two or three days ahead. You can make your own vanilla ice cream or make it really easy and buy a good quality ice cream instead. Make individual servings using small pudding moulds or one large family serving.

Christmas Pudding-2

Since I came across spherical moulds some years back I love using them for my Christmas Puddings. You can make this Last-minute Christmas Pudding a week in advance or even the day before. Store the christmas pudding in the refrigerator until needed. You can also use a regular 600ml pudding bowl with the same recipe.

chocolate date cake-1256If you love chocolate and dates you might like to try this ultra rich Chocolate Date Cake with Tahini and White Chocolate, you can make this dessert cake a day or two ahead of time. You can serve the tahini and white chocolate topping as a warm pouring sauce rather than cooling and spreading on top of the cake. If using the topping as a sauce, make before serving, which will only take a few minutes.

Pavlova-0025Make these Mini Pavlovas a week ahead and store in an airtight container (between sheets of greaseproof paper) and keep refrigerated. Top the pavlova’s with fresh cream and fruit of your choice an hour or two before serving.

 

Light Lunch Menu

Having a few girls around for a light lunch needn’t be a hassle with a menu that is easy and quick to prepare, leaving you with more time catching up with your friends and spending less time in the kitchen. No slaving over a hot stove with this light and refreshing menu.

Over time and with the addition of more recipes I hope to create different menus with recipes from Food and Tools. This hopefully will make it a little easier when choosing a menu for entertaining. We all (including me) have mulled over endless recipes and thought, “what shall I make”  or found it difficult to choose, so having a few menu ideas at hand is a good place to start.

The suggested menu below and do ahead tips will leave you with plenty of time to catch up… and we girls do love to chat!

Menu

Light Lunch with the Girls 

Edamame Beans with Vanilla Saltedamame beans with vanilla salt

Vietnamese SaladVietnamese Salad

Lemon Posset with Fresh ThymeLemon Posset with Fresh Thyme

Getting Ahead

Starter: Only needs a couple of minutes in a steamer before serving.

Main Course:  Chicken can be poached the day before and refrigerated. Vegetables can be prepared a few hours before serving and kept in a salad/vegetable keeper or ziplock bags in the fridge. The cooked chicken can be shredded in advance. The herbs are best chopped before serving. Assembling the salad and mixing with lime juice is best done before serving.

Dessert: Best made the day before as it needs about 4 hours to chill and set.

BON APPÉTIT 🙂

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