All posts tagged: meringue

Dulce by Helen Vass

If you are a fan of the Glasgow food scene, then you may know Helen Vass. She is pastry chef at 2AA Rosette restaurant, Number 16, in the West End of the city. You may also know her from being part of the winning team of professional pastry chefs, along with Samantha Rain, winner of UK Junior Chocolate Master in 2014, and Mark Tilling, established chocolatier and UK Chocolate Master, teacher and pastry chef, who competed in Bake Off: Crème de la Crème earlier this year. Ever since her success in Bake Off, Helen has been in demand to share her desserts and expertise. And one of the routes that she has taken to reach this demand is to host dessert pop-up events in her home town of Glasgow. How she has manages to fit the preparation for such events into her schedule as a restaurant pastry chef is quite remarkable. I was fortunate to buy a ticket for her most recent pop-up, held in Studio 93 is Glasgow: a beautiful venue, tucked away beside …

Rhubarb and Pistachio Meringue Roulade

I will keep this post brief but wanted to share with you the dessert that I made for my mum and my family for our Mother’s Day dinner this year. If you know me at all, you know what a huge rhubarb fan I am, and the forced rhubarb is is season now. Initially, I planned to bake a rhubarb cheesecake, but as time was running away with me yesterday I decided to make a meringue based dessert, and use some bits and pieces that I already had knocking about the kitchen. My mum isn’t such a big rhubarb fan but loves meringue and she loved the combination. And it *was* my Mother’s Day too! 😉 If you feel like playing with the flavours then be my guest. Don’t bother with the orange zest if you don’t have it, or try some lime; try an orange curd not lemon; change the nuts to slivers of almonds, or leave them out altogether; it’s pretty flexible and recipes like this are meant to be open to change …

A 40th celebration in Pistachio, Raspberry and Rose

I shall try to keep this post brief. I should really be doing some of my Sunday chores in the house before heading out galavanting with my daughter to a Christmas craft fayre this afternoon. But I couldn’t wait to share the details of the cake that I made for my friend’s 40th birthday party last night, even if the photos are a bit ropey. I met this particular friend as a Glasgow Baking Club event at least a couple of years ago, and we share a common interest in baking and good food. She is an excellent and adventurous baker and first class cook who understands flavours very well. She wanted someone to make her special cake and charged her husband with the task of organising it with me. The only essential was that it was to be a fondant free zone. Very quickly, we came up with the idea of a Pistachio Cake filled with Raspberry and Rose Italian Meringue Buttercream and decorations of Meringues and Macarons. She had also expressed a desire …