February 2009

Phil had a birthday cake from me this year and also a birthday weekend at The Pudding Club which is at the Three Ways House Hotel in the beautiful Cotswolds. Here’s a great montage Phil made of our weekend.
His choice of birthday cake was a combination of fruit and chocolate so I opted for a pear and chocolate cake – which is also rather marvellously gluten/wheat free and has come in handy for those with intollerances that we know. The recipe for this came from BBC Good Food online and is made with hazelnuts instead of flour. You also have to get your pears right, too hard and they can be too crunchy against the moist chocolate cake.
Speaking of people with intollerances, our friend Wendy is one such person. So she got a chocolate and raspberry roulade for her birthday which is entirely wheat free. Again another recipe slightly adapted from James Martin’s recipe on UKTVFood which has a delicious chocolate and cream mousse in the middle. This mousse is currently giving me problems. The first time I made it it came out perfectly, ever since though the chocolate has split which is annoying. I’ll have to get someone to work out the science for me so Ican get it right each time!
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