Chocolate, Hazelnut & Salted Caramel Torte

Since there’s only two of us in my household, fancy desserts are not something I make all that regularly at home. I tend to save them for dinner guests or special occasions. Plus The Boyfriend is the one with the real sweet tooth so he’s the one that will usually jump on the opportunity to…

How to… rescue a failed meringue

Even the most accomplished cooks sometimes have disasters in the kitchen. Sometimes it’s because you’re having an off day and forget to do something, sometimes it’s because you’re not used to your new oven/pans/hob etc. It’s happened to the best of us but it’s not always a total disaster. Some things can be rescued, you’ve…

Mary Berry’s Boozy Orange Pannacotta

Pannacotta is one of those dishes you always see the contestants on Masterchef attempting to make and then failing miserably because it never sets on time and they end up producing something that’s either half melting or dished up in a bowl. For this reason I’ve never bothered to attempt making it at home. However,…

Summer Berry Ripple Ice Cream Loaf

Summer has arrived! This obviously means trips to the seaside, barbecues and ice creams in abundance! This dish was inspired by Lorraine Pascale’s Raspberry Ripple Parfait, but you could really use any fruit to ripple through it. Frozen works best and I had a few bags of strawberries and blueberries in the freezer so that’s…

Chocolate & Strawberry Gateau

Everybody loves chocolate gateau, it’s a simple fact of life. Often it’s made with black cherries or fruits of the forest making it quite a wintery dessert. The use of fresh strawberries in my version gives it a bit of a lift and transforms it for summer time. Chocolate gateau is a great crowd pleaser,…

Lemon & Rosemary Posset with Green Peppercorn Shortbread

Being more of a savoury person than a sweet person, desserts are not often something I make the effort to spend lots of time on. As much as I love dessert, I think I’m just not a natural pastry chef. Plus, The Boyfriend is brilliant at them, so sweet is usually his area. However, I…

Happy Birthday to Me! … Sunday Bakes – Victoria Sponge

 I am very pleased to announce that Diary of a Saucepot is officially one year old today! I started this blog as a bit of an outlet, something productive to do with my time outside of work life. I’m an avid reader of blogs of all different kinds and had wanted to start my own…