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I wanted to write about something special for this post as I was having a rather unsettling day. Lo and behold, inspiration struck with something I really enjoy - dessert!
In our house dessert is a huge treat. Possibly because we all seem to be so busy, but getting one course on the table is enough and it's rare that we take time to provide dessert as well. However, as you can see from these recent photos, dessert holds a special place for me. And before you wonder, no, I didn't eat all of these. And no, I didn't order the decadent chocolate cake in this picture. Mine was one of the much healthier lemon tarts in the background. Of course it was healthy - it had fruit in it!
Lately though we've been trying some quite wicked desserts for special occasions at home. These have included chocolate hazelnut self sauced puddings in individual ramekins. As well as being full of chocolate and hazelnuts, they have a dash of Frangelico liqueur and are so rich you really need to eat them with ice cream so they're not too much!
Then they're maple pecan cake - delicious when warm, with cream. Sigh. In summer I like to make (as a treat) lime souffle with strawberry coulis which looks fabbo and is really easy. Did I mention I'm a lazy cook?
Another favourite has to be Tart au Citron - lemon tart which is finished off with segments of lemon artfully (!) arranged on top, sprinkled with icing sugar and then caramelised under the grill.
Or perhaps a nice fruit salad? Great on a summer's day. Fruit kebabs are good too. At Christmas it's rich fruit pudding, hot and tasty. Or, if you don't want to finish with sweets, how about a nice cheese plate? I've got a weakness for lovely cheese (so many weaknesses and so many of them connected to food!).
How about you? Are you a fan of desserts? Do you have a favourite you want to share? Something you make or you've tasted or maybe one you've just heard about and want to try?
Speaking of sweet things, I'm savouring the pleasure of knowing Declan and Chloe's story - aka UNDONE BY HIS TOUCH is on sale this month in North America. I hope some of you see it on shelves and maybe even grab a copy. This is my first beauty and the beast story and was a real treat to write. Romantic Times have given it a 4 star review and said
‘…West’s twist on the Beauty and the Beast is an emotionally compelling read.’