Plum and Cherry Clafoutis

Fresh Plum and Whole Cherry Clafoutis One Perfect Mess recipe easy almond almonds gluten free French Christmas baking pudding dessert 9

This traditional French pudding is delicate and exotic and full of class, but it is entirely simple to whip up! It would work beautifully with any sort of stone fruit, but I opted for fresh plums and cherries to create an vibrant and festive dessert. Clafoutis is essentially the delightful marriage of sponge cake and baked custard. Soft, juicy fruits lay nestled in almond meal, eggs and cream, which bake to form a soft, velvety and surprisingly light pudding that is wonderfully offset by crispy flaked almonds and plenty of icing sugar.

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Cherry, Chocolate and Coconut Slice

Cherry Chocolate and Coconut Slice recipe One Perfect Mess Cherry Ripe cherries easy Christmas fudge 2

Here is a slab of joy that I’m smitten to share with you; I’ve re-incarnated Cadbury’s gift to the world in slice form, and it is destined to unite cherry ripe lovers and convert cherry ripe haters. Is there such a thing as a cherry ripe hater? What a sad soul. Let’s not dwell on such pitiful things, back to this swanky ol’ Cherry, Chocolate and Coconut slice! A crunchy chocolate biscuit base sets the stage, and is a worthy foundation for the soft, sweet, chewy coconut and cherry filling, bursting with juicy chunks of cherry. Atop all that lies a silky layer of chocolate and coconut ganache, that catches clouds of coconut flakes.

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Chocolate, Cherry and Coconut Ice Cream Wreath

Chocolate, Cherry and Coconut Ice Cream Wreath recipe One Perfect Mess 3

For those of you who can’t be bothered spending longer than 45 minutes in the kitchen, I give you this Cherry Ripe inspired ice cream cake creation. We shared this with family and special friends to end a beautiful Christmas Day of eating, laughing, talking and dancing…it was bliss.

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London Calling; Black Forest Gâteau

Black Forest Gâteau Based on recipe at http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2303676/black-forest-gteau

I recently spent four weeks in London with some lovely relatives from my mother’s side, who graciously and warmly accepted me into their home at the end of my first solo holiday overseas. After two months of being fed a rotation of comforting albeit incredibly salty and indulgent camp food in Canada, I was grateful for the abundance of fresh produce and deliciously healthy meals that my family whipped up each day. Continue reading