Thursday, February 04, 2010

Fruit Desserts - Classes

I'm very much looking forward to kicking off my 2010 teaching schedule with Fruit Desserts, a demo class, at Shermay's Cooking School on 13 March 2010 (Saturday), 14 March 2010 (Sunday), 27 March 2010 (Saturday) and 28 March 2010 (Sunday). For all inquiries, please call the school at +65 6479 8442 or 6479 8414, or email

On the menu:

Sticky Banana & Caramel Upside-Down Cupcakes A scrumptiously gooey topping of buttery caramel and banana slices crowns these decadent little cakes.

Fragrant and bursting with ripe banana flavour, it's just the thing with a tall, cold glass of milk.

To keep it simple, skip the caramel topping and bake the batter in a fancy pan - I think it turns out beautifully as banana cake rosebuds.

Lemon Custard & Butter Shortbread Bars I couldn't in good conscience do a fruit-themed class and not include this fabulous recipe for every lemon-lover's favourite treat. A lavishly lemony custard filling is baked atop a golden brown shortbread base. The contrast between tangy silken custard and buttery crisp crust is truly something else.

Blueberry & Sour Cream Streusel Cake Generously studded with juicy blueberries and enrobed by a crunchy streusel topping, this special cake owes its divinely tender and velvety texture to the luxurious use of sour cream in the batter.

Fantastic served plain, with a dollop of sour cream, or a scoop of blueberry frozen yoghurt.

Orange & Honey Panna Cotta Creamy, softly-set, orange zest-infused, and honey-scented, this panna cotta is perfect when simply served with a trickle of the same honey used to make the panna cotta. Alternatively, to dress it up, I like serving it with:

Kumquat & Vanilla Bean Compote A delicate and perfumed citrus compote that’s lovely with plain pound cake, ice cream or the Orange & Honey Panna Cotta.

Orange & Stem Ginger Biscuits These biscuits have a melt-in-your-mouth texture and are a great accompaniment to the Orange & Honey Panna Cotta.

I'll post details soon on the Bonus Section with Extra Recipes, Ideas & Serving Suggestions included in the recipe pack:

Chocolate Lemon Ganache & Butter Shortbread Bars The dark chocolate ganache filling (using Valrhona Manjari 64% Dark Chocolate) surprises with its depth of lemony zing, thanks to a heady combination of lemon zest, lemon juice and pure lemon extract

Lemon Confit These candied lemon slices are a delicious garnish for any citrus flavoured dessert, for instance the Lemon Custard & Butter Shortbread Bars or Chocolate Lemon Ganache & Butter Shortbread Bars

Blueberry & Greek Yoghurt Sherbet Just as wonderful whether served on its own or alongside Blueberry & Sour Cream Streusel Cake

Pistachio Torte A beautiful pistachio cake that is lovely paired with:
Rose-Scented Strawberries and Rose-Scented Whipped Cream

Plum & Hazelnut Financiers These elegant little tea cakes – crisp and chewy of crust, rich and moist of crumb – owe their sublime flavour to beurre noisette (browned butter)


Anonymous E.L said...

Dear J, every picture you take is breathtaking in its beauty. Like a still life or a portrait. Each composition has so much artistry and tastefulness. They inspire me to go to the kitchen and cook up a storm hoping to recreate the beauty here, although nothing I make ever turns out quite as pretty. You are an inspiration

10:01 am, February 05, 2010  
Blogger Jan said...

I live WAY to far away to ever take one of your amazing classes... I would love it if you offered a recipe book to purchase with all the recipes from your classes... please.

1:49 pm, February 06, 2010  
Blogger Daphne said...

WOW! Where is receipe of Lemon Custard & Butter Shortbread Bars?...I love it!

7:29 pm, February 07, 2010  
Blogger And So I Whisper said...

wish I could attend!!!! so far away but enjoy your posts and photos so much

10:46 am, February 08, 2010  
Blogger S said...

these desserts are to die for. bananas, caramel, blueberry, brown sugar. and gorgeous photos, too. oh how i wish i could attend. best wishes, shayma

8:12 pm, February 08, 2010  
Anonymous Easy Family Dinners said...

Gorgeous pictures. I wish I lived close enough to take the classes. Why not record them and sell the video's? Thanks.

3:26 am, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jocelyn, many thanks for the wonderful class. My friends and I simply enjoy the blueberries and sour cream cake and banana rosebud cakes. Will be trying out more of your recipes. :)


11:32 pm, March 18, 2010  

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