Sylvia’s Chocolate Draped Pears

Sylvia's Chocolate Draped Pears
Pears and apples belong to the rose family and have their origins in the Caucasus. Both were introduced into Europe and northern India by the Aryan tribes from the original region. The wild pear has now been developed into nearly 1,000 varieties after interbreeding with native wild pears of Europe and Asia. Talk about going [...]

Sylvia’s Chocolate Madeleines

Sylvia's Chocolate Madeleines
I have tested many Madeleine recipes over the years and none have given me the  results I wanted. So, I went back to my own recipe drawing board and developed this one. Tirelessly I slaved away in the kitchen, testing one batch after the other. Not so tiresome for me as the kitchen is my [...]

Fig Galette

Fig Galette with Cinnamon Cream
Galette is the French term for a sweet or savoury open pie or flat cake usually made using a butter rich pastry such as puff pastry. It is simple, rustic, informal and versatile, and provides a base for a variety of sweet and savoury seasonal fillings. Here I am using figs and honey in a dessert dish [...]