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No meal is complete without a sweet ending. From pies, tarts, cakes, slices and custom-designed treats, Maggie’s Epicurean Service can cater for every sweet tooth.

There are many cakes and I do enjoy making them. I have listed some of the more popular that we make for our clients. Chocolate cakes are listed on the Chocolate Cakes page!

 

Cakes

Almond and ‘buttery ‘cake
Delicious!

Apple cake
Alternate layers of apple slices and batter

Banana and walnut cake

Caramel butter-crunch cake with all things nice
Yoghurt, sour cream and crunchy swirls of cinnamon, sugar and walnuts. Caramel sauce (optional)

Date cake with chocolate glazing

Genoise 
The Italian sponge made with a sugar syrup

Lemon and poppy seed cake

My mother’s lemon cake

Maggie’s Fruit & Nut cake
Brazil nuts, walnuts, turkish figs, dates, glazed peaches or apricots or combination of both

Meringue cake with almonds – Gateau Progres 
Almond-flavoured meringue filled with mocha cream and garnished with toasted flaked almonds. Served in slices as a sweet or smaller pieces with coffee/tea. A very popular cake

Orange cake [flourless] & poppy seed

Pineapple and macadamia upside down cake
This is a beautiful cake very popular with all age groups!

Pumpkin-Walnut Ring
A firm moist cake, the subtlety of walnut oil echoes and complements the walnuts in the cake: pumpkin adds illusion of richness.

Fruit cake

 

Winter Desserts

Strawberry/rhubarb crumble 
Crumble made a little grated ginger and/or cinnamon

Apples and pear crumble 

Caramelised pears served with fresh pear ice-cream

Pear and chocolate cake — a flourless cake
Quite a rich cake

Upside down pear and pecan cake
Served warm with ice-cream or lightly whipped cream

Little caramel apple puddings
Served with toasted flakes almonds and caramel syrup

Rhubarb and white chocolate tartlets
Here the sharpness of the rhubarb breaks down the sweetness of the chocolate.

Slow oven cooked quinces with mandarin zest, honey & rosewater
Served with cream or either vanilla or mandarin ice-cream

Lovely macadamia and honey tart
Crunch from the roasted nuts combined with light and clear honey, quite yummy. Served with vanilla bean ice-cream or lightly whipped cream

Tangy lemony lemon tart – this is great favorite every winter!
Served with glazed lemon slices and cream.

Lemon cassata semifreddo
A light texture made with a mixture of fruits and nuts including pistachios for that wonderful green color.

Pistachio lemon or lime syrup cake
Topped with pomegranate seeds when the latter are in season. Served with lightly whipped cream

Rolled pavlova with rose cream and strawberries

Meringue cake with almonds – Gateau Progres.
This wonderful cake never fails to please the palate. ‘A cake made with an almond- flavoured meringue filled with mocha cream and garnished with toasted flaked almonds. Eaten in small pieces with a cup of coffee, this gateau is simply delicious.’

 

Slices

Date and walnut

Orange and sultanas or raisins, lemon juice

Hazelnut torta fregolata
The Italian name for this means ‘jaw breaker cake’, not nearly as hazardous as the name suggests! It is dense and crumbly. In Italy, it is served in chunks. Superb flavour: spicy with cinnamon and rich with hazelnuts,vanilla. I cannot cook enough of this for my family!

Lemon, walnut slice

 

Tarts

There are a variety of tarts that can be made from the following list. Some can be made with almond pastry and others with puff pastry.

All can be served with crème anglais (custard sauce)

Apple or Pear Tatin
Upside-down caramelised apples or pears with a pastry base. Served with Maggie’s vanilla icecream or cream

Pears & Lavender tartlets or Large tart Poached pears
Served with lavender flavoured patissiere

Pear, Cranberry and Almond Tart
Almond shortbread base filled of fresh or thawed cranberries, pears, almond slivers.

Various fruit tarts, almond frangipane filling.
This recipe can be adapted to whatever is in season. Poached quinces in winter or plums in summer, or omit the fruit altogether during cooking and serve the tart/tarts topped with fresh berries.

Warm ricotta, honey and orange tart
Ricotta cheese,honey and finely choped orange zest, vanilla extract

Orange yoghurt pannacotta

Oranges in toffee syrup go very well with the above two  sweets.

Strawberry flan with almond shortbread base.

Lemon or lemon/lime tart

Chocolate Tart. Pastry base with couverture chocolate filling

Crème caramel

 

Hot Souffles

There are a variety of hot soufflés available including the following;
Chocolate
Lemon
Passionfruit
Praline (nut and caramel)
Prune and Armagnac crepe souffles
Grand Marnier
Goats cheese and thyme

 

Biscuits/Biscotti

I inherited my love of baking biscuits from my mother who, on our sheep property, baked them several times a week. Also my father loved them.

We make:
Amaretti
Anzacs
Chocolate chip
Lemon shortbreads biscuits
Orange/oatmeal
Sesame seeds
Chocolate/caramel
Oat bars
Almond crescents
Roasted pecan, coffee and chocolate biscotti

Beautiful Royal Nougat form Ben @Royal Nougat

Muffins

Who doesn’t like a good muffin? Here are some suggestions
Blueberries, strawberries, apple walnut and sultanas, banana, rhubarb, bacon

 

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