The thing I struggle with in this cookbook challenge is the number of desserts I have to make!! I grew up in a household where dessert was a treat – I never felt deprived, I loved my childhood food. However I do remember when a friend carried the tin of Milo from her house and we tucked into it as she lamented our boring pantry! As an adult my own trends in the kitchen have followed this line. I don’t make a habit of keeping sweets in stock and bake only a handful of times a year (remember the imperfect but delicious macarons I made?).
Consequently there is much I don’t know about making desserts. For Donna Hay’s Deconstructed Tiramisu, I learnt that she means brewed coffee into the saucepan with sugar, not coffee granules – I got the giggles over that mistake! I also discovered that one should allow mascarpone to warm to room temperature before whipping with the cream. After those little mishaps I tried again and thankfully still had a dessert to serve my mum, stepdad and in-laws who came for dinner. Mmmm yum was the all-round consensus. Phew!