For me, it’s all about the tart. The Raspberry Macaroon Tart to be precise. When I interviewed Lilly Higgins for a package about underground dining in Ireland for Lyric fm I visited her cosy house near Cobh. Lilly’s first move, as we walked into her kitchen, was to offer me tea. One glance at the freshly baked tart on the table was enough to convince me that a cuppa was definitely the best way to kick off proceedings.
A mouthful of the moist, zesty Raspberry Macaroon Tart later I was very happy to hear that it was going to feature in her forthcoming cookbook and it was the first recipe I looked up in Make Bake Love.
But I got a little sidetracked.
There were White Chocolate and Raspberry Bars to distract me, Sticky Toffee Cakes to tempt and a recipe for the crumbly Peanut Butter and Sesame Cookies that made great take-home favours at the Bord Bia/IFBA Irish Food Photography workshop.
Make Bake Love is the perfect cookbook for the onset of winter. From Coffee Cake and Queen of Puddings to Chocolate Fudge Cake – the birthday cake of choice for anyone who was a child during the 80s – and Tiffin, it is warm with nostalgia, even down to the retro design. Pictures of cakes and cookies on vintage kitchenware and fabrics are framed with delicate lace motifs.
Packed with lots of simple, irresistible recipes to keep you cosy in the kitchen, Make Bake Love will be featuring in many Christmas stockings for 2011.
And the tart? Made for, and devoured with, a stream of visitors on Friday. Worth waiting for.
Make, Bake, Love by Lilly Higgins is published by Gill & Macmillan. Thanks to the publishers for the review copy.