Olhão

(Recipe for Churros at the end of the post)
Fishing boat in Olhao harbour
Olhão is another beautiful market town on our Portuguese adventure route. It has stunning market buildings and a great market. The inside market is open every day, but the outside market is only there on Saturdays. Both are well worth visiting.

Fig Almond Carob Cake / Tart

Fig Almond Tart
This is the photograph of a tart we had in Monte Gordo, but the recipe for a different version of the cake. What can I say, no matter how much I beat him, he wouldn't give me the recipe! The Husband said I should have just talked as much as I usually do and he would have given it to me just to get rid of me. Husbands, I tell you.

Lemon Teacake / Bread

Lemon Tea Cake
You met my friend Carola previously in the Beef Stew post and she returns today with yet another great recipe, this time for an English cake. This is so soft and juicy and keeps so well, you just have to love it.

Bola Bolacha / Marie Biscuit Cake

Bola Bolacha dessert
Bola Bolacha / Marie Biscuit Cake

Cheesecake with Baileys and Chocolate

Baileys Cheesecake
Does one actually need to say more? Cheesecake. Baileys. Chocolate. I could end any comment right now as these three words are enough to cause one to melt into dessert heaven, but you are not so lucky and I shall continue to comment. This Cheesecake was amazing. I am not a dessert person and most often say No to puds – to be perfectly honest, I stuff myself so full on the starter and main courses, there is just no space left for even a Mint Wafer.

Sponge cake with apple puree

Apple sponge cake
I sent this recipe to my mate Em, and she seemed to think it was too much work, but it isn’t really. You could buy the Sponge Cake if you wanted to save time – I always have loads of eggs from our chucks, so I make them and freeze them for later use (sponge cakes freeze incredibly well).

Farm Cake by Jana

Jana's magical farm cake
I cannot begin to tell you how lucky I am to have found the wonderful Victoria Nursing Home that my parents now call home ASWELL as the wonderful staff there. Jana, the best nursing sister in the world, not only takes great care of my parents she also makes the most SPECTACULAR cakes in the world! Look at this masterpiece!!!

Banana Cake / Tart

Banana cake
I have 3 very ripe bananas and 3 very cake loving Germans currently in my home. One of them is a permanent fixture, i.e., the German husband Joergi Bear, and the other 2 are his parents. Germans traditionally eat cake in the afternoon with their coffee and so I decided to make use of said 3 black bananas and bake a cake. I often bake a deevine banana bread, but I wanted to do something more special and for once the internet has proved less than forthcoming.

Banana Coconut Cheesecake - The Recipe

Banana Coconut Cheesecake
A slice of cheesecake

Banana Coconut Cheesecake - The Story

Apple bobbing and marshmallow diving!
I am often asked to make dessert as I love to cook and most people seem to enjoy what I make. What can I say, perfect in every way…okay so I’ll lay off the bottle a bit. I took this cheesecake over to Sam and Florian’s the other night and everyone enjoyed it so I thought I’d share the recipe with you along with photos, baking tips and party games for old and young.