Lamingtons & Lemon Tarts

Last Updated October 31, 2017
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Lamingtons and Lemon Tarts by Darren Purchese

Best-ever cakes, desserts & treats from a modern sweets maestro.

Darren Purchese has been called "Australia's Willy Wonka" and is known for his incredible, high-end desserts. In the forward to Lamingtons and Lemon Tarts, Matt Preston calls Perchese "a cross between Yoda, a Michelin-starred pastry chef, and a sharp-eyed grandmother who has a sofa upholstered in country-show baking ribbons."

Finally, we're getting a peek behind the curtain to see what Perchese cooks on an average night. "Yes, I'm known as the chef with the tricks, with a scientific approach to food and ingredients," he says. "I'm not like this all the time though. When I'm at home or entertaining close friends or family, it's the simpler, comforting style of food that I return to again and again."

Enjoy these recipes for Jamaican Ginger Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate-Pear-Hazelnut Cake, and an easy Frozen Honey Nut Slice.

Jamaican Ginger Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Ice Cream

jamaican ginger cake
Just simply a great ginger cake that’s a cinch to make.

Frozen Honey Nut Slice

Frozen Honey Nut Slice from Lamingtons and Lemon Tarts
It’s delicious and a great alternative to ice cream if you don’t have your own churning machine.

Chocolate, Pear, and Hazelnut Cake

Chocolate Pear Hazelnut Cake
This is a really fudgy and delicious cake that is suitable for gluten-free diets.
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