Baking hot summer!
Strawberries, peaches, raspberries, limes… the latest WEEKEND magazine showcases sensational bakes, from Jane’s Patisserie Celebrate! by Jane Dunn, with Olly’s top tipples to go with them
Champagne Raspberry Possets
Araldica Moscato d’Asti 2021 (5%) £7.99 (£5.99 in a mix six deal), Majestic
Moscato d’Asti reminds me of liquid sherbet. It’s an underrated, lightly sparkling sweet wine from Italy. That touch of spritz creates a gorgeous contrast with the silky possets.
Olly’s pairing: Moth Margarita (14.9%) £3.90/125ml, Tesco
A fast and fabulous summery cocktail, this margarita in a can is perfect with the cupcakes, especially if you moisten and dip the rim of your glass in sugar, rather than salt, before pouring.
Eton Mess Cake
Olly’s pairing: The Best Botrytis Semillon 2018 (11.5%) £7.25/375ml, Morrisons
A little goes a long way since this sticky lush treat from Australia is so laden with flavour. The classic way of serving is from the fridge into small glasses, but in hot weather try pouring it into small tumblers over heaps of crushed ice. Either way, this superb semillon is ace with Eton Mess!
Peach Raspberry Cake
Olly’s pairing: De Kuyper Peachtree Liqueur (20%) £15.95, masterofmalt.com
This prime peach liqueur is one bottle my drinks cabinet could never be without when the sun is out. It’s great for making quick Bellinis (just top up with prosecco), but for this dessert I’d serve over a mini-mountain of ice in a tumbler. It’s the soul of summertime.