Black Forest Eton Mess Recipe by Thornback & Peel

Black Forest Eton Mess

Rich dark chocolate and sweet juicy cherries have got to be one of the most delicious combinations imaginable. In this recipe for Black Forest Eton Mess, two classic desserts are combined to create the ultimate crowd-pleaser.  Perfect for serving at winter dinner parties, or as an alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding. INGREDIENTS CHOCOLATE MERINGUES 3 egg whites 150g golden caster sugar 50g dark chocolate, grated 2tsp cocoa, sieved CHERRY COMPOTE 650g dark pitted cherries (fresh or frozen) 2tbsp sugar 2tbsp amaretto VANILLA CREAM 300ml double cream 1 vanilla pod 2tbsp icing sugar, sieved FOR THE MERINGUES Preheat the oven…

Thornback & Peel's recipe for Pumpkin, Rosemary & Ginger Soup

Pumpkin, Rosemary & Ginger Soup Recipe

The nights are drawing in, there’s a definite autumnal chill in the air, and Halloween is just round the corner. So what better way to celebrate this time of year than with a hearty bowl of pumpkin soup? The addition of the rosemary and the ginger add a lovely fresh zing to this recipe. Pick Your Pumpkin I often cook butternut squash soup, but this time I decided to head to my local pick-your-own farm to explore the different pumpkin and squash varieties available.     For this recipe I picked this sweet harlequin squash, a confection squash and a racer pumpkin, but…

pear chocolate sauce salted caramel nuts pear thornback and peel napkin

Poached Pears With Chocolate Sauce & Salted Caramel Nuts

Enjoy the best that autumn has to offer with this deliciously simple recipe for spiced poached pears topped with salted caramel nuts and chocolate sauce. Pear-fection Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that ‘there are only 10 minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat’. There’s no doubt that certain varieties seem to go from rock hard to mush in a matter of moments, so for this blog I decided to cook them. Variety Show Poaching pears softens their flesh to perfection and enhances their delicate flavour. But you do need to choose a suitable pear to cook with. Firmer varieties like Bosc, Anjou and…

cherry cotton tea towel on a table with a bowl of cherries

Design Inspiration: Cherry

This quintessential summer fruit has always been a favourite.    There is something so deliciously tempting about their plump, juicy redness you can’t help but eat the whole bowl. Cherries are an iconic image, and have long been used in everything from fashion and beauty to pop art. Hockney, Warhol and Lichtenstein have all fallen for these sweet, summer treats. So designing the new Cherry print for our range of homewares and accessories has been a particularly delicious project. We spent a long time mixing inks to get the exact shade of luscious red for the cherries and a lighter pink for the fill behind the leaves. We’ve designed this nostalgic…

Pink Jelly and Cake screenprinted kitchen gift set

The Wedding Gift List

Looking for a really special and alternative gift for the happy couple? We’ve curated a Wedding Gift List full of unique, beautiful and practical presents that are sure to delight the newly weds.   Feather Their Nest They’ve already got the china and cutlery sorted – so why not treat the happy couple to a present with real wow-factor, like a pair of classic hardwood deckchairs, a statement lampshade or a set of beautiful, screen printed cushions in one of our signature designs? Bundles of Love The perfect starter kit for the newly weds, each of our Kitchen Essentials bundle contains an apron…

Design Inspiration: Pigeon & Jelly

Our best-loved Pigeon illustration has been around almost as long as Thornback & Peel. One of our original designs, it has adorned everything from deckchairs and wallpaper to a limited edition screen print, perched on top of a bowler hat.   Over the years, Mr Pigeon has become something of a signature for Thornback & Peel, and featured on our business logo and shop sign. With his proudly puffed-up chest and slightly haughty appearance he has become a firm favourite with customers over the years. In 2013, when we ran a competition to name him, we were flooded with entries. The winning name was Dickin, after the medal awarded…