Desserts from Duchess Kate's cookery school classmate TV chef rachel Khoo

TV chef Rachel Khoo revealed this week that she undertook a two-week course at Leiths cookery school with none other than the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton.

So who better to turn to than the Duchess' cookery school classmate, who even kindly took notes for Kate in her absence, for some summery desserts?

The Duchess joined TV chef Rachel Khoo on a cookery course earlier this year

The English chef, who is famous for her hosting in the BBC Two cookery show The Little Paris Kitchen, and has launched a pop-up patisserie on Regents Street, says that the key to her perfect patisseries is in the oven she uses.

"Steam ovens are perfect for delicious patisseries and breads – anything where 'rise' is important.

Rachel Khoo says the key to her perfect desserts is in a steam oven

"The moisture injection function helps not only to create lift and rise, but also produces a lovely thin, light crust together with the lightest pastry imaginable."

Kate may have taken pointers from Rachel when it came to her kitchen at Apartment 1A Kensington Palace – Rachel's pop-up patisserie uses steam ovens by Miele.

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Rachel Khoo's pear and chocolate pudding

Rustle up desserts like a professional this summer with delights such as pear and chocolate steamed puddings, brioche buns and elderflower and peach frangipane tartlets... Click on the photos above for recipes.

Rachel Khoo's elderflower and peach frangipane tartlets

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