Category Archives: Desserts

Recipe – Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Tart Cherries

These tender little melt-in-the-mouth cookies are ridiculously simple to make in a food processor. The dried tart cherries are optional. You could use dried cranberries or leave them out altogether. I happen to love the contrast between a rich, chocolatey, … Continue reading

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Recipe – Apple & Mincemeat Tart

This makes a wonderful alternative if you’re looking for something  festive that’s lighter than a traditional British Christmas pudding. This luscious tart captures the very essence of those flavors and will appeal to anyone who loves the heady combination of … Continue reading

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Recipe – Chocolate, Prune & Walnut Mousse

Chocolate and prunes were made for each other. This luscious mousse is adapted from a Patricia Lousada recipe and combines prunes with dark chocolate – and a few toasted walnuts are added for some unexpected crunch. Another sublime confection that … Continue reading

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Recipe – Mincemeat with Brandy

Mincemeat is a wonderful traditional Christmassy confection and one that if you knew how easy it was to make from scratch, you’d never buy it ready-made again. It’s stuffed with lots of dried fruits, candied citrus peel, nuts and brandy … Continue reading

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Recipe – Florentines

These delicate cookies are deliciously crisp, chewy and really easy to make in two stages. Because they’re a bit posh, they also make a wonderful gift. The combination of almonds, tangy citrus zest and dark chocolate is mouthwatering. You don’t … Continue reading

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Recipe – Grilled Plums with Cinnamon, Brown Sugar & Amaretto

Stone fruits are so luscious at this time of year and I can’t get enough of them. Faced with a large bowl of ripe purple and yellow plums and lacking inspiration, I decided to simply grill them with a little … Continue reading

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Recipe – Blackberry, Lime & Polenta Cake

This is one of those cakes that you really need to eat with a fork as it’s so squelchy  – and I’m not going to pretend it’s low in fat or sugar either. However for the occasional treat, this is … Continue reading

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