Category Archives: Desserts

Recipe – Banana Walnut Chocolate Cake

I’m not much of a banana-eater but I felt compelled to save some that were destined for the bin as they’d turned black and I remembered an old recipe where only overripe bananas will do. It certainly isn’t the prettiest … Continue reading

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Recipe: ‘Croccante di Noccioli e Pistacchi’ (Tuscan Hazelnut & Pistachio Crunch)

Deliciously crunchy, glossy and utterly more-ish, the recipe for this classic Tuscan treat came from Antonio Carluccio and is usually served around Christmas and on festive occasions. With the first snows of the season recently, I was feeling decidedly festive … Continue reading

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Recipe – Baked Almond & Tofu Pudding with Berries

Silken tofu is extremely versatile when used in desserts, sauces and dressings, quite unlike its firm or extra-firm cousin which is best treated as a meat substitute; skewered, smoked, casseroled or baked in savory dishes. Apart from the protein factor, … Continue reading

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Recipe – Rosemary-Scented Blackberry Fool

When you find yourself in a field that’s almost completed fenced in by towering blackberry bushes loaded with fruit, you have to run and get a large container. I know I go on about British fruit but I can honestly … Continue reading

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Recipe – Espresso & Rum Semi-Freddo

I didn’t set out to make a semifreddo, it just evolved into one. I was intrigued by the utter simplicity of a classic Italian dessert that should have taken no more than 5 seconds to make in a blender; ricotta, … Continue reading

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Recipe – A Raspberry & Custard Tart

You can make this with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, red or blackcurrants, in which case I’d glaze the fruit with a simple glaze of apricot preserves and water, heated together then sieved over the fruit – but a simple raspberry tart … Continue reading

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Recipe – Easy Vanilla & Chocolate Millefeuille

I was the grateful recipient of a couple of pints of fresh Jersey cream from a friend’s farm the other day, along with a few free-range eggs. Jersey cream is probably the best cream on the planet and faced with … Continue reading

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