Category Archives: Desserts

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 – Carrot & Walnut Cake with a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve been making this lovely moist carrot and walnut cake for longer than I care to remember. As a single layer cake, it’s not quite as guilt-inducing as those towering triple-layered confections, despite its luscious creamy frosting. This is a … Continue reading

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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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