Category Archives: Desserts

Recipe – Potato & Apple Cake

What do you do when the weather is dreadful, you can’t be tempted outside to shop for groceries and you need to make a dessert? Well you’ll probably make something with what you already have – and in my case, … Continue reading

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Recipe – Breton Gateau (Brittany Butter Cake)

This version of a traditional cake from Brittany, France is really a celebration of the glorious butter produced by western France’s world famous dairy cows. And don’t get me started on the Normandy cheeses – you’ll be pleased to know … Continue reading

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Recipes – Freezer Essentials

Apart from the obvious such as meat, fish, chicken, peas, vodka, raw pizza dough, ice, ice cream, ginger and garlic paste, butter, bread and soft fresh goat cheese – and in keeping with my philosophy of preparing meals that are … Continue reading

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Recipe – Beer Bread

Who doesn’t have a can or bottle of beer lurking somewhere in the fridge? Well of course non-drinkers won’t but rest assured the alcohol evaporates entirely, leaving you with a wonderful, fragrant and almost cake-like loaf of bread that’s ridiculously … Continue reading

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Recipe – Nigel Slater’s Apricot, Orange & Anise Liqueur (and Drunken Apricots)

Nigel Slater’s latest book,  ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ is something you’ll want to snuggle up with on a wintry night with a little glass of something lovely on the side (such as this). ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ is chock-full of wonderful tales … Continue reading

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Recipe – Pecan Meringue Cookies

Whether you use these to sandwich clouds of sweetened whipped cream, serve them with your favorite ice cream, or simply nibble on them while you’re enjoying a nice espresso, you’ll love these little meringues. As light as puff of air … Continue reading

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Recipe – Easy Pumpkin Dulce-de-Leche Ice Cream with Hazelnut Praline

A lovely seasonal ice cream that doesn’t require an ice cream maker and only takes 5 minutes to assemble – plus freezing time of course. Serve it alone, perhaps with a sprinkle of praline (instructions for making praline below) or … Continue reading

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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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