RECIPES

BAKING & DESSERTS

Celebration Cake

A gooey chocolate cake for any special occasion. There won’t be a crumb left after any party with a cake like this one.   Ingredients 250 g unsalted butter , plus extra for greasing 150g dark chocolate (50%) 300g caster sugar 6 large eggs 150g self-raising flour 4 tablespoons cocoa powder For the filling 300g…

Pear Tarte Tatin

This elegant dessert is designed to serve two, but you can easily make an extra tatin or two to serve more. I find vanilla pods dusted with icing sugar are the perfect finishing touch. Dry the empty pods after you have used them in the ice cream to use for decoration.   Serves 2  …

Chocolate Tart Recipe

This decadent and delicious chocolate tart is perfect as a dinner party dessert. Served up as individual portion, each with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice-cream and salted peanuts.   Serves 6   Ingredients for the shortcrust pastry click here for the filling 400g plain chocolate, broken up 8 tablespoons double cream 50g butter a handful…

Lemon Meringue Tart

A show stopper dessert to land on the table at Christmas. Have it made in advanced and store in the fridge until ready to serve.  Ingredients for the shortcrust pastry 225 g plain flour , plus extra for dusting 100 g butter Pinch of sugar 1 lemon , zest of (optional) 1-2 tbsp of milk…

Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

A quick and easy recipe for shortcrust pastry. You can make it by hand or in a food processor. Ingredients 225 g plain flour , plus extra for dusting 100 g butter Pinch of sugar 1 lemon , zest of (optional) 1/2 tbsp of milk Method Try to be confident and bring the pastry together…

Frangipane Mince Pies

  Spice things up with these special frangipane flavoursome mince pies! Ingredients For the pastry: 100g (4oz) butter 225g (8oz) plain flour Pinch of salt 2 tsp icing sugar 1 egg yolk, plus beaten egg to glaze For the frangipane: 100g (4oz) butter 100g (4oz) caster sugar 2 large eggs 100g (4oz) ground almonds 1…

Christmas Chocolate Bombe

Chocolate and Christmas go hand in hand and this chocolate bombe is, well – the bomb. Ingredients 400g good-quality chocolate Swiss roll 400ml of whipping cream 6 large meringues nests 2 punnets of raspberries Raspberry Coulis Method Step 1 Line a two litre bowl with a double layer of cling film, leaving some excess overhanging the…

Kinder Bueno Doughnuts

If you’re gunna have a treat, you may as well go all out. Ingredients 550g of plain flour 50g of caster sugar 2 x 7g sachet of fast action yeast 125ml of milk 50ml water 2 eggs 50g of caster sugar for dusting the doughnuts for the filling 100g of dark chocolate 2 kinder bueno…

After 8 Cheesecake

An incredible simple recipe. Wait till you try it. its insanely good. Ingredients 1 pint of double cream 300g soft cheese 85g sugar 15 digestive biscuits 56g butter 2 boxes of AfterEight dinner mints Method Put the digestive biscuits into a large strong sandwich bag or tea towel and bash with a rolling pin or…

4th of July Cheesecake American Pie

An incredible biscuit base with vanilla cream cheese topped with your favourite berries For the base: 300g digestive biscuits, finely blitzed 125g butter, melted For the filling: 375g mascarpone 375g cream cheese 100g sugar 1 vanilla pod (seeds) To serve: 75g blueberries 125g raspberries 125g strawberries decorative stars apricot jam and water Method In a…