Desserts
Pear cakes with white chocolate icing

Pear cakes with white chocolate icing

This recipe uses buckwheat flour, which is gluten-free (despite the deceptive name), making it a great cake for anyone with gluten intolerance. Pears have a delicate flavour, so it’s best to buy them ahead of when you want to bake and let them ripen in a fruit bowl,...

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Coffee cake with cocoa nib icing

Coffee cake with cocoa nib icing

Cocoa nibs are what chocolate is made from and they will make a flavourful addition to your cooking. They are available from good chocolatiers or health food shops, although you will find that they are more reasonably priced in the latter. We know someone who used to...

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Blackberry and almond crumble cake

Blackberry and almond crumble cake

The crumble element in this cake is quite easy to make, as you bake it separately so that you can sprinkle it on at the end. This keeps it crunchy, as you only need to add it shortly before serving.We use sunflower oil instead of butter for the sponge, as it gives a...

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Best carrot cake with blood orange icing

Best carrot cake with blood orange icing

Using sunflower oil instead of butter gives a wonderful moist fluffiness to cakes and lets the flavour of the other ingredients do the talking. We use purple carrots, which turn the cake a beautiful deep blue colour, but, if you can’t get hold of them, regular carrots...

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Tomato jam

Tomato jam

Tomatoes, with all their natural sweetness and vibrancy, make an excellent jam. You can use this as an alternative to tomato ketchup, or as a filling for savoury scones and sandwiches; it’s almost like a sweet chutney. It’s also a great way to use up leftover...

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Toasted marzipan custard

Toasted marzipan custard

If you haven’t made custard from scratch before, now is your chance. It takes a bit of time and skill, but you will be pleased with yourself at the end. This recipe takes custard to a new higher level by infusing the liquid with toasted marzipan, which gives it an...

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Sweet pesto

Sweet pesto

This may sound a little strange, but it is delicious and adds instant flavour and colour to any variety of dishes. Try serving it on our Best porridge (see here), or dribble a little on a sponge cake with some cream. You can experiment with different herbs, such as...

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Strawberry and vanilla butter

Strawberry and vanilla butter

Adding fruit to butter is a simple yet effective way to incorporate variety and flavour into your cooking. The possibilities are endless. Lemon, lime or orange zests (make sure they are unwaxed) work great, or, for a savoury version, try smoked sea salt or crushed...

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Red onion chutney

Red onion chutney

Again, this is very simple and quick to prepare because it’s cooked in the microwave, which preserves the vibrant colour and flavour of the onions. Serve it as part of a ploughman’s lunch, on a grilled cheese sandwich, or with a nice bit of Summer quiche (see here)....

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