Easy Berry Compote

A no-notice dessert loved by children and adults, alike. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 250g frozen mixed berries 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp water 1 tsp cornstarch (corn flour) dissolved in a little water Method: Chop any large fruit in halves or quarters if large, then combine all the ingredients exceptContinue reading “Easy Berry Compote”

Classic Cornbread

As children we often ate cornbread with chilli. Sweet and sticky, it’s the perfect accompaniment. I eat this just as happily as an adult – after all, there’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia in the kitchen. Satisfying to bake, comforting to eat. A true joy. Feeds 6 – 8 Ingredients 1 cup (166g) fineContinue reading “Classic Cornbread”

Lemon Trifle

This is an intensely lemony, dreamy dessert that falls somewhere between a trifle and a tiramisu. Though there are a few steps, they’re all very easy – and very worth it. As you work through the recipe, use a fine zester for the lemons, taking care not to zest the bitter white pith. Speaking ofContinue reading “Lemon Trifle”

Orange Ice Cream

Like a grown-up version of an orange creamsicle. The alcohol and freshly squeezed clementine juice give it the perfect ice cream texture – no churning required. Ingredients 300ml double cream200g (approx.) sweetened condensed milk (half a 397g tin)2 dessert spoons of CointreauZest and juice of 2 clementines Method: Add the ingredients to a large bowlContinue reading “Orange Ice Cream”

Rhubarb Fool

Lovely for breakfast or as a light dessert, this is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to eat rhubarb. Go for forced rhubarb, if you can, for the hot pink hue. Feeds 4 Ingredients 400g rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces 75g sugar (about half a cup) 400g thick Greek yogurt (plain,Continue reading “Rhubarb Fool”

Mince Pie Twists

A twist on a Christmas classic. All you need for this recipe is shop-bought shortcrust pastry, a jar of mincemeat, an egg and some coarse sugar. Oh, and brandy cream (see tip below). This recipe isn’t about laziness, nor is it about making things into a festive shape just for appearances. (Though, it does haveContinue reading “Mince Pie Twists”

White Chocolate Cranberry Stars

A light, sweet ending to any festive meal. Normally I steer clear of white chocolate; its extreme sweetness is not my thing at all. However, when balanced with the tart cranberry, smooth cream and intense, fresh pomegranate, it really works. Ingredients 150ml double cream 75g white chocolate 4 tsp cranberry sauce Pomegranate seeds (to serve)Continue reading “White Chocolate Cranberry Stars”

Sugar & Spiced Nuts

These nuts are the perfect standby nibble. Pile onto a cheese board and pair with a salty cheese such as stilton or chèvre, or pop a bowl of these on the counter when hungry people begin to hover. Better still, these make a fabulous edible gift. I have provided instructions for making your own ChristmasContinue reading “Sugar & Spiced Nuts”

Brandy Snaps

We’re all looking for ways to scale down our Christmas this year. So rather than baking three dozen cookies, how about a batch of brandy snaps instead? The recipe produces as few as eight of these elegant sweet cigars, though easily doubles or triples as well. Serve with your favourite digestif after a meal withContinue reading “Brandy Snaps”

Spiced Cranberry and Orange Scones

These Christmassy scones are so quick to make you could even whip them up on Christmas morning. Not that you need to, as they freeze beautifully. I make quite small scones as I find the size is a bit more manageable, portion-wise, especially alongside other things to eat. (And they look absolutely adorable.) A standardContinue reading “Spiced Cranberry and Orange Scones”