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Sweets, Treats and Baking for Winter
Blackberry and Apple Trifle
A celebration trifle of blackberry and apple with mascarpone cream
Panna cotta with pomegranate
Panna cotta with pomegranate and blood orange
Date loaf with miso icing
A densely packed fruit loaf with dates and miso icing
Rice pudding with berries
Rice pudding with yoghurt, berries and citrus
Chocolate mousse with praline
Dark chocolate mousse with a layer of crisp praline
Hazelnut shortcake topped with hot bananas and cream
Pistachio and Cardamom Custard
custard with pistachio and cardamom for mince pies or pudding
Chocolate dipped halva
Sesame halva with walnuts, coated in dark chocolate.
Breakfast muffins with rolled oats and winter fruits
Mincemeat filled filo pastry with pistachios. A big mince pie.
Quinces with blue cheese
Poached quinces served with whipped blue cheese
Poppyseed buns, cream and jam
Poppy seed topped sweet buns, whipped cream and jam
Pear and Ginger Cake
A large pear and ginger cake for a special occasion
Chocolate chestnut truffle cake
Layers of dark chocolate sponge cake and chestnut truffle
A lattice tart of orange marmalade and sweet pastry
Trifle with hazelnut praline and Bailey's Irish Cream
Pears, red wine, blackcurrants
Poached pears, red wine, blackcurrant and pecorino biscuits
Honey and Apricot loaf for cheese
A sweet apricot fruit loaf for eating with cheese
Yuzu polenta cakes
Small, crisp cakes of yuzu citrus, lemon curd and polenta
Rhubarb with Cardamom & Orange
Rhubarb baked with sugar, cardamom, rosewater and orange
Chocolate fruit clusters
Dark chocolate clusters with dried fruits and pistachios
Almond and Chocolate Parfait
An iced parfait of toasted almonds and dark chocolate
Chocolate Ginger Spice Cakes
Ginger, mincemeat and spice cakes with dark chocolate
Lemon Panettone Cake
A cake with layers of panettone, lemon curd and mascarpone
Pears with Riesling
Poached Comice pears with Riesling and berries
Hazelnut Muscovado Cake
Brown sugar and hazelnut cake with coffee muscovado cream
Little tarts of nuts and candied peel for Christmas
Baked Quinces with Maple Syrup
Slow-baked quinces with maple syrup and anise
Cranberry and Apple Tart
A tart filled with almond frangipan, apples and cranberries
Iced Ginger Biscuits
Iced, spiced biscuits for decorating the Christmas cake
Warm pumpkin and parmesan cheese scones for tea
Figs with Marsala
Baked black figs with redcurrant jelly and Marsala
Chocolate Hazelnut Bundt
A chocolate and toasted hazelnut Bundt cake for Christmas
Passion Fruit Tarts
Easy, no-cook tarts with passion fruit and yoghurt
Pears, Wine, Chocolate
Pears cooked with red wine and spices, with dark chocolate
A baked custard with panettone, candied fruits and cream
Bread rolls with Feta and Rosemary
Soft bread rolls with feta and kefir and rosemary
Banana and lemon trifle
Trifle with lemon sponge cake, sherry, custard and bananas
Panforte ice cream
A soft, frozen ice cream with panforte and maple syrup
Apples, Marmalade, Sherry
Apples, baked with marmalade, lemon, sherry and bay
Filo pastries with ricotta & lemon
Ricotta filled pastries with lemon, thyme and orange
Rice Passionfruit, Clotted cream
Rice pudding, baked with ginger, clotted cream and passion fruit
Spiced Pear and Ginger Cake
A dark, spiced ginger cake with pears and lemon icing
Blackberry and Apple Muffins
Blackberry, apple, kefir and pumpkin seed muffins
Chocolate hazelnut Bundt cakes
Hazelnut cakes with chocolate and a quince compote
Cranberry and Walnut ice cream
A quickly made ice cream of vanilla, cranberries and caramelised walnuts
Apple and Marmalade Tart
Puff pastry parcel of apples and orange marmalade
Candied Fruit Cookies
Soft fruit cookies for Christmas with candied fruit
Lemon Bundt Cake
A vanilla Bundt cake flavoured with lemon zest
Chocolate chip and apricot cake
Hazelnut cake with dark chocolate chips and dried apricots
Golden Sultana and Candied Orange cake
A light Bundt cake with sultanas, candied orange peel and passionfruit icing
The traditional cake, a little lighter than most, and very popular.
Double Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
Incredibly moist brownies with toasted hazelnuts and dark chocolate.
Sour Cherry Baklava
Crisp layers of pastry filled with sour cherry preserve and pistachios.
Panettone, Ricotta, Candied Fruits
Grilled panettone with ricotta, candied fruits and chocolate
Apple and Gingerbread Custard
Baked gingerbread custard pudding with apples
Linseed and Treacle Loaf
Rye loaf, with linseed, treacle and pumpkin seeds.
Sticky, Seeded Fruit Bread
A sticky malt loaf with pumpkin and sesame seeds
Seeded Soda Bread
A quick, no-knead, soda bread, crunchy with seeds
Fig and Hazelnut Loaf for Cheese
A loaf with dried figs and toasted hazelnuts, specially for the cheese.
Potato Farls with Smoked Salmon
Potato pancakes with smoked salmon, pickles, cream cheese
Sticky malt fruit cake, to serve sliced and buttered
Chocolate chip and marzipan cookies
Cookies with dark chocolate, marzipan and crystallised rose petals
Apricot Chocolate Palmiers
Crisp pastries with apricot jam and dark chocolate.
A pannacotta favoured with vanilla and buttermilk, cranberry sauce
Malt Loaf Pudding
A malt and marmalade bread and butter pudding
A crumbly, upside down tart made with dried figs
The pudding I make every year. Lighter than most. Packed with fruit.
Clementine butter for Christmas Pudding
A sweet, citrus butter for use with Fig Tart or Christmas Pudding
Cranberry Pudding, Butterscotch Sauce
Sticky baked cranberry sponge with butterscotch sauce
Steamed chocolate pudding
Steamed chocolate pudding with a warm spiced cream
Maple Syrup Ice Cream
A soft serve ice cream made with maple syrup and home made candied orange.
Pear and Orange Granita
A sparkling granita of pears, cloves and orange juice
A Christmas Pie
A rich pie filled with sweet vine fruits, and covered with a thin lemon icing.
A light apple fool made with baked apples and mascarpone
Blood Oranges with Sherry Syllabub
A sherry and citrus syllabub with blood oranges.
A Christmas Morning Smoothie
Frozen raspberries, clementine juice, gin and ginger syrup.
Cranberry and Apricot Granola
A crunchy, fruity start to Christmas. Warm toasted granola and cranberries.
Quince, Honey, Anise
Quince, slow-baked with honey, lemon and star anise
Apple and Custard Meringue
A vast, crisp meringue, caramelised apples and custard.
Mincemeat Filo Rolls
Sweet Mincemeat and almonds wrapped in crisp filo pastry.
Smoked Salt and Onion Butter
Butter with toasted onions, smoked salt and juniper.
Green Olive Pastries
Puff pastry pinwheels with green olive paste and Parmesan.
Savoury popcorn with crisp pancetta and fennel seeds.
Pink Grapefruit Marmalade
A classic, simple coarse cut marmalade made with pink grapefruits.