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Plum and almond upside-down cake

It was 18 degrees yesterday, and it’s mid-October (and we live in the NORTH now!), but nonetheless I was feeling autumnal. We …

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Double chocolate parfait

Serves 8 You will need a 1lb loaf tin, cling film, three large bowls and a freezer. 60g white chocolate 120g dark …

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Pistachio and peach cake

An upside-down cake made with ground pistachios and tinned peaches – it’ll come out a lovely pale green. I tin peach slices …

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Apple and amaretto crumble

Slightly alcoholic, very warming. Serve with custard. Lots of custard. Serves 6 (or 4 greedy people) For the underneath: 2 large cooking …

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Strawberry daiquiri sorbet

All I want to eat in this weather is ice cream, but in the interests of avoiding diabetes/obesity, I’ve been making sorbet …

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Chocolate and almond cake

It was my sister’s birthday yesterday and I wanted to make her a birthday cake. This chocolate and almond flourless cake was …

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Double chocolate cookies

Visiting friends again this weekend and I though cookies might travel better than cake – these ones were pretty hefty, and survived …

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Chocolate fondant

MasterChef, eat your heart out. Chocolate fondants aren’t as scary as John and Gregg would have you believe… Makes 4 120g butter …

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Sticky banoffee pudding

This is a sticky toffee pudding made with bananas in the sponge mix instead of dates – same idea of sweet and …

The sole circular macaroon in all its glory...

Chocolate macarons

I watch waaaaay too many cookery shows, and The Great British Bake Off often inspires me to try ridiculous things for which …

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Chocolate and amaretto mousse

I used a slightly denser version of this to fill and ice my chocolate, almond and pear cake at Christmas, and promised …

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Almond and orange cake

My best friend has just moved into a new flat and I wanted to make her a housewarming cake. Problem: I needed …

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A week’s worth of meals

I did some food writing before Christmas for a large recipe website, and because I got paid by the recipe (with photo) …

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Cheat’s cheesecake

This super-quick pudding uses a no-bake cheese mix as a topping for digestive biscuits to create a cheesecake type dessert. Serves 4 …

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Apple crumble muffins

Having discovered that muffins are ridiculously easy to make, I am now planning various experiments with flavours. These ones were made the …

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Mixed berry muffins

These have surprisingly little butter and sugar in them, making them a reasonably healthy version of shop-bought muffins. Obviously, you could add …