Desserts

Recipes for sumptuous puddings and sweet treats

  • 21 Pink Lady Apple, Elderflower and Almond Pie
    Dish type: Dessert, Pie Serves 8 Prep time 1 Hour Cooking time 30 Minutes Ingredients 7 Pink Lady apples 340g plain flour 225g butter 4 tbsp caster sugar 1 egg yolk 250ml elderflower cordial 100ml...

  • 22 Chocolate fondue
    Dish type: dessert, chocolate Made in minutes, pour this wonderfully luxurious fondue into a pretty heart shaped cup or keep hot in a mini fondue bowl with a burner. Serves 2 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking...

  • 23 Win hearts with showstopping chocolate desserts
    February 14 is the one day of the year when you have a reason to leave a love note stuck on the door or write a sweet poem in a card. Valentine's Day, when florists sell more red long-stemmed roses than...

  • 24 Brandied chocolate truffles
    Dish type: dessert Makes 8 Preparation time: 45 minutes Chilling time: 4½ - 5 hours Ingredients 150ml (1/4 pint) double cream 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, broken into pieces 2 tablespoons icing...

  • 25 Chocolate heart fondant with a strawberry and mint salad
    Dish type: dessert, chocolate Ingredients 6 large fondants; 400g chocolate 400g butter 400g caster sugar 4 eggs 4 egg yolks 400g plain flour A little extra butter and flour (60g each) to lubricate...

  • 26 Cherry souffle from award-winning chef Matt Tomkinson
    Dish type: dessert Ingredients Cherry souffle • 250g of Morello cherry purée • 60g of caster sugar • 20g of cornflour, thinned to a paste with a little water • 6 egg whites...

  • 27 Perfect Parisian macaroons for the Beckhams
    Now that Victoria Beckham will be spending fabulous, fashionable weekends in Paris – thanks to her husband David signing with iconic football team Paris Saint-Germain – she might be tempted...

  • 28 Laduree's Chocolate Macarons
    Dish type: dessert, snack Ingredients Chocolate ganache 10 oz | 290 g chocolate (minimum 70% cacao solids) 1 cup + 2 tbsp | 270 ml heavy (double) cream 4 tbsp | 60 g butter Macaron shells 2 ¾...

  • 29 Raymond Blanc's Riz au Lait
    Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 850 ml (28 fl oz) full-fat milk 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar 1 vanilla pod, split length-ways and seeds scraped out, or a few drops of natural...

  • 30 Raymond Blanc's Floating Islands Maman Blanc
    Serves 4–6 Preparation time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes For poaching the meringue: 1.25 litres (21/4 pints) full-fat milk 2 vanilla pods, split lengthways (see page 16) For the meringue:...

  • 31 Raymond Blanc's Chocolate Mousse
    Serves 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus 2 hours chilling Ingredients 165 g (51/2 oz) dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids, finely chopped 25g (1 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder 10 organic or free...

  • 32 Ms Marmite Lover's Cream Heart with alcoholic forest berries
    Dish type: Dessert Serves 6 Ingredients 150g Mascarpone 100g Double cream 50g Icing sugar A few drops ofVanilla essence 500g frozen Forest berries 70g Sugar A glug of Creme de cassis Juice of Half a Lemon Equipment cheese...

  • 33 Shaun Rankin’s Chocolate Soufflé with Christmas pudding ice cream
    Dish Type: Dessert Serves 6 Ingredients Ice cream 4 egg yolks 90g caster sugar 250ml milk 250ml whipping cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 vanilla pod, split 150g christmas pudding Soufflé 3 eggs 85g...

  • 34 Eric Lanlard's Purist Christmas Cake
    Dish type: Dessert Serves 8 Preparation time: overnight soaking, + 25 minutes Cooking time: 3½–4 hours Ingredients 350g (12oz) golden sultanas 350g (12oz) raisins ¼ bottle brandy 350g...

  • 35 Eric Lanlard's Chocolate and Chestnut Christmas Yule Log
    Dish type: Dessert Serves 6 Preparation and cooking time: about 1 hour,10 minutes Ingredients For the sponge 3 egg whites 130g (4¾oz) golden caster sugar 4 egg yolks 50g (2oz) unsalted butter,...

  • 36 Pavlova With Chestnut Mousse, Candied Orange and Chestnuts
    Dish type: Dessert Serves: 6-10 Preparation Time: 2 hours 30 mins Cooking Time: 35-45 mins   Ingredients: 4 large egg whites 175g caster sugar 75g icing sugar The orange zest and chestnuts...

  • 37 Showstopping chocolate desserts from Mary Berry, Linda Collister and more...
    Spectacular as it is in its flaming glory, the traditional Christmas pudding will not always be a popular option with all of your guests. If you want a taste of the festive cheer without the customary...

  • 38 Mont Blanc Roulade by Linda Collister
    Dish type: Dessert The classic irresistible combination of meringue, sweetened chestnuts, cream and chocolate... Makes 1 large roulade Ingredients For the meringue 4 large free-range egg whites,...

  • 39 Chocolate Panettone
    Dish type: Bread Make this at Christmas ready for those late breakfasts and brunches, when all anyone wants is a large coffee and a slice of something special to celebrate the holiday. The very fine,...

  • 40 Velvet Chocolate Torte By Mary Berry
    Dish type: Chocolate Yes it really does serve ten, it is so rich! If you do not have a spring-form tin, spoon the mixture into a freezer-safe shallow dish, cover with clingfilm, then freeze. After thawing...



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