Treat your Valentine to a perfect ending to a romantic meal.
Chocolate Banana Loaf
This loaf is simple to make but one sure to be a favourite, wonderful for those who have the tedious task of making packed lunches.
Mince Pies with Frangipan Topping
Mince pies are a must for the festive season. For me Christmas starts with making pies, make masses as they disappear rapidly! This topping is an unusual alternative to a pastry lid.
Coffee Whiskey Cake
Defiantly a cake for adult tastes, but you could leave the whisky out if serving for children. The topping of cream is optional or you could use butter cream flavoured with coffee. Serves 8
Although intended for children, all ages just love these chewy bars. Halloween and bonfire night on the horizon perfect to serve for a gathering.
Apple and Raisin Squares
These are great for a picnic as they are easy to pack and transport, good for packed lunches too. Makes 12-14 squares
Sesame Cheese Straws
If the boredom sets in during the school holidays then get cooking. These cheese straws are easy to make and delicious. The amount they make depends on how wide you cut them.
Almond Fudge Crumble
These wonderful little biscuits are quick and simple to make and just melt in your mouth. Makes 24 biscuits.
FUDGY CHOCOLATE PUDDING
This is a recipe certain to delight all chocolate lovers and those who appreciate puddings. It goes into the oven with the sauce on top and comes out with a rich fudgy sauce hidden under the sponge. It is incredibly easy to make and so tasty, perfect to make for Mothering Sunday.
We think of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, when in fact they make an ideal sweet for anytime of the year. This is slightly adventurous, but fun to make and rather like an illusion, as the ice cream in the centre is cooked- yet still remains frozen.
This makes a wonderful dessert to serve to your loved one for a romantic Valentine meal.
This is a variation on an old fashioned favourite of chocolate crispies. These chocolate covered cornflakes mixed with coconut and fruit make perfect little sweets for Halloween and Bonfire Night.
When the plum season starts I get masses of plums and apart from the obligatory jam and chutney never sure what to do with them all. This is such a simple pudding to make and is delicious served strait from the oven or chilled. This also works well with nectarines peaches or cherries
If you like gingerbread you'll love this; the orange marmalade gives a zingy tang and produces a really moist cake. Ideal for picnics, lunch boxes or just a civilised afternoon tea.
Chocolate Pavlova topped with Strawberries
British Summer heralds the most delicious strawberries and of course Wimbledon Fortnight strawberries are a must. The chocolate in this Pavlova makes it just a little different and works really well with the strawberries. Perfect to serve for a gathering.
This is possibly the best pudding ever – now there’s a statement! Perfect for entertaining and for the Diamond Jubilee coming up this weekend as it needs to be made several hours ahead. Serves 6-8
DOUBLE LAYER CHOCOLATE CAKE
So many of us have a weakness for chocolate and if that is you, you’ll love this delicious cake. Makes 12 slices.
Rhubarb & Giinger with Almond Crumble
The addition of freshly grated ginger with the rhubarb and ground almonds in the crumble mix makes this a wonderful combination of flavours. Serve warm with cream, custard or ice cream. Serves 6
Chocolate Easter Nests
These are an absolute must for an Easter treat and popular with all ages. However, they disappear so quickly you may have to make a double batch.
Although Shrove Tuesday is the traditional day to eat pancakes they can be a treat any day of the year. Variations for fillings are endless but for those with a sweet tooth try this sauce