Choclate chip and cherry cookies Homemade cookies are a real favourite and perfect for children to make. Keep them entertained over half term
Chocolate Beetroot cake Now you may think this sounds really strange, but it works amazingly well. After all we are no strangers to carrot cake.
Serves 6
Cheese & Onion Scone Bake This makes a tasty addition to a packed lunch. Try split and spread with a low fat hummus or cream cheese as an alternative to sandwiches.
Baby Brown Sugar Meringues with Lemon Curd and Passion Fruit Filling These caramel-flavoured meringues are filled with a delicious combination of lemon curd and passion fruit
Chocolate crust with mascarpone & raspberries This delicious tart is perfect to serve for a gathering. It is very rich so serve small portions, and watch everyone come back for more! SERVES 8-10
Apricot Fruit Cake This recipe was given to me by a foodie friend Wendy who regularly makes this delicious cake. This lovely moist cake would be perfect for a Mothering Sunday Treat
Choclate chip and cherry cookies Homemade cookies are a real favourite and perfect for children to make. Keep them entertained over half term
PASSION SUNDAE 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.
Almond Cake with Sparkling Clementines This makes a wonderful seasonal dessert to make for a special meal.
Select the small Clementines as they tend to be juicier. Serves 6-8
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
Space Crunchies Although intended for children, all ages just love these chewy bars. Halloween and bonfire night on the horizon perfect to serve for a gathering.
Lincolnshire Bread and Butter pudding with Chocolate Sauce This is a recipe for serious pudding lovers, totally irresistible. When serving, there are pockets of chocolate sauce melting in vanilla custard giving a delectable combination of flavours. Naughty but very nice!
Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Local Ice Cream Fruit crumbles are a traditional favourite, Blackberries are ready now, this works equally well with plums.
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
Raspberry & White Chocolate Cake This is a lovely moist cake and full of flavour and can be made anytime of the year if you use frozen raspberries.
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.
Strawberries in White Wine and Elderflower Jelly This is a lovely refreshing and light desert perfect for a summer buffet. There is no taste as good as British strawberries, they actually taste like a strawberry should. Serves 4-6
Strawberry & Amaretto layer with Strawberry Sauce Enjoy the perfect taste of British Strawberries with this simple to prepare dessert.
Serves 4
BROWN SUGAR MERINGUES WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE If you enjoy meringues try making them with brown sugar it gives them a lovely caramel flavour. They keep for weeks in an airtight container. Serves 6
Chocolate Almond Puddings with Chocolate Sauce This could be described as very naughty – but amazing!
Serves 4
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.
Rhubarb with crumble and ginger cream Not the usual Rhubarb crumble as we know it but worth a try using this very versatile fruit. Serves 4-6
Pancakes Alaska 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.
Chocolate Fondue This makes a wonderful dessert to serve to your loved one for a romantic Valentine meal.
Raspberry Lime and Coconut Meringue Slice A lovely dessert to serve when entertaining, the meringue can be made in advance and assembled just before serving
Witches Mounds 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.
Plum Cafoutis 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
Orange Gingerbread 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.
Nectarines Roasted with Brown Sugar and Ginger While nectarines and peaches are in season, try this recipe for a quick dessert
Raspberry Almond Cake A different way of serving raspberries, perfect to take on a summer picnic
Cheats Summer Pudding This takes much less time than the usual recipe but still has wonderful flavours.
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.
Celebration Trifle 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.
Banoffee Pancakes 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