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Double Chocolate Creams

Double Chocolate Creams

A delicious treat, chocolate is a great feel-good food.

Pecan waffles with maple and blackberry sauce

Pecan waffles with maple and blackberry sauce

Crisp, crunchy waffles, so popular in France, Belgium and North America, are a lovely treat for breakfast or brunch. To make these, you will need a waffle iron that can be used on the stove or an electric waffle maker.

Pistachio floating islands

Pistachio floating islands

In this version of the classic French pudding, îles flottantes, fluffy poached meringues studded with pistachios float on a creamy vanilla custard. A flourish of fresh blueberry coulis is the finishing touch to this sophisticated dessert.

Raspberry cranachan

Raspberry cranachan

This traditional Scottish dessert is quick and easy to put together, and the nutritious combination of cream, fromage frais, oats and fresh fruit makes a superb sweet course for a special occasion meal. The whisky not only adds a taste of Scotland, but gives a fantastic kick to the flavour.

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Rice pudding with apricots

Rice pudding with apricots

Rich in flavour and wonderfully creamy in texture, this satisfying rice pudding is a modern version of a popular old favourite. It's flavoured with tangy orange zest and sultanas, and paired with a cinnamon–spiced fresh apricot compote.

Pannacotta

Pannacotta

The traditional recipe for this ‘cooked cream’, from the Piedmont region of Italy, is made with rich thick cream. This lighter version, served with a pretty rhubarb and strawberry compote, is delightfully smooth and creamy yet much lower in fat. Prepare it the day before serving, if possible.

Ginger-glazed pears with ricotta and rum raisins

Ginger-glazed pears with ricotta and rum raisins

This simple dessert tastes just as delicious as it looks. After brushing with a honey, lemon and ginger syrup, the hollowed–out pears are filled with rum–soaked raisins and ricotta. This is the perfect way to turn the classic combination of fresh fruit and cheese into something a bit special.

Little custard pot

Little custard pot

These creamy baked custards, delicately flavoured with vanilla and accompanied by a fresh cherry compote, are easy to make and sure to be popular with all ages. Take care not to overcook the custards – they should be just set when you take them out of the oven.

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Marbled winter fruit fool

Marbled winter fruit fool

Dried prunes and peaches have an intense, concentrated flavour and sweetness and, with the addition of a dash of peach schnapps or brandy, they make a really special fruit fool. This is an attractive dessert for the winter months.

Monmouth pudding

Monmouth pudding

Here a classic pudding, popular in Victorian times, is given a new look with fresh raspberries rather than the traditional jam. The texture of the pudding is beautifully light due to the addition of fresh breadcrumbs and whisked eggwhites.

Blackberry ripple ice cream

Blackberry ripple ice cream

Blackberries rarely make an appearance in commercial ice creams, so all the more reason to use them for a homemade frozen dessert. This creamy custard–based ice cream is lightened with Greek–style yogurt and a fresh blackberry purée is stirred through for a pretty purple ripple effect.

Blueberry popovers

Blueberry popovers

Popovers are a much–loved American classic, and the sweet version here is perfect for breakfast or brunch. The batter is baked, with fresh blueberries added, in deep muffin tins, and the popovers are served with sweet, fresh berries to add extra vitamin C.

Fruit brochettes with rosewater cashew cream

Fruit brochettes with rosewater cashew cream

Serving fresh fruit threaded on skewers is an attractive alternative to making a fruit salad and is a great way of pairing complementary fruit. It will entice children to eat more fruit, too. Here an exotic nut cream flavoured with rosewater transforms the combination of apricots and cherries.

Sweet balsamic berry ice cream

Sweet balsamic berry ice cream

Capture the flavour of summer's bountiful fruit basket to enjoy later in the year with this luscious yet reduced–fat ice cream. Made with a light sugar syrup rather than a thick egg custard, it has a fresh flavour that is highlighted with a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Exotic fruit salad

Exotic fruit salad

This simple but special fruit salad is bursting with the wonderful colours and fragrance of exotic fruits – papaya, mango, kiwi fruit and passionfruit. It's rich in vitamins, too, making a delightfully refreshing and nutritious end to a meal. Arrange the fruit on a platter or mix together in a bowl.

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