Blackberry Tart with Mascarpone and Vanilla

It’s getting a little late now for foraging for blackberries, but if you are lucky enough to find some, or planned ahead and have a tub in the freezer, this is a simple and delicious dessert. it works just as well with raspberries, blueberries or plums. I’m not one for desserts. You can probably guess…

A cake for late summer

I’m not one for cakes, but having had a bumper crop of raspberries this year I am running out of ideas. I’ve got jars and jars of jam, litres of raspberry vodka waiting patiently for Christmas to arrive and a freezer full of whole raspberries and coulis. This is a very simple sponge recipe –…

Apple Cake

This has become a favourite amongst work colleagues. A slim, moist, spicy apple cake that works well cold as a cake or warm with custard as a dessert and is a great way of using up unwanted eating apples. I can’t claim this to be mine as the recipe is from a magazine cutting kept…

Tahini Flapjack

Adapted (only very slightly) from master baker Dan Lepard’s brilliant Halva Flapjack recipe. The only changes I made were to add pine nuts and flax seeds and to use Agave Syrup in place of honey – mainly as I didn’t have any honey in the house at the time. The tahini gives the flapjack a…

Mango and Cardamom Pound Cake

My colleagues are no doubt starting to get a little tired of eating banana bread every week or some form of apple cake so I thought I’d try something different. Thanks to The Singing Chef for this one. Went down a treat. The mango adds moisture and the cardamom has a fresh almost ginger like…

Pimms Drenched Berry Trifle

I’m not a big fan of desserts. Anyone who has a copy of my book will have noticed that the treats section is a lot smaller than the savoury sections. Anyone who works with me may have noticed that I don’t often eat much if any of the cakes I bring in. I made this…

Rhubarb Cheesecake

To put it mildly, my rhubarb this year hasn’t been a success. Spindly, green and very very bitter. Having to add so much sugar to make it palatable undoes all the good eating home grown, organic food does for you. So I cut it all down, smothered the whole lot in well rotted manure and…

Two Tone Pear and Almond Tart

I made this as part of a bring your own New Year’s Eve Party and with the wonderful mulled, Christmassy flavours of the poached pears it worked a treat. A long thin tart like the one I made looked impressive but you could just as easily make individual tarts as squares or circles with one…

Raspberry Crumble

From Simon Hopkinson’s The Vegetarian Option To make 4 crumbles you will need:- 250g raspberries 3-4 teaspoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon butter Take 4 ramekins and divide the raspberries equally. Sprinkle with sugar and dot with butter. Then take:- 100g plain flour 50g butter 40g caster sugar Mix together until you get a sandy mixture….