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….

Steamed Rhubarb & Ginger Sponge Pudding

Rhubarb growing well down the allotment, seemed a shame to leave it there not being eaten. I used two sticks for this. Turned out nice, but I couldn’t find any ice cream or cream in the house to go with it. I think perhaps a little créme fraiche would go nicely with it to cut…

Lemon Mousse

Saturday was hot and humid. The perfect day for a light, refreshing lemon mousse. By the time the mousse had set however, the heavens opened and we had an hour of torrential rain and hailstones. The mousse turned out OK though, but had to be eaten indoors. 2 lemons 3 eggs 90g caster sugar 200ml…