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Creamy Apple Tart
A rich creamy layer under the apples in this tart makes a gorgeous contrast to the crisp pastry - Iíve taken a shortcut ...     more...
 


Plum pudding ice cream
Christmas in a mouthful! And, a bonus, this can be made several days in advance, the problem being that you just might s...     more...
 


Plum Crumble
The plums soften during cooking and when their crimson juice seeps through the crumble and bubbles around the edges, you...     more...
 


Feijoa Cake with Crumble Topping

Our Kiwi favourite backyard fruit tree, the feijoa, may hail from Brazil, but we have made it our own. Itís the intox...     more...

 


Strawberry and Limoncello Sponge
Most sponges are best eaten the day they are made, but this one can be made a day ahead making it the perfect Christmas ...     more...
 


Rich Shortcrust Pastry

Rich shortcrust pastry can be used for pies, quiches, tarts and tartlets. To sweeten, add 1 Tbsp caster sugar to the ...     more...

 


Queen of puddings
Ready in 1 hour

The origin of this traditional British pudding dates back to the 17th century but it's unclear...     more...
 


Exotic Fruit Salad
This salad is a blend of summer's gorgeous fruit given an exotic touch with a dash of muscatel vinegar. The sweet grapey...     more...
 


Ricotta hotcakes with strawberries & maple syrup
Ready in 30 minutes Try these for a festive brunch Ė the lightness of fluffy ricotta hotcakes, strawberries and Maple s...     more...
 


Plum Tart
Dark fleshed plums will give this tart a sweeter, sharper tang and a deeper colour than yellow-fleshed ones. If the plum...     more...
 


Mum's apple & rhubarb pie

Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes, plus chilling

Enamel plates take me back to my childhood - my mother had them in v...     more...

 


Chocolate almond cake

This is the most decadent chocolate cake ever. It's studded with nuggets of chocolate and has a rich nutty flavour an...     more...

 


Big fruit cake

Ready in 2 hours, plus cooling

This delicious cake is based on a recipe by British chef Gary Rhodes. He uses wh...     more...

 


Weeping Raspberry Fairy Cake
Time to prep 20 minutes
Time to cook 40 minutes
Although this cake is filled with lashings of cream, it is won...     more...
 


Chocolate Nut Cake
Discover the sensuous aspects of chocolate. Julie's recipe for Chocolate Nut Cake is sinfully-rich.
 


Fresh Apricot Trifle
Time to prep 15 minutes plus time to cool
Time to cook 20 minutes

There's always someone who grizzles abou...     more...
 


Pavlova with raspberries
 


Sticky Lemon Slice
 


Glazed Pineapple
The sight of grilled pineapple with a caramelized glaze makes me think of summer, no matter what time of year it is. But...     more...
 


Dolores' German Apple Cake
Who is Dolores? She's my German sister-in-law and she's nearly as delicious as this cake!
 


7-Hour Lamb
This lamb is cooked for 7 hours. I know it sounds outrageous, but believe me, it is utterly gorgeous, cooking to fork-te...     more...
 


Pinolata
There will be some leftover pastry, but I recommend you start with a generous amount because it makes lining the flan ri...     more...
 


Fresh Cherry Trifle
Time to prep 25 minutes
Time to cook None

This is designed for fresh cherries and the time to make it is...     more...
 


Gorgeous Cinnamon Cake
The yeast dough (and I use dried yeast for ease) is shaped into buns which are dipped in a buttery cinnamon and almond s...     more...
 


Quick Strawberry Trifles
Time to prep 20 minutes, plus 15-20 minutes steeping time for strawberries
Time to cook None

There's littl...     more...
 


Choux pastry tree with white chocolate and raspberries
Aluminum croquembouche cones can be hired to make this dessert, otherwise improvise and make a cone out of stiff card an...     more...
 


Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

 


Apple and Raisin Crumble
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Unskinned almonds have more flavor than skinned almonds. Try to...     more...
 


MMum's Apple & Rhubarb Pie
Time to prep 40 minutes, plus chilling time
Time to cook 45 minutes
My mother was a dab hand at making pastry ...     more...
 


Caramelized Fruit Kebabs
These kebabs look stunning and taste terrific. They're easily cooked in a grid pan, or heavy skillet, or more carefully ...     more...
 


Griestorte with Pears
Prep time 30 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes

This is a wonderfully light sponge cake with the surprise cru...     more...
 


Apple & Boysenberry Crumble
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
If using frozen berries, thaw in a sieve over a bowl. The juice...     more...
 


White Chocolate Christmas Tree
Time to prep 45 minutes, plus chilling time
Time to cook 15 minutes
 


Tamarillo & Blackberry Crumbles
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Choose ripe tamarillos for this crumble because firm ones are h...     more...
 


Feather-light Sponge Filled with Raspberries and Cream, decorated with Sugared Rose Petals
This sponge is best eaten the day it is made, but if you must make it ahead, keep it refrigerated but put the rose petal...     more...
 


Quick Mince Pies
These are just the ticket for those who find commercial mincemeat mixtures too sweet and glaggy. Get yourself ahead and ...     more...
 


Meringue Mountain with Strawberries
If you want to make the meringues ahead for Xmas, they will keep well in the freezer, but keep them in a rigid container...     more...
 


Mini Chocolate Mince Pies
Oh, these are rich and naughty! Chocolate gives them such a punch, that truly, one will be enough (that's one for mornin...     more...
 


Mini Dundee Cakes
These are the answer for those of you who forgot to make a Christmas cake - mini fruity, buttery fruitcakes with an unde...     more...
 


Four Fruit Crumble
The crumble can be made and cooked an hour or two before serving. The exotic perfume this crumble gives off as it cooks ...     more...
 


Feijoa and Banana Crumble
 


Feijoas in Red Wine Syrup
I adore feijoas. I find the banana-like, passion, fruity perfume totally intoxicating. When they are plentiful I use the...     more...
 


Quick Tiramisu with Raspberries
Time to prep 20 minutes
Time to cook none
 
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