Category Desserts

Let’s crumble!

Now that there’s a touch of chill on the night breeze, my thoughts turn to steadying puddings for approaching autumnal afternoons. I am an absolute whore for fruit crumbles, but ONLY if there is enough of the satisfying topping. So often I have been saddened by meagre bowls of stewed fruit covered in thin crusts […]

Black Coffee Granita

  Minx-like Italian dessert alert! Black coffee granita is a really easy and elegant pudding that’s perfect for serving at the end of a summery meal as it’s very light and won’t have you  busting out of your clothes. It’s like a mega-easy version of a sorbet, or a posh slush puppy in a glass, […]

Pineapple Tarte Tatin

  Greetings. I hardly ever have time to blog anymore. I have a small baby and she has eaten up all my spare minutes. So you can imagine, it’s a miracle that I can actually sit down and type anything whatsoever, given that I am existing on roughly six hours’ broken sleep a night and […]

Blackberry and cassis compote

      Not known for my love of raiding a JD Sports for a pair of crap trainers, I prefer to do non-aggressive form of looting: foraging for free fruit. It’s not stealing as such, it’s just picking fruit off the bushes, but not having to pay for it. I probably sound like a smug middle […]

Lemon curd cheesecake

I used to work as a freelancer on various food magazines – when I was allowed to write something, I loved it. But most of the time I did sub-editing and proofreading of recipes and supplement sections – it could be the most toe-curlingly-dull work ever. Not least because everyone typically ignores the freelancer, stuck […]

Blood orange and grapefruit jelly

Argh – why is it that jelly is such a royal pain in the arse to make? Every single recipe I’ve tried gives a specific number of gelatine sheets to use, and the jelly never EVER sets. The recipe I tried below (tsk tsk Nigel Slater) was no exception – it took three attempts to […]

Fergus Henderson’s Rice Pudding

I love the writings of chef Fergus Henderson. I’m not really one for his experimentations with offal – even he can’t convince me that pigs eyes and cows knees are a lovely thing to eat, sorry – but my goodness can this fellow cook a sterling pud and write about it wittily. I chanced across […]

Peach Melba

Today I made a really retro pud: peach melba. I wanted a pudding to follow a lazy summery lunch, where you still have room for something sweet but can’t force down a tart or rich chocolate mousse. As odd as it seems for such a glutton, I actually have days like that. This pudding fits […]

Rhubarb and lemon curd pots

I thieved the recipe for this knockout pudding from my friend Kate, who served it to me for dinner the other night. She had also nicked it from her friend (also called Kate), and so in the true spirit of a recipe democracy, I’m sharing the love so you can continue the cycle. I made […]

Geetie’s dark chocolate pots

If you haven’t heard of Geetie Singh, well, she’s pretty much a legend on the UK organic food circuit. She’s like the lone ranger of organic restaurant eating – not only is she a female restaurateur (in a very male-dominated trade) but she founded and still runs the UK’s only existing Soil Association-certified gastropub: The […]