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DESSERTS How to Cook | How to Bake Plums

How to Cook | How to Bake Plums

Baking fruit helps to keep its shape. Pop the plums in the oven at the end of cooking a roast and dessert will be ready by the time you finish the main course. Serve the plums warm or cold with ice-cream, Greek yogurt or sour cream. Add a sprinkling of crushed nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup for an extra treat. Plus variations on the recipe for vanilla plums, cardamom plums and more.

DESSERTS Vanilla Mascarpone Cake

Vanilla Mascarpone Cake (Torta al Mascarpone)

When you add mascarpone to a cake it gives it a rich creamy texture. It’s a heavier cake than a pound cake and it benefits from being left for a day before eating. Serve it simply dusted with icing sugar, with sour cream and fresh raspberries or any other fresh or poached berry fruit. A chef in a small restaurant near Milan gave us this recipe years ago, written on a small shard of blue-lined note paper.

DESSERTS How to Cook | How to Make a Fruit Fool

How to Cook | How to Make a Fruit Fool

A fruit fool is a blend of ripe or poached fruit sweetened with sugar and whipped cream. Any fruit works and you can choose single or double cream. Here’s the ratio so you can make a fruit fool from the fruits that are seasonal. For a healthier version use vanilla yogurt instead of cream.

BREAKFAST Sour Cream Waffles with Maple Syrup

Sour-Cream Waffles with Maple Syrup

Adapt this recipe any way you wish. For a savoury waffle omit the vanilla extract and maple syrup and add crumbled cooked bacon, grated cheese or fresh finely chopped or dried herbs to the batter. If you have a sweet tooth, add a little ground cardamom or a pinch of cinnamon to the recipe below.

DESSERTS Boozy Cherries

Boozy Cherries

Cherries were once a rare treat but now they have become more affordable when they are in season. Buy a few punnets at a time and make our boozy cherries to eat for dessert with Greek yogurt or serve them as part of a cheese board with a runny piece of Brie de Meaux which is in season at the same time. Our boozy cherries last for 2 weeks if you store them in a sealed container in the fridge.

DESSERTS Caramel and Chocolate Sauce

A Rich Velvety Caramel and Chocolate Sauce

Is this the most delicious sauce in the world to pour over icecream? It’s up there with the best. Make it in advance and store it in a kilner jar or empty Bonne Maman jar in the fridge ready to cheer you up when you need a sugar hit. Spread it on sourdough toast, drizzle it over warm buttermilk pancakes or waffles, spoon it over thick Greek yogurt or sour cream or layer it between a Victoria sponge with fresh cream or buttercream. You could just eat it by the spoonful from the jar and lick the spoon clean.

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