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.
A glamorous way of making a crêpe gateaux from a stack of pancakes. Make the pancakes in advance and assemble…
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.
Here’s a useful tip: instead of leaving oranges to deteriorate in the bowl in the kitchen, peel and segment them…
Who doesn’t love lemon drizzle cake? This is chef Brian McDermott’s recipe from his book ‘Donegal Table’ published by The O’Brien Press. ‘It’s actually easier than you might think to create this wonderful treat’, he says. Use the best Irish strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants and taste a little Donegal summer!
These are the smaller thick fluffy pancake you find in American diners. You can make them sweet or savoury: if you add sugar serve them with crispy bacon and maple syrup. If you make them savoury and omit the sugar, top them with wilted spinach and hollandaise sauce or smoked salmon, sour cream and dill.
Quince are a hard fruit and need a lot of cooking before they become tender. You can keep the skin on so there is very little work to them.
‘This cake-like chocolate sandwich cookie started showing up in bakeries and lunchboxes in the 1920s,’ says Gabrielle Langholtz in her new book America, ‘and both Maine and Pennsylvania claim it as their own. It gets its name from the reception it gets when it is served. A whoopie pie can be as big as a hamburger. Serve with a glass of cold milk.’
A refreshing ice cream. If you want it to have a lemon or lime green colour you’ll need to add the tiniest drop of yellow or green food colouring as you only use the fruit zest to flavour it.