Desserts

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Chocolate Salami

Chocolate salami is not salami at all – it is a delicious chocolate log filled with nuts, biscuits and a dash of liqueur. The name simply comes from the salami-like appearance. Originally from Italy (or Portugal, depending who you ask), it tastes best when served with a glass of port or liqueur after dinner. Chocolate Salami looks beautiful when presented on a wooden board, partially sliced and ready to nibble on.

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Raspberry Jelly

I’m always on the lookout for impressive looking desserts that are deceptively easy to make. I reckon this is the winner in that category! No fancy equipment required – all you need to get this right is a cupcake/muffin tin and small glass jars.

Panna cotta is a delicious Italian dessert which is very simply a sweetened, set cream. Ask any chef about panna cotta and the word “wobble” will almost certainly come up. Read More

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Plum and Almond Tart

I discovered this recipe in a Fair Lady magazine very early in my baking days – 1994!
22 years later it has proven to stand the test of time exactly as it is, no changes or improvements required. I just love all the colours of this tart – the deep purple skins of the plums, the red and orange flesh, the golden pastry. It is an absolute showstopper of a tart, so it’s perfect for a special tea-time treat or to end off a memorable meal. Read More