I always try to keep a stock of both powdered and leaf gelatine, and I use both regularly.
The powdered variety is added and used in several different ways, which are explained within each recipe.
Leaf gelatine has to be soaked in cold water for five minutes and then squeezed dry before use.
If you really want to splash out you can make this with champagne, but sparkling white wine works very well, too. This is a lovely light dessert that slips down easily after a rich main course. It looks beautiful served in stemmed champagne flutes
Make this the day before you want to serve it and you'll be rewarded with one of the lightest, creamiest desserts ever. Blueberries make a wonderful compote but you could also use other summer berries instead.
This recipe was requested via e-mail by Jamie Sherwin. I love having your Cooks' Questions requests, as I haven't made one of these cakes for years and I've forgotten how good it is. Don't forget to start the night before you want it though.
This is a tried and trusted recipe and one of my personal favourites. The Champagne cream is best made at the last minute, with Champagne from a freshly opened bottle – it's a great experience actually eating it with all the bubbles in it
A lovely light terrine that's just perfect with a crisp salad and good bread. What's more, you can easily increase the quantities and make this for a buffet or party.
Although you can order a pressed tongue from the butcher at Christmas it is usually much nicer home-made – and it's not really much trouble.
Although it may not be the obvious choice at the end of a rich meal, the light and fluffy texture of this cheesecake, and its hit of lemon makes it ideal. The confit needs to be made a day in advance.
Juicy, jewel-like summer berries encased in a raspberry jelly – what could be more refreshing on a summer’s day when entertaining? Make it in advance and serve it with cream or, for a truly low-fat option, as it is.
Elegant and autumnal, this dessert would go down well at the end of a special meal and is simplicity itself to make. Of course, you can use the mascarpone mousse in other recipes too - a great addition to your repertoire!
In this superb cheesecake, rhubarb is combined with ginger - a luscious partnership - to make a dessert that's perfect for spring, when rhubarb is in season.