The glossy dark pink shell, which looks as if it has been manicured, and toffee flavoured kernel suggests exactly what this is: a glamorous relation of the gnarled and grumpy old walnut.
No bitter aftertaste here – the pecan is a true cutie-pie. Pecan trees originally grew wild and extensively in America, though they are now farmed, mostly in Georgia and Texas.
Rum-soaked fruit and bananas are combined in filo pastry for this wonderful strudel, which looks hugely impressive when served. Add some vanilla ice cream for a dessert to die for!
Just three ingredients here, but they meld together beautifully to create a simple, yet simply stunning, dessert that has more than a hint of Americana!
Instead of making individual muffins, this recipe makes one large cake (or you could do small ones if you prefer). Although this one is made with apple, you could equally use plums or apricots in the summer.
This unusual Italian cake freezes really well and makes a nice change from the more obvious teatime offerings: polenta gives the cake a grainy texture while the ricotta and amaretto to add moisture and an alcoholic kick!
Why not freeze these gorgeous little puds for a very special dessert? Your guests will love the wonderful flavours of this real treat.