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.
Instead of making a classic crème pâtissière why not cheat and use a mixture of bought fresh custard and crème fraîche? Then make your shortbreads, add some fruit and puree and you have one of the most impressive-looking desserts imaginable!
Apple crumble is one of your all-time favourite desserts, so why not give it an extra dimension with pecan nuts and mascarpone cream, lifting it into the luxury league.
This lovely turkey recipe is different but we can guarantee that your guests will love it: the sharpness of apricots is the perfect foil for the richness of turkey.
Light and lovely, American muffins are a real teatime treat - and you can add different variations to the basic muffin mix depending on what's available or in season.
One of the quickest and easiest recipes on record - so there's no excuse for not keeping the biscuit tin topped up with these teatime goodies. Use whatever combination of fruit and nuts you like!