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I will always be grateful to the Hunter family in Cumbria who served these in their lakeside hotel, and who kindly gave me the recipe because I loved them so much.
You won't believe how easy this is, sugared flowers are an unusual cake decoration, and look stunning. You can see them on Delia's Sachertorte cake recipe.
Almond Tuiles are unbelievably easy to make and are the most elegant biscuits to serve with fruit fools and ice creams.
If there is an ultimate chocolate cake this one could be high on the list of contenders. No flour, just chocolate, ground almonds and whipped egg whites which make it so light and airy, and extremely moist.
What is Simnel cake? A rich fruit cake which includes lumps of marzipan stirred into the mixture that melts and combines with all the other flavours during cooking.
This is obviously perfect for children to make because there’s no cooking involved. But the grown-up version could include other combinations of fruits and nuts (prunes, crystallised ginger, dried sour cherries, etc).
These, because they always love them, are good for children to make. But don’t let that stop you making them for grown-ups as well.
I think these twice-baked, very crisp biscuits are great for children to make and eat. After that, the adults in true Italian fashion sit down with a glass of chilled Vin Santo, and dip them into it before each bite.
This used to be a rather soft, rather squashy meringue, but now I like it crisper and chewier. Either way it’s loved by everyone. You can of course use any other fruit – summer berries or in the winter passion fruit.
If you have time to make it, homemade almond icing is superior to the ready-made.
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