Fruit-based desserts

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Blackcurrant Ice CreamServes 6-8

Blackcurrant Ice Cream

If you find blackcurrants a bit too strong, or can't track them down, use other fruit such as raspberries or loganberries. Either way, you'll need to eat this within three weeks of making it, but that's no hardship!

 
 
Strawberry GranitaServes 8

Strawberry Granita

This is the recipe to make when there's a real glut of ripe strawberries. It's a much nicer way to conserve them than simply freezing them. The granita looks like sparkling jewels when you serve it in tall glasses.

 
 
Summer Fruit CompoteServes 6

Summer Fruit Compote

This wonderful summery compote is a great way to use up a glut of fruit if you grow your own or find some reduced in the shops. The joy of it is that you can use any fruit you like.

 
 
Vanilla Cream Terrine with Raspberries and Blackcurrant CoulisServes 6

Vanilla Cream Terrine with Raspberries and Blackcurrant Coulis

You have to make the terrine in advance, which means this is an ideal dessert when entertaining and will elicit many compliments from your grateful guests.

 
 
Old-fashioned Rhubarb TrifleServes 6

Old-fashioned Rhubarb Trifle

Old-fashioned because when I was a child – a very long time ago – I used to love jelly trifles, and my mother would always make one for my birthday. This is a much more adult version...

 
 
Rhubarb and Almond CrumbleServes 6

Rhubarb and Almond Crumble

Although my own rhubarb crop is only about 3 inches high at present, there is plenty of the early forced rhubarb in the shops and it's never better than in this most English of puddings. On Sundays we serve it with proper custard, an extra luxurious

 
 
Michael's Mango FoolServes 1

Michael's Mango Fool

I happen to love the taste of fresh mangoes on their own (a combination of peaches and cream all in one fruit, I think). But as my husband rightly points out, you very often find the mango has ripened beyond the point where it can be decently served

 
 
Raspberry Shortcake CrumbleServes 1

Raspberry Shortcake Crumble

This is what I suppose I should call a 'master recipe' as it can be varied in endless ways. Raspberries are perhaps the nicest filling, but you could also use rhubarb, gooseberry or dried apricots and almonds. An alternative topping to the one I have

 
 
Pile-it-high Orange and Rhubarb Meringue PieServes 6-8

Pile-it-high Orange and Rhubarb Meringue Pie

The flavour of orange zest does something quite magical to the flavour of rhubarb, and this light, fluffy meringue pie is a perfect dessert for late spring. ‘Pile-it-high meringue', incidentally, applies only if you have extra egg whites to use up..

 
 
Apple and Blackberry PieServes 4

Apple and Blackberry Pie

This traditional pudding will go down a treat after a roast lunch on Sunday - serve it with plenty of cream for the finishing touch.

 
 
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