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In my ‘real cooks’ Christmas book, the caramelised orange trifle takes an absolute age to prepare – though it is, of course, superlative; the best of its kind. But I have to say that this easy version is also a real winner. I find there are those who
Cream, raspberries and toasted oatmeal drenched in whisky: what a combination! Perfect for Hogmanay, St Andrew's Day, Burns Night or any other excuse.
OK then, no more sticky moments and saucepans coated in hard toffee. You can, and will, achieve a light, creamy caramel with the utmost of ease – because someone else has made the caramel for you.
A quick and easy cheat supper that is bound to become a favourite, with its combination of scallops and garlic butter crumbs.
We’ve sometimes made this in one large M&S tart case – the choice is yours. Either way, these are very pretty, with a wonderfully glossy surface, but you could give them a dusting of cocoa.
A variation on the Chocolate Ricotta Mousse recipe, here given quite a dark, adult coffee flavour.
These were Austrian emperor Franz Joseph’s favourite pancakes - and delightful they are too. He ate them with sultanas, but I think dried cherries are even better. And his chefs wouldn’t have had the benefit of buying ready-made pancakes, so it’s not half
This does have 2 hours’ steaming, I admit, but it is prepared with a minimum of time and effort.
Without doubt this is one of the easiest ways to produce some brilliant cheesecakes without any of the whisking or cooking and so on. You will have to partly freeze them to firm them up, but even that’s better than all the fiddle.
Now that fruits are blast-frozen and can be stashed away in the freezer, you can make a sublime fast fruit brûlée or pop them under the grill sprinkled with liqueur and sugar and summon up a caramelised fruit dessert any old time. Both recipes serve 4.
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