Although it's lovely to have friends round for dinner, the last thing you want is to be chained to the kitchen. Delia's recipes for entertaining allow you to prepare ahead, or involve minimal work before serving, so you can have a stress-free, relaxed evening as well!
What a wonderful way to use up excess gooseberries! This recipe combines creaminess and a fruity compote to mouthwatering effect.
What could be better than home-made bread, especially when it's crammed with the flavours of cheese, potatoes, fresh sage and caramelised onions. We are confident this will soon become one of your favourites!
Packed with summery flavours, this easy and speedy fish recipe would make the perfect lunch or supper dish on a warm day.
For 40 years, the nation has been making this pudding, which tastes even better if you prepare it a few weeks before Christmas then leave it in a cool place to mature. Serve with traditional brandy sauce.
It may look as if this Italian classic took hours to make, but in fact you just assemble a few ingredients in a loaf tin and there you have it - a lovely dessert that will earn you plenty of compliments.
Hearty, substantial, comfort food: this is the type of soup that makes you wish it was winter! Serve with crusty bread for a warming supper.
Mmmm…apple fans will swoon over this fabulous trifle, with its Calvados-soaked trifle sponges, apple puree and custard layer, with mascarpone and almonds on top.
Use the right-sized tin and you can't go wrong with this blissfully easy cake - everyone you make it for will be amazed that it was so simple as it tastes divine.
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.
There's something wintry about these lovely light jellies - the cider, dried fruits and cider syllabub all combine to create a great taste sensation, indulgent enough to serve at a special-occasion dinner.
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