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Instead of the usual apple pie, why not ring the changes on a cold day with the sumptous steamed pud? Perfect for the depths of winter, it also fits the bill on a cold autumn day when apples are at their best.
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
An easy, unctuous and very Christmassy do-ahead dessert. You can use a cook's blow torch for the brulee but the caramel won't be as crunchy as putting it under the grill.
I always like to serve a jelly at Christmas time because when there is a lot of rich food around it is so nice to have something cool, light and refreshing at the end of a meal.
This is Delia's choice for serving with the Christmas turkey - make it ahead and enjoy the combination of sweet and sharp flavours.
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..
A lovely, prepare-ahead dessert that will wow all who eat it.
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.
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.
It is so simple to make proper custard, not only does it taste better than anything ready made it freezes well too.
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