Even those who claim not to have a sweet tooth will find it impossible to resist Delia's fabulous sweet offerings, from cakes to ice cream, crumbles to creamy fruit puddings.
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.
Cheap and easy to make, it's well worth baking a batch of these lovely muffins for tea… they knock the spots off anything you can buy.
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.
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.
Those who find a traditional fruit cake too heavy might enjoy Stollen which, although it still contains dried fruit, it altogether lighter. And, of course, the sweet-toothed will love the seam of marzipan running through the middle!
This classic yeasty, fruity tea bread is traditional in Wales. During her Welsh childhood, Delia remembers it being spread with lots of butter at teatime. Easy and cheap to make, it keeps well and is a real treat.
What could be a more classic teatime treat than scones fresh from the oven, served with lashings of clotted cream and intensely flavoured raspberry butter. Baking doesn't get any better than this!
With a royally good taste, queen of puddings is one of those old-fashioned desserts that should find favour in a recession: cheap and easy but no less delicious for it.
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