Vanessa Greenwood’s baked plums. Photograph: Harry Weir

This combination of soft fruit, warm syrup and ice-cream is unbeatable

Passion fruit tart

Delicious and special: passion fruit tart

This zingy, easy-to-make tart, served with whipped cream, is a dessert to savour

Florentines. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Use up the leftover dried fruit from Christmas for these beautiful chocolate treats


Christmas chocolate roulade.

Decorate into a Yule log for an elaborate, luxurious seasonal centrepiece

Shortbread is very easy to make, with the added benefit of containing ingredients you probably already have. Photograph: Harry Weir

Simple cutter shapes ensure these tasty cookies hold their shapes

Chocolate bar cakes. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Don’t break the mould – you’ll need it for these festive cake bars

Make your own mincemeat this year, with this simple recipe

White chocolate mousse cake

These gluten-free treats are sure to impress. Make them in advance for effortless entertaining

Vanessa Greenwood’s white-chocolate mousse cake. Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: Make them in advance for effortless entertaining

Maple-roasted pecan pie photographed by Harry Weir

This deliciously rich dessert is a favourite on American tables at this time of year

 Vanessa Greenwood’s pistachio bakewell plait. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Pureed and chopped pistachios, and pomegranate, bring Middle Eastern sparkle

Variation on a classic slice: instead of jam, the middle layer is enriched with berries, adding a pleasant tartness that contrasts with the sweet buttery shortbread.

Served as slices or cut into squares, these are irresistible any time of day

Sticky, delicious, moreish. Photograph: Harry Weir

Baking: You won’t be able to resist this dessert, especially when served with ice cream

Chocolate pear tart with salted caramel. Photograph:  Harry Weir Photography

Vanessa Greenwood: Add wow factor to pear and almond tart with a salted caramel layer

Battenburg cake. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Battenberg is the king of cakes – and constructing it is a budding engineer’s dream

Photograph: Harry Weir

This chocolatey version is totally irresistible and doubles as a delicious dessert served with ice cream (serve with some extra me(...)

Banana bread. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Vanessa Greenwood: This chocolatey banana bread is delicious for dessert with ice cream

Photograph: Harry Weir
Orange cream biscuits

Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: Sandwich-style biscuits open a trove of icing and flavour options

Blueberry muffins: delicious and easy to make. Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: This 45-minute recipe produces a deliciously light texture

Red fruit and white chocolate bread and butter pudding.  Photograph:  Harry Weir

This mouth-watering version is light and moist with berries and white chocolate

Nut-free oatie bars

Similar to the flapjack but with less sugar and butter, these oat bars are also nut-free. Photograph: Harry Weir

Friday is often treat day and these tasty delights will thrill your child

Blackberry and apple crumble. Photograph: Harry Weir

This crumble recipe will produce a chewy rim of fruity lava to ooze through the topping

No cherries? Soft fruits such as figs, blueberries and blackberries can be substituted. Photograph: Harry Weir

Black cherries in a sweetened batter make a delicious and comforting treat

Photograph: Harry Weir

It only takes a few minutes to make up the batter, and washing-up is minimal

Crosata tart can be served at room temperature, but gently warming it  loosens the filling.  Photograph: iStock

Mediterranean tips about the wonders of baked fruit

Once you have a rich biscuit dough you can transform it into all sorts of tasty treats

PEach polenta cake. Photograph: Harry Weir

This is the best cake for the alternative coconut, almond and rice flours

Key lime pie. Photograph: Harry Weir

This delicious treat is incredibly easy and can be whipped up in no time

Photograph: Harry Weir

This berry tart is easy and delicious, the perfect home-made dessert to rustle up in summer

Photograph: Harry Weir

Before you start snipping bunches, a little goes a long way – especially if it's dried

Coffee slices: it’s okay to lick your fingers. Photograph: Harry Weir

Coffee slices are deceptively easy to make and taste lip-smackingly good

Photograph: Harry Weir

Health gurus today recognise the slow energy release provided by humble oats

Gooseberry ice creamin tuile baskets. Photograph: Harry Weir

This gooseberry ice cream recipe is easy to make and doesn’t require an electric ice cream churn

Tuiles with gooseberry ice cream. Photograph: Harry Weir

A few vigorous whisks while it is in the freezer and it will be ready in less than six hours

Pink meringues. Photograph: Harry Weir

A mound of white, pink, yellow or blue meringues looks stunning at a family gathering

Pavlova is stunningly beautiful when laden with soft summer fruits. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Pavlova is a fabulous occasion dessert and perfect for entertaining

This comforting chocolate pudding ticks most boxes, and not just for vegans

Vanessa Greenwood’s vegan chocolate pudding. Photograph: Harry Weir

This comforting chocolate pudding ticks most boxes, and not just for vegans

Victoria Sandwich has a light, moist and buttery texture. Photograph: Harry Weir

This classic sponge is elegant, simple and perfect for summer with strawberries

Wholemeal brown scones with cream and jam. Photograph: Harry Weir

Nothing brightens a morning tea or coffee like these surprisingly easy scones

Photograph: Harry Weir
Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska: make this using one old fashioned brick of crowd-pleasing raspberry-ripple ice cream

Ice cream inside a hot oven goes against all logic and requires a degree of mental physics

Baking: Gateau Diane is an old favourite and ideal for a party or special occasion

Photograph: Harry Weir

The buttery melt-in-the-mouth biscuits can prove very difficult to master

Photograph: Harry Weir

A classic dessert ideal for family parties

A mouthwatering offering to grace any table. Photograph: Harry Weir

Tinned pineapple doesn’t turn up in many recipes these days. This one’s a retro classic

Rhubarb crumble cake. Photograph: Harry Weir

For a stylish last-minute dessert, a healthy breakfast or a delicious cake, reach for the rhubarb

When it is cooled fully it is ready to cover with chocolate ganache. Photograph: Harry Weir

The best thing is the bundt mixture cooks more evenly than with normal cakes

All chefs face the quandary of how to use up leftover egg yolks on a daily basis, and this is the perfect solution. Photograph: Harry Weir

Mini lemon meringue pies are the perfect spring dessert

Queen of puddings: a retro classic. Photograph: Getty Imges/iStock

Baking: Queen of puddings is a forgotten but powerfully nostalgic dessert

Simple go-to bake: Cherry Almond Buns

This go-to almond cherry buns recipe is as sweetly delicious as it looks


Macarons: a recipe for confident bakers. Photograph: Harry Weir

This meringue-based confection can be tricky, and it takes practice to get them right every single time

Millionaires’ shortbread. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Millionaires’ shortbread is a layered delight and is much easier to make than it looks

Millionaires Squares. Photograph: Harry Weir

Shortbread with a caramel and chocolate top

Swiss roll with jam made by  Vanessa Greenwood. Photograph: Harry Weir

It’s so simple, it’s a mystery why no one bakes this old-school jammy treat anymore

These sweet and salty delights can either be served in their ramekins or turned out

Hot chocolate puddings with salted caramel popcorn. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

These delicious puddings are incredibly easy and can be prepared in advance

To serve, stir a pinch of cinnamon through vanilla ice cream, pure heaven!  Photograph: Harry Weir

This golden apple-topped pastry is treat to die for

Venessa Greenwood’s treacle pudding. Photograph: Harry Weir

Try treacle pudding for a play on the boarding school favourite

Treacle puddings served with whipped cream. Photograph: Harry Weir

The pudding is cooked when it is slightly risen and the surface is firm

The process involves butter encased between two layers of chilled, sweet yeast dough, which are repeatedly rolled and folded into thirds. Photograph:  Harry Weir Photography

Buttery, rich and flakey – but be careful about keeping ingredients cool when baking

Guilt-free carrot cake

This guilt-free recipe has less sugar and fat but gives you the same great taste

Apple & Cinnamon Strudel baked by Venessa Greenwood. Photograph: Harry Weir

Have a go at this traditional fruit-filled pastry that’s surprisingly easy to make

Apple & Cinnamon Strudel baked by Venessa Greenwood. Photograph: Harry Weir
Apple Strudel

Gingerbread house with royal icing. Photograph: Harry Weir

Create your own magical gingerbread house, surprise loved ones with a homemade mini cake and plan a showstopping dessert for Chris(...)

Vanessa Greenwood’s Christmassy red velvet cupcakes. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

A bestseller in all the coffee shops at this time of year, here’s how to make this festive treat at home

Vanessa Greenwood’s Christmassy red velvet cupcakes. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography
Red velvet cupcakes

Vanessa Greenwood’s cranberry and white chocolate muffins

An easy to make delicious festive treat adored by both children and adults

Biscotti: one of Italy’s often overlooked treasures

Also known as cantucci, these nut-studded cookies make great home-made gifts

Biscotti: one of Italy’s often overlooked treasures. Photograph: Harry Weir
Pistachio biscotti

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