Delicious: strawberry shortbread with Chantilly cream. Photograph: Harry Weir

This recipe elevates the humble shortbread biscuit and makes a very impressive dessert

It is the recipe every French chef knows by heart. In France, it is simply called flan

Unlike other cakes, a custard tart seems to over deliver. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Flourless almond traybake. Photograph: Harry Weir

You can use all manner of different fruits in this tasty gluten-free cake

Flourless almond traybake. Photograph: Harry Weir

Rhubarb makes this tasty gluten-free cake very Irish but you can use all manner of different fruits

Blondies are  quick, simple and foolproof

These heavenly squares of deliciousness might have been created with lockdown baking in mind

Carrot cake with lemon cream-cheese icing. Photograph: Harry Weir

If you fall into the ‘dense, moist and rich’ school of thought, this is the recipe for you

Raspberry and coconut yoghurt cake

The ingredients are listed in metric and a more child-friendly measure: yoghurt cartons

To serve, pipe cream on to each muffin and add a slice of just-cut banana.

The baked muffins are drizzled with indulgent caramel sauce

Banoffee muffins with caramel sauce

These buns make a lovely dessert that you don’t need a two-hour siesta to digest

Fruit tartlets
Fruit tartlets

Fruit tarlets.

Give yourself plenty of time to make these little tarts, they're worth it

Chocolate peppermint cookies. Photograph: iStock

Peppermint is so punchy it holds its own against chocolate, which can bully lesser flavours

The coffee essence in the cake and the buttercream brings a light coffee flavour that isn’t too dark or bitter, so it works for the whole family

This all-in-one recipe is straightforward but heavenly

Coffee traybake
Coffee traybake

Lemon tart

This versatile, easy-to-make dessert is a lovely treat for Mother’s Day (or any day)

Lemon tart
Lemon tart

Irish whiskey cake, from a family recipe

Patience is needed to boil the fruit – and not nibble at the plump whiskey-soaked ingredients

Classic dessert with a zesty aromatic twist

Crème brûlée with orange and cardamom

Zesty dessert with a rich deep flavour

Rhubarb and ginger cheesecake. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Forced rhubarb, with its shocking pink hue, is such a treat at this grey time of year

Rhubarb and ginger cheesecake

Dessert’s richness comes from ricotta and mascarpone, stem ginger gives it zing

Apple and pecan muffins: a hearty treat for the winter months. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Washed down with good coffee, these muffins give you sustenance to brave the inclement weather

Honey and mascarpone sponge roll

Honey is the star of this cake, adding drama and chemistry to the line-up

Serve this tasty offering at family gatherings or as a special after-dinner treat

Meringues with poached pears and warm chocolate sauce. Photograph: Harry Weir

Most of this dessert can be done in advance, then brought together at the last minute

Chocolate and walnut brownies: gooey goodness in every bite. Photograph: Harry Weir

Intense, fudgy and moreish, brownies should be like eating a chocolate bar in cake form

In the unlikely event there is any pudding left over, it can be served cold. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

This pudding is wonderful made with lemons, but might be even better with Seville oranges

A bakewell tart can be prepared one or two days ahead of time, and slices beautifully.

It's quick to make, you can even use use shop-bought pastry for a comforting dessert at this time of year

Bakewell tart.
Bakewell tart

Mango sundaes: the honeyed pecans and Greek yoghurt bring the creaminess and crunch which is essential for a good sundae

The tropical fruits are bright and colourful and taste like sunshine in a bowl

Chelsea buns: these are best eaten on the day they are baked, though they freeze well without the icing. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

These buns do take hours to make but only require a few minutes of actual hands-on time

Chelsea buns
Chelsea buns

Black Forest gateau

This Germanic indulgence could make an easy and contemporary Christmas cake

Black Forest gateau
Black Forest gateau

Vegan mince pies: a real Christmas treat. Photography: Harry Weir Photography

Omitting the butter gives the filo pastry a wonderful crunch without a greasy finish

Vegan mince pies

Spoil your guests with these gorgeous canapes that are surprisingly straightforward to make. Photographs: Harry Weir Photography

Impress your guests with these simple but stylish canapes

Gingerbread can be cut into every shape imaginable and decorated as delicately or as gaudily as you like

Now is the right time to make gingerbread that will last right up until Christmas Day

In defence of the soufflé, they look so impressive that I think they’re worth that little extra effort

Few desserts look more impressive than a perfectly risen soufflé

Delicious: bread and butter pudding with bitter orange marmalade

This irresistible treat is easy to make and a great way to use up stale bread

Chocolate mocha squares

These tray-bake oaty biscuits have all the flavours of a morning coffee break

Dial up the taste  by folding chopped pieces of preserved stem ginger into the mixture.

Delicious fruit and spice treat to ward off cold of November

Delicious: chocolate ganache tart

An easy-to-make sweet treat that looks and tastes great

Halloween cupcakes

These grab-and-go little desserts could not be simpler to make

Spooktacular: Halloween cupcakes

These grab-and-go little desserts for all ages could not be simpler to make

These classic peanut butter biscuits are quick and easy

These cookies would also work with other nut butters so try experimenting with your favourite

What could be better than freshly baked cookies dunked in a cold glass of milk after a boisterous school day?

Kids will enjoy rolling the cookie dough into balls and imprinting the tops with a fork

Orange blossom tea cake with ice-cream. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Tea cakes doused in syrup look beautiful and are perfect for entertaining

Super rich, but super good: classic treacle tart. Photograph: Harry Weir

A mere sliver can be wonderful served as part of a trio of desserts

Classic treacle tart. Photograph: Harry Weir

Super rich but super good

Salted caramel eclairs. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

The beauty of a home-made eclair is eating the choux pastry while it is still crisp

Brown bread ice-cream.

Put your stale homemade bread to great use with this brown bread ice-cream

Brown bread ice-cream.
Brown bread ice-cream

Old-fashioned fairy cakes. Photograph: Harry Weir

These treats might conjure extra luck for both Dublin and Kerry as generations gather to watch the replay

Vanessa Greenwood’s Irish farmhouse apple pie

Is there anything more homely than apple pie?

Sausage rolls are a popular childhood snack, but the ultra-processed pre-packaged ones aren’t healthy. Photograph: iStock

Vary the fillings and experiment with flavours with these homemade sausage-style rolls

This light and fluffy cake is a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up or delicious dessert

Blackberry cake

A fallen chocolate cake:  the petal colours stand out against the dark background.

Ample opportunity to decorate this tasty cake with ganache, fruit or flowers

Plums in puff pastry. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Serves 6

Plums in puff pastry. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Plums, soft almond frangipane and crispy puff pastry are a match made in heaven

Japanese cheesecake. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

This is about as far from a thick, unctuous New York cheesecake as you can get

Delicious: raspberry lamingtons

Lamingtons are the go-to cake for parties and coffee mornings in Australia and New Zealand

Chocolate custard tarts: All the delights of a custard tart but with a chocolate boost. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

For extra brownie points, grate more chocolate over the top once the tarts are cold


There is something magical about baklava. Layers of the thinnest pastry, filled with chopped nuts and soaked in aromatic syrup

This is definitely a dessert to pass around the table

Brioche, sliced and spread with butter and tangy blackcurrant jam or fragrant honey, is hard to resist.

How brioche manages to be so light and yet so buttery must be one of the wonders of the world

Easy macarons: These are based on the light, crisp, French-style macarons.

Homemade non-identical treats like these win out over shop-bought perfection every time

These lemon squares will disappear the moment you turn your back

Mixture of zest and juice showcases real depth of flavour possible with versatile fruit

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