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

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

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

Chewy ginger nut cookies. Photograph: Harry Weir

Easy to make and more-ishly tempting

Meringue roulade with mixed berry coulis. Photograph: Harry Weir

A party favourite, who doesn’t like a crunchy crusted, marshmallow-centred meringue dessert filled with fresh fruit and whipped cr(...)

Les Carolines: miniature-style eclairs filled with pastry cream are adorable served with afternoon tea. Photograph: Harry Weir

Once you follow some simple rules, it is a very easy pastry to make

Photograph: Harry Weir

With just a mug and a microwave you’ll have a gooey chocolate treat in a few minutes

For some, the perfect cheesecake is all about the fluffy filling, for others it all starts with a perfect, easy to slice, biscuit base. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

A dash of Baileys adds a little luxury to this family favourite

Peanut butter brownies: deliciously rich and easy to bake. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Who can resist a recipe for gorgeously gooey morsels of fudgy chocolate?

Most families have their own tea brack recipe and you can add a bit of fun with a wrapped up coin and ring.  Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood on Baking: As the dark evenings creep in, it’s pure comfort with a cup of tea and a scrape of butter

Most families have their own tea brack recipe and you can add a bit of fun with a wrapped up coin and ring. Photograph: Harry Weir
Tea brack

A good coffee cake is something special, something I attribute to good coffee essence. Photograph:  Harry Weir

Baking shouldn’t be scary – especially with tried-and-tested, easy-to-follow recipes like this

Vanessa Greenwood’s oxtail soup with Marmite creme fraiche.

It’s an unfashionable cut, but oxtail can make delicious, warming dishes like this soup and braise. Photographs: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood’s hot passion fruit soufflés

Fruity treats for Valentine’s. Photographs: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood’s pearl barley stew with Alsace bacon

The grain is going through a renaissance and here it is used as a stew and as a substitute for pasta. Photographs: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood’s orange chocolate torte

Desserts that make the most of the citrus fruit when it is at its best. Photographs: Harry Weir

Haddock curry

Vanessa Greenwood’s haddock curry

Curried, or paired with a dramatic sauce Nero, haddock has its day. Photographs: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood’s tian of quinoa, beetroot, red onion and mozzarella

Healthy option recipes using the super seed. Photographs: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood’s pot roast chicken with turnip, carrot and baby potatoes.

Transform the humble root veg into something seductive. Photographs: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood’s mini blue cheese scones with fig jam

It can be hectic in the kitchen today, so here are two tasty ways with bread and blue cheese that will fill a gap. Photographs: Ha(...)

Vanessa Greenwood’s stir fried Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon and wine

Chances are you’ll be eating a few of these next week, so here are some ideas to make them taste delicious. Photographs: Harry Wei(...)

Vanessa Greenwood’s smoked salmon terrines with avocado and crab

A terrine with smoked salmon, avocado and crab that you can prepare ahead, and a recipe for hot smoking salmon at home. Photograph(...)

Light smoked mackerel and apple mousse with Melba toast

Apples are used both within this mousse and as a garnish, with watercress and toast

Light smoked mackerel and apple mousse with melba toast. Photograph: Harry Weir

Try an elegant pâté or lightly seared fillets with pickled courgette. Photographs: Harry Weir

Roast venison with pumpkin barley risotto and juniper jus

Lean, flavoursome venison is the centrepiece of these impressive dishes. Photographs: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood’s linguine with garlic and hazelnut crumble

Garlic is one of the most useful ingredients in the kitchen.

Vanessa Greenwood’s pear frangipane tart

Sweet or savoury, this autumn fruit has plenty of potential. Photographs: Harry Weir

Love them or hate them?  Oysters tend to divide opinion. Photograph:  Harry Weir

For Food Month, Irish Times writers and well-known faces make the case for and against common - and not so common - foods. Vanessa(...)

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