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Hot fruity parcels

Hot fruity parcels

Baking fruit in paper parcels is a brilliant way of sealing in all the flavour. It also makes a novel presentation method and saves on washing up! Serve this delicious fruity treat of fresh pineapple and dried apricots with a dollop of Greek-style yogurt or crème fraîche.
Summer berry muffins

Summer berry muffins

Fresh summer berries not only add delicious flavour and colour to these tempting American-style muffins, they also make them more nutritious. The muffins are at their best when served warm, fresh from the oven, but will be enjoyed just as much once cooled.
Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

Here is a no-fuss, yet impressive, cake for a special occasion. Serve with a generous dollop of cream or a spoonful of good ice-cream.
Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

So quick and easy to make, these favourite tea-time biscuits are great for the cookie jar or the freezer. Make sure they are completely cool before you store them, or they will lose their delightful crunch.
Caramelised onion tartlets

Caramelised onion tartlets

Croustades – made from thin slices of bread pushed into bun tins, brushed with melted butter and baked to crisp – are a great alternative to pastry for savoury tartlets. These are filled with a mixture of onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Both the croustades and filling can be prepared ahead of time.
Savoury Scrolls

Savoury Scrolls

Pull these fresh from the oven and you'll receive appreciative gasps of delight. These scrolls are also excellent for picnics and lunchboxes.
Rhubarb and Apple Pie

Rhubarb and Apple Pie

Sprinkled with sugar and tangy with rhubarb and apples, this is a magical pie. If time is short, you can use ready-made shortcrust pastry.
French macarons

French Macarons

Create the classic French macaron with this basic version of the original Parisian recipe. To create different flavoured macarons, simply add different food flavourings and colourings.
Date and Walnut Cake

Date and Walnut Cake

This old-fashioned favourite is proof that you don't need to invent new recipes in order to eat healthily. Despite being very low in fat it has a lovely light, moist texture, thanks to the dried dates, and makes a pleasant alternative to a conventional fruit cake.
Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

Covered with almond paste and iced in a simple style, this rich fruit Christmas cake looks impressive. It should be prepared at least one month ahead to allow the flavours to develop.
Blueberrry and Oat Breakfast Muffins

Blueberry and Oat Breakfast Muffins

These muffins are best eaten within a couple of hours of baking, but they can be frozen for up to 1 month. Wrap each muffin individually in foil, place in a large resealable plastic bag, expel all the air and tightly seal. Thaw the muffins at room temperature and reheat in a low oven.
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