Mulled Pears with Vegan Whipped Cream

This is a great Christmas dessert, or something you can have any time of year, especially if you’re having dinner guests. Poached pears have long been a favourite of mine, so this time I wanted to do something with them that captured the essence of the winter season. Mulled pears seemed the obvious choice, using…

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Caramel Slices

I made these for a buffet we were having recently. The idea behind them was a soft chocolate filling on pastry with a caramel topping, all cut into small squares for people to pick at as and when they wanted them. This is not a quick dessert to make, but the results are worth the…

Poached Pears with Blueberry Compote

Let me say this right from the start: These babies are better if you eat them the day after you make them. There, now I’ve said it, you can feel free to ignore me. Nobody will judge you here. At the very least you want to let it all go cold, so a couple of…

Sticky Chocolate Pudding

This is essentially a gooey, sticky brownie, covered in rich chocolate sauce. Sound good? Read on. I wanted to create something that was similar to a sticky toffee pudding, only with chocolate, and that was also vegan and gluten-free. This dessert was the result. Soft and moist in the centre, extremely chocolatey, with a chocolate…

Sweet French Toast with Forest Fruits and Banana

Not much beats French toast for breakfast, especially when the batter is sweetened and a little cooked fruit added. It’s a breakfast best suited to the weekend, when you have a little more time to create something special. This dish is a wonderful combination of hot and cold, and of soft and crunchy textures. With…

Peach and Frangipane Tart

I first came across a frangipane tart in my twenties and I was immediately awe-stricken by the firm, almond filling surrounding soft, delicious fruit. It stayed with me for some time and I made my first one a few years later from a recipe book. Despite the pleasure it gave me, I’ve only made it…

Pancakes with Banana and Peaches

If your store cupboard is anything like mine, you’ll be able to make these pancakes without even having to go to the shop for ingredients. I made them intentionally out of things I had lying about the place: bananas, canned peaches, raisins and a bit of sugar. I also top them with some vegan custard…

Oven Roasted Apricots

If you haven’t tried roasting apricots in the oven, you’re missing a treat. The softness of them, mixed with the sweetness and spices makes for a completely moreish snack. This recipe is from my book Going Vegan, which you can get from Amazon. Have these as a desert or simply as a snack, served hot…

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Tart

I’ve always loved chocolate and orange as a combination. Chocolate and mint is ok but, for me, chocolate and orange will always win out. This, like all opinions on food, is highly subjective. Samantha, my wife, has a preference for the choc-mint combo, though she does like the orange as well. This dessert makes use…

BBQ Baked Spiced Apples

With barbeque season in full swing, it can be difficult sometimes to know what to shove on the coals. Burgers and sausages are great (I’ll be doing some later today), but we do want a little variety on our summer plates. Desserts are particularly tricky. Barbecued pineapple steaks are an obvious choice, but there are…