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…

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…

Halloween Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

We love Halloween in our house, and we go all out every year with the decorations and the food. We dress up and take our son out to trick-or-treat in the early evening and we have party food waiting for us at home, even if we’re not having anyone around. For me, of course, the…

Chilled Granola Peach Crumble

Crumble doesn’t always have to be a lengthy process. You can make a fairly quick and easy crumble if you’ve got some granola lying around. For this recipe I’ve chosen peaches for the filling, which needed using up in my fridge, but you can use any fruit that you have available. The same with the…

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…

Lemon and Ginger Cookies – Vegan and Gluten-Free

I love sweet things that taste of lemon. You can give them to me over chocolate any day of the week. Not that I don’t love chocolate also, but that zesty tang has always been a favourite of mine. When I was a child I chose lemon curd over everything else to spread on my…

Toffee Apples with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

September 23rd marks the autumn equinox. The nights are already beginning to draw in and we can sense, on some small level, the passing of summer. The children are going back to school and life is resuming its routine. Already, subtle changes are taking place. In my garden, unpicked pears, plums and apples are beginning…

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…