Upside Down Pear and Ginger Cake

Lynda says: "This pear and ginger dessert is like a tarte tatin, but with a cake base. When the cake comes out of the oven it is flipped upside down, revealing the pears covered by the caramel and ginger syrup."

Biscotti with Dried Apricots and Cranberries

Lynda says: "Biscotti are not like other biscuits. They are baked twice so that they dry out and are generally dipped into dessert wine, such as the Italian vin santo, or coffee. I love their hard crunch. The recipe below is my all-time favourite and makes a big batch so you may want to reduce the quantities. Store the biscotti in airtight jars and they’ll keep happily for several months. Change the proportions of fruit and nuts as you like. I’m sure that in the sophisticated shop in Milan, they would find it hard to envisage me savouring my biscotti, my back against a warm Connemara rock, tea in hand, surveying the colours of the sea."

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

These make wonderfully chewy and crumbly cookies which are easily adaptable - just use whatever ingredients you might have in the store cupboard. Feel free to swap out the chocolate and raisins with other dried fruit, nuts or seeds.

Florentines

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Florentines are rich and decadent and very simple to make at home. They make a perfect edible gift for Christmas.

Oatmeal Biscuits

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef - Christmas Special

This recipe was given to me by Mary Flahavan. I liked it so much that we now make it up in batches and keep them in Kilner jars in our rooms for guests in case they're feeling a bit peckish after a long journey but don't want to ruin their dinner!

Odlums Decorative Shortbread Biscuits

The perfect gift this Christmas is an edible gift! Try these Decorative Shortbread Biscuits out for size.

Odlums Easy Peasy Mince Pies

Make life easy for yourself with this super-quick mince pies recipe.

Orange Polenta Cake with Honey and Rosewater Syrup

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This fragrant and moist cake is not only visually beautiful, it also has the most delicious spiced sweet orange and honey flavour. The cake can be made gluten-free as long as you use a gluten-free baking powder.

Irish Camp Coffee Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This recipe makes a moist coffee swirl cake, cooked in a Bundt tin. If you don't have one, you can easily make it in a springform tin, buttered and the base lined with baking parchment.

Mikado Coconut Cream Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

When I was growing up, if Mikado biscuits were in the house, they didn't last long. This cake is a small homage to them with a light sponge layered with jam, covered with a sweet marshmallow frosting and decorated with desiccated coconut.




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