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Apple Tart with Custard

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Homemade apple tart - a winning combination of delicate, sweet pastry filled with heavenly scented apples - simply can't be beaten. To ring in the changes, mix the apples with blackberries or try a mixture of rhubarb and strawberry. To make your tart extra special, add a vanilla pod to your bag of sugar and leave for at least a week before using.

Brandy Snaps with Chilli and Passion Fruit Cream

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a simple, light dessert that my mother always had on our dessert trolley in the restaurant. This is my twist on her recipe. The passion fruit makes them very refreshing and the little chilli kick is a nice afternote. Once the batter is made, they take very little time to prepare.

Crisp Gingerbread Biscuits

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This recipe makes perfectly crisp gingerbread biscuits which snap and crumble in the mouth. The smell of these biscuits baking in the oven will instantly transport you to Christmas heaven!

Siucra's Red Velvet Cake

Fancy an alternative to traditional Christmas Fruit cake? Why not try a Red Velvet Cake. This Siúcra recipe creates a luxurious cake layered with delicious cream cheese icing. A must have on every festive dinner table!

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!




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