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.
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!
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."
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."
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.
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!
The perfect gift this Christmas is an edible gift! Try these Decorative Shortbread Biscuits out for size.
Make life easy for yourself with this super-quick mince pies recipe.