This recipe might look a little complicated but in fact it's incredibly easy. If you're very short of time use shop-bought brownies, a carton of readymade custard that you stir the melted chocolate into and a couple of posh jars of cherries in kirsch. Whatever way you decide to do it always use the best quality dark chocolate you can afford. It's best to leave the final part of the assembly to the last minute for the most spectacular impact.
Sweet, sticky and aromatic, this Christmas ham comes with serious sophistication. Like most good Christmas hams this recipe is all about the glaze. The combination of sweet orange, sticky plum jam and Asian star anise ticks all the boxes in terms of Christmas tastes.
Serve these individual tartlets with the best that the summer has to offer: baby salad leaves, soft herbs such as chives, basil and chervil and lots of beautiful edible flowers.