Summer's the time for slurping ices and lollies straight off the stick, but sometimes homemade ice-cream the kind that demands dainty bowls and tiny spoons is called for. Try this cheesecake-inspired tub with honeyed edible bowls.
The Portuguese make a religion of their pastries, celebrating saints' days with little cakes of all kinds, filled with custard or scattered with flaked nuts, such as these two heavenly confections: the Jesuit pastry and the bread of God. Amen
What you see is not what you get. Unlike all those fancy gateaux and extravagantly frosted cakes, swiss rolls and roulades keep their velvety richness and sweet fruity creams hidden within, ready to break out the flavour.
Bread is sometimes too good to play a side role pack your dough with fillings and you will have an all-in-one loaf that really can take centre stage.
Though its fallen out of favour compared to its red cousins, the unlovely old-fashioned gooseberry can give a fresh, sharply summery flavour to cakes, crumbles and a tangy and light white wine sorbet. Just dont forget the sugar
In baking, humble cocoa powder is easier to work with and stronger than expensive chocolate, and can hold its own against the other ingredients. See for yourself in these easy birthday cake and treacle brownie recipes.
The best pies are the ones you can eat with your hands, which is where hot-water pastry comes in handy.
There's a strange alchemy at work when you combine sweet and savoury flavours. Not convinced? Try these recipes for sticky maple and bacon buns, or this cheesy toffee apple pie.
Besides your bog-standard banana loaf, how else can you make use of a bunch of overripe bananas? Why not transform them into these finger-licking fritters or a light sponge, fragrant with thyme?