Home made caramel is a perilous exercise that often leads to disaster, but once you get the hang of it it's easy. Here’s how to make a real home made liquid caramel and all its variations.
|Types of sugar|
Although sugar is more and more criticised these days, it is still just as appreciated. Sugar is an important ingredient in cooking. To find out all about the different types, how it is processed and used in cooking, follow our guide...
|How to make candied fruit|
Bright colours, funny shapes, soft texture and flavours from yesteryear...candied fruit remains a favourite, especially on special occasions. But we rarely dare make it ourselves for fear it's too complicated...
Sorbets are often colourful, always deliciously fruity, always refreshing and a lot less calorific than ice cream. A simple mix of water, fruit and sugar, sorbets are ideal if you're watching your weight and they're easy to whip up wuth or without an ice cream maker...
Summer, the sun, bikinis and ice cream! What’s more refreshing than a cold ice cream when the temperature rises? And today, with ice cream makers more easily available, making your own has become child’s play...
What better than an ice-cold milkshake in summer? Flavours and combinations are endless, though vanilla, fruit and chocolate remain favourites. Milkshakes are very simple to make and so good! Here’s a...
|Mouthwatering strawberry desserts|
The possibilities for yummy strawberry puddings are endless, but here are our personal favourites for you to road test!
Custard is more than a side serving: it can soften acidic desserts or bring out the flavour of a dessert with its subtle vanilla flavour. It's usually served hot with puddings, but can also be served cold and set (as in custard creams), or in various thicknesses depending on your recipe...
Praline is frequently used in cakes and confectionery. Individual pralines are delicious with coffee, or praline can be used to garnish cakes and confectionery, where the possibilities are simply endless...
Our Mocha Nectar, Coffee Eclairs, Coffee Souffle or Chocolate Coffee Cake will round off any meal on an indulgent note!
Sweet, crunchy pastry makes delicious strawberry tarts, fruit pies and cream pastries that remind us of our childhood! It's child's play to make, too. Here are our rules, recipes and tips for perfect pastry every time...
Shortcrust pastry is used to make pies, tarts, quiches, turnovers and crusts. It's a versatile, simple and essential kitchen staple. Here's our basic recipe and tips.
Many are reluctant to try puff pastry because they think it's complicated, takes too long and you need to be a masterchef to do it. Wrong! You do need a bit of time on your hands, but you can always do other things in between stages...
Whether you're making dry, sticky, French, Italian or Swiss meringue, all are made using the same two ingredients: egg whites and sugar. Variations are made by altering the quantities, the type of sugar used and the way you add the egg whites...
Eating whipped cream feels like eating a fresh, soft, sweet cloud. It's a calorific bomb, but so good it's hard to resist! Whipped cream was first invented in 1660 by Vatel in the city of Chantilly in France...
|Gingerbread recipe and tips|
Gingerbread is a childhood favourite and conjures up warm images of gingerbread men and gingerbread houses like in fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel. It's also a warm, spicy Christmas favourite!
|How to make icing|
Cakes topped with sugary coloured icing look so much better! Here's how to make perfect icing.
In the olden days, people used to burn a huge Yule log on the hearth as part of the Christmas celebrations, which burned up until the New Year. Edible chocolate and Yule logs keep the tradition alive today...
|Desserts are looking peachy!|
Peaches are one of our favourite summer fruits. Here's our selection of enticing peachy desserts.
We bring you a selection of delicious fruity desserts, perfect for long summer evenings.