Chocolate pear tart

At the best of times, chocolate and pear is a match made in heaven. But this tart here takes things to an all-new level. I’ve made and tasted my fair share of chocolate and pear creations, and very few come close to this tart. The crumbly shortcrust pastry, sweet poached pears and chocolate mousse filling make this an unforgettable dessert. Continue reading

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Spiced pears in red wine

If you’re looking for a new take on the ‘poached pears in red wine’ classic, you’ve come to the right place! We had these spiced mini-pears on a recent trip to Italy and couldn’t get over how different they were to their more elegant-looking cousin, the poached pear. These sticky bite-sized pears are intensely flavoured and decidedly moreish – so it’s just as well they’re so small! And what makes them even more interesting – at least in my book – is that there’s little or no prep work. And with that I mean no peeling! Continue reading

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Blackberry ricotta cheesecake

This chilled (no-bake) cheesecake is a great way to use up the last of the season’s blackberries. It could be just as easily made with frozen ones, or indeed with strawberries or raspberries, but I felt like giving the humble blackberry centre stage for a change. And also, I just love the sumptuous, velvety purple colour that the blackberries lend the cheesecake. The biscuit base is a real winner. If my family is anything to go by, the cake should be half base, half cheesecake topping! As recipes go, this one has more steps than I would normally like in a recipe, but the result is definitely worth the extra effort. Continue reading

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