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Summer berry lemon drizzle cake

Summer berry lemon drizzle cake

Layering vanilla cake with summer fruit berries before baking gives this classic lemon drizzle cake a fresh summer makeover.  I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of fancy recipes lately. It happens sometimes, when my gastronomical ambition runs away with itself, without checking the actual time I have available (see peak-season roster, oops). So I was refreshed […]

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Blackcurrant gooseberry crumble

Blackcurrant and gooseberry crumble

We’re are big fans of crumble but any variations usually happen in the crumble layer. This time, we livened up our gooseberry crumble classic by adding blackcurrants. I’m pleased to report it’s a match made in heaven. We’re nearly always too busy with the start of the season to make crumble with green gooseberries, so […]

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Strawberry sour cream streusel cake sliced

Strawberry sour cream streusel cake

I am tempted to say that this summer delight may well be the best strawberry cake I’ve ever made. A bold claim, I know. And all the other strawberry cakes on this site are bickering amongst themselves about what makes this one so special. Well – here’s my case: sweet and sour: I find strawberries […]

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Raspberry tiramisu

Raspberry tiramisu

This variation on the Italian classic makes a light, summer dessert, great for summer BBQs and parties. Omitting the traditional coffee makes it less rich than the usual tiramisu, but the alcohol ensures it’s still very much a grown up dessert. The sprinkling of chocolate flake isn’t essential – but definitely worth it. We found […]

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Gooseberry almond oat crumble-ft

Gooseberry almond oat crumble

Ah! Crumble. The classic summer dessert, it’s particularly fantastic made with gooseberries because the tart fruit off-sets the sweet crumble topping. In this twist on the classic recipe, Nigel Slater adds almonds to the crumble to give it a subtle lift, as well as oats for an extra bite. We served the warm crumble with award-winning Marybelle creme […]

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Strawberry summer cake

This strawberry summer cake is super simple to make and guaranteed to excite the taste buds – just ask our little helper! This melt in your mouth treat was just as yummy using regular plain flour (instead of barley flour) and a smidgen less sugar, as suggested. The sprinkle of sugar on top turns the berries into a delicious jam. […]

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nigella no fuss fruit tart

Nigella’s no fuss fruit tart

This fruit tart truly is no fuss to make. It only takes 20 mins to throw together and yet makes an impressive guest at parties. We particularly enjoy that you can top it with any summer fruit, so you can adapt it to what’s in season at the time. Our tester, Anne, recommended only one […]

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Summer fruit terrine recipe

Summer fruit terrine

This summer fruit terrine looks as good as it tastes. It’s a great way to show off your freshly picked fruit, and works just as well with frozen fruit. The fruit terrine is from Delia Smith’s summer collection, which has lots of great ideas for summer fruit. Ingredients 350g small strawberries 225g raspberries 350g blackcurrants, redcurrants and […]

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Baked blackcurrant cheesecake

Blackcurrant cheesecake

This blackcurrant cheesecake is different from the traditional baked cheesecake because it’s so light-set. The blackcurrants give it the right balance of sweet and tart, the bold blackcurrants livening up the creamy dessert. Thanks to the chef at The Crown at Stoke by Nayland for sharing this recipe with us. Their summer desserts use locally-grown seasonal fruit – try the other recipes they’ve […]

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Broad bean mint cakes

Broad bean mint cakes

These broad bean mint cakes are really tasty and easy to make – a great way to liven up summer veggies with little effort. This is a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe, published in the Waitrose magazine. Ottolenghi is a master of making vegetables interesting, and this recipe is unusually simple for him. These are delicious served with new potatoes and a […]

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