Crunchy spiced plums

Crunchy spiced plums Crunchy spiced plums So easy to make, this pudding will become a real favourite. It has all the elements of a crumble, but none of the hassle. Ingredients SERVES 4 – 25 minutes – 2 tbsp sugar. – 2 whole star anise. – 8 large or 12 small plums, halved. – knob butter. – 4 oaty biscuits (we used Hobnobs). – custard or vanilla ice cream, to serve. Instructions Step 1:Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the sugar with 2 tablespoons water in a baking dish,…

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Little iced-lemon mousses

Little iced-lemon mousses Little iced-lemon mousses Only four ingredients go into these special little puds, which can either be made ahead or only 30 minutes before you want to eat them. Ingredients SERVES 6 – 30 minutes – 300–312g jar good-quality lemon curd. – zest 1 lemon. – 300ml pot whipping or double cream. – 25g/1oz lemon shortbread or crunchy lemon-flavoured biscuits, plus extra to serve (optional). Instructions Step 1:Put two-thirds of the lemon curd into a large bowl with the lemon zest and cream, then beat with an electric…

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Berry-crumble pots

Berry-crumble pots Berry-crumble pots This pud is great for using up any biscuits or fruit you might have to hand. Try ginger biscuits with sliced banana, for example. Ingredients SERVES 4 – 10 minutes – 2 tbsp good-quality strawberry jam. – juice 2 clementines or satsumas. – 300g/10oz mixed berries. – 150ml/¼ pint custard. – 4 tbsp double cream, lightly whipped. – 8 amaretti biscuits. Instructions Step 1:Mix the jam and citrus juice together in a bowl. Stir in the berries. Divide half the jammy berries among four glasses or…

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Gooseberry & elderflower mess

Gooseberry & elderflower mess Gooseberry & elderflower mess Adding only half the sugar at the start of the recipe means that you can adjust it to taste later, depending on the sharpness of the gooseberries you’re using. Ingredients SERVES 6 – 30 minutes – 300g/10oz gooseberries (we used red ones), tops pinched off. – 50g/2oz golden caster sugar, plus extra 2 tbsp. – 2 tbsp elderflower cordial. – 600ml pot whipping creamabout 100g/4oz meringues (4–5 large nests), roughly crumbled. Instructions Step 1:Put the gooseberries, 2 tablespoons water and 25g/1oz of…

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Quick sticky-toffee puddings

Quick sticky-toffee puddings Quick sticky-toffee puddings Dressing up shop-bought muffins makes this pudding a doddle. If you can get toffee or caramel ones it’ll be even more delicious! Ingredients SERVES 2 – 20 minutes – 4 large chocolate muffins, crumbled. – 50g/2oz large sultanas. – small knob butter, for greasing. – vanilla ice cream, to serve. FOR THE SAUCE – 50g/2oz light muscovado sugar. – 50g/2oz butter. – 75ml/2½fl oz double cream. Instructions Step 1:Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the muffins with the sultanas. Divide among four buttered…

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