Lemon Meringue Cake: In all honesty, the origin of this cake is simply that I cannot make a go of a lemon meringue pie. This, then, is the easy option. After I'd made this a couple of times, it occurred to me, that if I were to fill the cakes with passionfruit curd, in place of lemon curd (which I buy, but it must be a good one) it would be particularly appropriate for Eastertime.
ITALIAN ROAST CHICKEN WITH PEPPERS AND OLIVES A roast chicken always feels celebratory; indeed, a roast chicken always is celebratory. The vibrantly coloured and intensely flavoured vegetables that are cooked alongside here seem only to underline this, offering their own brightness and brio, sunny in taste as well as mood.
Italian Christmas Pudding Cake: This recipe is my own but at the same time a conflation of a couple of Italian Christmas must-haves: the glorious, fruit-studded panettone and crema di mascarpone, which is best described as tiramisu without the Savoiardi biscuit layer, and sometimes with pieces of chocolate stirred through the mascarpone mixture.
Meringue Gelato Cake with Chocolate Sauce: This is a no-churn affair. You mix everything together, wodge it into a loaf tin, freeze and you're done. I like this with a few raspberries to tumble around and a chocolate sauce to Jackson Pollock over it.
Hot Cross Buns: I know you'd think, indeed I'd have thought, that it would be pointless to make something at home when the bought versions can be so good, but I find it peculiarly satisfying to make these, and although they look slightly ramshackle and unprofessional, they do have the edge on any shop-bought stuff.
This was a moist and delicious cake...a truly decadent Fall dessert. I didn't have walnuts on hand so I used dried, pitted dates. I also replaced half the butter in the cake with one apple and yogurt. As for the frosting, since I didn't have walnuts to garnish I made an espresso swirled butter cream. I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome, and my family absolutely love it! Submitted by Ladygourmet
I made it as a Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Birthday Cheesecake! What I love is that it's so quick and easy to make, even a stressed-out student on the verge of exams-anxiety like me can find a few minutes to make it. I also made white chocolate peanut butter ganache to pipe on top. Thanks Nigella! My friends said it was sublime and "insanely good"! Posted by Noam
This is for those days or evenings when you want to usher a little something out of the kitchen that makes you thrill at the sheer pleasure you've conjured up. It isn't about showing off, it's about intensity: meringue that's marshmallow-gungy within and chewily crisp without, cocoa-flecked and feathery light; together with a slick, glossy creme patissiere into which you've stirred the darkest of dark chocolates. I didn't think I believed in such things, but this is it...