Lorraine's "I can't believe you made that" cake recipe
This cake is dramatic, delicious and versatile: decorate with fresh flowers for a christening or wedding cake, top with strawberries or raspberries for something pretty, or add quartered figs for a Father’s day cake. Equipment and preparation: You will need a 20cm/8in round deep cake tin and a 20cm/8in cake board.
Rioja-braised lamb shanks with chorizo and garlic recipe
Once the initial faff of browning the meat is done, this dish requires very little effort and the resulting flavours are intense.
Strawberry and mascarpone Swiss roll recipe
This is one deliriously decadent pud: a light vanilla sponge with Marsala strawberries and a potently rich mascarpone cream. This is best eaten on a hot summer’s day with some fresh lemonade.
Cookies and cream fudge brownies recipe
When I was eight, chocolate brownies were my life. I scoured the local shops on my bike, looking for gainful employment to support my chocolate brownie habit. The ironmonger’s wife took pity on me and offered me a job paying £1 an hour to iron their smalls and sheets. After two hours I had enough cash to buy a couple of brownies, plus change for some sherbet lemons on the way home. It was worth every crease! Equipment and preparation: You will need a 20cm/8in square baking tin.
Cookies and Cream Fudge Brownies
When I was eight, chocolate brownies were my life. I scoured the local stores on my Raleigh bike, looking for gainful employment to support my chocolate brownie habit. The wife of the hardware dealer took pity on me and offered me a job paying $1 an hour to iron their smalls and sheets. After two hours I had enough cash to buy a couple of brownies, plus change for some sherbet lemons on the way home. It was worth every crease!
Whisky and chilli tiger prawns recipe
This is best served as a starter. Sucking the sweet sauce off the juicy crustaceans is an experience to be savoured, never hurried. Shelled and unshelled prawns are both fine to use. Serve with a green salad and hunks of crusty bread.
Three-tier red velvet cake recipe
We show you how to make a wedding cake or celebration cake with our simple but impressive recipe. Equipment and preparation: For this recipe you will need a 15cm/6in, 23cm/9in and 30cm/12in round cake tin and cake board. You will also need eight dowelling rods (available from specialist cake shops)
Lorraine's soda bread recipe
This is perhaps the easiest bread to make by hand - with little kneading and no waiting around for it to rise. Treacle gives it an earthy taste, darkens the crumb and crisps up the crust.
Pancetta and parmesan puffs recipe
I know, I have done it again. Pancetta. It’s that porky, tasty yumminess, that I love so very much. Now these cheesy numbers are made from choux pastry which for me is the easiest pastry on the block. A positive word of warning: these are incredibly moreish. A just cooked bowl of them with disappear in literally minutes.
Doris Grant loaf recipe
This ‘no-need-to-knead bread’ was adapted from a 1940s recipe by healthy-eating evangelist Doris Grant, who believed white flour – and its lack of nutrients – was the enemy. Making bread one day, Doris forgot to knead it. On tasting the loaf, she discovered it had a fair taste and decided never again to bother kneading her bread. The resulting loaf is heavy, but quicker to make than other types of bread.