Pizzas – Individually Sized

This is the Great Italian Chefs’ pizza dough recipe although I changed the preparation to show you how to create 4 generously-sized individual pizzas with your choice of toppings.

I made this recently with children aged 5 to 12 and they loved participating in every step, kneading dough, smelling herbs, and deciding on their own toppings/presentation.

Makes: 4 individual pizzas
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Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Vegetable Tart

Pastry is easy, and this version using roasted parsnip is as easy as my other pastry recipes. There’s a crossover between the pastry and filling steps, but doing it all together means less preparation time overall.

The roasted parsnip pastry (thanks Steph!) is filled with layers of roast veg, chickpeas, spinach, and more, for a hearty and warmingly-spiced vegetarian main meal.

Serves: 10-12 as a starter, 4-6 as a main meal
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Coffee and Hazelnut Chiffon Cake

This is adapted from Delia Smith which means I quiver at changing it. But I can’t slice round cakes in half horizontally to save my life (see Layers footnote); I had cream cheese not mascarpone; and I do like hazelnuts more than walnuts.

This GF cake was very highly rated by my tasters (who’ve all had a fair few Coffee ‘n Walnut cakes in their lives!).

Serves: 12 – 24 depending on tin/portion size
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Strawberries and Cream Tart

Tis the season for strawberries, and pairing them with cream is just classic. A hint of lime & pepper adds an invisible touch of luxury to a special tart.

I combined this mousse recipe with my own other mousses, and created a crusted tart with a fluffy, summery attitude.

If you prefer to serve the mousse on its own without a pastry crust, see the last footnote.

Serves: 12 – 16
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Marbled Cheesecake Brownies

Since I personally don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I’ve held off on making brownies. But a special occasion crowd requested them, so I turned to Rachel Allen whose recipes always work.

I’ve made them GF, scaled up for a larger tin, and added a hint of coffee, chilli, & spices for a more grown-up brownie, and to modulate the sweetness. The chunkiness of the chocolate makes these quite moreish.

Makes: 30+ depending on size
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Mandarin and Lime Cheesecake

This is an alternate take on my GF Coconut & Cherry Cheesecake, but using sweet tinned mandarins with a hint of sharp lime. There’s also plenty of toasted coconut and white chocolate to make it rich and creamy.

Start the filling the day before serving, to have time to properly chill; bake the crust and assemble the next day.

Serves: 12 – 16
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Spiced Fruit Bread – Gluten-Free

This is the GF version of my Greek Easter bread recipe. After a bit of practice, I realised that extra-fine sponge flour is almost exactly the same in texture/weight as shop-bought GF flour (which is usually rice flour with potato & tapioca starch).

It works best with self-raising GF flour. Pictured results used mixed dried fruit with citrus peel – it tastes just like hot cross buns.

Makes: One loaf
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