Gooseberry Fool Canapés

Gooseberries are ‘the other summertime fruit’ (strawberries being the British number one). I love one-bite-sized canapés to serve a crowd, and this gluten-free recipe softens the natural sharpness of gooseberries with spices and caramel.

This is the classic British fool: a gooey, sharp-sweet, perfectly-balanced treat (the pix are horrorshow; everyone loved the taste).

Makes: 36 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnotes for larger sizes)
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Strawberries and Cream Tartlettes

The hints of orange & spice are a perfect taste counterpoint in these seasonal canapés. I’ve suggested making strawberry compote, but you could of course use your favourite shop-bought jam to make it even easier.

Adding a whipped cream garnish makes these the perfect bite-sized British summertime treats.

Makes: 36 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnotes for larger sizes)
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White Chocolate Truffles with Ginger, Lime and Coconut

Sometimes you have an excess of white chocolate, and a cheesecake, other cake, or cupcakes aren’t quite right for the occasion.

The fab Kate’s Veggie Desserts advertised these on Twitter. I’ve scaled it up & modified the ingredients slightly – you’ll have a creamy, tropical delight.

And you’ll have made truffles! 🙂

Makes: 30-40 truffles depending on size
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Coffee Mousse in Walnut Cups

Coffee and walnut are a tried-and-tested flavour combination. I substituted walnuts for the pecans in my standard GF and DF nut crust (see last footnote), and filled it with a creamy coffee mousse to make these delicious little gluten-free treats.

The filling is adapted from Karen Burns-Booth via Great British Chefs.

Makes: 30 canapé-sized treats (see footnote for mousse-only ideas)
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Dark Chocolate and Cherry Canapés

This GF orange-tinged sweet shortcrust pastry enhances the cream, dark chocolate, and cherry flavours. This is truly a ‘wow’ dessert or tea break treat.

I wanted to make something fancy, and my 24-hole canapé tin proved its worth. The tasters wanted more (always a good result!)

Makes: 48 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnotes for larger sizes)
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New York-style Baked Cheesecake

I’ve been making this cheesecake for friends for 25 years, for birthdays, Christmas, weddings, etc. They are always surprised that it’s not professionally made (I never say how easy it is to make!).

See the footnotes for ideas on jazzing it up. Kudos to my 1980s-vintage Good Housekeeping Cookbook for the original inspiration.

Serves: 12
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