Honey pie (#35)

No, I am not using some ghastly soppy reference to the lady in my life – although you are more than welcome to use whatever terms of endearment you so wish, however 1950s they may be. No, this is in fact a recipe for an incredible tart which you’ll dream of returning to. I will…

Apple and cinnamon almond muffins (#32)

Yes it’s another dessert. And yes, I have completely gone over the top on fruit-based muffin recipes, all of which are Nigella’s. I think this is my third at least? Pears first, bananas second, now we have apple. This is another one I absolutely adored. The combo of honey and yoghurt in the recipe is…

Banana and chocolate butterscotch muffins (#29)

Now I implore you to try all the dessert recipes in Nigella Express. They’ve all had first class ratings from everyone I’ve given them to. Another one, the Pear and Ginger Muffins, remain my absolute favourite, but these are really not very far from the top of the list either. Nigella asks for butterscotch ‘morsels’ or chocolate…

Cinnamon Almond cake (#25)

So this one went down a treat. The office deemed this potentially my best cake yet, which I consider not just a compliment to me but my absolute favourite TV chef Nigella. Nigellissima gave me this one. The Italian origin of it is lost on me – who doesn’t love nuts and cinnamon? (Well, my…

Pear and ginger muffins (#22)

Now I know I need to stop just pillaging Nigella. I am in fact buying a Hairy Biker’s book at some point soon, not only because their programmes are playful and pleasant viewing, but also because when we have a house of three I can hopefully scale up the cooking. In the meantime, the nation’s…

Chocolate Mint Cookies (#18)

For the amount of effort to make these babies, they are incredibly worthwhile. Wow Nigella Express, you really can judge this book by the cover. The recipes are as quick and effortless as they say. I took these into the office but forgot to take a photo until they’d been sitting in Tupperware for a good…

Nutella cheesecake (#11)

Dieters and nut allergy suffers need not apply. For the rest of you, however, this one will be an indulgence you won’t forget. It took me ages to get round to making this one. Heaven only knows why! I leapt at the recipe the second I saw it required an entire tub of nutella. Of course, it’s…

Cookie dough pots (#9)

I used to bake cookies with my mother when I was but a wee lad, and I always adored eating the raw dough. ‘No’ she would say, ‘You’ll get an upset tummy’. Now I know that raw eggs are not to be consumed by old people, pregnant women and children, even if this has since no longer…

Chocolate lime cake and margarita cream (#5)

No word of a lie, this is the most enjoyable thing I’ve baked in years. I probably decided to run with this one in a state of some minor hypochondria, fearing I might have come down with scurvy. But, vitamin C is no fun unless it’s in cake, so here we are with a chocolate lime…

Thick Chocolate Mousse (#3)

Want to indulge? If treating yourself does not include consuming a large amount of chocolate and cream then I’m not sure you’re doing it right. In this case, if you want to kick back with a mass of thick chocolate mousse this is the recipe for you. Sadly, I was hoping for a light chocolate mousse. Something…