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The World of Buttercreams: 6 Varieties to Try at Home

Let me start this lengthy guide with a very simple, but often overlooked, tip: don't ever serve buttercream—any kind of buttercream—cold. Don't do it! Why? Because cold buttercream is very, very firm, which makes it way less creamy and a whole lot more like you're just eating sweet cold butter. So …

How to cook Christmas dinner: keep it simply delicious

The key to enjoying Christmas day if you are cooking is this: do not attempt to do too much.<p>I met a man called Steve a few weeks ago. The only time he cooks for his family is on Christmas day. He was complaining about how stressed it made him.<p>“What did you cook?” I asked.<p>“Oh just the standard …

15 Dinner Recipes that You Should Really Eat for Breakfast

Our favorite breakfasts look an awful lot like dinner—here are the best nontraditional breakfast foods to start your day.<p><b>It's time breakfast breaks free from its shackles.</b> Think about it: We're totally cool with pancakes and bacon for dinner, so why shouldn't we inject a little dinner food into our …

12 Christmas Cupcakes Ideas You Need To Try This Holiday Season

It's Chriiiistmaaaaas!<p>Well, nearly. While everyone is probably already sick of festive telly adverts and Mariah Carey, there's one way to fall back …

Chocolate cake scoops top spot: recipes for Google's top 10 bakes

We've got the best recipes for Google's most searched cakes of the year, including a classic lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge, banana cake and much more<p>Today Google released its annual zeitgeist list, which includes the most searched cakes of the year.<p>The terms were published in Google's annual …

13 Harissa Recipes (aka What We Want to Eat With Everything)

Harissa. We can never get enough of this stuff. Especially in these 13 recipes.<p><b>We'll admit it—there are certain flavors and ingredients we reach for time and time again</b>. And one of those ingredients is harissa. We basically live on the stuff at BA. We put it in our yogurt, on our meats, and with …

New Year's Eve: delicious three-course dinner party menu

Keep things simple but stunning this New Year's Eve with these three elegant classic courses<p>I cook a lot of what most people would consider “special occasion” food in my restaurant all the time, so it can be hard to work out what to cook when I want to make something special at home. Food that is …

New Year's Eve canapés recipes

Wow your New Year’s Eve party guests with these stress-free canapés and your insouciance<p>I’m going to raise my head above the parapet. I love canapés. Hardly the stuff of UN resolutions, but it feels bold when so many cooks are telling us to ditch them.<p>The thing is, when there’s a crowd descending …

Mince pies with clementine curd and mascarpone

These mince pies from Quince House Cookery School in Surrey have a tangy citrus curd filling<p>MAKES<p>30<p><b>For the curd</b><p>3 clementines<br>• 1 lemon<br>• 1 lime<br>• 175g caster sugar<br>• 2 eggs<br>• 1 egg yolk<br>• 50g butter<p><b>For the pastry</b><p>500g plain flour<br>• 175g icing sugar<br>• 380g cold butter, diced<br>• Zest and juice of 1 orange<br>• 1 egg<br>• 300g mincemeat<br>• 100g …

How to make a Christmas cheesecake, step by step

Swap the Christmas cake for a boozy spiced cheesecake this year<p><b>Cheesecake</b><p>This pudding can be made the day before and stored in the fridge. You can cheat by using crumbled ready-made ginger biscuits for the base, but the flavour of homemade will be very special. You will require a 25cm loose-based …

Recipes

Chocolate blackout cake recipe

The ultimate chocoholic's dessert: a rich three-layer cake with chocolate-custard icing<p><b>SERVES</b><p>10-12<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p><b>For the custard:</b><p>175g (6oz) granulated sugar<br>• 4½ tbsp cornflour<br>• 450ml (16fl oz) single cream<br>• 270ml (9¾fl oz) full-fat milk<br>• 150g (5½oz) dark chocolate (100 per cent cocoa), finely chopped<br>• 2 tsp …

Dessert

Pomegranate-Apple Salad with Greek Yogurt

1 serving<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon sliced almonds<p>1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt<p>1 teaspoon honey (optional)<p>1/8 teaspoon orange-flower water (optional)<p>1 apple, cored, sliced<p>2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds<p>Recipe Preparation<p><b>Ingredient Info:</b> Orange-flower water, a flavoring extract, is available …

Start With: The Ham

From gleaming yuletide beast to savagely picked-over bone, in six relatively easy steps.<p><i>Published in the December 2014 issue</i><p><b>When the writer Dorothy Parker</b> defined eternity as "two people and a ham," she wasn't kidding. Once the plate-sized portions are carved out, you're still left with a mountain …