This is like a luxe version of the school lunchbox slice. The oaty base is still there, but in this reboot it's studded with crunchy cacao nibs and satisfyingly tart sour cherries. A truffle topping gives it a rich finish.
Bread and butter pudding is pure comfort. We like it with ice-cream - that combination of hot and cold is hard to beat. Prepare it ahead and have it ready to go in the oven when it's time for dessert.
The magic of chocolate souffles is that they're both rich and light. The chocolate mixture can be prepared two or three days ahead, and the ramekins a day; whisk the eggwhites and fold them into the chocolate mixture just before the souffles go in the oven.
If you love chocolate, this cake is for you - it's rich, dense and fudgy. We love to serve it with a glass of Pedro Ximenez as a seriously luxe dessert, but it's also lovely for morning tea, lightened up with a dollop of whipped cream or creme fraiche and seasonal fruit.
Chocolate and ricotta are a great match. Add some coffee and you've got a trifecta of winning flavour.
It's torture waiting for brownies to cool enough to be able to dig in. Luckily, this recipe is all the better served warm, making it ideal for cooler weather, too. As for the crunchy-versus-smooth peanut butter debate, we'll leave that up to you (for the record, we're all about crunchy). Serve this straight from the skillet with scoops of ice-cream or clouds of thick cream.
These thick and luscious custards are simple to make and a nice finish to a dinner party. Make the chocolate creams a day ahead and chill them overnight. The caramel, however, is best made on the day. We love the combination of caramel, chocolate and custard, but the custards are also great topped with chopped shop-bought candied nuts or sliced fruit.
Dutch-process cocoa and chocolate chips take these light and fluffy hotcakes firmly into the dessert zone. Serve a stack of them topped with vanilla ice-cream and drizzled with rich fudge sauce. If you wanted to add fruit to the mix, sliced banana would be excellent, as would roasted pears or even a handful of raspberries when they're in season.
Noodles don't always have to be Asian-flavoured - this refreshing Mexican soup is a case in point. Canned tomatoes are often used in dishes like this, but we've opted to use fresh ones while they're still so great; if you want to skip the dicing, though, use a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes. Plenty of lime, extra chilli and sliced avocado can only make things better.