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Pecan-Plus Pie

PECAN-PLUS PIE This is somewhat of an Anglo-American enterprise. I have taken a pecan pie, and added other nuts, simply because for me, the English festive season means bowls of mixed nuts and the memory of my grandfather being able to crack them, pressing two against each other, in his bare hands.

Christmas-Spiced Chocolate Cake

CHRISTMAS-SPICED CHOCOLATE CAKE There are few more popular ways to end a dinner party than with a fallen chocolate cake – the cakes are so called because they are compact and flourless and, when cooling out of the oven, their rich centres drop and dip a little.

Rachel Allen treats her dinner party guests to a sticky caramel tart drenched in dark chocolate and wrapped in a buttery pastry