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Lardy Cake

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Lard – pig fat – fell out of favour after the Second World War and has struggled to get back in our kitchens ever since. Now, however, chefs are raving about the unrivalled crispness it gives to fried or roasted ingredients, its high burning point and the short, flaky texture it adds to bakes. The obvious way to celebrate lard is with a Lardy cake. Traditionally made with or without currants, depending on where you live, our modern version has added richness and sweetness from eggs, milk and a mixture of colourful and delicious dried fruit.

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Waffles with Banana & Salted Caramel Sauce

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Waffles with everything is the order of the day – both sweet and savoury. We think it might be down to Dan Doherty – the head chef at London’s Duck & Waffle restaurant – whose book hit the shelves last year. Here, we’ve gone sweet, slathering waffles in salted caramel sauce – another trend we think will continue to be popular for a good while yet.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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A nutty, slightly savory cake, you could just build on that by topping it with peanut butter frosting. To take the decadence up a notch, add chocolate.

Chocolate and Vanilla Cupcakes

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Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes might only consist of two flavors, but they’ve got countless variations. A light vanilla cake with dark chocolate frosting provides an entirely different taste from a milk chocolate cake slathered with creamy vanilla icing.

Perfect Chocolates Truffles

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Use best-quality ingredients for amazing results in this basic chocolate truffle. The ganache at the center of the truffles is perfumed with vanilla bean seeds.

Bittersweet Truffles

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These delectable truffles make great holiday gifts. For pretty packing, look for mini foil or paper candy cups in the baking aisle of supermarkets or at specialty shops. While the truffles are still slightly soft, roll them in the desired coatings. Kids might like to help with this step.

Chocolate Truffles

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Handmade chocolate truffles and candies make an exquisite after-dinner surprise.

Dark chocolate, orange liqueur, and a pinch of coarse salt give these truffles a lusciously sophisticated flavor. If you prefer, use raspberry, mint, hazelnut, or coffee liqueur in place of the orange.

Chocolate-Strawberry Thumbprints

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Any kind of berry would work as the topper for these crisp cookies.

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Multicolored Frosting

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Diminutive chocolate cupcakes get dressed up in an array of color.

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