Serve this to the chocoholic in your life and he — or she — will be yours forever. Both filling and pat-in pastry can be doubled easily to make a 10-inch (25 cm) pie; just add a whole egg instead of an egg white when making the pastry and arrange two or three pears in spoke fashion.
Firm, thin sandwich bread is ideal for these party pleasers. They look prettiest when the bread is cut before topping. However, for speedier prep, top the whole slices, then bake and cut into triangles.
This rich tart needs only a scoop of vanilla ice cream or spoonful of whipped cream and a sprinkling of grated chocolate or icing sugar to top it off. Choose California walnuts to ensure freshness and flavour.
Cup-shaped with a scalloped edge, baby pattypan squash is yellow, green or white. It is most tender when small, so look for ones no more than 3 inches (8 cm) wide.
This cool, icy treat is dead simple to make, and it's a healthy alternative to ice cream.