Impressive recipes for a special occasion

Need a recipe to wow a crowd? NO PROBLEM. Whether it’s a knockout meal for two or a show-stopping dinner party main course or dessert that your family will love, we’ve rounded up our most impressive recipes for all types of special occasion – or even just a long weekend, when you’ve time to try something new.

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Chef-style chocolate, coffee and orange dessert

Impressive recipes for a special occasion

Chef-style chocolate, coffee and orange dessert

This impressive but achievable dessert is directly inspired by a cult chef pud, ‘Chocolate, orange and coffee’. The tower of...

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Michel Roux Jr’s almond and raspberry frangipane tart

Sweet tart recipes

Michel Roux Jr’s almond and raspberry frangipane tart

Devote an afternoon to making Michel Roux Jr’s classy almond and raspberry frangipane tart. “I adore almond puddings and this...

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Mini baked alaskas

Frozen dessert recipes

Mini baked alaskas

Introducing our failsafe mini baked alaskas. This tried-and-tested recipe by food producer Pollyanna Coupland combines a spiced chocolate no-churn ice...

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Chinese pork, drunken potatoes and nashi pear sauce

Pork recipes from around the world

Chinese pork, drunken potatoes and nashi pear sauce

“Chinese roast pork is a classic, but pairing it with ‘drunken’ potatoes (braised in shaoxing wine) gives the dish a...

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Caramelised white chocolate

White chocolate recipes

Caramelised white chocolate

Fans of blond bars such as Caramac (sadly now discontinued) know there’s a fourth type of chocolate out there: caramelised...

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French-style duck pie

Duck recipes

French-style duck pie

Food writer Sam Ellis-Cosgrove shares the duck pie recipe that played a special role in her leap into the food...

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Beef short rib bourguignon

Beef stew recipes

Beef short rib bourguignon

Beef bourguignon is a comforting red wine stew from Burgundy in France and is one of the country’s most iconic...

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Game terrine with brandy-soaked prunes

Game recipes

Game terrine with brandy-soaked prunes

Nicholas Balfe’s game terrine makes for a special Christmas dish. The rich, warming festive spices go beautifully with seasonal game...

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Tom Kerridge’s curried monkfish wellington

Wellington recipes

Tom Kerridge’s curried monkfish wellington

If you’re looking to make a spectacular burnished-pastry-encased centrepiece, you can’t beat the majesty of a wellington. This version from...

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Herby tamarind lamb with baked jollof rice

Alternative Christmas roast recipes

Herby tamarind lamb with baked jollof rice

This tamarind and herb-stuffed lamb leg with baked jollof rice recipe is a celebratory Senegalese-inspired one-pot by award-winning author and...

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Julius Roberts’ epic roast chicken

Comfort food recipes

Julius Roberts’ epic roast chicken

You can’t beat a good roast chicken, and this version from farmer, chef and Instagram star Julius Roberts is perfection....

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Aubergine biryani

Vegetarian comfort food recipes

Aubergine biryani

Vegetarians deserve biryani too! In this wonderful recipe from Anshu and Renee of DabbaDrop, aubergine brings meatiness while a tomato...

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Blackberry millefeuille

Brilliant blackberry recipes

Blackberry millefeuille

Millefeuille (which translates to ‘a thousand leaves’ thanks to all the layers of puff pastry) are all the rage right...

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Saffron roast chicken stuffed with dried fruit

Roast chicken recipes

Saffron roast chicken stuffed with dried fruit

“Properly stuffed, saffron roast chicken on an Iranian table still holds some prestige and elegance. The roast chicken is the...

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Mango-misu

Mango dessert recipes

Mango-misu

“This dessert takes the main elements of a classic tiramisu – mascarpone, boozy zabaglione and sponge fingers – but swaps...

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Strawberry chiffon cake

Cake recipes

Strawberry chiffon cake

A great summer sponge, chiffon cake is neither heavy nor greasy. It achieves great height, a fluffy sponge and overall...

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