Chocolate semifreddo and coffee ice cream loaf

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I don’t remember my first taste of coffee. I remember my first taste of tea – plastic mugs of weak PG Tips served at 4pm tea at school – part of what I now recognise to be a wartime rationing themed spread. Packet mashed potato was administered with potato scoops, and slices of spam were cut from the block using a bread knife. In the late-nineties there wasn’t the excuse of recent conflict to justify the menu. But I suppose some people just struggle to move on…. 

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Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Buttermilk panna cotta

I wouldn’t usually choose panna cotta from a menu. When it’s effectively set-cream it’s a really rich dessert. Introduce buttermilk though, and it’s a different beast altogether. It brings a lovely tanginess to the dish, and is just delicious.
This recipe is so quick and so easy. If you have people coming for dinner, then take 15 minutes to rattle these out in the morning, and that’s pudding sorted…. 

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Blackberry and Goats Cheese Tartlets

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Pudding then cheese? Cheese then pudding? Quelle dilemma!

Do you stick with British tradition, and follow dessert with a nubbin of stilton and a mouthful of port? Or do you follow our French neighbours who, despite just being 21 miles across The Channel, dine in a different order? … 

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