Practising the art of making desserts can help you brush up on your baking skills. So, why not dazzle dinner guests, or host a high tea at home, with one (or both) of these sugar-sweet delights, plucked from two of our favourite recipe books.

Regardless of the occasion—hey, it could just be a standard Wednesday and that’s OK too (no judging)—these delicious sweet treats are easy to make and promise to please. 


Recipe by Charlotte Ree (Just Desserts)



  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Icing sugar sifted (for dusting)
  • Double cream, to serve (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 170C and grease holes of madeleine tray with non-stick spray.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in honey and allow to cool.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. 
  5. Add flour, baking powder and honey mixture and fold together.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared madeleine tray leaving a 3mm gap at the top of each hole.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. 
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Serve dusted with icing sugar and some double cream on the side. Or warm straight from the tray. These sweet treats are best eaten on the day of baking.


Recipe serves approximately 12 people



  • 350g caster sugar
  • 80g cocoa powder
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. Grease and line a brownie tray with baking paper.
  3. Stir sugar, cocoa, flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  4. Mix in the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla until combined and then lightly mix the chocolate through.
  5. Pour into the tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. Leave to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire rack.
  6. Cut into squares to serve.
  7. These freezes really well. Great dessert if you pull one out and reheat in the microwave and serve with ice cream. Or better still, make brownie ice cream.

For more baking inspiration, this easy bread recipe is one for the books too!

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