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Succulents and cement cake

Like succulents and industrial-style home accents, herb-flavoured desserts – which are often overlooked in favour of more traditional fruit or chocolate flavours – are currently having their moment in the spotlight.

Heirloom Baby Carrots and grapefruit ‘terrine’

This refreshing creation is sure to whet your appetite. Grapefruit adds little punches of bittersweetness to this delicate, vegetarian ‘terrine’ of purple, yellow and orange baby carrots.

Cranberry and walnut scones

Something fruity and nutty and a classic treat to herald the Christmas holiday.

Mediterranean seafood salad

Kick off the feast with a cool and refreshing seafood medley typical of Tuscany – it also makes for a splendid display on the Christmas dinner table. Sweet and creamy cannellini beans balance the dish’s briny flavours.

Amaretti cookies with mascarpone cream

Amaretti cookies is perhaps Sardinia’s answer to macaron. Also made with ground almonds and sugar, amaretti cookies are dome-shaped treats with crisp exteriors and chewy insides. For a crunchier texture is desired, one could store the freshly-baked biscuits in an airtight container for two days.

Fresh fruit sugar-free popsicles

To satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt, skip the candy and chocolates and reach instead for these icy treats with vibrant and refreshing flavour combinations. A perfect perk-me-up for hot summery days.

Kahlo wedding cookies

From Caitlin Freeman’s book, Modern Art Desserts, these are traditional Mexican cookies with a bit of a twist in the form of Nocino (Italian walnut liqueur).

Lemon cream cookies

Remember those lemon cream puff biscuits from Khong Guan? Replicate the same familiar taste in the kitchen with the help of a few simple ingredients. These can keep for up to four days as they contain no preservatives.

Red wine-poached pears with cantucci cookies

Red wine-poached pears, a Tuscan dish, it is traditionally prepared with a full-bodied Chianti. The dessert’s Tuscan roots are explored further with the addition of cantucci cookies, a biscotti that – contrary to popular belief – is not dipped in coffee but rather, sweet Vin Santo wine.

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