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Pecan waffles with maple and blackberry sauce

Pecan waffles with maple and blackberry sauce

Crisp, crunchy waffles, so popular in France, Belgium and North America, are a lovely treat for breakfast or brunch. To make these, you will need a waffle iron that can be used on the stove or an electric waffle maker.

Raspberry cranachan

Raspberry cranachan

This traditional Scottish dessert is quick and easy to put together, and the nutritious combination of cream, fromage frais, oats and fresh fruit makes a superb sweet course for a special occasion meal. The whisky not only adds a taste of Scotland, but gives a fantastic kick to the flavour.

Blackberry ripple ice cream

Blackberry ripple ice cream

Blackberries rarely make an appearance in commercial ice creams, so all the more reason to use them for a homemade frozen dessert. This creamy custard–based ice cream is lightened with Greek–style yogurt and a fresh blackberry purée is stirred through for a pretty purple ripple effect.

Blueberry popovers

Blueberry popovers

Popovers are a much–loved American classic, and the sweet version here is perfect for breakfast or brunch. The batter is baked, with fresh blueberries added, in deep muffin tins, and the popovers are served with sweet, fresh berries to add extra vitamin C.

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Iced melon and berry soup

Iced melon and berry soup

Choose a perfectly ripe and sweet honeydew melon for this pretty soup. Serve the soup as a refreshing first course when the weather is hot, dressing up each bowlful with a swirl of berry purée and some whole berries.

Apple-berry souffl omelette

Apple-berry soufflé omelette

This light, sweet omelette should be cooked just before serving, but can be prepared up to the end of step 2 an hour ahead. It's a simple yet delectable pudding to make in late summer and early autumn that makes the most of seasonal fruit.

Sweet balsamic berry ice cream

Sweet balsamic berry ice cream

Capture the flavour of summer's bountiful fruit basket to enjoy later in the year with this luscious yet reduced–fat ice cream. Made with a light sugar syrup rather than a thick egg custard, it has a fresh flavour that is highlighted with a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Blueberry and cranberry muesli

Blueberry and cranberry muesli

A delicious toasted muesli, this is made from a tempting mix of grains, nuts, seeds and colourful red and blue berries. Stirring maple syrup and orange juice into the mix helps to keep the oil content down, making this version much lower in fat than most ready–made ‘crunchy’ cereals.

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Frozen pineapple and berry slush

Frozen pineapple and berry slush

A cross between a breakfast sorbet and thick drink, this refreshing, virtually fat–free start to the day takes just seconds to whiz up. The secret of preparing it quickly is to keep a selection of chopped fruit in the freezer, then you can simply dip in to select a combination that suits your mood.

Summer berry muffins

Summer berry muffins

Fresh summer berries not only add delicious flavour and colour to these tempting American-style muffins, they also make them more nutritious. The muffins are at their best when served warm, fresh from the oven, but will be enjoyed just as much once cooled.

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Mixed Berry Smoothie

This vitamin-packed drink makes a filling and nutritious breakfast if you are in a hurry. Combining proteins, calcium and anti-oxidants, this drink is sure to hydrate the brain and improve energy circulation.

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