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Macchiato brûlées

Macchiato brûlées

Serves 10

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Spiced quince sauce

Medlar jelly

Serves 6-8

Cranberry and red onion sauce

Cranberry and red onion sauce

Serves 6-8

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Watermelon juice

Makes 3 pint jug

Watermelon granita

Makes 8 portions

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Peach Melba jelly

Serves 4

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