Dry season: Add an extra dimension to your fruit intake with Skye Gyngell's sweet snacks

There's still very little fresh fruit in season right now – blood oranges are few and far between and quinces have left us now, so we wait for loquats and the first apricots to arrive. What is not to be underestimated, however, is the use of dried fruits in the kitchen. Almost all fruit can be dried, although their flavour does change dramatically: the sugar content becomes intense and it changes their flavour – though that does not prohibit the goodness of their taste. Buy in small quantities and keep in airtight jars. Look for fruit that is dried as naturally as possible with little added sugar. 1

Gnocchi fritti

Makes about 30 pieces

Tiramisu

Serves 4-6

Sugar to replace Meek at YouView

Alan Sugar has been named as chairman of YouView, the internet television venture, replacing the former Ofcom director Kip Meek after just eight months.

Flapjacks

Makes 15-20 slices

Morales flees food price protests

Bolivian president Evo Morales has abruptly left the southern highlands city of Oruro after protesters angered by rising prices booed him and set off dynamite.

Sugar town faces disaster for second time

In 2006 the small sugar town of Innisfail, near the north Queensland coast, was virtually destroyed by Cyclone Larry, a category-four storm. Today, Innisfail was set to wake up to even worse scenes after being battered by a storm said to be twice the size and far stronger than Larry.

Chai

Serves 6

Primark to keep a lid on price rises as sales surge

Primark ratcheted up the pressure on rival retailers yesterday with a pledge to keep its prices down, even as other fashion chains warned of price increases to offset soaring costs.

Ban for Coca-Cola's 'Vitaminwater' ad

An ad for Coca-Cola's Vitamin Water has been banned for claiming that the drink is "nutritious" while containing up to five teaspoons of sugar, a watchdog said.

Tarte Tatin

Serves 6

Panettone bread-and-butter pudding

Serves 6

Around the world in 80 dishes No. 36: Bûche de Noël

Ingredients to serve 6-8
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