Recipe index

Unless otherwise stated, all recipes on Phil’s Home Kitchen (incorporating Baking Fanatic) are my own.
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Recipe categories

  • Party food
  • Starters, salads, sides & soups
  • Brunch, lunch & mains
  • The perfect roast dinner accompaniments
  • Room for dessert?
  • Tarts & pies
  • Tea-time treats
  • Biscuits
  • A slice or two of cake?
  • Bread (including non-yeasted breads and sourdoughs)
  • Viennoiserie: croissants & related pastries
  • Macarons
  • Home-made chocolates & sweets
  • Preserves
  • Top ingredients

These are fairly loose categories: I often do a lot of mixing and matching whether I am planning meals for the two of us, for larger gatherings or when catering for larger events.

For example, I often scale down larger dishes into smaller bite-sized versions for serving at parties or as starters. Similarly, many of the pies and tarts are ideal as either starters, if made smaller, or as part of a  main course. I also like to serve large cakes at any gathering for people to slice into as they wish.

Party food

I love party food and am always happy when there is a buffet with a wide selection of treats – often smaller bites (canapé-style) or slightly more substantial than finger food, this sort of food is right up my street!

Many of the recipes that I have classed as party food below can be served equally well as starters, either individually plated or on large platters for people to dive into, sharing feast-style! I include a mixture of some of my favourite styles of food, from classic British dishes to my favourite International street food.

Arancini – beetroot, walnut and goats cheese
Arancini – black truffle and mozzarella
Aubergine pakoras
Baba ghanoush
Bean burgers & “falafelesques”
Beetroot & spiced yogurt dip
Chinese steamed pork & prawn dumplings – jiaozi
Coriander glass dim sum
Coronation chicken vol-au-vents
Crispy chicken skin
Deep-fried spiced courgettes
Gougères: savoury cheese choux
Paprika-spiced vegetable peel crisps
Parmesan, basil and toasted pine nut canelés
Pea & ham filo bites
PFC: Philip’s Fried Chicken!
Red pepper dip
Sausage rolls: a Christmas stuffing version
Sausage rolls: the very best!
Sausage rolls: chorizo & fennel, in a spiced rough-puff pastry
Sausage rolls: herby
Sausage rolls: spiced lamb and pistachio, in spiced pastry
Sausage rolls: mustard & caramelised onion
“Sausage” rolls: vegan
Savoury doughnuts with a red pepper chutney filling
Scotch quail eggs in black pudding
Smoked hummus
Smoky butternut squash hummus
Spiced smoked haddock vol-au-vents
Spiced cauliflower fritters
Spiced, crunchy chickpeas
Spiced lamb egg chops
Spiced prawn and crab spring rolls
Sticky soy chicken wings
Store-cupboard fishcakes
Sun-dried tomato hummus (with seeded flatbreads)
Thai fish cakes with home-made curry paste
Thai prawn bites in a coriander & sesame seed pastry
Thai prawn crackers from scratch – with YouTube demonstration
Sticky Thai wraps (vegan)
Tomato & pesto canapés
Warm crab choux bites

Starters, salads, sides & soups

Many of these also make great party food, served on large plates or platters for people to tuck into as they wish. As with my party food ideas above, these are recipes of mine that have been influenced from all over the world and as with many of my recipes, several are my take on classics.

Check out my recipes for savoury pies and tarts as many of those work well as starters.

I have given a separate section below for ideal accompaniments to the great roast dinner.

Carrot, cucumber & courgette salad
Carrots with cumin and caramelised onions
Char-grilled courgette salad
Chicken liver pâté: a very easy version
Chicken, peach & Feta salad
Curried cauliflower soup with cumin & onion flatbreads
Crab bisque
Panzanella – a fabulous bread salad
Roasted cauliflower soup
Sweetbreads: pan-fried in garlic, lemon & caper butter sauce

Brunch, lunch & mains

These recipes are ideal for a more substantial meal, although made as they are and served on smaller dishes or platters, they can also make wonderful additions to any party.

Bao buns and hirata – with simple filling ideas
Butternut squash gratin
Curried lamb shanks in spiced yoghurt- Nalli Gosht
Duck egg brunch
Gorgonzola, pear and walnut cheesecake
Halloumi & hummus pockets
Hot and sour fish curry
Hot & sour chicken and lentil curry
Lamb tagine
Meatballs in tomato sauce
Mongolian beef
Ragu sauce- the best ever: perfect for lasagne or with spaghetti
Spiced chicken and asparagus stir-fry with courgette & carrot salad
Spiced coconut & lime chicken
Spicy tortilla slices
Sticky ginger and soy pork belly
Stilton cheesecake with balsamic & honey roasted shallots
Tandoori chicken wraps
Tangy chicken curry
Wild rocket pesto pasta with chorizo

The perfect roast dinner accompaniments

For me, a roast dinner is less about the centrepiece (the meat or its alternative) but more about the vegetables and other accompaniments. Here is a selection of dishes I often serve with my roasts.

Roast potatoes
Perfect Yorkshire Puddings
My ultimate stuffing
The perfect gravy
Honey-glazed pigs in blankets with cranberry & apricot
The perfect Brussels sprouts
My ultimate carrots

Room for dessert?

Many of these are ideal at a larger gathering such as a party, either served as they are for people to help themselves to (always fun at a party!) or served in smaller vessels such as shot glasses, ramekins and the like for individual portions.

5-minute passionfruit & lemon cheat’s trifle
Apple, marzipan & mincemeat tart
Blackberry and apple crumble
Black Forest Gateau
Chocolate and orange mousse pots
Chocolate, orange & ginger pots
Chocolate & salted caramel mini cheesecakes
Christmas pudding: a light, no-weigh version!
Coffee dacquoise with caramelised hazelnuts
Lime and ginger possets
Mango and lime “Egg cup” desserts
Mirror glazes: for a stunning finish to cakes and desserts
Orange and vanilla rum babas
Pavlova: mini chocolate & cinnamon version
Pavlova: mocha walnut
Raspberry & dark chocolate mousse domes
Rhubarb and white chocolate ice-cream
Roulade: chocolate & raspberry version
Roulade: orange and raspberry flavour
Roulade: Tiramisu version
Sorbet: watermelon and lime
Sorbet: lychee & raspberry – a storecupboard treat!
Spiced brioche pudding in lemongrass custard
Spiced, minted fruit salad with raspberry sorbet
Sticky toffee pudding: ginger & tamarind flavour
Sticky toffee pudding: dairy-free ginger version
Strawberry & lemon dacquoise: with a cheat’s version!

Tarts & pies

Some of these pies and tarts are ideal served as part of party/buffet as well as for a more substantial meal such as brunch, a main course or a dessert in their own right. Mind you, a small savoury pie with a light salad makes a great starter or snack.


Asparagus and chicken tart
Beef & ale pasties
Beetroot, goats’ cheese and walnut tart
Caramelised onion & smoked cheese quiche
Chicken, tarragon & roasted onion pithivier
Chicken, chorizo & sweetcorn plaited tart
Hot-smoked salmon & horseradish tart
Poached salmon & asparagus tart
Pork pithivier pie
Roasted cauliflower cheese tart
Scotch pies
Smoked ham and fennel tart
Smoked cheese & onion pasties
Spiced smoked haddock & leek tarts
Spiced smoked cod & fennel tart
Tomato & basil tartlets (gluten-free, dairy-free)


Apple, marzipan & mincemeat tart
Lemon cheesecake tartlets
Lemongrass custard tarts
Lemon meringue pie: my ultimate version
Mince pies with pistachio Viennese biscuit topping
Mince pies with orange shortbread base & a macaroon topping
Passion fruit & peach mini tarts
Salted honey tart
Treacle tart with a hint of orange

Tea-time treats!

I also like to serve the savoury tea-time treats at parties or with drinks before a meal. The sweet treats include scones, brownies, small cakes and these, along with my cakes in the “A slice or two of cake?” section below, are ideal for Afternoon Teas or as the sweet elements at almost any gathering.

Savoury treats:

Cheese & onion crumpets and pikelets
Cheese & onion crumpets: sourdough version
English breakfast muffins
English breakfast muffins: tomato & basil flavour
Sausage rolls: herby!
Sausage rolls: spiced lamb & pistachio
Scones: Brie and bacon jam
Scones: kedgeree style!
Scones: roasted onion & smoked cheese
Scones: smoked cheese & chive
Scones: sun-dried tomato & cheese

Sweet treats:

All about cupcakes
Blackberry and apple friands
Raspberry mocha mini rolls
Cherry & smoked chocolate brownies: gluten-free
Chocolate and orange mini rolls
Chocolate & cherry sourdough brownies
Choux buns with blackcurrant craquelin
Choux buns: coffee and walnut
Cherry, walnut and maple syrup pastry bites
Coffee, pecan & salted caramel truffle torte
Date and walnut tea loaf
Earl Grey tea scones
Earl Grey tea & chocolate cupcakes
Eclairs: blackcurrant & raspberry
Eclairs: rose, lychee & raspberry flavour (Ispahan) with a cheat’s mousse filling!
Eclairs: chocolate & salted caramel
Fondant fancies: blackcurrant and mint
Fondant fancies: lemon & raspberry
Fondant fancies: orange and passionfruit – using whisked spong
Fondant fancies: pina colada
Fondant fancies: lemon, pistachio & rose
Fruit cakes with clementine icing
Fruity éclairs with tangy fondant icing
Hot cross buns with attitude
Jaffa cakes: Pimms cocktail flavour
Lemongrass & ginger canelés
Mocha cupcakes – with my “secret ingredient”!
Orange & pistachio madeleines
Rhubarb, ginger & white chocolate muffins
Rocky road: salted caramel & pretzel
Scones: traditional
Scones: stem ginger
Sfogliatella pastries with honey, orange and pistachio filling
Spiced cranberry & orange baklava
Strawberry millefeuilles


Who doesn’t love a biscuit? These recipes include a variety of classic biscuits as well as a few more eclectic biscuits.


Biscotti: cranberry, orange & fennel seed biscotti
Biscotti: cherry & clementine
Biscotti: chocolate, cherry & almond biscotti
Biscotti (savoury): olive & rosemary savoury biscotti: gluten-free
Biscotti (savoury): sun-dried tomato, basil & pine nut biscotti: gluten-free
Bourbon biscuits with mocha ganache & caramelised sugar
Cashew nut & cocoa nib snaps
Cheese, caraway & walnut savoury biscuits
Chocolate & strawberry shortbreads: gluten-free and vegan
Custard Cream biscuits
Fig, rose & pistachio rolls
Ginger and lemon iced biscuits
Lemon & honey Valentine shortbreads
Mantecados de Almendra (Spanish almond shortbread)
Peanut butter biscuits with a chocolate filling
Pistachio & passionfruit shortbreads: gluten-free
Shortbread: salted caramel & chocolate (round Twix!)
Shortbread: almond & pistachio
Shortbread: spiced apricot & almond
Viennese biscuits: cinnamon & orange flavour

A slice or two of cake?

A selection of my recipes for larger, whole cakes that are ideal for any occasion. It is, I think, important to note that there should never be any shame or even a flicker of guilt when tucking into a slice of cake!

Apple & blackberry cake (gluten-free)
Battenberg cake: lime & ginger
Battenberg cake: rhubarb & ginger
Battenberg cake: salted mocha & walnut
Battenberg cake: chocolate & orange
Baumkuchen (“tree cake”)
Black Forest Gateau
Carrot cake with tangy cream cheese & white chocolate topping
Cascading Maltesers cake
Chocolate and orange spiral drip cake
Chocolate orange mousse cake (dairy-free)
Chocolate & cherry sourdough brownies
Christmas cake
Coffee & walnut drip cake: my ultimate version!
Date and walnut tea loaf
“Death by Chocolate” drip cake
Harry Potter Spell Book birthday cake
Lemon and poppy seed cake
Lemon & vanilla Victoria sandwich cake: with proportions for most sizes of cake tin
Lemon drizzle cake
Lemon, strawberry & elderflower wedding cake
Lime & passionfruit drizzle cake
Galangal and lime cake
Ginger and lime cake – with YouTube demonstration
Gingerbread cake – sticky, rich and fulfilling!
Guinness and chocolate cake
Lemon and elderflower cake
Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea cake: a novelty party cake!
Mocha & salted caramel Angel food cake
Mocha walnut loaf cake
Neapolitan gateau
Oscars-themed drip cake
Raspberry & dark chocolate cake
Red velvet cake
Rhubarb, ginger & white chocolate muffins
Salted mocha opera cake
Spiced lime & poppy seed bundt cake
Spiced orange and rum cake with mirror glaze
Spiced pear & ginger cake
Stem ginger & lime loaf cake
Sticky gingerbread cake
Vegan glazed fruit & nut Christmas cake


Along with macarons (below), bread is one of the areas of cookery I am most asked to cover when I teach at cookery schools or host online cookery sessions. Arguably the epitome of comfort food, the process of making bread – let alone tucking into a freshly made loaf – never fails to raise my spirits.

Non-yeasted bread:

Flatbreads: harissa flavour (gluten-free)
Soda bread: basil, pine nut and roasted garlic
Soda bread: courgette, cheese & chilli

Yeasted bread:

Bagels: two-tone – 100% naturally coloured & flavoured
Bagels: fool-proof (onion flavour)
Baguettes, using very little yeast
Black garlic bread rolls
Black treacle and Guinness bread
Burger buns: brioche-style
Caramelised onion & cumin bread
Ciabatta with a little rye
English breakfast muffins
Fennel breadsticks – focaccia style
Fennel seed and smoked garlic grissini
Flatbreads: cumin & onion
Focaccia: a fool-proof recipe
Focaccia: chorizo & Parmesan, no knead
Focaccia: chocolate and cherry
Focaccia: higher hydration, no knead
Focaccia: anchovy, onion & garlic
Focaccia: roasted garlic and rosemary
Focaccia: roasted onion, chorizo and Parmesan
Focaccia: smoked ham with confit onions
Focaccia: tomato & pesto
Focaccia: two-toned, all natural
Fougasse: rosemary and roasted garlic flavour
Multi-grain bread made with smoked flour
Panettone – citrus and vanilla
Panettone – chocolate & spiced orange
Saffron & roasted garlic bread
Seeded flatbreads with sun-dried tomato hummus
Spiced brioche boule
Spiced onion and chilli bread
Steamed buns: bao, hirata…. & filling ideas
Sun-dried tomato & basil bread
Walnut & raisin “tear and share” bread centrepiece with melted Brie

Sourdough bread:

Beetroot & toasted walnut sourdough
Cheese & ale sourdough
Cheese, olive and tomato sourdough
Cheese & onion sourdough crumpets
Chocolate, cranberry & orange sourdough
Deconstructed pesto sourdough loaf
English muffins (sourdough version)
Flatbreads in about 20 minutes (sourdough version)
Fennel seed and smoked garlic grissini
Green olive and rye sourdough loaves
Pear, walnut & Gorgonzola sourdough loaves
Poppy seed and saffron sourdough
Sourdough baguettes
Sourdough croissants
Sourdough flatbreads in about 20 minutes!
Walnut & raisin sourdough
Wholemeal sourdough crumpets


Along with macarons, making croissants is right up there among the trickiest of bakes in my opinion. The shortcut version (above) gives excellent croissants and it is worth starting with that to get a feel for the process. My recipe for the traditional croissant dough (also above) certainly takes more time but it gives what I think are the best croissants you can make at home.

The recipes below can be made with either the shortcut croissant dough or the traditional dough.

Anchovy, shallot and olive tart on a croissant-dough base
Apple & cinnamon Kouign-Amann pastries
Bi-coloured viennoiserie
Bitter orange pains au chocolat
Brioche: chocolate & cherry brioche
Chocolate and ginger viennoiserie
Cruffins: bacon & goats cheese
Cruffins: lemon sherbert
Danish pastries: peach
Danish pastries: spiced orange & vanilla
Ham, cheese & mustard whirls
Kouign-Amann pastries
Mini ginger Kouign-Amann
Sausage rolls in croissant pastry
Sourdough croissants


TIPS: Making macarons- the full recipe with key tips & troubleshooting

Macarons are, I think, one of the tricker things in the world of baking to get right and this includes feeling confident whenever you make a batch. Macarons are among the most-requested treats to make whenever I do online or face-to-face demonstrations and cookery lessons.

My macaron recipe above (along with the tips) gives clear guidance to help you perfect them. A list of some of my favourite macaron flavours follows.

Blackcurrant and mint macarons
Blueberry and raspberry macarons
Ginger snowmen macarons
Orange and star anise macarons
Passionfruit macarons
Peach bellini macarons
Pimms macarons with Pimms ganache & minted cucumber jelly
Pistachio and lemon macarons
Pistachio and strawberry macarons
Savoury macarons: smoked salmon & horseradish
Smoked-salted caramel & bitter chocolate macarons
Tiramisu macarons

Home-made chocolates & sweets

Any of these make a lovely end to a dinner, are ideal as gifts or are perfect for indulgence at home!

Cashew & cocoa nib snaps
Crisp gingerbread cake bites
Home-made chocolates: Baileys
Home-made chocolates: blackcurrant
Home-made chocolates: cappuccino
Home-made chocolates: coffee & walnut
Home-made chocolates: gianduja
Home-made chocolates: posh Bounty Bars!
Home-made chocolates: raspberry
Home-made chocolates: smoked sea salted caramel
Home-made chocolates: toasted nut
Salted caramel pistachio brittle
Smoked salted honeycomb
Truffles: chocolate and ginger
Truffles: spiced chocolate orange


Cheeses, sandwiches and all manner of other dishes are often enhanced with the inclusion of a preserve such as a chutney or a jam, for example. This is a selection of my favourite preserves.

Bacon jam
Bread & butter pickles: spicy, sweet cucumbers
Blackcurrant curd
Chilli jam
Gooseberry chutney
Pear chutney
Pickled shallots
Quick pickled vegetables
Raspberry curd
Rhubarb & strawberry cordial
Spiced aubergine & tamarind pickle

Top ingredients

Probably for the more adventurous cooks, this is a selection of recipes that give wonderful ingredients in their own right. They can be made in advance and stored in the cupboard or fridge to use as an when to enhance many other dishes:

Confit garlic
Curry sauce: a fabulous curry sauce using storecupboard ingredients
Earl Grey Tea butter
Goats’ cheese
Lemongrass clotted cream
Mascarpone cheese
Roasted coffee bean butter
Star anise sugar

4 thoughts on “Recipe index”

  1. Hi Phil, absolutely love your website, your recipes are so different and exciting and your photos, well, they are a joy!! You really inspire us ‘have-a-go’ cooks. I’ve just been trying to find a couple of recipes and, as always, looked on your web first but sadly I don’t think you’ve done them. Do you have any future plans to have a go at Rillettes (pork preferably) and Tiffin? Keep up the GREAT work, stay safe 🙂


  2. I am so excited to find your website! I am in the US and just watched Best Home Cook recently, and you were my favorite! Everything you cooked looked so delicious, and your personality really shone through. I can’t wait to start trying some of your recipes – in fact, I found your site searching for your sourdough recipe!)


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