This is an incredible collection of tempting ways to end a meal, from simple classics to wickedly indulgent sweet treats, shown in 500 photographs. It features delicious desserts for every occasion, from a quick-and-easy scoop of homemade ice cream, to healthy weekday sweets for the family or dazzling confections for a grand dinner party. You can choose from classics, such as profiteroles, lemon meringue pie and apple crumble, or experiment with international dishes like tiramisu or brandy-soaked borracho cake from Spain. Glorious photographs inspire cooks of every level of expertise and show how the finished dish should look. It includes many specially developed healthy low-fat recipes that are packed with taste. Nutritional notes detail energy values as well as cholesterol, fat, carbohydrate and sugar content. Desserts are the ultimate culinary luxury - delightful confections to pamper the tastebuds and allow free reign to the cook's imagination.Whether treating yourself to a rich chocolate mousse on an evening in alone, enjoying a citrus sorbet on a hot summer's day, keeping the family's winter colds at bay with a hot fruit pudding or impressing guests with a spectacular meringue creation - there is the right dessert for all occasions. This book opens with a short introduction covering the main ingredients, techniques and equipment needed to make the recipes, with advice on buying, storage and preparation. The recipes provide all the dessert dishes you could need, from a rich vanilla ice-cream or fruit summer pudding to lemon meringue or syrup sponge. From simple sweets to elaborate show-stoppers, there is a recipe in this book.