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Once you've cracked this technique for silky smooth vanilla custard, you'll never go back to tinned

25 mins
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Learn a skill for life with our foolproof crêpe recipe that ensures perfect pancakes every time – elaborate flip optional

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Learn how to make perfect shortcrust pastry every time with our easy recipe. For best results, make sure the butter is cold

10 mins
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A great recipe for an electric breadmaker – or do it the traditional way

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Make your own soured cream to spoon onto chilli, nachos and more. It's quick to make but needs to be left overnight to develop that creamy texture

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Is Angela Nilsen's vanilla ice cream the smoothest, creamiest homemade ice cream in history?

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Make your own almond milk to use as a substitute for dairy milk. It's simple to make and tastes great in porridge, smoothies and hot drinks

25 mins
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Make your own delicious pesto sauce in just 15 minutes

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This creamy, rich hummus is made using just five ingredients and is ready in 10 minutes. Serve with crunchy seasonal veg or warm pitta breads 

10 mins
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John Torode shares his secret to making a fragrant Thai curry - use this strong and aromatic homemade paste as a base

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Homemade ketchup is a great way to use up excess tomatoes from the garden

1 hr and 20 mins
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Try this easy no yeast recipe for pizza dough using just flour, baking powder, salt and oil. Recipe by Helen Hurrell, mum of BBC Good Food member Eleanor

35 mins
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Make a jam with British strawberries for the ultimate flavour

1 hr and 20 mins
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Make this tasty salsa in just 5 minutes with tomatoes, onion, garlic, lime, coriander and white wine vinegar

5 mins
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Go the extra mile for your fry up or bacon sandwich and make the nation's favourite condiment, brown sauce!

1 hr
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Vegan
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13 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Make a classic mango chutney to serve alongside curries, with cheese or in sandwiches. It makes a great gift for family and friends, and you can freeze it too

2 hrs and 15 mins
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This is the best version of this classic guacamole dip. The ingredients are kept to a minimum, so it's as fresh-tasting as possible.

10 mins
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Vegan
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Kids will love this homemade version of fish fingers, and they can even help make them too

30 mins
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29 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Forget shop-bought and make your own homemade mayonnaise. It takes a little effort but it's well worth it to accompany your favourite dishes 

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Try these oven-roasted chips, far less fatty than their fried cousins

1 hr
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Go the extra mile for a classic Italian meal and make your own fresh pasta dough. Our simple recipe can be used to make any style or shape

33 mins
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An easy chocolate chip cookie recipe for soft biscuits with a squidgy middle that will impress family and friends. Make plenty as they're sure to be a hit

25 mins
Easy
119 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Choose your favourite filling for this easy sponge cake – we've opted for lemon curd and whipped cream, but you could have jam. Perfect for afternoon tea.

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
23 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A real crowd pleaser that will have everyone feeling full. Worth every calorie.

20 mins
Easy
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