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Retro party recipes

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Browse our old school party favourites, including trifle, vol-au-vents, vintage ways with meringue, nostalgic centrepiece recipes and more.

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  • Peach Melba roulade

    Peach Melba roulade

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.5 ratings

    Follow our step-by-step guide to rolling the perfect peach, cream and raspberry sponge roulade or Swiss roll

  • Party vol-au-vents

    Party vol-au-vents

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Use our foolproof recipe for retro puff pastry cases, then pack them high with savoury fillings for a party canapé

  • Manchester tart cut into slices

    Manchester tart

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.2 ratings

    End dinner on a retro note with this Manchester tart recipe. It's easy enough to make midweek, and with a pastry base and custard filling, it's also super-comforting

  • Lemon & elderflower traybake in squares

    Lemon & elderflower traybake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    This clever twist on the classic bakewell has a delicate floral flavour, making it ideal for serving at spring garden parties or bake sales

  • Cheesy cayenne savoury biscuits with figs

    Cheesy cayenne savoury biscuits

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Rustle up these cheesy cayenne savoury biscuits for a Christmas party. They're a great make-ahead nibble to serve with drinks before the main event

  • Carrot cake served on a white cake stand

    Easy carrot cake

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.374 ratings

    Top this classic carrot cake with moreish icing and chopped walnuts or pecans. Serve as a sweet treat with a cup of tea any time of the day.

  • Scampi with tartare sauce

    Scampi with tartare sauce

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.5 ratings

    Crispy beer battered langoustine or prawn tails with a mayo-based dip of gherkins, capers and herbs

  • Nutty caramel & choc sundaes

    Nutty caramel & choc sundaes

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Reach into your storecupboard and freezer to create this sumptuous ice cream medley with salted peanuts, biscuits and caramel

  • Almond & lemon meringue roulade

    Almond & lemon meringue roulade

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.26 ratings

    This pudding from reader Elizabeth Clark is the perfect centrepiece, complete with chewy meringue, creamy lemon filling and retro decoration

  • Mini prawn cocktails

    Mini prawn cocktails

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    A fresh take on a classic seafood and marie rose starter, this version has sweet petit pois and crunchy radish

  • Vegetarian ratatouille hotpot with cheesy potato topping in a white dish

    Ratatouille hotpot

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.56 ratings

    A classic French vegetarian casserole, oven-baked with a cheesy potato gratin topping for great texture

  • Smoked trout & horseradish pâté

    Smoked trout & horseradish pâté

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Whizz up this fish dip with hot tangy mustard notes, cream cheese, lemon and dill - great for a last minute party dish

  • Passion fruit & white chocolate semifreddo with a slice cut away

    Passion fruit & white chocolate semifreddo

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.2 ratings

    Combine the flavours of white chocolate, passion fruit and pistachios in this semifreddo, a stunning dessert to end a dinner party or family celebration

  • Baked feta with burst tomatoes and onions

    Baked feta with burst tomatoes & chilli honey

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.6 ratings

    Enjoy baked feta with roasted cherry tomatoes and honey. It's an ideal starter for a dinner party – serve with a green salad and crusty bread

  • Coq au vin in dish

    Coq au vin

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.69 ratings

    We've made this classic French chicken casserole a little lighter than the traditional version, but it still has a rich, deep flavour

  • Crêpes Suzette

    Crêpes Suzette

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.18 ratings

    This classic French recipe is a fine way to elevate the humble pancake into a smart pudding

  • Vegan mushroom pâté canapes with candied walnuts served on a platter

    Vegan mushroom pâté

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Prepare these vegan pâté and candied walnut canapés ahead of time. When the party starts, all you need to do is pop them in the oven

  • Beef bourguignon with celeriac mash in a bowl

    Beef bourguignon with celeriac mash

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.200 ratings

    This sumptuous, step-by-step recipe for slow-cooked stew from Gordon Ramsay makes a great winter supper

  • Classic summer pudding

    Classic summer pudding

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Celebrate gorgeous seasonal strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and redcurrants with this set basin brioche pud

  • Custard tart with nutmeg pastry

    Custard tart with nutmeg pastry

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.33 ratings

    There's something so honest about a custard tart, simply topped with a grating of nutmeg

  • Black Forest trifle

    Black Forest trifle

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.44 ratings

    James Martin's indulgent trifle won't keep you in the kitchen for long but will impress guests at your next get-together

  • Vegan tiramisu in a serving dish topped with chocolate powder

    Vegan tiramisu

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Make this easy vegan tiramisu for a simple but impressive plant-based dinner party dessert. It's rich, thick and creamy and filled with classic coffee flavours

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