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In her new book, Mary Berry shares personal all-time favourites, updated for today

Roast loin of pork with crackling


Chocolate truffle pots

Kedgeree; Chocolate truffle pots

Welcome to a second helping from my new collection of essential, classic recipes. For me, ingredients are the star of the show and a classic dish is one that shows them off to their best advantage, with the maximum flavour and minimum of fuss.

Simplicity is the key – think of a roast bursting with glorious savouriness such as my Roast Pork with Crackling. Over the years that I’ve been cooking, so many recipes have come and gone, and it’s wonderful to see a few neglected classics making a comeback. Kedgeree, a big favourite of mine, was originally an Indian dish, of course, but it’s been a British classic since Victorian times. For me nothing beats that wonderful combination of taste and texture: the smoky fish and spiced rice with the soft-boiled egg and fried onion topping. There are some lovely teatime treats among this week’s recipes, too: a new take on my Victoria Sandwich and my two-toned swirly ‘marble cake’, another welcome revival. And for an easy, guaranteed-to-please dessert, do try the divine Chocolate Truffle Pots. I remember making these when I was first married!



Classic is published by BBC Books, price £26. 

As well as Mary’s introduction the book contains more than 100 all-new recipes, with Mary’s crucial tips for each one. Chapters include canapés and first courses, fish, poultry and game, pork, lamb and beef, vegetarian, puddings and desserts, and teatime. 

  • To order a copy for £20.80 until 11 February, visit or call 0844 571 0640; p&p is free on orders over £15.





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