Keeping mum sweet with a baked treat

Jean-Christophe Novelli's chocolate nut and raisin cookies
Jean-Christophe Novelli's chocolate nut and raisin cookies
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As Mother’s Day draws near there’s no better time to get the whole family round the kitchen or dining room table.

Or maybe your baking skills are up to scratch and you fancy cooking up mum a tasty treat.

TV chef Jean-Christophe Novelli is a man who knows the importance of keeping mum sweet.

The chef, who has come up with recipes for a Flora Mother’s Day marketing campaign, says cooking has the personal touch.

And while it might be a doddle for someone of his skills to rustle up a delicious gift, it really is an option for everyone.

‘My mother lives in France, so if I have the opportunity to be with her on Mother’s Day, I like to cook something very special to mark the occasion,’ says the French chef, who has appeared on Hell’s Kitchen.

‘One dish I know she loves is my pan-fried paprika chilli salmon.’

Novelli sends his mum flowers and his piece de resistance for Mother’s Day is a batch of cookies to end the meal.

‘All mums like something sweet on Mother’s Day, which is why I recommend a great recipe like chocolate, nut and raisin cookies.

‘It’s the perfect finish to any meal.’

Fronting the campaign is TV star Vernon Kay, who is planning a special day for his 65-year-old mum Gladys.

Rather than heading to a fancy restaurant, the family will be eating at home.

‘Without a doubt, my mum loves home-cooked food!

‘Her favourite is my spaghetti Bolognese made from fresh vegetables and lean meat,’ he says.

After lunch Kay’s also promised to tackle the dreaded washing up.

If you want to treat mum, why not try Novelli’s cookie recipe below?

A great present to fill her heart and the biscuit jar

Chocolate Nut and Raisin Cookies (Makes 30-36 )


75g Flora Cuisine

55g caster sugar

100g acacia honey

1 egg, medium

1tsp vanilla essence

1tsp coffee essence

100g raisins, chopped

150g self-raising flour, sieved

25g cocoa powder, sieved

25g chopped plain chocolate

50g flaked almonds

1tsp bicarbonate of soda


n Place all the ingredients except for the flaked almonds into a bowl and beat them together until they are well mixed. It is best to use a wooden spoon for this process.

n Grease two baking sheets with the fat and place teaspoons of the mixture on to them.

n Evenly sprinkle over the flaked almonds.

n Bake on the middle shelf of a preheated hot oven at 190C/Gas Mark 5 for eight to 10 minutes.

Cool on a wire tray and then serve