Much-loved British TV cook Delia Smith has revealed that, far from being perfect in the kitchen, she sometimes makes a mess of her own recipes.

“It does happen,” she told the Observer Food Monthly. “Sometimes now, being older, I can have missed out a whole ingredient or not read the recipe properly.

“I once made a cheesecake for someone coming to supper that night and I got to the end and it said – in my own recipe – ‘Now cover it with clingfilm and leave it in the fridge overnight’!”

Just recently, she burnt a pot of marmalade. But ever the pragmatist, even with black flecks through it Delia still uses it – and says it tastes just as good.

Delia is soon to return to bookstores and TV with the series and accompanying book, How to Cheat at Cooking.