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What you need:

400g frozen raspberries , defrosted
50g icing sugar
300g honey & almond  nougat bar
450ml double cream
25g whole almonds , skin on
25g pistachios , plus a few extra to decorate

What you do:

Whizz the raspberries and icing sugar together in a food processor, then sieve, pressing through as much raspberry as you can with a wooden spoon.

Line a 2lb loaf tin with cling film ( it helps if you brush the tin with oil first to get the cling film to stick and stay in place). Pour in the raspberry sauce and freeze for 1 hr.

Quickly dip the nougat bars in water – this should allow you to peel away the rice paper. (Don’t worry if you don’t get it all as it will disappear when melted). Put the bars into a pan with 200ml cream. Melt over a low heat, stirring constantly and using a wooden spoon to break up the nougat into smaller bits as it softens. After a while you should end up with a smooth, sticky, creamy mixture. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little. Whip the remaining cream in a large mixing bowl to stiff peaks.

When the nougat is cooler, but still soft and sauce-like, fold it one-third at a time into the whipped cream. Scatter over the whole nuts and fold once to mix. Scrape into the loaf tin, cover with cling film and freeze overnight, or for up to a month.

Transfer the loaf to the fridge 15 mins before you want to serve it. Unwrap and turn out onto a serving plate. Peel off the cling film, roughly chop a few extra pistachios and scatter over before slicing.

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What you need:

Chocolate cake
115g slightly salted butter, softened
115g  Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Golden Syrup
2 medium Eggs
115g self- raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Frosting
75g full-fat cream cheese
2 tbsp Golden Syrup
125g  Icing Sugar
Cake pop sticks
Decoration
200g plain chocolate, melted
200g white chocolate, melted
Sprinkles of your choice

What you do:

For the cake pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F /gas 4.

Grease and base line a 20cm round cake tin.
Put all of the ingredients for the cake in to a large bowl and beat until smooth. Transfer to the cake tin and level, then bake for 20-25 minutes until springy to touch and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.

Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn our and cool completely. Best left for a day before making the cake pops.

Mix the frosting ingredients together until smooth. Crumble the cake into fine crumbs into a bowl, add the frosting and mix together to make a moist textured mixture that sticks together. Cover with cling film and refrigerate until firm about 1 hour. (you can leave this mixture in the fridge for up to 3 days at this stage).

Take rounded tsps of mixture, and roll into a firm balls with your hands. Place on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a flat plate or tray. Makes about 20 balls. Put into the freezer for about half an hour to firm.

Have ready a polystyrene block or a florist block (oasis). Take a pop stick and dip into one of the cooled melted chocolates, about 2cm deep. Insert immediately into a cake ball, about halfway through. Now dip into the chocolate, making sure the cake ball is coated all over then gently tap the cake pop over the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place in the block and scatter sprinkles before the chocolate sets, which will be quite quick as the cake is cold from the freezer.

Repeat with the rest of the cake balls using both of the melted chocolates. The pops will keep for a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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What you need:

9 small red apples
wooden skewers
1lb /450g sugar
1/4 pt /150ml water
1 oz /30g  butter
1 tbsp glucose
3 drops red food colouring

What you do:

Wash and dry the apples thoroughly. Impale them on the skewers.

Place sugar and water into a saucepan, stir over heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add butter and glucose, cook rapidly, without stirring until it reaches 150 C or is at hard crack stage.

When mixture stops bubbling, add the red food colouring.

Stand the saucepan in a large bowl of hot water to prevent the toffee from setting. Dip apples into the toffee to coat thoroughly. Stand upright (apple down) on a greased tray to set.

When cold wrap in cellophane or greaseproof paper.

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What you need:

7 lbs 15 oz /3.6kg  1 in /2½ cm bread cubes, white or whole wheat
2 oz /56g unsalted butter
15¾ oz /450g onion (medium-diced)
15¾ oz /450g celery ( medium-diced)
2 granny smith apples unpeeled & cored
2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1½ tsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
2 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
0.4 pt /225 ml  chicken stock
4 oz /110g  sliced blanched almonds, toasted (optional)

What you do:

 Preheat oven to 150C /300F / gas mark 2

Put the bread cubes on a 32.5x45x2.5cm baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 7 minutes.

In a large saute pan, melt the butter and add the onion, celery, apples, parsley, rosemary, salt, and pepper. saute for 10 minutes, until the mixture is soft.

Combine the bread cubes and cooked vegetables in a large bowl and add the chicken stock, and almonds, (if desired).

Place the stuffing into the main cavity of the turkey and into the neck of the bird. I cook a 5.5kg turkey for 2 1/2 hours at 180° in a pre-heated oven.

Make sure the stuffing in the cavity is secured by wrapping the legs tightly with string.

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what you need:

4 large onions
10 sage leaves
125g/¼lb of breadcrumbs
40g/1½oz butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg

What you do:

Peel the onions, put them into boiling water, let them simmer for 5 minutes or rather longer, and just before they are taken out, put in the sage-leaves for a minute or two to take off their rawness.

Chop both these very fine, add the bread, seasoning and butter, and work the whole lot together with the yolk of an egg, when the stuffing will be ready for use.

It should be rather highly seasoned, and the sage-leaves should be very finely chopped.
Place into and oven proof dish & cook for around 20 to 25 mins.
Serve hot.

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What you need:

1 oz /30g unsalted butter
1 onion, diced
1 bay leaf
2 small sprigs of thyme leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz /500g minced pork,
1 apple, peeled and cored and coarsely grated
Zest of a small lemon, finely grated
3 tbsp parsley, chopped
2 tbsp sage, chopped
1 1/2 oz /40g fresh white breadcrumbs

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F /gas mark 5.

Warm the butter in a small frying pan over a medium-heat. Saute the onion with a pinch of salt, the bay leaf and thyme for around 10 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent . Add the garlic and sauté for a further minute, then cool.

Remove the bay leaf, then mix the cooled onion with the rest of the ingredients and season well with salt and pepper. Break off a walnut-sized piece of the mixture and fry it in a little oil, until cooked through. Taste and adjust seasoning is necessary.

Roll the rest of the mixture into 16-18 balls and place on a baking tray. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and golden.

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What you need:

1 lb of potatoes ( peeled )
2 tbsp olive oil or butter
2 cloves of garlic, (peeled)
2 springs of rosemary, (chopped)

What to do:

Cook potatoes in a pan of boiling water for around  4-5 minutes.
Drain the potatoes in a colander (they’ll turn out crispier if you let them drain well)
Heat  the oil or butter in a non-stick frying pan then add the  potatoes.
After around minute, add the  cloves of garlic to the frying pan. Stir and toss well as they cook.
When the potatoes are turning golden brown, add the rosemary and stir through thoroughly
When the potatoes are golden brown on all sides they’re ready to eat.

Serve hot.

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What you need:

1 leg of lamb
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced
6-8 sprigs of rosemary
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 200C / 400 F / gas mark 6

Use a sharp knife to make a few small incisions in the outside of the leg of lamb.

Insert the garlic and rosemary into each of the cuts. Both these flavors are a classic combination with lamb.

Rub the skin of the lamb with a little bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Place the lamb in a large baking tin

Roast the lamb in the oven for about 1 hour or maybe a bit longer if you prefer it a little more well done.

Around every 20 minutes baste the lamb with the juices which develop at the bottom of the baking tin.

Remove from the oven, cover and allow to rest  before carving.

 

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What you need:

1.2kg-piece beef scotch fillet
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs chopped fresh thyme

1tbs chopped fresh basil
1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
2 tsp dried oregano leaves
2 tsp cracked black pepper

What to do:

Pre heat the oven at 180C / 350F / gas mark 4

In a small bowl, mix together the  rosemary,  oregano , basil, & thyme and  black pepper and rub over the  beef.

Place with fat side up on a wire rack in a roasting tin.

Bake uncovered  for 3 – 3 1/2 hours ( or  less if you like it medium rare)

Let the  roast beef  stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

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What you need:

100 gm butter (softened)
100 gm caster sugar
2 eggs
100 gm self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the butter cream:

250 gm butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
600 gm icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 180C /350F / gas mark 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs a little at a time & with the last of the egg add a little of  the flour ( this will stop the eggs from curdling )  then add the rest of  the flour & the cocoa powder &  cream all together.  (Add a drop of milk to the chocolate mix if it is too stiff.)
Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper cases .

Bake for around 8 minutes.

A tip to test if cooked is to gently touch the top with your finger , if it springs back up then its done.

Cool on a wire rack.

Butter cream:

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.

Gently add the milk , and continue mixing until light and fluffy.

Decorate with chocolate eggs.

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