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What you need:

6-8 large slices panettone cake
1 large egg
4tbsp /60ml single cream
2tbsp /30ml milk
2tsp / 10ml  mixed spice
1oz / 25g  butter
2tbsp /30ml  demerara sugar
A small dish of jam to serve.

What you do:

Using a small star-shaped cutter, stamp out 12 stars from the slices of panettone. Beat together the egg, cream, milk and 10ml (2tsp) mixed spice in a shallow dish.
Heat half the butter in a non-stick frying pan until foaming. Dip half the stars in the egg mixture and add to the pan.
Fry for 1-2 mins on each side until golden. Remove and keep warm. Fry the rest of the stars in the same way in the remaining butter.
Serve the stars sprinkled with the demerara sugar and the rest of the mixed spice, and with a spoonful of the the jam.

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What you need:

5 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup cake flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
MOCHA CREAM FILLING:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
MOCHA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup baking cocoa
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon brewed coffee
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

What you do:

Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with grease proof paper; grease the paper. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to egg yolk mixture until blended.
Beat egg whites on medium until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Stir a fourth into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites until no streaks remain.
Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back (do not overbake). Cool for 5 minutes; invert onto a linen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Peel off parchment paper. Roll up in the towel, starting with a short side. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and coffee granules. Beat until stiff peaks form; chill. Unroll cooled cake; spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place on serving platter; chill.
In a large bowl, beat frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost cake. Using a fork, make lines resembling tree bark.

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What you need:

2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup  Pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the glaze:

2 cups sifted icing sugar

3 tbsp milk

1 tbsp butter , melted

1tsp vanilla extract

What you do:

Pre heat oven to 180C /350° F/ gas mark 4

Line a tin with grease proof paper

Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

In a small bowl, mix together the icing sugar, milk, butter & vanilla extract until smooth.

Drizzle the  glaze over the cookies.

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What you need:

1 cup dark chocolate or milk chocolate
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp corn syrup
3 cups vanilla wafers, crushed into crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup of dark rum (or brandy or whiskey)
Coatings: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, and/or sprinkles

What you do:

In a  saucepan, melt the chocolate on low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the icing sugar and corn syrup. Beat in the vanilla wafers (and nuts if you are using them). Next stir in the salt, vanilla and rum until well combined. Refrigerate the mixture until firm.

Form the mixture into small 1″ balls. Roll in the coatings of your choice.

Store in an airtight tin or they will dry out quickly.

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What you need:

8 slices bread  thick sliced
60 ml melted butter
4 eggs
160 ml milk
Salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

In a bowl, mix together melted butter, eggs, and milk. Beat well.
Soak bread in egg mixture and place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
If there is any dip left, you can drizzle it over the sticks.
Bake for 25 minutes on middle rack of oven. Turn halfway through baking time.
Allow to cool.

Lovely on it’s own or serve with syrup or tomato sauce

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What you need:

1 layer pastry dough
4 slices bacon, crumbled
4 eggs
1 cup half and half
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded

What you do:

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

Fit the pastry into a deep-dish pie pan. Sprinkle the bacon onto the bottom layer of the pastry. Beat together the eggs, half and half, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Pour the eggs over the bacon and sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Bake the quiche for 45-50 minutes, until the eggs are set in the middle. Cool slightly and serve.

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What you need:

For the pastry:

8oz / 200g self raising flour
2oz / 50g lard
2oz / 50g margarine or butter.

For the filling:

4oz /100g castor sugar
4oz / 100g margarine or butter
5oz / 125g currants or sultana’s
1 egg (beaten)

What you do:
pre heat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4

to make the pastry:
mix together the self raising flour, lard & margarine /butter.
Use the pastry to line a swiss roll size tin.

For the filling:
Beat the margarine /butter together with the castor sugar until fluffy.
Add the beaten egg & currants / sultanas & mix together.
Pour the mixture over the pastry spreading evenly.
Bake in the oven for around 10 to 15 mins or until lightly brown on top.
Leave to cool, then cut into slices.

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What you need:

4oz / 100g margarine / butter
4oz / 100g castor sugar
2 eggs
4 oz / 100g self raising flour ( sieved)
2oz / 50g chopped walnuts
1tbsp coffee essence
whole walnuts for decoration.
Coffee butter icing:
3 oz / 75g margarine / butter
8oz / 200g icing sugar
3 tsp coffee essence
3 tsp milk

What you do:

Pre heat the oven to 180C / 375F gas mark 4

2 x 7 inch / 18cm sandwich tins ( greased)

In a bowl, beat together the margarine & castor sugar until creamy, then add the coffee essence.
Beat in the eggs one at a time, with the second egg add a little of the flour ( to stop it curdling).
Add the sieved flour along with the chopped walnuts & fold in with a large spoon.
Divide the mixture into the greased tins & bake for 20 to 30 mins.
Turn out onto a wire tray to cool.

Coffee Butter icing:

In a large bowl, add all the ingredients together and beat well until soft & creamy.
Using half of the butter icing, spread over one of the half’s of cake. Place the other half on the top, then using the remaining icing , spread evenly over the top with a knife.
Decorate with the whole walnuts.

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What you need:

4 ramekin dishes
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
5oz / 125g castor sugar
miniature bottle of drambuie
2 egg yolks
1/4 pt / 150ml double cream.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 130C /250F / gas mark 1/2
Whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff. Whisk in 3oz / 75 g of the sugar & 1 tbsp of Drambuie.
Pout the mixture into 4 well greased ramekin dishes.
Bake for 40 mins.
Beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar & Drambuie until creamy. Gently fold into lightly whipped cream.
Serve hot with the Drambuie sauce.

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What you need:

8 oz / 200 g prawns ( shelled)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
3 tbsp ovile oil
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper.

what you do:

Divide the prawns between 4 ramekins ( or something similar)
Beat all the other ingredients together & pour over the prawns.
Place the ramekins into a microwave and cook on full power for around 2 mins.
Serve straight away.

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