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What you need:

For the goose
1 x 5kg/11lb oven-ready goose
1 onion, peeled and quartered
3 bay leaves, plus extra for garnish
3 small red apples (such as Cox or Discovery), cut in half horizontally
sea salt flakes
freshly ground black pepper
For the stock
goose giblets
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped into 2cm/¾in pieces
1 celery stick, chopped into roughly 2cm/¾ pieces
2 bay leaves
small bunch fresh thyme
For the apple and sage stuffing
2 tbsp goose fat (reserved from cooking the goose)
2 onions, finely chopped
1 medium-sized cooking apple, peeled, cored and cut into quarters
1 tsp caster sugar
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves, plus extra sage leave to garnish
1 goose liver (optional)
100g/3½oz fresh white breadcrumbs
500g/1lb 2oz good-quality sausage meat
For the cider gravy
2 heaped tbsp plain flour
300ml/10fl oz giblet stock (see above)
250ml/9fl oz dry cider

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas mark 6.
Place the goose on a rack over a large sturdy roasting tin and prick with a skewer a few times down each side just below the wing. Season the goose well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Put the quartered onion and 3 bay leavers into the goose body cavity and cover the legs with folded triangles of foil. Roast the goose for one hour, then take it out of the oven and put on a board. Carefully drain the fat from the roasting tin into a large heatproof bowl.
Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.

Cook the goose for another hour, removing the foil after 30 minutes so the legs can brown. (If your goose is very fatty, you may need to remove it from the oven and drain the fat one more time during the last hour of cooking.)

To test when the goose is cooked, pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer, then press the skewer against the leg and check the juices that run out. When the goose is cooked, the juices should run clear.
Remove the goose from the oven and transfer to a warmed serving platter. Cover loosely with foil and a couple of dry tea towels. Leave to rest for 25-30 minutes.

Increase the oven temperature to 220C/425F/Gas mark 7.

Meanwhile, for the stock and stuffing, separate the liver from the rest of the giblets. Pat dry on kitchen paper and cut into small pieces, discarding any sinew or damaged parts. Put in a small bowl, cover and chill until ready to use.

Put the rest of the giblets into a large saucepan. Add the onion, carrots, celery stick, bay leaves, thyme and seasoning. Pour over 1 litre/1¾ pints water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 1¼ hours. Cover with a lid for the final 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a measuring jug.

For the stuffing: heat two tablespoons of the reserved fat in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the onions for five minutes, or until softened and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Scatter the apple into the pan with the onion and sprinkle with the sugar. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes, or until lightly carameslised. Add the goose liver and fry for a further 1-2 minutes until browned. Place the mixture into a large bowl and set aside to cool.

Stir in the breadcrumbs, sausage meat and sage to the onions, apple and liver once cooked. Season with lots of salt and pepper and mix well. Grease a 20cm x 30cm/8in x 12in shallow baking tin with a little more of the reserved goose fat. Spoon the stuffing mixture into the tin and spread evenly. Cover and chill until ready to bake.

Place the eating apples alongside the stuffing balls. Brush the cut-side of each apple with a little more oil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the stuffing is golden-brown and cooked through.

For the gravy: hold the roasting tin with a dry tea towel at one end, so all the cooking juices run to the corner. Remove as much of the goose fat as possible,
Place the roasting tin over a medium heat and stir in the flour until thoroughly combined. Slowly stir in the cider and the goose stock. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly and scraping up the sediment from the bottom of the pan. Pour into a saucepan and return to a simmer, stirring with a whisk to break up any floury lumps. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally then season with plenty of salt and pepper. Strain though a fine sieve into a warmed jug.

Remove the tea towel and foil from the goose. Place the apples around the goose and garnish with a few sage or bay leaves. Serve the stuffing and gravy with the goose at the table.

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What you need:

150g butter, softened
150g caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
150g self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk

For the frosting

200g butter, at room temperature
250g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk
green food colouring

To decorate:

silver balls, sugar stars or hundreds and thousands

What you do:

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

Cream together the butter and sugar until light, fluffy and pale.

Gradually mix in the beaten egg alternating with the flour to stop the mix from curdling. Finally, stir through the vanilla extract and milk.

Place 12 paper cupcake cases into a muffin tin and divide the mixture between them.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

For the frosting: In a mixing bowl beat the butter with a spoon or spatula until smooth, then start to sift in the icing sugar, stirring regularly. Add the vanilla extract and milk. The frosting should be light and creamy.

Mix your green food colouring into the icing to give an even green colour.

Once the cupcakes are totally cool, pipe the icing onto them starting from the outside of the cake and working into the centre to create tall Christmas trees. Decorate with silver balls, stars or hundreds and thousands then allow to set for at least 30 minutes so that the icing has a slightly crispy finish

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What you need:

sunflower oil, or other neutral-tasting oil, for greasing
25g powdered gelatine
255 ml water
4 tsp rose water
450g caster sugar
3-4 drops red food colouring
3 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp cornflour

What you do:

Lightly oil a 20x25cm baking tin.

Mix the gelatine, water and rose water in a large heavy-based pan and add the sugar.

Heat gently until the sugar and gelatine have dissolved, stirring continuously.

Bring to the boil without stirring.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in the food colouring and leave to cool for 2-3 minutes.

Pour the mixture into the oiled tin and leave to set for 24 hours.

Cut into squares.

Mix the cornflour and icing sugar together and toss the Turkish Delight in the mixture.

Store in an airtight container, between layers of greaseproof paper.

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What you need:

450g caster sugar
225g powdered glucose
2 egg whites
8 sheets rice paper, measuring 6 x 15cm
150g hazelnuts & pistachio nuts mix, roughly chopped and toasted

What you do:

Place the sugar, powdered glucose and 150ml water in a large, heavy-based saucepan on a medium heat and bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10–15 minutes, without stirring, until a sugar thermometer dipped into the mixture reads 121°C.

Place the egg whites in a large bowl and once the sugar syrup temperature reaches about 110°C begin whisking them to stiff peaks in an electric food mixer on a low setting. Once the syrup reaches its final temperature, pour about a quarter of it, in a slow, steady stream, into the egg whites, continuing to whisk.

Immediately return the remaining syrup to the heat and continue to cook, without stirring, for about 5 minutes or until the thermometer reads 149°C all the while continuing to whisk the egg whites on a slow speed.

Again once the syrup reaches the right temperature; pour it carefully and in a slow, steady stream into the whisking egg whites. Continue to whisk the egg whites for about 30 minutes until stiff and halved in volume. Scrape down the sides of the bowl every so often with a palette knife or spatula dipped in boiling water.

Cover the bottom of a 25 x 15cm cake tin with half the rice paper. Stir the nuts into the fully whisked nougat mixture, mix well and pour into the prepared tin. Working quickly, spread evenly using a palette knife or spatula dipped in boiling water. Place the remaining sheets of rice paper on top to cover, pressing down to stick.

Allow to cool and then place in the fridge for 4–6 hours or overnight until set. Remove the slab of nougat from the baking tin and cut into about 36 fingers.

Store in the fridge, wrapped individually in parchment paper or cling film

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what you need:

4oz /110g  butter or margarine, softened
4oz/110g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
110g  self-raising flour, sifted
4oz /15g cocoa powder
2-3 drops of vanilla extract
4oz /110g butter or margarine, softened
4oz /110g  caster sugar
2 medium eggs
4oz /110g  self-raising flour, sifted
15g cocoa powder
2-3 drops of vanilla extract

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C /350F /Gas Mark 4.

Place the baking cases into a 12-hole fairy cake baking tray.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract. If the mixture starts to curdle, add a little flour.
Fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder with a large metal spoon.
Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking cases and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 mins until well risen and firm to the touch.

Remove the fairy cakes from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

For the decoration:

Choose your desired colour of fairy cake icing, massage the pouch for 1 min to loosen the icing, then snip the corner off the pouch and pour a small amount of icing over each cake. Using a knife, spread the icing thickly over the fairy cakes.

Decorate the cakes using the writing icing and sprinkles to make scary faces.

Make them as scary as you dare!

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What you need:

4oz /100g butter, softened
2oz /50g  castor sugar
5oz / 150g sifted plain flour
½ tsp / 2.5ml ground mixed spice

What you do:

Preheat oven to 180°C  /350°F / gas mark 4

Place the softened butter in a bowl with the castor sugar and beat until pale and creamy. Stir in the sifted plain flour and ground mixed spice and mix to a stiff dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and stamp out about  8 pumpkins & 10 bats, re-rolling the dough as necessary. Place on a large lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 12-14 mins until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Decorate the cold cookies with thinly rolled-out coloured fondant and attach with a little glacé icing. Pipe faces and eyes with icing or cut out faces with the tip of a small knife.

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What you need:

3  salmon fillets, skin removed
5 white fish fillets eg cod or haddock, skin removed
2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
4 spring onions, finely sliced
140g or ½ jar of Thai red curry paste
1 tsp turmeric
2 x 400ml tins light coconut milk
3/4 pt / 426ml fish stock
2 tsp golden caster sugar
2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
Handful of kaffir lime leaves
5oz /142g mangetout (or green beans or sugar snap peas)
5oz /142g peas
7oz /198g pak choi, halved and finely sliced
Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped, to garnish

What you do:
Cut each fish fillet into 4 pieces and place in the fridge, covered, until needed.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently fry the spring onions for a few minutes until soft. Add the Thai curry paste and turmeric and fry for a few seconds.

Add the coconut milk. Pour in the fish stock and add the caster sugar, lemongrass and lime leaves. Simmer gently for at least 5 minutes.

Add the mangetout (or green beans, or sugar snap peas) with the fish and peas, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Finally add the pak choi and cook for another minute.

Scatter coriander over the top.

Serve with the rice and lime wedges

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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:

1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tsp capers, rinsed
1 tsp chopped oregano
1 tsp chilli flakes
½ level tsp of caster sugar
4 British lamb chump chops
1 tbsp good olive oil
salt and pepper

What you do:

pre heat the oven to 220C / 425F /Gas mark 7.
Drain some of excess liquid from the tomatoes. Mix the onion, tomatoes, garlic, capers, oregano, chilli flakes and sugar together in a bowl.

In a frying pan heat the oil and brown the chops all over. Season the chops with salt and pepper. Place a piece of  foil on a baking tin and put half the tomato mixture in the centre of the foil and lay the browned chops on it. Top them with the remaining mixture.

Fold up the sides of the foil over the chops. Bring the ends up to overlap by about 2″ forming a loose parcel. Press the edges of the foil together to prevent the parcel from opening.

Bake in the oven for around 20 mins.

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What you need:

For the cupcakes
100g unsalted butter, softened
100g golden caster sugar
1 vanilla pod, seeds removed
2 eggs
100g self-raising flower
½tsp baking powder
finely grated zest of one large orange
½tsp orange oil or orange blossom essence
For the frosting
125g mascarpone cheese
125g cream cheese
175g icing sugar
finely grated zest of one large orange
¼tsp pure orange oil
orange food colouring paste (optional)
For the decoration
100ml water
150g caster sugar
1 large orange

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F /Gas mark 4.

Line a cupcake tray with 6 cases.

To make the cupcakes

Cream the butter, vanilla seeds and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Lightly beat the eggs and add them a little at a time to the mixture, mixing again with the electric mixer after each addition until all are incorporated.

Finally sift the flour and baking powder and fold into the batter, along with the orange zest and orange oil/essence.

Divide the mixture between the six cases and fill ¾ full. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 mins or until a skewer comes out of the cake clean. Place on a cooling rack.

To make the frosting

Mix the two types of cheese with an electric mixer to soften. Then sift in the icing sugar and fold in.

Grate in the orange zest and add the orange oil/essence and gently fold until you have a smooth mixture. Add a tiny amount of orange food colouring paste if using (a little on the end of a cocktail stick is a good way to do this). Fold again to add a splash of orange to the frosting.

Pipe or spread the frosting with a small palette knife on top of each cooled cupcake.

To decorate

 Using a zester,  remove thin strips from your oranges to make candied orange strips. Place the water and 100g sugar in a pan and heat to boiling, once boiling add the strips of orange zest, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, remove from the heat. Place the remaining 50g caster sugar on a plate, and remove the strips with a fork, a few at a time, lightly coat in the caster sugar. Place on a lined baking sheet for 1 hour to dry out.

Once your cupcakes are frosted, place a few strips on top to decorate.

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