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What you need:

175g plain flour
90g butter, chilled and cubed
90g double Gloucester cheese, grated
3 tbsp skimmed milk
1 tsp Marmite

What you do:

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

Put the flour and butter into a food processor. Put the lid on and whizz for about 20 seconds until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the cheese and milk and whizz again for about 30 seconds, until it forms into a ball. Tip out, wrap in cling film and pop in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
Put the dough between 2 sheets of non-stick Teflon, or 2 sheets of baking paper. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough, then roll out to a rectangle, about 1cm thick. Cut 6 broomstick shapes from the pastry, each about 10cm long and spaced well apart. Make about half a dozen cuts to form the ‘brush’ of each broomstick. Using a palette knife, gently ease them onto a Teflon- or baking paper-lined tray. Re-roll the pastry and make another 6 broomsticks. Add these to the baking tray.
Mix the Marmite with 1 tsp of hot water and brush over the brooms to glaze.Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

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What you need:

12 oz /350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt (half)
4 oz /100g  butter
6 oz /175g soft brown sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
different coloured fruit flavoured boiled sweets
narrow ribbon

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 180C /350F /Gas 4.

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. Beat together the egg and golden syrup and mix into the flour mixture to make a smooth dough, kneading lightly with your hands.

Crush the sweets in their wrappers using a rolling pin. Sprinkle flour on a clean work surface and roll out the dough until about 1/2cm (1/4in) thick, then cut into shapes using a selection of Christmas Cookie cutters. Transfer to lined baking sheets.

Cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit, making sure you leave a good edge all around the biscuit. Completely fill the hole in each biscuit with crushed boiled sweets.

Make a hole at the top of each biscuit using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later. Bake for 11-12 minutes until golden

While the biscuits are still warm, check the holes are still there, otherwise push a straw through again. Do not remove the biscuits from the baking tray until they have cooled as the boiled sweets need to harden. Once the sweets have hardened, gently lift the biscuits onto a wire rack with a palette knife to finish cooling.

You can decorate the biscuits with piped white icing.Thread ribbons through the holes to make loops for hanging.

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What you need:

1 cup plain flour,
1/3 cup rice flour,
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar,
1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter softened,
a pinch of salt,
some sugar to sprinkle on top of the cookies.

What you do:

Preheat oven to 160 C / 325 F/ gas mark 3

Mix together the flours and sift them.

Mix together butter and sugar. Cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add the flours, salt to the creamed butter and sugar mixture in batches, mixing alternately.

Form a smooth dough with hands, tightly cover it with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Remove and place it on a baking sheet, press the mixture into a circle of 8 inch diameter and 1/2 cm thickness.

With a sharp knife, score marks from the centre to the edge of the circle to form 9 triangles. Punch with a fork at several places (as shown in the picture).

Sprinkle with sugar and if you like, flute the edge by making impressions along the edge with your thumb.

Transfer the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until light golden. While still hot, cut along the marks to get 9 triangles. The cookies will appear soft initially but become crisp once cool.

Store them in an airtight container.

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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:

8 oz / 227g   butter at room temperature

4oz / 113g  sugar

2 tsp water

2 tsp vanilla essence

8 oz /227g  flour

4 oz / 113g  finely chopped almonds

whole almonds for “fingernails”

1 tube red decorators icing

What you do:

Preheat oven to 160C / 325F / gas mark 3.

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add water and vanilla; mix well. Blend in flour and nuts. Mix until incorporated.

Scoop dough into a ball and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.

To make cookies: 

Shape the dough into fingers about 3 inches long by rolling a piece of dough between hands, pinching slightly on either side of the “knuckle” area.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet and put a whole almond on the end for the nail, pushing down slightly. Leave the other end of the finger a little uneven to get that “severed” look! With a knife, make three tiny lines across the “knuckle” area of the finger…whats a knuckle without a few wrinkles?

Bake  for around 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

When cool, squirt some of the red decorators icing onto the “severed” end of the finger.

 

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What you need:

1 lb of stewing steak
1 or 2 red onion ( sliced)
3 leeks ( sliced)
1 lb of small skinned potatoes (quartered)
4 carrots ( diced)
1/2 of swede ( diced)
1 parsnip ( diced)
1 1/2 pints beef stock
1 or 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or crushed (optional)

For the dumplings

100g/4ozs self-raising flour
50g/2ozs shredded suet
5 tbsp cold water, aproximately
Mixed dried herbs to flavour – optional

What to do:

Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker then add the beef stock.
Cook on medium heat for 7 to 8 hrs (or alternatively on low over night)
or high heat for 5 to 6hrs.

To make the dumplings:

Mix the flour, suet, dried mixed herbs with the water. It should not be sticky but soft and pliable. If too dry add a little more water: if too sticky add a little more flour.

Using floured hands divide dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls. Place on top of the stew around an hour before your due to serve.
Personally I prefer to cook stews on a low setting over night.

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What you need:

1  packet lemon cake mix
2 eggs
75 ml vegetable oil
Zest of 2 lemons
2 Tbsp lemon juice
½ teaspoon lemon extract
75 ml icing sugar

What to do:

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

Line baking tin with grease proof  paper.

Pour the cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in the eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract until mixed thoroughly.

Place the icing sugar in a bowl.

Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar until lightly coated and place on baking sheet.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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What you need:

For the shortcake
230 g / 8oz  plain flour
60 g / 2  1/2 oz caster sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch salt
80 g / 3 oz  butter, cut into  cubes
160 ml/ 5  1/2 thickened cream

For the filling

1 punnet of  medium-sized strawberries, hulled and halved lengthways
250 ml / 8 oz  whipping cream
2 tbsp caster sugar
125 g /5 oz ricotta
1 tsp vanilla essence
Icing sugar for dusting.

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4
To make the shortcakes  mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the butter and mix until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
Add the cream and beat until the mixture comes together.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 15 cm square about 3cm thick. Refrigerate for an hour.
Using a 5 cm biscuit ring, cut out 9 cakes.
Place on a baking tray and bake for around 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire  rack.

Make the ricotta cream by whipping the thickened cream with the sugar.
Fold in the ricotta and vanilla.
Slice each shortcake in half and fill with the strawberries and ricotta cream.
Dust with icing sugar.

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What you need:

4oz / 115g icing sugar ( sifted)
2oz / 55g condensed milk
1oz / 25g milk or plain chocolate
few drops of peppermint essence
few drops of green food colouring.

What you do:

In a bowl, mix together the sifted icing sugar, condensed milk & a few drops of peppermint essence. Knead together until it’s a soft dough & firm.
Split the mixture into half.
With the first half, roll out to roughly 1/4″ inch / 5 mm thick, then cut into rounds (or heart shapes) with a small cutter & place on grease proof paper to set. Using a fork gently place onto the rounds to make a pattern on each one.
With the other half add a few drops of green Colouring & knead in until the mixture is all green.
Repeat as with the 1st half, rolling & cutting into shapes.
Place in a cool place to dry.
In a small bowl melt the chocolate. Dip one side of the peppermint creams into the melted chocolate and place on grease proof paper and place in fridge until set.

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What you need:

170g (6oz) of plain flour
6oz / 170g of unsalted butter (or salted butter)
5oz / 150ml of cold water
pinch of salt.

To make the pastry :

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the butter. Mix the butter into the flour with your fingertips.
Stir in the water and mix the ingredients together to form a soft dough.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead further to make a firm dough.
On a floured work surface roll the pastry into a rectangle shape.

What to do:
Preheat to the oven to 190C / 375F / gas mark 5
spread with mincemeat and roll up the pastry. Brush with milk cut into slices, place on baking sheet. Cook for around 15 mins or until lightly browned, then sprinkle with icing sugar and leave to cool.

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