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What you need:

40g unsalted butter, softened
Finely grated zest of ½ orange
Small handful of fresh flatleaf parsley, finely chopped
1kg fresh Brussels sprouts
200g pack cooked and peeled whole chestnuts, roughly chopped

What you do:

Make the orange butter. Put the butter, zest and parsley in a bowl, season, and beat until smooth. Wrap in greaseproof paper and chill for 15 minutes.

Wash the sprouts in salted water. Drain, rinse, and discard any damaged leaves. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the sprouts and blanch for 3-4 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water. Repeat, until cool, then drain and set aside.

Just before serving, melt half the orange butter in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the sprouts and chestnuts and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Season and put in a serving dish. Dot the rest of the butter over the top to serve.

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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:

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:

9oz / 250g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
7 oz /200g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 fl oz / 180ml milk
4 fl oz / 125 ml vegetable oil

for the butter cream:

4 fl oz / 120ml milk
2 1/2 tbsp plain flour
4 0z /110g unsalted butter
4 oz / 100g caster sugar
2 tsp cocoa powder

what you do:

Preheat oven to 180 C / 350F / Gas 4
Line the baking trays with greaseproof paper.
In a bowl sift together the flour,bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder & sugar.
In another bowl, stir together the egg, oil & milk until well mixed.
Gradually stir in the sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture.
Drop the mixture a tablespoonful at a time separately onto the prepared baking trays.
Bake for around 10 to 12 minutes in the oven, until firm to touch.
Allow to cool on baking trays for about 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
To make the buttercream: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the 120ml of milk and 2 1/2 tablespoons flour. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thick. Remove from heat set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, Beat together the butter, 100g sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Stir in the cooked milk mixture and beat for an additional 20 minutes, until really fluffy. Sandwich filling between two discs.

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What you need :

12 oz. dark chocolate
1 lb of strawberries
6 oz white chocolate.

What to do:

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Place a saucepan of water onto stove and boil. Stand a slightly larger oven proof bowl on top of boiling saucepan, then place all the dark chocolate into bowl and gently stir until melted. Or place chocolate pieces and butter in a microwave-safe container and heat on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted.
Cut strawberries in half (lengthways). Holding strawberries by the stem, dip in chocolate, coating strawberries well. Let excess chocolate drip off strawberries. Place chocolate strawberries on onto greaseproof paper then chill in fridge for 20 mins.
Repeat the process of melting the chocolate again with the white chocolate, but this time leave the strawberries on the greaseproof paper and with a teaspoon slowly drizzle the white chocolate over the chocolate strawberries, then chill again until served.

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