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Baked Cheescake


Baked Cheescake

Baked Cheescake

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 45-60 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6-8

Tools

 2 Mixing Bowls
 Small Saucepan
 23cm/9" Flan Tin
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 base
 200g/7oz Digestive Biscuits
 85g/3oz Butter or Spread

 filling
 225g/8oz
   (Mascarpone Cheese)
 60ml/2floz Double Cream
 2 Eggs
 2 tsp Good Vanilla Extract
 1 Tbsp Caster Sugar


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 150°c / 300°f / Gas Mark 2.
Melt the butter in the saucepan over a medium heat.
Crush the biscuits, add to the melted butter and mix together.
Pour mixture into the flan ring and press down with the back of a wooden spoon.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes and then remove (do not allow to burn).
Beat the cheese in a mixing bowl until it is soft and smooth.
Beat the eggs together separately.
Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cream to the cheese.
Beat until very smooth.
Pour over the base.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 30-40 minutes or until set.
Allow to cool completely before serving.


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Chocolate Orange Mousse


Chocolate Orange Mousse

Chocolate Orange Mousse

 Prep.Time: 5 min
 Cook.Time: 5 mins
  +3-4 hrs to set in fridge
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Saucepan
 3 Small Mixing Bowls
 4 Ramekins or
   Glasses for Serving

Ingredients

 225g/8oz Good Quality
   Dark Chocolate
 4 Eggs
 Grated Rind of 1 Orange
 75ml/3floz Double Cream
 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
   or Orange Liqueur


Method

Bring a saucepan of water to simmering point.
Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl that will fit over the saucepan.
Add the grated orange rind and orange juice or liqueur.
Place the bowl over the saucepan and heat gently, stirring all the time, until the chocolate has melted.
Separate the egg yolks from the whites (save the whites in another bowl) and beat well.
Add the beaten yolks to the melted chocolate while it is still hot.
Continue beating until they are combined well.
Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes.
Beat the egg whites until you get soft peaks.
Carefully fold the whites into the chocolate.
Spoon the mixture into the ramekins or glasses.
Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
Whip the cream and place on top of the mousses.
Serve.


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Crème Brulee



Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee

 Prep.Time: 20-25 min
 Cook.Time: 15 min
  +24 hrs to set in fridge
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4

Tools

 Small Saucepan
 Mixing Bowl
 4 Ramekins
 Wooden Spoon
 Cling Film

Ingredients

 300ml/½ pt Double Cream
 1 Vanilla Pod
 4 Egg Yolks
 1 Tbsp Caster Sugar
 Soft Brown Sugar
   (for the Topping)


Method

Heat the cream and vanilla pod to just below boiling point in the saucepan.
In the mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and caster sugar.
When the cream is ready pour it into the egg mixture stirring constantly.
Then return the mixture to the saucepan and heat very gently, again stirring constantly.
When it has thickened, pour the mixture into the ramekins and allow to cool.
Once cooled cover each ramekin with cling film and place in the fridge until the next day.
After the brulees' have set, turn on the grill to high.
Liberally sprinkle each ramekin with the soft brown sugar - you need a good layer.
Place each ramekin under the grill - as high as you can get it.
Keep an eye on these as it is easy to burn them.
As soon as the top is brown and bubbly, remove from the grill.
Allow to cool and serve when required.

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This dish MUST be made the day before to allow the cream to set.
Alternatively if you want a hot dessert, serve in the ramekins after grilling.



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Crème Caramel



Crème Caramel

Crème Caramel

 Prep.Time: 20-30 min
 Cook.Time: 60 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 8-10

Tools

 2 Medium Saucepans
 Large Mixing Bowl
 900ml/1½pt
   Metal Dish or Mould
 Large Roasting Tin
 Serving Plate

Ingredients

 40g/1½oz Brown Caster Sugar
 4 Large Eggs
 275ml/10floz Single Cream
 150ml/5floz Milk
 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

 Caramel Ingredients
 100g/4oz Caster Sugar
 2 Tbsp Hot (not boiling) Water


Method

For the caramel, put the caster sugar and hot water into a saucepan and heat gently.
When the sugar has melted, turn up the heat and stir until it is dark brown in colour.
Pour the caramel into the mould and tip and rotate until the base and sides are coated roughly a quarter of the way up.
Preheat the oven to 150ºC / 300ºF / Gas Mark 2.
Pour the milk and cream into the other saucepan and leave to heat gently.
Whisk the eggs, brown caster sugar and vanilla in the mixing bowl.
When the milk is hot (not boiling) pour it into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
When thoroughly mixed, pour into the mould.
Place the mould in the roasting dish and pour boiling water in to reach halfway up the mould.
Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 1 hour.
After an hour, gently shake the mould to see if it has set. If not leave in oven for a further 5-10 minutes until set.
When set, remove from oven and cool slightly before transferring to the fridge.
One hour before serving, remove from fridge and loosen the edges with a knife.
Turn out onto a serving plate and return to fridge until ready to serve.

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Egg Custard



Egg Custard

Egg Custard

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 Cook.Time: 40-45 min
 Difficulty: Moderate
 Serves: 6-8

Tools

 Medium Saucepan
 Large Mixing Bowl
 Medium Mixing Bowl
 7”/18cm Flan Tin
 Rolling Pin
 Baking Beans
 Baking Paper
 Sieve

Ingredients

 100g/4oz Plain Flour
 25g/1oz Caster Sugar
 1-2 Tbsps Cold Water

 For The Filling
 2 Eggs
 300ml/½ Milk
 2 Tbsp Caster Sugar
 Grated Nutmeg


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 190°c / 300°f / Gas Mark 5.
Grease and line the flan tin.
Rub the flour and butter together until they resemble fine breadcrumbs and then mix in the sugar.
Add water a little at a time until you have a firm dough and roll into pastry.
Line the flan tin and rim off the excess.
Cover the pastry with baking paper and fill with baking beans.
Bake on a high shelf for 15 minutes.
Bring milk and sugar to a boil in the saucepan.
Whisk eggs in the mixing bowl.
Pour hot milk onto eggs, whisking all the time and then leave eave to cool.
When the pastry has been in the oven for 15 minutes, remove from oven.
Remove baking paper and beans, return to oven for 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to 180º/350ºF/Gas Mark 4.
Pour egg mixture through the sieve into pastry case.
Grate fresh nutmeg on top.
Place in centre of oven for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, check to see if the custard has set, if not return to oven for 5 minutes.
Allow to cool before removing flan tin.
Store in a cool place and serve cold.


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Indulgent Summer Trifle



Indulgent Summer Trifle

Indulgent Summer Trifle

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 Cook.Time: n/a
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6-8

Tools

 Serving Bowl
 Mixing Bowl
 Balloon Whisk
   or Hand Blender
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board

Ingredients

 100g/4oz Fresh Raspberries
 100g/4oz Fresh Strawberries
 8 Sponge Fingers
 275ml/10floz Custard
 275ml/10floz Double Cream
 75ml/3floz Sherry
 1 Chocolate Flake
 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
 Raspberry Jam


Method

Spread a little jam over each of the sponge fingers than cut into 2.5cm / 1" cubes.
Put these in the serving bowl.
Remove stalks from strawberries and cut into quarters.
Sprinkle raspberries and strawberries over the sponge pieces.
Pour over sherry and mix to coat all ingredients.
Leave to soak for a few minutes.
Pour custard over mixture.
Whisk the cream with the vanilla then spread it over the custard.
Finally crumble the flake over the top.
Cover and place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set.


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Lemon Meringue Pie



Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

 Prep.Time: 15-20 min
 Cook.Time: 30-45 min
 Difficulty: Medium
 8-10 Slices

Tools

 Medium Saucepan
 23cm/9" Flan Case
 Large Mixing Bowl
 Small Bowl
 Balloon Whisk
   or Hand Blender
 Baking Beans
 Baking Paper
 Juicer
 Grater

Ingredients

 Pastry
 150g/6oz Plain Flour
 75g/3oz Butter or Spread
 1 Egg Yolk
 1 tsp Caster Sugar
 2 Tbsp Cold Water
 Lemon Filling
 25g/1oz Caster Sugar
 2 Lemons
 290ml/½pt Milk
 2 Egg Yolks
 25g/1oz Cornflour
 Meringue
 100g/4oz Caster Sugar
 3 Egg Whites
 Extra Sugar for topping


Method

Pastry
Rub flour and butter together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the sugar.
Mix the egg yolk and water together in a small bowl then add to the mixture.
Mix all ingredients together to form a firm dough.
Place in fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
Preheat oven to 190ºC / 375ºF / Gas Mark 5.
Liberally grease the flan tin with butter then line the bottom with baking paper.
Roll out pastry and line flan tin, pressing into the corners and edges gently.
Cover with baking paper and add baking beans.
Place on a high shelf in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, remove beans and baking paper and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
Lemon Filling
Turn the oven down to 170ºC / 325ºC / Gas Mark 3.
Mix the cornflour with 3 Tbsp of the milk to a smooth paste.
Heat the remaining milk in a saucepan until it is steaming but not boiling.
Pour the milk onto the cornflour mixture and stir well.
Return the mixture to the saucepan and boil for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly.
Stir in the sugar, then remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
Using a fine grater, gently grate the lemons to remove the zest.
Using a juicer, extract the juice from the lemons.
Add the grated zest and extracted juice to the cooling milk and beat well.
Beat in the egg yolks.
Pour the mixture into the pastry case and place in the centre of the oven for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, gently shake flan tin to see if it has set, if not, return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
Repeat until set then remove from oven.
Meringue
Whisk the egg whites until stiff.
Add a little of the sugar and whisk again.
Add the remaining sugar and fold in.
Whisk until stiff and firm.
Spoon mixture onto the pie and spread to the edges, making sure the filling is completely sealed in.
Make peaks in the meringue by swirling with the back of a spoon.
Sprinkle a little extra sugar over the top of the meringue.
Place in the oven for 5 minutes or until the meringue has browned a little.
Allow to cool slightly.
Can be eaten hot but is best served chilled.


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Lime Cheesecake



Lime Cheesecake

Lime Cheesecake

 Prep.Time: 10 min
 Cook.Time: n/a
 Difficulty: Easy
 8-10 Slices

Tools

 Small Suacepan
 23cm/9" Flan Case
 Palette Knife
 Mixing Bowl
 Balloon Whisk
   or Hand Blender
 Wooden Spoon
 Baking Paper

Ingredients

 750g/28oz Mascarpone Cheese
 200g/8oz Digestive Biscuits
 150g/6oz Butter or Spread
 100g/4oz Caster Sugar
 200ml/8floz Double Cream
 4 Limes
 2 Egg Yolks
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


Method

Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Break up the digestives into a fine mixture, a food processor is good for this.
Gradually pour the melted butter butter into the biscuit mixture and work it in with the spoon if not using a food processor.
Line the flan case with the baking paper and grease sides and baking paper with a little butter.
Press the biscuit mixture into the flan case and even it out so we have a nice flat base.
Put the base in the fridge to cool while you make the topping.
Empty the mascarpone cheese into the bowl, squeeze the limes and add the juice.
Add the egg yolks, cream, vanilla extract and sugar.
Mix slowly with the whisk or hand blender until all the ingredients are mixed together.
Remove the now chilled base from the fridge and add the topping.
Use the palette knife to press down and smooth the topping.
Grate some lime zest over the top for decoration.
Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set.


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Meringues



Meringues

Meringues

 Prep.Time: 15-20 min
 Cook.Time: 1 hour
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 12-14 Meringues

Tools

 Mixing Bowl
 Balloon Whisk
   or Hand Blender
 Baking Sheet

Ingredients

 3 Large Egg Whites
 6oz/175g Caster Sugar


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 150°c / 300°f / Gas Mark 2.
Whisk the eggs whites until they form soft peaks and you can turn the bowl upside down without the eggs slipping in the bowl.
Gradually whisk in the sugar, a bit at a time and you should end up with a silky looking mixture.
Now you can either place blobs on the baking sheet or make one or two larger meringues.
Using a metal skewer, swirl the blobs to smooth them out a little and make a peak in the middle for small ones or on the outside for larger ones.
Place in the middle of the oven.
Turn down the oven immediately to 140°c / 275°f / Gas Mark 1.
When the hour is up, turn the oven off and leave open slightly to allow the meringues to cool completely in the oven.
Store in an airtight container and serve with whipped cream.


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Vanilla Cheesecake



Vanilla Cheesecake

Vanilla Cheesecake

 Prep.Time: 15 mins
 Cook.Time: 5 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 8-10 Slices

Tools

 2 Small Suacepan
 23cm/9" Flan Case
 Palette Knife
 2 Mixing Bowls
 1 Small Bowl
 Balloon Whisk
   or Hand Blender
 Wooden Spoon
 Rolling Pin
 Baking Paper
 Medium Size Freezer Bag

Ingredients

 For the Base
 200g/8oz Digestive Biscuits
 150g/6oz Butter or Spread

 For the Topping
 500g/17oz Ricotta Cheese
 100g/4oz Caster Sugar
 200ml/8floz Double Cream
 4 Limes
 3 Egg Yolks
 4 Gelatine Leaves
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 1 Vanilla Pod


Method

Grease and line the base of the flan tin with baking paper.
Melt the butter in one of the saucepans.
Place the biscuits in the freezer bag and crush them until fine using the rolling pin.
Add the biscuit crumbs to the butter and stir well.
Pour into the flan tin and spread evenly, pressing down firmly to compact the mixture.
Place the flan tin in the fridge to set while you make the topping.
Place the gelatine in a small bowl and cover with a little cold water to soften them.
Cut the vanilla pod in half lengthways.
Warm the cream slightly in a saucepan with the vanilla pod, add the drained gelatine.
Remove from the heat when the gelatine has dissolved, stir well and leave to cool.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks, ricotta, sugar and vanilla essence.
Strain the cooled cream into a separate bowl.
Whisk the cream until it is thick but not stiff.
Gradually beat the ricotta mixture into the whisked cream.
Pour the mixture over the biscuit base.
Use the palette knife to press down and smooth the topping and then place in the fridge.
Leave to set for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.


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Vanilla Panacotta With Raspberries



Vanilla Panacotta With Raspberries

Vanilla Panacotta With Raspberries

 Prep.Time: 30 mins
 Cook.Time: 20 mins +
  12 hrs to set in fridge
 Difficulty: Moderate
 Serves: 4

Tools

 1 Saucepan
 Small Bowl
 Sharp Knife
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon
 Sieve
 4 Martini Glasses

Ingredients

 250ml/½pt Milk
 250ml/½pt Double Cream
 2 Gelatine Leaves
 1 Vanilla Pod
   (cut in half lengthways)
 Small Punnett of
   Fresh Raspberries


Method

Place the gelatine leaves in cold water and allow to soak for about 10 minutes.
Mix milk, cream, and vanilla pod in a saucepan.
Put on a medium heat and bring slowly to the boil.
Squeeze the gelatine leaves in your hand to remove most of the water.
Add them to the saucepan and stir well until dissolved.
Remove from heat and strain mixture through a sieve.
Pour into 4 martini glasses and refrigerate for 12 hours.
Before serving garnish with raspberries.


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Apple and Blackberry Crumble



Apple and Blackberry Crumble

Apple and Blackberry Crumble

 Prep.Time: 15 min
 Cook.Time: 35-40 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Saucepan
 Medium Glass Roasting Dish
 1 Mixing Bowl
 Chopping Board
 Sharp Knife

Ingredients

 900g/2lb Cooking Apples
 100g/4oz Blackberries
 1 Tbsp Soft Brown Sugar
 1 tsp Cinnamon

 for the topping
 225g/8oz Plain Flour
 75g/3oz Soft Brown Sugar
 75g/3oz Butter or Spread


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°c / 350°f / Gas Mark 4.
Rub the flour and butter together until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add the sugar and mix it in well.
Peel and core the apples then slice thinly.
Put the apples, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat gently until the apples have softened.
Pour the apple mixture into the roasting dish and sprinkle blackberries on top.
Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit.
Cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the top has started to brown.
Serve with cream, ice cream or custard.


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Apple and Blackberry Pie



Apple and Blackberry Pie

Apple and Blackberry Pie

 Prep.Time: 25-30 min
 Cook.Time: 40 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Medium Glass Roasting Dish
 1 Mixing Bowl
 Chopping Board
 Rolling Pin
 Vegetable Peeler
 Sharp Knife

Ingredients

 450g/1lb Cooking Apples
 50g/2oz Blackberries
 50g/2oz Soft Brown Sugar

 for the pastry
 175g/6oz Plain Flour
 40g/1½oz Lard
 40g/1½oz Butter or Spread
 A little Cold Water
 A little Milk to Glaze Pastry
 Soft Brown Sugar
   (to sprinkle on top)


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 220°c / 425°f / Gas Mark 7.
Rub the flour, lard and butter together until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add the water and mix it in until you have a pliable dough.
Set the dough aside to rest.
Peel and core the apples then slice thinly.
Put the apples straight into the roasting dish and sprinkle blackberries on top.
Sprinkle the sugar over the blackberries.
Roll out the pastry so that it is roughly 1 " / 2.5 cm larger than the dish.
Cut off a strip of pastry 1" / 2.5 cm wide and dampen with a little of the glazing milk.
Press the strip around the top of the dish and moisten with a little more of the milk.
Now place the pastry over the dish and press the edges to the strip.
Trim off the excess and cut a hole in the middle about 1" / 2.5 cm round.
Glaze the top of the pie with milk then sprinkle the extra sugar on top.
Cook in the oven for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 190°c / 375°f / Gas Mark 5.
Cook for a further 30 minutes.
Serve with cream, ice cream or custard.


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Apple Pie



Apple Pie

Apple Pie

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 + 1 Hour Resting Time
 Cook.Time: 30 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6

Tools

 Medium Saucepan
 lL/2Pt Ovenproof Dish
 Large Mixing Bowl
 Rolling Pin
 Vegetable Peeler
 Sharp Knife

Ingredients

 200g/8oz Plain Flour
 150g/6oz Butter or Spread
 25g/1oz Caster Sugar
 100ml/4fl oz Cold Water

 For The Filling
 525g/1.5lb Apples
 2 Tbsp Caster Sugar
 1½tsp Cinnamon
 2 Tbsp Cold Water
 Milk & Sugar to Glaze Pastry


Method

Divide butter into 4 portions.
Rub 1 portion of butter into flour and mix in sugar.
Add water a little at a time until you have a pliable dough.
Roll out pastry into a long rectangle.
Using 1 portion of the butter, place blobs of butter over two thirds of the pastry, avoiding the edges.
Fold over the end without butter to cover half of the butter, and then fold over the other end.
Press edges together to seal the butter in.
Give the pastry half a turn and roll out again gently.
Repeat the above until all the butter is used up.
Roll out once more, fold and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 230ºC/450ºF/Gas Mark 8.
Peel and core apples.
Chop roughly and put in saucepan with sugar, cinnamon and water.
Cook over a medium heat until softened slightly.
Pour into ovenproof dish and leave to cool.
Remove pastry from fridge and roll out to a little larger than the pie dish.
Cut off a strip about 1cm / ½” wide.
Dampen the top edge of the pie dish and press the strip all around the rim.
Dampen the strip then cover with the pastry, pressing firmly to seal the top.
Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
Place in the centre of the oven for 10 minutes.
Reduce heat to 190ºC / 375ºF / Gas Mark 5.
Continue to cook for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or custard.


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Bread and Butter Pudding



Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding    

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 35-40 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 2 pt Ovenproof Dish
 Mixing Bowl
 Balloon Whisk

Ingredients

 8 Slices of Bread
 3 Eggs
 75g/3oz Sultanas
 Butter or Spread
 50g/2oz Caster Sugar
 340ml/12floz Milk
 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
 Fresh Grated Nutmeg


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°c / 350°f / Gas Mark 4.
Butter the bread and cut in half.
Liberally butter the ovenproof dish.
Using half of the bread, arrange one layer of bread in the dish.
Sprinkle half of the sultanas over the top.
Arrange the remaining bread over this and finish with the rest of the sultanas.
In the mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together.
Now whisk in the sugar and vanilla.
Finally whisk in the milk.
Pour the mixture over the bread and allow to soak for a few minutes.
Grate nutmeg over the top.
Place in the centre of the oven for 35-40 minutes.
Serve hot with custard or ice cream.


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Bread Pudding



Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

 Prep.Time: 45 mins
 Cook.Time: 75-90 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 12 Servings

Tools

 Saucepan
 Medium Glass Roasting Dish
 Large Mixing Bowl
 Small Bowl
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 225g/8oz Bread
 50g/2oz Butter or Spread
 75g/3oz Sugar
 175g/6oz Sultanas or Raisins
 275ml/½ pt Milk
 1 Egg
 2 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
 Fresh Grated Nutmeg


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°c / 350°f / Gas Mark 4.
Butter the roasting dish.
Remove the crusts from the bread and tear into small pieces, then put into mixing bowl.
Pour the milk over the bread and stir well to ensure all the bread is coated.
Leave to soak for about 30 minutes.
Melt the butter over a medium heat.
Beat the egg in a small bowl.
Add the butter, egg, mixed spice and sugar to the bread.
Beat really well until smooth and there are no lumps.
Stir in the dried fruit.
Pour mixture into the buttered dish and grate nutmeg over it.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 1¼-1½ hours.
After removing fron oven sprinkle with sugar.
Serve hot with custard or lovely cold with a cup of tea.
Keep any left-overs in an airtight container.


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Cornflake Tart



Cornflake Tart

Cornflake Tart

 Prep.Time: 10 mins
 Cook.Time: 25 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6

Tools

 9"/23cm Flan Tin
 Baking Beans
 Baking Paper
 Medium Saucepan
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 375g/11oz Short Crust Pastry
   (ready rolled)
 55g/2oz Butter or Spread
 30g/1oz Sugar
 110g/4oz Golden Syrup
 110g/4oz Cornflakes
 2 Tbsp Raspberry Jam


Method

Pre-heat oven to 200°c / 400°f / Gas Mark 6.
Grease flan tin well with a knob of butter.
Lay pastry over the tin and press into edges, trim around edge.
Place a sheet of baking paper over this and fill with baking beans.
Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
When pastry is ready, remove beans and paper.
Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in the suacepan and remove from heat.
Carefully mix in the cornflakes until they are coated with the mixture.
Cover the base of the pastry with the raspberry jam.
Put the cornflake mixture over the top and pop back in oven for 5-10 mins.
When the cornflakes are starting to brown, remove the tart from the oven.
Serve with custard, cream or ice-cream.
 


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Queen of Puddings



Queen of Puddings

Queen of Puddings

 Prep.Time: 20-30 min
 Cook.Time: 50-60 min
 Difficulty: Moderate
 Serves: 6-8

Tools

 Large Mixing Bowl
 Medium Mixing Bowl
 Medium Glass Roasting Dish
 Medium Saucepan
 Small Saucepan
 Balloon Whisk or
   Electric Hand Whisk
 Spatula

Ingredients

 25g/1oz Butter or Spread
 100g/4oz Caster Sugar+1tsp
 1.1Ltr/2pts Milk
 200g/8oz Fresh White Bread
   (crusts removed)
 4 Eggs
 6 Tbsp Raspberry Jam
 Grated Rind of 1 Lime


Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°c / 350°f / Gas Mark 6.
Grease the pie dish liberally with butter.
Bring the milk to the boil in the medium saucepan.
Cut bread into 1cm/½" cubes.
Place bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.
Add the butter, 50g/2oz sugar and the grated lime rind.
Pour in the milk when it has come to the boil.
Stir well then leave to cool, stirring occasionally to break up the bread.
Separate the eggs, setting the whites aside for later.
Beat the yolks well and add them to the milk and bread mixture.
Stir well then pour into the buttered pie dish.
Place in the centre of the oven for 35-40 minutes.
Melt the jam in the small saucepan over a low heat.
When the base has set, remove from oven and spread the jam evenly on top.
Using the medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff.
Gradually whisk in 50g/2oz sugar.
Spread the egg whites over the jam and then make swirls using the spatula.
Sprinkle the remaining 1tsp sugar over the top.
Return to the oven and bake for a further 15-20 minutes.
Serve with whipped cream.
Delicious hot or cold.


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Rich Rice Pudding



Rich Rice Pudding

Rich Rice Pudding

 Prep.Time: 25-30 min
 Cook.Time: 35-40 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Medium Saucepan
 Small Bowl
 Medium Glass Roasting Dish
 Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

 50g/2oz Butter or Spread
 50g/2oz Soft Brown Sugar
 850ml/1.5Pts Milk
 100g/4oz Pudding Rice
 3 Eggs
 ½tsp Vanilla Extract
 Fresh Nutmeg


Method

Pre-heat oven to 150°c / 300°f / Gas Mark 2.
Grease the roasting dish liberally with butter.
Pour the milk into the saucepan and add the rice.
Heat gently until the rice has softened (approximately 10 minutes).
Continue to cook gently until the milk has thickened (further 10 minutes).
Add the butter, sugar and vanilla and stir until dissolved.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Beat the eggs in the small bowl and add them to the saucepan.
Stir well then pour into the buttered roasting dish.
Grate nutmeg over the top.
Place in the centre of the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the top has browned.
Serve immediately.


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Simple Jam Rolypoly



Jam Rolypoly

Simple Jam Rolypoly

 Prep.Time: 5 mins
 Cook.Time: 20-25 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: Depends on Pastry

Tools

 Rolling Pin
 Knife

Ingredients

 Leftover Pastry
 Jam
 Sprinkle Flour


Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180°c / 350°f / Gas Mark 4.
Roll out pastry you have on the sprinkled flour, a rectangular shape is best.
Just use any leftover pastry from making pies, tarts or cakes.
Spread jam of your choice over the pastry.
Roll the pastry over at a 45° angle.
Place in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
Serve with custard, cream or ice-cream.
 


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Spotted Dick



Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 75-90 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Large Saucepan with Lid or
  (Saucepan with Steamer)
 Mixing Bowl
 Sieve
 Wooden Spoon
 1ltr/1½-2pt Basin
 Tin Foil
 String

Ingredients

 175g/6oz Self-Raising Flour
 110g/4oz Butter or Spread
 110g/4oz Caster Sugar
 175g/6oz Dried Fruit
   (whatever you prefer)
 2 Eggs
 3 Tbsp Milk


Method

Cream the butter and sugar together in the mixing bowl.
The mixture should become very soft and pale in colour.
Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the milk, beating well until they have combined with the flour and sugar.
Sieve the flour into the bowl and fold in to the mixture gently.
Now add your dried fruit, again folding gently.
Grease the basin well and pour in the batter.
Poke a little hole in the top with your finger and add a knob of butter.
Fold a crease in the middle of the foil to allow the pudding to expand.
Place over basin and tie around the top with string to secure.
Place in steamer and steam for 1¼-1½ hours.
When ready turn out onto a plate then serve with custard, cream or ice-cream.
 


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Steamed Chocolate Pudding



Steamed Chocolate Pudding

Steamed Chocolate Pudding

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 Cook.Time: 90 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Saucepan with Steamer
 Large Mixing Bowl
 Small Mixing Bowl
 1ltr/1½-2pt Basin
 Wooden Spoon
 Tin Foil
 Baking Paper

Ingredients

 95g/3.5oz Self Raising Flour
 110g/4oz Butter or Spread
 110g/4oz Caster Sugar
 15g/0.5oz Cocoa Powder
 2 Eggs


Method

Liberally butter the basin.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat eggs in a small mixing bowl.
Add the eggs to the creamed butter and beat well.
Add the flour and cocoa a little at a time and beat well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared basin and cover with a disc of baking paper.
Cover top well with kitchen foil.
Place in the steamer and steam over boiling water for 1½ hours.
Turn out and serve hot with custard, cream or ice-cream.
 


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Steamed Lemon Pudding



Steamed Lemon Pudding

Steamed Lemon Pudding

 Prep.Time: 10-15 min
 Cook.Time: 90 min
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 4-6

Tools

 Saucepan with Steamer
 Large Mixing Bowl
 Small Mixing Bowl
 1ltr/1½-2pt Basin
 Grater
 Juicer
 Wooden Spoon
 Tin Foil
 Baking Paper

Ingredients

 95g/3.5oz Self Raising Flour
 110g/4oz Butter or Spread
 110g/4oz Caster Sugar
 2 Eggs
 2 Lemons
 3 Tbsps. Lemon Curd


Method

Liberally butter the basin.
Put the lemon curd in the bottom of the basin..
Grate the lemon rind into the large mixing bowl.
Add the butter and sugar and cream until light and fluffy.
Beat eggs in the small mixing bowl.
Add the eggs to the creamed butter and beat well.
Add the juice from the lemons and beat well.
Add the flour a little at a time and fold in.
Pour the mixture over the lemon curd in the basin and cover with a disc of baking paper.
Cover top well with kitchen foil.
Place in the steamer and steam over boiling water for 1½ hours.
Turn out and serve hot with custard, cream or ice-cream.
 


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