Special Chocolate Easter Cake [no cooking]

  Special Chocolate Easter Cake [no cooking] 100g butter, plus a little extra fo greasing 150g bar of dark chocolate with nuts, broken into pieces 2 tbsp golden syrup 50g hazelnuts, halved 5g pine nuts 175g soft almond amaretti biscuits, broken into chunky pieces 100g dried soft figs, chopped 300g Belgian chocolate sauce [M & S] 2 tbsp Amaretto or […]

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Rich Dark Chocolate and Ginger Slice

  Rich Dark Chocolate and Ginger Slice 175g ginger biscuits 100g butter 500ml single cream 4tbsp caster sugar Whiz the biscuits in a food processor to fine crumbs. Melt half the butter and stir in the biscuit crumbs. Press into a deep 20cm spring rim tin. Chill in the fridge for 10 – 15 mins until hard. Heat the cream […]

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Hazelnut Cake with Mascarpone and Frangelico Cream

  Hazelnut Cake with Mascarpone and Frangelico Cream   140g butter 200g caster sugar 6 eggs, separated 2 tbsp flour, sieved 200g ricotta 200g coarsely ground hazelnuts 3 tsp lemon zest Glaze:- 8 tbsp apricot jam 50g dark chocolate, grated Hazelnuts to decorate To serve – 250g mascarpone 2 tbsp clear honey Tbsp of frangelico [optional, but tastes better with […]

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Apple and Lemon Samosas

  Apple and Lemon Samosas 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped Zest of one lemon 50g caster sugar 1 tsp ground mixed spice 50g sultanas 4 sheets of filo pastry 25g melted butter   Heat oven 180C. Place the apples, lemon zest, sug-ar, mixed spice and sultanas in a saucepan with 2 tbsp of water and cook for about […]

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Fish Pie with Lemon and Herb Mash

    Fish Pie with Lemon and Herb Mash   Approx 1kg maris piper potatoes 60g unsalted butter 350ml semi skimmed milk 1 lemon zested 2 tbsp dill, finley chopped 1 tbsp flat leafed parsley chopped 3 med leaks, thinley sliced 3 med carrots, quartered and chopped 60g plain flour 200ml double cream 2 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp chives, […]

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Chicken and Bacon Pie

    Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pie with Cheesy Pastry Crust.   Alternative for the filling. Use any leftover turkey, pork and ham. Pastry 325g plain flour 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda 180g cold butter 50g good strong mature cheddar, finely grated 1 large egg beaten Filling 2tbsp olive oil 25g butter 800g chicken breasts, diced 200g streaky bacon or […]

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Spanish Polvorones & German Lebkuchen

  Polvorones Christmas Walnut Cookies from Spain. 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 cups plain flour 1/2 cup ground walnuts 1 cup chopped walnuts Icing sugar to coat after baking + extra to serve Preheat oven to 160C fan Use an electric mixer, hand held or stand type, it does get hard. Beat the butter […]

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Cheats Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon and Mushrooms

  1 good sized cauliflower, trimmed, cut into florets 250g smoked back bacon, cut into narrow strips 250g chestnut mushrooms, finely sliced 1 pkt Schwartz cheddar cheese sauce mix level tsp english mustard powder 125g good strong mature cheddar cheese, grated 150 ml thick double cream salt and fresh ground black pepper 1 level tsp sweet paprika Topping 100g ciabatta […]

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Florentine Brownies

 Ingredients 150g soft butter, + extra for greasing 150g dark brown chocolate [about 70% coca solids ] broken in pieces 300g light muscovado sugar 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 150g plain flour Topping 40g butter 40g demerara sugar 1 x 100 pkt flaked almonds 50g currants 50g glace cherries halved 50g mixed peel Preheat oven 180 C, Grease and line […]

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Blondie Cappuccino Squares with Coffee Cream

Ingredients 250g softened butter,+ extra for greasing 1 x 200g pkt pecan halves 500g light muscovado sugar 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 2tbsp coffee extract 300g plain flour 50g white chocolate, in pieces Coffee Cream 300ml double crean 3 tbsp icing sugar 1 tbsp coffee extract Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm, 5cm deep […]

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