I love the fact that citrus fruit are at their peak during the most miserable part of the year. It’s so wonderful to be able to enjoy something so bright and zingy and fresh amidst all the heavy winter food. Citrus fruit are like a […]
Yeah! You did it! You made it through January. I don’t know about you but my January was 178 days long and I’m pretty sure that it rained every day. But it’s February now which means that it won’t be long before we can start to look forward to some brighter weather and longer days.
I’m not going to get ahead of myself though, I know it’s not quite time for spring yet. There’s still a nip in the air so comfort food is still on the menu – and what’s more comforting than a lovely warm pud! This cobbler has a deliciously jammy fruit layer made of sweet, tart plums with a light fluffy topping and a yummy crunchy crust. Perfect served with hot rich custard or cool, silky clotted cream.
enough ripe plums to fill your baking dish (I used 8)
3 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp cornflour
25ml port (I’ve used cherry gin in this too, which is yummy!)
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
6 tbsp buttermilk
Pre-heat your oven to 220°c.
Whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon and cornflour in your baking dish. Slice the plums in half and remove the stones before tossing them in the sugar mixture in the baking dish. Sprinkle over the port and the vanilla. Bake the fruit for 10 minutes whilst you prepare the topping. This should let it start to become a bit jammy.
Sift together the flour and baking powder and whisk in the sugar and salt. Rub through the butter but leave it fairly chunky. Bring the dough together with the buttermilk and then briefly knead it. Roll the dough into golf ball sized pieces and then arrange them on top of the hot plums. Brush them with a little buttermilk and then sprinkle them with sugar. Pop the cobbler back in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes, until the top is puffed and golden and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Leave to cool for five minutes before serving.
My mum had a special birthday on New Years Eve. I’m not going to tell you how old she was but it was the kind of birthday that you make a fuss over. Having a a birthday on New Year’s Eve isn’t as great as it might sound, yes you’re never short of a party to go to but none of those parties are just for you and if you want a party of your own then everybody’s already got other plans! This year we decided to get together and cook a fancy three course dinner for her and we kicked things off with this delicious, luxurious pate and some fresh bread, baked by my brother.
10g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in 70ml of hot water
150g chestnut mushrooms
100g peeled, cooked chestnuts
3 tbsp whipping cream
few sprigs of thyme
salt and pepper to taste
a few shavings of black truffle (optional and only if you’re feeling extravagant!)
Start by soaking the porcini mushrooms in the hot water and set them aside.
Finely dice the onion and gently fry it in the butter. You want it to be soft but not too coloured. Wipe the chestnut mushrooms with a piece of damp kitchen roll and then roughly chop them. Add them to the frying pan and gently cook them. Roughly chop the chestnuts and fry them for a few moments too. Pour in the porcini mushrooms, together with the soaking liquid but be careful to avoid any grit that may have collected at the bottom. Pour over the brandy and add the leaves from the thyme. Increase the heat a little and let the mixture bubble for a few minutes until the liquid has reduced.
Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a food processor and blitz it together. Pour in the cream, season to taste and whizz it up again until you are happy with the texture, you can make it as smooth or course as you like. Divide the mixture between 6 ramekins and then pop them in the fridge to chill and firm up a little until you are ready to serve them with some delicious warm bread.
I’m totally converted to vegan banana bread, I always get better results from it than from my more traditional recipe and I’m really not sure that I can tell the difference as far as the flavour is concerned. That’s especially true of this recipe, which […]
Hello lovely readers! I hope you have all been enjoying the Christmas festivities and have indulging in all sorts of delicious treats with your friends and families. I’m sorry that I don’t have a new recipe for you today but Mr Colonial Cravings and myself […]
This is such a classic Christmas combination. Tart cranberries and sweet fragrant orange combined with all the luxury and indulgence we deserve at this time of year. Panna cotta is also a fantastic dessert for the festive season, when we’re all so busy and could do with a few more hours in the day to get everything done. You can make this dessert well ahead of time, even a couple of days if you need to, and then just forget about it until your guests are ready for pudding. It’s also really quite quick and easy to prepare. Do I need to give you any more reasons to make it?
250ml whipping cream
250ml whole milk
zest of 2 clementines
1 vanilla pod
1 tbsp sugar
3 leaves of gelatine
juice of two clementines
Soak the gelatine in a little cold water and set it aside.
Combine the cream, milk, sugar, clementine zest and vanilla in a pan and gently heat it but don’t let it get too hot. Remove the pan from the heat and fish out the vanilla pod, if you like you can scrape out the seeds and stir them into the cream mixture.
Squeeze the excess water from the gelatine and then stir this into the cream, ensuring that it dissolves. Set this aside to cool to almost room temperature.
Once cooled you can give it a stir and pour it into pretty glasses or jars and then transfer it to the fridge to set.
Combine the cranberries with the sugar and clementine juice in a small pan and gently simmer until the fruit has cooked down and become pulpy. Set this aside to cool and use it to top the panna cottas once they are set.