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Parsnip, celeriac and apple soup

Parsnip, celeriac and apple soup

Thick, rich and velvety, this is the perfect winter soup! It might sound like an odd combination of flavours but it really works. The sweet, earthy parsnip and the slightly peppery celeriac, the tangy apple and the warming horseradish, it’s all just wonderful together. Like […]

Squash & apricot loaf

Squash & apricot loaf

What better Autumn teatime treat could there be than a slice of sweetly spiced loaf cake baked with butternut squash and sweet dried apricots? This cake is deliciously moist (sorry, I don’t have another word for it!) and a little like a fruitier carrot cake. […]

Lime, coconut & ginger shortbread

Lime, coconut & ginger shortbread

As far as I’m concerned shortbread of any description is pretty irresistible but this recipe is especially so.
These biscuits are buttery and crumbly with the luxurious touch of rich dark chocolate. The combination of tender coconut, warming crystallised ginger and zingy lime is just delicious and works fabulously in biscuit form.
These are a perfect treat to brighten up an Autumn day!

Ingredients
makes 18-20 (depending on size)
115g butter, room temperature
50g sugar
pinch of salt
zest of 1 lime
120g plain flour
20g cornflour
30g semolina
40g desicated coconut
25g crystalised ginger, finely chopped

dark chocolate to decorate (about 50g should do it)
extra coconut

Cream together the butter, sugar, salt and lime zest until they are quite soft and fluffy. Whisk together the dry ingredients to ensure that they are well blended and then mix them into the butter mixture together with the finely chopped ginger. Using your hands if you find it easier bring everything together to form a nice soft dough.
Roll the dough into a sausage shape, about 4cm in diameter, and wrap securely in clingflim. Place in the fridge to chill for 15-20 minutes.
Pre-heat your oven to 150°c and line a large baking sheet with a baking parchment or a silicone mat. Slice the dough into rounds, about half a centimetre thick and spread them out on the baking sheet. Bake the shortbread for 20-25 minutes until it is just starting to turn golden brown at the edges. Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate and pour it into a shallow dish. Place the extra coconut in another shallow dish and dip the edges into the chocolate, followed by the coconut. Leave to set. Store in an airtight container for as long as you can resist eating them!

Toffee apple profiteroles

Toffee apple profiteroles

Like apple pie? Then you’re going to love these. Light, crisp choux pastry with a buttery spiced topping filled with sweet apple cream served with a rich sticky toffee sauce. I like to think of them as apple pie version 2.0, for when you want […]

Comfort food round-up

Comfort food round-up

Hey everyone! I’m sorry that there wasn’t a post last week but I was swanning around Sicily and Malta indulging in all kinds of Mediterranean deliciousness. It turns out there is no limit to the amount aubergine pasta I can eat! Anyway, we’ve returned to […]

Fairing lime creams

Fairing lime creams

Who would have thought that you could improve on a fairing? Well it turns out that you can! And all it takes is some creamy, tangy lime frosting. These will give some serious oomph to your morning tea break!

If you’re not familiar with them fairings are a deliciously spiced biscuit from my home county of Cornwall (we have all the best things down there!) They’re crisp on the outside, a little chewy in the middle and rich with brown sugar, golden syrup, cinnamon and ginger. The flavours go perfectly with the zesty lime in the rich creamy filling.

Ingredients
Makes approx 18
biscuits
175g plain flour
50g soft light brown sugar
50g white sugar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground all spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
100g butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
filling
20g sugar
1/2 tbsp plain flour
20g cornflour
1 tbsp lime juice
50ml milk
50g butter
zest of half a lime

Pre-heat your oven to 180°c.
Sift the flour and spices with the raising agents. Add the sugars and use a whisk to combine it all. Use a small pan to gently melt together the butter, syrup and lemon juice. Don’t let it get too hot, you don’t want to burn the sugar. Carefully pour this into the dry ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon, resulting in a nice soft warm dough.
Pull off small chunks of dough and gently roll them into little nuggets, placing them onto a lined baking sheet. Remember you’ll need an even number as these are sandwich biscuits. Make sure that they are spaced apart a little to allow for spreading. Squish each one a little with a knife, don’t worry if the edges crack.
Bake for 10 minutes, by which time they should be golden brown and your kitchen should smell pretty glorious. Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool and firm up a little.

Whilst the biscuits bake and cool you can make the filling. Combine everything but the butter and lime zest in a small pan, making sure that there are no lumps. It’s a good idea to stir the milk in last to ensure that the lime juice doesn’t make it curdle. Gently heat the mixture whilst stirring until it turns into a very thick paste. Leave to cool completely.
Put the cooled paste it a mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, beat it until it starts to become a little fluffy. Add the butter, a few pieces at a time, with the mixer running, until you have a rich thick, creamy buttercream. Finally, mix in the lime zest. Use the buttercream to sandwich the fairing biscuits together. Store in and airtight container.

Sweet chili jam

Sweet chili jam

Last weeks high winds seem to have brought down most of the remaining apples from the tree in my garden, at least the ones that our resident squirrel hasn’t already nibbled. He’s very picky and won’t touch them once they’ve hit the ground! This is […]

Apple sauce chocolate muffins

Apple sauce chocolate muffins

I love a recipe that’s accidentally vegan. I often find that they tend to be the least ‘detectably vegan’ recipes too. These only came about because I had a batch of applesauce that I desperately wanted to get out of the freezer to make way […]

Apple treacle tart

Apple treacle tart

I’m slowly but surely working my way through the fruit that’s weighing down the branches of my apple tree. This recipe only used a few apples but they made all the difference to a classic treacle tart recipe. It basically becomes a toffee apple tart – and who doesn’t want to eat that?!
You can add more apple roses if you like but my favourite part of a treacle tart is the golden crust on the surface so I didn’t want to totally cover the top of mine. The roses can be a little bit fiddly (not hard, just fiddly) so if you’d rather just lay some apple slices over the top instead then no one will judge you!
I prefer not to use a sweetcrust pastry for treacle tart as I think it’s already sweet enough but you can use one if you prefer.

Ingredients
pastry
180g plain flour
20g cornflour
100g butter
splash of cold water
filling
zest of 1 lemon and the juice of half
150g golden syrup
30g butter
3 tbsp creme fraiche
100g white breadcrumbs
25g ground almonds
big pinch of seasalt
roses
2-3 apples
juice of half a lemon

Start by making the pastry. Sift together the flour and cornflour and then gently rub the butter into it until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add a tiny splash of cold water and use this to bring the crumbs together to form a nice ball of dough. Flatten it a little, wrap it in cling film and leave it to rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and lightly grease a loose bottomed tart tin.
Gently roll out the dough so that it’s a few millimetres thick and then use this to line your pie tins. Prick the base with a fork, cover it with grease-proof paper and fill it with baking beans.
Pop the pastry case in the oven for 20 minutes to blind bake. Remove the baking beans and paper from the pastry case and put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes, until it’s baked through and lovely and crisp. Set aside whilst you make the filling.


Zest the lemon and put that and half the juice in a saucepan. Add the golden syrup, butter and creme fraiche and melt it all together. Stir in the breadcrumbs, almonds and seasalt, making sure everything is well combined. Spread the filling over the base of the pastry case. Increase the oven temperature to 190°c .


Now for those apple roses! Fill a large bowl with water and the juice of the remaining half a lemon. Slice the apples as thinly as you can and pop the slices in the water. Microwave the apple for a couple of minutes until they become flexible but not so soft that they break up.
Pat the apple slices dry and lay them out in long rows of about 12, overlapping them as you go. Roll the rows up to create the roses and then gently push them into the tart filling.
Bake the tart for 25 minutes, until it is lovely and golden and the roses are just starting to caramelise a little around the edges. Leave to cool a little before serving with clotted cream or ice cream.

Hazelnut chocolate cookies

Hazelnut chocolate cookies

Delicious, rich, chocolatey, light biscuits – crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, these are a pretty heavenly partner to your morning coffee. The wonderful delicate texture of these makes them so addictive, I bet you can’t eat just one! You can’t really […]