A Cornish girl's food adventures

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Black forest ice cream (no-churn)

Black forest ice cream (no-churn)

I’ve never really got on with chocolate ice cream. I’ve always thought that it ruins both chocolate and ice cream, it never seems to be as satisfying as pure chocolate or as refreshing as other ice creams. But then I thought maybe I just don’t […]

Whisky and raspberry cranachan trifle

Whisky and raspberry cranachan trifle

This beauty is what I’m offering up for this years Burns Night pudding. I know cranachan is pretty much just trifle anyway but when I was recently asked for a trifle recipe this is what sprang to mind and it feels like a celebration of […]

Brandy butter biscuits

Brandy butter biscuits


I don’t know about your neck of the woods but near me, as soon as Christmas is done and dusted, all the supermarkets reduce the price of their festive goodies, usually to make space for Easter treats. This includes brandy butter, which is actually a pretty good ingredient, basically someone has saved you the bother of creaming together some butter and sugar for you. And after Christmas it’ll also save you pennies on the cost of butter, the stuff I used in these cost me 20p from M&S!

These are such lovely little crisp, buttery morsels of deliciousness, and they’re so quick to make too. In fact it took me longer to pipe them all out of my cookie press that it did to actually make the dough. You don’t have to use a press at all either, you can simply chill the dough a bit and then just roll it into balls and squash them with a fork. Thrifty and easy!

Ingredients
makes a heap!
125g brandy butter (room temperature)
40g butter (also room temperature)
125g plain flour
25g cornflour
pinch of salt
zest of 1 clementine (optional)

Pre-heat your oven to 190°c.
Cream together the butter, brandy butter, salt and clementine zest and then sift in the flour and cornflour. Beat it together until you have a fairly soft dough. Either put the dough into a cookie press and pipe them onto a non-stick baking sheet or chill the dough for 5-10 minutes and then roll little balls of dough and squash them with a fork.
Bake the biscuits for about 10 minutes, until they are just starting to colour around the edges and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Blackberry and apple gin fizz

Blackberry and apple gin fizz

I don’t really go in for champagne or prosecco but on special occasions it’s still nice to celebrate with something bubbly. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the Breton and Normandy cider which comes in champagne-style bottles. It’s actually what we […]

Aztec hot chocolate

Aztec hot chocolate

This summer we visited Ecuador on our way back from the US to the UK (yeah, I know, it’s not the most direct route!) I bought a big block of spiced hot chocolate back with me as an edible souvenir (the best kind). You just […]

Partridge in a pear tree cocktail

Partridge in a pear tree cocktail

pear and ginger cocktail

My friend Rach set me the task of creating a recipe to make use of a bottle of ginger wine that had been languishing in her booze cabinet for some time. Not only does this cocktail make use of that ginger wine but it practically encourages you to buy another bottle once you’ve finished the first one. It’s that tasty.
Mixing sweet pear with warm, spicy ginger just makes sense to me, it’s such a delicious combination. The pear puree is infused with savoury bay and sharp lemon juice though, just to keep that sweetness in check.

pear and ginger cocktail

puree
2 pears (peeled and cored)
4 cloves
2 bay leaves
juice 1/2 lemon
50ml water

Roughly chop the pears and put them in small pan along with everything else for the puree. Poach the fruit until it is really very tender. Remove the bay leaves and the cloves and then blitz the fruit and liquid in a food processor. Sieve the resulting pulp to leave you with a nice smooth puree. Store the puree in a jar and keep it in the fridge.

Cocktail
1 part pear puree
1 part vanilla vodka
1 part ginger wine

bay leaf to garnish
ice

Put everything but the garnish into a cocktail shaker along with plenty of ice and shake vigorously. Strain into coupe or martini glasses and garnish with a bay leaf. (If you’ve got too much time on your hands (like me, evidently) then you can use a pretty hole punch to cut shapes out of the leaves.)

pear and ginger cocktail

Black forest cocktail

Black forest cocktail

Chocolate and cherries are such a joyous combination. You just can’t go wrong with it. You can however add to it. With booze! Cocoa infused gin with chocolaty richness, sweet amaretto and fragrant vanilla vodka combine with fruity cherry syrup to make this quite a […]

Welsh rarebit scones

Welsh rarebit scones

How tempting do these beauties look?! I think you’d have to have some seriously impressive will power to turn them down, especially toasted with a generous smear of butter melting into them. I might have to put writing this post on pause whilst I go […]

Baked caramel apple pancakes with bourbon cream

Baked caramel apple pancakes with bourbon cream

baked apple pancakes

This is such a lovely dessert for chilly evenings. It’s comforting but not too heavy. It’s also another excellent way for me to make use of the apples from the tree in my back garden.
You don’t have to make your own pancakes for this, ready-made ones work fine (and save you a lot of time) but this recipe never lets me down if you want to make the whole dish from scratch. This is also quite a good dish to make ahead of time, just popping it in the oven to warm through a little before serving.

baked apple pancakes

Ingredients
serves 6
6 pancakes (British style, either bought or homemade)
600g apples
25g butter
50g sugar
1/2 tsp allspice

thick double cream (if you can’t get this then use very lightly whipped cream)
15ml bourbon
1/2 tsp sugar

baked apple pancakes

Pre-heat your oven to 180°c.
Peel and core the apples and cut them into wedges. Melt the butter, sugar and allspice together in a heavy pan and toss in the apples. Let the apples sit and caramelise a little and then carefully turn them over. Keep doing this until the fruit starts to feel tender and they are nicely caramelised and coated in the toffee sauce.
Put a big spoonful of the saucy apples in the centre of each pancake, roll it up and pop it into a baking dish. Repeat this until all of the apple and pancakes have been used.
Bake the dish for about 15 minutes to ensure that everything is nice and warm.
Mix together the cream, bourbon and sugar and then serve this along with the baked pancakes.

baked apple pancakes

Apricot and bourbon tart

Apricot and bourbon tart

I’m so pleased with how this turned out. It was everything that I hoped it would be. I’m sure that fellow food bloggers can appreciate how exciting it is when a recipe works first time! The crust was rich, buttery and crisp and the filling […]