A Cornish girl's food adventures

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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 […]

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 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.

Blackberry & apple bundt cake

Blackberry & apple bundt cake

After producing a grand total of three apples last year the tree in my garden is positively groaning with fruit this year. I’m going to be making a lot of pies and crumbles! To start with though I thought that I would take advantage of […]

Kiwi and avocado salsa

Kiwi and avocado salsa

  This is such a great accompaniment to grilled or pan-fried fish, crispy tofu, in tacos or even as a tangy alternative to guacamole with some crunchy tortilla chips. My home-grown chilis are pretty fierce this year so I actually only use half but if […]

Apricot & pistachio Dutch baby

Apricot & pistachio Dutch baby

In our house we always try to make weekend breakfasts a little bit special. I think that it stems from years and years of working in retail and never really being able to spend the weekend together.
I often try to make something a little bit more exciting than just a rushed bowl of shredded wheat. Something which can be shared and savoured – even if it does take a little more effort to prepare.
This Dutch baby (yes, it is a weird name) is the perfect dish to indulge in together. It’s essentially a sweet Yorkshire pudding made from a rich, fluffy batter and sweet ripe stone fruit. Ideal for this time of year.

Ingredients
serves 4
6 ripe, sweet apricots
100g flour
3 eggs
150ml milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp oil
honey, greek yoghurt and chopped pistachios to serve

Pre-heat your oven to 220°c. Halve the apricots and remove the stones. Pour the oil into an oven-proof frying pan or tart tartin tin and arrange the fruit to cover the bottom it. Put it in the oven so the fruit starts to cook and the oil gets really, really hot.
Put the flour into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl or jug whisk together the eggs, milk and almond extract. Pour this into the flour and gradually whisk it all together to leave you with a thick smooth batter.


Once the fruit and oil are smoking-hot carefully remove the tin from the oven and pour in the batter. Bake the Dutch baby for 20 minutes, until it is golden and puffed up like a Yorkshire pudding.
Drizzle with honey and scatter over the chopped pistachios before serving with a dollop of thick creamy Greek yoghurt.

Rhubarb ripple ice cream

Rhubarb ripple ice cream

I know it’s not that long since I shared an ice cream recipe with but let’s face it, it’s not every year that the UK get’s a summer like this, so I feel like we should all be making the most of it. Tart, sharp […]

Frozen kiwi margarita

Frozen kiwi margarita

Today is set to be a scorcher! Whilst my little veggie patch is struggling a bit with the heat and my peas are looking very sorry for themselves, I have to confess that I am loving it. You just need to drink plenty and relax […]

Sour cherry crumb bars

Sour cherry crumb bars

The little cherry tree in our garden has really out-done itself this year. It’s not much bigger than me but it’s managed to produce masses of fruit. As they are sour cherries I do have to cook them before we can enjoy them, just to sweeten them up a little. I’ve stashed a load in my freezer to make some more of my cherry and cinnamon jam but there were still plenty of cherries on the tree so I thought I’d make a batch of this sweet treat.
The bars are delicious with a rich, tender buttery base, tart, sweet fruit layer and a lovely crumbly topping. They’re perfectly portable for picnics but equally delicious served slightly warm with a dollop of clotted cream.
The moisture from the cherries does have a slight tendency to soften the base a little but it can be easily crisped up again with a few minutes in the oven if you don’t manage to polish off all of the bars on the first day!

Ingredients
makes 18 ish
base
250g plain flour
60g finely ground semolina/polenta
40g cornflour
100g sugar
50g soft light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
big pinch of salt
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
200g cold butter, cubed
1 egg
filling
350g fresh cherries (weight with pits)
2 tbsp cornflour
3 tbsp sugar
topping
50g oats

Pre-heat your oven to 190°c and grease and line a rectangular baking tin (one that’s a centimetre or so deep).
Whisk together all of the dry ingredients for the base, ensuring that they are well combined. Lightly rub in the butter, to leave you with a mixture like coarse bread crumbs. Lightly beat the egg and use this to bring the mixture together a little, the egg should be absorbed but the mixture should still be crumbly and not form a cohesive dough.
Press approximately 3/4 of the mixture into the tin, smoothing off the surface. Pop this in the fridge to chill whilst you prepare the filling.


Slice the cherries in half and remove the stones. Toss them in the 3 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of cornflour, making sure that they are well coated. Spread them in an even, single layer over the prepared base.
Add the oats to the dough mixture that you reserved earlier to create a crumble topping and then scatter this over the cherries. Bake for 30 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling a little and the topping is golden brown.
Leave to cool completely before slicing into crisp, crumbly bars of deliciousness.

Kiwi basil ice cream (no-churn)

Kiwi basil ice cream (no-churn)

I love basil ice cream and it’s something that I’ve made a few times before. I like it most when it’s paired with something fruity and a little bit sharp and acidic, I really think it brings out the fragrant flavours of the basil. Using […]