Orange and olive oil cake

Orange and olive oil cake - Light and fruity sponge - large eggs, orange, preferably organic, A little butter for greasing, plain flour, golden caster sugar, olive oil, baking powder, Icing sugar, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas 4; Grease a loose- bottomed 22cm cake tin with a little butter and line the base with baking [...]

Maple plum crumble

Maple plum crumble - Perfect pud for autumn - ripe plums, red William pears, unsalted butter, maple syrup, plain wholemeal flour, rolled oats, golden caster sugar, ground cinnamon, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 200˚C/180˚C fan/Gas 6; Wash the plums, cut them in half and remove the stones.; Peel and quarter the pears and remove the core.; Place [...]

Limoncello jelly

Limoncello jelly - An elegant and refreshing end to a special meal - large oranges, pink grapefruits, lemon, pomegranate seeds, cardamom pods, caster sugar, limoncello liqueur, sheets of gelatine or vegetarian alternative, Juice the oranges, grapefruit and lemon.; Crack the cardamom pods open in a pestle and mortar or use the blade of a large [...]

Lemon pudding

Lemon pudding - A scrumptious tangy pudding. Lovely with fresh berries. - unsalted butter, softened, unwaxed lemons, large eggs, semi-skimmed milk, caster sugar, plain flour, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas 4; Butter a 1.5 litre oven-proof dish.; WEIGH Weigh the butter and sugar and set aside.; Grate the zest from the lemons and squeeze the [...]

Custard

Custard - So much better than instant! - full fat milk, eggs, vanilla extract, caster sugar, cornflour, Put the milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil, Remove from the heat and set aside.; Separate the eggs. Beat the yolks with the sugar and vanilla until light and frothy. Beat in the flour.; Add [...]

Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse - Dark, delicious and guaranteed to impress - eggs, unsalted butter, 100g dark chocolate (minimun 70% cocoa ), caster sugar, pistachio nuts, Break the chocolate into pieces and put into a heatproof bowl with the butter.; Bring a small pan of water to the boil and set the bowl of chocolate over it, [...]

Caramelised pineapple & banana with ice cream

Caramelised pineapple & banana with ice cream - Sweet and simple. Make it boozy – or not. - banana, tin pineapple slices in fruit juice, of the preserving juice, brown sugar, rum (optional), Put the sugar into a frying pan and heat gently until it dissolves. Add the pineapple slices.; Peel the banana and split [...]

Banana cake

Banana cake - A delicious way to use over-ripe bananas - unsalted butter, softened, large eggs, very ripe bananas, light muscovado sugar, golden caster sugar, ground hazelnuts, plain flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, dark chocolate chips, demerara sugar, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 170˚C/150˚C fan/Gas 3; Butter the loaf tin or line with baking parchment.; Peel the [...]

Baked pears with cranberries and pistachios

Baked pears with cranberries and pistachios - Easy & healthy - the perfect end to a family meal - ripe pears, Greek yogurt, dried cranberries, maple syrup, pistachios, TURN THE OVEN ON TO 200˚C/180˚C fan/Gas 6; Wash the pears. Halve them and remove the core with a small knife.; Place the pears, cut side up, [...]

Banana and chocolate muffins

Banana and chocolate muffins - A mood-lifting treat! - ripe bananas, large eggs, unsalted butter, softened, Milk, dark chocolate drops, plain flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, vanilla extract, sugar, Pinch of salt, Leave the butter to soften at room temperature.; PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 180˚C/160˚C fan/Gas 4; Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda [...]

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