Yogurt cake

Yogurt cake - Light, delicious sponge - coconut or plain full fat yogurt, large eggs, unwaxed lemon, A little butter for greasing, plain flour, desiccated coconut, baking powder, sugar, groundnut oil, cocoa powder for dusting, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas 4; Wash the lemon and finely grate the rind. Grease a loose-bottomed 22cm cake tin [...]

Eileen’s soda bread

Eileen's soda bread - We discovered this fabulous bread on a trip to Ireland - egg, buttermilk, plain flour, wholemeal flour, bicarbonate of soda, wheat bran, wheatgerm, oatmeal, salt, Sesame seeds, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 200˚C/180˚C FAN/GAS 6; Mix the two flours, bicarbonate of soda, bran, wheatgerm, oatmeal and salt together in a bowl.; Beat the [...]

Pear and blackberry crumble

Pear and blackberry crumble - A lighter version of a classic pud with a lovely crumbly topping - 1kg ripe but firm green William pears, 300g blackberries, 1 lemon, 75g butter, 75g wholemeal flour, 75g rolled oats, 2 tablespoons agave nectar, 1 tablespoon demerara sugar, 50g shelled pistachios, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 200˚C/180˚C FAN/GAS 6; Peel [...]

Italian apple torte

Italian apple torte - A moist apple cake for a special tea or as a dessert - Gala apples, eggs, butter, lemon, demerara sugar, plain flour, baking powder, Greek-style yogurt, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 180˚C/160˚C FAN/GAS 4; Leave the butter to soften at room temperature.; Lightly grease a 20cm round, loose bottomed cake tin. Line the [...]

Coconut and carrot muffins

Coconut and carrot muffins - Whip up a batch of healthy, easy-bake muffins for a teatime treat - carrots, large eggs, unwaxed lemon, dessicated coconut, coconut flour, groundnut oil, coconut cream, xylitol, ground ginger, baking powder, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 180˚C/160˚C FAN/GAS 4; Line a muffin tray with 12 paper muffin cases.; Peel and finely grate [...]

Christmas biscuits

Christmas biscuits - Easy-to-bake gifts or decorations - butter, eggs, lemon, honey, plain flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, demerara sugar, Icing sugar, cloves, crushed, Nutmeg, salt, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 180˚C/160˚C FAN/GAS 4; Weigh the butter and leave it to soften.; Sieve the flour with the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Add the crushed [...]

Rich fruit loaf

Rich fruit loaf - Wonderfully rich but light in texture. Perfect for Christmas - unsalted butter, large eggs, orange, preferably organic, plain flour, sugar, candied orange peel, sultanas, baking powder, ground cinnamon, rum, salt, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 180˚C/160˚C FAN/GAS 4; Leave the butter to soften at room temperature.; Put the sultanas into a small bowl, [...]

Sumptuously seeded soda bread

Sumptuously seeded soda bread - Easy to bake and delicious toasted for breakfast - buttermilk, butter, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, wholemeal flour, plain white flour, wheat bran, wheatgerm, bicarbonate of soda, Sea salt, PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 190˚C/170˚C FAN/GAS 5; Mix the two flours, wheat bran and wheatgerm together. Rub in the butter until [...]

Quiche with ham and pecorino

Quiche with ham and pecorino - Crisp pastry and just-set filling - simple and scrumptious! - thickly sliced good quality ham, grated pecorino, sprig rosemary, crème fraiche, eggs, butter, plain wholemeal flour, Sea salt, black pepper, Nutmeg, If you are using shop-bought pastry, skip to step 3. Otherwise...; Cube the butter. Put it in a [...]

Mushroom paté

Mushroom paté - A delicious homemade starter, easy and elegant - chestnut mushrooms, chopped parsley, chopped thyme leaves, butter, crème fraiche, flaked almonds, shallots, cloves garlic, Sea salt, black pepper, Peel and crush the garlic. Peel and chop the shallots. Peel the mushrooms and cut into quarters.; Wash the parsley and thyme and finely chop.; [...]

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