Here is a very special Panettone Al Forno recipe particularly good for Christmas.

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Ingredients (panettone)

  • 120gr panettone
  • 350ml skimmed milk
  • 80gr caster sugar
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • 20gr butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Vanilla sauce to serve

 

Ingredients (vanilla sauce)

  • 500 ml milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla pod halved lengthways

 

 

Method (panettone)

  1. Preheat oven at 170c
  2. Tear the panettone into pieces and place in a bowl
  3. Bring the milk to the boil, remove from heat and stir sugar in until dissolved
  4. Pour the mix over the panettone
  5. Grease individual mould with butter and dust with flour
  6. Put the soaked panettone through a sieve to drain, place in a bowl and add the egg and egg yolk, mix well
  7. Spoon the mix into the mould, dot the surface with butter and bake for 20min. then increase oven to 190c for 10min cool it down and serve with vanilla sauce.

 

Method (vanilla sauce)

  1. Bring milk to boil then remove from heat.
  2. In a heatproof bowl put the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla pod; beat vigorously until fluffy, gradually add to the hot milk
  3. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and cook; stir constantly until thickened
  4. Strain and leave to cool before serving.

Top tip: Serve with ice cream instead of vanilla sauce to save on time!

 

This recipe was kindly provided by Zizzis restaurant and more recipes can be found on their website.

 

 

    Festive Spiced Cranberry Muffins

     

    These lovely light muffins have a deliciously festive flavour. They even smell of Christmas as you take them from the oven!

     

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     Preparation: 20 minutes

    Cooking: 25 minutes

    Makes: 8

    Suitable for freezing

    Suitable for vegetarians

     

    Ingredients

     

    100g (4oz) Jordans Super 3 Seeds Granola

    125g (5oz) butter, melted and cooled slightly

    2 tablespoons milk

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 large eggs, beaten

    100g (4oz) self-raising flour

    1 teaspoon ground mixed spice

    75g (3oz) light muscovado sugar

    75g (3oz) dried cranberries

    1 banana, mashed

    Topping:

    75g (3oz) dried cranberries

    Finely grated juice and rind of 1 small orange

    200g (7oz) medium-fat soft cheese

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

     

    Method

    1 Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Line 8 holes of a muffin tin with squares of baking paper or paper muffin cases

    2 Mix together the cooled melted butter, milk, vanilla extract and eggs

    3 In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, mixed spice, sugar, cranberries and Jordans Super 3 Seeds Granola, breaking up any large clusters

    4 Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with the mashed banana, taking care that you don’t over-mix. Don’t beat the mixture! Spoon into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 25-30 minutes, until firm and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack

    5 Meanwhile, make the topping. Put the cranberries into a saucepan with the orange juice and simmer gently until the liquid has evaporated. Cool completely, then stir them into the soft cheese with the vanilla extract. Use to top the cranberry Christmas muffins, then decorate with the orange zest

     

    Cook’s tips:

    ·      The secret of successful Christmas muffins is to make sure that you don’t over-mix the wet and dry ingredients

    ·      You could serve the Christmas muffins without the topping, if you prefer

    ·      Another time, use dried cherries instead of cranberries, though you’ll need to chop them in half

     

    3 Little Buttons

    Roast turkey is delicious and the addition of shallot stuffing with fresh sage makes it sensational especially at Christmas.

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    You’ll need:

    5kg free-range Totally Traditional Turkey

    4 tbsp rapeseed oil

    Sea salt and black pepper

     

    For the stuffing:

    75g butter

    2 tbsp rapeseed oil

    8 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

    3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped

    250g dried figs, chopped into small cubes

    2 small eating apples

    250g fresh breadcrumbs

    3 tbsp fresh sage leaves, chopped

    750g sausage meat

    3tbsp of parsley, chopped

    1 large egg beaten

    Sea salt and black pepper

     

    What to do:

     

    Preheat oven to 230°C/Gas Mark 8

     

    Remove turkey giblets and reserve. Rinse the turkey inside and out and dry well.

    Place the turkey in a large roasting pan, brush the turkey generously with rapeseed oil and season with sea salt and black pepper and cover with foil.

     

    Place the prepared turkey in the pre-heated oven and cook at this temperature for the first 30 minutes. Then, lower the oven temperature to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 and cook for approximately 30 minutes per kilo, basting every hour.

     

    To prepare the stuffing, heat the butter and rapeseed oil until the butter has melted. Add the shallot and fry gently until well softened but not browned. Stir in the garlic and season well with sea salt and black pepper. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl, leave to cool.

     

    Peel the apples, cut into quarters, remove the core and cut into small cubes. Mix the figs, apples, breadcrumbs, sage, sausage meat and parsley with the shallots, season well with sea salt and black pepper using clean hands and then mix in the beaten egg. The mixture should be quite firm, with wet hands, mould the stuffing into balls the size of a golf ball.

     

    Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Alternatively you can use the mixture to stuff an onion, per person, and place the rest of the mixture into an ovenproof dish to cook.

     

    Take one small onion per person and peel, leaving the top of the onion intact and the base root in place. Peel and boil, whole, in salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes, until just soft, drain and cool in cold water. Drain and cut the top off the onion, about three quarters of the way up, so as to make a lid. Using a sharp knife, hollow out the onion and stuff with the stuffing mixture, replace the lid and brush all over with rape seed oil. Bake for 30-35 minutes in the oven alongside the turkey until cooked through and slightly caramelised.

     

    When the turkey is approximately 35 minutes before the end of cooking, remove the foil, drain off any of the excess fat and cook for a further 35 minutes or until golden brown.

     

    Transfer the turkey to a platter and cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 20-30 minutes.

     

     

    Serve the turkey carved with stuffing balls or stuffed onions and gravy.

     

    Recipe supplied by www.totallytraditionalturkeys.com

    How do you prepare your roast turkey? What are your favourite treats for the Christmas period?

    Mummascribbles
    Winnettes

    Fancy roast potatoes? I always do and these are very fancy roast potatoes!

    Preparation Time; 10 minutes

    Cooking Time; 1 ½ hours

     

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    You’ll need:

    1.5kg Potatoes, medium sized, peeled

    900g parsnips, medium sized, peeled

    2 tbsp plain flour

    1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped, plus a few sprigs

    6-8 tbsp rapeseed oil

    12 shallots, peeled

    200g pancetta, roughly chopped

    6 whole bay leaves

    Sea salt and black pepper

     

    What to do:

     

    Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6

     

    Cut any large potatoes in half and all of the parsnips in half lengthways, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 8 minutes or until par-boiled.  Meanwhile cook the parsnips in the same way in another pan for 4 minutes.  Drain the potatoes well then return to the pan and cover, shake the pan to roughen the edges of the potatoes.

     

    Drain the parsnips and toss them in the flour, chopped thyme and seasoning.

     

    Pour the rapeseed oil into a large roasting tin and heat in the oven; you need around 1cm of oil in the tin.  Add the potatoes and turn them over in the oil using a slotted spoon. Roast uncovered for 15-20 minutes, remove the tin from the oven and turn the potatoes, add the parsnips and shallots and turn them in the oil too. Roast for a further 35-40 minutes then turn all of the vegetables again, add the pancetta.

     

    Increase the heat to 220°C/Gas 7 for a further 15-20 minutes, adding the thyme sprigs and bay leaves for the final 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with a little sea salt and black pepper and serve immediately.

     

     

    Recipe supplied by www.oleifera.co.uk

    Christmas reindeer cookies are a real treat over the festive season and easy to make.

    Makes: approximately 20 biscuits

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     Ingredients

     For the biscuits

    100g butter

    175g caster sugar

    2 happy eggs

    2 happy egg yolks

    50g ground almonds

    240g plain flour

     

    For the icing

    120g butter

    250g icing sugar

    1-2 tbsp milk

    Food colouring to suit

     

    Method

    Biscuits

    In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together with an electric blender, until they form a creamy paste. Add the happy eggs and happy egg yolks and mix, then fold in the almonds and flour with a wooden spoon or spatula until fully combined.

     

    Press the mixture into a greased tray to a thickness of about ¼” (6mm). Place in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 10-12 minutes.

     

    The biscuit mixture is ready when it has just started to colour. Carefully turn out onto a sheet of baking parchment on a flat cool surface.

     

    While still warm to touch, use a cookie cutter to press out the shapes but don’t try to lift them out until completely cooled, or they’ll break.

     

     

    Icing

    Mix the butter and icing sugar together in a bowl, adding the milk as needed to make a smooth paste.

    It’s much easier if you warm the butter.

    First, ice the biscuits all over with the plain icing, adding some edible glitter for a festive feel. Then add a little red food colouring to the remaining icing, spoon it into a piping bag and draw on his shiny red nose.

     

     

    Will you have a got at the Christmas reindeer cookies?