• Food and drink

    Chocolate roll cake recipe

    I have very fond memories of my late Mum’s chocolate roll cake so will be giving this recipe a try this year.     SERVES 6   Ingredients   Chocolate Roll 75g caster sugar 3 happy eggs 2 happy egg yolks 75g plain flour (sieved) 25g cocoa powder (sieved) Zest of one orange   Chocolate Filling 6 happy egg whites 30g caster sugar 120g 72% dark chocolate 20g butter   Candied Kumquats & citrus sauce 10 kumquats 150ml water 100g icing sugar   Method   Chocolate Roll Preheat your oven to 200⁰C/400⁰F/Gas Mark 6. Grease a Swiss roll tin, then line it with baking parchment. In a large bowl, whisk…

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    How to make mince pies

    How to make mince pies is the question on our lips at Christmas. An easy recipe for mince pies   150g butter 250g plain flour 50g ground almonds 50g caster sugar 1 orange pinch of salt 1 happy egg 1-2 tsp cold water 280g/10oz good quality mincemeat   For the topping: 100g butter 75g plain flour 100g caster sugar 1tsp cinnamon powder 1 nutmeg   Method Place butter in freezer overnight. Preheat oven to 180°C. Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Using a cheese grater, grate the butter into the flour and add caster sugar, almonds, and salt; zest the orange and add, then gently stir with a wooden…

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    Roast poussin recipe

    Roast Poussin recipe If you are not planning a large Christmas lunch, why not opt instead for a special dinner for two; serve these quick to roast baby chickens with delicious blackberry sauce flavoured with orange rind, winter spices and just a hint of redcurrant jelly. Serves 2 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes 2 x 500g (1lb 2oz) baby poussin 40g (11/2oz) butter Salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 fresh bay leaves 4 rashers streaky bacon 175g (6oz) shallots, peeled, halved if large 450g (1lb) baby new potatoes, washed 2-3 tbsp olive oil Sauce ½ orange 6 tbsp red wine 2 tbsp water 1 tbsp redcurrant…

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    Three Kings Cake Recipe

    Roscon de Reyes – Three Kings Cake recipe (Makes a 15” cake) Ingredients: 400g flour 3 eggs 100g butter 100g sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 litre milk zest of 1 lemon dried mixed peel for decorating glace cherries for decorating salt 250ml whipping cream for filling Model king / small toy / butterbean for decoration (optional) Method 1. Mix the baking powder 4 tbsp of the milk add this to 100g of the flour. Mix together until it forms a dough type mixture – cover with a clean tea towel and set aside until it doubles in size. 2. Place the rest of the flour (300g) in a bowl…

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    How to use up Christmas leftovers

    Christmas leftovers can be a nightmare and nobody likes to think of food waste. After the excess of Christmas Day this is the perfect comfort food. It also manages to use up just about every savoury ingredient from a Christmas Day lunch which is a bonus too! Use whatever you have left over to make your version of this dish, but this recipe will serve as a good guide. Serves 4 About 500g of roast turkey – brown and white meat – roughly chopped 4 or 5 leftover chipolatas (if they’re wrapped in bacon that’s even better) 2 or 3 tablespoons of leftover stuffing 25 left over sprouts Spoonful of leftover carrots…

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    Panettone Al Forno recipe

    Here is a very special Panettone Al Forno recipe particularly good for Christmas. 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) Preheat oven at 170c Tear the panettone into pieces and place in a bowl Bring the milk to the boil, remove from heat and stir sugar in until dissolved Pour the mix over the panettone Grease individual mould with butter and dust with flour Put the soaked panettone through a sieve to drain, place…

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    Cranberry Muffins recipe

    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!    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  …

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    Roast Turkey with Shallot Stuffing with Fresh Sage

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

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    Fancy Roast Potatoes

    Fancy roast potatoes? I always do and these are very fancy roast potatoes! Preparation Time; 10 minutes Cooking Time; 1 ½ hours   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…

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    Christmas Reindeer cookies

    Christmas reindeer cookies are a real treat over the festive season and easy to make. Makes: approximately 20 biscuits  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…