Archive for November 2012

Nutty Apple Loaf

Posted 25 November 2012 by
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Autumn brings a glut of apples, and the search for recipes to use them up in. This recipe for nutty apple loaf comes from the Hummingbird Bakery recipe book. It’s a lovely tea loaf, slightly spiced, with some cheeky chocolate pieces thrown in. The recipe calls for mixed nuts; I used walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds.

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Pecan Pie

Posted 22 November 2012 by
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I thought I’d make some pecan pie as a nod to American Thanksgiving, which is today. I used this recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook. I love pecan pie, the nuts go so well with the toffee-like syrup. Corn syrup is not very easy to get hold of in the UK, although you can get it online. If you can’t get any, you can substitute golden syrup, or a combination of golden syrup and black treacle.

Pecan pie

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Pâte Brisée (Shortcrust Pastry)

Posted 22 November 2012 by
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Pâte brisée is a shortcrust pastry. It’s not sweet, so it can be used for both savoury and sweet dishes, and it is a little bit lighter and more delicate than pâte a foncer (flan pastry). Shortcrust pastry is ideal for pies and tarts. Here, I’ve used Michel Roux’s recipe for pâte brisée, from his Pastry book (which is excellent).

Pate brisee shortcrust pastry, wrapped around a rolling pin

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Raspberry Curd

Posted 15 November 2012 by
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Imagine the fruity, summery fragrance of homemade raspberry jam. Now picture the smooth, creamy texture and citrous tartness of lemon curd. Can you imagine combining those two delights into one jar? This recipe for raspberry curd does just that!

A pile of raspberries

As gorgeous as this curd is, it’s extremely hard to find it anywhere to buy. I had my first taste of it when I discovered a jar of it in the food tent at a local agricultural show. A couple of years later, I was brought back a jar from Scotland. Apart from those two occasions, I’ve never seen it, so I knew I’d have to find a recipe to make my own.

Now, you don’t have to include lemon juice to make raspberry curd, but I think it gives a better taste. Without the lemon, the end result is a bit sweeter, and tastes a little like sherbet. So, it comes down to personal preference, but I find the tart lemon offsets the sweet raspberries perfectly.

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Celeriac Soup

Posted 9 November 2012 by
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The celeriac (aka “celery root”) is a strange-looking beast. Be not afraid though: lurking beneath the gnarly exterior is a distinctive earthy, creamy flavour. It’s not unlike celery, although not nearly as evil. It’s perfect for autumn/winter soups. This simple recipe is from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage series.

Celeriac, leek, onion, potato and garlic on a chopping board

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