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Apple Butter Hand Pies

These intensely buttery and flaky hand pies are like a posh man’s McDonalds apple pie. If you read the recipe ahead and bake them over two days though, they can be enjoyed by anyone. And they darn well should be, because nobody should be subjected to applesauce that tastes like wall glue.
Ingredients:  

Apple Butter 
14-16 Braeburn or Pink Lady apples, peeled, cored & sliced into chunks 
1 cup (275ml) apple juice 
2 tbsp brandy 
1 cinnamon stick 
1 tsp ground ginger 
½ tsp ground nutmeg 
¼ tsp ground cloves 
1 cup (220g) caster sugar 
2 tbsp lemon juice  
Pie Dough 
2 ½ cups (290g) plain flour 
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp sugar 
1 cup (230g) cold, cubed butter 
¼ / ½ cup (around 100ml) cup cold water plus extra for brushing  
½ cup (110g) sugar 
1 tsp cinnamon   
Notes: as the apples are cooked down, it doesn’t matter which apples you choose for this recipe, just go for the ones that you believe have the best flavour.


Recipe:  

Day One  
Put the flour, sugar, salt and cubed butter in a food processor and pulse until breadcrumbs form. Before it forms a ball, slowly add the water – add a little extra if it feels dry, pulse until dough forms. Pat the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes, preferably overnight.    

Make the filling. Combine all ingredients in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat and stir every so often. The apples will start to break down and will eventually reach a saucy consistency. Cook for 45 minutes and mash up unbroken pieces of apple. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook for 2 hours until the sauce is much darker, thicker and half the amount. Transfer to a jar and let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate, will last there for 1 month or up to 6 months in the freezer.   

Day Two  
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out a ¼ inch thick. Take a 4/5 inch cookie cutter and cut out as many rounds as you can, you should have about 16. Place the rounds on a baking tray, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Spoon 1 ½ teaspoons of apple butter in the centre of half the rounds, making sure to leave a 1/2 inch gap between the edges of the pastry. Brush water around the edges of rounds and place another round on top. Gently seal the dough with your fingers and create a cross in the centre using a knife. Repeat with the rest of the rounds. Place back on baking sheet, cover and and refrigerate for 30 minutes.   

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Brush pies with water and then sprinkle with cinnamon before baking. Bake for 22 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool or eat warm, lasts for 3 months in the freezer or 4 days at room temperature.




Recipe and photography bu Emine Hassan

Cheats Pizza

You all know we’re huge fans of delicious things made easy, and who doesn’t like pizza? So we thought we’d mash up the two. You see with ‘normal’ pizza you have to faff about with yeast; letting that dough rise for a good hour or more. But with these? You can make these babies in half an hour from scratch. 

Let us introduce you to the wonders of flatbread. Flatbread is the easiest thing ever. You just take flour, baking powder (to give a little lift), water and natural yoghurt to make em really soft. Mix and toast in a pan! Top them with your favourite pizza toppings, whack them into the oven, and bam! PIZZA! Easy huh?

Ingredients

350G Flour
1 ½ Tspn Baking Powder
350G Yoghurt
Splash of water
Toppings (we used Aioli,  cherry tomatoes, onions, baby peppers, baby spinach and camembert Cheese)
Method
Mix together the flour, baking powder, yoghurt and water to form a dough.

Lightly knead and place in a oiled bowl.

Set aside for 15 minutes while you prepare the toppings.
Cut the dough into six and roll out very thinly (the thinner the better)

Place in a heated skillet, once the bottom is golden transfer onto a oven tray.

Add toppings and grill into golden.
Remove and top with rocket or baby spinach. YUM.
Words and Photography by Britney Hazeldine



Corn Fritters with Tomato Salsa

In our current issue, we asked Anne from Anne’s Kitchen to share some of her favourite spring recipes from her current book with us and she had our mouth watering with these yummy corn fritters!
“I like preparing mine with ricotta, which makes them really light and fluffy. This is also great as a light lunch, in which case I’d serve a few rashers of crispy bacon on the side,” says Anne. 
Makes 8 fritters for 4 people 
• Prep 20mins • Cooking 10mins • Easy
For the salsa:
400g cherry tomatoes
a squeeze of lemon juice

2 tbsp olive oil
a handful basil, chopped

salt and pepper
For the fritters:
3 eggs

250g ricotta

100g flour

30g melted butter
2 spring onions, chopped

1 small can sweetcorn (140g drained)
1⁄4 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp salt

a handful basil, chopped

sunflower oil for frying

Method
- Start by making the salsa: wash the cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters, add the lemon juice, olive oil, basil and season with salt and pepper.
- For the batter: Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
 Beat the egg whites until stiff. Put the egg yolks into a big bowl, add the ricotta, flour, butter and mix.
- Trim the spring onions and cut into fine slices. Add the spring onions, sweetcorn, chili, salt and basil to the ricotta batter and mix. Then fold in the egg whites with a spoon.
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Once it’s hot, make four fritters by dropping four times two tablespoons of the batter into the pan, frying them for 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve the fritters with the tomato salsa.
Want to know what other spring recipes made the cut? Find out in our current issue

Easy-peasy Berry Tart

There’s nothing worse than being at a party while the host is slaving away in the kitchen – particularly if you’re the host! That’s why today we have an easy Berry Tart recipe for you, that uses *gasp* shop-bought pastry. We don’t mind a shop-bought pastry, particularly when it makes something so delish! 
The great thing about this tart is that once you have the base (mainly berries) you can add whatever you’ve got in the cupboard. Here we’ve added chocolate (a gooey caramel, nougat & chocolate combo) and coconut. Oh and a sprig of mint to freshen it up, seeing as it’s spring.
Ingredients (makes 4) 
 400g ready-made sweet shortcrust pastry 
1½ cups fresh berries
 ¼ cup brown sugar
1tbsp cornflour
⅛ tsp salt 
 1 egg white 
Chosen toppings e.g chocolate, coconut, mint. 
Method
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. 
In a large bowl mix together the berries, sugar, cornflour and salt. 
 Roll out the pastry to 8mm thick. Cut into rounds and place the berry mixture in the middle. 
 Add your toppings to ‘spice’ things up. 
 Fold the edges in and brush with egg white. 
 Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the berries are bubbling. 
 These tarts are a perfect spring treat and so easy to make. Now you can pop them in the freezer until the day of your party, then defrost and enjoy yourself!
 Words and photography by Britney Hazeldine

Perfect Pancakes

Happy Pancake day to all our readers and followers. We’d thought we’d share our simple pancake recipe with you. We love ours simply with a little lemon and a sprinkle of sugar… how do you eat yours?

Ingredients 
110g plain flour 
Pinch of salt 
2 eggs 
½ pint of milk (can use half water and half milk) 
Selection of your favourite toppings
 Method 
- Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl; add the egg 
- Add ¼ of the milk and stir carefully with a wooden spoon, beat the mixture until it is smooth and then let it stand for 15mins 
- Slowly add and beat together the rest of the milk and then use an egg whisk to get air into the mixture – Into a small pan add a dessert spoon of oil and heat until you can see steam rising faintly, pour the mixture on to the pan so that it covers the whole area in a thin layer 
- Cook for 2mins each side 
- And then sprinkle with your favourite toppings. 

Homemade granola

Whether you want a snack during the day or a breakfast with yoghurt or milk, homemade granola is great because not only is it easy to do but you can make it exactly to your own taste. Not chewy enough? Add more syrup. Want coconut? Just add coconut! You get the idea. Here are two of our favourite combos… 
Ingredients
Peanut butter, ginger and chocolate granola
100g rolled oats
Large handful peanuts
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp peanut butter
50g cooking chocolate
Apricot, honey and walnut granola
100g rolled oats
Large handful of chopped walnuts
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
30g chopped apricot
½ freshly chopped apple
Method
-       Heat oven to 180C
-       The same procedure more or less applies to both the sweet and savoury granola
-       First you must mix the oats and nuts together
-       Then mix in the golden syrup/honey, the spice and either the peanut butter or the vanilla extract, depending on which one you’re making
-       Put the granola mix in the oven and bake for 30-35mins, turning the mixture over every 10mins
-       Approx. 10mins before the end add in the dried chopped apricot
-       Take out of the oven and let the granola cool
-       Melt the chocolate and pour over the sweet granola and let it cool
-       Store in an air tight container max. 2 weeks
-       Remember to chop up some fresh apple to have with the savoury one and add yogurt or milk if desired or eat without!
By Melodie Walter

Christmas Nibbles

Tis the season for entertaining, but time can be a little hard to come by at this time of year. If you’re expecting guests, or throwing a Christmas party we’ve got some simple but stylish recipes to really impress your guests. All of these nibbles can be made in under an hour from things you’ve got in the store cupboard so get baking and be prepared for your guests to be impressed!

Goat’s Cheese and Red Onion Palmiers 
These look really impressive but are so easy to make – we won’t tell if you don’t!
 Ingredients
250g puff pastry 
100g goats cheese 
3-4tbsp red onion chutney
Makes 20 
Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Roll your pastry out into a large rectangle about ½ cm thick. Sprinkle over the goats cheese and then the red onion chutney. Starting at one side, tightly roll into the middle, then brush the rolled edge with a little milk. Do the same with the opposite side, rolling into the middle then pressing the two sides together – the milk will help them stick. Cut into 20 even slices, place on a lined baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the palmiers are fully risen and a lovely golden colour. Leave to cool on the tray, then serve. 
 Sausage and Stuffing Rolls 
Everyone’s favourite party food has been given a new twist for the festive season 
Ingredients
250g shortcrust pastry 
200g pork sausagemeat 
 1 box stuffing mix, made to the instructions – we went for sage and onion, but choose whichever flavour you prefer 
1 egg, beaten
Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Roll you pastry out into a large rectangle, about ½ cm thick. Place a line of sausagemeat down the middle of the pastry, then top with a layer of stuffing. Tightly roll the pastry around the sauagemeat and stuffing and brush the ends with beaten egg to secure. Cut into 10 equal slices and place fold down on a lined baking tray. Brush the top of each sausage roll with a little more beaten egg and cook for 20-15 minutes, until the pastry is golden and sauagemeat cooked through. Serve whilst still warm. 
 Baked Pitta Chips 
The latest snack craze is so easy to make at home – you’ll never want to buy them again! Perfect when loaded with a scoop of your favourite dip 
Ingredients
4 pitta breads 
1tbsp olive oil 
Salt and pepper, to season 
Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut each pitta bread into 8 pieces, then hold horizontally and carefully slice each piece in half again, until you’ve got a pile of thin pitta pieces. Mix together the olive oil and salt and pepper to flavour the chips – you really can go nuts here and use whatever flavours you fancy, paprika and cayenne pepper would be good to give the chips a kick, or try using some oregano and thyme for a herby flavour. Brush the pitta pieces with the oil and seasoning mixture and place on a baking tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the chips are light and crispy. Leave to cool and serve with a selection of hummus and dips.
By Millie Norton

Apricot and Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

The smell of baked cinnamon rolls wafting through the house is the ultimate in festive comfort at this time of year. Added cranberries and apricots give these a seasonal twist – the perfect thing to enjoy on a cold winters morning. 
Ingredients
For the rolls
450g strong white flour
75g dried cranberries
1tsp fast acting dried yeast
1tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp caster sugar
150ml hot milk and 150ml hot water mixed together – hot but not boiling!
For the filling
25g butter, melted
50g light brown sugar
2tbsp ground cinnamon
75g dried apricots, cut into small pieces
Makes 8 rolls

Method
- Place the flour, cranberries, yeast, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl and stir together. Now add the hot milk and water and mix together using an electric mixer with a dough hook attachment for 5 minutes – if you don’t have an electric mixer that’s fine, you can just use your hands and mix and knead for about 10 minutes. Once the dough has been mixed and kneaded, cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for 1 ½ hours, or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for another 5 minutes. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle about 1 cm thick, spread the surface with the melted butter and scatter over the sugar, cinnamon and apricot pieces in an even layer, making sure you reach the edges. Now roll the dough into a tight sausage shape, slice into 8 even pieces and place these, swirl side up on a lightly oiled baking tray.
- Leave in a warm place for a further 30 minutes, or if you want to make these for breakfast next day you can leave them in the fridge overnight (although if you do this, you will need to take the rolls out of the fridge and leave for 30 minutes to come up to room temperature before baking).
- When you are ready to bake the rolls, preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the rolls are well risen and a lovely golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly. You can eat the rolls as they are, but for an extra delicious twist make up some icing using 3tbsp icing sugar, 1tbsp water and 1tsp vanilla extract and drizzle over the top of the hot rolls. Tear off and eat warm – heavenly!
By Millie Norton

Chocolate and Raspberry Fondant

Chocolate fondants look so impressive but are secretly really easy to make! These make a lovely dessert to follow a winter supper and can be made a couple of hours ahead of baking.
Ingredients
Raspberry Sauce
100g raspberries, lightly crushed 
2tbsp water 
1tbsp caster sugar 
Chocolate Fondant
50g butter, plus extra for greasing 
50g dark chocolate 
50g caster sugar 
1 egg 
50g self-raising flour 
1tsp cocoa powder 
You will also need 2 ramekins or pudding moulds 
Start by making the raspberry sauce; Place the raspberries, sugar and water into a pan and gently heat, until the raspberries are soft and the mixture is syrupy. Remove from the heat and take 4 tablespoons of the sauce and pass through a sieve to remove any seeds. Leave to cool.
For the chocolate fondant, prepare the ramekins by brushing them with butter followed by a dusting of cocoa powder. Place the butter, chocolate and sugar into a microwaveable bowl and microwave on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate has just melted. Give the mixture a really good stir until it’s completely smooth, then whisk in the egg and then add the flour. Stir through 2 tablespoons of the smooth raspberry sauce and give the whole mix a really good whisk until everything is fully combined.
Spoon the mixture into the ramekins, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, although they can be left for a good few hours before baking.
When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 200°C, remove the fondants from the fridge, take off the clingfilm and bake for 14 minutes exactly. The timing is really important here; over-baking with result in a fondant without a gooey middle and under-baking will leave you with a chocolatey mess!
Take the fondants out of the oven and leave for one minute to rest. Turn them out onto a plate, spoon some more raspberry sauce over the top, add a dusting of icing sugar and a couple of raspberries for decoration and serve immediately.
Recipe by Millie Norton

Asparagus Tart

The heat wave and summer in general may be fizzling out, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time to squeeze in one last picnic or one final trip to the beach. This tart is a perfect tasty treat to take with you to either of these places. It isn’t fussy too make and it’s nice and easy to eat too – no sandy sandwiches around here! 
Ingredients
 Butter for greasing 
300g Asparagus 
225g Shortcrust Pastry (ready made is fine!) 
3 Eggs  
1 Egg Yolk 
1 Red Onion 
250ml Double Cream 
60g Parmesan Cheese
Method
- Preheat oven to 180C, grease a flan tin with the butter. In a large saucepan, bring 500ml water to the boil and pop in the asparagus and cook for 2-3mins.  
- Roll out the pastry and use it to line the flan tin. Pop over some greaseproof paper and then place some baking beans (or dry pasta/rice) and put the tin into the oven to blind bake for 10mins.  
- Meanwhile, chop the onion finely and mix it in within the eggs and the cream.   
- When the pastry has cooked remove the greaseproof paper and baking beans.  
- Cut the ends off the asparagus spears and lay the leftover trimmings on the bottom of the pastry shell, pour over the cream and onion mix. Bake for 15 mins.   
- After the 15 mins are up, take out the tart and lay over the remaining spears of asparagus so they fan out. Sprinkle over the cheese and bake for a further 20-25 mins.  
- Serve warm or cold – both are delicious! 
Recipe and photography by Ailie Williams

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