Pickled Cucumbers

I really love pickles and had a huge bag of Cucumbers to use, so I thought I would make my own. It was quick, simple and the results were delicious!! IngredientsA large airtight jar, sterilised to prevent mouldCucumbers ( I used 8 and quartered them) 750g is the weight for the brine.2/3 cup fresh dill2…

N o bake Cheesecake with Passion Fruit and Mango Ingredients 250g pkt biscuits, crushed 150g melted,unsalted butter 500g cream cheese, room temperature. 3 tbsps powdered gelatine 2 tbsps boiling water 2/3 cup caster sugar 3 tsps vanilla extract 2 medium mangoes, chopped 5 passion fruit, pulp removed 300ml thickened cream, whipped Method Line the base…

Gravy

Traditionally in our house, we always have a full roast dinner on New Years Day. This is generally roast beef and roast pork with all the trimmings and including yorkshire puddings and real gravy, no granules allowed! Ingredients4 onions mix of red and white, skins on roughly chopped4 small carrots, skins on roughly chopped1 bulb…

Yorkshire Puddings

Ingredients145g plain flour4 whole eggs, large200ml milk MethodPreheat the oven to 230°C. Place the vegetable oil in each space in a 12 muffin tin, approx 1 tsp for each.Place the tin in the oven until the oil is really hot.Mix the eggs and flour together, then gradually add the milk. Pour into a jug.Open the…

Peppermint Creams

Ingredients400g icing sugar, sifted1 tsp peppermint essence1 egg white1 tbsp fresh lemon juice200g dark chocolate MethodWhisk the egg white until it becomes frothy then add the icing sugar a little at a time. Continue to mix until it forms a ball. Add more lemon juice if needed.Place onto a clean surface covered with icing sugar,…

Baguette

I ngredients 1 1/2 tbsp dried yeast 2 tbsp honey 1 1/2 cup of warm water 3 1/2 to 4 cups plain flour 1 1/2 tsp salt Olive oil Method Preheat the oven to 230°C. Add the dried yeast and honey to the warm water and set aside to activate. In a stand mixer add…

Mince Pies

Ingredients 225g chilled butter, cubed 350g plain flour 100g caster sugar 1 egg yolk Chilled water 1 jar sweet mince Method Preheat oven to 180°c.  In a food processor add the flour, butter and sugar and pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs (this can also be done by hand) Add the sugar and the egg yolk….

Gingerbread and Coffee Trifle with White Chocolate Custard and Berries

Ingredients Gingerbread (the recipe posted) x 1 box of Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries 300ml whipping cream 200ml white chocolate 1ltr whole milk 8 egg yolks 100g caster sugar 1/3 cup cornflour 1/4 cup plain flour Vanilla essence Coffee Liqueur Method Whisk the cream and place in the fridge Place the milk and white chocolate in…

Ninjabread Men

These are a bit of fun and delicious. Double the recipe as the dough freezes well. Ingredients125g butter, softened100g brown sugar100ml golden syrup1 egg, separated375g plain flour1 tsp bicarbonate of soda2 tsp mixed spice2 tsp ground ginger 150g icing sugar   Food colour paste MethodIn a stand mixer mix the butter and sugar together until…