Place the raspberries and strawberries in a heatproof bowl of simmering water, add the lemon juice and 50g of the sugar. Cover with cling film and leave for 30-40 mins. In a saucepan put the remaining sugar in the water and dissolve, bash the lemon grass and add this then bring to the boil. Take off the heat and leave to infuse for about an hour. Continue reading Raspberry Jelly
This is a very easy recipe for a great hot trifle dessert. First slice the swiss roll and arrange along with the apricots (or other fruit you want to use) on the bottom of a heatproof casserole dish.
Next make the custard, you can either use your own recipe or do what we have done here by upgrading a packet custard. To do this blend the custard powder with the egg yolks, 1 tbsp sugar and a little of the milk. Heat the remaining milk and when almost boiling stir into the mixed custard before returning to pan. Bring to almost boiling point and keep stirring continuously until the custard has thickened to a level you are happy with, ideally the thickness of double cream.
Leave the custard to cool slightly before pouring it over the swiss roll and fruit.
Next you need to make the meringue. To do this whisk the egg whites with the sugar until they form a stiff peak, its best to do this with an electric whisk if possible.
To finish the dish add the meringue to the top of the custard and bake at 180C for 20 mins or until the meringue is golden brown on top. Serve while hot.
This is the most amazing chocolate cake. There is no flour in it so it is not a spongey cake but instead is rich, gooey and fudgy… a bit like a giant chocolate truffle. It is surprisingly easy to make and will feed a lot of people.
Preheat your oven to 120C. Using the extra butter, grease a 25cm cake tin and line with parchment paper.
Break the chocolate into pieces and melt with the butter in a bowl over simmering water.
Beat the eggs with 70g of the sugar with an electric whisk until the volume quadruples.
Heat the remaining sugar with 100ml water until dissolved into a light syrup. Pour the hot syrup into the chocolate mixture and leave to cool slightly.
Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the eggs and fold together using a metal spoon or spatula. Pour into the tin.
Put a folded tea towel in the bottom of a baking tray. Put in the cake and pour in enough boiling water to come three quarters of the way up the tin.
Bake for 50 minutes until just set (it should still wobble slightly). Leave to cool in the water.
Once cooled, remove from the tin using the parchment paper to pull it out. Cutting is easier if you run your knife under hot water before each slice.
This is the Rolls Royce of hot chocolate puddings and this recipe is foolproof. You can make them up ahead of time and either chill or freeze until ready to use. Apologies for the lack of photograph for this recipe – they were so good I forgot! Thanks to Babbie for the recipe!
Grease 4 ramekins and dust the insides with cocoa powder.
Melt the chocolate and the 50g of butter slowly in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir occasionally with a spatula. Allow to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, whisk the egg, egg yolk and sugar until pale and fluffy. You can do this by hand but better with an electric mixer. Gently fold in the melted chocolate mixture and then fold in the flour. Spoon or pour into your prepared ramekins. Cover with cling film and chill. You can also freeze them at this stage.
When ready to use, heat the oven to 180C. Put the ramekins on a baking sheet and cook for 12 minutes (15 minutes if cooking from frozen). You will know they are ready when the sides have set and are starting to come away from the ramekin and the tops have formed a crust. The middle will still be lovely and gooey. Serve at once with cream or ice cream.
To make the bavarois, soak the gelatine in a little cold water for about 5 minutes, until softened. Whisk the egg yolks and 100g caster sugar together until light and fluffy.
Pour the milk into a saucepan and add the vanilla pods. Bring to the boil,remove the milk from the heat and pour it slowly over the egg mixture, whisking continuously.
Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over a very low heat until thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat. Squeeze the excess water from the gelatine and add to the mixture. Stir until the gelatine has completely dissolved. Leave to cool.
In the meatime add the bluberrys to a pan with a couple of tablespoons of water and 100g sugar, you can adjust the amount of sugar depending on how sweet you want it. Heat the fruit until it cooks down to a thick sauce. Blend the mixture and push through a sieve and leave to cool.
When the bavarois mix is cold but not set, whip the double cream until thick enough to leave ribbon trails. Fold it gently into the bavarois with the fruit and then pur the mixture into ramekins and place in the fridge to set.
When set tap the bavarois out of the ramekin, using a blowtorch if you have one to help it on its way.
This recipe would work for any fruit, I would advise not using blueberries, there is something a bit odd about eating blue food and the fruit doesn’t actually pack alot of flavour. I would suggest trying this with raspberries.
- 200g Stilton, at room temp, crumbled
- 100g Full-fat soft cheese
- 1 tbsp Port
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 100g Walnut pieces
- 150g Back grapes, halved
- 4 Celery sticks, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 4 tbsp Snipped chives
With a fork, blend the cheeses with the port and nutmeg and black pepper to taste. Pile the mixture onto a sheet of foil, then wrap and shape into an 8 inch sausage.
Finely chop half the walnuts. Unwrap the cheese and coat evenly with the nuts. Wrap again and chill until ready to serve.
Mix together celery, grapes and remaining walnuts. Put the oil and lemon juice in a jar with salt and pepper. Shake well then stir in the chives and pour over the salad.
Divide the salad between 6 plates. Slice the pate into 12 and put 2 slices on top of each salad.
Serve with melba toast or olive bread.
- Thick chocolate sauce
- 180g dark chocolate, 70% solids
- 100g milk chocolate
- 280ml milk
- 160ml single cream
- Chantilly cream
- 500ml whipping cream
- 70g icing sugar
- half a vanilla pod
- Coffee granita
- 480ml hot espresso coffee
- 80ml hot, diluted chicory essence (Camp coffee)
- 60g caster sugar
- Chocolate brownies
- 80g unsalted butter + some for greasing
- 120g plain flour + some for dusting
- 300g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 40g good quality cocoa powder
- 100g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
- 100g good quality chocolate drops or chips (or a bar cut into small chunks)
Make the coffee granita
Mix all ingredients together while the coffee is still hot. Leave to cool completely before pouring into a shallow tray or tub and placing in the freezer for 3-4 hours (can make the day before). Just before serving the ‘cappucino’, break up the frozen mixture by running the prongs of a fork along the surface, resulting in coffee ice crystals.
Make the brownies
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a fairly deep rectangular cake tin and dust with the extra flour, tipping out ant excess to leave a thin coating.
Beat the butter vigorously with the caster sugar using electric beaters (this is easier if the butter is at room temperature) until very pale and light. Then beat in the eggs one by one before adding the sifted flour and cocoa powder. Fold in the pecan nuts and the chocolate drops.
Turn this mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cut into 6 large squares in the tin while still hot. Leave to cool a little and take them out of the tin while still slightly warm. They will turn ‘fudgy’ as they cool. To serve, dust with icing sugar and cut each square diagonally into 2 triangles. Can make the day before.
Make the Chantilly cream
Mix the cream and the icing sugar. Scrape the seeds from half the vanilla pod and add to the cream. Chill in a bowl. When very cold, beat until stiff. return to the fridge until needed.
Make the thick chocolate sauce (ganache)
Break the chocolate into a food processor and whizz until finely grated. Put this into a heatproof bowl. Bring the milk and cream to the boil (but do not allow to boil or it will split) and pour this onto the chocolate. Stir carefully with a wooden spoon until completely smooth and glossy. Keep warm until needed over a bowl of hot (but not boiling water).
- 100g plain flour
- 2 tsp cocoa powder (plus extra for sprinkling)
- 2 heaped tsp golden icing sugar
- 50g cold butter, cut into sml pieces
- 1 large egg yolk
- 200ml crème fraiche
- 250ml double cream
- 175g white chocolate
- 200g raspberries
Preheat oven to 200C and butter a 20cm tart tin with a removable base. Make the pastry. Sift the flour, cocoa and sugar into food processor, add butter and whizz briefly. Add the egg yolk and 2 tbsp ice-cold water and process again to the point at which it comes together. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 mins.
Roll out the pastry on some flour sifted with a little cocoa and line the tin.
Bake blind for 20 mins, then remove baking beans and cook for a further 10 mins until crisp and slightly brown. Leave to cool.
Filling: heat crème fraiche with 100ml of the cream. Break the chocolate into a bowl, pour the hot cream over it and leave for a minute, then stir until it dissolves. Cover with cling film, punch some air holes in it and put in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
Lightly crush the raspberries with a fork to let the juices run a little. Put them in a single layer on the pastry base. Whisk the remaining double cream until thick but still soft, and fold it into the chocolate mixture. Smooth over the raspberries and chill for an hour. Sprinkle with cocoa just before serving.
- 300g white chocolate, broken into pieces
- 6 eggs, separated
- 10 ripe passion fruit, pulped
- 2 punnets raspberries
Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Whisk egg whites. Beat yolks and passion fruit pulp together (you can sieve seeds out first if you prefer). Fold in egg whites.
Put a few rasps in the bottom of each serving dish (ramekins or small bowls) and pour on the mousse mixture.
Chill for 2-3 hours before serving
- 6 tbsp fine shred marmalade
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- 125g fresh cranberries
- 125g plus 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 125g very soft unsalted butter plus extra for greasing
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 125g self-raising flour, sifted
- 1 tbsp Grand Marnier
- 75g white chocolate, grated
Preheat the oven to 200C. Butter 6 x 200ml pudding moulds and put a round of greaseproof paper in each.
Put the marmalade and half the orange zest and juice into a small pan with the cranberries and 1 tbsp sugar. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 1 minute. Allow to cool a little and divide among the pudding moulds. Set aside.
Beat the butter and remaining sugar in a bowl until soft and creamy. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well between each addition. Add a spoonful of the flour if the mixture looks like it might curdle.
Fold in flour, Grand Marnier, remaining orange zest and juice and the chocolate. Divide the mixture among the moulds, cover them tightly with a square of buttered foil and put in a deep roasting tin. Pour in enough boiling water to reach halfway up the sides then bake in the oven fpr 35-40 minutes.
Remove the foil carefully from the moulds. Upturn the puddings onto plates and serve with custard or thick cream.