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Phillippa's Apple Pie

Phillippa's Apple Pie

This is the simplest and most delicious way of making a good, old-fashioned Apple Pie - the way that our mothers and grandmothers used to make it! You can use granny smith apples or look for apple varieties in autumn at farmers' markets or heritage orchards, such as Bramley and Cox's orange pippin with their well balanced sweetness and tartness, and delicate floral aromas (they're often visually less perfect). Ingredients Brisee pastry300g plain flour A good pinch of salt225g cold butter, cut into 1cm cubes85ml iced water2 tsp lemon juice Pie filling1 kg cooking apples½ tsp ground cinnamon3-5 tablespoon sugar, depending on tartness of apples1 egg...

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Baci Cakes

Baci Cakes

Inspired by Elizabeth David's recipe for flourless chocolate cake in French Provincial Cooking, these gorgeous little Baci Cakes are a wonderful combination of chocolate and hazelnut.  Ingredients 12 hazelnuts 285g cooking chocolate (70% cocoa), broken into pieces 7 eggs, separated 225g butter 225g caster sugar 225g ground hazelnuts (sometimes labeled hazelnut meal) 3 teaspoons coffee 2 teaspoons dark rum (optional) Chocolate ganache 375g cooking chocolate (70%cocoa), broken into pieces 190g butter, roughly chopped Method Preheat the oven to 180oC/160oC fan. Double line a regular muffin tray with paper patty pans. Spread out the hazelnuts on a baking tray and toast them...

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Sophie's Peanut & Salted Chocolate Macarons

Sophie's Peanut & Salted Chocolate Macarons

Inspired by a recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi, Phillippa's daughter Sophie created these devine Peanut and Salted Chocolate Macarons. Ingredients 165g soft icing sugar 90g finely ground almonds 3 egg whites 60g caster sugar 30g finely chopped lightly roasted peanuts (other nuts can be used) 60g cooking chocolate (70% cocoa), roughly chopped 30g salted cultured butter, roughly chopped pinch of salt (optional) Method Preheat the oven to 170oC/ 150oC fan. Sift the icing sugar and ground almonds together into a bowl. In another bowl, using a whisk or electric hand-held beater, beat the egg whites with the caster sugar until stiff...

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Honey Roast Pears with Ukrainian Yoghurt Cream & Crumbs

Honey Roast Pears with Ukrainian Yoghurt Cream & Crumbs

This Yoghurt Cream is Reminiscent of a Ukrainian Honey Cake - the yoghurt giving it a lovely balanced tang. It can be served with poached apples or stonefruit. Ingredients 3 firm pears halved and cored 1 packet Honey Bunnies or Honey Bears biscuits (200g) About ½ cup ‘Bloody Good’ honey  1 cup Greek yoghurt 1 cup pure cream, whipped  1 tsp pure vanilla 1 tsp finely grated orange zest, optional Method Placed halved pears face down in a large fry pan. Cover with water adding a tablespoon honey or sugar. Add some vanilla bean, star anise or cinnamon stick if you like. Simmer...

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