FOR THE LAST TIME - FROM THE KITCHEN WITH LIZ!
Lentil & Pumpkin Soup
I would just like to say thank you to everyone on the team and to all of you who have read my recipes (and made them!) I have enjoyed sharing my recipes, most of which have been passed on down to her via my family and friends.
I hope that in the not too distant future, a collection of my recipes will be put together in book form and sold in aid of charity. I wish you all well and all the best for the future!
On behalf of all the Community Spirit team, I would like to say a huge Thank-you to Liz for all her wonderful recipes over the years! We will miss you Liz, but wish you lots of luck and happiness in the next chapter of your life! Julia x 8/2021
Liz's recipes are published below
Recipe 1: Elderberry Cordial
Ingredients: Elderberries (still on the stalks) ; Sugar ; Cloves
Pick the fruit on a dry day and stew with the stalks on in a large pan with just enough water to cover them
Strain through a muslin square, squeezing to get all the juice out
To each pint of juice, add one pound of sugar and ten cloves
Boil for ten minutes
Allow to cool and then bottle
Make sure you distribute the cloves evenly amongst the bottles (they act as a preservative)
The cordial can be used immediately, or can be kept for one to two year.
Take with hot water for a guard against colds. A glass a day through Winter is a wise precaution!
Recipe 2 : Elderette
Crush any amount of elderberries and strain the juice off. Mix the juice with an equal quantity of water. To every pint of liquid, add one pound of sugar and 4 cloves and half a bruised cinnamon stick. Boil for ten minutes. Strain and measure liquid. Add one wine glass of brandy to every one pint of syrup. Bottle when quite cold and store.
Recipe 3 : Rose Hip Syrup
Ingredients: 6 pints of water ; 3lbs of ripe wild rosehips ; 2lb of sugar
Boil 4 of the pints of water
Mince the rosehips and put immediately in to the boiling water
Strain off scum as it rises and boil for a few minutes
Cool for 15 minutes
Pass through a fine sieve and/or muslin square twice to remove the hairs
Boil the pulp again in the other 2 pints of water
Leave to cool for 15 minutes
Strain or sieve twice, as before
Place both lots of strained juice in a pan and boil until it is reduced to about 3 pints
Add sugar, stirring well
Cool then pour in to warmed bottles
Store in a dark cupboard until needed
During the War, this syrup was given to us children instead of Blackcurrant juice. We were paid so much per pound to pick the hips and take them to the local pharmacy, which then made them in to syrup, as it is very high in Vitamin C!
Quick Liver Pate
5oz (100g) Continental Liver sausage (skinned) 2oz (50g) Butter
2oz (50g) Cream Cheese 1tbsp Any Cream
Squeeze Lemon Juice Salt & Black Pepper
Mix All Ingredients together & put in a pot in the fridge
Leve to set for 1½ hrs
Serve with thin pieces of toast and butter
212g Tin salmon, drained 125ml (5 fl oz) mayonnaise
125ml (5 fl oz) whipped Double Cream 5 tbsp cold water
4 tsp powdered geletin 1 tbsp lemon juice
Soak geletine in water in a cup
Place cup in boiling water, stir until gelatine has dissolved
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a one pint pot or mould
Refrigerate for 1½ hours to set
Leek and Potato Soup
to warm you on a cold winter's day
Wash the leeks and cut into small pieces. Lightly fry the potatoes and the leeks in the melted butter. Add the stock and simmer for 30 minutes. Blend, liquidise or put the soup through a sieve and pour back into the pan. Mix the milk and the cornflour together, add to the pan, stirring the soup all the time. Add seasoning to taste, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve with crusty bread.
Bring everything, but the chicken to the boil.
Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
Add the chicken and herbs
Cook for a further 10 - 15 minutes , stirring ocassionally
Serve with warm crusty bread
For the Pastry : For the Parcel :
8oz (225g) Plain Flour (preferably 1 leek shredded finely and fried
Strong flour as used for bread making) in a knob of butter, mixed with a
Pinch of salt little white sauce, seasoned and
6oz (175g) of hard margarine cooled
4fl oz. (100ml) cold water 1lb(500g) Fresh Salmon
(OR buy a pack of Rough puff pastry) A little salt & lemon juice
To Make Pastry :
Cut fat in to small cubes and stir carefully in to flour without breaking up
Add water, again, stirring carefully to make a stiff dough
Pile on to floured table and roll out in to an oblong, length to equal three times the width
With narrow end of oblong facing you, fold bottom third of pastry over middle, top third over middle and give a quarter turn.
Roll in to an oblong again as item 3, and Repeat Item 4, then repeat Items 3 and 4, twice more
Leaving pastry folded, place in a poly bag and put in a cold place to relax for about half an hour
To Make Salmon Parcels :
Roll pastry out in to a rectangle to almost the size of a Swiss Roll tin
Place salmon, sprinkled with salt and lemon juice, on half of the pastry and spread with leek sauce
Brush edges of pastry with either water or beaten egg before folding rest of pastry over towards you to make a parcel, then seal the edges by crimping them together
Brush whole of parcel with beaten egg and slash pastry diagonally several times with a sharp knife
Bake for 25minutes at Regulo 7, 200 o C until pastry is golden
Eat hot or cold
Stir Fry Beef with Chillis and Spring Onions
1lb of rump steak cut into thin strips - stir fry for one minute in 2 tbsp of oil
2 cloves of crushed garlic
2 cm piece of grated ginger
6 spring onions finely chopped
2 green chillis finely chopped
1 tsp of Chinese 5 spice ..... add to above and cook for 30 seconds
1 tbsp of hoisin sauce
2 tbsp of dark soy sauce
1 tbsp of light soy sauce
2 tbsp of dry sherry .....add and cook for one minute
1 tbsp of coriander
serve with rice or noodles - enjoy.
2 Add all the ingredients, except the chicken, to the onions and garlic, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins. Until thick.
3 Place the chicken in an ovenproof dish and then pour the sauce over it
4 Turn and baste occasionally for 30 mins. at Reg 6 or 200 o C until the chicken is tender. If you decide to use chicken legs these will take longer to cook
Brush thin chicken fillets with mayonnaise and coat with crushed rice krispies.
Bake in a moderate oven Gas mark 4, 180 degrees C for about half an hour until tender.
Serve in a wrap or pitta bread etc. or with chips!
Pear & Apricot Stuffing For Goose :
6oz white breadcrumbs Bunch of Spring Onions, chopped
4oz soaked dried pears chopped 4oz soaked dried Apricots, chopped
2 tbsps fresh parsley Pinch of Sage
Salt & pepper to taste 2 Beaten Eggs
Grated rind of one lemon
Mix all the ingredients together
Stuff goose and roast for 20 minutes per pound at 190 degrees C, Gas mark 5 plus a further 20 minutes or until juices run clear.
Sage & Onion Stuffing for most poultry and pork
2 cups of fresh breadcrumbs 1 chopped onion
½ tsp dried sage 1tbsp suet
½ tsp salt ¼ pint stock
¼ pint of water or stock
Boil onion in water until tender
Mix with breadcrumbs, sage, suet and salt
Use to stuff meat
Chestnut Stuffing for Turkey:
2lb of chestnuts ¼ to ½ pint stock
2oz butter Salt & Pepper to taste
Pinch of cinnamon ½ tsp sugar
Split chestnuts and bake or boil for 20 minutes.
Remove shells and skins
Stew chestnuts until tender
Rub through a sieve or liquidise
Add butter, salt, pepper, cinnamon and sugar
Add sufficient stock to make a soft dough
Stuff turkey and roast for 20 minutes per pound etc as for goose recipe above.
Happy Christmas to one and all! Next month's recipe will be Chocolate Trifle made with Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!
Moroccan Lamb Stew ..............(Serves 4)
1lb 5oz of cubed lamb 1 tbsp Oil
2 chopped onions 1 tbsp Tomato puree
2 tsps ground ginger 1 tsp cinnamon
300ml of chicken or lamb stock 400g Chopped Tomatoes
100ml balsamic vinegar Salt & Pepper to Taste (A small handful of dried Sultanas/apricots/dates if liked)
225g of spinach leaves
Rice or couscous to serve
Fry lamb in oil until browned on all sides then strain (and keep oil) and leave on warm plate on one side.
Fry chopped onions in residue oil for about 5 minutes or until tender
Add tomato puree, ginger and cinnamon to onions, and cook for a further minute
Add stock, tomatoes and vinegar to onion mixture together with lamb (and dried fruit if using) and stew over low heat or bake for one hour in oven (Reg 4, 180 o C)
Just before serving, add spinach leaves and leave them to wilt.
Add seasoning (including sweetener if needed)
Cook rice/couscous if using ...... and finally ..... Serve
Versatile Pasta Salad
2oz cooked pasta shells (or other pasta shapes)
1 small green pepper, 2 celery stalks, 1 large red eating apple, sliced (dipped in lemon juice to stop flesh from going brown)
2oz nuts (any kind pine nuts, walnuts, peanuts etc or a mixture)
2 tbsp of mayonnaise (garlic mayo could be used)
2 pineapple rings
2oz chopped ham or cheese (or a mixture of both)
Cook pasta for 12 minutes, or until soft. Drain and keep warm
Dice pepper, celery and apple and mix with mayonnaise
Mix pasta whilst still warm with ingredients in mayonnaise
Top with diced pineapple, ham and/or cheese
Serve with a fresh green salad
Instead of ham, you could perhaps use salmon or salami, pepperoni, or leftover cold cooked chicken etc
This recipe could be adapted for vegetarians/vegans by using Quorn, tofu, vegan cheese or similar
Please remember that some people are allergic to nuts, and they should not be given to young children due to a possible chocking hazard
Fresh Salmon Steak
Sprinkle with salt, lemon juice, chopped parsley and dill.
Microwave for 2 -3 minutes depending on size of Salmon steak
While hot serve with new potatoes, vegetables of choice, and Hollandaise sauce
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp of white vinegar or lemon or lime juice
2 tbsp fresh chopped chives or a mixture of parsley and dill
6 tbsp water
Put all ingredients in to a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently boiling water and whisk until sauce thickens!
Dressing for cold cooked salmon
¼ pt sour cream - ½ tsp celery salt - 1 tsp creamed horseradish
2sp white wine vinegar - 1 tsp garlic or instant onion paste
Pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients together and pour over salmon.
Tinned Salmon Mousse
212g tin salmon - 5fl oz mayonnaise - 125ml (5fl oz) whipped double cream
5 tbsp cold water - 4 tsp powdered gelatine - 1 tbsp lemon juice
Soak gelatine in water, in a cup placed in some simmering water, stirring until the gelatine has melted
Mix gelatine with all other ingredients and pour into a 1 pint pot or mould
Place in fridge for 1½ hours to set
To keep longer, pour some melted, unsalted butter over the mousse to seal, and store in fridge
Ingredients ...Gammon Joint
1. Reserve half of the sliced peppers. Add the rest of the ingredients to a pre-heated slow cooker . Stir well. .....
2. Set slow cooker to high setting and cook for 6-8 hours (or longer if you want). If using a large stock-pot or saucepan, simmer on stove for 3hrs approximately.
3. 30 mins before end of cooking, add the reserved peppers
4. After 6 hours, check meat is very tender and sauce has thickened. You can remove the lid and carry on cooking until sauce has thickened.
5. Shred the meat in the slow cooker with two forks.
6. Serve with mashed potatoes (or rice or chips) and seasonal green vegetables.
Ruth's Fish Pie
Ingredients: 1lb fresh Haddock ...... 1lb smoked Haddock
1½ oz butter ....1 oz plain flour ...½ pint milk ....3oz chopped onion
2 tbsp double cream ....10oz prawns ...1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp lemon juice ...Pinch black pepper and salt ..4 level tbsp cornflour
8 tbsp water
Topping: 6oz plain flour ...3 oz butter ..3oz red Leicester Cheese
Cook both the haddock and the smoked haddock in water. Strain, saving ½ pint of the stock, and leave the fish to cool.
Fry the onion in a little of the butter, set aside.
Using the rest of the butter, mix with the plain flour over a low heat until combined and slowly add the milk little by little, stirring continuously until all combined. Add the onion and stock to the sauce and simmer over a gentle heat for a few minutes.
Add the prawns, parsley, lemon juice and seasoning. Add the double cream a little at a time stirring continuously.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Mix the cornflour with the water in a separate bowl and then add to the sauce. Again, continue to stir until the mixture thickens.
Leave to cool, then add the cooked fish and place in an ovenproof dish.
To make the crumble, rub the flour and butter together to form fine breadcrumbs and add the cheese.
Sprinkle the crumble over the fish.
Bake for 45minutes at Gas Mark 5, 190 o C
Once cooked, garnish with a little chopped parsley.
Serve with new potatoes (or mash) and fresh vegetables, with a fresh parsley sauce
Slice the tops off the peppers, remove the seeds and either leave whole or cut in half.
Mix all the ingredients together, leaving a little of the grated cheese on one side. Pack the mixture into the peppers and finish off with the reserved grated cheese. Place in a baking tin and add 5 tbs stock or water and cover with foil. Bake for 30 40 mins. at 190 o C or gas reg. 5.
1 tbsp oil, 1 oz butter, 2-3 med sliced onions, 4 med sliced tomatoes
1 lb mince
1 tbsp oil, 1 oz butter, 2 sliced aubergines, 4 sliced med potatoes
1 1/2 oz butter, 1 1/2 oz p.flour, 3/4 pint milk, 3-4 oz cheese
Sprinkle aubergines with salt and leave 1 hour. Rinse. Fry onion in butter and oil. Add lomnloes and mince, season, fry for 10 mins. Fry aubergines and potatoes in oil and IM itti ir until tender. Turn frequently.
Make a roux sauce-melt butter, stir in flour, and then add milk, stir constantly until thick. Cool and stir in most of the cheese together with the beaten egg and a pinch of nutmeg. Layer meat with potatoes and aubergines and lastly the sauce. Sprinkle on rest of cheese.
Ingredients: 10 oz double cream - 1 Carton of fresh strawberries - 1 pack of meringues
Wash and hull the strawberries and eut into quarters
Crumble the meringues ....Whip the cream until thick .....Mix the strawberries, crumbled meringues and cream together, pile into individual dishes, serve, eat and enjoy!
Pear & Walnut Tart
8oz / 200g Plain Flour 4oz /100g Hard Marg / Unsalted Butter
2oz / 50g Chopped Walnuts 1oz / 25g Icing Sugar ,1 Egg
1 2 Tsp Cinnamon 5 Pears, Peeled & halved
Oven Temp 190 degrees C / Gas 5
Rub fat into flour, mix in icing sugar, cinnamon & chopped Walnuts.
Band together with the egg
Wrap pastry in cling film and chill for 1 hour.
Divide Pastry into 2 halves
Roll out ½ the pastryto fit an 8 / 20cm dish
Arrange Pears in the pastry lined, brush the edge of the dish with milk.
Roll out the rest of the pastry then cut out a circle of pastry from the middle of it.
Carefully place the rolled pastry with the central hole over the pears and cut off the excess.
Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar
Bake for 40 50 mins
Strawberry and Orange Meringue Roulade
Ingredients: ... 3 large egg whites, 6oz caster sugar , 1 level tsp corn flour ,1 tsp malt vinegar , 1 tsp vanilla essence , Juice and grated rind of 1 large orange
14oz strawberries , 500g Greek yoghurt , 1 or 2 tbsp icing sugar
Grease and line a swiss roll tin
Heat oven to 130 deg C Reg. 2
Whisk egg whites with caster sugar until stiff peak consistency has been reached
Whisk in corn flour, vinegar, essence and grated orange rind
Pour in to prepared tin and bake in oven until golden (20-30 minutes)
Remove from oven and cover with a clean damp tea towel for 10 minutes
Turn meringue out on to non-stick parchment and spread with the Greek yogurt and half the strawberries , sliced
Roll up and place on serving dish
Liquidise remaining strawberries together with the orange juice and icing sugar to sweeten
Pour liquid in to a jug to serve
Slice roulade and pour sauce over and serve with cream or ice cream of your choice
Almond & Apple Pudding
2lb eating apples 1 tbsp honey
2oz fresh white breadcrumbs 3oz Unsalted Butter
3oz caster sugar 1 Large egg - beaten
1oz almond flakes 3 oz ground almonds
Rind of 1 lemon
In to the bottom of an oven-proof dish, slice the eating apples and pour the honey over.
Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs
Cream butter and caster sugar together, add the egg and mix thoroughly
Add to this mixture the ground almonds together with the lemon rind and pour over the apples
Sprinkle over the flaked almonds
Bake for 30mins at Reg 4, 180 degrees C until firm and golden
Serve hot with custard or cream
Lemon Cheese Cake
Method: Crush the biscuits to fine crumbs.- Melt the butter and sugar and stir in the crumbs. - Press in to a greased loose bottom 7 tin.
Mix together the lightly whipped cream, condensed milk, cream cheese and lemon zest. - Lastly fold in the lemon juice.
Pour into the tin and leave to set. -Decorate with piped cream and a few fresh raspberries.
Fruity &Bread Butter Pudding with fresh or frozen berries
Method: Grease a 3 pint dish. Butter the bread. - Whisk the eggs together then add the the sugar, milk and vanilla essence and mix. - Layer the bread and fruit in layers, starting with fruit and finishing with bread. -Pour the egg mixture over the bread and fruit and leave to soak in. - Bake for 40 45 minutes at gas reg. 4 or 180 0 C, serve with cream or ice cream or even on its own
Quick Chocolate Trifle
14oz tin of thick, ready-made custard
4oz plain chocolate (eg: Bournville)
1 pkt chocolate chip cookies
4 tbsp fresh orange juice
2 4 tbsp sherry
½ pint whipping cream
In a bowl, mix orange juice and sherry together
In a separate bowl, whip cream until stiff
Melt chocolate and custard together over low heat
Dip biscuits in to orange/sherry mixture.
Put a layer of biscuits in the bottom of a suitable dish. Pour over any remaining juice/sherry
Then add a layer of the custard / chocolate mixture and then a layer of cream
Continue layering until all ingredients have been used, finishing with a cream layer
Decorate with grated chocolate or Cocoa
In the hot weather, bananas can go off quite quickly, so here are two uses for them! ...Ingredients:
1 pint thick custard mix with 1/2 grated lemon zest added, left to cool
3oz plan flour
1 1/2oz marg
For the crumble, rub the marg in to the flour and add sugar
slice the bananas in to a dish
cover with the cooled custard
Put the crumble mix on top of the custard
Sprinkle 2oz of grated almonds on top and 2oz of demerara sugar
Bake for 30 minutes at 190 o C, regulo 4
Serve hot or cold
Banana Cornflake Flan
Base - 50g (2oz) butter
50g (2oz) caster sugar
1tbsp golden syrup
100g (4oz) cornflakes, lightly crushed
1.melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan over low heat and then stir in cornflakes
2. Line an 8" flan tin with the cornflake mixture. Press down lightly and leave on one side to cool
4 level tbsp custard powder, 1 pint milk, 50g (2oz) sugar, 1lb bananas
Make custard, using milk and sugar following instructions on your custard powder container (the custard needs to be fairly thick!). Leave to cool
Slice bananas and dip 24 slices in lemon juice (to stop them from going brown) and leave on one side
Arrange remaining banana slices on flan base and cover with the cooled custard
Arrange the dipped sliced bananas on top
Chill before serving
2oz plain flour 2oz butter or hard Marg
¼ pint water Pinch of salt
Few drops of vanilla essence
2 beaten eggs Carton of double cream
1/2lb milk or plain chocolate melted
Grease or line baking sheets
Light oven Gas 6 / 200 degrees C
Boil water, marg and salt in a saucepan
Sieve in flour all at once
Beat really well with wooden spoon and leave to cool
Gradually beat in eggs and vanilla
Place teaspoons of mixture on prepared baking sheet, spaced well apart
Bake until golden and crisp avoiding drafts
Split on one side removing any uncooked middle
Put back into oven for a few moments to dry off
Allow to get cold, and fill with whipped cream
Coat with melted chocolate
Choux pastry for Éclairs and Profiteroles
Heat the oven to Gas reg 6 or 200 0 C. Boil together the water, butter and salt. Add the flour, all at once, and beat well over a low heat until it forms a smooth ball. This is known as a panada . Cool and add the vanilla and beaten eggs, a little at a time until smooth and creamy.
To make éclairs, pipe the mixture in 2 to 3 lengths on a greased tin, well apart, and bake until crisp and golden brown, do not open the oven door during cooking. When the éclairs are cooked remove from the oven split down one side and pop back in to the oven to dry out. Allow to cool and fill with whipped cream and top with melted chocolate.
For profiteroles, same method but place 2 teaspoons of mix on to a greased tray, cook, cool and fill with cream, as for éclairs. Serve piled up in a pyramid and coat with melted chocolate, delicious!
Ingredients: A Pancake Mix
4oz plain flour 1 egg, 1/2 pint milk Pinch of salt , Oil or lard for frying
Alternative ... Buy ready-made pancake or a bottle of pancake mix, to which, just add milk or water!
Bottle of butterscotch or maple syrup , Bananas , Ice Cream to serve
If using, mix pancake ingredients together.
Make pancakes and keep warm
Fill with slices of banana, fold pancake and pour over syrup
Serve immediately with a scoop of ice-cream
Method: Make the biscuit crumb base by stirring the crushed digestive biscuits into the melted butter (or margarine) add the sugar. Press firmly into the base of a dish or tin. Slice the bananas and lay on top of the biscuit base. Spread the caramelised milk over the bananas. Whip the cream and swirl in the coffee, and then pour over the caramelised milk. Sounds divine!
American Pumpkin Pie
Ingredients: For The Pastry
1 1/4lb Pumpkin, peeled, and deseeded 12oz Plain Flour
1 410g tin evaporated milk ½ tsp Salt
2 eggs beaten, 7oz Butter, 6oz dark soft brown sugar, 4fl oz Cold Water
½ tsp ground cinnamon , ½ tsp ground ginger, ½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp salt
Preheat oven 200oC Gas Mark 6
Cover prepared pumpkin with water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain well, cool and mash. Drain again if needed
Make pastry by adding the salt to the flour and then rub in the butter until fine breadcrumbs have been achieved. Add a little of the cold water at a time and bring the mixture together to form a soft ball. Place in a bag in the fridge to chill for at least 15 20 minutes.
Remove pastry from fridge and immediately roll out on lightly floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Use to line a greased, loose bottomed 8-9inch round pie tin.
In a large bowl, beat pumpkin with evaporated milk, eggs, brown sugar, salt and spices. Mix well, pour in to prepared pie crust
Bake in the middle of the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in to the centre comes out clean.
Serve warm (or cold) with freshly whipped cream
Apple & Apricot Flap Jack
3oz Hard Butter/Marg, 4oz Demerara Sugar, 2tbsp Golden Syrup, 6oz Oats, ½ bag dried apricots, 1 lb chopped cooking Apples
Grease Dish, light oven 180 degrees, gas mark 4
Place apples in bottom of dish & sprinkle with a little granulated sugar
Melt butter, syrup & Demerara sugar together
Stir in the Oats & Dried Apricots
Put mixture over apples
Bake for 30 mins until golden. Serve with custard or ice cream!
(oats can be used as usual flapjack if pressed down into a greased swiss roll tin!
1/2lb short crust pastry 1tbsp raspberry jam
4oz marg 4oz Caster Sugar
2 beaten eggs 4oz Self Raising Flower
2oz chopped cherries 2oz chopped Walnuts
4oz mixed dried fruit ½ Lemon Rind Only
1. Roll pastry out to fit a Swiss roll tin and spread with jam
2. Cream marg and sugar, beat in eggs and fold in flour
3. Mix in fruit, nuts and lemon rind
4. Spread over jam
5. Bake until golden at 180 C or gas mark 4 for ½ hr
6. When cold, cut into fingers
350g of peeled and grated parsnips
225g self raising flour
1 level teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mixed spice
110g desiccated coconut
220ml corn oil
4 beaten eggs
1. 20cm round (or loaf tin) greased and lined with parchment
2. Oven - regular 5 / 190 degrees C
3. Mix all ingredients together and beat well
4. pour in to prepared tin
5. bake for 35-45 minutes until firm and golden
6. leave in cool in tin for 5 minutes
7. dust with icing sugar
SPEEDY APPLE CAKE
Place all the ingredients except the apple and almonds into a mixing bowl. Beat well, and put half the mixture into a well greased 8 loose bottomed tin and spread out evenly. Now cover with the sliced apples and spread the remaining mixture, carefully, over the apples. Sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top and bake in the oven at 160 0 C or gas reg 4 for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours until golden and firm to the touch. Serve cold as a cake or hot with custard as a pudding. This sounds like delicious comfort food.
May Bennett's Weetabix Loaf
Crush 2 weetabix
Add 150g of dried fruit - mixture of sultanas, currants and raisins
Add 200g of caster sugar and 225ml of milk
Leave to soak overnight.
Next day add 1 beaten egg and 125g of selfraising flour.
The mixture will be quite soft. Put into a lined 2lb loaf tin and bake at 160 degrees centigrade, for a fan oven, for about 1hr.
The Secret is to wrap in foil when cold, put in a tin and leave for 4-5 days. Then slice and spread with butter.
THE QUEEN MOTHER'S FAVOURITE CAKE
1 cup boiling water Topping: 8 oz chopped dates 5 tbsp brown sugar ; 1 tsp bicarb. of soda 2 tbsp water ; 3 oz butter 2 tbsp cream ; 3 oz caster sugar ; 1 tSp vanilla essence ; 10 oz plain flour + 1 tsp baking powder + ½ tsp salt ; 2 oz chopped walnuts
Method A cake fit for a Queen
Place the dates in the water and bicarb. and leave until cool. Beat the butter and sugar, gradually beat in the egg and vanilla essence.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the creamed mixture together with the walnuts. Finally, add the dates, Pour into a greased and lined swiss roll tin and bake for approx. 25 minutes at gas reg. 4 or 180 o C. Boil the topping mix for 3 minutes and spread over the hot cake. Sprinkle with more chopped walnuts if you like.
Ingredients: for the special person in your life
Method: Grease a heart shaped tin (measured from the widest points 8 wide and 1.5 deep) Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a dish over a pan of hot water until thick & creamy and leaves a trail. Very carefully, using a metal spoon, fold in the flour and melted butter a bit at a time.
Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake for about 20 mins (until golden brown and firm the touch) at 180 o C or Gas Reg 4. Decorate and enjoy
Decorating: Packet roll out icing + pack of love hearts is one idea! ........Do what your heart tells you!
This is one of the first recipes that was printed for Easter in March 2012. It is called a Simnel Cake, which was used for Mothering Sunday or Easter.
In a large mixing bowl, place 6oz butter, 6oz soft brown sugar, pinch of salt and beat well.
On to a plate sieve 9oz self-raising flour, ½ tsp of mixed spice, ½ tsp ground cinnamon and mix well.
In a small basin, beat 4 eggs
Gradually mix the beaten eggs in to the mixture in the large bowl
Fold in the flour and spices into the mixture
In to a separate bowl, place 6oz sultanas, 3oz mixed peel, 5oz raisins, 3oz chopped almonds, 12oz currants, 3oz chopped cherries and the grated rind of 1 orange OR lemon
Mix fruit together and then add the mixed fruit to the cake mix
If necessary, add 1½ tbsp of milk or sherry to the cake mixture and stir to form a soft dropping consistency
Pour half the mixture in to a prepared 8 round cake tin (lined with greased proof paper)
Roll out 1/3 of a 2lb block of marzipan in to an 8 circle and place on top of the raw cake mixture in the tin
Place rest of cake mixture on top of marzipan
Tie newspaper or brown wrapping paper around the outside of the tin before baking
Bake for approximately 4 hours in the middle of an oven at 150 o c or Reg.2
To check if the cake is cooked, insert a skewer in to the centre of the cake. If cooked, the skewer should come out clean.
When cooked, leave cake in tin on wire rack until cold, then turn out.
Brush top with apricot jam and roll out half of the marzipan that is left to an 8 circle and place on top of cake
Brush top of marzipan with beaten egg white. Roll out rest of marzipan in to 11 balls and place round edge of cake. Brush balls with egg white and lightly grill.
With remaining egg white, mix with enough icing sugar to coat the back of a spoon and pour in to the centre of the cake and decorate with cherries cut in half
NB: These cakes were usually made by the cook of large households for the young maids to take home to their mothers, and so that day was called Mothering Sunday. It was probably an extra half-day off for the maids and was a special treat. This day was usually over Easter so was also called an Easter or Simnel Cake. As an Easter cake, it only had 11 balls on it to symbolise the disciples. The missing ball depicts the disciple (Judas Iscariot) who betrayed Jesus.
Ingredients: (Makes 18 pieces approximately)
250g (9oz) unsalted butter, melted
500g (1 ¼ lb) chopped walnuts *
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pkt filo pastry
200g (7oz) caster sugar
250ml (9fl oz) water
8 tbsp Greek honey (or honey of your choice)
1 large piece of lemon peel (or lemon juice to taste)
Butter the bottom and sides of a 23cm x 33cm baking dish
Toss the nuts in the cinnamon and then set aside
Unroll the filo pastry. Cut the whole stack at once to fit the dimensions of the baking dish. Cover the filo with a damp cloth to keep it from drying out as you work.
Place two sheets of filo in the bottom of the baking dish. Butter the top layer.
Repeat this THREE times so that you have used 8 sheets of filo pastry in total.
Sprinkle 2 or 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture on top of the filo pastry
Now place two more sheets of filo pastry on top of the nut mixture. Butter the top of the pastry and then repeat Item 6.
Repeat until you have used all the sheets of filo pastry, remembering to butter the top of the pastry.
Using a sharp knife, cut in to diamonds or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the dish.
Bake for about 50 minutes in a preheated oven at 180oC/ Gas Mark 4 until the Baklava is golden and crisp
Whilst the Baklava is baking, make the sauce. Boil the sugar and water together gently until the sugar is dissolved
Add the honey and lemon peel (or juice if using) and simmer for 15 20 minutes
Remove from heat and allow to cool. (Remove lemon peel if using and discard)
Remove Baklava from oven and immediately pour over cooled sauce.
Leave to cool
Leave Baklava uncovered as it goes soggy if wrapped.
*.. For a change, you could always mix a quantity of walnuts with crushed flaked almonds and/or chopped pistachios.
1. Judges chapter 5, Verse 25 - 3 fl oz
2. Jeremiah chapter 6, verse 20 - 3 oz
3. 1st Samuel chapter 14, verse 25 - 1 teaspoon
4. Jeremiah chapter 17, verse 11 - 2
5. James chapter 3, verse 17 - 12 oz
6. Numbers chapter 4, verse 8 - 1.5 oz ( ??? Numbers 17 )
7. 1st Kings chapter 4, verse 22 - 4 oz
8. 2 chronicles chapter 9, verse 9 - 1 teaspoon
9. Judges chapter 4, verse 19 - 4 tablespoons
Oven Gas Mark 3, 180 ° C, 6 inch round tin or a 2 pound loaf tin
1) Grease and line the tin
2) Cream 1,2 and 3 together
3) Add 4 a little at a time, beating well
4) Fold in 5,6,7 and 8
5) Mix to a dropping consistency with 9
6) Pour into tin and bake for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours until firm and golden.
Halloween Tea Bread
This can be stuffed with all sorts of charms that portend your future in the coming year make up your own and give them a meaning e.g.:A coin in a slice of cake brings good luck, a ring a proposal; or a metal button a breakup in a relationship!
300ml of strong black tea ; 200g sultanas ; 200g raisins ; 50g mixed peel
225g self-raising flour ; ½ tsp mixed spice ; ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ; ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon ; 175g light muscovado sugar ; 1 large beaten egg
Soak fruit in tea overnight
Grease and line a 900g loaf tin. Light oven - 160 o c, Gas Mark 3
Place flour, spices and salt in a large bowl and mix well.
Add sugar and mix well again
Add soaked fruit, liquid and beaten egg and mix well, adding any charms if required (See NB below before adding charms)
Pour mixture into prepared tin. Smooth over and bake for 1 to 1¼ hours until golden and a skewer inserted in to its centre comes out clean.
Leave to cool in tin for 5 minutes and then turn out onto cooling rack.
Slice and serve the slices with butter making sure that children especially are aware that there could be a charm in their slice.
NB: If using charms, make sure these have been properly sterilised in hot water before being added to your mixture. .....The addition of a slice of any local hard cheese on top of your buttered slice of tea bread should improve the taste!
Potato Pastry (for meat or vegetable pies)
Ingredients: ...1/2lb of cold, cooked, dry flowery potatoes, sieved or mashed
1/2lb plain flour ...... 1oz lard ....1oz hard margarine ...Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder ...½ egg ....Warm milk to bind
Add baking powder and salt to flour and rub in to margarine. Add potatoes
Add a beaten egg and enough milk to make a firm dough
Use as a topping for meat or vegetable pies
Brush top with egg or milk
Place pie in pre-heated oven at 200 o C / Gas Mark 6 until firm and golden
Potato Scones (makes 8 10)
1/2lb cold, cooked, dry, floury potatoes mashed or sieved
1/2oz melted margarine ....½ teaspoon salt ...30z plain flour, approximately
Mix potatoes with melted margarine and salt
Mix in enough flour as potato mix will take up to form a soft dough
Roll out very thinly
Cut into rounds or triangles and brush top with milk. Place on a very hot, greased griddle or heavy frying pan and cook on both sides for about 3 minutes or until golden
Cool on a clean tea-towel, butter and serve hot
Potato Coconut Cake From Bermuda
Ingredients: ...2lb of sweet potatoes 8 fl oz Coconut Milk ...1oz sugar 1oz Melted Margerine
Boil potatoes, strain and rub through a sieve or liquidise
Mix with coconut milk, sugar and margarine
Put in to a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin or similar
Bake in a warm oven 170 o C or Gas Mark 3 for 10 minutes until firm. Test with a skewer it should come out clean.
Homemade (Lasts 4-5 Days in a fridge!)
Use only a wide necked vacuum flask. Sterilise all equipment used with boiling water!
Heat 500ml UHT or sterilised milk to 43 degrees C / 108 degrees F, in a saucepan, use a cooking thermometer!
Blend in 1tsp / 5ml plain yoghurt.
Pour into the sterilised vacuum flask, seal and leave for 6-8 hours.
Turn the yoghurt into a cold bowl and cool rapidly, standing the bowl in cold waterand whisking the yoghurt until creamy.
Cover the bowl and chill for 4 hours until the yoghurt has thickened further.
To serve, gently stir in sugar or sweetener to taste and flavour with jam, fresh or pureed fruit.
If your family eat a lot of yoghurt, use an electric thermostatically controlled incubator.
It can also be made in the microwave:
Heat 600ml / 1 pint milk in a large bowl on high for 6 minutes
Cool to 46 degrees C / 115 degrees F (Just warm to the fingers)
Stir in 1 TBSP plain yoghurt
Add 2TBSP Dried full cream milk powder and beat well
Cover Bowl and heat on low for 70 mins
Cool and chill until required
2 lb runner beans, finely sliced.. 1 ½ pint vinegar. 1 ½ lb onions, finely chopped...1 ½ tsp salt ...1½lb demerara sugar ...1 tsp dry mustard..... 2 tbsp cornflour ......1 ½ tbsp turmeric
Method: Cook the beans in salt water for 7 minutes and drain. Boil the chopped onions in ½ pint vinegar for 10 minutes Mix all the ingredients together except the cornflour and cook slowly for ½ hour. Mix the cornflour with a little vinegar and add to the beans. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into hot jars, cover and label. These quantities make around 6 jars.
Blackberry and Apple Jam
Ingredients:4 lb blackberries .... 6 lb sugar .....1 ½ lb peeled, cored and sliced apples ...../ ½ pint water
Stew the fruit separately, each in ¼ pint water until tender. Combine the fruit, add the sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Boil the jam rapidly until setting point is reached. Pour into hot, dry jam jars, cover and label
Should yield about 10 lb jam.