Mini French tarts

Sources Crème patissiere: curd: Ingredients Tart shells made from store-bought shortcrust pastry sheets.Assorted sliced fresh fruit; such as strawberries, whole raspberries, kiwi fruit, blueberries, etc.80ml (1/3 cup) apricot jam Crème patissiere 435ml (1 3/4 cups) full-cream milk1 vanilla bean, split lengthways, seeds separated (or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste)3 egg yolks70g (1/3 cup) … Continue reading Mini French tarts

Chocolate profiteroles

Source: Ingredients Choux Pastry 250ml (1 cup) water80g butter, at room temperature, chopped150g (1 cup) plain flour, sifted3 eggs, at room temperature, lightly whisked Creme patissiere 435ml (1 3/4 cups) milk1 vanilla bean, split lengthways, seeds separated (or use 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste)3 egg yolks70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar50g (1/3 cup) plain … Continue reading Chocolate profiteroles

Homemade pita bread and tzatziki dip

Source: Ingredients 1 small Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthways, seeds removed and diced50ml of white wine vinegar1 dried ancho chilli (about 5g; see tips)150g labne (see tips)1 1/2 tbsps of extra virgin olive oilDill sprigs, to serve Pita dough 3 tsp (9g) dried yeast1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil450 gm (3 cups) plain flour, plus extra … Continue reading Homemade pita bread and tzatziki dip

Cous cous with grilled cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs

Source: Yotam Otterlenghi’s ‘SIMPLE’ cookbook Ingredients 250g cous cous90ml olive oil2 tsp ras el hanout400ml boiling water300g cherry tomatoes2 onions, sliced into thin pinwheels (300g)30g golden raisins or sultanas1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and lightly crushed50g roasted and salted almonds, roughly chopped15g coriander leaves, roughly chopped15g mint leaves, roughly torn1 lemon: finely grate the zest … Continue reading Cous cous with grilled cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs

Iranian herb fritters

Source: Ingredients 40g dill, finely chopped40g basil leaves, finely chopped40g coriander leaves, finely chopped1 1/2 tsp ground cumin50g fresh breadcrumbs3 tbsp fresh barberries (or currents soaked in lemon juice for 30 minutes)25g walnut halves, lightly toasted and roughly chopped8 large eggs, beaten60ml sunflower oil, for fryingpinch of salt Method Place all the ingredients, apart … Continue reading Iranian herb fritters

Gingerbread House

Sources: Gingerbread house: Royal icing: Ingredients gingerbread house 100g butter, chopped 200g (1 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar 250ml (1 cup) honey 2 eggs, lightly whisked 600g (4 cups) plain flour, sifted 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted 1 tbsp ground ginger 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp bicarbonate of … Continue reading Gingerbread House