RECIPE: Creamy Lemon Tart

 

 

This is one of the most delicious desserts that I have ever eaten. Unfortunately, I cannot take any credit for the recipe, the creation of the dish or the final results. This was made by my oldest son, Nathan, in his food technology lesson. When my daughter, Phoebe, was at high school, I avoided anything she had made in food tech like the plague. I just let my partner and my younger sons, Alfie and Freddie, eat the food for their tea. Some of the recipes were awful.

When my son started his food tech lessons, I expected the same scenario. To a certain extent, we have repeats of cooking disasters (see the macaroni cheese incident). However, there have also been some great results and this was one of them. I was treated by my son to this mouthwatering dessert and he said it was really easy to make. It has a crumbly biscuit base, similar to a cheesecake, and a creamy lemon flavoured topping. Here is how to make a creamy lemon tart.

Ingredients for Creamy Lemon Tart

  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 pack digestive biscuits
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 250 ml double cream
  • 1 Cadbury’s Flake

How to Make a Creamy Lemon Tart

  1. Crush the digestive biscuits using either a food blender or by putting them in a carrier bag and smashing with a rolling pin. 
  2. Melt the butter over a low heat in a saucepan.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the crushed biscuits. 
  4. Transfer the butter and biscuit mix to a cake tin (preferably one with a push-up bottom).
  5. Press down using the back of a spoon to create a firm base.
  6. Put the cake tin in the refrigerator.
  7. Whip the cream using either a mixer or by hand with a whip.
  8. When the cream can form solid peaks, fold in the condensed milk.
  9. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest and stir through.
  10. Transfer the mixture onto the biscuit base and return the cake tin to the refrigerator for an hour to set.
  11. Before serving, crumble a Cadbury’s Flake over the top. Alternatively, grate milk or dark chocolate over the dessert. 
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RECIPE: Traditional Apple Crumble

crumble mix

One of my go-to desserts is an apple crumble. If I need to make a pudding fast that is a crowd pleaser, then this is always my recipe of choice. I make it so often that I do not need to look at the recipe myself now as it is so easy to make. For crumble novices, here is how to make a traditional apple crumble. 

Crumble Mix Recipe

  • 8 oz/ 225 g plain flour
  • 4 oz/ 110 g butter
  • 2 oz/ 60 g caster sugar

Apple Filling Recipe

  • 1 lb / 450g apples
  • 2 oz/ 50 g unrefined brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • Pinch of cinnamon 

How to Make a Crumble Mix

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ gas mark 4. 
  2. Weigh out the flour and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Weigh the butter and cut into cubes before adding to the flour.
  4. Rub the butter and flour between your fingers to create ‘crumbs’.
  5. Weigh the sugar and add to the mixing bowl.
  6. Continue to rub the mixture together.
  7. Peel core and chop the apples into small pieces.
  8. Put the apple pieces in a large bowl and sprinkle with the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir so all the apple pieces are coated. 
  9. Transfer the fruit mix to an ovenproof dish.
  10. Cover the fruit with the crumble mix.
  11.  Put in the oven and cook for 40 minutes, or until the crumble mix is golden.

 

 

WATCH: Funniest Cooking Scenes from TV- ‘Friends’

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One of my all-time favourite sitcoms is ‘Friends’. I have watched every single episode of this series over and over again. Of all the amazing episodes, one of the best is ‘The One Where Ross Got High’. Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston, is not talented in the kitchen, by her own admission. In this episode, she decides to put in the effort and make a trifle for Thanksgiving. 

trifle

Rachel accidentally gets the pages of the recipe book stuck together and creates a dessert that is half an English trifle and half a cottage pie. Her friends are determined to appreciate her efforts and try the trifle anyway. She later realizes that beef is not an ingredient in this dessert. There are also a series of confessions from the friends in this episode. Here are three of the funniest clips from this episode for you to watch.

 

 

 

 

RECIPE: How to Make Pancakes

pancakes

Although pancakes are traditionally eaten on Pancake Day, they are just as great at any time of the year. Depending on how you serve them, pancakes are perfect for breakfast, savoury family dinners, and desserts. It might surprise you just how easy pancakes are to make. Here is how to make perfect pancakes.

NB: This recipe makes 12 European-style thin pancakes, also known as crepes.

Pancake Batter Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 oz/ 100 g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10 fl. oz/ 300 ml/ 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, plus extra oil for frying
  • A pinch of salt

How to Make Pancake Batter

  • Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Crack the eggs into the centre of the flour and add the oil.
  • Gently combine with a whisk to create a thick mixture.
  • Gradually add the milk and whisk to create a smooth mixture.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge for 20 minutes before making the pancakes.

Cooking Pancakes

  • Put some vegetable oil on a piece of kitchen roll and wipe around a medium-sized frying pan to grease.
  • Put the frying pan on a medium heat on your hob.
  • Once hot, pour some pancake mixture into the centre of the pan and tilt to coat the base with a thin layer of the batter.
  • Cook for one minute before turning the pancake over. Either, use a flat fish lift to do this or, if you are brave enough, toss the pancake.
  • Cook on the second side for one minute and then serve.

10 Things to Make with Nutella- Just for Fun!

nutella

Nutella is a popular chocolate and hazelnut spread that many people across the globe adore. While most people serve this on hot, buttered toast, there are a surprising number of ways that you can use this spread as an ingredient. Just for fun, here are some things you can make with Nutella. 

  1. Chocolate and Nutella cake– Add two heaped spoons of Nutella to your chocolate cake mix before baking. When your cake has cooled, slice in half horizontally and add a layer of Nutella to the centre.
  2. Banana and Nutella sandwiches– Nutella is delicious on a sandwich and sliced bananas just add extra tastiness.
  3. Nutella filled pancakes– An alternative to traditional pancake fillings is to spread on a layer of Nutella.
  4. Nutella cheesecake– Add three heaped tablespoons of Nutella into your usual cheesecake mix for a completely new taste.
  5. Nutella topped cupcakes– If you enjoy baking cupcakes, trying icing Nutella onto the top and adding colourful sprinkles or mini marshmallows. 
  6. Nutella crispy cakes– This is one to make with the kids. Stir either cornflakes or rice crispies into a mix of melted cooking chocolate and Nutella. Separate into fairy cake cases and leave to set.
  7. Nutella dipped fruit–  Chop fruit into large pieces and dip one half of each piece into Nutella. This works particularly well with bananas and strawberries.
  8. Nutella and yogurt dip– Create a mixture of yogurt and Nutella to make a dip. Serve this with pieces of fruit, chopped cake, and biscuits for dipping.
  9. Nutella sundaes– Layer vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, and large blobs of Nutella. Top with whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  10. Nutella pizza– Sweet pizzas are a relatively new concept but they are becoming very fashionable at the moment. Make a pizza base, or use a ready bought one, and add Nutella. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. 

 

RECIPE: Easy Crumble Mix

crumble mix

It surprises me when people say they can’t make any puddings as there are some that are really simple to make. One of the easiest puddings of all is a fruit crumble and this is my ‘go-to’ pudding when I do not have a lot of time on my hands for food preparation and baking. This is a dessert that even a novice in the kitchen can make and there are so many variations you can try. Here is an easy crumble mix recipe that takes just minutes to make.

Crumble Mix Recipe

  • 8 oz/ 225 g plain flour
  • 4 oz/ 110 g butter
  • 2 oz/ 60 g caster sugar

How to Make a Crumble Mix

  1. Weigh out the flour and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Weigh the butter and cut into cubes before adding to the flour.
  3. Rub the butter and flour between your fingers to create ‘crumbs’.
  4. Weigh the sugar and add to the mixing bowl.
  5. Continue to rub the mixture together.
  6. Add the crumble mix to the fruit of your choice and cook for 40 minutes, or until the crumble mix is golden, at 180 C/ 350 F/ gas mark 4. 

Further recipes for various crumbles will follow on this blog. 

Tip

Savoury crumble mix– you can also make a crumble topping for savoury dishes. Remove the caster sugar from the recipe and replace with a good pinch of salt.