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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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Braised Lamb Shanks with Mint & Harissa

Braised Lamb Shanks with Mint & Harissa

This is based on a recipe from In the Kitchen by Allan Campion & Michele Curtis. I love it because it requires very minimal prep, has no onion or garlic and is a long slow cook - so it is suddenly ready and you don’t feel like you’ve been cooking. Making it all the more enjoyable! I like to serve it with crusty bread and a spinach salad. It is also delicious with barley or couscous. Ingredients 6 lamb shanks 1½ tsp harissa 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp smoked paprika ½ tsp allspice ⅓ bunch coriander inc roots, chopped...

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Hot Cross Bun French Toast

Hot Cross Bun French Toast

Hot Cross Bun French Toast is the perfect Easter breakfast for those who love French Toast and Hot Cross Buns! Here's an easy recipe from Philippa that you're sure to enjoy. Ingredients 3 eggs 2 tablespoons caster sugar 280ml milk 4 hot cross buns, each cut into 4 rounds Pinch saffron, (about ½ tsp) soaked for a few minutes in 1 Tbsp boiling water  Finely zested ½ lemon 60g butter for cooking Extra caster sugar to serve Ice cream to serve (1 teaspoon vanilla essence and 1 tsp orange zest, can replace saffron and lemon) Method In a large bowl make...

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