Showing posts with label Pastry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pastry. Show all posts

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tomato and Pepper Tart with Chilli Jam and Goats Cheese

So very easy to make and without any fancy cooking skills involved, this tart not only looks good, it tastes good too!


Of course ready made pastry is the way to go.
Personally I'm a big fan of Jus-Rol and for this I used their puff pastry.
The chilli jam I used is the brand 'Le Mesurier', I love their whole range of chutneys and relishes.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Favourite British Pie - Lemon Meringue

These days it's so easy to go out and buy a ready-made dessert from a supermarket or shop but easier still not to bother having one at all.
Even though there's something quite satisfying about making a nice dessert for everyone to ooh and aah over, I wonder why most of us still don't bother.
Is it because most people think like me and that it would be too complicated?  Well it isn't, I'd never made a lemon meringue pie before in my life.  Fear not and trust me, it's a doddle - if I can do it anyone can!
  

 I was set a challenge by Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine for their 'Making Summer Taste Better' series asking if I could make a dessert that was fairly easy, not over complicated and perfect for alfresco dining but costing no more than £7.00

 So in an attempt to inspire everyone to have a go and make your own desserts instead of buying ready-made, here I go with lemon meringue pie.

By the way this pie serves 8 to 10 people and actually cost less than the challenge set and cost just £5.99 to make which is fantastic.  You can find the ingredient price list at the end of this post. 

  Time for a small confession; I've been writing this blog for over five years and have never made meringue before until now and it has to be said I'm quite proud of my meringue!

My top tip for success when baking or cooking in general:
 Get everything ready before you begin.  Have a quick read of your chosen recipe prepare your ingredients.  For example in this recipe, zest your lemons, separate your egg yolks from the whites, get the pastry out of the fridge.
Yes I know I used ready-made pastry, but one step at a time here please, I've only just got to mastering meringue never mind making pastry.

Also, have you got the right equipment at the ready, saucepans baking tin?  Have a quick check and your good to go!

Print Recipe

 For the filling you will need:
grated zest and juice of 4 large lemons
90g cornflour
600ml cold water
4 large egg yolks
175g caster sugar

For the meringue you will need:

5 large egg whites
250g  caster sugar
 
For the pastry base you will need:
1 x 500g ready-made shortcrust pastry 

How to do it:

While your getting everything ready, remove the pastry from the fridge as it's better if it's at room temperature.
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough and line your loose-bottomed flan tin (mine was 24cm).  Prick the pastry base all over with a fork and line with a piece of greaseproof paper, allowing it to come above the rim so it can be easily lifted out after baking.  Fill the shell with ceramic baking beans, or uncooked rice, and bake in a preheated oven at 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6 for 10 minutes.

Remove the baking beans and foil and bake the pastry shell for 5 minutes or until the base has dried out, then remove from the oven.
If the pastry has risen during baking, gently press it down with your hand.

Reduce the temperature to 150C/130C Fan/Gas 2 and get on with the filling:

Mix the lemon zest and juice with the cornflour. Bring the water to a boil, then stir into the lemon mixture. Return to the pan and bring back to a boil, stirring, until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
Leave to cool slightly, then stir in the egg yolks mixed with the sugar. Return to a low heat and cook, stirring, until just simmering. Leave to cool a bit before pouring into the pastry shell.
Whisk the egg whites until stiff then whisk in the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time on maximum speed.
 

Pile on top of the filling and spread over - don't fuss too much, I didn't and mine turned out okay.



Bake for 45 minutes or until crisp and brown on top.  Leave to cool a bit before attempting to remove from the tin.
Recipe adapted from Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook


Ingredients purchased from a well known top UK supermarket cost:
Pastry £1.25
Kitty Campbell's Free range very large eggs £2.00
Cornflour 75p
4 lemons £1.00 on offer 4 for the price of 3
Caster sugar 99p - and of course you wont need to use the whole box

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Roast Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie with a Suet Crust

Having been kindly sent one of the new OvenLove casserole dishes from Premier Housewares which are coated with Teflon (a fantastic idea) I wanted to make something different to your ordinary casserole. 
 With that in mind I came up with a Roast Chicken and Vegetable Pie with a Suet Crust.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Good Energy Cooking - Vegetable Filo Pastry Tarts

 How to cut the carbon calories in your kitchen - Good Energy has teamed up with Arthur Potts Dawson for a second year to encourage a low-carbon approach to cooking.  I was set a challenge to cook one of Arthur's four new recipes.  With the mention of Feta in the ingredients, for me it was easy to choose, Vegetable Filo Pastry Tart it had to be.  
  Scrummy yummy feta cheese with very slightly crunchy vegetables in a creamy sauce, all encased in crispy filo pastry - what's not to like?!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Steak and Kidney Pie with Black Sheep Ale

Yesterday I felt the need (as you do) to make steak and kidney pie with ale.  Now, you either like kidneys or you don't - simple.  If you don't like them don't put them in and you'll still have a delicious steak pie.
My addition of Black Sheep Ale in this I think really made it something special.  The gravy (even though there was only a relatively small amount) tasted good - really good.
 Once again - not the best of pictures but I can't be letting my dinner get cold just to take a picture - blog or no blog sorry!  Trying to take a picture of something that's steaming hot is near on impossible.
Lambs kidney's don't take very long to cook at all so having read a recipe by Gordon Ramsay and found he adds them in at the end I did the same - what a marvelous idea!
You can use Ox kidney but as I understand it they take longer to cook so you will need to add them into the casserole along with the meat as you would normally.  
Anyway, on with the recipe....

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Not Just a Minced Beef and Onion Pie

Do you ever feel the need to eat mashed potatoes - or is it just me?
Mash is nice at any time I think.  But in order to be fed properly you need something to go with it, so of course.....Pie springs to mind - well my mind anyway!
  Scrummy yummy flaky puff pastry.  Inside?  Minced beef, red wine, onions, peas, oregano, rosemary, Colman's mustard, and..... 

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Goats Cheese and Red Pepper Pastries with Pesto

I had one of those long pointed sweet red peppers in my fridge. So, not really knowing what to do with just one pepper and seeing as I had some goats cheese too, I came up with these individual goats cheese pastries.


On with the pastries......

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Scallops Baked in Their Shells - Fantastic Starter Dish

This is a Martin Blunos recipe for scallops baked in their shells - a fantastic starter course to a meal.
A couple of post back you will see that I cooked them at the Miele Cookery Experience at the BBC Good Food Show.


For each person you need:
3 nice and fat diver caught scallops, removed from their shells keeping both side of the shell

250g of ready made puff pastry

1 small carrot

1 small leek

1/2 a stick of celery

1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds

1/2 teaspoon black onion seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
olive oil

a good glug of Noilly Prat or dry white wine

100ml fish stock

1 egg yolk

50g butter


To serve you will need:
lemon wedges
rock salt
- enough to cover a plate

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F or Gas 4
Cut about 4cm from the end of the peeled carrot and slice it very finely into matchsticks. Do the same with 4cm pieces of leek and celery, and keep each pile separate.
Now heat about a tablespoon of butter and a little olive oil in the bottom of three separate small saucepans.

Now add a half teaspoon of the seeds to each pan making sure you put a different one in each pan - don't mix the seeds together!


Cook for a minute or two until fragrant, then add the carrot to the pan with coriander.
Add the leek to the pan with black onion seeds and the celery to the pan with the cumin.
Add a splash of Noilly prat (or white wine) and a little stock to each pan
and cook gently until the vegetables are softened.
Take the orange roe from the edge of each scallop, removing and discarding the membrane that attaches it to the
flesh at the same time.
Put the roe into a blender with the egg yolk and whiz briefly till you have a smooth intensely coloured egg mixture.


Flour a board and roll out the pastry into an oblong roughly 30cm by 12cm then cut into three matching long strips, you need each strip to be long enough to wrap around each scallop shell.
When the vegetables are softened add about a teaspoon of
diced butter to each pan, then shake the pans about a bit to emulsify the liquids to make a sauce.
Make three 'doughnuts' with kitchen foil on a baking tray so you can rest the finished scallops - you need them to sit straight in the oven.
Place three half shells on a tea towel so they sit flat.
Spoon the leeks into one, carrots into another and celery into the third.
Slice the scallops - each one into three pieces and put the scallop slices on top of each of the vegetables.
Spoon over the corresponding butter sauce.

With a pastry brush make a generous ring of the egg roe wash around the outside edge of one of the empty scallop shells.


Now it gets a bit tricky!
Make a ring of the egg mixture around the outside of the shell that is holding the leeks and scallops.

Take one of the strips of pastry and put th
e two shells together, seal all the way round the shell.
Put the finished shell onto one of the foil rings on the tray. Repeat this with the other two scallops.

Carefully put the tray into the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes, till the pastry is puffed and golden.




Serve on a bed of rock salt with lemon wedges and the idea is you pull of the pastry and dip it into the buttery vegetable mixture in each opened scallop.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Goats Cheese and Red Onion Jam Pastries



In my fridge I had some soft goats cheese and baby plumb tomatoes.
In my freezer I had some ready made puff pastry.
In my cupboard I had a jar of red onion jam - So, wondering what to do with all these nice things, I came up with this!

You will need:

250g of Ready Made Puff Pastry - divided into two
1 Jar of Red Onion Jam
100g of Soft Goats Cheese
6 x Baby Plumb Tomatoes
Some Fresh Thyme Leaves, chopped
Rocket Leaves and a Few Olives to Serve - if you like them, which I do!

Preheat the even to 190C or 375F Gas 5

I rolled the pastry till into two oblongs until they were about a quarter of an inch thick - or slightly more.

Then I lightly scored (being careful not to go right the way through) a border of just over half an inch all the way round.

Taking a fork, lightly prick the pastry inside the border all over to prevent pastry on the inside part from rising as much as the rest of the pastry.
Place them on a non stick baking tray.



Bake in the heated oven for about 10 minutes, remove and very carefully retrace the line you made that formed the border.
Normally, you see in recipes where you would remove the top layer of pastry and either discard or use it as a lid. I didn't remove it, after re-tracing the scored line, I just pushed it to the bottom to make the base thicker and more yummy.......Ha ha a cunning plan ah?!

Now spread a good amount (to your liking) of the red onion jam all over the bottom and top with some goats cheese.

Now, add some halved cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with some freshly chopped thyme leaves.

Return to the oven for (approx) a further 10 minutes until the cheese begins to melt and the pastry takes on a light golden brown colour.

Remove from the oven and top with some black olives and rocket.
Serve immediately.

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