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Christmas Frangipane Tart

Christmas Frangipane Tart   Pastry 150g plain flour 75g unsalted butter at fridge temperature 50g icing sugar 1 egg yolk   Filling 1 jar of good quality mincemeat (411g)  100g softened butter 100g caster sugar 1 egg 1 tbsp plain flour 100g ground almonds A few drops of almond extract   Method   Start by making the pastry.  Put the flour into a mixing bowl and add the cold butter in small pieces.  Rub the mixture between your fingers until it resembles fine…

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Roasted Rhubarb and Frangipane Tart with Marmalade Ice-cream

Roasted rhubarb and frangipane tart with marmalade ice-cream This looks like quite a lot of ingredients but it's actually quite easy to make, and definitely worth the effort. If you dont have an ice-cream maker then the tart goes equally well with some clotted cream or custard. For the ice-cream 1 vanilla pods 250 ml milk 175 g caster sugar 750 ml double cream 10 eggs, yolks 6 tablespoons orange marmalade (I used quite a chunky marmalade 50 ml Grand…

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Christmas Mincemeat Recipe

  Christmas Mincemeat   I have to be honest I can be a bit Bah-Humbug when it comes to Christmas – it just seems to start so early now and it’s become a bit too commercial for me. But I am a big fan of Christmas food!  I love the smells of Christmas; the cinnamon, spices, mulled wine and brandy……. that for me is what Christmas is about. This recipe fills your kitchen with the very essence of Christmas and is…

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French Food Road trip - Part one, Ile De Re

  For those of you that follow us over on Instagram you'll know that we recently had a little road trip to France.  It was a much needed break after a pretty hectic wedding season and a chance to taste some fabulous regional French cooking. First up was a trip to the Georges Larnicol shop in Roscoff for a box of Kouign Anamm, pronounced "Queen-a-man" but more on that in another blog.  After an overnight stay in La Baule we…

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Christmas Chocolate Brownies

A great alternative to Christmas pudding or mince pies these Christmas brownies will prove a hit with all the family Ingredients            275g/10oz plain chocolate (70% cocoa solids)          275g/10oz unsalted butter          175g/6oz plain flour          1 tsp baking powder          4 large eggs, lightly beaten          150g chopped marzipan          150g dried fruit soaked in 2 tablespoons of brandy          2 tsp mixed spice          325g/12oz caster sugar…

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