Croissant, White Chocolate & Whisky Pudding

This is just a wonderful  pudding at any time of the year.  Let alone Burns Night or St Andrew’s Day.   Really this is just a very smart update on a bread and butter pudding although I suspect far more people will love this.

So why is the pudding suitable for a Scottish celebration?  The croissants are reminiscent of the “Auld Alliance” and are thrifty because you use them when they are one or two days old.  The sultanas are soaked in Whisky (need I say more?), and the custard is rich with cream and eggs and melted white chocolate  and what Scot doesn’t love sweet and rich puddings?  Then again don’t we all?


Ingredients (serves 6)
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Raspberry and Almond Cake

This is one of those cakes that you don’t want to be without.   It’s delicious, can be put together quickly using whatever soft fruit you have to hand, is easily made gluten free, works well as a Traybake should you prefer and is as happy as a pudding as it is with a cuppa.  Quite frankly it’s a complete and utter Winner.

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Rose Petal Syrup

For some reason rose petal syrup seems to have gone out of fashion – but there is nothing like it to enhance the flavour of strawberries.  It makes them taste like you remember them from your childhood –  luscious, sweet and mouth-wateringly.  I can’t begin to tell you the difference it makes.  The syrup itself smells of the best of summer and brings out the sun in everything you put it on.   Fold a couple of tablespoons into softly whipped cream to transform a Victoria Sponge or meringues.   Pour over vanilla Ice-cream to lift it to a whole other level.

It’s best to pick the roses when they are blowsy and maybe only a day away from starting to drop their petals.  The colour of the rose you choose will effect the colour of the syrup just as the intensity of the roses fragrance will effect the taste of it.   I mostly use the pink roses from my rugosa hedge with 2-3 dark scented red roses thrown in to deepen the colour.  120g is about two colanders worth of petals   Totally worth it though!

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Gooseberry & Elderflower Gin (or vodka)

Before the gooseberries and elder flowers are over use them to make this quickly infused gin/vodka that really does bring out the flavour of summer

 

 

 

 


Ingredients

  • 360g gooseberries
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 6 large elderflower heads
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 75cl  gin or vodka

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Almond and Orange Polenta Cake

I thought it might be fun to try putting this recipe for the easiest cake I know into a visual format. I’d be interested to know what you think about it. Is it easier to use or do you just find it annoying?

This cake comes from an online course I did a few weeks ago with Ursula Ferrigno. I’ve changed it a bit by cutting down the sugar and upping the citrus but it’s a winner of a recipe and YES! The cake does go into a cold oven. If you are using an Aga then please put it in under a cool shelf and reduce the cooking time to about 20 mins.  This cake is gluten and dairy free

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Little Almond Biscuits

I do love a biscuit and these tick all the boxes for me.  If you made the Blackcurrant Fro-Yo they are a perfect accompaniment to that or any other ice-cream for that matter, great with a raspberries or strawberries, stewed plums or damsons, or just with a cuppa. You can’t go wrong.

How would I describe these biscuits?  Buttery and crisp, crumbly and almond-y.  They are just perfect and keep well in the tin if they get a chance!   As easy to make as they are to eat!!
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Blackcurrant Fro-Yo

So you’ve got blackcurrants in the freezer, you’ve made blackcurrant jam (yum) and you have started to make cassis,  but there are still blackcurrants on the bushes in the garden only now they are beginning to fall off because it’s late in the season and there has been loads of rain!  HELP!

Well that’s my story anyway and that’s why I made this fro-yo inspired pud  You need an icecream maker and a blender or food processor but the payoff if it’s a ONE (everything blitzed in blender) TWO (chuck in icecream maker to churn) THREE (transfer to freezer) type of recipe.  I was going to say “easy pleased, lemon squeezy” but no lemons are involved.

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Quick Homemade Lemonade

As the temperatures rise you really can’t beat a jug of cold, homemade lemonade in the garden.  As children one of our greatest treats on hot summer days was to be allowed to sit on the swing seat with its shady canopy, and drink this cold lemonade.  Nowadays I always picture southern belles (???) in elegant long white summer dresses on a veranda offering their guests a glass of this from a jug that is frosted cold and has slices of lemon and ice cubes in it.   I can almost hear the ice chinking as it is being poured.   Delicious.  Refreshing.
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