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Rhubarb & Strawberry Coppi

September 13, 2017
A coppi is a rustic, free-form, Italian-style pie. To ensure the butter is cold, pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes before using.Pastry Crust: 1 1/4 cups plain flour1/4 cup ground almonds1 tablespoon sugarpinch salt125g very cold butter3 tablespoons icy waterFilling:&...
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A low-fat delight.Cheesecake: 500g ricotta cheese1/4 cup sugar2 large eggs1/4 cup low-fat plain yoghurt1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel1 1/2 tablespoons cornflour1/2 cup fresh raspberries, pur√©edRaspberry Sauce: 1 1/2 cups raspberrie...
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Festive Meringue Cake

December 1, 2016
This gluten-free cake can be prepared a day ahead and stored — without the whipped cream — in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It may start to ooze a little but is still delicious. It may also be frozen.70g each: blanched almonds, pistachio nuts100g dar...
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Warm Treacle Tart

October 10, 2016
Based on the recipe from The Ghan.300-400g gluten-free or regular sweet short pastry335g (almost 1 cup) golden syrup2 tablespoons treaclefinely grated rind and juice 1 lemon4 eggs, lightly beaten1/2 cup gluten-free or regular fresh breadcrumbsThaw the pastry, if necessary. P...
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Proper Crisps are delicate. Perfect for coating ice cream.4 large scoops French vanilla ice cream1 large cup Proper Crisps in Marlborough Sea Salt, lightly crushed1/2 cup long thread coconut, lightly toasted4 meringue nests, optionalToffee: 1/2 cup sugar1/2 cup waterRef...
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Tamarillo & Banana Bakes

August 11, 2016
6 tamarillos, peeled and sliced3 tablespoons brown sugar2 large, ripe bananasMuesli Topping: 1 cup apricot & almond muesli or similar2 tablespoons brown sugar1/2 cup flour50g chilled butter, finely dicedCombine the sliced tamarillos with the brown sugar and stand for 30...
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Little Pear Cakes

July 28, 2016
The pears can be poached a day ahead.Pears: 6 small pears eg honey belle2 tablespoons lemon juice350ml late harvest riesling or similarCakes: 1/2 cup sugar125g butter, chopped1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence3 large eggs250g ground almonds1/2 cup plain flour or glute...
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Mille Feuilles

June 30, 2016
A thousand leaves — also known as Napoleon — is a quick-to-make sweet treat to serve with coffee or after dinner. It is based on a recipe from Penguin Cordon Bleu Cookery and although their recipe uses a block of puff pastry I have chosen ready-rolled pastry shee...
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Blueberry Pudding

June 23, 2016
Blueberries: 1/4 cup each: sugar, water2 tablespoons lemon juice1 teaspoon cornflour3 cups frozen blueberriesPudding: 1 cup self-raising flour1/4 cup sugar1 large egg1/2 cup milk50g butter, melted1 teaspoon vanilla essence Combine the sugar, water, lemon juice and cornflour ...
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Funky Baked Apples

June 1, 2016
4 Granny Smith apples1/2 cup craisins1/4 cup brown sugar2 tablespoons butter, choppedjuice 1 orange4 cinnamon sticksCore the apples using a corer. Cut the top quarter off the apples.Combine the craisins, brown sugar and butter. Stuff into the centre of the apples. Place in a...
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