- 100g (3½oz) plain flour
- 25g (1oz) caster sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs, separated
- 125ml (4½fl oz) milk
- 2 tblsp sunflower oil
- 15g (½oz) butter
- 125g (4½oz) blueberries, fresh or frozen
- To Serve:
- Icing Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolks with the milk and whisk into the dry ingredients to form a thick batter. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the batter.
- Place a frying pan on a medium-high heat.
- When the pan has heated up, drizzle over a few drops of sunflower oil and add a knob of butter to the pan, allow to melt, then drop in three or four generous tablespoonfuls of batter at a time, leaving plenty of space in between.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, then place about seven blueberries onto each pancake. After about 2 minutes, the pancakes should be turning golden underneath and holes should be forming on the top.
- At this stage, flip them over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes until golden on both sides.
- Serve the pancakes on a warm plate dusted with icing sugar and drizzled with maple syrup.
From The Nation’s Favourite Food by Neven Maguire
- 225g plain flour, extra for dusting
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- 100g butter, diced and chilled
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2-3 tbps ice-cold water
- 900g Bramley cooking apples
- 100g caster sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Good pinch ground cloves/4 whole cloves
- 1 tbsp milk
- 5 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp caster sugar
- ½ vanilla pod, split in half and seeds scraped out
- 300ml milk
- 100ml cream
To make the pastry: Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Using a round-bladed knife or the tips of your fingers, work in the butter and then mix in the egg yolks. Add the ice-cold water until the dough just comes together. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/gas mark 5). Lightly dust the work surface with flour.
Divide the pastry into 2 portions, one slightly larger than the other, then roll out the larger piece until it is about 30cm in diameter. Use to line a 20cm pie dish or a 23cm flat plate, gently pressing into the corners. Trim the edges with a knife and reserve the excess for decorating. Place back in the fridge to chill while you prepare the apples.
Peel, core and slice the apples. Place in a large bowl with all but 1 tablespoon of the caster sugar. Add the cinnamon and cloves and mix together. Brush the edge of the pastry with a little milk and then pile the apples into the lined pie dish. Roll out the second piece of pastry into a circle slightly larger than the pie dish and use to cover the apples. Press the edges together to seal, then use a sharp knife to cut away any excess.
Crimp the edges of the tart with a round-bladed knife, using your fingers as a guide. If you wish roll out the pastry scraps and cut into leaf shapes. Brush the shapes with milk and stick on top of the pie. Brush the entire top of the pastry with milk and sprinkle over the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then reduce the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4) and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
Meanwhile, to make the custard, place the egg yolks in a large bowl with the sugar and vanilla seeds. Whisk with an electric mixer for a few minutes, until pale and thickened.
Place the milk and cream in a medium pan and bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat. Gradually whisk the heated milk and cream into the egg yolk mixture until smooth, then pour back into the pan and place over a gently heat. Cook gently for 6-8 minutes on a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon. Keep warm.
To serve, cut the warm apple tart into slices and arrange on warmed serving places with some of the custard. Pour the remaining custard into a jug and hand around separately.
A beautiful soup recipe exploding with the beautiful flavours of garam masala blending in with the thick consistency born out of mixing rooster potatoes and peas and mint. This recipe is served best with a slice of French bread flavoured with garlic.
- Prep in:
- 5 mins
- Cook in:
- 15 mins
250g Rooster potatoes, peeled and cubed
400g petits pois
1 onion, sliced
1l vegetable stock
1 small bunch of mint leaves
2tbsp garam masala plus extra to serve
8 slices of French bread
Salt, pepper and chilli flakes
1 bunch coriander
Heat a saucepan with a little oil and gently cook the onions until soft and translucent and starting to caramelise a little. Stir in the garam masala
Add the potatoes and stock, then bring to the boil. Simmer for ten minutes then add the peas, coriander and mint leaves, leaving a few for the garnish. Return to the boil then blend carefully until smooth.
Toast the bread then rub with a little garlic, sprinkle with garam masala and serve with the soup garnished with a little more garam masala, some chilli flakes a few drops of oil and some mint leaves.