Social distancing means lots of baking…how about a lovely lemon and blueberry tart from @odlums_ireland
It would make the perfect wee gift for mammy’s day…just leave it at her door step and keep your distance 😷🤪 BASE
225g/8oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
125g/4oz Butter (room temperature)
75g/3oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
Egg wash (beaten egg)
125g/4oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
100g packet Shamrock Ground Almonds
Rind of 2 Lemons
Juice of 1 Lemon
170ml Fresh Cream
Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Lightly grease a flan dish 23cm/9″.
Make the base by beating together the butter and sugar until creamy. Then beat in the egg. Finally stir in the flour and mix to a soft dough. Cover and place in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes.
Roll out pastry on a floured surface and use to line the prepared dish. Prick well with a fork. Cover with greaseproof paper or tin foil and place some rice or beans on top to keep pastry from rising during baking.
Remove from oven after 20 minutes and reduce oven temperature to 140°C/275°F/Gas 1. Brush pastry case with some egg wash while hot.
Next beat the eggs, sugar, ground almonds and cream. Then stir in the lemon rind and juice.
Pour into pastry case and bake for about 40 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.
When cool, dust with icing sugar.
- 500 g (1lb 2oz) coarse wholemeal flour
- 125 g (4 1/2oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 tsp bread soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 600 ml (1 pint) buttermilk, plus a little extra if necessary
- 1 tblsp light brown sugar
- 1 tblsp melted butter, plus extra butter for greasing and serving
- 1 tblsp golden syrup
- 1 tblsp porridge oats
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/gas mark 6) and grease 2 x 900ml (1 1/2 pint) loaf tins.
- Sift the flours, bread soda and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk, brown sugar, melted butter and golden syrup. Using a large spoon, mix gently and quickly until you have achieved a nice dropping consistency. Add a little bit more buttermilk if necessary, until the mixture binds together without being sloppy.
- Divide the mixture equally between the prepared loaf tins and sprinkle over the porridge oats. Bake for 1 hour, until cooked through and each one has a slightly cracked crusty top, checking halfway through that the loaves aren’t browning too much. If they are, reduce the temperature or move the loaves down in the oven.
- To check that the loaves are properly cooked, tip each one out of the tin and tap the base. It should sound hollow. If it doesn’t, return it to the oven for another 5 minutes. Tip out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
- To serve, place the brown wheaten bread on a breadboard and cut into slices at the table. Hand around with a separate pot of butter for spreading.
Neven says: Cook it ahead! The beauty of this bread is that it takes so little time to prepare, but you could have everything weighed out and ready to go beforehand, though it’s hardly necessary. However, it can be frozen very successfully.
This recipe and many more are available in Neven Maguire’s The MacNean Restaurant Cookbook, published by Gill & MacMillan Books and available to buy here.
Cook Time1 hour
What you need:
- 225g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
- ½ teaspoon Goodall’s Mixed Spice
- 125g/4oz Butter or Margarine
- 50g/2oz Shamrock Mixed Peel
- 50g/2oz Shamrock Sultanas
- 50g/2oz Shamrock Chopped Walnuts (optional)
- 450g/1lb Bananas
- 1 tablespoon Rowse Honey (runny)
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Lightly grease a 900g/2lb loaf tin.
- Place the flour and spice into a mixing bowl, add the butter or margarine and rub in until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the mixed peel, sultanas and walnuts, if desired.
- Mash the bananas with the honey, stir gently into the mixture with the beaten eggs. Mix well.
- Transfer to prepared tin and bake for about 1 hour until well risen and golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes. Turn onto wire tray to cool completely.
- When cold wrap in greaseproof paper and tin foil.