Gillian Hegarty’s Home-made Pasta by Rachel Allen

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Rachel Allen’s new cookbook #SoupBrothBread will be published this coming October!

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We’re so excited to see @rachelallencooks new cookbook #SoupBrothBread will be published this coming October!

How gorgeous is that cover?

This is a love-letter to the world’s most ubiquitous dish, and a timeless collection of recipes for soups, breads, garnishes, stocks and more.

Whether as a starter or main dish, a quick fix or a leisurely indulgence, to nourish a cold or heal a broken heart, or to feed yourself, your family or a crowd of friends, there is a soup for every occasion. With Rachel’s guidance you can learn the classics and then expand your horizons, with delicious, achievable, heart-warming recipes you’ll turn to time and time again.

Rachel also shares easy recipes for fresh homemade breads, as well as clever garnishes, essential stocks, and a wealth of tips on equipment, batch-cooking, freezing, and presentation.

Just as every cook needs good soup in their repertoire, this book will be a must-have source of inspiration for every kitchen shelf.

Preorder your copy today Easons Ireland and @amazon

Chocolate Meringue Cake: Rachel Allen

Rachel’s Home Made Rice Pudding Recipe

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Orange zest and cinnamon with orange slices sautéed In butter and the pan deglazed with a little brandy 💃💃💃

Rhubarb & Custard Swiss Roll: Rachel Allen

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A delicious classic recipe for a very classy cake.

Ingredients

  • butter (melted, for greasing)
  • 4 eggs
  • 125 g (41/2 oz) caster sugar (plus 3 tbsp for sprinkling)
  • 2 tblsp warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 g (41/2 oz) plain flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • for the filling
  • 200 g (7oz) rhubarb (about 2 stalks, trimmed), cut into 5mm (1/4 in) slices
  • 125 g (41/2 oz) caster sugar
  • 200 ml (7fl oz) milk
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 15 g (1/2 oz) cornflour
  • 100 ml (31/2 fl oz) whipped double or regular cream (measured when whipped)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/Gas 5). Line the base of the Swiss roll tin (25 x 38cm/ 10 x 15′) with baking parchment, brush the base and sides of the tin with melted butter and dust with flour.
  2. Using a hand-held electric beater or an electric food mixer, whisk together the eggs, caster sugar, water and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift in the flour, about one-third at a time, and fold it into the mixture. Carefully pour the mixture into the prepared Swiss roll tin and bake in the oven for 12–15 minutes or until the centre of the sponge is slightly springy to the touch and the edges have shrunk a little from the sides of the tin.
  4. Take a piece of baking parchment slightly larger in size than the tin and spread out on a work surface.
  5. Sprinkle the paper evenly with caster sugar (this is to stop the cake sticking to the paper). Quickly flip the Swiss roll tin over onto the sugared paper, then carefully remove the tin and baking parchment from the bottom of the cake.
  6. Place a clean, slightly damp tea towel over the cake while it cools – this will prevent it drying out and cracking when you roll it.
  7. Meanwhile, make the filling. Place the rhubarb in a saucepan with 75g (3oz) of the caster sugar and 25ml (1fl oz) of water and place on a medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and allow to boil, uncovered and stirring regularly, for 10–15 minutes or until the rhubarb is completely soft and the mixture is quite thick.
  8. Tip out onto a plate and allow to cool.
  9. Next make the custard. Place the milk and the split vanilla pod (if using) in another pan and bring to the boil.
  10. Whisk the egg yolks (and vanilla extract, if using) with the remaining sugar (I like to use a hand-held electric beater for this) for a few minutes or until pale and light. Then briefly whisk in the cornflour.
  11. Pour the hot milk and vanilla pod (if using) onto the egg mixture, whisking as you pour, then tip it all back into the saucepan and cook, stirring all the time, over a low heat for a few minutes or until it forms a thick custard.
  12. Pour it into a bowl and allow to cool, then fold in the cooled rhubarb and the whipped cream – you can leave it slightly marbled (not fully mixed) if you prefer.
  13. When the sponge is completely cold, spread over the rhubarb and custard mixture, then, with one of the short sides facing you, roll up the Swiss roll away from you and carefully transfer to a serving plate.
  14. Sprinkle with a little extra caster sugar to finish, then cut into slices about 2cm (3/4in) thick to serve.

Rachel’s Smoked Mackerel, Apple and Fennel Salad

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Rachel’s baked eggs with tomatoes, chorizo, chilli and cheese

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 DIRECTIONS

 

Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4. Put a frying pan on a medium-low heat, add the olive oil then add the skinned, chopped tomatoes, see my tip, above left. Season with a good pinch of salt and cook for about 15 minutes, until the tomato sauce is thick and viscous.
Remove from the heat, stir in the chopped parsley and the crushed chilli peppers. Divide the tomato sauce between four ovenproof ramekins and break 2 eggs into each dish. Place a slice of the chorizo on top of each egg and divide the grated manchego or Parmesan cheese, whichever you’re using, between the ramekins.
Place in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the whites are set, but the yolks are just ever so slightly soft. Just before the eggs are ready, toast the slices of bread and butter them.
Remove the eggs from the oven and serve with the buttered toast.

http://www.rachelallen.com/post/baked-eggs-tomatoes-chorizo-chilli-and-cheese

Rachel’s Banana Butterscotch Pudding @kerrygoldusa

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I absolutely adore this pudding from Bill’s book, Simply Bill. He made this when I appeared with him on Great Food Live, and as soon as I tasted it I was hooked. I have adapted the recipe slightly to fit the pie dish that I have. To make this for 12 people, double this recipe and cook in a 10-inch square gratin dish for 55 minutes.

Ingredients:

FOR THE PUDDING:

1 cup (4 oz) all-purpose flour

3 tbsp baking powder

1/2 cup (4 oz) superfine sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 banana, mashed

1 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

6 tbsp (3/4 stick) Kerrygold Butter, melted

FOR THE TOPPING:

1/2 cup (4 oz) light brown sugar

2 tbsp corn syrup

2/3 cup boiling water

Softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Directions:

TO SERVE:

Preheat the oven 350°F (180°C). Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar. Mix together the beaten egg, mashed banana, milk, vanilla extract and melted butter. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour this wet dough into a 9-inch pie dish and place the dish on a baking sheet.

To make the topping, put the brown sugar, corn syrup and boiling water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and then drizzle over the pudding. Bake for 30–40 minutes, or until it feels slightly firm in the center. Serve with softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. If you’re not going to serve the pudding immediately, keep it somewhere warm until you are ready—it sits quite happily.