This is my favourite cake. It was a classic recipe of my late Italian grandmother. Part of its appeal is that it tastes great using both milk or parve — with white wine instead. The oil as an alternative to butter or margarine makes it moist. It is perfect for tea, breakfast or as a snack any time of the day.
4 concorde or conference pears
1 cinnamon stick
Zest of ½ lemon
Juice of one lemon
120g caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla bean paste
2 tbsp Amaretto or other almond-flavoured liqueur
For the almond brittle
75g toasted flaked almonds
150g caster sugar
Groundnut oil, for greasing
You can make this in a large pudding dish or, for a sophisticated alternative, in individual ramekins. Grease and line the ramekin base with a baking parchment circle and reduce the cooking time to about 20 minutes. Turn out to serve.
100g butter, roughly chopped
300g dark chocolate, broken into squares
3 tbsp golden syrup
140g Rich Tea biscuits, roughly crushed
12 kosher pink marshmallows, quartered using scissors
2 x 55g either Maltesers, Milky Way or Crunchie
Gaeta is on the Italian coast south of the beautiful Val di Comino, where Manuela, proprietress of the Relais Chalons d’Orange gourmet hotel and restaurant, has developed this recipe which combines the blackcurranty piquancy of her local olive with the bitterness of sauteed escarole — a mildly flavoured endive. Use the curly endive variety if you cannot find escarole.
This is a seasonal, easy, and very tasty side dish to accompany fish and chicken. It is great for those on a low-salt diet as the ginger and turmeric already enhance the flavour of the pumpkin. Butternut squash also works very well, and if you don’t have fresh ginger, you can use ground ginger instead.
This makes a smart dinner party dessert but is surprisingly quick to put together — especially with ready-made pastry. Use 375g of all-butter pastry if using ready-made. If you can’t find greengages, try plums or figs.
For the pastry:
170g plain flour
100g cold butter, diced
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 egg yolk