English butter cake for Christmas

Serves 15 INGREDIENTS 250g butter, creamy 1 ¼ cups (250g) sugar 5 egg yolks 5 egg whites 3 tablespoons cognac (French brandy) 1 tablespoon vanilla essence 3 cups (360g) flour 1 cup (110g) cornstarch 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 cup glacé fruit, chopped 1 cup (225g) raisins 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped 1/2 cup almonds PREPARATION […]

Blueberries muffins

Makes: 14 or 16 INGREDIENTS 2 cups flour (240grams) 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup sugar (150 grams) 75 grams butter melted ½ cup milk (125cc.) 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen PREPARATION In a bowl, combine the flour, the […]

Fresh fig tart

Serves 12 1 quantity prepared sweet pastry 12 ripe fresh figs ½ cup (125ml) Maraschino 2 tablespoons sugar ½ cup fruit jam PREPARATION Roll out pastry to 3mm thick and line a greased and floured 24cm pie dish. Prick pastry with the prongs of a fork, line pastry case with nonstick baking paper and weigh […]

Apple fritters

Makes 2 dozen INGREDIENTS 2 cups (240g) flour 1/4 cup (50g) sugar 2 eggs finely grated rind of 1 lemon 1 cup (250ml) milk 4 apples ½ teaspoonful baking powder pinch of salt oil for cooking PREPARATION To make batter, place flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl and make a well in the […]

Light lemon ice cream

Makes: 1000ml. INGREDIENTS 3 cups (750ml) water 2 lemons artificial liquid sweetener 1 tablespoon powdered gelatine 3 tablespoon skimmed milk powder 2 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla essence PREPARATION Soak gelatine in ½ cup (125ml) water. Peel lemons, cut in fourths and remove seeds. Place soaked gelatine, lemons, skimmed milk powder, sweetener and vanilla essence […]

Light strawberry terrine

Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS 1 ¼ cup (310 ml) skimmed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 teaspoon artificial liquid sweetener 1 egg yolk, beaten 2 tablespoons powdered gelatine, dissolved in ½ cup hot water, cooled ¾ cup strawberries, puréed PREPARATION Heat milk and vanilla essence in a saucepan until it comes to the boil. Remove from […]

Apples with rum au gratin

Serves: 6 INGREDIENTS 3 Granny Smith apples 1 cup (120g) flour ¾ cup (150g) sugar 3 eggs 1/2 cup (125ml) milk 1 tablespoon butter 4 tablespoons rum PREPARATION Grease base and sides of an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with sugar. Wash, peel, core and slice apples. Arrange them onto greased dish and cover with a […]

Russian Imperial butter cream

This cream can be used for the Russian Imperial dessert or as a filling for other cakes and desserts. INGREDIENTS 6 egg yolks 3/4 cup (150g) sugar 300g butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup (35g) caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 small glass cognac (French brandy) PREPARATION Place egg yolks and sugar in a […]

Honey biscuits

Dozen: 4 INGREDIENTS 180g butter, softened 1/4 cup honey 1/3 cup (65g) sugar 1/4 cup (45 ml) tepid milk 3 cups (360g) flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon PREPARATION Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Stir in milk and honey until well blended. Fold in sifted flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Shape […]

Sweet rice in milk

Serves: 6 INGREDIENTS 150g rice 1 ½ litres ( 48 fl oz) milk 1 cup (200g ) sugar 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon grated orange rind powdered cinnamon PREPARATION Put the rice and the milk in a saucepan and let it soak for 4 hours. Add half of the sugar and cook over moderate heat […]