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Pears poached in spiced port

Put the port, sugar and spices together in a saucepan (just big enough to fit the 6 pears standing up) and heat up till you prepare the pears. Using a potato peeler, carefully peel the skin off the pears, making sure ...

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Cranberry and apple mincemeat tart with piped Viennese biscuit

Start this recipe by preparing the mincemeat. Put the brown sugar, port and fresh cranberries in a saucepan and heat till the sugar has dissolved. Add the spices, currants, raisins, dried cranberries, grated apple, or...

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Ricotta cheese and almond tart with glazed strawberries

To make the pastry, rub together the flour, baking powder, sugar and butter till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk, vanilla essence and milk and mix to soft dough. Grease a 23cm/ 9 inch flan tin, and...

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Banoffee style Eaton mess

Start this recipe by whipping the cream to stiff peaks. Add the broken up meringues and pecan nuts and mix well. Take a large trifle bowl, and drizzle some of the toffee sauce around the inside to make a nice design. ...

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Apple and cinnamon scones

Put the grated apple, flours, baking powder, cinnamon and butter in a large bowl and rub together until the mixture binds together to form a dough. Do not be temped to over-mix or knead the dough. Place the dough onto...

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Chocolate and pecan bread ring

To make the dough, put the flour, salt, sugar and butter in a large bowl and rub together till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add in the zest, yeast and warm milk and mix to a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured s...

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English Chelsea buns

To make the dough, put the flour, salt, sugar and butter in a large bowl and rub together till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add in the zest, yeast and warm milk and mix to a soft dough. Place the dough onto a fl...

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cinnamon brandy snaps with orange cream

To make the brandy snaps melt the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar together in a saucepan until smooth. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the cinnamon, ginger and flour. Drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture o...

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Pastina di mandorla

In a large bowl, mix together the icing sugar, ground almonds, lemon and mandarin zest, vanilla essence and 2 egg whites to a smooth almond paste. If the mixture is too dry, add in the remaining egg white, a little at...

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Blueberry and raspberry drizzle cake

Line and grease a 20cm square cake tin. Cream the sugar and butter together till light and fluffy, and then beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding in the ground almonds with the last egg. Mix in the lemon zest and ju...

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Cassata siciliana

Whip the cream till stiff and put to one side. To make the ricotta filling, mix together the ricotta, candied peel, chocolate chips, hazelnuts, caster sugar, vanilla essence and orange zest in a bowl, and then fold in...

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Classic crepes suzette

Start by making the pancakes. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, egg and milk to produce a smooth pancake batter. Before frying the pancakes, whisk in the orange zest, caster sugar and melted butter. To cook t...

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