Recipe – Manchester Tart

Manchester Tart? No, I’d never heard of it either! Jack got a Top Trumps Bake-off game and one of the things on it was this. It’s a custard tart loaded with coconut and raspberries, looks amazing and is super scrumptious. You will need: Baking beads A little butter for greasing 1 roll short rust pastry…

Recipe – Easy Mince Pies

Christmas brings us many things. Silly jumpers, drinks with friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. Mince pies are a favourite of mine but however good some of the supermarket ranges are now, nothing beats homemade. These are very simple to do, but give you the flexibility to adjust your filling to your own…

Recipe – Classic Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce

I’ve never made choux pastry before but I’m a huge fan of the kind of things you make with it, especially eclairs and these, proper old school profiteroles. This makes around 16-20 which is good for around 4 people, you can scale up accordingly! You will need: 150ml water 70g plain flour 50g unsalted butter…

How To – Shortcrust Pastry

I have never pretended to make my own pastry, it’s always been shop bought. But I was making a pie and couldn’t find any pastry anywhere so thought I’d give shortcrust a go. What a revelation! So easy and much better after baking than ready made. These amounts make enough for two large sheets, suitable…

Recipe – Yorkshire Pudding Lasagne

Yes, lasagne using Yorkshire pudding. I thought, why not? You hear a lot about fusion but never really much fusion using traditional British foods and I’ve created Yorkshire Pudding Wraps before so can see the benefits of flat-sheet Yorkshires. This replaces the pasta strips with Yorkshire, creating a more moist, flavoursome lasagne with a slightly…

Recipe – Egg and Bacon Pie

Bacon. There, I said it. For meat eaters everywhere the thought of a bacon sandwich in the morning warms the cockles of your heart. And if you’re splurging, an egg and bacon sandwich is something else…! A perfect combo that goes brilliantly in a pie. To serve 4-6 you will need: Two packs of ready-rolled…

Recipe – Peach Tarte Tatin

Thanks to my very generous wife, I was lucky enough to eat at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay for my 40th birthday (I know, I don’t look it!). Their signature dessert is the Tarte Tatin, a heavenly upside-down apple tart dripping in caramelised loveliness. My wife and I instantly fell in love with it! I’ve tried a…

Recipe – Pork and Apple Sausage Rolls

A super snacky staple. In a previous life, I was part of a team that made millions of these a year, but they’re a doddle to make at home. Great for kids meals or family snacks and picnics. For 12 you will need: 500g puff pastry block, taken out of the fridge half an hour…

Recipe – Broccoli and Stilton Quiche (Vegetarian)

Another day another quiche! I love pastry too much to stay away from it in hot weather and quiche is a great versatile meal centre, hot or cold. Here’s my favourite vegetarian version, really good, super mature Stilton is key! To feed to up 6, you will need: 1 roll shortcrust pastry 150g tenderstem broccoli,…

Recipe – Gooseberry and Frangipane Tart

Many moons ago I had a school trip to Sweden and I was served this, I never forgot the flavour so thought I’d track down a recipe and give it a go. It’s wonderful, especially as we come into gooseberry season. You will need: 1 roll of short crust pastry, taken out the fridge half…