Making these homemade crispy biscuits is easier than you think - best served with vanilla ice cream or piped cream
- 50g butter
- 50g brown sugar
- 50g golden syrup
- 50g plain flour, sifted
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- half a lemon, zest and 1 tsp juice
- 1 tsp brandy
- sunflower or vegetable oil, for greasing
- Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment and mix the sugar with the peppermint essence. When the chocolate has melted, cool for 1 min, mix with the sugar, then pour into the tray. Spread to a very thin layer and chill until completely firm. Snap into shards to serve. Perfect as a garnish for puddings or with an after-dinner coffee.
- 200ml carton crème fraîche
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- 1 tbsp brandy or calvados
- 50g butter
- 50g golden caster sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 6 medium Cox's apples or Egremont Russet apples, peeled, quartered and cored
- pkt fresh ready-rolled puff pastry
- Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7/fan 200C. Melt the butter in a 20cm tart tatin tin over a medium heat on top of the hob, then stir in the sugar and heat until starting to caramelise. Stir in the cinnamon. Pile in the apples and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring every now and then to coat them in the caramelised juices – the apple juices will ooze out at first but will soon thicken and make a sauce. Remove from the heat.
- Unroll the pastry and prick it all over with a fork. Quickly lay the pastry over the apples. Trim away any excess with scissors, allowing a rim of about 2cm, then tuck the pastry snugly round the apples down the inside of the tin.
- Bake the tin in the middle of the oven for 20-30 minutes until the pastry is risen, firm and golden. For the brandy cream, mix the crème fraîche with the icing sugar and brandy or calvados.When the tart is cooked, leave it to settle in the tin for 5 minutes or so before running the blade of a knife round the edge to dislodge any pastry that has stuck. Invert a plate over the top and turn out the tart, with any juices left in the tin. Serve with the brandy cream.
- 150g punnet raspberries
- 6 tbsp fromage frais
- 2 tbsp lemon curd
- 4 ready-made brandy snap baskets
- 1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds
- Reserve a few raspberries for decoration. Put the rest in a bowl and mash roughly with a fork. Fold in the fromage frais and the lemon curd and divide the mixture between the brandy snap baskets. Top with the remaining raspberries and almonds, then serve straight away.