Treat yourself to this fruity compote - so good you'll want it with everything
- knob of butter
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200g punnet raspberry
- 200g punnet blueberry
- vanilla ice cream, to serve
MethodStir in the sugar and vanilla extract, then cook until the sugar melts. Toss in the raspberries and blueberries. Give them a good shake, then cook for 2-3 mins until the fruit starts to soften. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 shallots, sliced
- pinch caster sugar
- 250g cherry tomato, halved - a mix of red and yellow looks good
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, white balsamic vinegar is best
- handful coriander leaves, roughly chopped
- 200g plain flour
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Dover sole (about 350g each, see TIP)
- 5 tbsp sunflower oil
- 50g butter, diced
- half a lemon
- buttered, peeled new potatoes, to serve (see TIP)
- Make the compote. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan, then sizzle the shallots for 2 mins until starting to soften. Season with salt, pepper and the sugar. Add the tomatoes, then cook for 2-3 mins over a high heat until they start to release their juice. Drizzle over the vinegar, bubble for a few mins, turn off the heat, then scatter over the coriander. Transfer to a plate.
- Now start the fish. With a large chef’s knife, cut off the head just past the gill (you can use this for stock). Using a pair of kitchen scissors, trim away the frills from either side of the fish. Squeeze out any roe from the cavity then pick out and wash away any blood. Pat dry with kitchen paper. You will now have a trimmed slipper-shaped fish ready to be pan-fried.
- In a large, shallow dish mix the flour with cayenne pepper and season with salt. Dip each fish in the seasoned flour to completely coat, then pat off the excess. Set the fish aside.
- Heat the oil in a large, non-stick frying pan until hot. Place the floured fish in the pan, skinned side down. Shake the pan a little, then cook the fish, undisturbed, for about 4 mins until golden brown.
- Using a fish slice, carefully turn the fish over, then continue to cook on the underside for 2-3 mins until it has shrunk and is starting to come away from the bone. Add the pieces of butter to the outside of the pan and let them sizzle into the oil.
- Fry the fish for another 2-3 mins, constantly spooning the buttery oil over it to finish the cooking and keep it moist.
- Squeeze the lemon half through your fingers over the fish and cook for about 30 secs longer. Remove from the heat, then rest the fish in the pan for 2 mins.
- To remove the bones, sit the fish on a board, skinned side up. Run a fine fish slice or filleting knife down the natural line in the centre of the fish. Push the fillets away from bone, but leave them attached to the outside of the fish. Working from the head end of the fish, slowly pull the main skeleton out, easing the fillets aside as the bone comes loose. Carefully push the fillets back to reform so it resembles the whole fish again.
- Serve on a large plate with the tomatoes and some buttered new potatoes.
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tsp powdered instant coffee
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 50g toasted chopped hazelnut
- 2 x 284ml cartons double cream
- 500g bag frozen mixed berry
- 142ml carton double cream
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 140g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
- 25g butter
- Preheat the oven to fan 90C/ conventional 110C/gas 1⁄4 and cover a baking sheet with baking parchment. Tip the egg whites into a large bowl, sprinkle in the coffee powder and whisk until the whites are stiff. Add half the caster sugar and whisk in well, then tip in the remaining sugar and the chopped hazelnuts and whisk until blended and standing in stiff peaks.
- Spread the meringue mixture to a depth of about 2cm on the baking parchment (any shape will do as you’re going to break it up later). Bake for 3 hours until crisp right through. Remove and cool.
- Cut out a 28cm circle of baking parchment and make 10cm cuts towards the centre all the way round. Use this to line the bottom and sides of a loose-bottomed 20cm round cake tin.
- Pour the cream from both cartons into a bowl and whip until it just holds its shape. Break the meringue into smallish pieces with your hands. Set aside about a third of the meringue for the top of the cake, and mix the rest into the cream. Spread out about a third of the cream mixture in the bottom of the tin and cover with half the frozen berries. Repeat these layers once more, then cover with the remaining cream mixture and top with the reserved meringue. Cover the cake with cling film and compress evenly with a small plate that fits inside the tin. Wrap in foil, label and freeze for up to a month.
- Make the sauce. Put the cream and golden syrup in a small pan with 3 tbsp water. Heat until just bubbling, then turn the heat down to low and add the chocolate and butter. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate melts and the mixture becomes smooth and glossy. Pour into a freezer container, cool, seal, label and freeze for up to a month.
- On the day transfer the cake and the chocolate sauce from the freezer to the fridge 8 hours before you plan to serve. After 2-3 hours, take out the cake. Unwrap it and carefully balance the cake tin on a jam jar or can, then push down on the sides of the tin to release. Peel away the baking parchment from the sides. Now lift the cake off the base of the tin, discarding the parchment underneath (a wide palette knife or fish slice will help here) and stand the cake on a serving plate. Return to the fridge for 5 hours before serving with the chocolate sauce.
- To warm the chocolate sauce, pour it into a heatproof bowl over a pan with a little hot water in the bottom and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until warm, smooth and glossy.
- 500g frozen mixed summer fruits
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 250ml full-fat milk
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for frying
- 175g plain flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- To make the compote, put all the ingredients into a medium saucepan with 1 tbsp water. Stir and simmer gently over a low heat for 15 mins until warm and syrupy.
- Meanwhile, make the pancakes. Mix the milk, eggs and oil in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and 1 tsp salt. Stir the dry ingredients together, then slowly pour in the wet ingredients until just combined.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan and add about 1 tsp oil. Pour in about 75ml of the pancake batter. When bubbles form on top, flip the pancake over and brown the other side. Keep the heat on medium so the middle cooks. Keep warm in a low oven while continuing to make pancakes with remaining batter.
- Serve warm pancakes topped with warm or room temperature compote.