Air Fryer Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Christmas Trees

A great recipe for all the family to enjoy making together. These cream cheese and mozzarella pastries are packed full of flavour and they only take 15 minutes to cook in an Air Fryer.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets of pre-rolled puff pastry
  • Cream cheese
  • 150g of cheddar cheese
  • Cranberry sauce for dipping

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Pigs in Blankets with a Cranberry Twist

We couldn’t resist giving this recipe a go in our Dual Glass Drawer Air Fryer

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 3- minutes
  • Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 200g Smoked Streaky Bacon
  • 8 Chipolata Sausages
  • Cranberry Sauce

Method

STEP 1
Make a small cut in your sausages

STEP 2
Spoon a teaspoon of cranberry sauce into each sausage. Then roll in streaky bacon.

STEP 3

Cook in your Air Fryer for 20 minutes at 180 degrees

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Air Fryer Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Fed up with plain-boiled brussels? Look no further. Why not try our tasty Air Fryer Brussel Sprout recipe? Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with tangy garlic and salty bacon thrown in, this recipe is set to add some serious flavour to your festive feast this Christmas!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 400g Sprouts
  • 200g bacon lardons
  • A teaspoon of Lazy Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper

Method

STEP 1
Chop your sprouts in half and remove the outer leaves before parboiling for 8 minutes.

STEP 2
Drain before mixing in your bacon lardons and lazy garlic

STEP 3

Place in your air fryer and cook for 15 minutes at 200 degrees – give them a toss halfway through

STEP 4

Once cooked, season to your liking and enjoy.

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Blackberry & Lemon Gin Fizz Recipe

This blackberry and lemon gin fizz cocktail is the perfect refreshing drink, effortlessly made using our ice maker machine. Our ice maker machine is a great appliance for those who love entertaining at home, ensuring that you never run out of ice.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1 person

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 3 blackberries
  • Spring of mint
  • 50ml Hill Billy Lemon Gin
  • Fever-Tree Damson & Sloe Tonic Water

Method

STEP 1
Place some ice into a glass and add 50ml of hillbilly lemon gin.

STEP 2
Top with Fever-Tree Damson & Sloe Tonic Water to where you would like.

STEP 3

Add a sprig of mint and some blackberries. Stir and enjoy!

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Rotisserie Chicken in an Air Fryer Recipe

Love rotisserie chicken? Here’s how you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home with our Digital Air Fryer Oven.

  • Skill: Medium
  • Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4 – 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (up to 1.3kg)
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

STEP 1
Prepare your chicken by coating it in butter, salt and pepper.

STEP 2
Insert the air fryer kebab skewers through the middle of the chicken until the skewer is out of the other side. Make sure the chicken is in the middle of the skewer and then attach the attachable prongs.

STEP 3

Place the chicken in the air fryer for 55 minutes at 180 degrees, we also recommend that you check the cooking guidelines on the packaging. Always ensure your chicken is fully cooked before serving. Enjoy!

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Blackberry & White Chocolate Cookies Recipe

This tasty Blackberry & White Chocolate Cookie Recipe is perfect for those craving a delicious sweet treat. The tart flavour from the blackberries and sweet white chocolate is the perfect combination!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Makes: 5-7 cookies

Ingredients

  • 125g salted butter
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • Large handful of chopped blackberries (approx 100g)

Method

STEP 1
Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl until it forms into a dough.

STEP 2
Roll the dough into small balls, we recommend making around 5-7 dough balls.

STEP 3

Place the dough balls in air fryer compartments on parchment paper at 160 degrees for 10 minutes. Enjoy warm or cold!

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Air Fryer Wrap Pizzas Recipe

Want a quick recipe that you and all the family can enjoy and whip up in a matter of minutes? Give our Air Fryer Wrap Pizzas a go.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1 person

Ingredients

  • 2 wraps
  • Pizza sauce or passata
  • Handful of cheddar cheese
  • Dash of oregano

Method

STEP 1
To start, place one wrap on the surface and top it with cheese. Then place the other wrap on top so the cheese is in the middle of the two wraps.

STEP 2
Spread your passata or pizza sauce evenly on the top wrap. Sprinkle with more cheese and a dash of oregano.

STEP 3

Place in the air fryer at 200 degrees for 5 minutes. We used our Cooks Professional Digital Air Fryer with its round basket.

STEP 4

Slice and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Roast Potatoes Recipe

Want crispy and delicious roasted potatoes? We made these parmesan-topped chilli oil-infused roast potatoes in under 30 minutes in our Cook’s Professional Air Fryer.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 3 – 4 people

Ingredients

  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 tbsp chilli-infused olive oil
  • Handful of grated parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of salt

Method

STEP 1
Peel and thinly slice your potatoes, and place them into a bowl.

STEP 2
Add a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of chilli-infused olive oil to the potato slices. Make sure the potatoes are well coated by mixing them with your hands or a spoon.

STEP 3
Place in the air fryer and cook for 15 minutes at 190 degrees.

STEP 4

After 15 minutes, open the air fryer and top the potatoes with a handful of grated parmesan cheese. Place into the air fryer for 5 minutes at 190 degrees. Enjoy!

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Double Chocolate Muffins Recipe

Want a sweet treat that is quick and easy to make and one you can get the kids involved in? This Double Chocolate Muffin recipe takes just 15 minutes in an Air Fryer.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Makes: 8 muffins

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g dark chocolate chips (keep some leftover)
  • 1 egg
  • 75g Greek natural yoghurt
  • 50ml milk
  • 75ml vegetable oil

Method

STEP 1
Preheat the air fryer to 160 degrees. Add all of the wet ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined. Add the caster sugar and continue to mix.

STEP 2
Add the flour and cocoa powder through a sieve, then add the salt and the majority of chocolate chips. Mix until combined.

STEP 3
Spoon the batter into the muffin cases evenly, then add the reserved chocolate chips on top.

STEP 4

Place the filled cases into the air fryer basket. Make sure the cases are close together.

STEP 5

Bake the muffins for 12-15 mins. They should be well-risen and slightly golden. Enjoy!

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Crispy Chicken Wings Air Fryer Recipe

These delicious Crispy Chicken Wings made in an Air Fryer are perfect alongside a salad. Incredibly easy and quick to make!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 35mins
  • Serves: 3 – 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. chicken wings
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Hot sauce
  • Melted butter
  • Herefordshire or Worcestershire Sauce
  • Garlic

Method

STEP 1
Spray two of your air fryer baskets with nonstick cooking spray. Season the chicken wings with salt and pepper and split them into the two baskets of the air fryer. Cook for 15 minutes at 200 degrees.

STEP 2
After 15 minutes turn the chicken wings over using tongs. Cook for another 12 minutes at 200 degrees.

STEP 3
For the sauce, add the melted butter, garlic, Herefordshire/Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce to a ramekin and mix until combined.

STEP 4

Once the chicken wings are finished cooking, place them onto a plate or bowl and pour the sauce onto them. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin, Roasted Potato Garlic Mash Recipe

Pimp up your mash with our delicious pumpkin, potato and roasted garlic mash. Our useful and easy to use handheld electric potato masher makes mashing potatoes super quick and simple!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Serves: 4-5 people

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic bulb
  • Oil
  • 400g potatoes
  • 500g pumpkin
  • 40g butter
  • Dash of milk
  • Handful of pumpkin seeds

Method

STEP 1
Start by putting a whole garlic bulb in the air fryer for 30 minutes at 180 degrees. We added a drizzle of oil and wrapped it in foil.

STEP 2
Peel and chop 400g potatoes and 500g pumpkins then cook in a pan of boiling water for 15 minutes until tender.

STEP 3

Once cooked, drain before mixing in 40g butter, a dash of milk and the roasted garlic. Mash with ease using our handheld electric masher.

STEP 4

Top with air-fried pumpkin seeds and enjoy!

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Granola Toppings Recipe

Today we’re using our Food Dehydrator to get ahead and make a batch of dried fruit to use as a deliciously sweet topping on Granola.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 6 – 12 hours
  • Serves: 1 – 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana

Method

STEP 1
Peel your banana and chop it into bite-sized pieces.

STEP 2
Place the pieces into the food dehydrator at 57 degrees for 6 to 12 hours, depending on how crunchy you like your toppings!

STEP 3

Place on top of your granola and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Breakfast Oat Muffins Recipe

Breakfast on the go? We’ve got you covered with this delicious cocoa, banana & oat breakfast muffin recipe that only takes 15 minutes in the air fryer!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Makes: 6-8 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk of your choice (we used oat milk!)

Method

STEP 1
Blend all of the ingredients together. We used our Cooks Professional Multi Functional Stand Mixer to make sure everything was well combined.

STEP 2
Spoon the mixture into silicone muffin moulds.

STEP 3

Cook at 175 degrees for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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Creamy Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Recipe

Here’s a delicious creamy chicken and chorizo pasta dish that we made using our 3.5L slow cooker. This recipe makes 4-5 servings, making it a great option for families.

  • Skill: Medium
  • Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Serves: 4-5 people

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts chopped
  • 100g chorizo
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp red pesto
  • 1 tbsp basil (dried or fresh)
  • 650ml chicken stock
  • 350g pasta
  • 250ml double cream
  • Spinach

Method

STEP 1
Place all ingredients into your slow cooker apart from the cream and spinach. Tip: If you prefer your pasta al dente, we recommend adding the pasta and 500ml of the stock to the slow cooker when there are only 45 minutes of cooking left.

STEP 2
Cook for 2.5 hours. Once cooked, stir in the cream and the spinach.

STEP 3

Makes 4-5 servings. Enjoy!

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Crepes Recipe

Enjoy making delicious crepes every time with our Cooks Professional Crepe Maker Machine! It’s really simple to use, super easy to clean and comes with all the tools you need to get you started.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Makes: 12 crepes

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Your preferred toppings

Method

STEP 1
Crack the two eggs into a bowl and whisk. Then add the plain flour, oil and milk. Whisk until it becomes a smooth batter.

STEP 2
Pour your mixture onto the nonstick hotplate and spread evenly with our handy batter spreader.

STEP 3

Cook for 1-2 minutes before flipping with a wooden spatula. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes once flipped.

STEP 4

Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Banana Bites Recipe

These Banana Bites are the perfect sweet treat. Easy to make, with limited ingredients!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 17 minutes
  • Makes: 8-10 banana bites

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • Ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Method

STEP 1
Roll out your ready-rolled puff pastry on your countertop landscape. Place the banana upwards on the left-hand side of your pastry and roll the pastry around the banana. Cut the pastry where the banana is fully covered.

STEP 2
Move the leftover pastry to the side. Get your banana-filled pastry and cut it into bite-sized pieces.

STEP 3

Egg wash the banana bites and cook for 10 minutes in the air fryer at 180 degrees. Enjoy!

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Air Fryer Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bites Recipe

Make air fryer butternut squash & parmesan cheese bites with us. Bursting with flavour and unbelievably easy to make!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 2-3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

Method

STEP 1
Peel, deseed and chop your butternut squash into 2cm chunks. Add a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper and mix. 

STEP 2
Coat in 50g of parmesan cheese and cook in your air fryer for 12 minutes at 200 degrees, tossing halfway through.

STEP 3

When cooked, sprinkle some more parmesan on and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Halloumi Fries Recipe

Halloumi Fries are always a crowd pleaser in our opinion, here’s how we make ours… air fryer style! We also used our handy food slicer to slice our halloumi, ensuring the perfect size fries.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Serves: 2-3 people

Ingredients

  • Cypriot halloumi cheese
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes

Method

STEP 1
Cut the halloumi cheese into slices. We used our food slicer to slice our halloumi, resulting in the perfect size!

STEP 2
Put the halloumi cheese into a bowl and coat with oil, paprika and chilli flakes. Then mix well.

STEP 3

Place into the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes at 180 degrees, turning halfway.

STEP 4

Enjoy! Delicious with sweet chilli sauce.

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Waffles Recipe

Waffles for breakfast? Yes please! Here’s how to use our waffle maker to produce fluffy, delicious waffles every time! It’s simple to use and fun for all the family.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Makes: 4 waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 225g flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml milk
  • 50g melted butter
  • Your preferred toppings

Method

STEP 1
Mix your egg, flour, vanilla extract and sugar together before slowly adding the milk and butter.

STEP 2
Oil your waffle maker once it has heated up.

STEP 3

Ladle your batter into the waffle maker evenly and cook for 3-5 minutes, rotating to cook evenly.

STEP 4

Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Chicken Nuggets in 15 minutes. A simple recipe, especially for when you’ve got little ones to feed.

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Serves: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Oil
  • Lazy garlic
  • Half a cup of flour
  • Paprika
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
  • Sweet chilli dip

Method

STEP 1
Dice the chicken and place it into a bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients into the bowl (apart from the sweet chilli dip). Coat your chicken with the mix.

STEP 2
Cook for 15 minutes at 200 degrees in the air fryer, turning halfway through.

STEP 3

Enjoy with a sweet chilli sauce dip.

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Family Friendly Fajitas Recipe

Looking for family friendly air fryer recipes? We’ve got you covered! This quick and simple fajita recipe using our Dual Air Fryer is sure to be a hit with the whole family!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 3-4 people

Ingredients

  • 500g chicken breast
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped small
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

STEP 1
Dice the chicken breast, and slice the peppers and onions into strips. Place them all into one air fryer basket.

STEP 2
Add the 2 chopped cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp paprika and 1 tbsp cumin to the air fryer basket. Then season with salt and pepper. Combine all of these ingredients well with a spoon or spatula.

STEP 3

Cook at 200 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

STEP 4

When ready, spoon into wraps and enjoy!

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Air Fryer Apple Crumble Recipe

What better way to celebrate the harvest season than with a delicious, hearty apple crumble, air fried to perfection! This recipe is so quick and simple, and it tastes as good as it looks too …

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 30mins
  • Serves: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 small apples
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the crumble topping:

  • 55g brown sugar
  • 55g cold butter
  • 90g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt

Method

STEP 1
Dice your apples into 1cm cubes and add the water, sugar and cinnamon, then mix well. Split your mixture evenly into two ramekins. 

STEP 2
For the crumble, mix the cold butter, flour and sugar with your hands to create a crumble. Distribute evenly on top of the apple mixture.

STEP 3
Place in the air fryer and cook for 15 minutes at 180 degrees. Enjoy!

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Summertime Spritz Recipe

Summertime calls for one thing… Aperol Spritz. Here’s our super easy Rose Aperol if you want to mix it up a little!

  • Skill: Easy
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1 person

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • Rose prosecco
  • Aperol
  • Soda water
  • Orange slices

Method

STEP 1
Add some ice to a glass. Pour 2 parts rose prosecco and 1 part aperol to the glass.

STEP 2
Top up with soda water, and garnish with some orange slices. Enjoy!

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Cauliflower, egg & potato curry

  • Total time1 hr
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Even a cauliflower-hater will love the warm coconut and flavours of this vegetarian curry dish

Ingredients
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 plump red chilli, seeds removed if you want, finely chopped
thumb-sized piece of root ginger, peeled and grated
2 large waxy potatoes (such as Desirée), peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
2 tbsp curry paste (Patak’s Cumin & chilli is good)
1 medium cauliflower, broken into florets
400ml can coconut milk
6 hard-boiled eggs, halved lengthways
2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds (optional)
large handful of roughly chopped fresh coriander
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Method
STEP 1
Heat a large, deep non-stick frying pan, wok or shallow saucepan over a low heat. Add the oil, stir in the onion and fry over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to turn golden.

STEP 2
Stir the chilli, garlic and ginger into the onion mixture and fry for 2 minutes. Raise the heat a little, add the potatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the outsides are just softening. Stir in the curry paste, cook for 1 minute, then toss in the cauliflower and stirfry for a further 1 minute to coat.

STEP 3
Pour the coconut milk into the pan and stir thoroughly. Add some salt, raise the heat and bring to the boil, stirring frequently, then half cover the pan and reduce to a slow simmer. Cook the curry for 20-25 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened slightly and the vegetables are tender.

STEP 4
Half bury the eggs yolk-sides up in the sauce, then cover and continue to simmer gently for a further 1-2 minutes to heat through. Serve with a scattering of toasted almonds, if liked, and coriander.

Spelt pancakes with rhubarb

  • Prep:15 mins
  • Cook:50 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Make some spelt pancakes and finish with a vibrant rhubarb, orange, almonds and crème fraîche topping. Enjoy for dessert or a decadent weekend brunch

Ingredients
400g rhubarb, cut into 2-3cm pieces
60g honey, plus a drizzle
1 orange, zested and juiced
100g unsalted butter
50g flaked almonds
200ml crème fraîche, to serve

For the pancakes
2 eggs
30g olive or sunflower oil
350ml milk
175g spelt flour or buckwheat flour (optional)

Method
STEP 1
Tip the pancake ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Set aside to rest. Put the rhubarb, honey, orange juice and zest in a medium saucepan over a medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally for 8-12 mins until the rhubarb collapses. Add more honey, to taste, if you prefer, then set aside.

STEP 2
Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat, swirling to coat the entire pan. Pour in enough of the pancake mix to coat the base, swirling the pan to spread the batter. (The batter should make 9 pancakes, in case the first one sticks.) Cook for about 1 min until the underside is golden, then flip over and cook for 30 secs-1 min until cooked through. Remove to a plate and keep warm. Repeat the process, adding more butter to the pan between pancakes.

STEP 3
Set aside a couple of spoonfuls of the rhubarb compote. Divide the rest between the pancakes, spooning a little into the centre of each. Fold over the left and right sides of each pancake so they overlap and enclose the filling, then fold over the side nearest to you, all the way to where the compote starts. Tuck the section holding the compote in and over itself to form neat parcels.

STEP 4
Melt the remaining butter in the frying pan and gently add the pancake parcels. Cook for 1-2 mins until golden, then flip and repeat on the other side. (You may need to do this in batches.) Remove to plates or a serving platter. Toast the almonds in the butter in the pan over a low heat for 2-3 mins, then scatter over the pancakes. Serve with the crème fraîche, a drizzle of honey and the reserved rhubarb.

Cream of cauliflower soup with sautéed wild mushrooms

  • Total time1 hr and 30 mins
  • Takes 1¼-1½ hours
  • Easy
  • Serves 8

Gordon Ramsay’s rich, warming soup is finished off with the luxurious touch of wild mushrooms

Ingredients
1large cauliflower (about 1.3kg/3lb), stalks discarded and florets chopped
1large potato, peeled and chopped into large chunks
1medium onion, chopped
25g butter
4 tbsp olive oil
1.2l light chicken or vegetable stock
600ml full-fat milk
142ml carton double cream
250g wild mushroom – choose from ceps, girolles (chanterelles), morels (either a mixture or just one type)
1-2 tbsp finely snipped chive

Method

STEP 1
Put the cauliflower, potato and onion in a large saucepan with the butter and half of the oil. Gently heat the contents until they start to sizzle, then cover with a lid and sweat over a low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The vegetables should be softened but not coloured.

STEP 2
Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then pour in the milk and return gently to a boil. This way, there will be no scum forming from the milk. Season to taste then simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Pour in half the cream.

STEP 3
Blend everything in a food processor or blender, in batches. For an extra creamy texture, push the purée through a sieve with the back of a ladle. Stir in the rest of the cream. (If preparing ahead cool, cover and chill for up to a day.)

STEP 4

To serve, pick over the mushrooms. Wild mushrooms can be gritty so wash them quickly in a bowl of cold water then drain well and pat dry. Trim the stalks and chop or slice the mushrooms neatly. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and, when very hot, stir fry the mushrooms quickly until nicely browned, seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper as you cook them.

STEP 5
Reheat the soup until piping hot. Check for seasoning and ladle into warmed bowls. Spoon the mushrooms into the centre and sprinkle lightly with the chives. Italy’s elegant, mildly citrussy whites, such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano, or a Chardonnay would suit this rich soup.

Rhubarb & custard cake

  • Prep:20 mins
  • Cook:1 hr
  • Plus rhubarb cooking and cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 16

This recipe tastes even better with homegrown rhubarb

Ingredients
1quantity Barney’s roasted rhubarb (see recipe, below method)
250g pack butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
150g ready-made custard
250g self-raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g golden caster sugar
icing sugar, for dusting

Method
STEP 1
Make the roasted rhubarb first, carefully draining off the juices before you let it cool. Butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed or springform cake tin. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

STEP 2
Reserve 3 tbsp of the custard in a bowl. Beat the rest of the custard together with the butter, flour, baking powder, eggs, vanilla and sugar until creamy and smooth. Spoon one-third of the mix into the tin, add some of the rhubarb, then dot with one-third more cake mix and spread it out as well as you can. Top with some more rhubarb, then spoon over the remaining cake mix, leaving it in rough mounds and dips rather than being too neat about it. Scatter the rest of the rhubarb over the batter, then dot the remaining custard over. Bake for 40 mins until risen and golden, then cover with foil and bake for 15-20 mins more. It’s ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin, then dredge with icing sugar when cool.

BARNEY’S ROASTED RHUBARB

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

Rinse 400g rhubarb and shake off excess water. Trim the ends, then cut into little-finger-size pieces.

Put in a shallow dish or a baking tray, tip over 50g caster sugar, toss together, then shuffle rhubarb so it’s in a single layer.

Cover with foil, then roast for 15 mins. Remove foil. Give everything a little shake, roast for 5 mins more or until tender and the juices are syrupy.

Ultimate spaghetti carbonara recipe

Prep:15 mins – 20 mins
Cook:15 mins
Easy
Serves 4
Discover how to make superb spaghetti carbonara. This cheesy pasta dish is an Italian favourite and with the right technique, you can make it perfect every time

Ingredients
100g pancetta
50g pecorino cheese
50g parmesan
3 large eggs
350g spaghetti
2 plump garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
50g unsalted butter
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method
STEP 1
Put a large saucepan of water on to boil.

STEP 2
Finely chop the 100g pancetta, having first removed any rind. Finely grate 50g pecorino cheese and 50g parmesan and mix them together.

STEP 3
Beat the 3 large eggs in a medium bowl and season with a little freshly grated black pepper. Set everything aside.

STEP 4
Add 1 tsp salt to the boiling water, add 350g spaghetti and when the water comes back to the boil, cook at a constant simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until al dente (just cooked).

STEP 5
Squash 2 peeled plump garlic cloves with the blade of a knife, just to bruise it.

STEP 6
While the spaghetti is cooking, fry the pancetta with the garlic. Drop 50g unsalted butter into a large frying pan or wok and, as soon as the butter has melted, tip in the pancetta and garlic.

STEP 7
Leave to cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the pancetta is golden and crisp. The garlic has now imparted its flavour, so take it out with a slotted spoon and discard.

STEP 8
Keep the heat under the pancetta on low. When the pasta is ready, lift it from the water with a pasta fork or tongs and put it in the frying pan with the pancetta. Don’t worry if a little water drops in the pan as well (you want this to happen) and don’t throw the pasta water away yet.

STEP 9
Mix most of the cheese in with the eggs, keeping a small handful back for sprinkling over later.

STEP 10
Take the pan of spaghetti and pancetta off the heat. Now quickly pour in the eggs and cheese. Using the tongs or a long fork, lift up the spaghetti so it mixes easily with the egg mixture, which thickens but doesn’t scramble, and everything is coated.

STEP 11
Add extra pasta cooking water to keep it saucy (several tablespoons should do it). You don’t want it wet, just moist. Season with a little salt, if needed.

STEP 12
Use a long-pronged fork to twist the pasta on to the serving plate or bowl. Serve immediately with a little sprinkling of the remaining cheese and a grating of black pepper. If the dish does get a little dry before serving, splash in some more hot pasta water and the glossy sauciness will be revived.

Banana bread

Prep:15 mins
Cook:50 mins
Easy
Cuts into 8-10 slices
A cross between banana bread and a drizzle cake, this easy banana loaf recipe is a quick bake that can be frozen. It’s great for using up overripe bananas, too.

Ingredients
140g butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
140g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
140g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
50g icing sugar
handful dried banana chips, for decoration

Method
STEP 1
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

STEP 2
Butter a 2lb loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.

STEP 3
Cream 140g softened butter and 140g caster sugar until light and fluffy, then slowly add 2 beaten large eggs with a little of the 140g flour.

STEP 4
Fold in the remaining flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 2 mashed bananas.

STEP 5
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for about 50 mins, or until cooked through. Check the loaf at 5-min intervals from around 30-40 mins in the oven by testing it with a skewer (it should be able to be inserted and removed cleanly), as the time may vary depending on the shape of your loaf tin.

STEP 6
Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.

STEP 7
Mix 50g icing sugar with 2-3 tsp water to make a runny icing.

STEP 8
Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with a handful of banana chips.

The best apple crumble

Prep:15 mins
Cook:40 mins
Easy
Serves 4
You can’t beat a traditional apple filling topped with crispy, buttery crumble – classic comfort food at its best

Ingredients
For the filling
575g Bramley apple (3 medium apples), peeled, cored and sliced to 1cm thick
2 tbsp golden caster sugar
For the crumble
175g plain flour
110g golden caster sugar
110g cold butter
For the topping (optional)
1 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp demerara sugar
double cream, clotted cream or custard, to serve

Method
STEP 1
Heat the oven to 190C/170 fan/gas 5.

STEP 2
Toss 575g peeled, cored and sliced Bramley apples with 2 tbsp golden caster sugar and put in a 23cm round baking dish at least 5cm deep, or a 20cm square dish. Flatten down with your hand to prevent too much crumble falling through.

STEP 3
Put 175g plain flour and 110g golden caster sugar in a bowl with a good pinch of salt.

STEP 4
Slice in 110g cold butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture looks like moist breadcrumbs. Shake the bowl and any big bits will come to the surface – rub them in. Alternatively, pulse in a processor until sandy (don’t over-process).

STEP 5
Pour the crumb mix over the apples to form a pile in the centre, then use a fork to even out.

STEP 6
Gently press the surface with the back of the fork so the crumble holds together and goes crisp, then lightly drag the fork over the top for a decorative finish.

STEP 7
Sprinkle 1 tbsp rolled oats and 1 tbsp demerara sugar over evenly, if you wish.

STEP 8
Set on a baking tray and put in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the apples feel very soft when you insert a small, sharp knife. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Classic pesto

Cook:15 mins
Easy
Makes 250ml
Whizz up delicious homemade pesto in under 15 minutes using just five ingredients. This herby Italian-style sauce is great stirred through pasta for a quick meal

Ingredients
50g pine nuts
80g basil
50g parmesan or vegetarian alternative
150ml olive oil
2 garlic cloves

Method
STEP 1
Heat a small frying pan over a low heat. Cook the pine nuts until golden, shaking occasionally. Put into a food processor with the basil, parmesan, olive oil and garlic cloves. Whizz until smooth, then season to taste.

Blender Hollandaise

Ingredients
3 egg yolks

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 dash hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco)

½ cup butter


Directions
Combine egg yolks, lemon juice, mustard, and hot pepper sauce in the container of a blender; cover and blend for about 5 seconds.

Place butter in a glass measuring cup. Heat butter in the microwave for about 1 minute, or until hot and completely melted.

Turn the blender on; pour melted butter in a slow, steady stream until sauce is thick and smooth, about 15 to 30 seconds.

Salted caramel chocolate torte

Prep:1 hr and 15 mins
Cook:10 mins
Plus cooling and chilling
Easy
Serves 8
Indulge guests at your next party with this impressive dessert. A touch of salt really sets off the caramel and dark chocolate

Ingredients
175g digestive biscuits
85g butter, melted
397g can caramel
1 tsp sea salt, plus extra to serve
300g plain chocolate (70% solids), broken into chunks
600ml tub double cream
25g icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
salted caramel chocolates, to decorate
single cream, to serve (optional)

Method
STEP 1
Line the base of a deep, round 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin with a circle of baking parchment. Line the sides with one long strip that comes just above the sides of the tin – staple or paper clip where the strip overlaps to hold it in place.

STEP 2
Crush the biscuits in a plastic bag or bowl with the end of a rolling pin. Stir into the melted butter, then evenly press into the bottom of the tin. Chill for 10 mins.

STEP 3
Reserve 2 tbsp of the caramel. Stir the sea salt into the remainder and spoon into the centre of the biscuit base. Gently spread so the base is evenly covered but a visible 1-2cm border of biscuit remains around the edge. Chill for 20 mins while you make the chocolate layer.

STEP 4
Gently melt the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir 1 tbsp of the cream into the reserved caramel, then cover and chill until ready to decorate. Once the chocolate has melted, turn off the heat but leave the bowl where it is, and gradually stir in the remaining cream until you have a smooth, shiny, thick chocolate sauce. Sift in the icing sugar and stir in with the vanilla extract. Lift off the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 mins.

STEP 5
Ladle or pour the chocolate mixture around the edge of the torte first, so it fills the biscuit border, sealing the caramel in the centre. Then ladle or pour in the rest and gently shake to smooth the surface. Chill for at least 5 hrs or up to 24 hours until firm.

STEP 6
Remove the torte from the tin, then carefully peel off the strip of paper and transfer to a serving plate. Dot the chocolates on top. Spoon the reserved caramel-cream mixture into a small food or freezer bag. Snip off the tiniest tip of the corner to make a very small opening, then squiggle lines of caramel over the top. Chill until ready to serve. Scatter with a pinch or two of sea salt before serving, then thinly slice. Eat with a drizzle of single cream, if you like.

Romantic rose cupcakes

Prep:10 mins
Cook:20 mins
Easy
Makes 12 deep cupcakes
These decorative cupcakes make the perfect centrepiece for a wedding or christening, or a lovely gift

Ingredients
150ml pot natural yogurt
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g golden caster sugar
140g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g ground almond
175g unsalted butter, melted
For the white chocolate frosting
100g white chocolate
140g unsalted butter
140g icing sugar

Method
STEP 1
Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. In a jug, mix the yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Put the dry ingredients, plus a pinch of salt, into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.

STEP 2
Add the yogurty mix and melted butter, and quickly fold in with a spatula or metal spoon – don’t overwork it. Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full) and bake for 18-20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to the touch. Cool for a few mins, then lift the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze as soon as possible.

STEP 3
White chocolate frosting: Melt the chocolate in the microwave on High for 1½ mins, stirring halfway. Leave to cool. Beat the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in the chocolate. Cover and chill for up to one month.

STEP 4
Up to 48 hrs before serving (or the day before if it’s really hot), bring the frosting back to room temperature, then spread over the cakes. Put the ribbon around the cakes now if you like, tying or glueing in place. Keep cool, out of direct sunlight.

Dark chocolate pudding with malted cream

Prep:15 mins – 20 mins
Cook:15 mins
Easy
Serves 3
This chocolate pudding is the perfect balance of richness and textures. It’s easy, yet impressive and you can even make it ahead before your guests arrive

Ingredients
For the puddings
60g butter, plus extra for the ramekins
2 tbsp cocoa powder
100g 70% dark chocolate
2 eggs
100g caster sugar
½ tsp malt powder (we used Ovaltine)
For the cream
100ml double cream
2 tbsp muscovado sugar
1 tbsp malt powder
To serve
9 Maltesers, crushed into large chunks
3 glacé cherries, cut in half
1 tbsp chopped salted pistachios

Method
STEP 1
Butter three ramekins, dust with cocoa and set aside. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, then whisk in the chocolate mixture with the malt powder and a pinch of salt. Divide the mixture between the ramekins and bake for 14 mins until they are just cooked with a slight wobble in the middle to make a fondant, or 18 mins for a pudding. Remove from the oven, turn out and serve warm now, or leave to cool in their ramekins.

STEP 2
Whisk the cream, sugar and malt powder together to soft peaks. Carefully turn the puddings out onto plates, then pile on the Maltesers, cherries and pistachios, and serve with the malted cream.

Valentine’s Day cocktail

Prep:5 mins
No cook
Easy
Serves 2
Combine cranberry juice, vodka, raspberries and prosecco to make this ruby-red cocktail. If romance is in the air, it’s the perfect tipple for Valentine’s Day

Ingredients
150ml cranberry juice
1 tsp grenadine
50ml vodka
handful of ice
1 lime wedge
4 raspberries
chilled prosecco or sparkling wine, to top up

Method
STEP 1
Mix the cranberry juice, grenadine and vodka together in a jug with a handful of ice. Or, do this in a cocktail shaker. Squeeze over the lime wedge and stir with a mixing spoon, or shake briefly if using a cocktail shaker.

STEP 2
Strain the cocktail into two champagne glasses. Drop two raspberries into each glass, then top up with prosecco or sparkling wine to serve.

Kiwi fruit smoothie

Preparation and cooking time
Prep:5 mins
no cook
Easy
Serves 2 – 3
This simple kiwi, mango and pineapple fruit smoothie makes an ideal morning treat. It’s an easy way to pack in the vitamins and give yourself a boost

Ingredients
3 peeled kiwi fruit
1 mango, peeled, stoned and chopped
500ml pineapple juice
1 banana, sliced

Method
STEP 1
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth then pour into 2 tall glasses.

Air-fryer doughnuts

Preparation and cooking time
Prep:30 mins
Cook:25 mins
plus overnight proving
More effort
Makes 6-8
Cook doughnuts without the need for too much oil. These have a slightly different texture, but are still fluffy and delicious. Top with glaze or sugar and cinnamon

Ingredients
125ml milk, lukewarm
50g unsalted butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
7g sachet dried fast-action yeast
60g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
275g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1 egg, beaten
For the glaze
125g icing sugar
3 tbsp milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
flavourless oil, for proving

Method
STEP 1
Combine the milk, melted butter, yeast, 1 tsp of the sugar and the vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer. Leave for 8-10 mins for the yeast to activate.

STEP 2
In a separate bowl, combine the remaining sugar, flour, ½ tsp salt and the cinnamon, if using. Mix the beaten egg into the milk mixture, then fold in the dry ingredients. Knead with a dough hook on a medium speed for 5-8 mins until the dough is smooth and elastic. You can also knead by hand for 10-12 mins, until smooth. It’s a very sticky dough, so be patient with it.

STEP 3
Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place for 1 hr 30 mins until the dough has doubled in size. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to around 1.5cm thick. Cut out your doughnuts using a doughnut cutter or two cutters (1 x 7.5cm and 1 x 2.5cm for the middle). Put the doughnuts on a lined baking sheet, along with the doughnut centres, if you like, and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave to rise for 40 mins or overnight in the fridge (the doughnuts will hold their shape better if proved in the fridge).

STEP 4
When ready to cook, place 2-3 doughnuts (and their centres, if keeping) in the air-fryer basket and cook at 180C for 5-6 mins, following manufacturer’s instructions, until golden. (Bear in mind that some air fryers generate more intense heat, so keep checking to make sure the doughnuts don’t burn.) Remove from the basket and leave to cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining doughnuts. You can place a sheet of baking parchment at the bottom of your basket if you’re worried about the doughnuts sticking and to prevent indents from the basket forming on the doughnuts.

Breakfast super-shake

Prep:5 mins
no cook
Easy
Serves 1
This smoothie is high in natural fats and sugar – ideal if you need some fuel for intense exercise

Ingredients
100ml full-fat milk
2 tbsp natural yogurt
1 banana
150g frozen fruits of the forest
50g blueberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp goji berries
1 tsp mixed seeds
1 tsp honey (ideally Manuka)

Method
STEP 1
Put the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Air fryer pasta chips

200g pasta, such as farfalle
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
large pinch of dried oregano
1 tsp onion granules

Method
STEP 1
Cook the pasta following the packet instructions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

STEP 2
Add the olive oil, spices, herbs and season with salt and pepper, and mix together so that the pasta is well coated.

STEP 3
Set your air fryer to 180C and cook the pasta for 15-20 minutes, shaking every 5 minutes, until the pasta is crisp and golden. Serve the pasta chips on their own or with a dip.

Slow cooker clotted cream fudge

  • Prep:15 mins
  • Cook:5 hrs
  • plus chilling
  • Easy
  • Makes 16 squares

Ingredients

  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 100g golden syrup
  • 200g clotted cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • vegetable oil, for the tin

Method

  • STEP 1
    Put the caster sugar, golden syrup, clotted cream, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt flakes in a Slow cooker. Stir until well-mixed and smooth. Cook on high for 4-5 hrs, stirring every 30 mins, or until it’s a golden caramel colour and looks glossy. If your slow cooker works with the lid off, cook uncovered to speed up cooking. It will take about 5 hrs if using a multi-function cooker with a locked lid that requires you to keep opening and stirring it.
  • STEP 2
    Oil a 20cm baking tin and line with baking parchment. Remove the bowl of the slow cooker carefully and set on a heatproof mat or chopping board. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula vigorously for 10-15 mins to cool the fudge and to break up any large sugar crystals. The fudge will thicken as it cools and start to look matte. Tip into the tin and use a spatula to smooth the surface. Sprinkle with a little more salt and chill until set, about 1 hr. Cut into chunks. Will keep for five days in an airtight container.

Slow cooker vegetable stew with cheddar dumplings

  • Prep:20 mins
  • Cook:6 hrs
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g baby carrots , scrubbed, trimmed and halved if large
  • 3 leeks , cut into thick slices
  • 3 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 2 courgettes , cut into large chunks
  • 2 x 400g cans butter or cannellini beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 thyme , rosemary or tarragon sprigs
  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 200g broad beans or peas
  • 200g spinach
  • ½ small bunch of parsley , finely chopped, plus extra to serve

For the dumplings

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 50g vegetarian suet or cold butter, grated
  • 100g mature cheddar
  • ½ small bunch of parsley , finely chopped

Method

  • STEP 1
    Set the Slow cooker to low. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan and fry the carrots for 5 mins until just golden, then tip into the slow cooker.
  • STEP 2
    Heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the leeks with a pinch of salt for 5 mins until soft. Add the garlic and stir in the flour. Gradually add the stock, stirring, until the flour has dissolved and there are no lumps. Bring to the boil, then tip into the slow cooker. Add the courgettes, beans and herbs, topping up with water to cover the veg, if needed. Cover and cook for 4 hrs.
  • STEP 3
    To make the dumplings, tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the suet or butter until evenly distributed. Add the cheese, parsley, ½ tsp cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt. Mix in 3-4 tbsp cold water with your hands to make a soft, slightly sticky dough (add a little more water if needed). Divide into six and roll into balls.
  • STEP 4
    Add the crème fraîche, mustard, broad beans or peas and spinach to the slow cooker and turn it to high. Arrange the dumplings over the stew, cover and cook for 1-2 hrs more until firm and doubled in size. Scatter with parsley and serve. Will keep for up to three days in the fridge or in the freezer for up to three months.

Slow cooker sticky toffee pudding

  • Prep:30 mins
  • Cook:8 hrs
  • plus 30 mins soaking
  • Easy
  • Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 250g pitted dates, chopped
  • 100g butter, plus extra for the basin
  • 4 tbsp treacle
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g light brown soft sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • vanilla ice cream, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1
    Put the dates in a heatproof bowl, cover with 150ml boiling water, and leave to soak for 30 mins. Butter a 1-litre pudding basin and line the base with baking parchment.
  • STEP 2
    Tip half the butter, half the treacle, the vanilla, 75g of the sugar and the cream into a pan set over a medium heat. Cook for 4-5 mins, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat, bubble for 3 mins, then whisk in a pinch of salt. Pour a third of the sauce into the basin.
  • STEP 3
    Beat the remaining butter, treacle, sugar and the eggs together, then fold in the flour, bicarb, ¼ tsp salt, the dates and their soaking liquid. Spoon into the basin and smooth the surface, leaving a 1cm gap from the top. Cover with a double layer of baking parchment and foil, making a pleat in the middle so the pud can expand. Secure with kitchen string.
  • STEP 4
    Set the slow cooker to low. Sit the basin inside, then add boiling water so it comes halfway up the basin. Cover and cook for 7-8 hrs. Run a knife around the edge of the pudding and turn out onto a plate. Reheat the remaining sauce and pour over. Serve with ice cream.

Slow-cooker chicken korma

  • Prep:15 mins
  • Cook:6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼-½ tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 150ml double cream
  • 6 tbsp ground almonds
  • toasted flaked almonds , coriander, basmati rice and naan breads, to serve (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1
    Heat the slow cooker to low. Put the garlic, ginger and onions in a small blender with a splash of water and whizz to a paste. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat and sear the chicken all over. Remove from the pan and set aside, then add the onion paste. Fry over a medium heat for 10 mins until lightly golden.
  • STEP 2
    Stir in the tomato purée, spices, 1 tsp salt and the sugar, fry for 1 min until aromatic, then put the chicken back into the pan (with any resting juices) and add the stock. Stir and bring to a simmer, then spoon into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hrs until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  • STEP 3
    Stir through the cream and the ground almonds and bubble for 10 mins to reduce, if needed. Scatter with flaked almonds and coriander, if using, then serve with rice and naans, if you like.

Slow cooker ratatouille

  • Prep:10 mins
  • Cook:6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion , sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 large aubergines , cut into 1.5cm pieces
  • 3 courgettes , halved and cut into 2cm pieces
  • 3 mixed peppers , cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 6 large ripe tomatoes , roughly chopped
  • small bunch of basil , roughly chopped, plus a few extra leaves to serve
  • few thyme sprigs
  • 400g can plum tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • sourdough , to serve (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1
    Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion for 8 mins until translucent. Add the garlic and fry for 1 min. Turn the heat to medium-high, add the aubergines and fry for 5 mins until golden. Stir in the courgettes and peppers and fry for 5 mins more until slightly soft. Add the tomato purée, fresh tomatoes, herbs, canned tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and 1 tsp salt and bring to the boil.
  • STEP 2
    Transfer to the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until everything is soft and the sauce has thickened. Season, scatter over some extra basil, and serve with sourdough, if you like.

Ham, mushroom & rocket

basil pesto
mushroom, sliced
handful cherry tomatoes, halved
ham, chopped
handful rocket

Method

  1. Preheat your pizza oven on setting 4 for 10 minutes.
  2. Roll out your fresh dough and place inside your pizza oven.
  3. Spread your base with the pesto. Top with ham, mushrooms, tomatoes and some seasoning. Bake as above then top with a handful of rocket.
  4. Close the lid and turn your pizza maker up to 5 and cook for around 3-4 minutes.

Eggs Florentine pizza

bacon rashers
baby spinach leaves
tomato pizza sauce
grated pizza cheese
eggs
truss grape tomatoes

Method

  1. Preheat your pizza oven on setting 4 for 10 minutes.
  2. Add spinach to pan and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  3. Roll out your fresh dough and place inside your pizza oven.
  4. Top base with tomato puree.
  5. Top with spinach and bacon then crack an egg in the middle of each pizza. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and top with tomatoes.
  6. Close the lid and turn your pizza maker up to 5 and cook for around 3-4 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbling and egg is cooked as desired.

Mozzarella and Basil Pizza

fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
fresh basil leaves

Method

  1. Preheat your pizza oven on setting 4 for 10 minutes.
  2. Roll out your fresh dough and place inside your pizza oven.
  3. Top base with tomato puree.
  4. Top with mozzarella slices. Close the lid and turn your pizza maker up to 5 and cook for around 3-4 minutes.
  5. Top with basil leaves; cut into wedges.

Acai bowl

Prep:5 mins
Serves 1

Ingredients
2 tsp açaí powder
handful frozen berries
½ a very ripe banana , chopped
handful ice cubes
1 tsp coconut flakes , 5 pineapple chunks, ½ passionfruit, 1 tbsp toasted oats, to top (optional)

Method
STEP 1
Put the açaí powder, frozen berries, banana and ice cubes into a Cooks Professional Nutriblend with 100ml water. Blitz until smooth, then pour into a bowl and add your choice of toppings.


White sourdough

Ingredients
For the starter
250g strong white bread flour , preferably organic or stoneground
For the levain
1 tbsp sourdough starter (see above)
100g strong white bread flour , preferably organic or stoneground
For the bread
levain (see above)
1kg strong white bread flour , preferably organic or stoneground, plus extra for dusting
20g fine sea salt


Method
STEP 1
Day 1:
To begin your starter, mix 50g flour with 50g tepid water in a jar or, better still, a plastic container. Make sure all the flour is incorporated and leave, semi-uncovered, at room temperature for 24 hrs.

STEP 2
Day 2:
Mix 50g flour with 50g tepid water and stir into yesterday’s mixture. Make sure all the flour is incorporated and leave, semi-uncovered, at room temperature for another 24 hrs.

STEP 3
Day 3:
Mix 50g flour with 50g tepid water and stir into yesterday’s mixture. Make sure all the flour is incorporated and leave, semi-uncovered, at room temperature for another 24 hrs.

STEP 4
Day 4:
You should start to see some activity in the mixture now; there should be some bubbles forming and bubbling on top. Mix 50g flour with 50g tepid water and stir into yesterday’s mixture. Make sure all the flour is incorporated and leave, semi-uncovered, at room temperature for another 24 hrs.

STEP 5
Day 5:
The mixture should be very active now and ready for making your levain. If it’s not bubbling, continue to feed it on a daily basis until it does. When it’s ready, it should smell like yogurt.

STEP 6
You now have a starter, which is the base to the bread. You’ll need to look after it, but naming is optional! Keep it in the fridge (it will stay dormant) and 24 hrs before you want to use it, pour half of it off and feed it with 100g flour and 100g water. Leave it at room temperature and it should become active again. The longer the starter has been dormant, the more times it will need to be refreshed – the process of pouring off half the starter and replacing it with new flour and water – to reactivate. If your starter is ready to use, a teaspoonful of the mixture should float in warm water.

STEP 7
For the levain
Mix 1 tbsp of the starter with 100g flour and 100g water (this is the same process as feeding the starter, but you should do this in a new, separate bowl, keeping the original starter as back-up, as this is the mixture you’ll use to bake your bread). Leave the levain for 8 hrs at room temperature until it becomes active. When ready, a teaspoonful of the mixture should float in warm water.

STEP 8
For the bread
Pour 600g tepid water into the levain and stir with a rubber spatula to mix together – don’t worry if there are unmixed bits of levain. Tip in the flour and mix everything together with a rubber spatula to make a rough dough, ensuring all the flour is incorporated evenly and that there are no dry bits up the side of the bowl. Cover and leave somewhere warm for at least 30 mins, or up to 4 hrs.

STEP 9
Sprinkle over the salt and add 50g water to the dough. Pinch and scrunch the salt and water through the dough with your hands. If the dough goes stringy (like old chewing gum), just keep working it until it’s one smooth texture. Leave for another 15 mins.

STEP 10
Wet your hands, grab the dough from one side and stretch it over itself, then repeat with the other side. This stretching technique helps develop the gluten. Pick the dough up and curl it around onto itself, then cover and leave for another 20-30 mins. Repeat this process two more times (three in total), then leave the dough for another 2-3 hrs until it’s risen by about 30% and looks bubbly and soft.

STEP 11
Using a rubber spatula, scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and split in two. Fold each piece onto itself to create a ball, then leave uncovered for 30 mins. The dough balls will spread during this time.

STEP 12
Dust two bread-proving baskets generously with flour. Scrape one of the balls of dough off the work surface, then fold it onto itself to create a tight ball that’s trapped in all the air. Lift the ball into a basket, seam-side up, then transfer to the fridge to chill overnight, or for up to 18 hrs. Repeat with the other dough ball.

STEP 13
Heat the oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9 and put a lidded casserole dish in the oven to heat. Cut a sheet of baking parchment into a square slightly larger than the base of one of the loaves. Carefully remove the hot casserole dish from the oven and remove the lid. Invert one loaf onto the baking parchment, then, working quickly, score the top at an angle. Use the corners of the parchment to lift the loaf into the casserole dish. Cover with the lid and bake for 30 mins, then carefully uncover and continue to bake for another 10 mins (or longer for a darker finish). Carefully lift the bread out of the dish using a spatula, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool to room temperature before slicing. Repeat with the second loaf.

Sour Dough Pizza

Prep:1 hr
Cook:1 hr
plus 4 days for the sourdough and 4-18 hrs resting
More effort
Makes 6 pizzas

Ingredients
For the base
1 batch white sourdough (see step 1)
strong or plain flour , for dusting
For the topping
2 x 400g cans plum tomatoes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil , plus extra to serve
1 tsp dried oregano
300g mozzarella , torn into chunks
small bunch of basil , leaves picked (optional)

STEP 1
Make a batch of our white sourdough, following the recipe to the end of step 10. When the dough is ready, tip it onto a lightly floured surface and divide into six equal pieces. Roll into balls and leave to rest on a floured tray, covered with a damp tea towel, in the fridge for at least 4 hrs, and up to 18 hrs – the longer you leave the dough, the more sour it will taste.

STEP 2
Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Drain some of the juice from the plummed tomatoes and tip the rest into a bowl with the olive oil, oregano and a generous pinch of salt. Combine by either scrunching everything together with your fingers (this will make a chunky sauce) or blitz with a stick blender (this will make a smooth sauce). Chill until needed.

STEP 3
To make the pizzas, heat a grill to high and prepare an ovenproof frying pan. On a floured surface, push and stretch a ball of dough into a circle roughly the same size as the pan. Get the pan very hot, then working quickly and carefully, drape it into the pan, spread over some of the sauce, a handful of mozzarella and some basil, if using.

STEP 4
Cook for 2 mins, until little bubbles appear, then put the pan under the grill for another 2-4 mins until the sides are puffed up and the cheese has melted. Remove, drizzle with a little olive oil and cut into wedges. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Strawberry green goddess smoothie

  • Prep:5 mins
  • Serves 2

Ingredients
160g ripe strawberries, hulled
160g baby spinach
1 small avocado, halved and the flesh scooped out
150ml pot bio yogurt
2 small oranges, juiced, plus ½ tsp finely grated zest

Method

  • STEP 1– Put all the ingredients in a Cooks Professional Nurtiblend and whizz until completely smooth. If it’s a little thick, add a drop of chilled water then blitz again. Pour into glasses and drink straight away.

Strawberry Puree

yield: prep time: 5 MINS total time: 5 MINS

Ingredients
4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Method
1. Place the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor or blender.
2. Puree the strawberries for 1 minutes.
3. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and process for another minute or until the strawberries are smooth.
4. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes
Strawberry puree can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can also freeze your strawberry puree in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Crispy Baked Falafel Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (soaked at least 12 hours)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Method

  • Soak 1 cup of dried chickpeas in 4 cups of water overnight.
  • When you are ready to cook the falafels, heat oven to 400°F.
  • After soaking, drain the liquid and transfer the chickpeas to a 7-cup food processor fitted with a steel blade.
  • Pulse for 1-2 minutes, until picture resembles the image below. It should be processed into small pieces but not completely pureed.
  • Add the minced garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, baking powder, salt, pepper and egg. Process using the pulse function on the processor until all ingredients are well mixed in.
  • Using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop, form disk-shaped falafels, patting them into shape with your hands and arranging on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Falafels will be delicate, so be careful. Having slightly damp hands helps form them into shape.
  • Carefully brush tops with olive oil.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden.

Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream Pie

Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream Pie Recipe | EatingWell

Total:5 hrs 40 mins Servings:8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coarsely crumbled gingersnap cookies
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 cup non fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3 cups blackberries, divided
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

Method

  • To prepare the crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
  • Process cookies in a food processor until finely ground. Add oil and process until well combined. Using your fingertips or the back of a spoon, press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake until just set, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • To make the filling: Whip cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until starting to thicken. Add sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in yogurt.
  • Clean out the bowl of the food processor and puree 2 cups blackberries. Pour the puree through a sieve into the yogurt-cream mixture, pressing on the solids to strain out as much of the puree as possible. Add lemon zest and gently fold the flavorings into the yogurt-cream mixture.
  • Spread the flavored yogurt-cream mixture into the cooled crust. Top with the remaining 1 cup blackberries. Freeze until very firm, at least 5 hours. To serve, let the pie stand at room temperature until softened slightly, about 15 minutes, before slicing.

Cauliflower rice

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • good handful coriander, chopped
  • cumin seeds, toasted (optional)

Method
STEP 1
Cut the hard core and stalks from the cauliflower and pulse the rest in a Cooks Professional 1000W food processor to make grains the size of rice. Tip into a heatproof bowl, cover with cling film, then pierce and microwave for 7 mins on high – there is no need to add any water. Stir in the coriander. For spicier rice, add some toasted cumin seeds.

Mix & match pancake muffins

Ingredients
sunflower or vegetable oil , for the tin
350g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
50g butter
350ml milk
2 eggs
2 tbsp maple syrup , plus extra to serve
handful of raspberries or blueberries, or a bit of each
½ banana , sliced
icing sugar , for dusting


Method
STEP 1
Oil a 12-hole muffin tin generously, using a pastry brush to make sure you get in all the corners and up the sides. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a bowl.

STEP 2
Melt the butter in a jug in the microwave. Add the milk, then the eggs and maple syrup, whisk together in a Cooks Professional 1200W Stand Mixer, then pour into the dry ingredients and whisk again to a smooth batter. Divide evenly between the holes of your tin.

STEP 3
Top each muffin with a few berries or slices of banana. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown. Test if the muffins are cooked by pushing a skewer into the centre of one. If it comes out clean, they’re ready. If not, continue cooking for a few more minutes. Once cooked, cool for 5 mins, then remove from the tin with a cutlery knife. Pile onto a plate, dust with icing sugar and serve while still warm with plenty of extra maple syrup.

Glazed gammon

Ingredients

  • 2½ kg boneless unsmoked gammon joint, tied
  • 1 sprig thyme 2 bay leaves and 1 rosemary sprig tied together
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stick, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cloves

For the glaze

  • 1½ tbsp English mustard
  • 70g clear honey
  • 2 tbsp soft dark brown sugar

STEP 1
Put the gammon in a Cooks Professional Cast Iron large deep saucepan. Add the tied herbs, onion, carrots, celery, peppercorns and cloves. Pour over enough cold water to cover the meat, then bring to the boil, cover with a lid, and lower to a gentle simmer for 1 hr 15 mins. Turn off the heat and leave the ham to sit in the liquid for 30 mins.

STEP 2
Remove from the liquid (this makes a delicious soup stock) and leave to cool until cold enough to handle. Peel off the thick layer of skin on the gammon to reveal a layer of fat. Discard the skin and score the fat in a criss-cross pattern with a sharp knife.

STEP 3
Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the ham in a Cooks Professional Cast Iron roasting tray lined with foil. Mix together the mustard, honey and sugar in a bowl, then generously brush half over the ham. Roast for 15 mins, then brush with the remaining glaze. Return to the oven for a further 20-30 mins or until sticky and brown. Leave to cool for 15 mins before carving into thick slices.

Candy Apples

Ingredients:

  • 8 red apples
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • red or black food colouring
  • red or black food glitter (optional)

Steps:

  1. Pull any stalks off the twigs and push the sharpest end of each stick (or lolly sticks) into the stalk-end of each apple, making sure it’s firmly wedged in. Put a large piece of baking parchment on a wooden board.
  2. Tip the sugar into a large Cooks professional Cast Iron saucepan and add the lemon juice and 100ml water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Swirl the pan gently to move the sugar around, but don’t stir. Add the golden syrup and simmer the mixture (be careful it doesn’t boil over) until it reaches ‘hard crack’ stage or 150C on a sugar thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer, test the toffee by dropping a small amount into cold water. It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle. If it’s soft, continue to boil. When it’s ready, drip in some food colouring and swirl to combine. Add the glitter, if using, and turn off the heat.
  3. Working quickly, dip each apple into the toffee, tipping the pan to cover all the skin. Lift out and allow any excess to drip off before putting on the baking parchment. Repeat with the remaining apples. Gently heat the toffee again if you need to. Best eaten on the same day.



James Bond’s Vesper Martini

Prep:3 mins
Cook:0 mins
Total:3 mins
Serving:1 serving
Yield:1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc, or dry vermouth
  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Steps
1. Gather the ingredients.
2. In a Cooks Professional coacktail shaker, combine gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc or dry vermouth.
3. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4.Garnish with a large piece of lemon peel. Serve and enjoy.

Lemon Curd

Ingredients
Makes about 1⅓ cups
½ cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
½ cup sugar
3 large eggs
¾ stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into bits

Step 1 – Whisk together juice, zest, sugar, and eggs in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Stir in butter and cook over moderately low heat, whisking frequently, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk and first bubble appears on surface, about 6 minutes.
Step 2 – Transfer lemon curd to a bowl and chill, its surface covered with plastic wrap, until cold, at least 1 hour.
Note*Curd can be chilled up to 1 week.

Grilled Zucchini and Bulgur Salad With Feta and Preserved-Lemon Dressing

Ingredients
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup coarse-grind bulgur
¼ tsp. kosher salt, plus more
2 lb. zucchini and/or yellow summer squash
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3 Tbsp. preserved lemon paste (such as NY Shuk)
2 tsp. honey
1 garlic clove, finely grated
Freshly ground black pepper
7 oz. Greek feta, crumbled
½ cup coarsely chopped parsley
½ cup torn mint leaves
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Step 1 – Toast walnuts in a dry Cooks Professional skillet over medium heat, tossing often, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool. Coarsely chop.

Step 2 – Wipe out skillet and toast bulgur, stirring often, until a shade darker and starting to smell like popcorn, about 3 minutes. Add ¼ tsp. salt and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently until liquid is almost completely evaporated, 8–10 minutes. Cover skillet and remove from heat. Let sit while you prepare the rest of the salad.

Step 3 – Prepare a grill for high heat. (Or, heat a grill pan over high.) Trim ends of zucchini; slice lengthwise into long ¼”-thick planks. Set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet and arrange zucchini in a single layer on rack (you can also do this in a large bowl if you don’t have a wire rack). Drizzle with oil and season with salt. Toss zucchini, rubbing with your hands, to coat completely with oil.

Step 4 – Grill zucchini, undisturbed, until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes. Turnover and grill on other side until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes. Return to wire rack (or a colander set in a bowl) to drain; let cool slightly, Transfer to a cutting board and slice on a diagonal into 1″ pieces.

Step 5 – Whisk preserved lemon paste, honey, garlic, and remaining ¼ cup oil in a large bowl to combine; season with pepper (lemon paste and feta should make it salty enough). Add bulgur and feta and toss to combine. Set some of zucchini, parsley, and mint aside for serving, then add remaining zucchini and herbs to salad; toss gently to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

Step 6 – Transfer salad to a platter. Top with reserved zucchini and herbs. Scatter walnuts over. Serve salad with lemon wedges for squeezing over.

Leg of Lamb

Ingredients

1 shank-end, half-bone-in leg of lamb, 4 or 5 pounds

6 large garlic cloves

1½ teaspoons dried lavender flowers

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

1½ tablespoons finely ground sea salt

2 tablespoons mixed peppercorns

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

1 tablespoon herbes de Provence

Method

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 450°F. If the butcher has not already removed the fell (parchmentlike membrane) from the lamb leg, trim it away along with all excess fat. Using the tip of a sharp knife, make 15 or so small incisions in the leg, spacing them evenly.

Step 2 – Place the garlic, lavender, and thyme in a Cooks Professional food processor and pulse until you have a thick paste. Poke a bit of the paste into each of the incisions in the lamb. Place the salt, peppercorns, dried rosemary, and herbes de Provence in a spice grinder and pulse until you have a coarse mix. Rub the mix all over the lamb, covering it evenly. Place the lamb on a rack in a Cooks Professional roasting pan.

Step 3 – Roast the lamb for 15 minutes. Lower the heat to 350°F and continue to roast for about 1 hour, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part away from the bone registers 130°F for rare, 140° to 145°F for medium-rare, or 160°F for well-done. Cooking times will vary depending on the shape of the lamb and the consistent heat of your oven. Remove the lamb from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Step 4 – Carve the lamb parallel to the bone in long, thin slices and arrange the slices on a platter. Transfer the warm sauce to a sauceboat and serve immediately.

Frozen watermelon margarita

Frozen Watermelon Margarita Recipe - Food.com
  • Prep:10 mins
  • plus overnight freezing
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Remember to put the watermelon in the freezer the night before to make these frozen margaritas. They’re ideal for a summer garden party

Ingredients

  • 800g watermelon, cut into cubes (prepared weight)
  • 125ml tequila
  • 75ml triple sec
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced, plus a wedge for the rim
  • 2 tsp honey

For the garnish

  • 4 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes

Method

  • STEP 1– Put the watermelon pieces in a freezeproof container and freeze overnight until solid. The next day, prepare the garnish for the rim of each glass. Combine the sea salt flakes, sugar, chilli flakes and lime zest in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • STEP 2– When you want to serve, put the frozen watermelon, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and honey in a Cooks Professional 1000w Food Processor or NutriBlend 1000w and blitz until smooth. Run a lime wedge around the rims of four glasses, then dip in the garnish mix. Pour the drink into the glasses. Serve immediately.

Slow-cooker vegetable lasagne

Slow cooker vegetable lasagne | BBC Good Food Middle East
  • Prep:30 mins
  • Cook:2 hrs and 30 mins – 3 hrs
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Make this low-calorie veggie lasagne as a lighter alternative to the traditional bake. It’s layered with pasta, ratatouille and sliced aubergine, and packs in all of your five-a-day

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 large courgettes, diced (400g)
  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and roughly sliced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 15g fresh basil, chopped plus a few leaves
  • 1 large aubergine, sliced across length or width for maximum surface area
  • 6 wholewheat lasagne sheets (105g)
  • 125g vegetarian buffalo mozzarella, chopped

Method

  • STEP 1-Heat 1 tbsp rapeseed oil in a Cooks Professional Salute Pan and fry 2 sliced onions and 2 chopped large garlic cloves for 5 mins, stirring frequently until softened.
  • STEP 2-Tip in 2 diced large courgettes, 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, both roughly sliced, and 400g chopped tomatoes with 2 tbsp tomato purée, 2 tsp vegetable bouillon and 15g chopped basil.
  • STEP 3-Stir well, cover and cook for 5 mins. Don’t be tempted to add more liquid as plenty of moisture will come from the vegetables once they start cooking.
  • STEP 4-Slice 1 large aubergine. Lay half the slices of aubergine in the base of the slow cooker and top with 3 sheets of lasagne.
  • STEP 5-Add a third of the ratatouille mixture, then the remaining aubergine slices, 3 more lasagne sheets, then the remaining ratatouille mixture.
  • STEP 6-Cover and cook on High for 2½ – 3 hours until the pasta and vegetables are tender. Turn off the machine.
  • STEP 7-Scatter 125g vegetarian buffalo mozzarella over the vegetables then cover and leave for 10 mins to settle and melt the cheese.
  • STEP 8-Scatter with extra basil and serve with a handful of rocket.

Vegan birthday cake

Plant-based diet recipes - BBC Good Food
  • Prep:1 hr
  • Cook:30 mins
  • plus cooling and 1½ -2½ hrs chilling
  • More effort
  • Serves 16-20

Bake a plant-based version of a chocolate fudge cake for a birthday party. Everyone can enjoy it, including guests who have a dairy intolerance or egg allergies

Ingredients

  • 320ml sunflower oil , plus extra for the tins
  • 450ml soy , almond or coconut milk (the pouring variety, not a can)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 500g light muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 260g plain soy or coconut yogurt
  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 160g cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the vegan buttercream

  • 200g dairy-free dark chocolate
  • 400g vegan spread , at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 800g icing sugar , sifted
  • colourful sprinkles (make sure they are suitable for vegans)

Method

  • STEP 1– Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Oil three 20cm round cake tins and line the bases and sides with baking parchment (if you don’t have three tins, cook the batter in batches). Whisk the milk and vinegar together in a jug – the milk should curdle slightly. Set aside.
  • STEP 2– Whisk the sugar, oil and vanilla extract together in a bowl, then whisk in the yogurt, making sure to break down any sugar lumps. Pour in the soured milk and mix well.
  • STEP 3– Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and ½ tsp salt into a separate bowl and stir well to combine. Gradually whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until you have a smooth batter, but be careful not to over-mix.
  • STEP 4– Divide the batter evenly between the tins and bake for 25-30 mins, until well risen and springy, and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out almost clean. A few sticky crumbs are fine, but the mixture should not be wet.
  • STEP 5– Leave the cakes to cool in their tins for 20 mins, then carefully turn them out onto a wire rack  to cool completely. They will be delicate so be gentle (a cake lifter is helpful). The sponges will keep, covered, at room temperature for up to two days.
  • STEP 6– For the vegan buttercream, melt the chocolate in the microwave a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Leave to cool. Beat the spread and vanilla on high speed in a Cooks Professional Stand Mixer or a few minutes until pale and fluffy. Add the icing sugar gradually, beating on slow to start with, then turning up the speed to max until the mixture is light and creamy. Pour in the cooled chocolate and combine thoroughly. Chill the buttercream for at least 30 mins before using.
  • STEP 7– To assemble the cake, first use a sharp knife to trim the tops off the sponges to make them level. Put one of the sponges on a serving plate, cake stand or 20cm round cake drum (using a cake drum makes it easier to ice the cake neatly and to move it onto a stand or plate later). Spread over a layer of the buttercream, using a palette knife to get an even, neat finish. Top with the second sponge and spread over another layer of buttercream.
  • STEP 8– Top with the last sponge upside-down, so the bottom of the cake becomes the top (this will help to keep the icing neat and relatively crumb-free). Spread the sides of the cake with buttercream. Hold the top sponge steady with a palm if you need to stabilise the cake. Once you have the sides covered as neatly as you can, cover the top with a thin layer of buttercream. Use your palette knife to neaten the top and sides. If you have a side scraper, use it to sweep around the sides and top to sharpen the coating. (This is a crumb coat, trapping any crumbs to give you a neat, firm base.) Put the cake in the fridge to firm up and chill for 1-2 hrs.
  • STEP 9– To finish, cover the sides and top of the cake in the same manner, using most of the remaining buttercream. Press the sprinkles up against the bottom of the cake, about a quarter to a third of the way up. You can dress the top of the cake with a circle of sprinkles, or for a fancier finish, pipe little swirls around the top edge of the cake using any remaining buttercream scraped into a piping bag fitted with a large open star nozzle, then finish with more sprinkles.
  • STEP 10– Keep the cake in the fridge to stay firm, then remove 1 hr before serving. Will keep, covered, in the fridge, for up to three days.

Giant pan cookie

Ingredients

  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g light brown soft sugar
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 200g chocolate chips
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5. In a Cooks Professional 1000W stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, then beat until well combined.
  2. Sift over the flour, baking powder and salt, then beat again briefly to combine. Stir in the chocolate chips using a wooden spoon or spatula, then spoon the dough into a Cooks Professional Cast iron pan and press down gently to flatten and spread evenly to the edges. Bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden. Top with scoops of ice cream, then dig straight in with your spoons!

Baked Apples

Ingredients:
4 apples
25g butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
50g fresh breadcrumbs
40g mixed seeds
Zest of 1 orange
1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice

Method
1.Core the apples and score the skin around the circumference with a sharp
knife to stop them from splitting.
2.Combine all the remaining ingredients and carefully stuff the apple cores,
scattering any remaining mix over the apples. Place them in the base of the
air fryer.
3.Select the bake function (180°C – 15 minutes), cook for the duration of the
program or they are slightly collapsed

Bean chilli

Ingredients
Spray oil
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, finely diced
1 pepper, deseeded and diced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon chilli powder
¼ −½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 x 400g can mixed beans (in water), drained and rinsed
1 x 198g can sweetcorn (salt-free), drained, or 160g frozen sweetcorn
1 x 400g can chopped tomato

Method
1.Coat a large, Sautee pan with spray oil and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and stir for 3 minutes.
2.Add the pepper, cumin, chilli powder and smoked paprika, and stir for another 2−3 minutes, until the peppers start to soften.
3.Add the beans, sweetcorn and chopped tomatoes, and mix thoroughly. Allow to simmer for about 15−20 minutes, reducing the heat if needed.
4.Serve immediately, with wholegrain rice or a baked sweet potato.

Asian prawn noodle salad

Ingredients
teaspoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
350g raw king prawns
300g bean sprouts
300g ready-cooked rice noodles
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into matchsticks
1 red pepper, finely sliced
200g sugar snap peas, sliced
Large handful fresh mint, finely chopped
2 limes, juice and zest
1 tablespoon reduced-salt soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
½–1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
Small piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
25g unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped (optional)

Method
1.Heat the oil in a Cooks Professional copper wok over a medium heat and cook the garlic for 1 minute. Add the prawns and cook for 3 minutes, or until the prawns are pink and cooked through. Add the bean sprouts and cook for a further 1 minute then remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
2.Meanwhile, prepare the rice noodles according to packet instructions, drain and leave to cool.
3.Add the carrots, pepper, sugar snap peas and mint to the noodles along with the prawn mixture.
4.In a small bowl, stir together the lime juice and zest, soy sauce, fish sauce, chilli and ginger. Toss through the salad and garnish with peanuts. Serve immediately or chill until ready to eat.

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries

Makes 10-12 slices
Crust:
1/3 cup butter (about 3 oz)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup muscovado sugar

Filling
1 lb yogurt cheese (please see note)
1 lb mascarpone cheese
2 tbsp honey
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 lb good quality white chocolate
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

To serve:
1 ½ lbs fresh strawberries
2-3 tbsp granulated sugar/natural cane sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit (180 Celsius).

To prepare the pan, wrap the bottom and sides of the pan with aluminum foil, shiny side out. Coat the inside with vegetable oil spray. For ease of serving, invert the bottom of the pan, so the lip around the edge faces downward, and lock in place. Select a roasting pan large enough to accommodate the pan and place a paper towel in it. Bring a kettle of water to boil. Set aside.

To prepare the crust, cut the butter into smaller pieces and melt over low heat. Let it cool slightly. In a medium bowl, combine the oats and the sugar. Add the cooled melted butter and mix to combine. Transfer the mixture onto the prepared pan and with your hands spread the mixture to cover the base and sides of the pan. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until light golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 Fahrenheit (150 Celsius).

To melt the white chocolate, bring a pot of water, about 1/3 high, to a boil and lower the heat. Chop or shave the white chocolate and transfer to a bowl. Place the bowl over the bain marie and allow the white chocolate to melt, stirring once. When melted, remove from the heat and stir with a rubber spatula. Set aside.

To prepare the filling, make sure the cheeses are at room temperature. Beat together the yogurt and mascarpone cheese and honey on low speed until just until incorporated and smooth in your Cooks Professonal 1200W Stabnd Mixer. Scrape the bowl down to ensure everything is combined. On low speed, beat in eggs and egg yolk one at a time. Don’t over mix. Add the melted white chocolate and vanilla and mix on low speed until combined. Pour into the baked crust and place in a prepared pan.

To bake the cheesecake, pour the hot water from the kettle into the roasting pan to reach halfway up the sides of the spring form pan. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the cheesecake is golden brown on top but still loose in the center. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Then, carefully transfer the cheesecake to a cooling rack and remove the foil. Then run a knife around the edges to loosen the cake from the pan. Let stand for 30 minutes. Refrigerate the cheesecake on the rack until the center is very cold, at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours.
To prepare the strawberries, wash and dry the strawberries, then core and cut them into quarters. Place half of the strawberries in a blender with half of the sugar and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Add more sugar if necessary. Strain the coulis through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Use the back of a small ladle to push the coulis through. Discard the seeds. Transfer to a bowl.

To serve the cheesecake, remove the side of the spring form pan. To cut the cake, dip a sharp knife into a glass of hot water. Shake off the water, away from the cake, and slice. Wipe the blade clean on a paper towel. Dip the knife again into the hot water and make the second cut. Continue the process as you make each cut. Serve the cheesecake with the fresh strawberries and the coulis.


Notes:
To make the yogurt cheese: Line a strainer over a bowl with cheesecloth and add the yogurt. Allow the whey to drain for about 7-8 hours. Make sure that the yogurt cheese is not too dry.

Running the knife around the edge after baking will prevent the cheesecake from cracking at the top.

While using the mixer makes your life easier, you can beat the filing by hand.

Try not to overbeat or over mix the filling most especially after adding the eggs. It will cause the cake to rise and fall, which can cause the top of the cake to crack. The less volume you produce, the less the cake will rise.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted over the flames/oven
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 slice firm bread, torn into pieces
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp balasmic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, as per taste
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Roast the pepper either over the flames or in the oven.
  2. Cut roasted pepper into large pieces. In a small skillet toast cumin over low heat, stirring constantly until very fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. In a Cooks Professional 1000W food processor with knife blade attached, process walnuts until ground.
  4. Add rest of the ingredients including pepper and puree until smooth.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and serve with toasted pita bread wedges or lavash.

Cod Baked with Tomatoes and Feta

Makes 4 servings 

Total Time under 1 hour 

Ingredients 

1 lb (500 g) cod fillets 

3 tbsp (approx 45 mL) all-purpose flour 

2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil 

1 cup (250 mL) crumbled feta cheese (about ¼ lb/125 g) 

1 onion, chopped 

3 cloves garlic, minced 

1 sweet green pepper, chopped 

1 can (19 oz/540 mL) tomatoes 

½ cup (125 mL) pitted black olives 

½ tsp (2 mL) dried oregano 

Pinch hot pepper flakes 

Pinch granulated sugar 

2 tbsp (25 mL) minced fresh parsley 

Salt and pepper 

Instructions 

1.Cut cod into serving-size portions; pat dry. Dredge lightly in flour. 

2.In large skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; brown cod lightly on both sides. Arrange in 8-inch (2 L) square baking dish; sprinkle with feta. Set aside. 

3.Pour remaining oil into skillet; cook onion, garlic and green pepper, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, crushing with fork; stir in olives, oregano, hot pepper flakes and sugar. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, about 10 minutes. 

4.Add parsley; season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon over fish. (Dish can be prepared to this point, cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 8 hours. Add 5 minutes to baking time.) Bake, uncovered, in 375°F (190°C) oven for about 15 minutes or until bubbly. 

Fettuccine with Butter and Cheese

Makes 4 to 8 servings 

Total Time under 15 minutes 

Ingredients 

1½ sticks (¾ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes 

1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving (optional) 

1 pound fresh fettuccine 

Salt 

Instructions 

1.In a large bowl with an Cooks Professional Stand Mixer, beat the butter with the cheese until it forms a smooth cream, about 2 minutes. 

2.Bring at least 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add the pasta and salt to taste. Stir well. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until the pasta is al dente, tender yet still firm to the bite. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Toss the pasta with the butter and cheese and a few tablespoons of the cooking water. 

3.Serve immediately with additional cheese, if desired. 

Healthy slow cooker chicken

Healthy slow cooker chicken

Serves 4 

Total time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients 

  • parsnip, peeled and cut into 1.5cm/5/8in pieces 
  • celery sticks, roughly chopped 
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1.5cm/5/8in pieces 
  • leek, thickly sliced 
  • 400g/14oz potatoes, peeled and cut into 1.5cm/5/8in pieces 
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon, plus extra to garnish 
  • 1 tbsp finely grated zest from an unwaxed lemon 
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Instructions 

1.Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Season the chicken and fry for 6–8 minutes until browned all over. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a Cooks Professional 6.5L Slow Cooker. 

2.Roughly mash half of the beans with a potato masher, add to the chicken and stir well. 

3.Add the onion, parsnip, celery, carrots, leek and potatoes to the frying pan and stir-fry over a high heat for 6–8 minutes, until lightly coloured all over. Add the ginger, mustard and garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute more, then spoon the vegetable mixture, with the remaining beans, over the chicken in the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. 

4.Whisk the tomato purée into the stock and pour into the slow cooker with the tarragon and lemon zest, cover with the lid and cook on high for 3–3½ hours until the chicken is tender. To serve, garnish with chopped tarragon. 

Maple, Mustard, & Orange Chicken

Who can say no to scrumptious sticky chicken smothered in a tasty marinade? Our maple, mustard, and orange chicken is a fantastic midweek meal, or even perfect for a weekend barbecue.

Ingredients

  • 1kg chicken drumsticks

For the marinade

  • 1 large orange, zest only
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt

Method

  1. In a bowl, combine the marinade ingredients, and use a balloon whisk to mix them all together. In a separate shallow bowl or roasting dish, arrange the chicken drumsticks. Pour over the marinade and allow to marinate overnight in the fridge, or for at least an hour if you didn’t want to prepare the day before.
  2. Preheat your oven to 220℃/200℃ fan/gas mark 7. Place the drumsticks on a wire rack placed over a roasting dish, keeping any excess marinade to one side. Roast the chicken drumsticks for roughly 30 minutes or until cooked through, making sure to turn and baste them with the remaining marinade halfway through cooking.
  3. Serve immediately with a light summer salad, or your favourite side dish of choice.

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Dark Chocolate & Ginger Muffins

Dark chocolate and sumptuous ginger combine to create the perfect tea time treat.

Ingredients

  • 225g plain flour
  • 220ml milk
  • 115g dark brown sugar
  • 85g butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing
  • 55g cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 pieces stem ginger in syrup, finely chopped, play 2 tbsp syrup from the jar
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200℃/180℃ fan/gas mark 6. Grease a 12 hole muffin tray with the extra butter. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the plain flour, cocoa powder, ground ginger, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the finely chopped stem ginger and the sugar.
  2. Beat together the eggs in a large jug, then beat in the milk, ginger syrup, and melted butter. Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients, and pour in the liquid ingredients; mix gently together until combined, but be careful not to overmix.
  3. Spoon the muffin mixture into the prepared muffin tin and cook for 20 minutes of until the muffins are well risen and firm to the touch. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with your favourite hot drink for a scrumptious afternoon treat!

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Stir-Fried Eggs with Mushrooms and Zucchini

Serves

Total Time under 1 hour 

Ingredients 

6 large eggs 

2 tsp soy sauce 10 mL 

1 tsp Asian sesame oil 5 mL 

½ tsp salt or to taste 2 mL 

½ tsp freshly ground pepper 2 mL 

2 tbsp vegetable oil 25 mL 

2 tbsp chopped onion 25 mL 

2 tsp chopped garlic 10 mL 

8 oz sliced mushrooms (1 cup/250 mL) 250 g 

2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced (about 3 cups) 2 

½ cup red bell pepper strips 125 mL 

3 tbsp chopped green onions 45 mL 

2 tbsp chopped fresh dill 25 mL 

Instructions 

1.In a bowl, whisk together eggs, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Set aside. 

 2.Heat a Cooks Professional Copper Wok over high heat. Add vegetable oil and swirl to coat pan. Add onion and garlic and toss well, until fragrant, about 15 seconds. 

 3.Add mushrooms and toss well. Spread into a single layer and cook, undisturbed, for 30 seconds. Toss well. Cook, undisturbed, until beginning to wilt, about 1 minute. 

 4.Add zucchini and red pepper and toss well. Cook, tossing often, until mushrooms are tender and zucchini and pepper are tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes more. 

 5.Push vegetables aside. Stir in egg mixture and swirl gently to spread around pan. Cook, undisturbed, for 30 seconds. Gently but quickly stir and scoop to scramble eggs until almost done, about 1 minute. Mix vegetables into eggs as you scramble them, tossing more quickly when they are almost done. When eggs are just cooked, but not dry, remove from heat. Add green onions and dill and toss well. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve hot or warm. 

Waffles with hot chocolate sauce, fried bananas and ice cream

Waffles with hot chocolate sauce, fried bananas and ice cream

Serves 4 

Total Time 10 to 30 minutes

Ingredients 

For the waffles 

  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar 
  • 3 free-range eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 425ml/15fl oz full-fat milk 
  • 110g/4oz unsalted butter, melted 

For the chocolate sauce 

For the fried bananas 

Instructions 

1.For the waffles, preheat a Cooks Professional Luxury Rotary Waffle Maker to a medium setting and preheat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1. Place a large wire rack onto a baking tray and keep it warm. 

2.Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the eggs, milk and butter until well combined. 

3.Ladle some of the batter into each well of the waffle maker, close the lid and cook for five minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp. Repeat the process until the batter is used up. Keep the waffles warm on the baking tray in the oven. 

4.For the hot chocolate sauce, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water (ensure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water). 

5.In another pan, heat the sugar and 100ml/3½oz water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. 

6.Stir the sugar syrup into the chocolate until smooth and shiny. 

7.For the fried bananas, heat a frying pan until hot, then melt together the butter and sugar. 

8.Add the bananas and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown all over. 

9.Place the waffles on a plate and top with chocolate sauce and serve the bananas and ice cream on the side. 

Pumpkin Risotto

A punchy dish packed full of flavours, our pumpkin risotto is the perfect midweek meal if you want something delicious in a hurry. Serve with extra sprinklings of parmesan for a hearty meal to fill you and the family up!

Ingredients

  • 300g pumpkin, peeled and cubed
  • 300g arborio risotto rice
  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock
  • 60ml white wine
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 60g parmesan, grated, plus extra to serve
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ celery stalk
  • 1 spring rosemary
  • 1 small onion, diced

Method

  1. Put the vegetable stock in your Cooks Professional saucepan and simmer over a low heat.
  2. In a clean Cooks Professional saucepan, heat the olive oil. Fry the diced onion, rosemary, and celery until the vegetables soften. Add the rice to the saucepan, making sure to stir it well so that the rice is coated in oil. Add the wine and continue stirring until it evaporates.
  3. Add the prepared pumpkin to the rice and vegetable mixture with a ladle full of stock and cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously until the stock has been absorbed. Add another ladle of stock and repeat for the next 20 minutes or so, until the rice is cooked.
  4. Remove the risotto from the heat and stir in the parmesan and butter. Divide the risotto equally between your Cooks Professional bowls and serve with another sprinkling of parmesan. Serve immediately.

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Quick sausage casserole with Savoy cabbage pesto

Serves 4 

Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients 

For the sausage casserole 

For the pesto  

Instrustions  

  1. For the sausage casserole, heat the vegetable oil in a wide, shallow ovenproof pan (or flameproof casserole) over a medium heat. Add the bacon and fry until crisp and golden-brown, then remove from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.  
  1. Add the sausages to the pan and fry until browned all over, then remove from the pan and set aside to drain with the bacon.  
  1. Add the onion, garlic, carrot and celery to the pan and fry for 5-6 minutes, stirring regularly, until softened.  
  1. Add the beans, vinegar and sugar and increase the heat to high. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has reduced by half.  
  1. Pour in the wine and the stock and add the bay leaves. Return the bacon and sausages to the casserole. Slice the inner Savoy cabbage leaves (from the pesto ingredients) and stir them into the stew. Stir well and bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has reduced by about half, and the casserole has thickened.  
  1. For the pesto, finely chop the remaining Savoy cabbage leaves and put a small handful in a Cooks Professional 1000W Food Processor. Add the parsley, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and half of the olive oil and blend to a rough paste. Add more oil as necessary to loosen the mixture, pulsing the pesto as you add the oil.  
  1. Transfer the pesto to a jug and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  
  1. Blend the bread, lemon zest and the remaining chopped cabbage leaves in the food processor.  
  1. Preheat the grill to a medium setting. When the casserole has cooked, drizzle the pesto all over the surface, then sprinkle over the breadcrumb mixture. Drizzle the breadcrumb mixture with a little olive oil. Transfer the casserole to the grill and grill until the crust is toasted and golden-brown. Serve immediately. 

Creamy Pancetta & Mushroom Pasta

Filled with rich aromas to get your mouth watering, our creamy pancetta and mushroom pasta will become a firm favourite weeknight meal. Perfect if you’re short on time midweek and still after a tasty meal!

Ingredients

  • 130g pancetta
  • 400g chestnut mushrooms, chopped
  • 350g tagliatelle pasta
  • 300ml double cream
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 50g parmesan, grated, plus extra to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil over a medium heat in your Cooks Professional frying pan. Fry the mushrooms for several minutes until golden and crispy. Add the garlic and shallot and cook for a further minute. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Add the double cream and thyme sprigs, then lower the heat. Add the pancetta and cook until the cream thickens slightly.
  3. While the sauce is cooking, prepare the pasta. Fill your Cooks Professional saucepan with boiling water and a dash of salt, then add the tagliatelle and allow to boil for several minutes until the pasta is cooked. Once cooked, drain the water and add the pasta to the sauce, stirring to make sure it’s well covered in sauce.
  4. Add the parmesan and stir to mix well, then remove from the heat and plate up. Add an extra sprinkling of parmesan to garnish if desired, then serve immediately.

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Raspberry Sorbet

Our simple raspberry sorbet is the perfect sweet treat for those blistering summer days. Treat yourself and your family to this delicious cold dessert when you need to cool down most!

Ingredients

  • 500g raspberries
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 270ml water
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Method

  1. In your Cooks Professional saucepan, combine the water and the sugar. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then raise the heat so that the mixture simmers for roughly 5 minutes, or until it has combined into a syrup. Put to one side to cool.
  2. While you’re waiting for the syrup to cool, prepare the raspberries. Add the raspberries and the lemon juice to your Cooks Professional food processor or blender, then blitz until smooth. Strain the raspberry mixture into a bowl, taking care to remove the seeds ready to discard them. Combine the raspberries with the syrup mixture, stirring until well mixed, then pour into a suitable container for freezing.
  3. Freeze the sorbet for roughly an hour and a half, then scrape back into your food processor to mix again to break up any ice crystals. Pour back into the container and freeze again.
  4. Repeat the last step for four hours, freezing the sorbet for an hour before removing it from the freezer to mix again, or until the sorbet is firm but scoopable.

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Mango Sorbet

Our refreshing mango sorbet is just the thing you need to cool down on a hot summer’s day. Packed full of fruity flavour, this delicious sorbet is the perfect afternoon treat.

Ingredients

  • 3 large, ripe mangoes
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200ml water
  • Juice of 1 lime

Method

  1. Prepare the mangoes. Use your vegetable peeler to peel the mangoes, then use your Cooks Professional knife to remove as much of the mango flesh as possible from the stone. Add the mango flesh to your Cooks Professional food processor or blender to make the sorbet.
  2. Add the lime juice, sugar, and water to your Cooks Professional appliance and blend for a few minutes until smooth, and the sugar has dissolved. You can check if the mixture is ready by rubbing a little bit of it between your fingers – if it’s still gritty to the touch, blend for a few more minutes until smooth. Pour the prepared sorbet into a suitable container, then freeze for at least 2-3 hours.
  3. Remove the sorbet from the freezer, then scrape it back into your Cooks Professional food processor or blender. If the mixture is quite solid, leave at room temperature for 10 minutes or until softened. Blitz the sorbet mixture again until slushy, then pour back into your container to freeze for a further hour or more.
  4. Repeat the last step again. This time, freeze the sorbet until solid – this should take between 1-2 hours. Serve and enjoy!

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Mango & Passionfruit Meringue Roulade

A truly decadent dessert, this fruity mango and passionfruit meringue roulade will wow your family and friends.

Ingredients

  • 175g caster sugar
  • 600ml double cream
  • 400g passionfruit curd
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 level tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp malt vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large mango, peeled, stoned, and diced, or 425g tinned mango, diced
  • 2 passion fruits
  • Icing sugar, to dust

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 150℃/130℃ fan/gas mark 2. Line a 33 x 23cm swiss roll tin with greaseproof paper. In your Cooks Professional stand mixer, whisk the egg whites until frothy and they’ve doubled in bulk. Gradually whisk in the caster sugar, a spoonful at a time, until the mixture is thick and shiny. In a bowl, combine the cornflour, vanilla extract, and vinegar, then whisk into the egg whites.
  2. Once the meringue mixture is ready, carefully spoon it into the prepared tin. Take care when levelling the surface, and try to keep as much of the air whisked into the eggs as possible. Bake meringue in the oven for 30 minutes until the surface is just about firm to the touch.
  3. While the meringue is cooking, prepare the whipped cream. Use your Cooks Professional stand mixer to whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Set to one side.
  4. Remove the meringue from the oven and cover with more greaseproof paper for about 10 minutes. Dust a third sheet of greaseproof paper with icing sugar. Discard the one used to cover the warm meringue, and turn the meringue out onto the sugarcoated paper. Remove the paper lining the bottom – now top – of the meringue, and discard the now used paper.
  5. Spread the whipped cream over the meringue, and then the passionfruit curd. Scatter the diced mango and passionfruit over the top. Use the greaseproof paper to roll up the roulade from one short end, keeping the join underneath. Sift some icing sugar over the top for decoration, and serve with more double cream if desired.

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Chicken Enchiladas

Bring a little Tex-Mex to the family table with these scrumptious chicken enchiladas! 

Ingredients

  • 600g chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 435g can refried beans
  • 700ml passata
  • 200g sweetcorn
  • 200g cheddar cheese
  • 300ml sour cream
  • 10 tortillas
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and diced
  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • Small bunch of coriander; stalks finely chopped, leaves roughly chopped, plus extra to serve

Method

  1. In your largest Cooks Professional frying pan, heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil. Fry the diced onions, peppers, coriander stalks, chillies, and half of the garlic for around 10 minutes or until all the ingredients are soft. Add 2 tsp of the ground coriander, and 2 tsp of the cumin seeds, frying for another minute. In a separate frying pan, fry the chicken in the remaining olive oil in batches until browned. Once all the chicken is cooked, add it to the frying pan full of vegetables.
  2. Add the 150ml of the passata, sweetcorn, coriander leaves, and refried beans to the frying pan, stirring until well mixed with the chicken and other veg. Mix the rest of the passata, remaining garlic, sugar, and remaining spices in a bowl, then set to one side. Preheat your oven to 200℃/180℃ fan/gas mark 6.
  3. Assemble to enchiladas. Lay the tortillas on your Cooks Professional chopping boards, then divide the chicken mixture between them, folding the ends over and rolling them up to seal them. Place them in your Cooks Professional roasting dish – you may need to use more than one dish – then divide the passata mixture evenly between them to top the enchiladas. Blob the soured cream over the enchiladas, and cover well with the grated cheese.
  4. Cook your enchiladas in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven once cooked, then serve with a scattering of more coriander leaves.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

This classic dessert is the perfect combination of tart lemon and sweet meringue, culminating in a sweet treat that will have you reaching for seconds.

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 175g plain flour
  • 100g cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar

For the filling

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 125ml lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice 1 small orange
  • 85g butter, cubed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 level tbsp cornflour

For the meringue

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 egg whites at room temperature
  • 2 level tsp cornflour

Method

  1. Make the pastry. Mix the plain flour, cold butter, icing sugar, egg yolk and 1 tbsp cold water in your Cooks Professional food processor. Pulse until the mix starts to bind, but be careful not to overwork it. Lightly flour your kitchen surface, then tip the pastry mixture out. Gather it together until smooth, then roll out and line a loose-bottom fluted flan tin. Trim and neaten the edges, pressing the pastry into the flutes. Don’t worry if it cracks; push it back together. Prick the base with a fork, line with foil – the shiny side down – and chill for between half an hour to an hour, or overnight.
  2. Heat your oven to 200℃/180℃ fan/gas mark 6. Blind bake your pastry; fill the pastry case with baking beans or rice to weigh it down, then bake for 15 mins. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-8 minutes until the pastry is pale golden and cooked. Remove the pastry from the oven and set to one side. Lower the oven heat to 180℃/160℃ fan/gas mark 4.
  3. While the pastry is baking, prepare the filling. In your Cooks Professional saucepan mix the cornflour, caster sugar, and lemon zest. Strain the lemon juice, and add to the saucepan gradually. In a jug, combine the orange juice with up to 200ml and strain into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thickened and smooth, making sure to stir constantly.
  4. When the mixture starts to bubble, remove from the heat and add in the smaller amount of butter, beating until it has melted. In a bowl, beat the whole egg and 3 egg yolks together – save the whites for the meringue – and stir into the pan, returning it to medium heat. Continue to stir vigorously for several minutes until the mixture thickens, and plops from the spoon. It will bubble, but won’t curdle. Remove from the heat and set to one side.
  5. Make the meringue. Use your Cooks Professional stand mixer to whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add half of the sugar a spoonful at a time. Make sure to whisk between each addition, being careful not to overbeat the mixture. Whisk in the cornflour, and then add the remaining sugar a spoonful at a time until smooth and thick.
  6. Reheat the lemon filling quickly, then pour it into the prepared pastry case. Spoon the meringue around the edges of the filling, then spread it so that it touches the pastry. This will help to anchor the meringue and prevent it from sliding. Avoid adding the meringue straight to the middle of the mixture, otherwise it may sink. Once you’ve added meringue to the edges, then you can pile the rest of it in the centre – make sure to spread it so that it touches the surface of the hot filling, then give it a swirl.
  7. Return the now complete pie to the oven for between 18-20 minutes until the meringue topping is crisp and slightly coloured. Remove from the oven, and allow the pie to sit in the tin for half an hour. Remove it from the tin and leave to rest for at least another half hour to an hour before slicing. 

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Tomato Bruschetta

This tasty tomato bruschetta makes for a wonderful starter dish; perfect for summer parties with family and friends.

Ingredients

  • 8 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 60-80ml olive oil
  • 30ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 crusty baguette

Method

  1. Mix the diced tomatoes, diced onions, crushed garlic, and chopped basil in a large bowl, being careful not to break up the tomatoes. Once mixed, add the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then mix again. Cover and put in the fridge to chill for an hour at least, allowing the flavours to marinate together.
  2. Slice the baguette diagonally into roughly 12 thick slices. Lightly toast the slices until they’re lightly browned on each side. Remove the tomato mixture from the fridge once ready, and evenly divide it between the 12 toasted slices. Serve immediately. If you wish to serve the mixture at room temperature, remove from the fridge half an hour before serving.

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Guide to Pastry

Pastry is notoriously difficult among both amateur and professional chefs alike. But if you want to become the next star baker on the Great British Bake Off, pastry is one of the many baking talents that you’ll need to master.

There are different types of pastry that are used in a variety of recipes, each one as interesting and tricky to master as the last. If you want to learn more about pastry, read on!

How many types of pastry are there?

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The sheer amount of pastries available is impressive, but there are six main types of pastry. These are shortcrust, flaky, puff, filo, choux, and hot water crust. The main ingredients tend to be the same or similar for each – a mixture of flour, water, and fats such as butter mixed together to form a dough, used as the basis of many sweet and savoury treats.

Once the pastry dough is formed, it tends to be rolled out thinly to use in baking, depending on the type of pastry in use. Pastries like hot water crust use different methods to form the finished product.

Shortcrust pastry

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Shortcrust is the type of pastry used in most recipes, due to its forgiving nature. It requires a fairly simple recipe, and tends to be quite foolproof, making it one of the most common pastries used today. It’s thought that shortcrust pastry was invented in Venice, with the first recipe being recorded in the 18th century.

To create a simple shortcrust dough, simply mix flour, butter, and salt, adding water to bind the mixture together. It can be mixed either by hand or by using a food processor or stand mixer; mixing the flour and fat together at the start inhibits the formation of gluten, leaving you with a ‘short’, or lovely crumbly, tender pastry.

The general rule of thumb is that you’ll need half the amount of fat to the amount of flour, e.g. for 200g flour, you’ll need 100g butter. As with most pastry, try to avoid handling it as much as possible, so as to prevent the butter from melting. You should try and chill it before using it to bake. Remember to add the liquid gradually – the less liquid your pastry has, the more buttery and crumbly it will be.

Flaky pastry

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This particular variety is characterised by the flakes of pastry achieved through lamination. It can be an effort to make but is more forgiving than puff pastry. It has a higher ratio of fat to flour than shortcrust, with the butter being incorporated in stages, a little bit added after each fold. It can sometimes be called rough puff pastry and is a little easier than its more difficult companion.

The flaky layers are created by shard-like pieces of butter in the dough melting in the oven, releasing steam, which makes the layers puff up. The pastry expands when cooked due to the number of layers, leaving you with a beautifully crisp and flaky finish.

To create the ideal flaky pastry, layers of dough and fat are rolled and folded together. As with most pastry, it’s best made in cool conditions, and should be chilled after making and before being used so as to prevent the fat content from leaking out during cooking. The most rustic and one of the simpler doughs, flaky pastry is a favourite to use in both sweet and savoury recipes.

Puff pastry

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Puff pastry is notorious for being one of the most difficult pastries to master. It’s time-consuming to create the perfect puff, but your efforts will be worth it in the end when you bite into a perfectly crisp pastry. It’s thought to have been invented by a French baker, Cladius Gele, in 1645.

A dough of flour, sugar, salt, and water is rolled out into a rectangle, and the butter is layered on top. The dough is then folded around the butter, a process known as lamination, before being rolled out and folded repeatedly to create multiple layers. The dough should be chilled between each lamination so as to prevent the butter from becoming too warm and melting. 

Careful temperature control is needed at all times to prevent it from merging with the dough. It’s important to chill the butter and dough at all times, so that the gluten is allowed to relax between roll-outs. During cooking, the moisture in the fat evaporates, causing lift and creating delicate layers; the melted butter adds a crispness to the pastry. Puff pastry tends to be used for Danish pastries.

Choux pastry

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A French favourite, choux pastry tends to be used for sweet treats such as profiteroles and eclairs. Choux gets its name from the French word for ‘cabbage’, due to resembling the same shape as a cabbage after cooking. This particular pastry is light, airy, and crisp, and unlike the other types of pastry on this list, it needs to be cooked before you can use it. It’s more batter-like in consistency than the other pastry types, which means it can be piped.

Choux pastry starts life as a mixture of milk or water with butter, which is heated together in a saucepan until the butter melts. Flour is then added to form a dough, and eggs are beaten in to enrich it, creating a wonderfully smooth, golden mix that is then piped.

The high percentage of water in the dough causes it to expand into a light, hollow pastry; the air lifts the pastry to treble in size while cooking. A hole is skewered into the choux halfway through cooking to let the steam out, before being placed back in the oven to dry out and become crisp. Once cooked, the choux is removed from the oven, filled with cream, and topped with chocolate. Choux pastry is used extensively in French patisserie cooking.

Filo pastry

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Filo pastry, or phyllo pastry as it is sometimes known, is perhaps the most difficult of pastry types to make. This is because it tends to dry out quickly – even if shop-bought. Due to its tricky nature, it is perhaps better to buy your own from your local shop rather than attempt to make it yourself. It is difficult and time-consuming to make by hand.

Filo is a paper-thin pastry made up of several layers, which are generally wrapped around a filling and brushed with butter to create delicate, flaky pastries, such as baklava. It’s important to keep the filo pastry hydrated, as it can dry out very quickly if made by hand.

This pastry is very fragile and requires careful handling. Make sure to brush it with oil or butter before shaping and cooking. It takes a great deal of skill to make it yourself, so unless you want to challenge your baking skills it might be easier to just buy it ready-made.

Hot water crust pastry

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This traditional English pastry tends to be mainly used to make savoury pies. Hot water crust tends to be less flaky than the other traditional methods, but is crisp, tender, and serviceable. Traditionally, hot water crust pastry is hand-raised, but over the centuries bakers have been known to use tins, dishes, or bowls as a mould.

Hot water crust pastry is created by melting lard – not butter – in hot water, which is then brought to the boil, before flour is stirred in and it’s worked into a pliable ball. The pastry was then ‘hand raised’ from the bottom of the pie tin to the top, generally while still warm as it became harder to work with once the fat had hardened. Once the pastry case had been hand-raised, it was filled and then covered with a crust, decorated, and then put in the oven ready for baking.

It’s generally accepted that hand-raising your pie doesn’t give you a neat, uniform finish, as some sagging tends to occur during cooking. This is considered to be the mark of a good hand-made pie.

The best pastry

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While these are just the main six types of pastry, there are a few variations which are pastries in their own right.  The main six types listed above are the ones you’re most likely to find in your recipe. 

Shortcrust can be sweetened to create a sweet crust, which tends to be used in a lot of desserts. Instead of binding the mixture with water, sugar and egg yolks are used to create a sweeter pastry that is better fitting for desserts.

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Peach Cobbler

Our peach cobbler is a tasty, no-fuss dessert that will hit the spot just right. Serve with lashings of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 2 tins peaches
  • 120g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 150g plain flour
  • 150g butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃/160℃ fan/gas mark 4. Grease your Cooks Professional cast iron roasting dish with butter, then lay the drained peaches along the base. Sprinkle roughly 2 tbsp of the caster sugar and ground ginger over the peaches, then set the dish to one side.
  2. In your Cooks Professional stand mixer combine the flour, remaining caster sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Mix until combined, then add the cubed butter. Continue mixing until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add the egg. Finish mixing until the ingredients come together to form a thick dough.
  3. Spoon the dough mixture in dollops over the prepared peaches. Make sure to create a good covering, but leave some gaps for the dough to spread into. Sprinkle a little bit of caster sugar over the top, then bake in the oven for roughly 40 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes, then serve with lashings of vanilla ice cream.

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Ratatouille

Traditionally a French peasant dish, ratatouille is the perfect summer evening meal. Impress your family and friends with the depth of flavour to this hearty feast!

Ingredients

For the sauce

  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Seasoning, to taste

For the ratatouille

  • 3 aubergines
  • 2 large courgettes
  • 2 salad tomatoes
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • Pinch dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Seasoning, to taste

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180℃/160℃ fan/gas mark 4.
  2. First, make the tomato sauce. In your Cooks Professional cast iron casserole dish, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and crushed garlic, and add the tinned tomatoes and diced bell pepper. Fry for roughly 5 minutes before adding the balsamic vinegar, sugar, thyme, and oregano. Stir well to combine, and cook for a further 15 minutes, remembering to stir occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Use your Cooks Professional ladle to transfer the tomato sauce to your Cooks Professional food processor. Keep the cast iron casserole dish to one side. Blitz until the tomato sauce is creamy, but still a bit chunky. Add a bit of boiling water if necessary to keep the consistency right.
  4. Next, prepare the veg for the ratatouille. Slice the courgettes, aubergines, onions, and tomatoes into even, thin slices.
  5. Spread the prepared tomato sauce evenly on the bottom of your Cooks Professional cast iron casserole dish. On top of the sauce, arrange the slices of vegetables. Alternate between the courgette, aubergine, onion, and tomato until the whole pan is covered. Season with salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of dried oregano and the thyme sprigs. Drizzle a little olive oil over the ratatouille before placing it in the pre-heated oven for cooking.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes; check after 20 minutes to see if the vegetables are tender, and the sauce is gently bubbling around the sides. Once cooked, remove the casserole dish from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve with a side of crusty bread, or serve as a side dish alongside our cajun chicken burgers.

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Welsh Cakes

A classic in Wales, these Welsh cakes will be the perfect addition to your cuppa. Traditionally cooked on a griddle, you can make these Welsh cakes just as easily using your Cooks Professional cast iron frying pan.

Ingredients

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 100g butter
  • 50g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 50g sultanas or currants
  • 1 egg, beaten with 3 tbsp milk
  • Pinch salt

Method

  1. Use your Cooks Professional stand mixer to combine the flour and salt, then rub in the butter. Add the sugar and currants or sultanas and mix well. Add the egg mixture and continue beating together until you have a stiff dough.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface, then roll out the Welsh cake dough until roughly 5mm thick. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the Welsh cakes ready for cooking. Continue until all the dough is used, and are ready to be cooked.
  3. In your Cooks Professional cast iron frying pan, heat a little butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted and the frying pan is well greased, the Welsh cakes are ready to cook. Cook the cakes for roughly 3-4 minutes each side until golden brown.
  4. Sprinkle caster sugar over the cooked Welsh cakes and serve immediately with your favourite beverage.

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Vegan Parsnip Gnocchi

Forget what you think you know about the humble parsnip, and take it to the next level with this vegan gnocchi recipe.

Ingredients

  • 400g parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 600g potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 100g strong ’00’ flour
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Small handful of thyme leaves
  • 30g walnuts, toasted and chopped

Method

  1. Begin by heating your oven to 220°C / 200°C Fan / Gas Mark 7. Take a roasting tin and toss the parsnips and potatoes together in 2 tbsp of olive oil along with the unpeeled garlic cloves. Roast for around 40 minutes until the veg is soft, then remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins, then tip everything into a food processor along with the nutmeg, flour and nutritional yeast. Pulse until combined and holding together like a dough.
  3. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and cut into four equal sized chunks, then roll each into a sausage shape about 35cm long and 2.5cm wide.
  4. Using the back of a table knife, cut each sausage into small pieces of gnocchi, around 2cm long. Cook in the salted water in batches for 1 minute, or until they bob to the surface. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Now, take a frying pan and heat the remaining oil. Add half of the gnocchi and fry until golden on each side (usually around 3-4 minutes), then transfer to a tray. Cook the remaining gnocchi in the same way.
  6. Return all gnocchi to the frying pan to warm through, then divide into bowls. Grind over some fresh black pepper the scatter over the thyme leaves and toasted walnuts. Top with a little drizzle of olive oil.

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Courgette & Lemon Cake

Our courgette and lemon cake is a delicious lighter alternative to heavier chocolate cakes. Packed full of flavour, it will soon become your favourite teatime treat. 

Ingredients

  • 300g grated courgette
  • 250g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 85g icing sugar
  • 3 lemons
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tbsp lemon curd
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃/160℃ fan/gas mark 4. Grease and line 2 round sandwich tins with butter and greaseproof paper, then set to one side. Zest two of the lemons to use in the cake, and save the third lemon’s zest for the icing. Juice the lemons, then put the juice in your Cooks Professional bowl before setting to one side.
  2. Use your Cooks Professional stand mixer to combine 200g of the soft butter, caster sugar, courgettes, eggs, the zest of two lemons, and vanilla extract. Mix together until a creamy batter forms. Gradually stir in the mixed flours, baking powder, 1 tbsp of the lemon juice, and a generous pinch of salt.
  3. Divide the batter between the prepared tins, then bake for roughly 25 minutes, or until golden and springy to the touch. Once cooked, removed from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for roughly 15 minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  4. While the cake is baking, prepare the lemon drizzle. In a bowl, mix 1 tbsp lemon juice with 25g icing sugar, then set to one side.
  5. Use a cocktail stick to prick the prepared sponges once they’ve been turned out onto the cooling rack, then spoon over the prepared drizzle and allow the cakes to cool completely.
  6. Make the icing. Use your Cooks Professional stand mixer to mix the remaining icing sugar, butter, cream cheese, and the remaining lemon juice, as well as the remaining zest you set to one side earlier. Combine until you’ve got a creamy frosting.
  7. Place one cake on a plate, and use half the frosting to cover it. Spread over the lemon curd, and then place the second cake on top. Use the remaining frosting to cover the top of your cake, then serve immediately.

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Sweetcorn & Smoked Haddock Chowder

Chowder is the perfect thing to warm you up on a cool evening. Packed full of sweetcorn and fresh fish, this chowder will soon become your go-to comfort food.

Ingredients

  • 350g potato, roughly chopped into cubes
  • 300g smoked haddock fillets
  • 140g sweetcorn
  • 500ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 rashers of bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Knob of butter
  • Parsely, chopped, to serve

Method

  1. Your a large Cooks Professional saucepan, heat the knob of butter until it’s melted. Add the chopped bacon to the bacon and fry until it starts to brown. Add the diced onion and cook until just softened. Pour the milk into the pan, and stir in the potatoes. Allow the chowder to come to the boil, and simmer for roughly 5 minutes.
  2. Add the haddock to the pan, and cook gently for a further 10 minutes. Break the fish into chunks using your wooden spoon, and stir in the sweetcorn. Cook for another few minutes until the fish is thoroughly cooked. Remove from the heat and scatter the chopped parsley over the chowder. Dish up into your Cooks Professional bowls and serve with crusty bread.

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Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Tempt your taste buds with this fruity cheesecake, packed full of succulent blueberries to really give you that sweet kick.

Ingredients

  • Punnet blueberries
  • 300g digestive biscuits
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 140g butter, melted
  • 3 x 300g cream cheese
  • 200ml sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp cornflour

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200℃/180℃ fan/gas mark 6. Line an oven-prof baking dish with greaseproof paper. In your Cooks Professional food processor, blitz the digestive biscuits until they’re a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and continue to blitz together until fully combined. Pour the biscuit crumb into your prepared tin, and press down firmly with the back of a spoon until the base is covered. Bake for roughly 10 minutes, then set to one side to cool.
  2. In your Cooks Professional saucepan, add the blueberries and 25g of the sugar. In a jug, combine the cornflour with roughly 1 tbsp of cold water, then add this to the saucepan. Cook gently over a medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved. Briefly increase the heat for a minute or two, allowing the blueberry mixture to bubble, until it becomes thicker in consistency and looks saucier. Set to one side to cool.
  3. Use your Cooks Professional stand mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the remainder of the sugar, whisking again before adding the eggs, soured cream, flour, and vanilla extract, mixing together until well combined.
  4. Assemble the cheesecake. Pour roughly half the cheesecake mixture over the prepared biscuit base. Next, use a spoon to dot blobs of the blueberry sauce over the top, before covering with the remaining cheesecake mixture. Use a rubber spatula to smooth the the top of the cheesecake before drizzling the remaining blueberry sauce mixture over the top. Use the end of a spoon to ripple the blueberry sauce into the cheesecake.
  5. Place your cheesecake in the oven and bake for 10 minutes; lower the heat to 110℃/90℃ fan/gas mark 5 and bake for another 30 minutes. Turn off your oven, and leave the cheesecake in there for roughly a further hour, and another hour on top of that with the oven door slightly ajar. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool at room temperature until completely cool. Chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight if possible. 

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Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

Our version of this vegetarian classic is packed full of flavour. Serve with a side of herby salad for a truly tempting weeknight dish.

Ingredients

For the tomato sauce

  • 4 x 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Small bunch fresh basil, roughly chopped

For the topping

  • 2 x 125g balls mozzarella
  • 2 x 250g tubs mascarpone
  • 85g grated parmesan
  • 3 tbsp semi-skimmed milk

For the filling

  • 100g grated parmesan
  • 3 x 250g tubs ricotta
  • 400g dried cannelloni
  • 1kg spinach
  • Pinch grated nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200℃/180℃ fan/gas mark 6. Make the tomato sauce; in your Cooks Professional frying pan, heat the olive oil and fry the crushed garlic for roughly 1 minute. Add the tinned tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and some seasoning, simmering for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture has thickened. Add the chopped basil and then divide the sauce between two or more ovenproof dishes.
  2. To make the topping, add the mascarpone and the milk together in a bowl and beat together until smooth. Season to taste and put to one side.
  3. In a large colander, wilt the spinach by pouring boiling water from the kettle over it. You may need to do this in several batches. Once cool enough to handle, squeeze out the excess water. Chop the spinach, and in a clean bowl mix it together with 100g of the parmesan and all of the ricotta. Season with pepper, salt, and the nutmeg.
  4. Next, fill the cannelloni tubes. Fill a piping bag or a plastic food bag, with the corner snipped off, with the spinach and ricotta filling, then squeeze the filling into the cannelloni tubes. Gently lay the tubes on top of the prepared tomato sauce, and spoon over the prepared mascarpone topping. Sprinkle over the 85g parmesan and the mozzarella.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the cannelloni is golden and bubbling. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving with a herby salad.

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Peach Crumble

 A twist on a classic. This fruity crumble will soon become the new family favourite!

Ingredients

  • 3 x 410g tinned peaches in juice
  • 140g plain flour
  • 25g cold butter, grated
  • 50g porridge oats
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Zest & juice 1 lemon

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200℃/180℃ fan /gas mark 6. Drain the peaches, but reserve 4 tbsp of the juice from the tin. Place the peaches in your Cooks Professional roasting dish, scattering over the lemon zest, juice, and 1 tbsp honey, then use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mix it all together.
  2. In a clean bowl, combine the grated butter, oats, flour, 1 tbsp honey, and the 4 tbsp of reserved peach juice. Use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients together, then use your hands to rub it together until you have a rough crumbly mixture. Scatter the crumbly mixture over the peaches in your roasting dish.
  3. Cook for around 35 minutes or until the crumble is lovely and golden on top. Remove from the oven and set aside for a few minutes to cool, then serve with a generous dash of double cream.

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