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Pain D’Epice with Autumn Apples

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Apples Spices and Honey – a match made in heaven. The days are closing in and there is the hint of autumn on the way which makes these a perfect weekend dessert.

Oven at 170C
Makes 12

150ml water
100g honey
70g butter
1tsp ginger syrup (Optional)

220g flour
40g coconut sugar or brown sugar
11/2 tsp mixed spice
zest of an orange
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bread soda
pinch of salt

2 Apples washed sliced and cored so that you have rings of apple
Cut the rings in half

Melt the honey syrup and butter gently
Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine
Add the melted butter mix and the water to the dry ingredients and mix to a smooth batter
Add the batter to 12 muffin cups or silicon molds greased if needed
Press 1-2 slices of apple into the middle of the mix with the skin side up
Bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
Serve warm

Apple and Almond Tray Bake with Glazed Blurberries

So I’m not working yet it seems like I have no time to post new recipes !! who knew there was so much out there to occupy my free time… The last 2 months have flown by and I couldn’t honestly tell you what I do every day, apart from lots of cooking (note to self, you have to actually publish the recipes), working out, meeting friends and you know all those little house projects that have been waiting so long for you to to get to, if you only had the time…. Well I still haven’t got to them :-), And to answer again, No I don’t regret my decision, Yes I’m having a great time, and NO, I HAVE NO PLANS FOR WORK, CURRENTLY…. πŸ™‚

Now that’s off my chest, here is a list of everything I have been cooking, testing and tweaking…just to prove that I’m not actually watching lots of day time TV … and a recipe for you to try based on delicious Irish Autumn Apples. So lately we have been eating
Spiced Baked Ham
Chicken Parmigiana
Baked Courgette Fries with Red Pepper and Paprika Aioli
Slow cooked Brisket
Oat and Protein Pancakes
Crystalised chocolate nuts
Orange Financier cakes – All my cakes and cookies are GF lately
Chunky Chocolate Oat cookies (GF)
Roast Orange Ice Cream with Plum Tarts (GF)
Apple and Almond Meringue Cake with glazed blueberries (GF)
GF Crusty Bread
Raspberry Souffles
Flapjacks Recipe #3 and Cranberry and Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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Apple and Almond Meringue Tray Bake with Glazed Blueberries- Gluten Free

This is equally at home baked as a cake in a round cake tin and serves 8 or so

300gr whole almonds
200gr pureed apples
4 eggs separated
100gr castor or coconut palm sugar
70gr almond flour
zest of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt

Oven at 160C
Line a 24cm round tin or a 30 by 20 by 5cm tray bake with parchment paper;
Chop the almonds finely (but not to flour) in a food processor
Mix the egg yolks with 50gr sugar until light and creamy
Add the lemon zest, salt, almond flour and pureed apples
Whisk the egg whites and 50gr sugar into stiff peaks
Loose the apple mixture with a tablespoon of the meringue then carefully fold in the rest trying not to loose to much of the air
Pour into your prepared tin and smooth the surface
Into the oven for about 50 minutes until golden brown and cooked through
Cool in the tin for about 15 minutes then remove to fully cool
Serve with some blueberries glazed on the pan with water and a spoon of sugar
Delicious and I hope you think so too!.

Autumn Tarts – Plum and Pear & Apple Galettes

Autumn is here, all the delicious autumnal fruit is in the shops. Beautiful purple, blue black – any of the dark coloured plums are super-foods because of their high content of antioxidants, the most effective protectors of the heart and conveyors of amazing anticancer chemicals. A great source of Vitamins C A and K, the plums and pears together make a beautiful contrast against the pastry and (optional) vanilla ice-cream. Apples are in abundance too – we managed a crop from our little tree – about the only thing in the garden the snails left alone.

These tarts are a cinch – use puff pastry from a pack (life is too short for any other approach), poach the fruit to soften it if needed. I keep the fruits separate to retain the different colours so that they don’t all bleed into one. I love the jewel colours of the plums and if anyone has been keeping an eye on fashion week then you will know its a big trend for ’13….

Apples Pears and Plums on market stall

Pear and Plum Galette
1 small pack of puff pastry (A 450gr pack will make 1 of each tarts)

6 plums washed and quartered with seed removed
4 pears peeled and cored and quartered
2 tbsp coconut palm or dark browh sugar

Place fruit into separate pots, add 1 tsb of sugar into each pot and barely cover the bottom of the pot with some water in which to poach the fruit to soften.
Poach gently until soft and leave to cool
Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle to cover a standard baking sheet.
With a knife make a border all around the rectangle, about .5″ inch in from the edge, don’t cut right through the pastry
Spread the plums over the pastry followed by the pears
Bake at 180 for about 20 minutes until golden brown, serve warm with your choice of ice cream or cream.

Apple galette
6 apples peeled cored and thinly sliced
2 tbsp coconut palm or dark brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp of mixed spice

Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle to cover a standard baking sheet.
With a knife make a border all around the rectangle, about .5″ inch in, don’t cut right through the pastry.
Spread the apples out across the pastry and sprinkle over the sugar and spice mix
Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown .

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