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Caribbean conch stew

Anguilla, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. The cuisine is influenced by native Caribbean, African, Spanish, French and English cuisines.
The common ingredients grown in Anguilla including pigeon peas, citrus fruits, tomatoes and garlic, which all take a prominent role in the cuisine of the island.
Other food specialties include:

• Salt fish, usually served shredded and tossed with finely chopped onions, sweet peppers, some oil and a bit of hot pepper, is a traditional breakfast.
• Spiny lobster bisque is often served on special occasions.
Johnny cakes, which taste somewhere between bread and cake, are served instead of dinner rolls.
• Tamarind balls are a sweet and sour treat.

Potato galettes with smoked salmon and dill creme fraiche  Print Recipe

Individual potato pancakes called galettes are topped with a sour cream mixture and smoked salmon. The potato galettes can be browned 2 hours in advance. Bake in the oven 10 minutes before serving.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
1/4 cup crême fraiche or sour cream
3 tablespoons shallots, minced
2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
to taste salt and pepper
2 large Idaho potatoes
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 ounces smoked salmon, thinly sliced
1 1/2 ounces salmon caviar, (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix creme fraiche or sour cream, shallots, dill and one tablespoon lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. (Mixture can be prepared a day ahead. Keep chilled.)
Peel and finely grate potatoes. Wash potatoes under cold water. Drain well. Toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons butter in bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat. Add remaining butter. Spoon 1/2 cups of grated potatoes in the skillet to make four round galettes.
Using a metal spatula, press and flatten potatoes into pancakes. Cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook until bottom is golden, about 4 minutes. Invert galette with a metal spatula. Cook until bottom is golden, about 4 minutes.
Transfer pan to oven; cook until galettes are crisp, about 10 minutes.
Place galettes on warm plates. Spread with creme fraiche. Top with salmon. Drizzle with a squeeze of lemon juice on each plate. Season with pepper. Garnish with caviar, (optional) and chives.

Caribbean conch stew  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
2 large conchs, cleaned
1/2 large onion, diced
1 large tomato, diced
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 lime

1 1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp tomato paste
pepper sauce or red pepper flakes to taste
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
7 cups water
Tenderize the conch to 1/8-inch thickness, using a meat mallet.
Place the conch in a pot of water. The water should just cover the conch. Boil for 20-30 minutes.
In a large pot, add the oil and allow to heat up for a minute.
Add the flour and stir to make a roux. Let the roux simmer for about 5 minutes. Don't let the roux burn!
Add the tomatoes, onions, thyme, pepper sauce/red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir and let simmer for a minute or two.
Add the potatoes, tomato paste. Stir and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, take the conch out of the water and cut it into small chunks.
Add the water, conch and the juice of 1 lime to the large pot.
Cover the pot and simmer until the potatoes are done, about 30 minutes.
Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.

Fish and fungi  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 habanero or Scotch bonnet pepper (or substitute other fresh hot peppers), minced
1 rib celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme)
1¼ teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 cup canned crushed or puréed tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup thickly sliced okra (fresh or frozen), cooked
2 limes, juiced
2 pounds boneless red snapper fillets
Heat oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion, peppers, celery, garlic, thyme and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook until tender and starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add vinegar, tomatoes, tomato paste and ¼ cup water. Reduce heat to low, and cook 10 minutes. Add salt to taste. Reserve sauce.

To make fungi, bring 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt to boil. Whisking constantly, gradually add cornmeal in thin stream. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring frequently, until it holds its shape on a spoon but the cornmeal is tender, at least 15 minutes. Add more water if it becomes thick but the cornmeal is still tough. Add butter and okra. Add salt to taste.

In a wide saucepan, bring 8 cups water to boil. Add lime juice, and reduce heat to low. Add fish. Simmer 10 minutes, or until it flakes easily with fork. Drain well.

To serve, put 2 scoops fungi and a fish fillet on each plate. Spoon sauce over and around fish.

Beer-batter cod fillets  Print Recipe

Other fish options include haddock, sea bass, orange roughy, and tilapia.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
3/4 cup beer
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
6 5-ounce boneless cod fillets
1 teaspoon fish seasoning
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying .
In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and dill. Add beer, milk, and eggs; mix well. Season cod fillets.
Place fillets in batter mixture, coat well.
Heat deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place fish in hot oil, and fry until golden brown.
Cook fish in batches to maintain oil temperature

Kedgeree of salmon with sea asparagus  Print Recipe

A colorful dish using fresh and smoked salmon, decorated in yellow, white and green.The recipe can be cut in half. Sea asparagus, also known as Salicornia has a salty, crunchy brininess. The plant grows in protected salt marshes on all continents except Antarctica. To cook sea asparagus, blanch the plant in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes, then shock it in a bowl of ice water. Once you have your blanched sea asparagus, all you really need to do is dress them with your best olive oil and add a little lemon juice, balsamic vinegar or other acidic component, plus a few grinds of black pepper.
Serves: 10 to 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
3 tablespoons butter
5 medium chopped scallions
2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons curry powder
2 pounds salmon, poached
1 pound smoked salmon, diced
2 cups converted rice
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
6 hard cooked eggs
1 tablespoon onion, chopped
2 tablespoons soft butter
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
8 sprigs fresh parsley

1 cup lemon butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Melt the butter in a saute pan. Add the scallions and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the sour cream and curry powder. Mix well.
Flake the boneless and skinless cooked salmon. Combine with the diced smoked salmon.
In a separate pot, stir the rice with the chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until the liquid is almost absorbed.
While the rice is cooking, separate the egg yolks from the whites. Chop the egg whites.
Reserve. Chop the egg yolks and save for garnish.
Combine the rice and the salmon mixture. Mix in half of the egg whites. Butter a deep casserole dish large enough for the rice mixture. Spoon the salmon-rice mixture into the casserole dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.


Unmold the kedgeree unto a serving platter. Garnish the top with rows of the chopped egg yolks, chopped onion, and chopped parsley. Garnish the platter with sprigs of parsley.
Serve with the lemon butter.

Oven pork chops  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 mintes
Cooking time:20 minutes
4 lean pork chops
1 egg
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon dry Sherry wine
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a shallow baking pan with foil.
In a mixing bowl, beat egg, soy sauce, sherry, ginger powder, and garlic powder together, and pour into a shallow dish.
Sprinkle bread crumbs on a large plate. Dip pork chops into egg mixture, then coat evenly with bread crumbs on both sides.
Arrange chops on foil-lined baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn and bake another 10 minutes or until chops are tender.

Tuna salad sandwiches  Print Recipe

Cut the celery and any other vegetables you’d like to add into a small dice so it’s still easy to make a sandwich. 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped sweet red bell pepper, dill pickle, pitted olives, or water chestnuts are all good stir-ins for the tuna salad. Mayonnaise, lemon juice or vinegar and seasonings. Stuff tuna salad in hollowed out tomatoes or avocado halves for a fresh take on lunch. Swap out the tuna for chicken or ham, adding some Dijon mustard with the mayonnaise in the dressing.
Serves: 4
Preparation time:15 minutes
2 cans (6 oz each) tuna in water, drained
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 slices bread
In a medium bowl, mix the tuna, celery, onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Spread tuna mixture on 4 bread slices, toasted or plain. Top with remaining bread slices.

Baked salmon steaks with apricot-horseradish sauce  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
1/4 cup apricot jam
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon white vinegar
4-8-ounce salmon steaks
4 sprigs fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the apricot jam, horseradish, and vinegar.
Rinse salmon steaks under cold water and pat dry. Lay steaks on a lightly oiled baking pan. Spoon the sauce evenly over tops of steaks.
Bake the salmon steaks for ten minutes. Remove center bone to test for doneness.
Skin and bone the salmon steaks. Place each steak in the center of warm plates.

Silver dollar pear pancakes  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
4 Bosc or Bartlett pears
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 recipe buttermilk pancakes batter
sour cream for garnish.
Core pears with an apple corer.
Starting at the bottom, slice pears crosswise into 1/8 inch thick rings, and toss in a small bowl with maple syrup and cinnamon.
Heat an electric griddle to 375 degrees or a heavy skillet until very hot.
Brush with butter; wipe off excess with a folded paper towel. Place a few pear slices on the griddle, 2 1/2 inches apart. Cook for a minute. Ladle about 1/4 cup of the batter into center of each pear ring.
Using the bottom of a ladle, gently push batter over edges of pears. Let cook until pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges, about 2 1/2 minutes.
Using a spatula, turn pancakes over; cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute.
Repeat with remaining pears and batter. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and extra syrup.

Creamed salmon casserole  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
1 1/2 pounds cooked salmon
2 ounces butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 ounce flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
to taste, salt and white pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 cups cooked rice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Break up the salmon. Discard any skin and bones. Set aside.
Melt butter over medium heat in a heavy skillet. Add onion, shallot, and mushrooms and sauté until tender. Add wine and cook to reduce by half. Cool mixture. Add the flour. Stir well. Pour in the milk and cream. Mix well and whisk to make a cream sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Mix in the salmon and heat through. Spoon salmon mixture in a casserole dish. Sprinkle with parsley, and breadcrumbs.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Serve with the heated rice.

Oven barbecued chicken  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 cup water
1/2 cup ketchup
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 2-pounds whole chickens

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Combine onion, water, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, garlic lemon rind and juice in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Wash and dry chickens. Cut into quarters. Brush pieces on both sides with sauce.
Arrange in greased baking pan skin side down. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees.
Turn chicken pieces over. Brush with remaining sauce. Bake 20 minutes or until done and tender.

Leek patties  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
6 large leeks (white and light green parts only), washed well, halved lengthwise and crosswise
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons canola oil
Boil the leeks in boiling water until soft. Drain well. Squeeze out moisture. Coarsely chop the leeks.
Place in a bowl. Stir in eggs, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.
Make 8 patties. Brown both sides in canola oil.

Deep-fried cod patties  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 pound salted cod
1 pound mashed potatoes
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 beaten eggs
Soak the cod in cold water for 12 hours. Drain and poach, starting with fresh cold water. Simmer for 15 minutes or until fish becomes flaky. Drain and flake the fish. Combine with the remaining ingredients.
Shape into patties, allowing two per person.
Deep fry at 375 F (190 C) until brown. Arrange on a serving platter and serve hot.
Note: use any leftover fresh or salted codfish for this recipe. Serve with a sauce.

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Leek patties  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
6 large leeks (white and light green parts only), washed well, halved lengthwise and crosswise
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons canola oil
Boil the leeks in boiling water until soft. Drain well. Squeeze out moisture. Coarsely chop the leeks.
Place in a bowl. Stir in eggs, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.
Make 8 patties. Brown both sides in canola oil.

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Carrot bran muffins  Print Recipe

Serves: 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:18 minutes
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups high fiber bran cereal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup grated carrots
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup raisins
In a large bowl, stir flour, cereal, baking powder, baking soda and seasonings.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs thoroughly. Stir in carrots, buttermilk, brown sugar and oil.
Add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in raisins. Spoon into greased muffin cups 3/4 full and bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer muffins on a rack to cool.

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Apple and pork stuffing  Print Recipe

This recipe is ideal for the Crown Roast of Pork. Use about half of the stuffing to fill the crown roast of pork, and bake the rest in a shallow baking dish until a meat thermometer registers 155 degrees.
Serves: 10
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 15 minutes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 pounds ground pork
1 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
4 ounces dried apples, chopped
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons crumbled dried sage
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup canned beef broth
Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add celery and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add shallots and garlic; sauté until shallots are tender. Transfer mixture to large bowl.
Mix in all remaining ingredients except beef broth. Add enough broth to moisten stuffing.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set aside about half of the stuffing to fill crown roast of pork cavity. Transfer remaining stuffing to loaf pan large enough to hold stuffing. Cover with foil. Bake stuffing in pan alongside roast during last 1 hour of cooking until thermometer inserted into center registers 155 °F, about 1 hour.
Invert stuffing in pan onto platter. Slice stuffing and serve with roast.

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Spicy oven-roasted potatoes  Print Recipe

The potatoes are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The key is to have them at just the right size, coated with just enough oil, and roasted in a hot oven.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:18 minutes
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound small potatoes, about the size of golf balls
1 1/2 tablespoon hot pepper oil (you can substitute plain oil-if so, use hot paprika instead of regular and/or add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to seasoning mix)
Olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 500°F.
Combine paprika, turmeric, cumin, and salt in a small dish. Set aside. Cut the potatoes in half and put in a mixing bowl. Add oil and toss well to coat.
Add seasonings and toss again. Spray a shallow roasting pan or cooking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. Spread out potatoes evenly on the pan and put in the oven.
Cook 15 to 18 minutes or until easily pierced with a paring knife. Shake once or twice during cooking to cook evenly

Side Dish
Marinated cauliflower  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:8 minutes
1 medium cauliflower

For dressing :
1 cup French salad dressing
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 clove chopped garlic
3 chopped cooked egg yolks
Wash cauliflower and cook in boiling water until done.
Cool, drain and cut into small pieces.
Place in a salad bowl. Combine remaining ingredients and mix with cauliflower. Marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator.

Side Dish
Porcini mushroom gratin  Print Recipe

Serves: 6
Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
200 g dried porcini mushrooms
500 g fresh mushrooms (you can use a variety like button, cremini, or portobello)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
200 ml heavy cream
200 ml milk
50g grated Parmesan cheese
50g grated Gruyere cheese
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh thyme leaves for garnish (optional)
500g (1 lb) potatoes, thinly sliced (optional, for a potato layer)
Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

Start by rehydrating the dried porcini mushrooms. Place them in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let them soak for about 20 minutes or until they are soft. Drain and chop them coarsely.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sauté until they become translucent.

Add the fresh mushrooms and rehydrated porcini mushrooms to the skillet. Cook them until they release their moisture and start to brown. This should take about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a separate saucepan, heat the heavy cream and milk over low heat. Once it's warm, add half of the grated Parmesan and half of the grated Gruyere cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.

If you want to add a layer of potatoes, arrange the thinly sliced potatoes in a greased baking dish first. Then layer the mushroom mixture on top.

Pour the cheese sauce over the mushrooms and potatoes (if using).

Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan and Gruyere cheese on top of the gratin.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the gratin is bubbling.

Garnish with fresh thyme leaves if desired and serve your delicious gratin aux porcini hot.

Rhubarb crisp  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:40 minutes
6 cups rhubarb, diced
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 flour
1 cup oat meal
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine rhubarb, brown sugar, butter, flour and cinnamon.
Spoon into a buttered medium casserole dish.

For topping:
Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly over rhubarb mixture.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Test center to make sure rhubarb is cooked.

Lemon curd  Print Recipe

Serves: 10
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:12 minutes
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
4 eggs
1 cup lemon juice
Melt butter in a double boiler. Add sugar, grated lemon rind, lemon juice. Stir to melt sugar.
Beat eggs in a mixing bowl until frothy.
Mix into lemon mixture. Return to double boiler, and cook and stir until thick. Ladle into jars, cover, and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate.

Rhubarb and red wine jelly  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
8 ounces rhubarb, cut into cubes
1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and sliced
2 ounces sugar
4 teaspoons lemon juice juice of 1 orange
1 1/2 cups red wine
2 tablespoons water
3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
In a saucepan, put rhubarb, ginger, and sugar, lemon juice and orange juice, and wine.
Boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until rhubarb is tender.
Strain mixture through a medium mesh strainer, then through a fine strainer to obtain a clear liquid.
Dissolve gelatin in water. Set for 5 minutes. Melt over low heat. Stir in the rhubarb liquid.
Pour mixture into a 2 1/2 pint jelly mold. Refrigerate until set. Dip mold in warm water and invert over a platter to unmold.

Cranberry apple cobbler  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1 (12-ounce) package cranberries
1 1/2 cups apple juice
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
10 cups sliced peeled apples

1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In heavy saucepan, bring cranberries, apple juice, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg to boil over medium heat; cook, stirring, until thickened.
Spoon into 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Arrange apples over cranberry mixture, overlapping to fit.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Combine flour, all but 1 tablespoon of the sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until in coarse crumbs. Drizzle with milk, stirring until in pebble-size chunks. Drop by spoonfuls onto apples.
Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Apples that hold their shape well in this recipe . Golden Delicious, Idared, Mutsu (Crispin)and Northern Spy.

Custard cream  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:8 minutes
6 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups hot milk
2 tablespoons dark rum or Grand Marnier

In mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch and whisk with a wire whisk until the mixture turns into a lemon color. Add the vanilla and blend well.
In a saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. Gradually pour over egg mixture while whisking. Transfer to a saucepan, heat and whisk until thick. The custard should not boil.
Pour the custard through a fine strainer into a mixing bowl. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally to maintain smoothness.
Add rum or Grand Marnier. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Raspberry-rhubarb custard tart   Print Recipe

Add or replace raspsberries with strawberries for a perfect Spring match
Serves: 10
Preparation time:40 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup ground almonds
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup whipping cream
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon ground almonds
1 tablespoon Brandy, Grand Marnier or rum
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
For Pastry:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour with sugar, almonds, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl or food processor. Add butter and vanilla. Cut butter into flour mixture until crumbly.
Set aside 2/3 cup of this mixture.
Press remaining flour mixture evenly over bottom of an ungreased 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom or a springform pan, pressing about 1 inch up sides to form a shell if you like.
Bake on bottom rack of oven until pale golden, from 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool on a rack. Turn oven temperature down to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk cream with egg, sugar, flour, almonds, brandy and vanilla.
In another bowl, toss raspberries with rhubarb. Scatter evenly over baked crust.
Drizzle cream mixture over top. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture evenly over top. Bake until custard is just set, from 35 to 40 minutes.
For a golden finish on crumble, turn on broiler and broil until topping is golden, from 1 to 2 minutes.
Serve warm or room temperature.

Fruit cobbler  Print Recipe

Because this is served in the skillet in which it was made, it's better to make the cobbler the same day it will be served.
Serves: 6
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
4 cups fresh or defrosted fruit, such as blackberries, peaches, raspberries, blueberries, plums, cherries or apricots
1 cup sugar, or more as needed1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch fine salt
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the butter in a large (10- to 12-inch) cast-iron skillet (you could also use a metal or ceramic casserole or gratin pan) and place in the oven so the butter melts; this should take 5 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the fruit in a mixing bowl. Use a potato masher to mash it just enough so that the pieces release some of their juices. If the fruit is tart, sprinkle a little sugar on top.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add the cup of sugar, the milk and vanilla extract, stirring to form a smooth batter.
Remove the skillet from the oven. Carefully pour the melted butter from the skillet into the batter, stirring to combine, then pour the batter all at once into the skillet (it should begin to puff and set around the edges). Add the fruit and its juices to the center of the batter.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the crumb comes out mostly clean. Serve warm, straight from the skillet.

Rhubarb ice cream  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, about 3 1/2 cups
1 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
2/3 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
In a saucepan, combine rhubarb and 3/4 cup sugar. Cover and cook over low heat until rhubarb releases its juices, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until most of water evaporates and rhubarb has a soft jam like consistency, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Whisk egg yolks lightly. In a saucepan, combine milk and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil. Gradually whisk milk mixture into yolks. Return to saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Using a fine-meshed sieve, strain into a bowl.
Add rhubarb mixture and cream. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight.
Freeze in an ice-cream maker to manufacturer's instructions. (Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Taste)
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2 tablespoons

All-purpose wheat flour 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
All-purpose sifted wheat flour 110 g 80 g 70 g 55 g 35 g 27 g 13 g
White sugar 200 g 150 g 130 g 100 g 65 g 50 g 25 g
Powdered sugar/Icing sugar 100 g 75 g 70 g 50 g 35 g 25 g 13 g
Brown sugar normally packed 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 23 g
Corn flour 160 g 120 g 100 g 80 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Cornstarch 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Rice (not-cooked) 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Macaroni (uncooked) 140 g 100 g 90 g 70 g 45 g 35 g 17 g
Couscous (uncooked) 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 22 g
Quick oatmeal (uncooked) 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Table salt 300 g 230 g 200 g 150 g 100 g 75 g 40 g
Butter / Margarine 240 g 180 g 160 g 120 g 80 g 60 g 30 g
Shortening 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Fruits and légumes chopped 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
chopped walnuts 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Nuts /ground almonds 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Fresh bread crumbs (not packed) 60 g 45 g 40 g 30 g 20 g 15 g 8 g
Dry bread crumbs 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Parmesan grated 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Chocolate chips 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 38 g  19 g
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27 Recipes

1 Appetizers

12 Main dishes

6 Side dishes

8 Desserts