How to make shortcrust pastry by hand, rolling the pastry, lining a tin or ring and blind-baking the pastry case.
From Rory O’Connell’s book ‘Cook Well, Eat Well’ published by Gill Books. ‘This is suitable for almost any occasion where a rich, delicious cake is required’, says Rory. ‘The flavours are a bull’s eye combination. I sometimes serve this cake with fresh raspberries, which is another flavour that works beautifully here
It may seem strange that we make focaccia in a restaurant that highlights English food, but this bread is on the menu for sentimental reasons. Just before opening The Sportsman I visited The Walnut Tree restaurant in Wales. I was impressed by many things, but the bread board knocked me out: it has a cheese bread, black bread and this focaccia.
A simple tea-time cake which also freezes well. Serves 8 You’ll need an 8-inch loaf tin. Ingredients 175g unsalted butter,…
A hand pie is literally that, one you form by hand and one you eat in your hand! They can be as higgeldy-piggeldy as you like in shape as long as you make sure all sides are sealed so the filling stays put (though as you’ll see from our photo this is a virtual impossibility and some of the fruity juices will inevitably leak out). This makes them look even more hand-made so they will be even more of a success. Use any fruit.
This is similar to Claudia Roden’s much-copied and much revered Orange and Almond Cake. A whole orange is used to give flavour and moisture to the cake but you don’t have to boil the fruit for 2 hours as you do in the original recipe once you have a food processor – the orange is blitzed quickly as part of the batter-making process.
We created this recipe with leftover cooked potatoes and a few slices of corned beef that we found in the fridge. It fits with our philosophy at gréatfood: that you can make a fine dinner from a few basic ingredients and they can go a long way. If you shy away from corned beef this pie will convert you.