From The Nation’s Favourite Food by Neven Maguire
- 225g plain flour, extra for dusting
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- 100g butter, diced and chilled
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2-3 tbps ice-cold water
- 900g Bramley cooking apples
- 100g caster sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Good pinch ground cloves/4 whole cloves
- 1 tbsp milk
- 5 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp caster sugar
- ½ vanilla pod, split in half and seeds scraped out
- 300ml milk
- 100ml cream
To make the pastry: Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Using a round-bladed knife or the tips of your fingers, work in the butter and then mix in the egg yolks. Add the ice-cold water until the dough just comes together. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/gas mark 5). Lightly dust the work surface with flour.
Divide the pastry into 2 portions, one slightly larger than the other, then roll out the larger piece until it is about 30cm in diameter. Use to line a 20cm pie dish or a 23cm flat plate, gently pressing into the corners. Trim the edges with a knife and reserve the excess for decorating. Place back in the fridge to chill while you prepare the apples.
Peel, core and slice the apples. Place in a large bowl with all but 1 tablespoon of the caster sugar. Add the cinnamon and cloves and mix together. Brush the edge of the pastry with a little milk and then pile the apples into the lined pie dish. Roll out the second piece of pastry into a circle slightly larger than the pie dish and use to cover the apples. Press the edges together to seal, then use a sharp knife to cut away any excess.
Crimp the edges of the tart with a round-bladed knife, using your fingers as a guide. If you wish roll out the pastry scraps and cut into leaf shapes. Brush the shapes with milk and stick on top of the pie. Brush the entire top of the pastry with milk and sprinkle over the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then reduce the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4) and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
Meanwhile, to make the custard, place the egg yolks in a large bowl with the sugar and vanilla seeds. Whisk with an electric mixer for a few minutes, until pale and thickened.
Place the milk and cream in a medium pan and bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat. Gradually whisk the heated milk and cream into the egg yolk mixture until smooth, then pour back into the pan and place over a gently heat. Cook gently for 6-8 minutes on a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon. Keep warm.
To serve, cut the warm apple tart into slices and arrange on warmed serving places with some of the custard. Pour the remaining custard into a jug and hand around separately.
- Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2.
- Melt margarine or butter in a saucepan with the sugar and golden syrup. Heat gently until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in the oatflakes.
- Tip the mixture into a swiss roll tin (22cm x 33cm, 9’’ x 13’’) lined with parchment and press it out evenly using the back of a spoon.
- Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- When baked, coat with melted chocolate as a special treat.
- Cut into squares while still warm and leave to cool in the tin.
- 1 3/4 cups (about 8 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling over tops
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) cold Kerrygold™ Pure Irish Butter,
- cut into pieces
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 large egg, plus additional beaten egg for brushing over tops
Baking with Kids
Cook Time15-20 mins
What you need:
- 225g/8oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 teaspoon Odlums Baking Powder
- 75g/3oz Butter or Margarine
- 75g/3oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
- 50g/2oz Shamrock Desiccated Coconut
- 1 Egg, beaten
- 150ml/¼pt Milk
- Fruitfield Raspberry Jam
- Extra Shamrock Desiccated Coconut
- Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Lightly grease 2 flat baking trays.
- Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl.
- Rub in the butter or margarine until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the sugar and coconut and mix well.
- Mix to a fairly stiff consistency with the egg and milk. Drop dessertspoonfuls of the mixture, spaced apart on the prepared tins. Makes about 12.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer buns to wire tray to cool.
- Brush the top with jam and dip in the extra coconut.
Pastry 175g/6oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour Pinch of Salt 75g/3oz Butter/Margarine Cold Water Topping 75g/3oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour 125g/4oz Butter/Margarine 125g/4oz Caster Sugar 100g packet Shamrock Ground Almonds 2 Eggs 2 teaspoons Goodall’s Almond Extract/Essence 2 tablespoons Fruitfield Raspberry Jam Shamrock Flaked Almonds to decorate
- Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Lightly grease an 11 x 7”/ 28x 18cm Swiss Roll tin.
- Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in the margarine and add sufficient water to make a soft dough.
- Turn onto a lightly floured board, roll out and line the Swiss Roll tin. Cover and leave in the fridge while making the topping.
To make topping
- Melt the margarine in a pan over a low heat.
- Remove from the heat and add the sugar, ground almonds and strong flour.
- Mix well, then beat in the eggs and almond essence. Leave to cool a little.
- Remove pastry from the fridge; spread the jam over the top of the pastry base.
- Pour the topping over the jam.
- Decorate with flaked almonds and bake for 35-40 mins. until pale golden in colour.
- When cool, cut into slices.