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Bacon and Pumpkin Pesto Pasta

Photo by EmmCee Bacon and Pumpkin Pesto Pasta Serves 4 1kg kent pumpkin, deseeded, peeled, cut into 2.5cm pieces Olive oil spray Salt and freshly ground black pepper 400g dried penne pasta 300g short-cut bacon, thinly sliced 125g (1/2 cup) basil pesto Shaved parmesan, to serve 1. Preheat oven...

Basic Scones

Photo by EmmCee Basic Scones Makes 16 plain flour, for dusting 3 cups self-raising flour 80g butter, cubed 1 to 1 1/4 cups milk jam and whipped cream, to serve 1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly dust a flat baking tray with plain flour. 2. Sift self-raising flour into...

Blueberry Tart

Photo by EmmCee Blueberry Tart 120g softened unsalted butter 150g caster sugar (2/3 of a cup) 2 eggs 2 Tbsp kirsch or brandy 200g almond meal 2 x 125g of fresh blueberries Icing sugar to dust Thick cream or ice cream to serve Shortcrust Pastry: 1 2/3 cups (250g)...

Gingerbread

Photo by EmmCee Gingerbread 675g self raising flour 3 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons ground clove 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 185g chopped butter 220g firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup treacle 2 eggs lightly beaten 1. Using a food processor mix the flour, spices...

Griddled Eggplants with Feta, Mint and Chilli

Photo by EmmCee Griddled Eggplants with Feta, Mint and Chilli 2 large eggplants, each cut thinly, lengthwise, into about 10 slices 4 Tbsp olive oil 250g feta cheese 1 large red chilli, finely chopped (deseeded optional for milder) large bunch fresh mint, finely chopped, with some saved for sprinkling...

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo by EmmCee M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes about 30 125g unsalted butter 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 lightly beaten egg 1 3/4 cup SR Flour 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup chocolate chips 3/4 cup M&M’s 1. Preheat oven to 180C...

Pistachio and Rosewater Cupcakes

Photo by EmmCee Pistachio and Rosewater Cupcakes For the Cupcakes: 225g unsalted butter, softened 225g caster sugar 225g self-raising flour 4 eggs 1 tsp rosewater For the Icing: 200g cream cheese 175g icing sugar, sieved 2 Tbsp rose water 3 Tbsp chopped pistachios 1. Preheat the oven to 175°C...

Profiteroles

Photo by EmmCee Profiteroles Serves 10 Choux Pastry: 50g unsalted butter 3/4 cup (185ml) water 3/4 cup (90g) plain flour, sifted twice 3 eggs, lightly beaten Filling: 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk 4 egg yolks 1/3 cup (90g) caster sugar 1/4 cup (30g) plain flour 1 teaspoon vanilla essence...

Ricotta Hotcakes

Photo by EmmCee Ricotta Hotcakes 250g ricotta cheese 125ml semi-skimmed milk 2 large eggs, separated 100g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder pinch salt 2 tsp groundnut (or any flavourless) oil To Serve: 250g strawberries, chopped, slightly squashed or other berries of your choice Maple or golden syrup if...

Sicilian Vinegar Chicken

Photo by EmmCee Sicilian Vinegar Chicken 1 onion 100ml olive oil 1 chicken (approx. 2-2.25kg, skinned and jointed into 8 pieces) *can use chicken pieces instead Maldon salt and black pepper 250ml chicken stock 125ml dry white wine 125ml red wine vinegar juice of half a lemon handful of...

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Photo by EmmCee Vanilla Sugar Cookies Makes around 25 – 30 medium sized cookies 200g castor sugar (OR 100g castor sugar and 100g icing sugar) 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 450g plain flour 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature 1. In a bowl or kitchen mixer with...

Whoopie Pies

Photo by EmmCee Whoopie Pies Makes six For the Pies: 115g soft butter 200g brown sugar 1 egg 5ml vanilla essence 225ml buttermilk 60g cocoa powder 5g bicarbonate of soda 190g plain flour For the Filling: 450g Philadelphia cream cheese 150g butter 300g sifted icing sugar 10ml vanilla essence...