Boiled Fruit Moose Cake

This moist boiled fruit cake copes well with being Moose shaped! Happy Canada Day!

Servings

10

Ready In:

1 hour 50min

Good For:

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By Big Oven 

So I have a confession to make, I saw this incredible Moose cake mould in Ikea and couldn’t resist it! It seemed the most obvious thing to make for Canada, but the question was ‘what sort of cake should I bake?’

I thought I’ll try it out first with a strong and sturdy cake to see how easy it is to use the mould so I thought how about a boiled fruit cake recipe. I did a bit of digging and low and behold Canadians love boiled fruit cake too. Here is a recipe from Big Oven.

I ended up making our tried and tested family favourite from The River Cottage Handbook No.8 by Pam Corbin called Boil and Bait Fisherman’s cake and lasts for several weeks in an airtight container. The cake cooked a little too well as it was quite shallow but the moose shaped result was impressive.

Believe it or not Boil and Bait cake is the number one cake in this house!

Top tip: It pairs brilliantly with Caerphilly or some crumbly Cheshire cheese.

Ingredients

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 125g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup or honey
  • 125ml milk
  • 200g california raisins
  • 150g dried apricots, cut into 5-6 pieces each
  • 150g dried figs, cut into 6-8 pieces each
  • 2 free range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 250g self-raising flour

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Lightly grease an 18cm deep round and line with baking parchment. Alternatively use an ikea elk mould and grease well!

Step 2

Put the butter or oil, sugar, syrup or honey, milk and dried fruit into a pan with 125 ml of water. Stir over a gentle heat until the butter has melted and the ingredients are well combined. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until the mixture is slightly thickened and a soft caramel colour, stirring from time to time to prevent it sticking to the base. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Pre-heat the oven to 170C. When the mixture is cool, stir in the beaten eggs and sift in the flour. Then, using a wooden spoon, beat together thoroughly until well combined.

Step 4

Spoon into the lined tray and use the back of the spoon to smooth the mixture evenly out. Bake for about 25 minutes – the slice should be golden brown.

Step 5

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, levelling it out with the back of the spoon. Bake in the oven for 60-70 minutes until the top is evenly browned and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out very slightly sticky. Leave the cake in the tin until cold before turning out.

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Lancashire Hot Pot

Lancashire Hot Pot

A lighter version of this English Classic

Servings

4

Ready In:

1-2 hours

Good For:

Mains

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Recipe by Angela Nilsen, BBC GoodFood Website

This famous British stew gets its name not from the cooking vessel but from the ‘hodge-podge’ of ingredients that were traditionally used in the recipe. Originally both kidneys and oysters were added to the dish, but getting those past my children was not worth the effort.

I found this family friendly lighter recipe from the BBC Good Food website for this recipe. My son having declared it smelt horrible whilst I was cooking it has changed his mind and rated it a 7 – said in the voice of Len Goodman.

Ingredients

  • 3tsp olive oil
  • 600g lamb leg steaks, all visible fat removed, cut into bitesized pieces
  • onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 250g celery
  • 400g carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • small handful fresh rosemary, finely chopped

 

  • few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 beef stock pot, diluted to make 500ml of stock
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 650g floury potatoes, ideally Maris Piper, cut into thick slices
  • for seasoning salt and freshly ground black pepper

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan/Gas 3.

Step 2

Heat 1 tsp of the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed casserole over a medium to high heat. Brown the lamb on all sides in two batches for 3-4 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon.

Step 3

Add another teaspoon of olive oil to the pan and add the onions, garlic, celery, carrots and fry, stirring for 3-4 minutes. Add the rosemary and thyme and fry for another minute. Sprinkle over the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring all the time to cook the flour.

Step 4

Return the lamb to the pan, pour in the stock and stir in the Worcestershire Sauce and tomato puree, then bring to the boil.

Step 5

Add the prawns and cook for 30 – 60 seconds, before adding the beansprouts and mushrooms and cook for another minute.

Step 6

Remove the lid and increase the oven temperature to 200C/180C fan/Gas 6. Brush the potatoes with the final teaspoon of olive oil and bake for a further 15 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned.

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Barbecue Lamb Chops with Chimichurri Sauce, Broccoli and New Potatoes

BBQ Lamb Chops With Chimichurri Sauce, Brocolli And New Potatoes

Light and summery lamb chop meal, perfect as the evenings are get longer

Servings

4

Ready In:

30min

Good For:

Mains

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By James Martin, found in The Times Eat Magazine and available from Food and Travel Magazine

I am so delighted we found this recipe. Spring lamb is in season and the weather has warmed up so it was perfect to try out this quick BBQ dish. Simply boil the potatoes, BBQ the lamb, then a few minutes all together on the BBQ to finish off the vegetables.

Serve with the punchy Chimichurri sauce.

Thank you James Martin for another masterpiece.

Ingredients

  • 400g new potatoes
  • 25ml olive oil
  • lamb chops
  • 200g brocolli spears
  • for seasoning sea salt and ground pepper
Chimichurri sauce

  • 15g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 15g coriander, roughly chopped
  • 15g mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 25ml red wine vinegar
  • 50ml olive oil

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Light your barbecue. When the coals are silvery in colour, it’s ready to cook on.

Step 2

While you are waiting for the coals to heat up, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the new potatoes for 10 minutes until just tender.

Step 3

When the barbeuce is ready, rub a little oil over the lamb chops and season well. Put the potatoes and broccoli spears into a bowl and add the remaining oil. Season and toss together.

Step 4

Put the chops onto the barbecue and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Add the potatoes and broccoli spears when you turn the chops over and turn these over after 1-2 minutes.

Step 5

To make the sauce, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and season well.

Step 6

To serve, pile the lamb, potatoes and broccoli spears onto a platter and spoon over the sauce.

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Beaver Tails

Beaver Tails

These are doughnuts resembling beaver tails are fabulous as a warming snack in the winter.

Servings

8

Ready In:

2 hours

Good For:

Desserts

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By Great Canadian Cookbook

I’ve been wanting to make beaver tails for such a long time, but the Canadian Grand Prix is in the summer and these have never seemed appropriate to make. We took advantage of a miserable weekend in February to these and we were not disappointed. Although the recipe says it takes 2 hours, most of that is rising time.

Thank you to Great Canadian Cookbook for this recipe.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 8g packet or 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk, warmed
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 litre vegetable oil, for frying 

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the warm water, warm milk, yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Add melted butter, sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs. Give everything a good mix together. Add flour and mix with the dough hook (or with a wooden spoon if you’re not using a mixer) and mix until the dough comes together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Knead for about 6 minutes in the mixer and 10 minutes by hand, until the dough is smooth, silky. Use extra flour if dough is sticky.

Step 3

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel. Leave to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Step 4

Punch down dough and place onto a lightly floured counter top. Shape into 8 equal sized pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll out each piece of dough into an oval shape. If you like, score a crisscross pattern in the top of dough.

Step 5

Place on a lightly floured baking sheet and leave to rise, covered, for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Step 6

Make cinnamon sugar by combining sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Step 7

Heat a large wide pot with about two inches of oil. Heat to 350F/176C. If you don’t have a thermometer, check the oil’s temperature by tearing off a small piece of dough and see if it sizzles and floats to the surface. Keep a close eye on the oil, adjust temperature as needed to prevent it from getting too hot. If you see it smoking or crackling take off the heat to cool down before frying.

Step 8

Fry your doughnuts on each side for 30-60 seconds until they are golden brown. Dunk immediately in cinnamon sugar or top with lemon and sugar, Nutella, jam or my favourite, maple syrup!.

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Eton Mess

Eton Mess

Quick and stylish dessert

Servings

6

Ready In:

5min

Good For:

Dessert

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By Good To Know 

Eton Mess is another British Classic and with the continued sportsfest of Wimbledon and the World Cup – it seems appropriate.

Eton Mess is the easiest recipe you can put together for a dinner party – fact. Some thick double cream, chopped strawberries and mashed up meringues all mixed together. Hey presto – it is made! One you can let the children totally prepare themselves and they will love it.

There are a couple of alternatives, if you prefer a lower fat version use Greek yoghurt instead of the double cream or you can have a more adult version by soaking the fruit in a 75ml of cointreau/kirsch/port for 2-3 hours in the fridge first

Enjoy……we will be glued to the TV tonight….we believe!

Thanks Good To Know for the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 6 meringue nests
  • 570ml double cream or greek yoghur

 

  • 450g strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 75ml Cointreau, optional

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Cut the strawberries in half or into thick slices if they’re big. Place in a bowl with the port, kirsch or Cointreau if using, cover and chill for 2-3 hrs.

Step 2

Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks, then fold in the berries and juices.

Step 3

Crush the meringues and fold into the strawberry and cream mixture.

Step 4

Spoon the Eton mess into individual dishes. If you like, you can decorate with extra strawberries.

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Cherry and Almond Tarts

Cherry and Almond Tarts

Mini Bakewell Tarts – perfect for now or freezing

Servings

12

Ready In:

55min

Good For:

Dessert

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By Sarah Cook, BBC Good Food

Cherry and Almond Tarts – a.k.a Mini Bakewells. Bakewells are one of my absolute favourite cakes and I think a true British classic.

Again I found a quick (slightly cheating recipe) that the kids could make with me. The thing that they found weird was that you need some cake to make the cake! I advise you to make a super large batch and freeze them, then you can just bake them as and when you need them.

Thank you to BBC Good Food for the recipe. Hold me back or I’ll eat them all.

Ingredients

  • 375g all butter puff pastry
  • 75g self-raising flour
  • 12 rounded tsp morello cherry jam
  • 75g plain sponge cake, or madeira cake
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • large eggs
  • 1/2  tsp almond extract
  • 25g flaked almonds
  • 100g icing sugar, for decorating

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Very thinly roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Stamp out 12 x 9cm circles with a fluted cutter, if you have one, and use to line a bun tin. Spread 1 rounded tsp of the cherry jam in the bottom of each tart.

Step 2

Whizz the cake to crumbs in a food processor, then tip into a mixing bowl and add the flour, butter, ground almonds, caster sugar, eggs and almond extract. Beat together until smooth, then divide between the tarts, spreading a little with the back of a teaspoon to cover the jam. Scatter over the flaked almonds and openfreeze for 2 hrs, then wrap well in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.

Step 3

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 with a baking sheet in it. Unwrap the tarts from the freezer and loosely top with a sheet of foil. Bake on the heated baking sheet for 30-40 mins until golden, removing the foil halfway. Cool the tarts a little, then add a splash of water into the icing sugar to make a runny icing. Drizzle over the tarts and leave to set.

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Mini Pork Pies with Piccalilli

Mini Pork Pies with Piccalilli

Fun, picnic pork pies to make with the kids.

Servings

12

Ready In:

1 hour 25min

Good For:

Mains

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By BBC Good Food 

The mini pork pies are really fun for the kids to make. They can easily cut out the pastry shapes and get stuck in mixing up the lardons, sausagemeat, breadcrumbs and herbs. Then putting them together is quite simple and lastly painting the egg on top,  just make sure that they don’t put all of the sesame seeds on one pork pie!

These mini pork pies are perfect for a picnic, we took ours out to celebrate a very special picnic and scoffed the lot. Thank you to the BBC Good Food website for the recipe.

Enjoy – hopefully there will be plenty of reasons to celebrate British food in the next couple of weeks, the British Grand Prix, Wimbledon and a certain football tournament too.

N.B. We didn’t quite have enough shortcrust pastry so we combined the left over filling with some puff pastry and made some sausage rolls to go with them. I received extra brownie points for those.

Ingredients

  • a few dots butter
  • 600g shortcrust pastry
  • for dusting plain flour
  • 85g breadcrumbs
  • 400g cumberland sausage
  • 200g smoked bacon lardons
  • 1/4 tsp ground mace
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp fresh sage
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • a pinch sesame seeds
  • to serve piccalilli

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line each hole of a 12-hole muffin tin with a thin strip of baking parchment across the middle that’s long enough so the ends stick out a centimetre or two – use a dab of butter to stick in place. Roll out two thirds of the pastry on a lightly floured surface and stamp out 12 x 10cm circles (you may need to re-roll trimmings). Press a circle into each hole to line.

Step 2

Sprinkle 1 tsp of breadcrumbs into the base of each pie. Tip the rest of the crumbs into a mixing bowl. Squeeze in the sausage meat, discarding the skins, along with the bacon, mace, pepper, sage and just a little salt. Get your hands in and mash and squish everything together until the breadcrumbs have just about disappeared. Divide mixture between the holes, packing in firmly and shaping to a dome in the middle.

Step 3

Roll out the remaining pastry and stamp out 12 x 7cm circles. Brush with a little egg and add a top to each pie, egg-side down to stick, carefully pressing pastry edges together to seal. Brush with more egg (don’t throw away leftovers) and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 30 mins until golden then carefully remove the pies from the tin, using the parchment ends to help you lift them out. Sit on a parchment lined baking tray, brush all round the sides with more egg and put back in the oven for 8 mins. Cool completely then eat with piccalilli, or your favourite pickle.

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Smoked Salmon, Asparagus, Pea Shoots and Egg Salad

Pea Shoot Asparagus And Smoked Salmon Salad

A light seasonal salad, ideal for starter or a lighter meal

Servings

2

Ready In:

20min

Good For:

Starter or Mains

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I like to call this my ‘Best of British’ salad. This weekend was a typically beautiful May weekend, where we all get excited because a) it is not raining and b) it is above 20C! Time to crack open the Rose and go into full Al Fresco dining.

This recipe includes some of our favourite seasonal ingredients – pea shoots and asparagus, with smoked salmon from Scotland and some runny boiled or poached eggs.

It is super quick to make and we served it with some toasted ciabatta bread. Feel free to change your ingredients dependent on the season.

Ingredients

  • 2 packets asparagus tips
  • 200g smoked salmon, cut into long strips
  • large eggs
  • 100g pea shoots
  • 1 ciabatta

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Put the eggs into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil, after they have been boiling for one and half minutes, plunge into cold water.

Step 2

Meanwhile griddle the asparagus on a fairly high heat, moving it around so that it does not burn

Step 3

Arrange the pea shoots on the plates and then peel the egg shells off.

Step 4

Put the cooked asparagus on top of the pea shoots, arrange the salmon around over the top. Then top each plate with two soft boiled eggs halved.

Step 5

Serve with the toasted ciabatta slices and a glass of Rose.

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Slow Cooker Ham with Beer and Maple Syrup

Slow Cooker Ham With Beer And Maple Syrup

Melt in the mouth ham with beer and maple syrup

Servings

8

Ready In:

10-12 hours

Good For:

Mains

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By SOS Cuisine 

This recipe was a great find. Although it is called ‘Slow Cooker Ham with Beer and Maple Syrup’ we managed to improvise and used normal oven to replace the slow cooker.

We boiled the gammon whilst eating breakfast then popped it in a pot with the rest of the ingredients and into the oven for the rest of the day. The house smelt delicious and it was a pleasure to be the one who had to go and baste it every now and again.

After the twelve hours the gammon basically fell apart and we scoffed it with some parsnip and potato mash, cabbage and carrots. The kids demanded that we have this every week so I’ll take that as a thumbs up.

Thanks SOS Cuisine for the recipe – it was super simple. There are lots of other variations out there though so find one that suits your taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 1.4 kg smoked ham (whole), toupie or picnic type, rind removed
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 330 ml beer (lager)
  • 125ml maple syrup
  • to taste ground pepper

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Put the ham in a large pot then cover with cold water. Bring to a boil then simmer 10 min. (This optional step reduces the saltiness of the ham). Drain well.

Step 2

Transfer the ham to the ceramic cooking pot, then add the remaining ingredients. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on ‘high’ for 7-8 h, or cook at ‘low” for 10-12h, until the meat is so tender that falls apart when inserting a fork.

Step 3

Add a little pepper then serve.

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Chocolate twist on Simnel Cake

Chocolate twist on Simnel Cake

This didn’t last long, Happy Easter!

Servings

8

Ready In:

1 hour 40min

Good For:

Dessert

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We had a competition with the kids and the winner got to choose what sort of cake we made that week – naturally the kids won!

They demanded chocolate cake with grannie Linda’s chocolate icing – it is legendary!

As it was the week before Easter I turned it into a chocolate version of Simnel Cake with mini eggs as the disciples.

The cake recipe is very simple if you have balancing scales.  I cannot believe it but I am going to share the secret chocolate icing recipe (it’s from the 1970s!)

Enjoy and Happy Easter!

Ingredients

  • 2 free range eggs
  • equal weight to the eggs butter
  • equal weight to the eggs golden caster sugar
  • equal weight to the eggs self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 10-15ml milk
  • 50g chocolate chips

For the icing

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 40g butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • few drops vanilla extract

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

If you are using balancing scales place the two eggs on one side and weigh out the sugar to balance. Place it in a bowl, then repeat with the butter and cream the two together.

Step 2

Meanwhile weight out the self-raising flour, and stir in the cocoa powder and baking powder. Crack the eggs and add them one at a time with a tablespoon of the flour mixture to the creamed sugar and butter.

Step 3

Once combined add the remaining flour mixture and enough milk to bring the mixture back to a normal cake consistency about 10-15ml. Then add the chocolate chips.

I normally do all this in the food processor and it is very quick.

Step 4

Place in a greased 16cm circular tin and cook in the oven at 160 C for about 50 minutes. Test with a skewer and if it comes out clean it is done. Set aside to cool.

Step 5

Measure butter, water and castor sugar into a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring to dissolve the sugar and bring to simmer. DO NOT BOIL

Step 6

Once cooled, sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a largish mixing bowl and set aside.

Step 7

Pour the hot syrup mixture into the sieved ingredients in the bowl and beat until smooth. Carry on stirring until the mixture begins to thicken and coat the back of a spoon i.e. thickened enough so it stays on the cake without running down the sides. Use a palate knife dipped into a mug of very hot water to smooth around the cake.

Step 8

Decorate with mini eggs.

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Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls – what’s not to like?

Servings

4

Ready In:

1 hour 5min

Good For:

Mains

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By Jamie Oliver 

What I love about sausage rolls is that they are perfect for both winter and summer alike. In the winter serve them hot with a warming vegetable soup, in the summer pair with a refreshing salad.

These are such fun to make with the kids, from squeezing the meat out of the sausages to mixing the breadcrumbs, herb mixture together with their hands and painting the pastry with egg mixture.

Everyone agreed this was a keeper. We served them with radicchio, bacon and pear salad and the honey balsamic glazed beetroot tarts. Nom nom!

Thank you Jamie Oliver for another simple recipe. Although we served these as part of our Australian meal, I’m pretty sure I know another country that might claim Sausage rolls belongs to it, so sorry Australia you are going to have share this recipe with Great Britain.

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh sage, leaves only
  • pork sausages
  • 1 handful breadcrumbs
  • for grating nutmeg
  • 250g all butter puff pastry
  • 1 free range eggs
  • a dash milk

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and add the onions. Cook gently for about 20 minutes until soft and golden brown. Add the sage leaves, cook for a couple of minutes more and then spread out on a plate to cool.

Step 2

With a sharp knife, slit the skins of the sausages and pop the meat out. Put it in a mixing bowl with the cooled sage and onion mix and the breadcrumbs. Add a good grating of nutmeg, then scrunch well with your clean hands to mix together.

Step 3

On a floured work surface, roll the pastry out into a big rectangle as thick as a pound coin and cut it lengthways into two long, even rectangles. Roll the mixture into sausage shapes with your hands and lay along the centre of each rectangle.

Step 4

Mix the egg and milk and brush the pastry with the mixture, then fold one side of the pastry over, wrapping the filling inside. Press down with your fingers or the edge of a spoon to seal the join.

Step 5

Cut the long rolls into the sizes you want and space them out on a baking tray. Brush with the rest of the egg wash and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until puffed, golden and cooked through. Serve with piccalilli and a cress salad.

Tip:

Lamb or beef sausages work just as well in this recipe if you don’t fancy pork.

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