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Recipes with Irish food

28May 12

Hot Apple Tart with Cream

Hot Apple TartWhy not try this wonderful hot apple tart with cream as a great pudding to celebrate any occasion – perfect as apples are in season all year round.

For more apple goodness, try these caramelised apples with real custard.

What you need:

  • Pack of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 8 eating apples, whatever you can find that is in season. Washed, peeled and cored.  4 cubed and 4 sliced into thin wedges.
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g caster sugar, plus a sprinkle for caramelising the apples at the end
  • ½ tbsp runny honey
  • Tub of double cream to serve

What to do:

  1. First make the apple filling.  Heat the butter slowly in a pan until it melts before adding the cubed apple pieces and coating them all in the butter.  Cover the pan with its lid and cook the apples over a medium heat for about 15 minutes.  Stir in the honey and cook on for a further 5 minutes.  Now stir in the sugar, and the cinnamon, puréeing the soft apple with the spoon as you do so.  Leave the puréed apple mixture overnight to cool, or if you’re in more of a hurry, you can cool it in the fridge.
  2. When you are ready to cook the tart, preheat the oven to 200ºC and line a circular, ceramic oven-proof dish with parchment paper.
  3. Roll open the puff pastry and lay it over the baking dish, pressing it gently to the sides of the dish and cutting off any excess pastry around the top edge.
  4. Spread the puréed apple into the pastry casing, using a spatula.  Leave a 1.5cm gap of uncovered pastry all around the edge.
  5. Place the apple wedges very gently over the apple purée filling, so that they are slightly overlapping, start at the outer edge and work your way into the centre in rings.
  6. Bake the tart in the oven for around 15-20 minutes, until the apples turn golden brown in colour.
  7. Remove the cooked tart from the oven, sprinkle over a little caster sugar and cinnamon, and under a very hot grill, caramelise the apples.
  8. Serve hot with a generous dollop of double cream.

30 minutes to prepare (plus cooling time) 40 minutes to cook

Makes: 4-6 servings

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27Mar 12

Lamb Roast with Garlic and Rosemary

Lamb Roast with Garlic and RosemaryLamb roast with garlic and rosemary is a mouth wateringly tasty meal that is served up traditionally in some Irish households on St Patrick’s Day on 17th March.  The festival coincides with the very beginning of the lambing season in mid march, so this may well be your first taste of spring lamb this year. (If you really like this meat, I also recommend spiced skewered lamb.)

What you need:

  • 1 leg of lamb on the bone, about 2kg
  • Lamb trimmings and chopped bones (fresh from the butchers)
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, halved horizontally
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped in half
  • 20g butter, softened
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC.
  2. Take a deep roasting tin and lay in the chopped bones, trimmings and the halved garlic bulb.
  3. With a sharp knife, make plenty of deep slits into the leg of lamb, inserting the garlic cloves and the small sprigs of rosemary into them randomly all over the joint.
  4. Rub the lamb all over with the butter and lay the joint over the bones in the roasting tray.  Season well with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 1-1½ hours or until the meat is cooked to your liking.
  5. At the end of the roasting time, take the lamb out of the oven, grind over a little more salt and pepper, cover it loosely with tin foil to retain the heat, and remove it to another tray to rest.  Resting the meat relaxes it so that it has a softer texture.
  6. Whilst the joint is resting, make the gravy by placing the tray with the bones of the lamb over a medium heat on the hob and reducing the cooking juices until they are caramelised.  This should only take a few minutes.  Strain away any excess fat and pour in about 360ml of cold water.  Bring the mixture up to the boil, then reduce the heat immediately and simmer for around 5 minutes.  Strain the gravy mixture through a large sieve and pour it into a gravy boat to put on the table.
  7. Serve the lamb with creamed potatoes, parsnips and carrots, and a green vegetable of your choice.

Enjoy with a customary pint of Guinness, or a full-bodied red wine.

Less than 30 minutes to prepare, 1-2 hours to cook

Makes: 6-8 servings

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