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Pastries

Gluten-Free Apple Tart

Gluten-Free Apple Tart

This apple tart takes a tad longer to prepare due to cooking and pureeing the fruit prior to baking, but it produces a lovely smooth tart with a good flavour, and looks really good if you leave red skins on the sliced apples for decoration - only if you're using organic fruit though. The gluten-free pastry can be made in advance and kept cool in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Pretzel

Pretzel

Crisp on the outside, soft inside. Great for eating with beer, with friends, or cut open and used as the base for cheese on toast.


Linzer Torte (Oma's Rezept)

Linzer Torte (Oma's Rezept)

This is my mother's recipe for Linzer Torte. Not specifically a Christmas cake, but no Christmas was complete without this cake. (And it's the most delicious dough to be eaten raw ...)


Cécile's gougères

Cécile's gougères

Simple "pâte à chou" for savoury or sweet puffs -- never fails!


Croissant

Croissant

using the French type 55 flour these are so easy


Coffee Eclairs - Maisy Neale

Coffee Eclairs - Maisy Neale

Great Coffee Eclairs - or any choux pastry - with light rye flour


Pie dough

A buttery crisp pastry that is excellent for tarts and pies with a wet filling.


Helpful Hints for Pastry

Ever wondered how to prevent shrinkage when using pastry lined tart cases? Here's some helpful tips.


Jason Derbyshire's Christmas Lardy Cake

Jason Derbyshire's Christmas Lardy Cake

A festive recipe crammed with Christmas fruits and spices by Jason Derbyshire.


Swiss Chard, Squash and Blue Cheese Tart

Swiss Chard, Squash and Blue Cheese Tart

A delicious summer main course that needs no adornment other than a crisp green salad. Serves four to six.



Chocolately, spicy, fruity, Christmassy tart

This is a movable feast. The basic idea is a rich yet light chocolate tart, in a crisp pastry shell with a fruity bit in the middle. For the Christmas theme I suggest using a cranberry mincemeat.