Choux pastry

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Choux pastry is light, fluffy, delicious and used in lots of sweet pastry treats like chocolate eclairs and profiteroles. Here’s our easy-to-follow choux pastry recipe

Ingredients

  • 100g (3 1/2oz) plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 75g (2 1/2 oz) butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 medium eggs, whisked
  • 200ml (7 floz) water

Method

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Melt the butter with the water, bring to the boil, then remove from the heat.
  2. Tip in all the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  3. Return pan to the heat and beat until a smooth, dry ball forms, which leaves the sides of the pan clean. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. Gradually beat in the eggs, using a hand-held electric mixer. The paste is now ready to use.

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Pork pies

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With their tasty filling and golden pastry, homemade pork pies are the perfect packed lunch or picnic treat. Learn how to make a pork pie with this easy recipe

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  • Make in advance

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Hot watercrust pastry breaks all the usual rules of pastry-making, as normally all the ingredients have to be kept as cool as possible. The hot method produces a firmer and less crumbly pastry. Make sure there aren’t any holes in the pastry or the stock will seep out. Chilling the pies really well helps the gelatine in the stock to set quickly.

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 500g (1lb) minced pork
  • 2 level tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the pastry:

  • 300g (10oz) plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 medium egg yolk
  • 90g (3oz) white vegetable fat
  • Beaten egg, to glaze

Method

  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 7 or 200°C.
  2. To make the filling: Mix together the pork, sage and plenty of seasoning.
  3. To make the pastry: Tip the flour into a bowl and add the salt. Drop the egg yolk into the bowl and cover it with a little flour.
  4. Pour 150ml (¼ pint) water into a saucepan and add the white vegetable fat. Place pan over a low heat and stir until fat melts. Increase heat until mixture is boiling, taking care in case any of the fat spits out of the pan. Working quickly, pour the boiling mixture into the flour, and use a wooden spoon to beat the mixture until it’s smooth.
  5. Knead the pastry very lightly until it forms a ball. Cut off about a third of the pastry and wrap it in a freezer bag. Reserve for making the lids.
  6. Divide remaining pastry into 6 pieces, flatten each piece out and use them to line the holes in the muffin tins, stretching pastry to just above the top of the tins.
  7. Divide the filling into 6 and place a portion into each muffin hole. Divide the reserved pastry into 6 and flatten each out into a circle just larger than the top of the pies, to make lids. Brush a little egg around the top edge of the pastry in the tins, then place the lids on top. Press the edges together well, and flute them. Make a large hole in the centre of each pie, then brush egg glaze over the top.
  8. Bake the pies in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to Gas Mark 4 or 180°C and cook for a further 20 minutes. Remove the pies carefully from the muffin tin and place them on a baking tray. Brush the top and sides with egg glaze, then return them to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Remove from the oven and transfer the pies to a wire rack to cool. Chill the pies well, preferably overnight.
  9. To make the jelly: Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water until they are soft (the amount of water for this isn’t important). Pour 450ml (¾ pint) boiling water over the stock cube, and stir until the cube has dissolved. Lift out the sponged gelatine and squeeze out any excess water, then add to the stock, and stir it until it dissolves. Leave the stock to cool but not set, and pour it into the pies. Return the pies to the fridge and leave for the gelatine to set.

By Feature: Sue McMahon. Photos: frankthephotographer.com. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Calories 466(kcal)
  • Fat 25.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Butternut squash soup

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This gorgeous butternut squash soup makes the perfect autumn or winter supper dish and it also works as a tasty dinner party starter. Make this homemade soup using seasonal butternut squash with this easy recipe

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To freeze the soup, pour it into a freezer container, cover, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow the soup to defrost before reheating it.

Ingredients

  • 2 butternut squashes, each about 1kg (2¼lb)
  • 30g (1oz) butter
  • 1tbsp light olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Croutons and sprigs of thyme, to serve

Method

  1. Set the oven to 190°C or gas mark 5.
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves, cut-side down, on the buttered baking parchment. Roast the squash in the centre of the oven for about an hour, or until they are tender. Remove the squash from the oven and leave them until they are cool enough to handle.
  3. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan, add onion and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-8 mins, or until onion has softened but not coloured. Scoop butternut squash flesh out of skins, add flesh to pan and discard skins. Cook for 1-2 mins, then add the thyme and stock cubes to the pan. Pour in 1 litre (1¾ pints) boiling water, and stir until stock cubes have dissolved. Bring soup to the boil; simmer for 20 mins, until vegetables are tender. Remove pan from heat; leave soup to cool slightly.
  4. Purée the soup in a blender or food processor until it’s smooth, and season it to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Reheat the soup before serving. It will be quite thick, so dilute to the desired thickness by adding some boiling water.
  6. Serve the soup with croutons and sprigs of thyme, and grind over some black pepper.

By Feature: Sue McMahon. Photos: Noel Murphy. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe

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Nutritional information per portion

  • Calories 132(kcal)
  • Fat 5.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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