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Fat Rascals

Fat Rascals recipeThere is lots of history behind these biscuits, and they may originally have been cooked on open turf or peat fires on Whitby Moor. 

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 18 minutes
Calories per biscuit – 200 Kcal
Fat per biscuit – 9g of which saturated – 5.8g
Makes – 10
Suitable for vegetarians

Plain flour 250g (9oz)
Salt pinch
Butter 110g (4oz)
Currants 50g (2oz)
Light muscovado sugar 2 tbsp
Milk 3–4 tbsp
Caster sugar for sprinkling

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Butter a baking sheet.

2 Sift the flour into a bowl and add the salt. Rub in the butter, then stir in the currants and sugar. Add the milk and bind to form a dough. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface and then roll it out to about 1cm (1⁄2in) thick.

3 Use a 5cm (2in) cutter to cut out rounds and place them on the baking sheet. Re-roll and cut trimmings as necessary. Sprinkle caster sugar over the tops. Cook in the centre of the oven for 15–18 minutes. These will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook.

Brie with Redcurrant Jelly

Brie Cheese and Redcurrant JellyMade in Somerset, according to traditional French methods, Somerset brie is considered by many to be as fine as French brie, with its straw colour and creamy tangy flavour. Serve it coated in breadcrumbs, as a really simple, light lunch – delicious!

Preparation time – 5 minutes
Cooking time – 5 minutes
Calories per portion – 271 Kcal
Fat per portion – 21g of which saturated – 10.5g
Serves – 4
Suitable for vegetarians

Somerset brie 150g (5oz)
Egg 1, beaten
Fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs 50g (2oz)
Butter 25g (1oz)
Vegetable oil 1 tbsp
Redcurrant jelly 2 tbsp
Water 1 tbsp
Curly endive lettuce to serve
Redcurrants to garnish

1 Cut the cheese into four equal-sized slices. Dip in the beaten egg and coat in the breadcrumbs.

2 Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan and fry the cheese slices for about 10 seconds on each side, until the breadcrumbs are crispy and golden. Drain on kitchen paper.

3 Meanwhile, put the redcurrant jelly and 1 tbsp of water in a saucepan and heat gently until the jelly melts.

4 Place each cheese slice on a bed of lettuce and drizzle with redcurrant sauce. Garnish with the redcurrants and serve immediately.

Cook’s tip
Ensure the cheese is well chilled, otherwise it may melt before the breadcrumbs are crispy.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook

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Gloucester Cheese and Ale

Gloucester Cheese and AleAn English variation of Welsh rarebit, this filling snack was originally served after the meat course of the evening meal at inns or posting houses. These days, it is perfect for a light lunch, served with a tomato salad and a glass of real ale.

Preparation time – 5 minutes
Cooking time – 10 minutes
Calories per portion – 290 Kcal
Fat per portion – 16g of which saturated – 9.6g
Serves – 4
Suitable for vegetarians

Brown ale 150ml (1⁄4 pint)
Double Gloucester cheese 175g (6oz), grated
English mustard 1 tsp
Cornflour 2 tsp, blended in 1 tsp of water
Wholemeal bread 4 thick slices

1 Pour the brown ale into a saucepan and add the cheese, mustard and cornflour. Heat gently until the cheese has melted and the sauce thickens.

2 Meanwhile, toast the bread. Pour the warm ale and cheese over the toast (you might like to grill for a little extra colour at this stage), season to taste, and serve immediately.

Cook’s tip
Take care not to overheat, or the cheese and ale mixture may separate.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook

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Cheese and Apple Parcels

Cheese and Apple ParcelsSweet juicy apple goes well with this tangy regional cheese in a puff pastry case. Quick to make using ready-made puff pastry, these parcels make great picnic food. Serve with a herb and leaf salad.

Preparation time – 20 minutes
Cooking time – 40 minutes
Calories per parcel – 226
Kcal Fat per parcel – 15g of which saturated – 6.9g
Makes – 12 parcels
Suitable for vegetarians

Ready-made puff pastry 500g pack
Egg 1, beaten to glaze
Cheshire cheese 175g (6oz)
Dessert apples 1 large, peeled, quartered, cored and cut into small dice
Chopped parsley 4 tbsp
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Make the filling. Crumble the cheese into a bowl and mix the apple into the cheese with the parsley and seasoning.

2 Roll out half the pack of pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface and, using a saucer or bowl as a guide, cut out four, 12cm (5in) rounds. Stack the trimmings on top of each other then roll them out and cut out another two rounds.

3 Brush the edges of the circles with a little beaten egg then spoon some filling onto one side of each of the rounds. Fold the other side over the filling and press the edges together well to seal. Knock up the edges with a knife blade then flute them.

4 Place the pastries on a baking sheet and brush with beaten egg. Score each pastry three to four times across the top. Bake for 15–20 minutes until risen and golden.

5 While the first batch of pastries is cooking, roll out the rest of the pastry and make the second batch, as above. Serve warm with salad.

Cook’s tips
Use a 600ml (1 pint) pudding basin as a size guide for cutting the pastry.
Cooking one batch at a time ensures a better rise for all the pastries rather than switching trays over halfway through cooking.

Recipe taken from
Around Britain Dairy Cookbook.

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Ripe Tart

Ripe tart.The name of this dish comes from the village of Ripe in Sussex, where a pie feast celebrated the cherry harvest.

Preparation time – 25 minutes
Cooking time – 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories per portion – 330 Kcal
Fat per portion – 16g of which saturated – 6g
Serves – 8
Suitable for vegetarians

Plain flour 175g (6oz)
Salt pinch
Cornflour 25g (1oz)
Icing sugar 110g (4oz) plus 2 tsp and a little for decorating
Butter 75g (3oz)
Eggs 2 plus 1 yolk
Cherries 450g (1lb), stoned
Ground almonds 75g (3oz)
Almond essence few drops
Flaked almonds 25g (1oz)

1 Sift the flour, salt, cornflour and 2 tsp of the icing sugar into a bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

2 Add the egg yolk and a little water to bind together. Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out. Place a 23cm (9in) diameter loose-bottomed fluted flan ring on a baking tray and line with the pastry. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6 and chill the flan case while the oven warms up.

3 Bake the pastry case blind for 15 minutes (see Cook’s tip on page 160). Remove baking beans and cook for 5 minutes more. Turn down the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 3.

4 Arrange the cherries in the flan case. Mix the icing sugar, eggs, almonds and essence and pour over. Bake in the oven for 50–60 minutes, until the top is firm and golden. Halfway through cooking, sprinkle flaked almonds over the top. Serve hot or cold dusted with sifted icing sugar and with pouring cream.

Cook’s tip
Try this flan with plums or apricots, for a change.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook.

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Sally Lunns

The story is that Sally Lunn was a refugee who travelled from France to England during the 17th century and made a living by selling these large flattish buns in Bath from her secret recipe.

Sally Lunns - large flat bunsPreparation time – 15 minutes plus 30–45 minutes proving
Cooking time – 20 minutes
Calories per roll – 602 Kcal
Fat per roll – 17g of which saturated – 8.4g
Serves – 4
Suitable for vegetarians

Strong plain flour 500g (1lb 2oz)
Fast-acting dried yeast 7g sachet
Salt 1 tsp
Eggs 2, lightly beaten
Milk 300ml (½ pint), warmed to blood heat
Butter 50g (2oz) melted

1 Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the yeast and salt. Reserve about 1 tbsp beaten egg, then beat the rest with the milk and butter and pour into the flour mixture. Mix together well to give a soft dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface until it is stretchy.

2 Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7 and butter two 18cm (7in) sandwich tins.

3 Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a flattish round ball and place in the sandwich tins. Cover with oiled cling film and leave them in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.

4 Brush the reserved egg over the top of the loaves to glaze them. Bake the loaves towards the top of the oven for 15–20 minutes, until they have risen and are a golden colour. When lifted out of the tins, the loaves should sound hollow when tapped on the base – if they don’t, return them to the oven and cook for a little longer.

5 Remove the loaves from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Serve them warm or cold, split in half and served as they are or lightly toasted, or fill them with your favourite savoury combination and eat like a sandwich.

Cook’s tip
If you want really glossy and deeper colour crusts, the buns may be brushed with a second coating of extra egg glaze halfway through the cooking process.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook

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