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Recipe: Halloumi Lentil Salad

Our Halloumi Lentil Salad is very much a 'fridge foraging' recipe as in, ‘what would go together to make something tasty’, so it can be as flexible as you want to make it. Having a good chunk of halloumi cheese to play with, we chose ingredients that complemented it....

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Recipe: Make a Simnel Cake for Easter

There are many versions of the story of how the Simnel cake originated, so it is difficult to ascertain which one is actually true, so to save confusion we’ll not go into the details. What is known, is that nowadays it is made for Easter and decorated with marzipan...

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What is Blind Baking?

Blind baking is when a pastry case for a pie or tart is baked before adding the filling – it’s most important when you’re going to use a wet filling, such as custard. If a wet filling is poured over raw pastry it prevents the pastry base from cooking properly and will...

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How much pastry do I need?

Unless you are working to a specific recipe for a pie, tart or flan it’s not always easy to determine just how much shortcrust pastry is required. We can hear you asking, “how much pastry do I need?” Although the process of making a batch of shortcrust pastry is...

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