Dwarf Damson Tarts.

Called “dwarf” because this is the shortest pastry you can make without it being a crumble!

Ingredients:

For the pastry:

  • 200g sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 300g flour
  • 1 egg
  • cinnamon to taste

For the filling:

  • 300g damsons
  • 200g sugar

Utensils:

  • mixing bowl and fork
  • small pot and wooden spoon
  • tart tray, greased or nonstick

Recipe:

  1. Thoroughly blend the sugar and butter. Leave to rest.
  2. Stone and dice the damsons and put them in a pot on a low heat. Wait until they release some juice before turning the heat up. Stew them down as much as possible, and remember to keep stirring.
  3. When the damsons are fully softened, add the sugar and bring the mix to a boil. Set aside to cool.
  4. Mix the flour and egg into the sugar and butter. Divide evenly between 12 tart spaces and make sure the walls are reasonably high.
  5. Spoon some warm damson mix into each casing. Don’t overfill as any bubbling will make the tarts impossible to remove from the tray. They are far too short to withstand rought handling!
  6. Bake at 160C for 25 minutes. The casings should still be soft, but should not dent too easily.
  7. Fully cool before removing and serving.

These were awesome to eat and have motivated me to try and use up all my jam and pie-filling jars this year. Wish me luck! ^^

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

 

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WWW. Kebabs and Berry Dough.

Been far too busy lately to do much blog writing, what with sewing, lessons, housekeeping, cooking, book writing and preparing for Download (one week to go and we’ll be on our way to the festival!).

However, there are a few more interesting posts coming up before Download. One on consumerism, one on sewing, one on keto diets and at least one more recipe post.

However, today we have recipes.

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All these were cooked under the grill and could be cooked on a BBQ if you like, which sounds like an awesome plan to me.

Recipe 1: Beef Kebab.

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This was really tasty. Like a burger but high in meat. And on a stick.

Jon’s rating: 8/10.

Makes 5 kebaps.

Ingredients:

-800g/28.2oz beef mince (around 12% fat)

-2 eggs

-3tbsp plain flour

-2tsp salt

-2tsp onion granules

-1tsp peper

-1/2tsp paprika

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-5 or 10 kebab skewers

-grill tray

Recipe:

1: Mash the meat until the strands of mince have broken down into a pulp.

2: Stir in the seasoning.

3: Fold in the eggs and flour.

4: Divide your burger meat into 5 or 10 portions.

5: Roll each portion into a sausage shape on the counter. Pierce them with a kebab skewer. This means they hold together better around the skewer!

6: Place under a grill until browned on the top.

7: Turn either once or four times, depending on what’s needed to ensure even cooking. This should take around 25min, depending on the temperature, thickness of the roll and spacing between them.

Recipe 2: Chicken Kebab.

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The marinade is what really makes this.

Jon’s rating: 8/8 or 9.5/10. He doesn’t like to give 10/10s, so that’s as good as it gets.

Makes 4 kebaps.

Ingredients:

-2 chicken thighs, deboned

-2 bell peppers

-300g/10.6oz sweet potato

-2tbsp green habanero sauce

-2tbsp olive oil

-1tsp salt

-1tsp pepper

-2tsp mixed herbs

Utensils:

-marinade bowl

-chopping board and knife

-4 kebab skewers

-grill pan

Recipe:

1: Slice the chicken into 8-16 cubes. Place in the bowl with the chilli, olive oil and spices. Toss until evenly covered.

2: Slice the sweet potato thinly and pre-grill it until browned and a bit softened.

3: Skewer the chicken, sweet potato and pepper attractively.

4: Grill until cooked evenly. They may need to be turned once or even four times. On a BBQ, baste with marinade.

Recipe 3: Berry Dough Cakes.

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A bit dense and probably could have done with sugar, but we’re cutting back at least a little in anticipation of the rubbish we’ll eat at the festival.

Jon’s rating: 7.5/10.

Makes 4 cakes.

Ingredients:

-300g/10.6oz flour

-100g/3.5oz butter

-1 banana

-100g/3.5oz berries

Utensils:

-mixing bowl

-flat baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the banana, flour and butter.

2: Crush in the berries.

3: Form the patties.

4: Place under the grill/on the BBQ for 10-20min.

This was all impressively filling. It only took 1 beef kebap, 1 chicken kebap and a cake to fill us both up.

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