Happy St David’s Day – bara brith for tea!

Bara brith – Welsh tea bread Adapted from my Grandmother’s 1950’s recipe Soak mixed fruit in strong tea overnight Mix together soft brown sugar + butter Add self-raising flour + pinch of salt  + cinnamon Add eggs + milk + marmalade Spoon into buttered lined loaf tin Bake @ 180C for 1 1/4 hours

Cheddar, dill & beer loaf

Ingredients 360g organic flour – either all white or ½ white & ½ brown 120g mature Cheddar – grated 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill (or substitute chives if you prefer) ½ teaspoon local honey 2 teaspoons baking powder 300ml pilsner/lager at room temperature (non-alcoholic works too) 1.5 teaspoons salt Butter at room temperature Method Combine…

Roast duck pie with mushrooms & sage forcemeat balls

For the filling: Fry diced bacon until crisp – drain and reserve Season the duck legs and fry until both sides are golden Transfer to oven and cook through Drain off excess fat Return bacon to the pan Add chopped mushrooms Fry mushrooms until golden Add red wine + chicken stock + bay leaves For…

Soda bread

Mix together 250g plain white flour + 250g wholemeal flour + 1teaspoon salt + 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda Make a well in the centre and add 400ml buttermilk or live yoghurt Mix into the flour to form a soft dough Tip out on to a lightly floured work surface Lightly knead for about a…

Easy tarragon potted ham

Shred the meat of a cooked smoked or unsmoked gammon joint Blend together the shredded ham + butter (at room temp) + Dijon mustard + white pepper in a food processor When your desired consistency is achieved remove the blade from the processor bowl and stir in finely chopped parsley, chives & tarragon Pack this…

Potted ham

Two ways: Rustic style potted ham  –  perfect for lunch or your picnic hamper Cook ham joint & shred when cool Melt butter & finely chopped shallots over a low heat  – pour off the clarified butter Mix shredded ham + finely chopped parsley + pickled green peppercorns + black pepper Put mixture into a…