French Apple Tart

I’m calling this a ‘French’ apple tart as it’s what I think of as a French-style tart rather than, say, a deep-filled Dutch apple tart. It’s also the apple tart I used to make a lot – and I mean really a lot – many years ago, as the recipe is in a book I […]

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Spiced Apple Cake

This is another recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Simple book, which I wrote about last time. I made this apple cake for dessert. One of the great pleasures of visiting Ottolenghi’s Islington deli and restaurant is the glorious display of food in the window – especially the cakes! So fabulous is it, that it’s almost impossible […]

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Quick Apple Tartlets

Jonathan Swift used the phrase ‘life’s too short’ all the way back in 1711. Then Shirley Conran coined the phrase, ‘life’s too short to stuff a mushroom’ in her 1975 book Superwoman, aimed at busy women; it was a transforming book that liberated women and made it OK to take shortcuts and not feel they had […]

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Celeriac & Apple Soup

It was a chance, last-minute decision to make this gorgeous soup today. I popped into Waitrose to buy a few things, saw a wonderful knobbly celeriac and couldn’t resist buying it. With the cold mornings and evenings we’ve had over the last week or so, and days drawing in, it’s soup time again. I love […]

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The Apple Tree and an Oat & Nut Crumble Topping

It started with Nigel Slater’s column in the Observer yesterday morning; although you might also say it started over a hundred years ago. For a family that rarely cooks ‘British’ food (perhaps the odd Cottage Pie and only the very occasional roast with Yorkshire pudding) and delights mostly in the tastes of Italy and the […]

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Apple Tartlets with Flaky Pastry

I’ve been thinking of making these little tartlets for a while. I used to make them a lot, using a recipe from an old Katie Stewart book – Entertaining with Katie Stewart – which was published in 1990. I’ve written about Katie before: she was my ‘kitchen guru’ even before Delia Smith came on to […]

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Baked Apples Stuffed with Sweet Christmas Mincemeat

This is a very simple dessert. But then cooking supper for three hadn’t been in the day’s timetable but came about when Jonathan said on the phone some time during the day that he and Lyndsey were driving back from Wales and there wasn’t much food in their fridge at home … Would you like […]

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