These simple tomato tarts can be made quickly and easily, served as they are or with a sprinkling of goat's cheese or feta.
500g small tomatoes, roughly chopped
250g white bread rolls, thinly sliced
3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp oil, plus extra for greasing
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to garnish
½ red onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
juice of 1 lemon
sea salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5 and grease a 12-hole cupcake tray with oil. Place the bread slices in a bowl and sprinkle with the milk. Allow the bread to soak for 5 mins.
In the meantime, place the chopped tomatoes in a mixing bowl, then mix in the oil, thyme, red onion, garlic and lemon juice. Season with the salt and pepper.
Line the cupcake tray holes with the bread slices, moulding them into the holes to cover them and create a case. Fill the bread cases heavily with the tomato mixture. Bake for 15-20 mins until golden, then allow to cool for 5 mins. Serve straightaway or chilled, presented in paper muffin cases and garnished with thyme leaves.
More recipes for savoury summer tarts in the August 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...
- Red, yellow and green pepper tart
- Courgette tart
- Beetroot and spring onion quiche
- Salmon tarts
- Cheddar, green bean and ham tarts
This recipe for fresh, sweet peach mess includes instructions on how to make meringue, but for a quicker, easier treat ready made ones can be used instead. Remove skins for a silkier texture, or leave them on for more bite.
4 de-stoned peaches: 2 roughly chopped and 2 sliced
150g caster sugar
165g icing sugar,
plus extra for dusting
6 egg whites
50ml cold water
300ml double cream
Preheat the oven to 100°C/gas mark ½. In a bowl, combine the caster sugar and 150g of the icing sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites, using an electric whisk, for 4 mins until thick and fully whipped. Continue to whisk on a low speed and add the mixed sugar a tablespoonful at a time. Whisk on medium for a further 6-8 mins until the mixture is stiff and stands in peaks.
Line a baking tin with greaseproof paper, then spread the meringue approximately 2in (5cm) deep on the paper. Bake for 1 hr, then turn off the oven, leaving the meringue inside for at least 4 hrs.
Place the chopped peaches in a bowl and blend with the cold water until smooth, using a hand blender.
In a separate bowl, whisk the cream for 2-3 mins until just firm, then add the remaining icing sugar. Transfer half of the mix into another bowl. Add half of the peach juice to one of the bowls and stir in thoroughly.
Break the meringue into large pieces. In a large serving bowl, roughly mingle the meringue, cream, peach cream, peach slices and peach juice together.
Dust with icing sugar and serve.
More recipes using peaches in the August 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...
- Peach butterfly cakes
- Peach upside-down cake
- Peach tea
- Peach sorbet
- Peach cheesecake bars
This incredibly simple recipe for a chilled summer soup makes a sweet, refreshing dessert.
500g strawberries, hulled
150g plain yogurt
100ml dessert wine
6 fresh basil leaves, to garnish
In a food processor, blend the strawberries until very finely pureed. Add the honey, yogurt and wine, and mix well. Leave to chill for 1 hr.
Stir the mixture, then divide between six cups and garnish each with a basil leaf.
More recipes for chilled summer soups in the July 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...
- Raspberry soup
- Cool cucumber soup
- Honeydew melon soup
- Peach soup
- Chilled spicy tomato soup
- Beetroot soup
- Pea, sorrel and mint soup
A cream tea with freshly baked scones is one of summer's most enjoyable treats. In this recipe, the scones are enhanced with the sweet and earthy blackcurrant, dolloped with cream and blackcurrant jam.
For the jam:
1kg jam-making sugar
For the scones:
250g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
50g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
2 tbsp caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
150ml milk, plus extra for brushing
clotted cream, to serve
For the jam: Place the blackcurrants in a 2.5 litre saucepan and cover with the sugar. Add the water and stir thoroughly. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins, stirring occasionally. By then, the fruit should be producing liquid. Simmer for a further 10 mins on low until a liquid forms properly and the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil. Hold on the boil, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins until the mixture thickly covers the back of a wooden spoon. Sterilise four clean 400g glass jars and lids: cover the lids with boiling water in a bowl for 2 mins, then drain, and pour 20ml of boiling water into each jar, then discard the water. Allow the jam to cool for 5 mins, then pour into the jars while hot. A funnel will make pouring easier.
For the scones: Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7. Sieve the flour into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour by pinching together with fingers and thumbs. Stir in the caster sugar. Add the milk and blackcurrants, then bring together into a dough using the hands. Knead gently within the bowl for 1 min.
On a clean surface dusted with flour, roll out the dough to approximately 2cm thick. Using a 6cm fluted cookie cutter, cut out as many scones as possible, transferring them to a flat oven tray, dusted liberally with flour. Roll out the remaining dough again and repeat the process until there are 12 scones. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar, then bake for 15 mins until golden. Allow to cool slightly on the tray, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. To serve, cut in half and top with a spoonful of clotted cream and the blackcurrant jam.
More recipes using blackcurrants in the July 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...
- Blackcurrant torte
- Blackcurrant ice cream sundae
- Sausage and blackcurrant rolls
- Blackcurrant buns
- Whole gammon with blackcurrant sauce
These slightly smoky chicken skewers take very little preparation and make a quick, healthy supper with a salad. They're also ideal for the barbecue and perhaps best eaten on a sunny day with a garden of friends and a chilled glass of white wine.
8 chicken strips
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion salt
1 pinch smoked paprika
1 tsp mixed peppercorns, crushed
2 tbsp oil, plus extra for greasing
1 handful dill, finely chopped
Soak eight wooden skewers in water for 30 mins. Preheat a lightly greased griddle pan to a medium heat. In a small bowl, stir together the garlic powder, onion salt, paprika, crushed peppercorns and a pinch of salt.
Season the chicken strips with the mix and thread onto the skewers. Drizzle with the oil, then grill for 7-10 mins, turning occasionally, until cooked through and lightly charred on both sides. Remove from the pan and let stand briefly before serving with a garnish of chopped dill.
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- Chicken breast with lemon and pepper
- Chicken salad sandwich
- Lemon chicken
- Chicken in tomato cream
- Chicken patties with chilli pepper and basil
- Lime and herb crusted chicken
- Chicken and yellow courgette flan
With clouds of fluffy strawberry cream topped with sweetly refreshing strawberry slices, this delicious strawberry tart is easy to make and uses only six ingredients – of which one is the fruit.
400g strawberries, hulled
400ml double cream
120g butter, plus extra for greasing
300g digestive biscuits
1 tbsp vanilla paste
Grease a 23cm round, 5cm deep, loose-bottomed tin. In a large saucepan, melt the butter until liquid. In a bowl, crush the biscuits with the end of a rolling pin. Off the heat, add the biscuit crumbs to the butter and stir thoroughly. Press the mixture into the prepared tin using the back of a dessert spoon, to make a tart base, pushing it together until it is solid. This may take several minutes. Chill the biscuit base for 1 hr.
Place half the strawberries in a food processor and blend until pureed. In a large bowl, whip the double cream for 3 mins until firm, then fold the strawberry puree and vanilla paste through the cream. Fill the biscuit base with the cream mixture and flatten with the dessert spoon. Slice the remaining strawberries in half and decorate the top. Leave to chill for 1 hr before serving.
More recipes using strawberries in the June 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...
- Strawberry creams
- Strawberry shortbread
- Strawberry-filled meringues
- Strawberry, thyme and lemon tarts
- Strawberry drizzle cake
Sweetly creamy white chocolate makes an indulgent filling for this easy cheesecake recipe.
150g white chocolate, chopped
60g white chocolate, grated, to decorate
250g digestive biscuits, finely crushed
125g unsalted butter, melted
3 tsp powdered gelatine (for a vegetarian version, substitute with the same quantity of agar agar)
500g cream cheese, softened
180g caster sugar
150g sour cream
3 tbsp boiling water
white fondant rose, optional
Preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 4. Separate two of the eggs into two cups. In a large bowl, cream the butter with a pinch of salt, the vanilla extract and 250g of the sugar. Gradually stir in the egg yolks and the remaining eggs. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder. Add this to the wet mix in batches, alternating with the gradual addition of the milk. Mix well after each addition. Place one third of the mixture into a 26cm greased springform cake tin and smooth the top.
Using a hand whisk, beat the egg whites, gradually adding the remaining sugar. Loosely spread this on top of the mixture in the cake tin, to approximately 5mm from the edge. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 mins. Remove, leaving the oven on, and place on a cooling rack. Carefully ease the cake from the tin and allow to cool. Clean, dry and re-grease the tin, then add the remaining mixture and place in the oven, still at 175°C/gas mark 4. Bake for 40-45 mins. Remove and place on a cooling rack, carefully remove from the tin and allow to cool. Cut this piece of cake into two layers, slicing it horizontally through the centre.
Melt the white chocolate in a basin over a pan of warm water. Place the cream cheese in a bowl and then stir the yoghurt and chocolate into the cream cheese in alternating batches, mixing well in between. Spread the bottom two layers of the cake with the marmalade, followed by the cream mixture and assemble so that the layer with the meringue is sitting on the top. Refrigerate the cake for 2 hrs before serving to allow the cream to firm slightly.
More recipes using white chocolate in the May 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...
- White chocolate mousse
- Cupcakes with white chocolate icing
- White chocolate peppermint bark
- White chocolate cake
- White chocolate and orange cookies
These creamy, earthy pies are delicious served from the oven, with melting centres. Or carefully wrapped to retain their warmth and brought out at an indulgent summer picnic. If made with ready-rolled pastry, this is a quick and extremely simple recipe.
Makes 4 pies
For the pies
4 wheels Cornish Brie, approximately 200g each
450g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp salt
120g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
150g vegetable shortening, cold
80ml boiling water
1 egg, beaten
For the pickles
250ml distilled vinegar
1 tsp caster sugar
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp coriander seeds
6 shallots, halved
165g gherkins in vinegar, drained
To make the pickle: Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt and coriander seeds in a heatproof bowl. Microwave on high for 40 secs, then stir well to dissolve the sugar and salt. Add the shallots and gherkins to the pickling solution. Cover the bowl, and chill until needed.
To make the pies: Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, making a well in the centre. Place the butter and shortening in the well, then pour over the boiling water.
Stir well until the fats melt, then start to incorporate the flour into them with a fork. Once a rough dough forms, turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into four pieces. Knead briefly before wrapping in cling film. Chill for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Turn out the pastry onto a floured surface. Roll each piece out into a 30cm wide round. Place the brie wheels on their centres, and bring the pastry up and around the cheese to envelop. Seal the pastry on top, and arrange on a large baking tray, spaced apart. Brush with the beaten egg, then bake for 30-40 mins until golden brown all over. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Serve with the pickles.
500ml dandelion and burdock drink
550g vanilla ice cream
11 sheets of gelatine
Fill a 900g loaf tin with water, then empty without drying and cover the inside with cling film. Place five sheets of gelatine in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 5 mins. In the meantime, pour the dandelion and burdock into a saucepan and bring to a simmer for 1 min, until lukewarm. Drain and squeeze the excess water from the gelatine sheets, and stir them into the dandelion and burdock. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and chill for 3 hrs, until set. Remove the block of jelly from the tin using the cling film, then chop into cubes. Re-wet and reline the tin with cling film, and pile the cubes inside.
Take the ice cream from the freezer and let it melt in a saucepan. Heat for 3 mins, until piping hot, then allow to cool to just above room temperature. While the liquid cools, place the remaining sheets of gelatine in a small bowl of cold water and leave to stand for 5 mins. Drain and squeeze the excess water from the sheets, and stir them into the liquid ice cream. Allow to cool completely, then pour into the tin. Chill for 3 hrs, until completely set.
Remove the jelly block from the tin, using the cling film. Slice into squares and serve.
Other jelly recipes in July/August issue of LandScape:
Strawberry and cream jellies
Fruity yogurt jelly
Strawberry and mint fizz jellies
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Fresh barbecued meals outdoors heightens the pleasure of warm summer days.
2kg chicken wings
60ml runny honey
10g root ginger
1 garlic clove
3 tbsp dark soy sauce,
plus extra to serve
2 tbsp vegetable oil
50g sesame seeds
Zest one of the lemons and set the zest aside. Peel the root ginger and then grate it, along with the garlic, into a mixing bowl. Add the soy sauce, vegetable oil, honey, the juice of 1 lemon and half of the sesame seeds and mix thoroughly. Place the chicken wings in a large tub and pour over the honey mixture. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 1 hr.
Heat the barbecue until the coals are completely white. Place the barbecue shelf on the bottom position and add the chicken. Cook for 4 mins, then turn over and cook for a further 4 mins, until the meat is white throughout. Serve, sprinkled with the remaining sesame seeds, and garnished with the remaining lemon, cut into chunks.
Cool, creamy and easy to make. Here’s our recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream with two delicious variations…Read More
2 tbsp dried lavender, plus 2 lavender sprigs
6 apricots (300g)
280g caster sugar
250g unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g self-raising flour
175ml double cream
Halve the apricots and remove the stones. Place in a saucepan and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of sugar. Cover with cold water and add the lavender sprigs. Poach, covered, on a medium heat for 10 mins, then allow to cool with the lid on.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line
2 x 20cm sandwich tins. In a bowl, combine the remaining sugar with the dried lavender. Place in the microwave for 45 sec. This will help infuse the sugar with the lavender flavour. Stir, then set aside around a tablespoon’s-worth to decorate the cake with later. Add the butter to the remaining lavender sugar and cream into each other with the back of a wooden spoon. Beat in the eggs, one at
a time, then stir in the vanilla. Sift in the flour gradually, folding
it into the mixture. Stir in 25ml of the cream.
Divide the batter between the two tins and bake for 20 mins until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in their tins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
In a large bowl, whip the cream until thick. Whip in three tablespoons of the liquid from the apricots. Place one of the cakes on a serving plate and top with the cream, then layer on the poached apricot. Top with the other cake and sprinkle with the reserved lavender sugar. Serve.
9 large eggs
600g finely minced pork or sausagemeat
225g golden breadcrumbs
large bowl ice-cold water
1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
2 tbsp chives, snipped, plus extra to garnish
1.5 litres vegetable oil, for deep-frying
salt and pepper
Cook six of the eggs in boiling water for 7 mins. Drain, then refresh in the iced water. Once cool enough to handle, peel, and pat dry with kitchen paper.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the meat with 1 egg, 2 tbsp of the breadcrumbs, the herbs and plenty of seasoning until thoroughly combined.
Divide the mixture into six, and wrap around the boiled eggs, forming them into balls. Beat the remaining eggs in a shallow dish with some seasoning, and dip the sausage balls in the egg mix to coat. In another shallow bowl, coat the balls in the remaining breadcrumbs. Chill until needed.
Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan to 180°C, using a thermometer to accurately gauge the temperature.
Deep-fry the Scotch eggs, three at a time, for 4-5 mins until golden brown and crisp. Remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain. Cut in half, and serve with a garnish of snipped chives.
Other picnic recipes in the Jul/Aug issue of LandScape include:
- Stuffed picnic bread wreath
- Salad served in preserving jars
- Fig tarts
- Cornish Brie and pickles
- Berry lattice tart
- Peaches baked in dough
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Makes approximately 4 x 250ml desserts
1kg strawberries, hulled, plus 4, including stalks, for decoration
350ml whipping cream
9 sheets of gelatine
4 tbsp caster sugar
Blend the strawberries together in a food processor until a smooth puree. Drain the juice into a small saucepan through a sieve, stirring the pulp to extract the liquid. Transfer the strawberry pulp into a separate saucepan and set aside.
Add enough cold water to the strawberry juice to make the liquid up to 480ml in total. Warm 240ml of this juice mixture with half of the sugar for 3 mins, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture thickens slightly. Allow to cool a little.
Place seven of the gelatine sheets in a small bowl of cold water and leave to stand for 5 mins. Drain and squeeze excess water from the sheets, then add two to the thickened mixture. Divide this between four serving glasses and freeze for 30 mins.
Bring the pan of strawberry pulp to a simmer on the hob, stirring. Simmer for
1 min, then allow to cool slightly. Add the remaining soaked gelatine sheets to the pulp and stir.
In a large bowl, whisk 250ml of the cream for 4 mins, until soft peaks form. Mix a third of the pulp into the cream and stir thoroughly. Add a layer of the pulp to the glasses, using half of the mixture. Follow with a layer of strawberry cream, using half of the cream mixture. Freeze until needed.
Heat the remaining strawberry juice mixture and remaining sugar for 3 mins, until warm. Place the remaining two sheets of gelatine in cold water to soak for 5 mins. Allow the strawberry juice mixture to cool slightly, then add the softened gelatine, after draining and squeezing out the excess water. Stir, then divide between the glasses. Return them to the freezer for 30 mins.
Add a layer of the remaining strawberry pulp on top of the jelly layers and smooth over with the back of a metal spoon which has been dipped in boiling water. Do the same with a layer of the cream mixture. Whisk the remaining 100ml of cream into soft peaks and layer on top of each jar. Allow to chill for 2 hrs. Add a single strawberry to the top of each before serving.
Other jelly recipes in the July/August issues of LandScape
- Raspberry jelly
- Fruity yogurt jelly
- Elderflower jellies
- Dandelion and burdock and ice cream jelly
- Strawberry and mint fizz jellies
1.5kg side of salmon
2 tbsp lavender buds, plus extra sprigs for garnish
3 tbsp clear honey
1 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Zest the orange into a mortar. Add the lavender buds and peppercorns. Grind with the pestle until roughly blended, then add to a mixing bowl with the honey and oil. Season with sea salt and squeeze in the juice of the orange.
Line a large, deep oven tray with baking paper, then place the salmon, skin-side up, onto it. Coat the skin with half of the lavender mixture. Turn the fish over and cover the top with the remaining mixture. Fold up the baking paper, lift out of the baking tray and place the salmon parcel in the fridge for 1 hr.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Return the salmon to the oven tray. Open out the paper parcel but cover the top loosely with foil. Roast for 15 mins, then remove the foil and roast for a further 15 mins, until crispy on top. Transfer to a platter and serve.
Other lavender recipes in our July/August 2016 issue:
4 wooden or metal skewers
25 baby tomatoes
4 sprigs of rosemary
2 tbsp honey
If using wooden skewers, soak them in a tub of cold water for 20 mins, then dry. This helps stop them burning. Cut the halloumi into bite-sized chunks and cut one of the lemons into six, lengthways, then half the pieces vertically to make small wedges. Break the rosemary into 2cm shoots leaving half a sprig for later. Thread the halloumi, lemons, tomatoes and rosemary onto the skewers. Place in a shallow dish or tray.
In a small bowl, zest and juice the remaining lemon. Chop then mix in the rest of the rosemary. Add the honey and ground black pepper. Pour the mixture over the skewers and marinate for at least 1 hr.
Heat the barbecue until the coals are entirely white. Place the barbecue rack on the top position and heat for 10 mins. Place the skewers on the shelf and grill for 4 mins. Using a fish slice to slide the cheese off the shelf, carefully turn over and cook for another 4 mins. Serve.
125g caster sugar
65g melted butter
100g plain flour
45ml vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
Whisk together the sugar and eggs for 2 mins, until light and creamy. Whisk in the melted butter and milk, followed by the flour and oil.
Grease and then heat a non-stick frying pan and pour in around three tablespoons of the mixture into the pan to make a circle. Cook for 3 mins, gently sliding a fish slice underneath to loosen after 2 mins. Flip over and cook for 2 mins. Lay out a sheet of baking paper, then place the waffle on it and immediately shape into a cone shape, using the baking paper and holding in place to fix. Allow to cool wrapped in baking paper for 20 mins, and repeat with the remaining mixture to make six. To serve, fill with ice cream.
Other ice cream recipes in our July/August 2016 issue:
12 quails' eggs
2 slices of day-old bread
4 rashers of dry cure back bacon
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp. cold pressed rapeseed oil
1 head cos or romaine lettuce
For the dressing
1 tsp. cider or white wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
150ml cold pressed rapeseed oil
Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the quail’s eggs. Return quickly to the boil and cook for 3 min. Drain and cool the eggs under cold running water. Gently crack and the peel away the shells. Cut the eggs in half and set aside. Remove the crusts from the bread and discard. Cut the bread into small cubes. Cut the bacon into thin strips and place in a frying pan with the garlic cloves. Cook until crisp, and then remove the bacon and place on a plate lined with a sheet of kitchen paper. Add the oil to the pan then add the bread cubes and toss in the oil. Cook until crisp and golden. Remove from the pan and add to the bacon. Discard the garlic cloves. Wash and shake dry the lettuce and cut or tear into bite-size pieces. Arrange the lettuce, bacon, eggs and bread croutons on a serving dish.
To make the dressing, whisk together the ingredients. Drizzle some of the dressing over the salad and serve the remainder on the side.
Other salad recipes in our July/Aug 2013 issue:
• Tossed leaves with edible flowers
• Sweet & sour cucumber salad
• Fresh bean salad
• Fennel, rocket and goats’ cheese salad
• Beetroot, carrot and apple salad
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A glut of fruits, such as blackberries and elderberries, gathered on a late summer walk are perfect in this simple, rich dessert. Any can be used, but they are all carefully washed and de-stalked beforehand. Delicious served with a spoonful of clotted cream or a dollop of creme fraiche.Read More