Recipe: Easy summer tomato tarts

Simple tomato tarts. From a recipe in the August 2018 issue of LandScape.

Simple tomato tarts. From a recipe in the August 2018 issue of LandScape.

These simple tomato tarts can be made quickly and easily, served as they are or with a sprinkling of goat's cheese or feta.

Makes 12
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

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Recipe: Strawberry and cream tart

A simple, delightful pairing: strawberries and cream, in an easy to make tart. From a recipe in the June 2018 issue of LandScape

A simple, delightful pairing: strawberries and cream, in an easy to make tart. From a recipe in the June 2018 issue of LandScape

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.

Serves 8
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

 

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Recipe: White chocolate cheesecake

A slice of white chocolate cheesecake, a perfect springtime treat, from a recipe in the May 2018 issue of LandScape

A slice of white chocolate cheesecake, a perfect springtime treat, from a recipe in the May 2018 issue of LandScape

Sweetly creamy white chocolate makes an indulgent filling for this easy cheesecake recipe.

Serves 8
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

 

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Recipe: Edible flower cupcakes

Sugared viola flowers add a delicate touch to this cupcake recipe. From the April 2018 issue of LandScape

Sugared viola flowers add a delicate touch to this cupcake recipe. From the April 2018 issue of LandScape

Edible violas have a sweet, fragrant taste that works perfectly with confections such as these cupcakes. This recipe requires a little extra time but the effect is delightful.

Makes 12

For the flowers:
12-16 viola flowers
1 small egg white
80g caster sugar

For the cupcakes:
150g margarine, softened
150g self-raising flour, sifted
150g caster sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt

For the cream:
400ml whipping cream
80g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract

To candy the flowers: Gently wash the flower petals, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Lightly whisk the egg white in a bowl until frothy. Using a clean pastry brush, paint the egg white onto both sides of the petals. Sprinkle immediately with sugar and leave to set on wire racks before using.

For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cupcake cases. Beat together all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Divide the batter evenly between the paper cases.
Bake for 20 mins until golden and risen. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool.

For the cream: In a mixing bowl, whip the cream with the icing sugar and vanilla extract until semi-stiff peaks form. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped nozzle. Pipe swirls of cream on top of the cupcakes. Garnish each with a candied flower before serving.

More recipes using edible flowers in the April 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Candied viola mini meringues
  • Vanilla cream with sugared violets

 

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Rhubarb and white chocolate bake

A slice of rhubarb and white chocolate bake, from a recipe in the March 2018 issue of LandScape

A slice of rhubarb and white chocolate bake, from a recipe in the March 2018 issue of LandScape

A simple recipe for a sweet treat pairing tangy rhubarb with creamy white chocolate...

Makes 9
500g rhubarb, trimmed
400g white chocolate, broken into pieces
1 tbsp caster sugar
150g melted butter, plus extra for greasing
200g light brown soft sugar
2 eggs, plus 1 yolk
250g plain flour
sea salt

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Roughly chop the rhubarb sticks into 3-4cm pieces, halving lengthways if very thick. Place the rhubarb pieces on an oven tray and sprinkle with the caster sugar. Bake for 15 mins, allow to cool and reserve any juices.

Turn the oven down to 180°C/gas mark 4. In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter and brown sugar until combined. Beat the eggs and egg yolk into the mixture until smooth. Fold in the flour, a pinch of salt and two-thirds of the broken chocolate, then mix in half the cooled rhubarb.

Grease and line a 24 x 24cm oven tray with baking paper. Transfer the mixture into it, spreading it out with the back of a wooden spoon to fit the tin. Scatter with the remaining chocolate and remaining baked rhubarb pieces, then drizzle over the reserved rhubarb syrup. Bake for 20 mins, then cover the tray loosely with tin foil and bake for a further 20-25 mins until slightly browned and loosely firm. Allow to cool, cut into squares and serve.

More rhubarb recipes in the March 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Rhubarb, ginger and vanilla scone ring
  • Rhubarb crumble ice cream
  • Rhubarb puffs
  • Rhubarb and custard
  • Rhubarb tart

 

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CHOCOLATE CHESTNUT PARCELS

Chocolate chestnut pies, from LandScape magazine Jan/Feb 2017

Chocolate chestnut pies, from LandScape magazine Jan/Feb 2017

Makes 10

For the filling
200g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
125g peeled chestnuts
120ml milk
1 tbsp cane sugar
1 tbsp honey

For the pastry
1 packet puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp water
flour, for dusting

For the filling: In a small saucepan, combine the chestnuts, milk and sugar, and bring to a simmer. Cook over a low heat for approximately 20 mins until the chestnuts are soft. Allow to cool slightly. Using a blender, purée the chestnut mixture until smooth and thick. Set aside to cool completely. Transfer to a small bowl, fold the chocolate pieces and honey into the chestnut purée, cover and chill.

 

For the pastry: Between layers of lightly floured baking parchment, roll the puff pastry to 3mm thick. Using a 9cm diameter cutter, make 20 pastry rounds, chilling the pastry and rolling scraps as needed. Transfer the rounds to a baking tray and refrigerate.

Dissolve 2 tbsp sugar in 2 tbsp water in a small saucepan stirring over a medium heat to make a syrup. Remove from the heat, transfer to a small bowl and cover.

To fill the pies: Measure tablespoons of chocolate-chestnut mixture and flatten into discs. Place onto 10 pastry rounds, leaving a 1cm border on all sides, and brush the border with beaten egg. Arrange the remaining pastry rounds on top and press gently to seal. The pastry can be chilled if it becomes too stretchy.

Pour a little beaten egg and syrup into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Paint this sweetened wash over the filled pastries and chill for 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.

One at a time, bring the pastries from the refrigerator and brush again with the sweetened egg wash. Using a sharp knife, score each pastry surface with leaf-like designs. For a decorative finish, make indents to the pastry edge with the back of the knife. Freeze for at least 15 mins, up to 1 hr.

Bake on two trays, evenly spaced, for 20 mins until golden. Rotate the trays and reduce the temperature to 180°C/gas mark 4 and bake for 20 mins more until deeply golden. Transfer to a wire rack placed on top of parchment to cool and immediately brush with the simple syrup to glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature.

More recipes for pies in the January/February 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Pork rillette pies

  • Chanterelle, onion and buttermilk pies

  • Spiced brown sugar and cranberry rye pies

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CHEESE AND MARMALADE SAVOURY BISCUITS

Cheese and marmalade savoury biscuits, recipe from LandScape magazine Jan/Feb 2018 issue.

Cheese and marmalade savoury biscuits, recipe from LandScape magazine Jan/Feb 2018 issue.

Makes 12

60g orange marmalade
120g Cheddar cheese, grated
80g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
120g plain flour

In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and flour thoroughly using the back of a wooden spoon. Add the grated cheese and mix in. Grease a large, flat oven tray and roll 1 rounded tsp of the mixture into a ball. Press down onto the tray to make a biscuit shape, then repeat until all the mixture is used up, spacing them out to allow for spreading. Leave to chill for 30 mins.

Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Top each biscuit with 1 tsp of marmalade, then bake for 15-17 mins until golden and crisp. Allow to cool slightly before placing on a wire rack to cool completely, then serve.

 

 

Other delicious marmalade recipes from the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Homemade marmalade
  • Marmalade and ginger cake
  • Apple and marmalade tart 
  • Marmalade bread and butter pudding
  • Orange cream tarts
  • Marmalade trifle

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Welsh cakes

Welsh cakes recipe LandScape magazine Mar/Apr17

Makes 30
250g plain flour, plus
extra to dust
100g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
1 tsp mixed spice
100g currants
½ tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt
100g chilled unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for frying
1 egg
milk

Combine the flour, sugar, mixed spice, currants, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the butter cubes and rub into the dry ingredients with fingers and thumbs until integrated. Beat the egg in a small bowl and stir it into the flour and butter mixture. Gradually add sufficient milk to bring the mixture together by hand until it forms a dough.

On a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out the dough to 2cm deep. Cut out rounds with an 8cm cutter. 

Heat 1 tsp of butter in a frying pan. Fry the cakes for 4-6 mins, turning over once, until golden. Dust with sugar and serve warm with butter.

Other classic Welsh recipes in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue of LandScape:

  • Welsh onion cake
  • Lamb cawl
  • Laverbread with bacon and poached egg
  • Welsh crempog
  • Welsh dripping cake

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Chocolate Christmas tree

Serves 10
200g dark chocolate drops
600g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
100g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
1 tsp salt
30g dried yeast
125g milk
3 eggs
100g butter, softened

Place the flour in a large bowl and mix in the sugar and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast. Heat the milk in a plastic jug in the microwave for 20 secs, then beat in the eggs. Add the milk and egg liquid to the well, then mix together with a fork, until it comes together to form a dough. Dust a clean work surface with flour and knead the dough for 10 mins. Then knead in 80g of the butter, a bit at a time. Place the dough into a clean bowl covered with cling film and a tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise for at least 3 hrs.

Knock back the dough by pushing the air out with a fist. Place it on a work surface and divide into three equal-sized balls. Roll each dough ball to a rectangle, measuring 30 x 40cm, then place one on a large sheet of baking paper. Scatter with half the chocolate drops and cover with the second piece of dough, then scatter the remaining chocolate drops over, followed by the last piece of dough. Lightly mark out a central tube for the tree trunk, then cut a triangle from the top middle to the opposite far corners. Make two incisions about 4cm up in the middle of the bottom, to make the bottom tree trunk. From the top to the bottom, on each side, cut strips coming away from the middle trunk, cutting further in higher up the tree. Transfer to a baking tray and twist each strip to form a spiral pattern. Cover with a clean tea towel and put in a warm place to rise for 15 mins. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.

Melt the remaining butter and brush it over the bread. Bake for 15-20 mins, until golden and risen. Sprinkle with sugar and serve.

Other breakfast dishes in our Christmas 2016 issue:

  • Rich scrambled eggs and smoked salmon
  • Cranberry and orange sparkler
  • Christmas pancakes
  • Kipper kedgeree
  • Sticky cranberry sausage sandwich
  • Trio of mushrooms on toast

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Ultimate Christmas pudding

A festive tradition

Bursting with flavour, Christmas pudding can be made approximately a month before the big day. Traditionally it is prepared on Stir-up Sunday, which in 2016 falls on 20 November. The phrase comes from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer. The collect for the Sunday before Advent starts: "Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord…" It was suggested this reminded people it was time to make the festive pudding.

Ultimate Christmas pudding recipe from LandScape magazine Nov/Dec 2016 issue.

Serves 12
900g dried fruit, such as cranberries, apricot and figs
150g mixed nuts, such as Brazil nuts and hazelnuts
100g mixed peel
200ml brandy or whisky, plus extra for feeding
200g vegetable suet
100g self-raising flour
1 tbsp freshly grated nutmeg
4 tsp mixed spice
150g breadcrumbs
50g ground almonds
450g dark soft brown sugar
4 eggs
1 orange, halved
butter, to grease

Place the dried fruit, nuts and mixed peel in a large bowl and add the alcohol. Give the mix a thorough stir to combine, and leave to soak for at least 1 hr.

In a separate bowl, mix the suet, flour, nutmeg, mixed spice, breadcrumbs, ground almonds and sugar. Beat the eggs in another bowl and add to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Add the fruit and brandy to the mixture, and zest the orange into it. Juice the orange and pour it into the bowl, adding the flesh by hollowing out the orange halves with a teaspoon. Mix together thoroughly. This is the time when, traditionally, the pudding would be passed around the whole family, for each member to have a stir. 

Grease a 1.7 litre pudding basin with the butter. Fill the basin with the mixture and flatten down. Cut a circle of baking paper to fit the top of the pudding and place on the top.

Tightly cover with a circle of tin foil 5cm bigger than the top of the basin. Place a similar size circle of muslin cloth over the tin foil. Secure both layers with a length of string wrapped twice around the circumference of the bowl. Fasten with a tight knot. Place a very large saucepan on the hob and put the basin inside. Fill the pan with boiling water and steam the pudding on a medium heat for 5 hrs.

Allow to cool completely, then remove the muslin and foil. The pudding should be cooked through and firm. Using a skewer, make several holes in the pudding and pour in 1 tbsp of the extra brandy or whisky. Cover with a new circle of baking paper and a double layer of muslin and tie with string. Keep in a cool, dark place until Christmas Day, removing the muslin and feeding with 1 tbsp brandy every week.

To cook on the day, steam on a medium heat for 2 hrs, making sure the pudding is piping hot throughout before serving.

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Rosehip and cardamom cake

Serves 8
200g Rosa rugosa rosehips
15-20 cardamom pods, according to taste
zest and juice of 2 oranges
175g golden caster sugar, plus extra for
sprinkling
175g unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 large eggs
175g self raising flour, sifted
½ tsp baking powder

Top and tail the rosehips, and remove seeds. Preheat the oven to 160c/gas mark 3. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper. Using the end of a rolling pin, crack the cardamom pods open and remove the seeds from the shells. Set the seed to one side and reserve the shells.
Simmer the rosehips and cardamon shells lightly in the orange juice for 5 mins in a small pan. Turn off the heat and leave to cool. Remove the rosehips and cut into quarters.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and golden caster sugar with the orange zest and cardamom seeds until fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, including a drift of flour with the last egg to prevent the mixture from curdling. Fold in the rest of the flour, with the baking powder, a little at a time.
Fold half the rosehips evenly into the mixture. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Gently push down any hips above the surface.
Bake for 45 mins until a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and scatter the remaining rosehips over the cake. Remove the cardamom shells from the orange juice. Pour the juice, with a final sprinkle of sugar, over the top of the cake. Return to the oven for another 5 mins.

Other rosehip recipes from our Sept/Oct 2014 issue:

• Rosehip muffins
• Rosehip fruit leathers
• Rosehip marmalade