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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Chocolate nut clusters

Christmas chocolate nut clusters recipe from LandScape magazine

Makes approx 40
300g roughly crushed hazelnuts
250g double cream
400g dark chocolate
icing sugar, to dust

Place the cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Grate half of the chocolate into a mixing bowl and pour the cream over it. Mix thoroughly and stir in half of the crushed hazelnuts. Allow to cool, then with hands dusted with icing sugar, scoop a rounded teaspoon of the set mixture out and roll into a ball. Place on a plate and continue until all of the mixture is used. Chill for 1 hr.

Place the remaining crushed hazelnuts on a large plate and have an extra plate handy. Break up the remaining chocolate into a heat-proof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, taking care not to let the bowl touch the water. Stir occasionally until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until smooth, then dip each ball into the chocolate, to cover completely, using two teaspoons. Place on the plate of nuts and roll around to cover. Transfer to the extra plate. Repeat with all the balls. Chill for 1 hr, then serve.

Other nut sweet recipes in the Christmas 2016 issue:

  • Hazelnut caramels
  • Fruit and nut fudge squares
  • Peanut brittle
  • Sugared almonds
  • Walnut meringues

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Easter tarts

Makes 12

175g chilled butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing
350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
60g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
115ml double cream
300g 85% cocoa solids cooking chocolate
icing sugar, to dust

In a large bowl, combine the butter with the flour and sugar, then rub the butter into the dry ingredients to make fine crumbs. Stir in the egg yolk and 2 tbsp of ice-cold water and bring together with a spoon. Knead until the pastry comes together into a smooth dough. Cover with cling film and chill for 20 mins.

To make the chocolate ganache filling, heat the cream in a saucepan until lukewarm. When it is just about to simmer, break in the cooking chocolate. Keep on a very low simmer for approximately 2 mins, stirring until the chocolate melts and the mixture thickens. Allow to cool.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a surface lightly dusted with flour. Cut out 12 circles with a pastry cutter to line a 12-hole cupcake tray. Bring the off-cuts together and roll out. Cut out 12 slightly smaller lids for the tarts, dusted with more flour if necessary. Stamp out a bunny shape on each of the lids with a small cutter, or cut out by hand with a sharp knife. Grease the tray with butter, then line with the pastry bottoms. Fill the tarts with a heaped teaspoon of the ganache then fit the pastry tops. Press down gently on the edges to fix them.

Bake for 20 mins until golden and cooked through. Allow to cool, then dust with icing sugar. Cover the bunny shapes with the back of a teaspoon to keep the chocolate ganache from being covered in icing sugar. Serve.

Other cheerful bakes in our Spring 2016 issue:

Bunny-ear cupcakes
Chocolate rabbit cake
Coconut cake
Chocolate orange loaf
Bunny biscuits

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Sloe Gin Chocolates

450g gin-soaked sloes
200g plain dark chocolate
100g toasted hazelnuts or toasted flaked almonds, crushed
2 drops orange extract (optional)

Cut the sloes away from the stones, leaving fruit weighing approximately 225g. Melt the chocolate in a small glass bowl set over a larger pan of boiling water. Care is taken to ensure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir in the sloes, nuts and orange extract, if used. Take a sheet of baking paper and put 5cm blobs of the mix onto the paper, then leave to set.

Other sloe recipes from the Nov/Dec 2013 issue include:

• Sloe port
• Sloe apple crumble
• Sloe mincemeat bread and butter pudding
• Sloe apple and shallot chutney
• Sloe and pear pudding 

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