These puffed up beauties are actually a sweet version of a Yorkie and are of German origin. Normally eaten for breakfast, make them dessert with boozy, syrupy cherries and ice cream
- 100g plain flour
- 3 large eggs
- 150ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
- 400g can pitted cherries in light syrup, drained (reserve the syrup)
- 3 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 2 tbsp brandy or kirsch
- vanilla ice cream, to serve
MethodUse a large whisk to beat the eggs into the milk, slowly incorporating the flour, until you have a smooth batter. Set aside.
- 500g baby onions or shallots
- 200ml chicken stock
- 25g butter
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 150ml milk
- 150ml double cream
- 2 egg yolks
- pinch cayenne pepper
- small grating nutmeg
- small handful basil leaves, shredded
- Simmer the onions in the stock for 30 mins, adding a little water if needed to keep them covered. Meanwhile, in a small pan, melt the butter, then add the flour and cook for 1-2 mins. Stirring constantly, gradually pour in the milk, then the cream, and bring to the boil. When you have a smooth white sauce, remove from the heat. Allow to cool a little before stirring in the egg yolks, spices and seasoning.
- Heat grill to high. Drain the onions and lay them in a single layer in an ovenproof dish. Spoon over the cream sauce to cover. Grill for 5 mins until lightly browned, then scatter over the basil before serving.
- zest 2 oranges
- 2 x 250g tubs mascarpone
- 175g crème fraîche
- 284ml pot double cream
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out
- 200g pack shortbread biscuits
- 500g fresh cherries, pitted
- 50g unsalted butter
- 85g caster sugar
- splash of kirsch or cassis (optional)
- Line a 20 x 30cm baking tray (or similar) with greaseproof paper. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the zest, mascarpone, crème fraîche, cream, sugar and vanilla seeds until smooth and thick. Tip into the tray, smooth with a palette knife, then chill for 2 hrs until firm. Can be made up to a day ahead.
- Meanwhile, put the biscuits into a food bag and bash to crumbs with a rolling pin. When the orange cream mix is firm, tip half of the biscuits onto a tray or board. Flip the baking tray over onto the crumbs. Lift the tin and paper off, then sprinkle with the rest of the crumbs. Using a medium straight-sided cutter or ring (about 7cm across), cut out individual portions – dip the cutter into hot water and dry off before you make each cut into the mix. Lift straight onto serving plates if you have room in the fridge to store them, or transfer onto a flat baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Return to the fridge until ready to serve – can be done up to 4 hrs ahead. You will have some mix left when you’ve cut out all 8 portions, but don’t throw it away – keep to serve with fruit or stir in any leftover crumbs and freeze in a tub for a quick, creamy, crunchy ice cream.
- When you’re ready for dessert, put the cherries, butter, sugar and kirsch or cassis, if using, into a saucepan over a medium heat. Toss until the sugar starts to caramelise and the juice comes out from the cherries to make a syrupy sauce. Spoon the warm cherries over the cold creams and serve straight away.
- 1½ kg unpeeled salad or new potatoes - you want about 40
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- lots of little rosemary sprigs
- Boil the potatoes for 10 mins until tender, then drain. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Drizzle half the oil over a flat, sturdy baking tray or baking dish. Using a potato masher, squash a sprig of rosemary into each potato on the tray so the masher leaves its mark and the potato splits around the edges. Drizzle the potatoes with the remaining oil, season with sea salt and roast for 50 mins or until golden around the edges.