- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup finely crushed striped round peppermint candies
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 6 ounces white baking chocolate
- Crushed striped round peppermint candies
MethodIn a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and the 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in water, vanilla, and peppermint extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.
- 4oz redcurrant jelly
- 500g raspberries
- 6 mint sprigs
- 100g plain flour
- 85g ground almond
- 85g golden caster sugar
- 85g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 medium egg yolks
- a few drops of almond extract
- 15g butter, melted, for greasing
- 225g white chocolate
- 175ml double cream
- For the almond pastry, put the flour, ground almonds, sugar and 1⁄4 tsp salt into a food processor and work for 5 seconds until mixed. Add the butter and pulse for about 10 seconds until the mixture forms fine crumbs. Tip into a bowl, add the egg yolks and almond extract and mix with a knife to make coarse crumbs (don’t do this in the machine or you’ll overwork it and make the pastry tough). Turn out on to the work surface and knead briefly by hand to a smooth, pliable ball. If it’s too sticky, work in a little more flour. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes until firm.
- Brush six 9cm loose-bottomed tartlet tins with melted butter. Divide the ball of dough in half and work with one piece at a time. Roll it out on non-stick baking parchment until 3mm thick. Cut out three 13cm rounds using a plain pastry cutter or a small upturned saucer as a template. Ease each disc of pastry into the tins and press them on to the base and sides so the edges of the pastry come slightly above the top edge of the tins. Prick the bases with a fork so they do not puff up in the oven and set them on a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the pastry. Chill for at least 15 minutes until firm. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6.
- Line the tartlets with small squares of buttered foil, pressing them well against the sides to hold up the dough during baking. Bake for 7-8 minutes until the pastry starts to brown. Remove the foil and continue baking for a further 3-4 minutes until they are golden brown. Let them cool in the tins, then turn them out to be sure they are loose. Replace them in the tins for support before adding the filling.
- For the ganache, break the chocolate into a bowl. Bring the cream just to the boil, pour on to the chocolate and leave for 2-3 minutes, then stir until smooth. Chill without stirring for 8-12 minutes until the ganache is cool but still soft enough to pour, then pour a shallow layer into each tartlet to cover the base. Chill until set, then unmould the tartlets and let them come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes. (They can be kept covered, at room temperature, for up to 6 hours.)
- To finish, warm the redcurrant jelly with 1 tbsp water and stir until smooth. Pick over the raspberries and pile them casually on top of the ganache. Spoon over a little of the warm glaze and decorate each tartlet with a tiny sprig of mint.
- 350g mixed summer berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, tayberries and small strawberries that have been hulled and quartered
- 100g white chocolate, broken into pieces
- 2 tbsp double cream
- Pile the berries into pretty glasses or onto plates and freeze for 20 mins – press the fast-freeze button if you have one. The berries should become iced but not frozen solid.
- When ready, place the chocolate in a non-metallic bowl with the cream and microwave on High for 1 min. Check to see if it is soft enough to stir into a sauce, if not give it 30 secs, then stir again. Leave to cool slightly, stirring occasionally. To serve, pour the chocolate sauce over the iced berries.
- 175g fresh or frozen cranberry
- 200g jar redcurrant jelly
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 175g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 200g golden caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- seeds from a vanilla pod
- 200g butter
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 500ml pot fresh vanilla custard
- 100g white chocolate
- Put 100g cranberries in a saucepan with the redcurrant jelly and sugar. Simmer for 5 mins, then leave to cool. Meanwhile, put a pan of water on to simmer and butter a 1.4 litre/2½ pint basin. Butter a large sheet of baking paper, sit on a same-size sheet of foil and fold a leat in the middle. Beat all the sponge ingredients together, then stir in the remaining cranberries. Spoon a third of the cranberry and redcurrant mix into the bowl, then spoon the sponge mix on top.
- Cover with the paper and foil, tie with string and steam, lid on, for 1½ hrs. To serve, reheat the cranberry mix and pour over the top of the turned-out pudding. Can be made up to 2 days ahead and re-steamed for 30 mins or microwaved for 5 mins on High. 3 To make the custard, put the chocolate into a microwave-proof bowl, add the custard and heat according to pack instructions, stirring every 30 secs until the chocolate has melted.