Persimmons, also known as Sharon fruits, have a honeyed flavour that pairs well with sweet quince paste in our simple winter dessert, perfect for Christmas
- 100g membrillo (quince paste)
- 75g butter
- 75g golden caster sugar
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- good grating of nutmeg
- a little plain flour, for dusting
- 375g all-butter puff pastry
- 2 egg yolks, plus 1 to glaze
- 4 large persimmons
- ice cream, to serve (optional)
MethodPut another baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Put the membrillo, 50g butter, 50g sugar, the cinnamon and nutmeg in a saucepan, and heat until the ingredients have melted together, mashing the membrillo with the back of a spoon to break it up. Set aside to cool while you prepare the pastry and persimmon.
- In a jam jar, mix gin with cordial. When ready to serve, divide the mixture between 8 glasses, top up with apple juice, apple slices and ice.
- 140g artichoke in olive oil, drained
- pinch of chilli flakes
- small handful mint leaves
- zest ½ lemon
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- 2 large or 4 small slices of crusty bread
- 1 garlic clove, sliced
- 50g pecorino, thinly sliced (or vegetarian alternative)
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Halve or quarter the artichokes, if whole, and put them in a bowl with the chilli flakes, mint, zest and oil. Season lightly with salt and set aside.
- Put the bread on a baking sheet and scatter over the garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt. Bake for 10 mins, or until golden and crisp. Set aside to cool.
- Fold the pecorino through the marinated artichokes and spoon over the garlic bruschetta just before eating.
- 1 ready-roasted chicken
- 295g can mandarin segment in juice (not syrup)
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
- 1 fist-sized chunk red cabbage
- 100g toasted salted cashew
- 60g watercress, rocket & spinach salad
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seed
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 4 tbsp mandarin juice from the can
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- ½ tsp xanthan gum (if you have it)
- Remove the skin from the chicken and discard, then shred the meat from the bones. Discard the carcass (or freeze for stock or soup another time, see right).
- Drain the mandarin segments over a bowl to catch the juice, then whisk together with the sesame oil and vinegar. If you’re using xanthan gum, put this in a bowl and, using a small sauce whisk, whisk in 1 tsp of the dressing at a time until you have a smooth, runny paste, then whisk in the remaining dressing.
- Layer the shredded chicken, mandarin segments, red onion, pepper, cabbage, salad leaves and sesame seeds in a big salad bowl or on a platter. Pour over the dressing, toss to combine then serve.