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  • Desert,  English / British,  Nan,  Sauce,  Snack,  Starter

    Custard

    Ingredients 1 pint cream / milk 6 large egg yolks 1 dsp cornflour 1 oz golden sugar 1 dsp Vanilla or a pod split Method Heat cream / milk Whisk Egg yolks sugar and cornflour, if using vanilla extract mix here. If using a pod add to the milk to infuse. Gradually pour hot milk into bowl with eggs etc stirring in as it pours.. Take your time or you get scrambled eggs When its mixed return to heat. It can be done directly in a pan but it tends to burn or stick. I prefer a bai marie . Slowly stir constantly. Until its done. Normally, nothing appears to…

  • Desert,  English / British,  Main,  Nan,  Snack

    Nan Eggs, Good when feeling sick.

    4 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 2 cups milk 1 tsp ginger Nutmeg to top Beat eggs Add milk sugar , ginger and mix. Pour into oven dish Sprinkle top nutmeg Oen about 190C for 30mins to 1 hour, depending on depth of mix. Use skewer test. Should have a good wobble , dry skewer but still moist. Dont over cook, it will be dry and have rubbery feel.

  • Desert,  English / British,  Nan,  Snack

    Nan Rice Pudding

    4 oz Pudding Rice 1 1/2 pint milk 10 floz cream ( optional ) 1 tsp vanilla 2 oz Sugar ( Damera is good, normal White is fine ) 1 tsp Ginger nutmeg for topping Put rice in seive Pour boiling water over rice to clean Bring milk, cream, rice to boil During boil and simmer phase stir occassional to prevent sticking to pan Simmer on most gentle bubble possible for 15 mins Add sugar Continue boil 15 mins Pour into dish, sprinkle nutmeg on top & put in oven 150C for 45 mins.

  • ALL CATEGORIES,  Jeff,  Nan,  Pastry,Pie, Pie fillings

    Nan and Mum’s Bacon Roly Poly.

    This was a family favourite of ours.I would often help either Nan or Mum make this. Serves well with mash or baked potato, boiled veg and Or if you prefer after steaming it can be fried to give a crisp coating. This was one of my sister’s favourite ways of enjoying. We mostly did this option with left overs for breakfast the following day. Ingredients 1 mix of Click Here Suet Pastry Mix. 6 rashers of bacon. The number varied depending on the size poly you make or how much bacon you like. I personally like to put as much as I can fit into the dough mix. Method Remove…

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    Nan’s Steak & Kidney Pudding.

    This was a family favourite of ours.Nan would make for us to have fresh for our evening meal. Serves well with mash, boiled veg and lots of gravy left made from some of the cooking juices. Or if you prefer a cold snack a slice of pudding with salad is tasty. Ingredients 1 mix of Click Here Steak & Kidney Mix. 1 mix of Click Here – Suet Pasty Mix. Gravy thickening flour. I use Bisto gravy browning powder. Corn flour works equally well. Add about 3tsp to a small cup. Mix with enough water to make a very thick paste. 1 egg, broken into a cup and mixed until…

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    Nan’s Apple / Fruit Pie.

    This was a family favourite of ours.Nan would make for us to have fresh on a Friday evening. Serves well with cream, custard or as is. A good recipe for custard is made by The Hairy Bikers and can be found here. Ingredients 1 mix of Click Here Apple / Fruit Mix. 1 mix of Click Here – Sweet Pasty Mix. 1 egg. Break an egg into a cup and mix it up. This makes the egg wash. Optional – sultanas, cinnamon, nutmeg. Method Select your 8″ / 20 cm pie tin or any other oven proof dish. Remove the pastry from the fridge. Divide the mix into 2 parts,…

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    Apple Pie / Sauce Mix ( other fruits may be used. Berries etc)

    This is a basic apple sauce Mix which is used for many things such as pies Apple sauce etc.The quantities are given as a guideline for an 8″ / 20 cm pie. Ingredients 5oz golden sugar ( Demerara ). White or Basic brown sugar is fine. 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp cornflour 600g/1lb 5oz Bramley or Granny Smith cooking apples, peeled, cored, sliced. The same weight for other fruits such as pears, plumb, fig, berries, passion fruit or a mix of all of them. Apple and raspberry or black berry works well. Apple or Pear with gooseberry also works well. Apple or Pear with Apricot is tasty. Method Mix…

  • ALL CATEGORIES,  Jeff,  Nan,  Pastry,Pie, Pie fillings

    Nan’s Steak & Kidney Pie.

    This was a family favourite of ours.Nan would make for us to have fresh on a Friday evening. Serves well with mash, boiled veg and lots of gravy left made from some of the cooking juices. Or if you prefer a cold snack a slice of pie with salad is tasty. Ingredients 1 mix of Click Here Steak & Kidney Mix. 1 mix of Click Here – Basic Pasty Mix. Gravy thickening flour. I use Bisto gravy browning powder. Corn flour works equally well. Add about 3tsp to a small cup. Mix with enough water to make a very thick paste. 1 egg. Break an egg into a cup and…

  • ALL CATEGORIES,  Jeff,  Nan,  Pastry,Pie, Pie fillings

    Steak & Kidney Mix

    This is a basic pie filling which is used for many things such as pies.The quantities are given as a guideline. The important part is use 1/2 kidney to 1 Steak. Ingredients 500g Steak. The cheap cuts are fine. Cut into bite size pieces. 250g Kidney. I prefer lamb or pork. Cut into bite size pieces. Enough Stock to cover the meats once in a pot. I use beef Bisto stock cubes. Any own brand are fine. Method Put the meat pieces into a large pot – must have a lid . Cover the meat with the stock. This is a slow cook dish so allow for some evaporation. Cook…

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    Sweet Pastry

    This is a sweet pastry which is used for many things such as friut pies.The quantities are given as a guideline. The important part is use 1/2 fat to 1 flour. Ingredients for a 20cm / 8″ tin. Base & Lid 4 oz / 110g Self Raising Flour. 4 oz / 110g Sugar. I used either plain white or Demerara. 4 oz / 110g Fat. I prefer butter but marg can also be used. It is easier to work with if the fat is at room temp. Method Sieve flour into a mixing bowl. If you don’t have a sieve do not worry just put it in a bowl. For…

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    Suet Pastry

    This is a basic pastry which is used for many things such as pies.The quantities are given as a guideline. The important part is use 1/2 fat to 1 flour. Ingredients for a 20cm / 8″ tin. Base & Lid 8 oz / 220g Flour. For pies I use plain white but self raising can also be used. 4 oz / 110g Fat. I prefer low fat suet from a box called shredded suet. Fresh suet is great but can be difficult to obtain. It is easier to work with if the fat is at room temp. Method Sieve flour into a mixing bowl. If you don’t have a sieve…

  • ALL CATEGORIES,  Jeff,  Nan,  Pastry,Pie, Pie fillings

    Standard / Basic Pastry

    This is a basic pastry which is used for many things such as pies.The quantities are given as a guideline. The important part is use 1/2 fat to 1 flour. Ingredients for a 20cm / 8″ tin. Base & Lid 8 oz / 220g Flour. For pies I use plain white but self raising can also be used. 4 oz / 110g Fat. I prefer butter but marg can also be used. It is easier to work with if the fat is at room temp. Method Sieve flour into a mixing bowl. If you don’t have a sieve do not worry just put it in a bowl. For ease of…

  • Casserole / Stew,  English / British,  Jeff,  Main,  Nan

    Nan and Mum’s Lamb Casserole.

    I enjoyed this. We mostly had it for Thursday dinner cooked by Mum.Mum had learnt it from her Mother , my Nan. Ingredients Lamp chops were our family favourite. I have also tried this with pork and beef. 2 tbl Shop Dried Mixed Herbs or if you mix by hand- Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Sage and Basil. I would use about 1 tsp of each. I often use various herbs based on what I have available. Adjust the qty to your taste. 1 Onion – Chopped 1 Carrot – sliced / chopped , what ever As many as you want smallish potatoes halved Any other root veg such as swede,…

  • ALL CATEGORIES,  Cake / Biscuit / Cookie,  English / British,  Jeff,  Nan,  Snack,  Vegaterian

    Choc Chip & other Muffins

    Ingredients 300g self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 50g cold unsalted butter cubed 80g caster sugar 150g milk or plain chocolate chips 2 eggs , lightly beaten 225ml milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Method preheat the oven to 200 c / 400 f / gas mark . line 12 muffin cases. Mix the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl. Rub in the butter untill the mixture is like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and the chocolate chips. In a separate bowl mix the eggs , milk and vanilla extract together , then pour the mixture all at once into the dry ingredients and mix briefly. Spoon…

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    Choc Chip Cookie

    Ingredients 110g soft or spreadable butter 150g light brown soft sugar 1 large egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 175g plain flour ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 75g toasted chopped hazelnuts 100g dark, milk or white chocolate chips Method First put the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk until light and fluffy. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4 Then beat in the egg and the vanilla extract before folding in the remaining ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Now take slightly rounded dessert spoonfuls of the dough and arrange them (well spaced out) on baking sheets. Next flatten each one slightly,…

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    Nan’s Cup / Fairy Cakes

    Ingredients 1/2 lb (225g) ,SR flour 1/2 lb ( 225g ), Butter or Marge 8 oz (225g), Caster Sugar 4 ,eggs ( beat together ) Some, Milk as required. Method 1, In a largish bowl mix sugar with butter / marg. This is often known as creaming. 2,Add the eggs and stir into mixture. 3, Mix flour & baking power and sieve into sugar mixture and mix  be careful not to over stir. 4,Add enough milk to mixture to make it a thick paste / soft butter texture. 5,Add flavouring of choice to mixture. 6,I use some grease proof paper with some butter on it to wipe the insides (all…

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    Chocolate Cake (Nans)

    Ingredients Method Separate eggs –  beat whites to stiff peak. Melt Butter & Choc Mix sugar eggs yolks  / marg – largish bowl Mix flour and baking power Sieve the flour into butter / choc mixture Carefully fold mix into egg white mix Use 7″ tins Oven 150C – Gas 2 Cook 25 – 30 Mins. May be faster in a fan oven  

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    Victoria Sponge Cake ( Nans)

    Ingredients Method Mix sugar  and butter / marg  in a largish bowl Mix flour and baking power and sieve into sugar mixture and mix. Add eggs – be careful not to over stir . Divide the mixture equally between both  7″ tins Oven 160C – Gas 2 1/2 Cook in pre-heated oven 160 C – Gas 2 1/2 for about 25 – 30 mins. Start checking after 20 mins as some ovens cook faster – especially fan assisted You know when it’s ready by putting the tip of a knife or skewer in the cake, when pulling it out it should be mostly clean. When ready allow both halves to…

  • ALL CATEGORIES,  Desert,  English / British,  Jeff,  Nan

    Steamed Treacle , Golden Syrup Or Marmalade Sponge Pudding

    6 oz SR Flour 6 oz butter 3 Large Eggs 1 tsp baking powder 6 oz sugar ( light brown is nice ) Soften ( cream)  the butter with the sugar,  mix the flour and baking powder then put all into a bowl and mix Golden Syrup  or Marmalade into bottom of cooking bowl, add the mixture and cover the top with buttered baking /grease proof paper and a foil lid held on with string ( or I use an elastic band ). steam 2 hours. Another nice option is to add a couple of tbl spoons of golden syrup to the sponge mix. This makes a 1lb / 1kg…

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    Christmas Xmas Puddings

    Xmas Pudds – Makes 3  ( This is the full recipe , 1/2 it to fit in the big mixing bowl ) 1lb ( 500g ) Sultana 1lb ( 500g ) Raisins 1lb ( 500g ) Currents ( washed and dried ) ½ lb ( 250 g ) mixed peel 1lb (500g ) Sugar 1lb SR flour 1lb Breadcrumbs – can bulk out.  If making 1/2 the recipe to 250g can be 350g 1 tsp mixed spice ( 5ml ?? ) 1 tsp Nutmeg Juice 1 lemon ( 1tsp jif) 1lb Suet 1lb chopped cooking apples 1/4lb ( 125g ) chopped almonds 8 eggs Mix with barley wine as required…

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    Christmas Cake ( Nans )

    Christmas Cake – JA – This is the one 10oz (280g) Butter 10oz (280g) Moist dark brown sugar 1 tbl black treacle 1 lemon rind ( finely grated ) 4 large or 5 medium eggs 3 tbs sherry, rum or brandy 12oz (340g) plain flour 1oz (25g) ground almonds ½ tsp powder cinnamon ½ tsp powder allspice 4oz (100g) chopped candied peel 4oz (100g) chopped glace cherry 1lb (½ kg ) currants 8oz ( 200g ) sultanas 12oz ( 340g) seedless raisins 2-4 oz ( 50g – 100g) chopped blanched almonds Cooking time 3 ½ – 3 ¾ Hours Makes 9” round or 8” square tin. Line the tin with…

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    Mince Meat

    Ingredients Method 1. Combine everything except the Rum 2. Cover the bowl and leave over night. 3. Pre heat oven to 110C 4. Use a covered dish or tray covered with foil. 5. Cook for 3 hours 6. Remove the bowl and allow to cool slowly. It may appear fatty thats fine. 7. Stir occasionally until cool. It should all come together and not look tiny shreds. 8. When cool stir in Rum  

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    Nan’s Mince Pie.

    This was a Christmas family favourite of ours. Nan would make for us to have fresh on the big day. Ingredients 1 mix of Click Here Sweet Pastry Mix. 1 jar of mince meat or better one batch of Click Here – Mince Meat Mix. some sugar for covering the tops. 1 egg. Break an egg into a cup and mix it up. This makes the egg wash. Method Select a pie tray mine has little dishes / cups to hold 12 pies. Remove the pastry from the fridge. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface, this stops the pastry from sticking to the surface whilst rolling it Using…

  • English / British,  Nan,  No Category

    Mince Meat

    Method Mix everything Cover and leave for 12 hours After that pre-heat the oven to gas mark ¼, 225°F about 110 C Cover the bowl loosely with foil and cook for 3 hours, then remove the bowl Stir whilst its cooling, about every 30 mins is fine. Add the brandy when its cold. Give it a good mix Do jars the same as jam. Boil then use.

  • Cake / Biscuit / Cookie,  English / British,  Nan,  Snack,  Vegaterian

    Short Bread / Shortbread

    Ingredients 125g/4oz butter 55g/2oz caster sugar, plus extra to finish 180g/6oz plain flour Method Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth. Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste. Turn on to a work surface and gently roll out until the paste is 1cm/½in thick. Cut into rounds or fingers and place onto a baking tray. Sprinkle with caster sugar and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.