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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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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…