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Hollie's Orange and Rosemary Polenta Cake

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Orange and Rosemary Polenta Cake Ingredients: For the sponge 150g polenta 3 eggs 250g caster sugar 150ml olive oil 200g almond ground 1 tsp Orange Blossom Water Zest of two large oranges Juice of one large orange For the glaze 100g caster sugar Juice of one large orange Zest of one large orange 1 tsp orange blossom water Method: Heat your oven to 160C/140C fan. Line the base and sides of a round 23cm cake tin with baking paper. Start by whisking the olive oil, sugar and orange blossom water together until you have a thick, green paste. In another...

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Pistachio and Lemon Shortbread

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Ingredients: 100g Unsalted pistachios  60g Caster Sugar  60g Cornflour  110g Flour  110g Unsalted Butter  Pinch of salt  Zest of a lemon  This recipe is super easy. The whole thing can be whipped up in your food processor, but if you don't have one that's fine too, just take some lockdown aggression out on those nuts.  If you want to make this gluten free you can swap the flour for a gluten-free flour, and add 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum to bring it all together. First pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees (fan). You'll need a cake tin that the bum...

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White Soda Bread

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I learnt how to cook at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland. I arrived a naive, wide-eyed 18 year old from Ladbroke Grove, and left months later with a newly acquired appreciation of rural life. I learnt how to milk a cow, how to raise ducks, how what you feed chickens directly affects the colour of their yolks. Above all, I learnt about kindness: Irish women took me under their wing; world renowned visiting chefs took the time to talk to me; and the other students - whose ages ranged from 20 to 70 - became like a family to me.  Soda...

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Pear, hazelnut and rosemary galette

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Ingredients: For the pastry:  250g plain flour  125g butter, chilled and cut into cubes 1 tablespoon golden caster sugar  pinch of salt  For the top: 4 pears, Williams or whatever you can find. Alternatively apples will work.  100g roasted and blanched hazelnuts  2/3 ground in a food processor, 1/3 reserved whole brown sugar of your choice (demerara, light brown, muscovado, golden caster) 50g butter  2 sprigs rosemary  egg yolk for egg wash     To make your pastry, combine the flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Have a small glass of ice-cold water ready. With your fingers, rub...

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