sâmbătă, 31 decembrie 2011

miercuri, 28 decembrie 2011

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luni, 26 decembrie 2011

Pizza pinwheel puffs

375g pack ready rolled puff pastry, thawed if frozen, 6 tbsp ready made pasta sauce (not too chunky), 100g wafer thin ham, 100g mature cheddar, grated, 1 egg, beaten, 1 tsp dried oregano or mixed herbs

Preheat oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6.
Unroll the pastry onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to 40 x 32cm. Spread a layer of pasta sauce over it, leaving a 1cm border around the edges. Arrange the ham evenly on top, then scatter the grated cheese over. Starting at one of the short ends, roll the pastry up as tightly as possible.
Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes or so.
Take a very sharp knife and cut the roll into 12 equal slices, laying them flat on 2 non-stick baking trays as you go. Brush each pinwheel lightly with beaten egg and sprinkle over the herbs.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until puffed and golden.
Leave to stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

duminică, 25 decembrie 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas everyone :D

miercuri, 14 decembrie 2011

duminică, 4 decembrie 2011

sâmbătă, 3 decembrie 2011

Creamy chicken, ham & leek pie

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached with a stock cube, 250 ml cooking liquid, 75 g butter, 2 slender leeks, trimmed and sliced, 2 garlic cloves, crushed, 50 g plain flour, 200 ml milk, 2-3 tbs white wine, 150 ml double cream, 150 g thickly carved ham, cut into 2 cm chunks, salt, peper, 1 shortcrust pastry

Melt 25 g of the butter in a large non-stick saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the leeks and fry gently for 2 mins, stirring occasionally until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more, then tip everything into a bowl.
Return the pan to the heat and add the remaining butter. Stir in the flour as soon as the butter has melted and cook for 30 secs, stirring constantly. Add the milk, a little at a time, stirring well. Gradually add the cooking liquid and the wine, then stir until the sauce is smooth and thick. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 3 minutes. While stirring season to taste, then remove from heat and stir in the cream.
Add the chicken, leeks and ham to the sauce and pour in a pie dish.
Roll the pastry out and cover the pie dish and trim off the excess. Using a sharp knife cut a small hole in the middle of the pasty (this allows the steam to escape while the pie cooks).
Preheat the oven to 220C. Beat the egg yolks and brush over the pastry. Place the pies in the oven and cook for about 45 minutes.