Almond pastry Apple & Strawberry flats

almond short crust pastry recipe

Last night I made chicken stew with dumplings… the english kind stuffed with thyme and mustard. Not the kind with potatoes in… I think my body would have died of carb overload if I had eaten potato too.  As always, the stew began as a healthy affair. Lots of onions and garlic, broccoli, spring onions, stock and very little oil. But then came the dumplings… and the CREAM. I find when I have put too much vinegar or salt into a dish, a bit of cream and water helps a lot. But it doesn’t help one in being healthy… which was my failed goal last night. But oh well.. I will have a salad for lunch and get the hell over it. It was delicious.. and I think dumplings should be made more. I like to think of them as England’s answer to soul food.

Anyway, moving swiftly on to the topic at hand – these are my latest recipe – I didn’t really know if they were pies or not.. so I would like to call them flats. Or pie flats if we must. I made some shortcrust pastry and added ground almond, then stewed some apples and strawberry with a dash of sugar. And taddda! I like the rustic look as you all know by now – making things look perfect doesn’t make them appetizing for me. I like a bit of a rough finish!

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Apple and Caramel Layer Cake

apple and caramel layer cake

apple and caramel layer cake

Delicious Magazine are running a competition at the moment – you have to create a cake for their cover.  So, I thought I might as well enter as it is a great way to improve I imagine. I have made apple cakes a fair few times – with stewed apple, because it reminds me of crumbles when I was younger… and feels that slight bit more wholesome than chocolate. Here is the link to the competition, in case any one else wants to enter! Great prizes! Continue reading