All Hallow Recipes

Seasonal recipes, tricks and tips, warm from the AGA, created by Lisa Osman

Brioche buns

To make sixteen individual brioche buns, you will need - 50 ml (2 fl oz) lukewarm water 15g (1/2 oz) of fresh yeast or 1 tablespoon dried yeast 50 ml 2 (fl oz) milk at room temperature 150 g (6 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature 50 g (2 oz) caster sugar plus one...

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RECIPE: Easter Buns

My friend Jo popped over to see us yesterday.  She is married to a miller who is the fifth generation to work their watermill near Shaftesbury in Dorset. It's the busiest week of the year for flour millers and bakers, but her husband (who also trained as a...

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RECIPE: Forced Garden Rhubarb

Those tender pink stems are so very tactile.  Is it the vibrant colour after a long grey winter and the promise of spring warmth ahead?  Or the contrast of tempting ruby stems against almost fluorescent leaves,  which have been starved of daylight and are eager to...

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Redcurrant Jelly

You will need  900g (2lbs) redcurrants, washed well and leaves removed but stalks can remain Measure the water depending on the ripeness of the fruit. If the currants are under rip then allow 300ml (1/2 pint)  but if they are ripe simply add half this amount.  If you...

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COOKS TIP: Spring Greens

After much anticipation, Wild Garlic or Ransoms are in season. We first discovered tender green shoots peeping through the last snowfall a couple of weeks ago.  Now that the milder weather is here, this rampant  Allium can be found in deciduous woodland and beneath...

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RECIPE: Welsh cakes for St. David’s Day.

To make 12 cakes using a 7.5cm (3inch) cutter you will need: 175g (6oz) Self- raising flour 85g (3oz) Butter cut into cubes 50g (2oz) Light brown soft sugar 50g (2oz) Currants 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 medium free range egg & 1 tablespoon milk – beaten together METHOD...

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Farmhouse Christmas Cake

Just recently Lisa gave a private AGA class in a beautiful Dorset farmhouse close to Sturminster Newton.  As well as teaching the lovely Jules how to prepare partridge from her shoot, they spent a cosy afternoon preparing a rich fruit cake so that it could bake slowly...

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Dorset Apple Cake

There are so many versions of this recipe and everyone claims that their particular favourite is the original! This adaptation was shared by a neighbour who regularly won the village produce show each year.  You may like to add a teaspoon of mixed spice and a handful...

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RECIPE: Summer Fruit Tart

As long as we manage to keep the pigeons at bay there is an abundance of berries in our  garden at the moment.  Or if you prefer to cut out the hard work of growing your own visit your local farmers market www.dorsetfarmersmarket.co.uk for a selection of the best...

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RECIPE: Damson Cheese

Our latest feature in Sherborne Times can be found on pages pages 68-69 of the August issue. Blessed with such a glorious summer this year, harvest has come early.  The drivers of the tractors and combine are all working hard in the fields surrounding the village. ...

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