Black Forest Eton Mess Recipe by Thornback & Peel

Black Forest Eton Mess

Rich dark chocolate and sweet juicy cherries have got to be one of the most delicious combinations imaginable. In this recipe for Black Forest Eton Mess, two classic desserts are combined to create the ultimate crowd-pleaser.  Perfect for serving at winter dinner parties, or as an alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding. INGREDIENTS CHOCOLATE MERINGUES 3 egg whites 150g golden caster sugar 50g dark chocolate, grated 2tsp cocoa, sieved CHERRY COMPOTE 650g dark pitted cherries (fresh or frozen) 2tbsp sugar 2tbsp amaretto VANILLA CREAM 300ml double cream 1 vanilla pod 2tbsp icing sugar, sieved FOR THE MERINGUES Preheat the oven…

Quick Christmas Canapé Recipes with Thornback & Peel

Quick Christmas Canapé Recipes

The secret to successful entertaining this Christmas is to keep things simple. Impress your guests with a selection of delicious canapés served up in style – they never need to know just how quick and easy they were to make… Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraîche Blinis What could be simpler or more delicious than a spoonful of crème fraîche topped with smoked salmon and chives. Although you can buy ready-made blinis, it’s fun to make your own, fresh on the day. For the blinis Ingredients (makes 30) 120g self-raising flour 1 large free-range egg olive oil 240ml semi-skimmed milk unsalted butter Method Place the flour and a pinch…

Thornback & Peel's recipe for Pumpkin, Rosemary & Ginger Soup

Pumpkin, Rosemary & Ginger Soup Recipe

The nights are drawing in, there’s a definite autumnal chill in the air, and Halloween is just round the corner. So what better way to celebrate this time of year than with a hearty bowl of pumpkin soup? The addition of the rosemary and the ginger add a lovely fresh zing to this recipe. Pick Your Pumpkin I often cook butternut squash soup, but this time I decided to head to my local pick-your-own farm to explore the different pumpkin and squash varieties available.     For this recipe I picked this sweet harlequin squash, a confection squash and a racer pumpkin, but…

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Poached Pears With Chocolate Sauce & Salted Caramel Nuts

Enjoy the best that autumn has to offer with this deliciously simple recipe for spiced poached pears topped with salted caramel nuts and chocolate sauce. Pear-fection Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that ‘there are only 10 minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat’. There’s no doubt that certain varieties seem to go from rock hard to mush in a matter of moments, so for this blog I decided to cook them. Variety Show Poaching pears softens their flesh to perfection and enhances their delicate flavour. But you do need to choose a suitable pear to cook with. Firmer varieties like Bosc, Anjou and…

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipe

On a hot summer’s day there is nothing like a glass of ice cold homemade lemonade. So why not get juicing with this quick and easy homemade lemonade recipe. It really is the best! This recipe has been adapted from the wonderful Irish chef, Darina Allen. It’s ridiculously simple. First you make a sugar syrup, or ‘stock’. For the Lemon-Infused Stock Syrup (makes 800ml) 450g sugar 600ml water Peel of 1-2 lemons Add several slices of lemon peel to the water. Dissolve the sugar in the water over a gentle heat and bring to the boil. Boil for two minutes, then allow it…

Spring Vegetable Tartlets Recipe

A Step-by-Step Recipe for Spring Vegetable Tartlets   With the days lengthening and Spring finally here, we’re looking forward to long, relaxed lunches with family and friends. Last month we shared our top tips for creating a beautiful Spring table setting. In this post, we’re bringing you the perfect recipe to complement your Spring table: easy-to-make Spring Vegetable Tartlets. Topped with vibrant green asparagus, sweet popping peas and peppery roquette they are perfect for relaxed weekend entertaining! INGREDIENTS (makes 4 individual tartlets): for the pastry cases….. 250g Shortcrust pastry Knob of butter (for greasing cases) Flour (for rolling out pastry) for the filling…. 3 tablespoons of crème fraîche 3…

3 Easy-to-Make Breakfast Bowls You’ll Love

I’m sure that most of you have heard of, and probably tried, overnight oats by now. With the likes of Ella Woodward (Deliciously Ella) and Anna Jones promoting these healthy, easy to prepare and delicious breakfast bowls, my Instagram feed has become awash with different versions that I’ve been experimenting with over the past few weeks. Here are my 3 favourite variations of this tasty, pudding-like porridge (see below for full ingredients lists). Method: All you need to do is to mix together all of the ingredients, cover them, and leave them in the fridge overnight. In the morning you…

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Stir Up Sunday

As a child, Stir Up Sunday was a fixture in our family’s annual calendar. It heralded the start of Christmas preparations, and meant an afternoon sifting through bowls of raisins to remove all the stalks while a heady mix of spices wafted through the kitchen. Stir Up Sunday is an Anglican term referring to the last Sunday before Advent. It has been a tradition since Victorian times for families to get together and stir the Christmas pudding, before it is cooked and then put away ready for Christmas day. For my family, it was my Mum’s famous Christmas cake made…

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Beetroot Bourguignon with Puy Lentils

With the onset of autumn and cold nights approaching, this to me only means it is time to comfort eat! But trying to stay healthy doing it is sometimes hard. Fortunately I absolutely love vegetables, but making them the star of every meal is sometimes quite a tricky task even for me and I am a vegetarian! However a couple of years ago I stumbled upon an amazing food blog written by David and Luise called Green Kitchen Stories  Not only do their recipes look mouth wateringly delicious in every picture but they are also super healthy too. The star of this…

Patisserie Makes Perfect!

It’s Patisserie Week on the Great British Bake Off, so what better way to celebrate than with our favourite patisserie baker Angela, of foodie blog Patisserie Makes Perfect. We first came across Angela on social media – she’s a big fan of Thornback & Peel, but also turned out to have a rather gorgeous blog of her own. Patisserie Makes Perfect is one woman’s journey to perfect the art of patisserie, viennoiserie, cakes, biscuits and all the crème pat and buttercream you could eat. Full of delicious images and tempting recipes, we were immediately hooked! Prepare to indulge…. T&P: Hi…