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Pancakes with blackberry compote

Few late summer activities are as typically British as foraging for blackberries in hedgerows. And every year, towards the end of August, many of us enjoy hunting for these plump, jewel-like berries. In this blog post, we share a simple brunch recipe where blackberries are definitely the star of the show. INGREDIENTS Pancakes (makes 8): 200g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder Pinch of salt 1 egg 300ml milk Sunflower oil or butter for cooking Compote: 200g blackberries 2 tbsp honey splash of water Honey & extra blackberries to serve Start by making your compote. It will sit happily on…

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…