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11 min
now that looks familiar

1 Brie & bacon bread pudding Bread and butter pudding is given a savoury makeover – but still just as indulgent and delicious Serves 6 Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 25-30 mins You’ll need… 1.6L ovenproof dish, lightly greased with butter or oil • 200g pack streaky bacon• 8 medium slices sourdough• 100g butter, softened• 3 large free-range eggs• 300ml full-fat Jersey milk• 100ml crème fraîche• 100g mature Cheddar, grated• 4 spring onions, sliced• 160g pack Brie, sliced 1 Heat the grill to high and cook the bacon slices, turning, for 5-6 mins until crisp. Set aside to cool, then snip into chunks. 2 Meanwhile, spread the sourdough with the butter (save some for brushing) and cut the longer slices in half. Mix the eggs, milk, crème fraîche and some salt and pepper in…

8 min
puds to sigh for

Nutty plum & sloe gin crumble V The slight tartness of their sticky crimson juices makes cooked plums a perfect pairing with syrupy sloe gin Serves 6-8 Prep time 20 mins Cooking time 50 mins, plus resting You’ll need… 2L shallow baking dish • 1kg ripe plums, halved, stones removed, cut into wedges• 100ml sloe gin• 2-3 tsp cornflour• 100-125g golden caster sugar For the crumble topping • 240g plain flour• 1 tsp ground cinnamon• 150g butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces• 60g light muscovado sugar• 60g demerara sugar• 75g blanched almonds, chopped 1 Heat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5. Put the prepared plums in a large bowl, add the sloe gin and mix well. Mix the cornflour with the sugar, add to the bowl of fruit and toss together. Spoon the fruity…

8 min
you can’t top a homemade pie

SHORTCRUST PASTRY Sunday lunch chicken pie Roasting root veg with the chicken, then using the juices to make gravy, fuses all the flavours of a classic roast into one dish – all topped with golden, egg-enriched pastry Serves 6-8 Prep time 30 mins, plus chilling Cooking time 1 hr 45 mins, plus cooling You’ll need… 1.8-2L pie dish • 1.8kg free-range British chicken• 10 baby carrots, trimmed• 2 or 3 parsnips, quartered lengthways• 200g baby new potatoes• 1 garlic bulb, cloves separated• 2-3 tbsp olive oil• Handful of fresh lemon thyme or thyme, leaves stripped• 1 lemon, halved• 1 tbsp plain flour• 150ml dry white wine• 250ml fresh chicken stock• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard• 3 tbsp crème fraîche• 150g frozen peas For the pastry • 1 large baking potato (about 200g) or leftover mashed potato• 200g…

1 min
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4 min
pork pie

It’s easier than you think to bake your own version of this picnic staple and it makes the perfect lunch with English mustard and pickles Serves 16-18 Prep time 1 hr Cooking time 2 hrs 15 mins, plus cooling and 3 hrs setting You’ll need… 20cm non-stick springform cake tin • 1 ham hock, meat removed from the bone (you’ll need 550g) and diced, bone reserved (ask the butcher for the bones)• 200g streaky bacon, chopped• 800-900g bone-in pork shoulder, bones removed and reserved, meat cut into 1cm dice• ½ tsp ground mace• ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg• ½ tsp ground allspice• 1 tsp fine salt• 1 tsp ground white pepper• 12 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped• ½ tbsp anchovy sauce or essence For the jelly (see tip) • Bones from the pork shoulder…

1 min
comfort cooking

[kuhm-fert] /noun A state of physical ease and wellbeing From Welsh cakes to the pasties of Penzance, our corner of the world has created a menu of familiar dishes that always lift the spirits. That’s why we’ve chosen these comforting recipes, some in traditional guise, others with a modern twist. And alongside regional stars, we’ve also included everything from great British cheeses to the classic banger, so you can rediscover the feel-good factor of your all-time favourites. The Essential Guide To… Comfort cooking is published by Eye to Eye Media, Axe & Bottle Court, 70 Newcomen Street, London SE1 1YT. Editorial enquiries 020 7803 4100 Subscription enquiries 01858 438420…