Floral and Hardy garden designers challenged me to come up with a three course meal using seasonal produce that could be grown in a garden. My garden isn't one of those gardens unfortunately, but I was able to come up with a menu for them.
Kale & Cheddar Bubble and Squeak, topped with a Soft Poached Egg
Rich Mushroom & Onion Pie topped with creamy Neeps and Mashed Tatties
Caramel Apple Coopers - a sweet treat named after my sweet child Cooper
The apples slices weigh the pastry down a bit. If you make these without the apple, they rise higher, but personally I like the apple slice on top.
Yield: makes 36
Caramel Apple Coopers
These dainty pastries flavoured with caramel and topped with a slice of apple are easy to make, but I have to warn you, they are very, very addictive!
- 1 packet puff pastry
- ½ tin caramel condensed milk
- 200g philadelphia soft cheese
- 40g/1½oz caster sugar
- 25g/1oz ground almonds
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- enough icing sugar to dust pastries
- 1 red apple, quartered and cut into thins slices
1.Take the pastry out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you start.2. Pre-heat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas mark 6/400f.3. Roll half the pastry out to a square of about 28cm on a floured board.4. Cut out circles with a 8 cm pastry cutter. Be careful not to twist as you remove the cutter. Try for a sharp tap, as they will go a bit awry if they are twisted. Do the same with the rest of the pastry.5. Place the circles on a prepared baking tray, leaving a little room between them.6. Dot a meagre ½ teaspoon of caramel in the centre of each pastry.7. In a bowl mix together the Philadelphia cheese with the sugar and ground almonds.8. In a separate bowl, whisk up the egg and egg yolk then mix into the cheese mixture until well combined.9. Dollop a spoonful of mixture over each pastry, covering the caramel and soothing out, but don't take it quite to the edge.10. Pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the pastry starts to turn a little golden.11. Put on a wire rack to cool. Once cool, dust with icing sugar. 12. Say you will just have one, but be prepared to eat at least 4, if not more.
Yield: makes 36
Disclosure: Floral & Hardy covered the cost of my ingredients. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.