Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Here at last are the recipes for our Thanksgiving dinner.
Chestnut and Apple Stuffing for the Turkey
Cut about 500g of bread into small cubes, spread out on baking sheets and dry in the oven, about 15 mins or so. Put to one side, while you cook two chopped medium onions and two big sticks of peeled celery in about 25g of butter until soft, season with salt and pepper. Add two peeled and chopped good desert apples, I used Cox's, and continue cooking until these are soft, not mushy. Tip into a large bowl, add the bread cubes, but use your judgement about whether you need all of it, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves, a 240g pack of coarsely crumbled dry-packed cooked chestnuts and 250g ready to eat dried prunes, quartered. Add two beaten eggs and enough stock, turkey or chicken, to well moisten, but not wet.
About 4 cupfuls of this mixture went into the neck end of the turkey, the rest went into a buttered dish and was baked covered for 25-30 mins and then uncovered and baked until golden, about another 20 mins.
Cranberry, Recurrant and Walnut Sauce
1 pound fresh cranberries, one and a quarter cups of sugar, 1 cup red currant preserves, (use a small jar of redcurrant jelly), 1 cup water, 1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts and two tablespoons grated orange rind.
Combine cranberries, sugar, redcurrant jelly and water in a large pan, bring to the boil, reduce heat and then simmer uncovered for 20 mins. Skim any foam, remove from heat and add walnuts and orange peel. Refrigerate overnight, covered. Delicious!!
This recipe is from Martha Stewart's book "Entertaining", which I bought in the 80's
Also from the same book:-
1 loaf or 36 tiny muffins
Combine one and a half cups yellow cornmeal with one cup plain flour, (Imogen used spelt), a third of a cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
Mix together one and a half cups milk, threequarters of a cup of melted butter and two eggs, and stir into the dry mixture. Pour into a greased loaf pan, 2lb size, but it will be a fairly shallow loaf, or 36 mini muffin pans. Bake at 200c 35 - 40 mins for the loaf, 18-20 mins for muffins. Leave in pan for 5 minutes or so and then turn out on a wire rack to cool.