Lemon and Limoncello Posset

imageThere’s nothing like the fresh taste of lemon. A lemon dessert can really complete a meal,leaving your palate feeling refreshed but satisfied. This dessert is one of those you will make time and time again and your guests will definitely want the recipe. This is a Mary Berry special which will live on for ever.

Lemon and Limoncello Posset

SERVES 4
400ml (14fl oz) double cream
100g (3½ oz) caster sugar, plus extra
for frosting
finely grated rind of ½ lemon
4 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp limoncello (  I used the limoncello with cream)
Small meringue ( I have to say on this occasion I used Marks& Spencer lemon meringues)
Two shortbread rounds per serving

1 Pour the cream into a medium pan and add the sugar and lemon rind. Heat slowly over a low heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved completely. Increase the heat slightly and simmer gently for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and limoncello. Strain into a jug. (See below right, Super-smooth mixture.)
2 Pour the mixture into 4 small glasses or coffee cups and leave to cool completely. Cover and chill for a few hours, or overnight, until set.
3. Decorate with a small meringue and serve with shortbread biscuits to add a little crunch to the soft texture of the posset.

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Apple Custard and white chocolate Horns

 

Apple custard and white chocolate horns

Apple custard and white chocolate horns

Ingredients

Flaky Pastry

250g/9oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
250g/9oz strong white flour
1 tsp salt
500g/1lb 2oz unsalted butter, cold, plus extra for greasing
½ tsp lemon juice mixed with 250ml/9fl oz cold water

 

Creme Patissiere 

500mls milk

1tsp vanilla essence

100g caster sugar

4 egg yolks

40g cornflour

40g butter

Apple Purée 

1 Bradley apple

16g sugar

16g butter

Decoration

100g White chocolate

300g double cream

 

To make the puff pastry sift the flours and salt into a large bowl and place in the fridge to chill while you cut 100g/3½oz of the cold butter into small pieces.

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Remove the flour from the fridge and rub in the pieces of butter with your fingertips. Add the lemon juice and water mix and stir through the flour mixture with a round-bladed knife.
Once the mixture is well combined, use your hands to form it into a ball. Wrap it in cling film and place in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
Place the remaining butter between two sheets of cling film and use a rolling pin to flatten it into a square.

Unwrap the chilled dough and place on a very lightly floured surface. Roll out the pastry in one direction until it’s about 1cm/½in thick and three times as long as it is wide. Straighten up the sides with your hands now and again, and try to keep the top and bottom edges as square as possible.
imageRemove the cling film from the flattened butter and place the butter in the centre of the pastry rectangle. Fold in the edges of the pastry and fold both ends into the centre, to completely enclose the butter and form a neat rectangle. Turn the dough so that its open edge is facing to the right, like a book. Press the edges of the pastry together with the rolling pin.

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imageRoll out into a long rectangle and repeat the folding process again. Cover and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Repeat the rolling and folding process twice more. You should have a smooth dough, with buttery streaks here and there. If the pastry feels greasy at any point, or starts to spring back when as you roll, then cover and chill it for 10 minutes before continuing. Chill the finished pastry for an hour, or ideally overnight, before using.

Make Apple Puree 

1bramley apple

16g sugar

16g butter

Peel and roughly chop Apple.

Put all ingredients into a pan and cover

Put on a low heat and stir occasional until apples have broken down into a puree

Stir and leave to cool.

Make the Creme Patissiere 

Pour Milk into a pan add vanilla essence. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat

Whisk egg yolks and the sugar and cornflour together,lightly,  until combined

Pour in a little of the milk, whisking continuously. Add the rest of the milk a little at a time to combine all ingredients.

imageReturn to the heat. Cook gently stirring continuously until the mixture thickens

Remove from the heat and pass through a sieve

Add butter and stir until it has melted.

Leave to cool. Cover with cling film to prevent a skin forming.

Once the mixture is cool add Apple purée a tablespoon at a time to taste. Cover and leave until needed

 

Make cream horns

Heat oven 200/180C fan. Gas 6

Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper or sprinkle lightly with flour ( this pastry is greasy so the flour will absorb any butter that escapes)

Take pastry out of fridge and half

imageRoll out one half on a floured surface until longest edge is about 60 cm

Cut into strips about 1 cm wide

Starting at the pointed end of the mould wrap the strip around the mould in a spiral, with each line overlapping slightly

Place on baking tray

Repeat until you have used all the moulds ( any left over pastry may be frozen or chilled to use later )

Brush the completed moulds with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar

Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown, crisp and pastry has risen.

Put on wire rack to cool then carefully remove moulds

Melt White chocolate.

imageWhen horns are cold dip ends into chocolate and put into a champagne glass to stand upright and harden

Fill horns with custard mixture

Whip double cream until soft peak, put into piping bag

Pipe a rosette of cream into the end of the horn

Remove from glasses and Serve

ENJOY