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Catriona 
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I thought it might be interesting to post a few 'Easter' recipes.



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[color=blue]Simnel Cake


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Mind if I horn in here a bit Cat smile.gif
This is only traditional in my home..
so its a bit off topic..

If you are having a bunch for brunch..
this over night French Toast from Epicurious.com it is fantastic !

Although the Diehls use large slices from a round loaf of bread and remove the crust, we also tried the recipe with a baguette, leaving the crust on, and found it just as delicious. At La Maison, challah is often the bread of choice.

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
an 8- to 9-inch round loaf country-style bread
5 large eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until smooth and pour into a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Cut six 1-inch thick slices from center portion of bread, reserving ends for another use, and trim crusts. Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a bowl whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread. Chill bread mixture, covered, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

Preheat oven to 350 F. and bring bread to room temperature.

Bake bread mixture, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35 to 40 minutes.

Serve hot French toast immediately.

Makes 6 servings.


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I use a cinnoman raisin bread from a local bakery and an egg challah,
I slice them thickly myself the night before.. and let them get a bit "stale"
and remove the crusts.. I have to try the baguette version sometimes..

This is a real crowd pleaser , and simple to make and serve..
I like a tart fruit salad with it, it is sweet !
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It's not MY kitchen, Paula..... the more recipes, the merrier, says I! biggrin.gif

That sounds a leetle too sweet for my taste, but I bet my family will LOVE it!
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West Country Easter Biscuits (cookies)

The 'West Country' is usually taken to mean the English counties of Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

West Country Easter Biscuits


4oz butter
3oz caster sugar
7oz plain flour
2oz currants
1tbs mixed candied peel
1 egg
pinch of salt
0.5tsp ground mixed spice
0.5tsp ground cinnamon
2tbs brandy
a little extra sugar


Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon. The creamed mixture should be pale in colour and fluffy in texture. Beat the yolk of the egg into this. Sift the flour, salt and spices into the mixture and combine thoroughly. Add the candied peel. Mix in enough of the brandy to form a dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Roll out to about 0.75 inch thickness. Cut out into round biscuit shapes. Put onto well-greased baking trays and bake at 200 degrees centigrade for 10 minutes. Take the biscuits from the oven and brush them over with a little of the beaten egg-white. Sprinkle them with the extra castor sugar and return to the oven for another 5 minutes. They are ready when golden brown.


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I found this menu online when I was looking for a 'different' braised lamb dish - I thought this one sounded great. www.uktvfood.co.uk


Wild Mushroom and Juniper Braised Shoulder of Lamb
by Georges Laurier

Servings: 6-8
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

250ml robust dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
1 shoulder of lamb, bone-in
100g dried mushrooms, ground to a powder
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
200g carrot, diced
200g celery, diced
200g leek, diced
200g onion, diced
3 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
2 ripe plum tomatoes, such as Roma
4 cloves
3 fresh bay leaves
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 litre veal stock
450g fresh wild mushrooms, such as morels, chanterelles, cps, sliced if large
4 tbsp juniper berries, crushed
1 tbsp mace
salt and freshly ground black pepper


You will need:

Measuring jug, small saucepan, scales, blender or food processor, cook's knife, chopping board, bowls, measuring spoons, large roasting pan, meat lifters, wooden spoon, perforated spoon

Method

1. Pour the wine into a small saucepan and simmer briskly until reduced to just under half (100ml). Set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5.

3. Season the lamb with the powdered mushrooms, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Place a large sturdy roasting pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and butter. When sizzling, add the lamb and sear on each side.

5. Add the diced vegetables, garlic, tomatoes, cloves, bay leaves and the whole peppercorns. Stir in the reduced white wine and the veal stock. Bring to the boil, then transfer to the oven.

6. Braise the shoulder for approximately 1 hour.

7. Using a perforated spoon, remove the vegetables from the pan. Reserve and keep warm.

8. Add the fresh mushrooms, juniper berries and mace to the pan. Return to the oven and braise for another hour or more, until the meat is easily removed from the bone.

9. Arrange the reserved vegetables on a serving platter. Place the lamb on top and spoon the mushroom sauce around.

Cooks Notes

Use a blender or food processor to grind the dried mushrooms to a powder

Variations

If you can't find wild mushrooms, use a mixture of cultivated mushrooms such as portobello, chestnut, crimini.




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Posted: 18-Mar-2004, 08:35 AM
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I'm Blessed with my mixed background,
if for nothing else, then the fact that
I was brought up with two Easters and Christmas !

Lamb is a staple of "Greek " Easter..
I am allways looking for new ways to prepair and serve it ..
This looks like one I have to try !
Thanks Cat..

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