Easter simnel cake

Mr D’s Easter Simnel Cake

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Mr D's Easter Simnel Cake
Making the cake takes about 20 minutes to put together, 30 minutes simmering and 4 to 6 hours power free thermal cooking. This is a saving of 1 hour 30 minutes oven time. The recipe is based on a Waitrose recipe and uses their products but these can be substituted with similar ingredients.
Easter simnel cake
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Instructions
  1. Line the case of your cake tin (see above for details of the tin) with greaseproof paper and grease the sides and lid with butter.
  2. Place the fruit into a bowl with the grated zest and lemon juice and set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs until they are fluffy and set to one side.
  4. Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and beat together until pale.
  5. Add the whisked eggs gradually mixing well as you between each addition - if the mixture begins to curdle, add a little flour.
  6. Sieve the flour and mixed spice over the mixture, then fold in until combined.
  7. Cut 200g marzipan into cubes and fold into the mixture with the reserved fruit and almonds, until evenly distributed.
  8. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the top.
  9. Cover the top of the cake/pudding tin either with the lid if you are using Mr D's Cake Tin or eco-friendly foil. This is to stop water dripping on the top of the cake.
  10. Place the cake/pudding tin inside the inner pot on a trivet.
  11. Add enough boiling water to come ¾ the way up the side of the cake tin.
  12. Bring back to the boil and then turn down the heat to a low simmer. Simmer gently with the lid on for 30 minutes.
  13. Turn off the heat and transfer the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer container.
  14. Close the lid and thermal cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours. It can be left overnight.
  15. Once cooked, allow to cool in the tin before removing.
  16. Remove from the cake/pudding tin and place on a wire rack.
  17. To decorate, remove the baking parchment from the cake. Roll half the remaining marzipan into a round the size of the top of the cake.
  18. Brush the top of the cake with the apricot jam and place the rolled marzipan on top.
  19. Roll the remaining marzipan into 11 balls and position around the edge.
  20. Place under a preheated high grill for 1-2 minutes or until golden and finish with a ribbon decoration.
  21. Happy Easter
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Sophies Lamb Tagine

Sophie’s Amazing Lamb Tagine

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Sophie's Amazing Lamb Tagine
The recipe this week is provided by Sophie who will be cooking for the crew of Jubilant during this years Fastnet race. Sophie kindly brought some tagine for us to try at the Midsummer Motorhome Show in Exeter and it was so popular that I decided it had to be included in my weekly recipes.
Sophies Lamb Tagine
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Course Lamb, Main Dish
Cuisine Moroccan
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Course Lamb, Main Dish
Cuisine Moroccan
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Sophies Lamb Tagine
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Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in the inner pot over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and fry until soft
  3. Add the coriander, parsley, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, ground ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Stir for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the lamb and mix with the spices and onions.
  5. Add the tins of tomatoes, tomato juice or pasata to the meat and cook until it starts to bubble a bit.
  6. Add the garlic, fruit and rest of the ingredients.
  7. Bring to the boil while stirring. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  8. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal Container.
  9. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 3 hours
  10. cooking couscous in the top pot if you have one.
  11. Add couscous and water according to the packet.
  12. Open the vacuum-insulated Thermal Container and remove the lid from the inner container. Place the the top pot into the inner pot.
  13. Leave to thermal cook without power for the same length of time as the tagine.
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