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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  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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Carbonnade flamande - Flemish Stew

Carbonnade flamande – Flemish Stew

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Carbonnade flamande - Flemish Stew
This Flemish beef stew, or carbonnade flamande, is the national dish of Belgium. It is the perfect dish to serve to friends on a cold winters evening. I love to serve it with crispy potatoes in their jackets but it would be equally lovely with smooth mashed potatoes which would just soak up the lovely rich gravy.
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Course Beef, Main Dish
Cuisine Flemish
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Carbonnade flamande - Flemish Stew
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  1. Marinate the beef overnight in the ale with the garlic and bay leaves.
  2. The next day, drain the beef from the marinade, reserving the marinade.
  3. Pat the meat dry with kitchen paper and toss it in the seasoned flour until evenly coated. Shake off any excess flour so it is lightly dusted.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp of the rapeseed oil in the inner pot until hot and fry the beef in 3-4 batches for about 5 minutes per batch, stirring occasionally. You may need to add a little more oil between batches but make sure it is hot again before adding the next batch. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon to a plate and set aside.
  5. Lower the heat to medium and fry the pancetta in the inner pot, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden.
  6. Scoop the pancetta out with a slotted spoon and set aside with the beef.
  7. Add the carrots, onions and leek into the inner pot and fry, until they start to brown.
  8. Add the tomato purée, the beef, the reserved marinade, the pancetta, the beef stock and bouquet garni to the casserole.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  10. Once boiling turn down to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  11. Turn off the heat and place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Mr D's Thermal Container.
  12. Shut the lid and leave to thermally cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours.
To serve
  1. Serve mashed potatoes or potatoes in their jackets and greens.
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Savory Fish Crumble

Savory Fish Crumble with New Potatoes

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Savory Fish Crumble with New Potatoes
The savory crumble mixture in this recipe can be used on anything that would normally have a potato topping. The important thing with the crumble is not to over work it or it will become a gooey mass rather than like breadcrumbs. You should find that 2.4L of water will just creep up the side of the top pot by about 1 cm when in place. You may need to adjust the amount slightly especially if you are not using a Mr D's Thermal Cooker.
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Course Fish
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Savory Fish Crumble
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  1. Combine the crumble ingredients into a bowl. Mix well by rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Place to one side for later.
  3. Add 2.4L of water (ideally boiling) to the inner pot and bring to the boil with the lid on.
  4. Once boiling place the inner pot into the outer insulated container and shut the lid.
  5. Add the cold milk, plain flour, butter, herbs and Parmesan to the top pot.
  6. Gradually bring to the boil stirring continuously until it thickens.
  7. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  8. Check the seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if necessary.
  9. Add the fish to the white sauce and heat for a few minutes stirring occasionally until you see the odd bubble coming from the white sauce.
  10. Sprinkle over the savory crumble mixture and place the lid on the top pot.
  11. Remove the inner pot and bring back to the boil.
  12. Once boiling place the top pot into the inner pot and turn the heat down to a simmer.
  13. Simmer for 3 minutes and then place the inner pot and top pot into the outer insulated container.
  14. Shut the lid and thermal cook without power for a minimum of 2 hours.
  15. Serve with salad or fresh vegetables and crusty bread.
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Pot Roast Beef

Pot Roast Sirlion of Beef

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Pot Roast Sirlion of Beef
Pot roasting in a thermal cooker works really well as it can been seen with this recipe for pot roast beef. I like to have a selection of vegetables with my pot roast so I add them all at the same time so a complete meal is ready at the end.
Pot Roast Beef
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Course Beef, Main Dish
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Pot Roast Beef
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  1. Mix the flour with a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and roll the beef in the seasoned flour to coat, shaking or patting off any excess. Set aside.
  2. Put the inner pot onto a medium heat and pour in the olive oil.
  3. Once hot add the lardons and cook until starting to crisp.
  4. Carefully place the beef into the pot turning it to brown it all over.
  5. Once brown remove to a plate and set aside.
  6. Add the carrots, celeriac and garlic. Crumble over the stock cube and fry gently stirring until starting to brown.
  7. Pour in a little water and stir to deglaze the inner pot.
  8. Put the beef back in and pour over the tin of tomatoes.
  9. Top up with water until just covering the meat.
  10. Bring to the boil then put on the lid and turn down to a simmer.
  11. Simmer for 10 minutes before turning off the heat and placing the inner pot into the insulated outer container.
  12. Shut the lid and leave to thermal slow cook without power for a minimum of 4 hours.
  13. Once cooked remove the beef and bring the inner pot back to the boil.
  14. To serve thinly slice the beef. Add the vegetables that were cooked with beef and mashed potatoes and cabbage. If you prefer instead of the cabbage and mash serve with some rustic bread and a side salad.
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