Salted Peanut Caramel Mud Pie

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

If you like your sweet treats gooey and chocolatey, then this is the bake for you. A rich chocolate pudding, oozing with a layer of salted caramel and a crunchy topping of peanut brittle – what more could you ask for?

Porchetta

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This is definitely one of my favourite recipes in the book. It’s made using pork shoulder, an inexpensive cut that, when cooked in this manner, results in wonderfully tender meat and crispy crackling. If the idea of rolling and stringing up the shoulder around the stuffing is too much, take the stuffing with you to the butcher when you buy the meat and ask for it to be stuffed and rolled for you. Then it’s simply a case of roasting it.

Thai Rice Noodle Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Anyone who has ever travelled to Thailand will remember the wonderful balance of flavours from sweet to salty and spicy to smoky. I like to think this salad captures all of these. There are so many wonderful textures and flavours from the roasted nuts, fresh crunchiness from the vegetables and then super sweet heat from the chilli and ginger dressing. This makes a really exciting midweek dinner.

Swedish Cinnamon Buns

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Swedish cinnamon buns, or 'Kanelbulle', were the first thing I learned to bake when I stayed in Sweden. Pearl sugar is sprinkled on top to give it that distinctive finishing touch, but if you can't get your hands on any simply sprinkle a little Demerara sugar to finish.

Caramelised Banana Pancakes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

I love making American-style pancakes for breakfast and this version is particularly delicious. It is perfect for special occasions!

Nasi Goreng

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Serve each plateful topped with a fried egg, a sprinkle of sliced spring onions and chilli, and some prawn crackers if you want.

Christmas Feast: Goose Fat Roast Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

For really crunchy roast potatoes with fluffy middles choose a floury variety of potato, such as Irish Roosters and try to make sure that they are all similar in size. To ensure really crispy roast potatoes drain off any excess fat about 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time. This will help them to go really crispy and golden brown around the edges.

Brioche Fruit Pudding

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This little dessert is a wonderful way to use up leftover bread, and in the winter, frozen berries work perfectly as a substitute for the fresh summer fruits.

Sole Meunière

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Fish is often forgotten as the ultimate fast food. It is an incredibly quick cooking ingredient and I would normally wax lyrically about just how healthy it is, too. But not in this recipe. No, this recipe is all about the nutty golden brown butter that forms the sauce alongside the tang of lemon juice and the salty hit from the capers. It's a bit of an all-in recipe and if you're going to make it, serve it with some steamed veggies for a delicious dinner.

Apple Strudel Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

A treasure from my Christmas Special visit to Austria!




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