This Easter, cook up a storm in the kitchen with these mouthwatering dishes. Here are the recipes:
Wine Poached Pears, Beet & Candied Walnuts
- 3 medium sized beets
- 1 firm pear,
- ½ cup dry red wine
- ¼ cup walnuts, candied
- ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- A few handfuls of salad greens
- 1-2 tablespoons Olive oil
- A drizzle of balsamic vinegar
- A drizzle of honey
- Sea salt and fresh black pepper
1. Peel Beets & Pear, boil them together with ½ cup of red wine and water.
2. Cool the cooked beet and poached pears to wedges.
3. Make a dressing out from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, sea salt & black pepper.
4. Take a deep plate preferable pasta plate, arrange all the ingredients including beets, pears , lettuce
together. Garnish with feta crumble, candied walnuts.
5. Drizzle the balsamic dressing and serve chilled.
Blackberry Chocolate Cake
- 250g butter, chopped
- 250g good-quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 4 eggs, at room temperature, separated
- 1/3 cup plain flour
- 150g frozen blackberries
- Solid chocolate Easter eggs, to serve
- Extra blackberries, to serve
- Cocoa powder, to serve
1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease and line a 23cm (base) spring form pan with baking paper. Melt
butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Set aside.
2. Combine chocolate and milk in a large heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring with a metal spoon, until melted and smooth.
3. Using an electric hand mixer beat in sugar. Remove bowl from heat. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool
4. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, to chocolate mixture, beating well after each addition. Add melted butter.
Stir until combined.
5. Sift flour over chocolate mixture. Gently fold in. Whisk egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks
form. Gently fold into chocolate mixture. Sprinkle over blackberries. Gently fold in until combined.
6. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until risen. Reduce oven to 160°C. Bake for
a further 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool
completely in pan.
7. Place cake onto a serving plate. Decorate with chocolate eggs and blackberries. Dust with cocoa.Serve slices with Mascarpone or thick cream, if desired.
Mushroom, Leek and Parmesan Tart
- 25g butter
- 4 leeks, sliced and washed
- 250g pack button fresh mushroom, sliced
- 2 leeks
- 284ml double cream
- 140g parmesan grated
- For the pastry:
- 280g plain flour
- 140g cold butter, cut into pieces
- 2 Eggs
1. To make the pastry, tip the flour and butter into a bowl, then rub together with your
fingertips until completely mixed and crumbly. Add 8 tbsp cold water, and then bring
everything together with your hands until just combined. Roll into a ball and use straight
away or chill for up to 2 days. The pastry can also be frozen for up to a month.
2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a round about 5cm larger than a 25cm tin.
Use your rolling pin to lift it up, then drape over the tart case so there is an overhang of
pastry on the sides. Using a small ball of pastry scraps, push the pastry into the corners of
the tin (see picture, above left). Chill in the fridge or freezer for 20 mins. Heat oven to
200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
3. While the pastry is chilling, heat the butter in a pan and cook the leeks for 10 mins, stirring
occasionally, until they soften. Then turn up the heat and add the mushrooms. Cook for 5
mins more and then turn off the heat.
4. Lightly prick the base of the tart with a fork, line the tart case with a large circle of
greaseproof paper or foil, then fill with baking beans. Blind-bake the tart for 20 mins,
remove the paper and beans, then continue to cook for 5-10 mins until biscuit brown
5. While the tart case cooks, beat the eggs in a bowl and then gradually add the cream. Stir in
the leeks, mushrooms and half the cheese. Season and then tip the filling into the tart case.
Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese, then bake for 20-25 mins until set and golden brown.
Leave to cool in the case, trim the edges of the pastry, then remove and serve in slices.
P.S. These Easter recipes have been curated by Executive Chef Lokesh Jarodia, The Deltin, Daman.