Reheat instructions for our Christmas Pudding. (We are taking pudding orders for Christmas 2016 now. Just e mail us. 1/2, 1 and 2 lbs sizes available)
Unwrap pudding from vacuum wrap. Re-wrap in parchment paper, then in tin foil. (You can leave the pudding whole, or pre-slice for easy serving later). ¼ fill a saucepan with boiling water, put it on the heat and, when it comes back to the boil, place a steamer on top of the pan and turn it down to a gentle simmer. Put the Christmas pudding in the steamer-cover with lid and leave to steam.
½ lb = 20 minutes
1 lb = 30 minutes
2lb = 45 minutes
An electric vegetable steamer will also work to reheat the pudding.
Alternately, you could leave the pudding in the vac wrap, simmer in water for 30 minutes. Unwrap, slice and serve.
We serve it with warm custard, whipped cream and a dollop of brandy butter then pair it with a good glass of port. Mom wouldn’t have had it any other way.
BLACK SESAME & PEAR TEA CAKE
The Old Rectory B&B
4 oz oats (flat)
4 oz flour
4 oz caster sugar
4 oz salted butter
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
3 oz (2Tbsp) golden syrup (from cane-not corn)
2 tsp water
Put your oven on at 180*C/375*F
Whip butter & sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Next add the flour, soda, bp, oats, water & Lyles syrup. Mix well.
Remove dough from bowl and roll into long roll about 1 inch thick, then slice into 15-20 equal pieces.
Put them onto a greased baking sheet. Flatten the discs slightly, bake until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
When they are ready take them out of the oven and let them cool for only 2 minutes, then remove onto cooling rack. Leaving the biscuits too long on baking tray will not let them crisp up.
Rumour is that for 500 years the monks of St John the Baptist Abbey in ColchesterU.K. were famous for their crunchy oat Priory biscuits which were also baked and enjoyed by the townsfolk. All that's left of the Abbey today is its 15th century gatehouse and its biscuits!
ROSEMARY & NUT BROWN BUTTER BREAD
1 lb 12 oz strong Flour
12 oz brown Flour
2 Tbsp milk powder
5 tsp dry yeast (granules)
1 Tbsp salt
½ cup 12 grain - red river mix will suffice
8 fl oz warm milk
1 ½ Tbsp brown sugar
4 oz butter
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary-finely chopped
8 fl oz (our homemade) buttermilk
28 fl oz warm water
4 fl oz extra virgin olive oil
Add 12 grain & sugar to warm milk, leave to soak for 1 hour.
Brown the butter in frying pan, add rosemary and immediately pour into 12 grain mix stirring well.
Mix 1st 5 ingredients together in mixing bowl. Then add the 12 grain mix.
Next pour in buttermilk, olive oil & water and knead for 12 minutes in mixer.
More water may be required depending on texture of dough. Dough should be starting to come together and off the sides of the bowl.
Leave to rest for 1 hour.
Remove from bowl and cut into 4 equal pieces. Knead into desired shape. We make loaves and smaller buns from the mixture. A quarter batch can be made into approx 15-20 buns.
Leave proof for another hour, then gently egg wash tops. Preheat oven to 425*F and bake buns for 12-15 minutes until golden. Loaves take 30 minutes.
Turn onto wire rack to cool.
COBBLESTONE GINGERBREAD LOAF
- 300g golden syrup
- 200g muscovado sugar
- 250ml Cobblestone Porter
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 300g plain flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 300ml sour cream
- 2 eggs.
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- 1.Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. Grease your oven tray or muffin pans if making individually.
- 2.Put the butter, syrup, muscovado sugar, Porter, ginger, cinnamon and ground cloves into a pan and melt gently over a low heat.
- 3.Take off the heat and whisk in the flour and bicarb.
- 4.Whisk the sour cream and eggs together and then beat into the gingerbread mixture in the sour cream and eggs, whisking to get a smooth batter. It will be runny
- 5.Bake for 45 minutes
- 6.Let the gingerbread cool before cutting into slices or squares.
The gingerbread can be baked up to 1 week ahead. Wrap in baking parchment followed by layer of plastic wrap and store in airtight container in a cool place. Keep for total of 2 weeks.
- Makes one 8-inch square cake
- 3/4 cup poppy seeds
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 7 oz unsalted butter-softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the poppy seeds and cover.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan. In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/3 cups of flour with the baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the butter with the granulated sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the poppy seed mixture and beat at medium speed until just combined. Add the eggs to the batter one at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake the cake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert it onto a wire rack and let cool completely, about 2 hours. Dust the cake with confectioners' sugar, cut into squares and serve.
CHAI TEA AND HONEY CAKE
230g raw cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp honey
3g bicarbonate of soda
150g chopped dates
300ml chai tea, or tea of your choice(Use 2 t-bags)
225g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice-I use goodalls brand
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 160C/330f.
Spray cake tin with canola spray and
line base with baking paper. Boil chai tea for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, put dates
and bicarb soda and butter in a large metal bowl. When tea is boiled measure
out 310ml and pour over dates, butter and bicarb mix. Leave until at room
temperature at least 20mins, preferably overnight.
2. While chai mix is cooling, beat sugar, honey, egg, vanilla for 5 minutes on
speed 3 until white and light and creamy. Combine dry ingredients together.
3. Pour date mix slowly into sugar mix on speed 1, until combined (2
minutes). Handful by handful, add the dry ingredients to this mix. Do not
overbeat, mixer should be on for maximum of 2 minutes.
4. Pour into loaf tin and bake for about 40 minutes, until springy and
bounces back on touch and nice and brown all over. Let cool for 10 minutes
before releasing from tin.
5 Ounce All purpose unbleached Plain Flour
1 Ounce Cornstarch
4 Ounce Butter
2 Ounce Dark Brown Sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence (D'lis)
1 Orange-zest only
Mix all ingredients in cuisinart, let rest 1 hour in fridge. Roll to desired shape, about 1/4 inch high. Cook at 180 degrees 'F'. Cool on wire rack and sprinkle with caster sugar.
GRAPEFRUIT & LEMON VERBENA SYRUP CAKE
1 Cup Instant or fine grind Polenta
1/3 Cup Plain Flour (omit flour for gluten free, use rice or tapioca flour instead)
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Plain Yogurt
2 Tblsp Melted Butter
1 Tblsp Olive Oil
1 Grapefruit-Rind Finely grated
2 Egg whites
3/4 Cup Sugar
Sift polenta, flour, salt & baking powder. Combine yogurt, butter, oil, rind and juice in
small bowl. Beat whites, eggs and sugar until thick and creamy. Beat in yogurt mixture.
Fold in dry ingredients until just combined. Pout into 8 " pan. Bake at 375*F for 45
minutes. Remove from oven and turn out onto wire rack & turn right side up. Drizzle hot
lemon syrup over cake; cool.
Lemon Syrup..... 1/2 Cup Sugar 1/3 Cup Water 1/3 Cup lemon juice, plus optional 10 leaves verbena.
Simmer for 3 minutes, pour over cake.
CRANBERRY ALMOND BISCOTTI
Try this with the Revel Coffee house blend available on Market Square preferably with some quiet time after the Christmas rush! P.S. They brew lovely hot chocolate too, just ask Conor.
1 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
2 1/2 Cups Soft Flour
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Salt
3 Large Eggs
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Cup Sliced Almonds
1 Large Egg as eggwash
1).Preheat oven to 325*f.
2).Soak Cranberries in boiling hot water for 5 mins. Drain and pat dry.
3).Mix together flour, sugar, soda, b-powder and salt with beater. Add eggs and vanilla until dough forms. Add cranberries and almonds and mix at low speed.
4).Turn out onto floured surface and knead several times.
5). Halve dough and form each piece into a 13-by2 inch slightly flattened log.
6). Brush each log with egg wash,and bake in oven for 30 mins. 7). Cool logs slightly then cut diagonally into half inch thick slices with serrated knife.
8). Bake these slices for 10 mins each side, until golden and crisp.
Cool on wire rack. ...THESE SHOULD KEEP FOR 2 WEEKS IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER...OR 2 DAYS IN OUR SUNROOM COOKIE JAR!!!!!!!!
We make different savoury types: cheddar & apple, smoked gouda and thyme etc, sometimes even sweet treat like a pear and vanilla one. Homemade relishes top these savoury delights too! They are the 'Brent Carver' of souffles-not too tall but sublime!!!
50 g Butter
50 g Plain/Soft Flour
300 ml Cream-35%
300 ml Milk
1 Tbsp Marmite (optional)
1 Tsp. Thyme or Oregano
1 Pinch Nutmeg
6 Egg Whites
225 g Cheese (havarti or goats or cheddar)
Lining the Moulds....
50 g Melted Butter
100 g.each Breadcrumbs/Parmesan/Hazlenuts..finely ground (nuts are optional)
1. Line moulds by brushing the insides with melted butter and then sprinkling the breadcrumb mix in. Tap out excess crumbs.
2. Pre heat the oven to 220*C or 425*F.
3. Make white sauce....melt butter in pot then add flour to make a paste. Slowly add milk, marmite & cream and seasonings(herbs) and boil gently for 5 mins. Stir frequently as sauce will tend to 'catch' in pot & burn. Leave to cool for 8/10 mins.
4. Meanwhile grate your cheese (eg cheddar) and put in large bowl with egg yolks. Pour the sauce over the cheese and mix until the cheese has melted.
5. Whip the egg whites to a stiff peak consistency.Fold into the cheese mix until evenly distributed.Spoon mix into ramekins to the top.
6. Place ramekins into a shallow tray with about 1cm of warm water in the tray. Cook in the oven for about 15/25 mins or until fully risen and golden on top.
7. To unmould leave souffle to cool to blood temp and then gently slide a knife around the inside of the mould to loosen it. It should pop out when turned upside down.
Store in fridge for up to 2 days and reheat in 400*f oven for about 10 mins. Serve immediately.
(Can be eaten cold...nice as part of a plowmans lunch)
2018 Season Playbill
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
Directed by Robert Lepage
Directed by Scott Wentworth
The Comedy of Errors
Directed by Keira Loughran
Studio Theatre (tentative)
The Music Man
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore
The Rocky Horror Show
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore
To Kill a Mockingbird
Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Directed by Miles Potter
Studio Theatre (tentative)
An Ideal Husband
Directed by Lezlie Wade
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
Avon Theatre (tentative)
Brontë: The World Without
Directed by Vanessa Porteous
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
Full 2018 details at Festival website