COOKING WITH GRANDMA CHRONICLES PART 24

RUSSIAN KISSEL Kissel is a lightly thickened fruit soup, a recipe that comes from Katya who was raised in Russia. Kissel is made with any red berries that are around and can be served as a first course soup, or as dessert, either at room temperature or chilled. The season starts with cherries, running on

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COOKING WITH GRANDMA CHRONICLES PART 20

STRAWBERRY PAVLOVA Grandma declares that cooks are born either cuisine or pastry chefs, but never both. The character traits required are quite different. She insists that great savory cuisine is not a matter of fixed measures and quantities but of instinctive adjustments to master recipes to suit the ingredients from day to day and to

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COOKING WITH GRANDMA CHRONICLES PART 11

LEMON CURD PUDDING In this basic recipe for steamed pudding, the lemon curd can be replaced with raspberry jam, golden syrup or orange marmalade. For a ginger pudding, substitute golden syrup for lemon curd and flavor the syrup with a bit of chopped fresh ginger and a teaspoonful of ground ginger. Makes a 2-quart/2-liter pudding

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COOKING WITH GRANDMA CHRONICLES PART 8

FRESH FRUIT MINCE PIES Fresh apples and grapes add a refreshing crunch to the traditional mincemeat mix of dried fruits. Grandma assembles most of the mincemeat a month or two ahead so it can mellow alongside the Christmas cake, adding the fresh fruit just before baking. She usually serves the pies hot for lunch or

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COOKING WITH GRANDMA CHRONICLES PART 4

BRUNO’S CHOCOLATE CAKE       Grandma often cooks with Lucy, and they’ve been making this cake for years thanks to Bruno, an amazing neighbor of Uncle Simon in France. Bruno is legally blind but he works faster in the kitchen than most professionals. This recipe of his is wonderfully rich and takes only 15

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COOKING WITH GRANDMA CHRONICLES PART 2

RASPBERRY ALMOND TORTE Grandma came across this ultra-simple raspberry almond torte, during a visit to South Africa and has loved it ever since. This recipe is loved by all, especially Leo who adores raspberries! If you don’t have raspberries try sweet or tart fresh cherries instead, but they will need to be pitted. Almond torte

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Kissel

Kissel is a lightly thickened fruit soup, a recipe that comes from Katya who was raised in Russia. Kissel is made with any red berries that are around and can be served as a first course soup, or as dessert, either at room temperature or chilled. The season starts with cherries, running on through strawberries,

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Purple Plum Tart

  So much depends on the plums for a tart, they should be almost bursting at the seams with juice. Their season is short, but when the moment strikes, a rare treat awaits with this simple tart — the dough is like a sugar cookie, with only the butter holding it together. I suggest a

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Apricot and Custard Tart (Tarte aux Fruits Alsacienne)

The local fruits in Alsace—apricots, bilberries (blueberries are a close relation), and half a dozen varieties of plum—are so juicy that cooks go to great lengths to avoid a soggy crust. They use a puffy yeast dough (popular, too, with German cooks across the Rhine) that soaks up juices from the fruit with help from a

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Jam Tarts

  I’m amazed that jam tarts haven’t migrated to America, they are a staple on English tea tables, needing only pastry and fruit jam, preferably homemade from raspberries, tangy and brilliant red. For the pastry, you can either make your favorite dough, or try this crumbly English dough that uses butter and lard. Makes 12

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