Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums

Now the Sugar plums, for the smaller children, simply slice open, take out pip and pop them together. The story of the ‘Sugar Plum’ fairy is a must along with the dance from the ‘Nutcracker Suite’  written in 1891-92 by Tchaikovsky. There is a story version on CD for adults and kids also motion picture. The kids will be glued to the story.

RECIPES:

  • Sugar plum Crepes
  • Sugar plum crumble 
  • Sugar plums with mascarpone custard

 

Sugar plum Crepes

Sugar Plum Crepes
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • For the Crepes:
  • 2 tbs butter, melted and cooled slightly (I browned this first, which probably won’t surprise you)
  • ½ cup milk (fat level shouldn’t matter, but I use whole)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Two pinches of salt
  • Few gratings fresh nutmeg
  • 2 tbs honey
  • For the Plums:
  • 10 plums, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 tbs honey
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • For the Asssembly:
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbs fresh mint leaves
  • Toasted and chopped pistachios or almonds
  • Additional honey, if desired
Instructions
  1. To Make crepes: In a blender, combine crepe ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Preheat a crepe pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, brush pan lightly with melted butter or oil. Pour ¼ cup batter into skillet, swirling it until it evenly coats the bottom and cook, undisturbed, until the bottom is golden and the top is set, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip and cook on other side for 5 to 10 seconds. Transfer wrapper to paper towel covered plate. Continue with remaining batter.
  3. To Prepare filling: Melt the butter in heavy, large frypan over a moderately high heat. Add the plums and cook them for 2 minutes, tossing them about until they’re warmed through. Add the honey and cinnamon and cook them for 1 minute more. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over them and transfer to a bowl. Cover the bowl with foil if you’re looking to keep them warm for a while.
  4. To Assemble: Lay a crepe on a plate. Dollop a couple spoonfuls of ricotta down middle of crepe. Add a spoonful or two of warm plums. Sprinkle with pistachios and mint, if using. Drizzle with extra honey, if desired. Fold crepe sides over each other, so that they slightly overlap. Garnish with extra mint.

 

Sugar plum crumble 

Sugar plum crumble
 
Need 1kg of sugar plums
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 150g of plain flour
  • 50g almond meal
  • 150g sugar
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of ground cardamom
  • 120g of melted butter
  • 1kg of sugar plums
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together 150g of plain flour, 50g almond meal, 100g sugar, 50g dark brown sugar, ½ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground cardamom. Slowly drizzle in 120g of melted butter and mix with a fork until it forms small crumbs. Break up any large crumbs so that none is bigger than 1cm. Pit and quarter 1kg of sugar plums and toss in a bowl with 50g of sugar. Spoon the plums into buttered individual ovenproof moulds and sprinkle the crumbs evenly on top.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes until the fruit is bubbling and the crumble is crisp.

 

Sugar plums with mascarpone custard

Sugar plums with mascarpone custard
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 250ml (1 cup) dry marsala wine
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 500g small sugar plums (order more)
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp arrowroot
  • Mascarpone custard – see recipes below
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g castor sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g mascarpone
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the marsala, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar plums in a baking dish and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes then drain juice into a saucepan and place plums in a serving dish. Combine the arrowroot with a little cold water, add to the plum juice, then cook over low heat, stirring until thickened. Pour over the plums and allow to cool.
  3. To make the mascarpone custard:
  4. Place the eggs, sugar, cornflour and vanilla in a bowl and whisk to combine. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and beat until thick.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and beat over a bowl of iced water until cool. Stir in the mascarpone. Serve with the cooled sugar plums.

 

Ruby Grapefruit

Ruby Grapefruit

Ruby Grape Fruit two cut

Ruby Grapefruit from Peats Ridge, north of Sydney, is an excellent source of Vitamin A and C.

Here are some innovative ways to use them.

Crepes with Ruby grapefruit and mascarpone

Grapefruit and rocket salad

Grilled Fish with Ruby Grapefruit

 

Crepes with Ruby grapefruit and mascarpone

Crepes with Ruby grapefruit and mascarpone
 
Crepes with Ruby grapefruit and mascarpone
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 250g plain flour
  • 10g castor sugar
  • 50 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing pan
  • 240g mascarpone
  • For dusting: pure icing sugar
  • For caramelising ruby grapefruit:
  • 2 ruby grapefruit
  • 400g castor sugar
  • 50ml brandy
Instructions
  1. In a bowl sift together dry ingredients and ¼ teaspoon salt. Whisk milk, eggs and melted butter in a separate bowl to combine, add to dry mixture, whisking to combine. Pass through a sieve into a jug. Add a little extra milk, if necessary, to thin to pouring consistency and refrigerate to rest (2-3 hours).
  2. Preheat oven to 160C.
  3. For caramelising Ruby grapefruit:
  4. Remove rind from grapefruit with a peeler, then remove and discard pith, finely slice rind and set aside. Slice grapefruit into rounds, place in a bowl with their juice, set aside. Bring sugar and 50ml water to boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar, then brush down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush. Cook over medium heat until caramelised (15-20 minutes). Add rind, grapefruit and brandy (be careful, it will flame) and cook until rind is tender and caramel is of drizzling consistency (1 minute).
  5. Meanwhile, heat a 25cm diameter frying pan over medium heat, brush pan with butter and pour enough mix to thinly cover the bottom of the pan (about 60ml). Cook until brown (2-3 minutes), turn and cook until cooked through (1 minute). Transfer to a tray, set aside to cool and repeat with remaining mixture.
  6. Spread crêpes with mascarpone, then fold into quarters. Place on an oven tray lined with baking paper, sprinkle with icing sugar and warm in oven (2-3 minutes). Transfer to plates, spoon over grapefruit mixture and serve immediately.

 

Grapefruit and rocket salad

Grapefruit and rocket salad
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad
Ingredients
  • • 2 Ruby grapefruit
  • • 1 bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed, cut diagonally into 5cm pieces
  • • 2 tbs olive oil
  • • 150g baby rocket leaves
Instructions
  1. Use a small knife to peel grapefruits. Segment over a bowl to collect juices. Cook asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes or until bright green. Refresh under cold running water. Drain well.
  2. Combine reserved grapefruit juice and oil in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the rocket, asparagus and grapefruit wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing and serve immediately.
  4. To segment a grapefruit:
  5. Use a small, sharp knife to peel the skin and remove the white pith. Slice down either side of the segments, cutting close to the white membranes, and lift out segments.

 

Grilled Fish with Ruby Grapefruit

Grilled Fish with Ruby Grapefruit
 
Author:
Recipe type: Grill
Ingredients
  • 4 portions of skinless fish fillets such as cod, haddock or whiting (about 150 g each)
  • 2 Ruby grapefruit
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 tbs butter, room temperature
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbs minced fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill.
  2. Arrange the fish in one layer in a shallow dish. with a sharp knife, remove the skin and pith from the grapefruit. Working over a bowl to catch the grapefruit juice, cut the grapefruit segments from their surrounding membranes putting aside the segments in a small bowl. Blend the coriander, olive oil, reserved grapefruit juice and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Pour over the fish and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Arrange the fish on a shallow oven dish and grill for 4 to 5 minutes in middle of oven. Combine the butter, lemon juice and parsley and spoon over the cooked fish. Serve with the grapefruit sections.