Stay merry, cosy and content this Christmas with our favourite festive recipes. Super simple ideas to delight your guests!
Jamie Oliver's Yorkshire Pudings
3 eggs, 115g plain flour, 1 pinch sea sale, 285 milk, 12 tablespoons vegetable oil
Makes 12 puddings
- Whisk the eggs, flour, salt, and milk together really well in a bowl to make your batter. Pour the batter into a jug, and let it sit for 30 minutes before you use it.
- Turn your oven up to the highest setting, and place a 12 cup muffin tray in the oven to heat up for 5 minutes.
- Place 1 tb of oil in each muffin hole, and put the tray back into the oven and heat until oil is very hot.
- Open oven door, slide the tray half out, and carefully pour the batter into the muffin holes.
- Close the door and cook for 15 minutes without opening the oven door.
- Serve immediately.
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Nigella Lawson's Quick Halloumi
3 fresh chillis, 2 tablespoons of runny honey, 1 lime, 225g block of halloumi cheese
- Slice 2 of the chillies, leaving the seeds in, then de-seed the third and chop it into fine dice (this is for full-on fieriness; you may de-seed more cautiously if you wish) and add to a small pan – ideally, the sort sold as a butter-melting pan – along with the honey, and squeeze in 1 teaspoon of lime juice from one half of the lime.
- Put the pan on the smallest ring on the hob and bring to a bubble, then turn the heat down low, and let it foam away for 4 minutes. Stir frequently and do not leave the pan unattended, otherwise it will foam over the hob. Remove from the heat.
- Before you turn to the halloumi, arrange a few salad leaves on 2 plates, and pour as much or as little oil over them as you want. Cut the un-juiced half of the lime into wedges, and pop one on each plate if so wished.
- Slice the halloumi block into 8 pieces, and heat a cast-iron or heavy-based frying pan. When it’s hot, add the slices and cook them – without any oil in the pan – for 30–60 seconds until they are tiger-striped underneath, then turn the slices over and cook until the underside is patchily bronzed, too.
- Remove the halloumi to the salad-lined plates and spoon the pieces of chilli in their honeyed glaze over the cheese.