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Starter

Baked-in-the-box Camembert

This starter is easy but impresses every time. It’s quick, a bit different and can be shared with friends over drinks or as a posh starter for two.

Camembert cheese can be picked up in any supermarket for around £2. Luckily Camembert tends to be packaged in its own little basket which means less washing up! Remove the plastic wrapper, put back in the basket and straight into a preheated oven, and bake at gas mark 5 for 15 minutes or until it feels soft in the centre.

If you have any fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme poke the sprigs through the skin whilst it cooks. Don’t be put when you pull away the layer of skin on top of the cheese- although it has a strong smell the flavour is a lot more subtle.

Whilst the cheese is baking, lightly oil a large frying pan.  The bread should be a large freshly baked loaf from the bakery section in the supermarket. Cut the bread into chunks and fry until slightly crisp and golden in colour.

You should end up will very limited washing up, zero effort and a very impressive and inventive starter or snack to share with friends!

Main

Leftover Pie

The epitome of the phrase “easy as pie”, this dish is a fantastic way to get rid of any leftovers you might have in the fridge.

All you need is ready-made puff pastry and whatever leftover vegetables you have. Boiled potatoes, leeks, onions, carrots… anything you fancy! Cook all of the ingredients, unfold the pastry into a dish and add the ingredients, folding the rest of the pastry over the top. Cook in the oven at gas mark 5/160 degrees for half an hour and serve hot or cold.

Dessert

Apple and Walnut Cake

This is brilliant with a cup of tea or as a dessert served hot with vanilla ice cream. Another plus is that your house will smell absolutely lovely while this is baking in the oven.

You’ll need 100ml of vegetable oil, four eggs, 400g caster sugar 275g self-raising flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 50g chopped walnuts, and three large apples.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 then lightly grease a cake tin. A good trick with baking cakes is to shake a bit of flour into the tin as well and shake it around until all the sides are evenly coated in a light layer.

Beat the vegetable oil and eggs until light and foamy. Add the sugar, flour, baking soda, walnuts and a pinch of cinnamon if you have any, and mix well. Stir in the diced apples and spoon the mixture (which should be very thick) into the tin.
Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes then leave to cool for ten minutes before removing it from the tin.
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