Christmas cakes

If you fancy learning how to make chocolate and lots more then head to Betty’s Cookery School in Harrogate, Yorkshire. On the 26th March they are doing a ‘tortes and brownies’ workshop.

For more details on this and lots of other workshops at Betty’s, check out the website,


Apple Pie

You will need about 8 pots (around 350ml side) or 10 ramekin dishes
800g /1.75lb of ready made sweet shortcrust pastry
100g /3.5oz butter
100g /3.5oz soft light brown sugar
100g/3.5 oz sultanas
5 Baking apples, peeled cored and chopped
Juice and zest of ½ a lemon
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 egg yolks (beaten)
Caster sugar to sprinkle
Flour for rolling pastry

Preheat your oven to 180C/Gas 4
Melt the butter in a large pan then add the sugar and mix until slightly brown
Add the apples,sultanas, lemon juice, zest, and cinnamon
Cook or microwave your apples until soft
Dust a little flour to your work surface and rolling pin
Flatten pastry and roll into circles around an inch thick then cut out cirles to match pie lids, making sure they are slightly larger than your chosen pots of remekin dishes
Fill the dishes with the pie filling then pop on the pastry lids
Crimp pinch the pastry to seal the pie
Mix the beaten egg and a splash of milk and brush this over the top of each pie
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes in the centre of the oven until the pastry is golden brown