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By a cook you can trust
on 5 April 2013
I've tried various Mary Berry recipes over the years although never owned one of her books. After trying out a Jamie Oliver cook book (wasn't overly impressed) I decided to get a Mary Berry book.
So glad I did. The recipes are very easy to follow and have easy to source ingredients (something which can't be said for some other celeb cooks) and most importantly of all the dishes actually work.
I've tried quite a few of the recipes now and they have all turned out well. I also love the desserts. Some really nice old fashioned puds the type I remember as a child and she has inspired me to cook puddings more particularly as many of them include berries and fruit although must admit quite a bit of sugar too. So maybe just once a week!
Today I've baked the Higgledy Piggledy Pie (bramley apple and blackberry pie) and it was so quick and easy. It was meant for the next day but unfortunately we couldn't resist and have eaten half of it already. My 9 year old loved the pastry topping - a first for him!
Some of the recipes (this included) ask you to use a food processor and although I have one it's not particularly good and a hassle to fit it all together so I do some of the dishes the old fashioned way by hand and they turn out just as well. I would if you don't have a food processor invest in a large pestle and mortar as they are very useful for grinding spices. Yes it takes a while but works well.
Another firm favourite was the Fragrant Chicken Curry which is fab and has become a favourite.
The Orange and Honey Marinated Roast Chicken was also lovely and the sauce that went with it was even better, wonderful.
Love the tips on freezing and preparing ahead. I am sure that will come in very useful.
Can highly recommend this book.