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Comfort food and fun Easter eats feature in our collection of autumn recipes, featuring everything from an Italian Easter tart to carrot doughnuts with cream cheese glaze and brown sugar crumb and braised lamb with Jerusalem artichokes, carrots and cumin to breakfast curry with roti and poached egg.

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Apple and cinnamon hot cross buns

The mix of candied apple and dried apple combined with a sticky cinnamon glaze provides a new twist on an old favourite. These buns are equally good served warm on the day of baking, or several days later, toasted, with lashings of butter.

Italian Easter tart

"This is a traditional tart eaten in Naples at Easter," says Ingram. "The legend goes that a mermaid called Parthenope in the Gulf of Napoli would sing to celebrate the arrival of spring each year. One year, to say thank you, the Neapolitans offered her gifts of ricotta, flour, eggs, wheat, perfumed orange flowers and spices. She took them to her kingdom under the sea, where the gods made them into a cake. I love to add nibs of chocolate to Parthenope cake because I think it marries nicely with the candied orange and sultanas, but, really, do you need an excuse to add chocolate to anything?" Start this recipe a day ahead to prepare the pastry and soak the sultanas.

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Should I soak my fish before cooking it?

We fish the Dams in Queensland and have been told that after filleting and skinning our Australian bass and yellowbelly we should soak them in a solution of salt water: 2 dessertspoons of salt to 3 cups of water. The traveller's story has it that it takes the muddy taste from the fish, and after cooking on the BBQ with a little virgin olive oil gives the best eating of fresh water fish. Is this really necessary?
By Fish to Taste

Lisa Featherby, Gourmet Traveller food editor, writes:

Soaking fish in brine or water before cooking to remove any muddy taste is not necessary. We prefer never to wash or soak whole or filleted fish in water or any other solution (except a marinade) before cooking as it affects the texture, and ultimately, the flavour of the fish. If you have caught fish or bought it from an area where the waters that the fish inhabit are particularly muddy, then so-be-it, enjoy the flavour of the fish from its natural habitat, just as you would a salty fish from the ocean. I would recommend rather than just cooking a river fish on the barbeque with olive oil, you may want to first wrap it in foil with aromatic herbs and spices to match the density of flavour or as an alternative to barbecuing, make a curry (try our recipe for river trout and eggplant curry) and you will find that rather than eliminating flavour in the fish, you are enhancing it instead. Happy fishing!

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