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Autumn recipes

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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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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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.

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Easter Baking Recipes

Dust off your mixing spoon, man your oven and have your eggs at the ready as we present some of our all-time favourite Easter baking recipes, from praline bread pudding to those all-important hot cross buns.

Self-raising flour vs regular flour with raising agents

What is the difference between using SR flour and plain flour with a raising agent e.g. baking soda. Why do recipes use plain flour with soda when clearly SR flour would do the job?
By Rose Babij

GT food director Emma Knowles answers:

Self-raising flour has a specific ratio of flour to baking powder. To replicate self-raising flour the proportion is approximately 1 tsp baking powder: 150gm (1 cup) of plain flour. However, many recipes require a different proportion of baking powder to flour in order to achieve the desired leavening. This is when the recipe will call for plain flour and baking powder as separate ingredients. For example, a banana cake, being a heavier batter, will often require more baking powder to rise than is present in self-raising flour. It may require, let's say, 1 cup of plain flour and 2½ teaspoons baking powder, and hence will call for plain flour and baking powder. For this reason, it's not advisable to simply substitute self-raising flour or you may find yourself with a less-than-desirable result. The other reason that can come into play with publications which cater to an international market is simply that self-raising flour isn't available in some countries (the US is a case in point), so providing a plain flour/baking powder solution means the recipe can be cooked by people who don't live in Australia.

Strong plain flour has a higher gluten content than plain flour, which makes it suitable for things like pasta, dough and bread-making, which require the gluten component of the flour to be "worked" in order to provide the necessary structure. Strong flour is also sometimes called OO, bread or pizza flour. It's not ideal for cakes, biscuits or pastries which need a tender crumb and crumble texture.

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