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"This dish is Lebanese-peasant done fancy with all the peasant-style flavours you'll find in Lebanese cooking, but with a beautiful piece of fish added," says Bacash. "The trick to not overcooking fish is to be aware that it cooks from the outside inwards and the centre should only cook until it's warm, not hot. If it gets hot in the middle, it will become overcooked from the residual heat. It takes a little practise getting to know this - be conscious of the inside of the fish and not the outside. Until you get it right, you can always get a little paring knife and peek inside the flesh when you think it's ready; it won't damage it too much."

12-hour barbecue beef brisket

"Texas is world-renowned for barbecuing a mean brisket, the flat and fatty slab of meat, cut from the cow's lower chest," says Stone. "Cooking a simply seasoned brisket low and slow on a smoker (or kettle barbecue when barbecuing at home), gradually rendering the gummy white fat while simultaneously infusing smoky flavour into the meat, is a labour of love. Although time-consuming, briskets are not difficult to cook. And while you'll note that this one takes a whopping 12 hours to cook, don't be alarmed if your brisket needs another hour or so - this timing is an approximation, and greatly depends on the size of your brisket and heat of your barbecue." The brisket can also be cooked in an oven (see note).

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Treacle tart


You will need to begin this recipe 1 day ahead.

You'll need

  Filling 1.1 kg golden syrup (and another 300gm up your sleeve) 2 lemons, zest grated and juiced 2 tsp ground ginger 400 gm fresh white breadcrumbs To serve: double cream (optional)   Sweet pastry 315 gm unsalted butter, softened 225 gm caster sugar 1 large (70gm) egg 5 large egg yolks (from 70gm eggs) 560 gm strong white flour

Method

  • 01
  • To make the sweet pastry, cream the butter and sugar together until white and fluffy. Lightly beat together the egg and egg yolks, then add them to the mixture a little at a time to prevent curdling. Sift in the flour and mix until just incorporated. The pastry will be very soft, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • 02
  • Take the pastry out of the fridge and let it soften at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Then cut it in half and roll one piece on a lightly floured work surface to about 3mm thick (you won’t need the other piece but it will keep well in the freezer). Use to line a 30cm loose-bottomed tart tin and chill for 1-2 hours.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Cover pastry case with baking paper, fill with dried beans and blind bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove the baking paper and beans and return pastry case to the oven and bake until it is a good, golden colour all over. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  • 04
  • For the filling, place the golden syrup, lemon juice and zest and ground ginger in a pan and cook over medium heat until hot. Stir in the breadcrumbs, remove from heat and stand for 10 minutes or until golden syrup has been absorbed by the crumbs. Then add the extra golden syrup little by little until it starts to bleed out of the breadcrumbs; you might not need to add all the syrup. Pour the filling into the pastry case and bake at 180C for 30-45 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with double cream, if desired.

"Every cookbook, it would seem, has its Navajo Factor. To my shame, in book one it was the treacle tart. Fortunately I'm ready to meet the great chef in the sky, thanks to Justin remedying things in this new book."
This is one of cult UK chef Fergus Henderson's favourite puddings from his book Beyond Nose to Tail (Allen & Unwin).

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  • Serves 9 people
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  • Serves 9 people

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