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"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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Coleslaw

"Store-bought and pre-cut coleslaws, and bottled dressings have given the humble slaw a lacklustre rep over the years," says Stone. "Taking a little time (just 10 minutes!) to whip one up yourself reminds us why this salad became popular in the first place. This creamy, crunchy coleslaw comes together in a pinch and can be piled atop a thick piece of brisket or served as a side."

Nougat and chocolate semifreddo


You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

You'll need

350 gm dark chocolate (56% cocoa solids), finely chopped 100 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped 45 ml brandy 550 ml thickened cream 120 gm caster sugar 45 gm liquid glucose 5 egg yolks 180 gm nougat (see cranberry, pistachio and almond nougat recipe), diced To serve: raspberries For dusting: pure icing sugar, sieved

Method

  • 01
  • Place chocolate, brandy and half the cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth (1-2 minutes). Set aside and keep warm. Whisk remaining cream to soft peaks and set aside.
  • 02
  • Stir sugar, glucose and 80ml water in a separate saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil and cook until syrup reaches 118C on a sugar thermometer (2-3 minutes).
  • 03
  • Whisk yolks in an electric mixer until pale (2-3 minutes). Whisking continuously, gradually add sugar syrup, then whisk until cooled to room temperature (2-3 minutes). Fold in chocolate mixture, then whipped cream and refrigerate until just firm (1 hour). Fold in nougat, spoon into a 2-litre pudding bowl, smooth top and freeze until firm (overnight).
  • 04
  • Dip pudding bowl in hot water, run a palette knife around the sides, invert onto a chilled serving plate and freeze until required. Serve topped with raspberries and icing sugar.

At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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  • Serves 12 people

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