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BERRY, APPLE AND CARAMEL SQUARES FOOD & COOKING ARTICLE

BRINGING PUDDINGS TO LIFE - Berry, Apple and Caramel Squares
by Chef Phil Vickery

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery cooks up a pudding storm

Everyone has their favourite pudding but not everyone knows how to make them! However, help is here in the form of Celebrity Chef Phil Vickery. Phil is here to give easy step-by-step instructions to create twelve fantastic puddings, one pudcast a month. This is a delicious recipe for Berry, Apple and Caramel Squares which is easy and quick to make . . . as long as you don't mind getting your fingers sticky!

Everybody loves a good pud! From homemade apple pie to granny's spotted dick or mum's treacle tart, everyone's a winner. But how often do you make home-made puds and do you really know where to start?

Although more and more people are experimenting in the kitchen with puddings, one in five Brits have never attempted a home-made pudding, according to new research by Carnation. So what's stopping Brits from getting their hands dirty in the kitchen? Perhaps, if you had a top chef in the kitchen with you, you'd be more inclined to whip up a nice pudding. Well now you can!

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery is here to save the day. Over the coming months he will be welcoming us in to his kitchen to take us through the simple steps to create twelve fantastic puddings. Click on Podcast below to watch his latest instalment demonstrating how to make . . .

Still looking for inspiration? Why not logon to www.carnation.co.uk where you can look through a variety of Phil's tasty recipes and download the pudcasts.

PUDCASTS

To stop the spread of pudding paranoia and encourage the nation to rediscover its taste for homemade puddings, today, celebrity chef Phil Vickery launches a series of Pudcasts; a monthly series of six podcasts showing you how to create simple, yet impressive, desserts. Let's face it, even cook books aren't fool-proof, but you'll be hard pressed to go wrong when you've got the step-by-step directions on a screen right in front of your eyes! So why not harness the power of technology and watch one of Phil's pudcasts - you can't go wrong!

WHAT YOU GOT COOKIN'?

Cooking's not just about the end result. According to Phil, as well as missing out on the delicious taste of authentic homemade cooking, people are passing up the opportunity to experience the psychological benefits of making something for themselves. Creating your own mouth-watering pudding can be extremely rewarding, especially if cooking for family and friends. To see others really enjoying something you have prepared from scratch can leave you with a real sense of satisfaction and pride.

CHEF PHIL VICKERY

Phil started his career in a seaside hotel in Folkestone Kent, after leaving college. He then went to the Lake District to the famous Michaels Nook Country House hotel, where his food was rated the best in the lakes.

After 6 months touring Australia and New Zealand he took up one of two stints at the world famous Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. Once as chef de partie, and sous chef. This is where he really found his love for great British produce and cooking. This led on to his next position as Ian Mc Andrew's sous chef at Restaurant 74

After the second stint at Gravetye Manor, Phil then travelled to the south west to open a luxurious hotel, then moving to The Castle hotel after Gary Rhodes left in 1999. Here he really found his niche and over the next 9 years he won many accolades, including a Michelin star, Egon Ronay stars and 4 AA rosettes. Phil moved onto development in 2000 co-founding The Food Bureau with partner and friend Steven Poole.

Phil has written six books, including 'A Passion for Puddings'. He also writes for many magazines, articles and is a member of The Guild Of Food Writers.

Phil has been a regular chef on BBC's Ready Steady Cook for 10 years. He is also resident chef on ITV's This Morning and is a regular contributor to Radio Five Live and BBC's Breakfast programme.

BERRY, APPLE AND CARAMEL SQUARES

Lime Berry Cheesecake
Lime Berry Cheesecake
Lime Berry Cheesecake

This is a delicious recipe for Berry, Apple and Caramel Squares which is easy and quick to make . . . as long as you don't mind getting your fingers sticky!

Ingredients

300g (10oz) eating apples, peeled, cored and diced
397g can Carnation Caramel
200g (7oz) porridge oats
2tsp cinnamon (optional)

For the crumbly topping:
55g (2oz) porridge oats
15g (½oz) butter, finely cubed
55g (2oz) toasted flaked almonds
300g (11oz) fresh or frozen forest fruits

You will also need:
An 18 x 28cm (8 x 11”) baking tin, lined with baking parchment

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.
  • Tip the apple into a saucepan with 6 tablespoons of water, cover with a lid and cook until soft (about 5 - 6 minutes). Drain the excess water and puree in a blender or mash with a potato masher.
  • Tip 200g (7oz) of the oats and the cinnamon into a large bowl and add the cooked apple and two-thirds of the caramel. Mix well.
  • For the base: spread two-thirds of the oat mixture onto the base of the tin and push into the corners with the back of a spoon for a completely smooth layer.
  • Tumble the berries on top of the base. Beat the caramel in the can then drizzle over the berries.
  • Make a crumbly topping: add 55g (2oz) oats to the remaining mixture in the bowl and mix well. Using your fingers rub in the butter (it gets a little messy!). Add the almonds and stir together.
  • Dot the final oat mixture over the berries and press down slightly to stick all the layers together. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy with a blob of Greek yogurt or clotted cream.

Makes 6

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