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Cassata alla Siciliana

1 pint vanilla ice cream
½ pint strawberry or raspberry ice cream
½ pint pistachio ice cream
Chopped crystallised fruits
Chopped nuts
Crystallised fruits for decoration

Mould vanilla ice cream around the inside of a 2-pint bombe mould or pudding basin, and place a smaller bombe mould or basin in the centre to hold the ice cream in position. Freeze. Carefully remove the inner mould. Mould the strawberry ice cream inside the vanilla layer and, as before, place a still smaller mould or basin in the centre. Freeze. Carefully remove the inner mould.

Stir the chopped crystallised fruits and chopped nuts into the pistachio ice cream. Remove the centre mould and fill with the pistachio ice cream. Freeze once more.

To serve: unfold and decorate with crystallised fruits.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd., 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1968

Zuppa Inglese

4 eggs, separated
4 ounces sugar
4 ounces plain flour, sifted
Pinch of salt
Strega liqueur (or a mixture of cognac and rum)
½ pint double cream, whipped
¾ pint vanilla pastry cream (see below)
1 pint chocolate pastry cream (see below)
2 ounces chopped nuts
Coarsely grated orange peel
Chopped glacé cherries

Combine eggs and sugar in the top of a double saucepan and whisk over hot but not boiling water until thick and creamy. The mixture must not boil, or eggs will curdle. Remove from heat and allow to cool a little. Then lightly fold in sifted flour and salt.

Divide mixture into 3 sponge tins (7-inch, 6-inch, and 4-inch) and bake layers in a moderately hot oven (400° – M5) for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool and turn out of tins.

Cut each of the three sponge cakes into 2 layers and then cut 1 layer of each pair 1 inch smaller than the other. Sprinkle each layer with a little liqueur. Then sandwich sponge layers alternately with whipped cream, vanilla pastry cream, and chocolate pastry cream mixed with chopped nuts.

Assemble cake like an upturned “flowerpot”. Spread outside of cake with remaining chocolate pastry cream. Pipe with whipped cream and decorate with grated orange peel and glacé cherries.

Vanilla pastry cream: Cream 3 ounces sugar, 3 egg yolks and 11/2 ounces plan flour with a little milk in a bowl. Heat 3/4 pint milk infused with a vanilla pod in the top of a double saucepan. Stir gradually into the sugar and egg yolk mixture. Return mixture to top of double saucepan and cook over water, stirring constantly until mixture is thick and creamy. (Note: do not let mixture boil or eggs will curdle.) Cool.

Chocolate pastry cream: Cream 4 ounces sugar, 4 egg yolks and 2 ounces plain flour with a little milk in a bowl. Heat 1 pint milk with 3 ounces grated chocolate in the top of a double saucepan. Stir gradually into sugar and egg yolk mixture. Return mixture to top of double saucepan and cook over water, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick and creamy. (Do not let boil.) Allow to cool before using.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd., 36 Park Street, London W.1. © Robert Carrier 1968

Italian Cauliflower Mousse

1 large cauliflower
Salt
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
¼ pint double cream
Freshly ground black pepper
Grated nutmeg
Butter
Hollandaise sauce
Flowerets of cauliflower, poached
Sprigs of parsley

Clean cauliflower and cut into quarters. Cook in boiling salted water until tender. Pass through fine sieve. Beat in the eggs, egg yolk and cream. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper and grated nutmeg. Transfer to a well-buttered soufflé dish with a band of aluminum foil tied around it, or a deep charlotte tin, and place in a pan of hot water on top of the stove. Bring water to a boil; then place it in a slow oven (350 -M3) and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until set. Unmould on to a serving dish and mask with Hollandaise sauce. Garnish with sprigs of poached cauliflower and sprigs of parsley. Serves 4 to 6.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 36 Park Street, London W.1. Printed an manufactured in Holland © Robert Carrier 1968

Insalata de Funghi e Gamberi (Mushroom and Prawn Salad)

Preparation time: 1 ½ hours (including time for marinating)
Cooking time: no cooking
To serve: 4

You will need:

6 oz. firm white mushrooms
1 cut clove garlic
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
ground black pepper
4-6 oz. shelled prawns (U.S. shrimps) or cooked scampi
1 teaspoon salt
fresh parsley

Wash and dry the mushrooms. Remove stalks and slice caps finely. Rub a basin with a cut clove of garlic and in it mix the oil, lemon juice and 2 shakes of pepper. Add the mushrooms, mix thoroughly with the dressing and set aside in a cold place for at least an hour. Just before serving add the salt. To serve pile the prawns (U.S. shrimps) in the centre of four individual plates and arrange the mushrooms all around. With scissors snip a little parsley over the prawns (U.S. shrimps).


©Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text © The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1968

Spaghetti Bolognese and Kedgeree

Preparation time: 7 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need
1 -1 ½ oz. butter and 1 teaspoon olive oil or 2 oz. butter
½-1 clove garlic
1 onion, finely chopped
2 oz. mushrooms, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
6 oz. minced beef
1 x 8 oz. can tomatoes or 4 fresh tomatoes
½ pint brown stock
1 wineglass red wine
little tomato purée
6-8oz. spaghetti
Parmesan cheese

Heat butter and oil in pan. Then fry crushed garlic, onion, mushrooms, and carrot. Add meat and rest of the ingredients and simmer liquid until thickened. slices of red or green pepper can be used in this sauce. Chopped parsley may be added to the sauce just before serving. Cook spaghetti in boiling salted water and drain. Rinse in cold water, return to pan with a knob of butter and reheat. Pour the sauce over spaghetti and serve with grated Parmesan cheese.


Kedgeree

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes
To serve: 4

You will need
6 oz. cooked smoked haddock
1 hard-boiled egg
approx. 8 oz. cooked rice
pinch cayenne
pepper and salt
chopped parsley
¼ lemon, cut in thin wedges

Flake fish coarsely with fork. Chop egg white. Sieve yolk. Mix flaked fish with chopped egg white, and hot cooked rice. Season to taste. Little milk may be added if necessary. Put on hot dish. Sprinkle sieved egg yolk and chopped parsley on top. Add lemon. Serve while hot.


©Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968 English text ©Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Japan 1968