1- Fruit and Nut Trifle :
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of kosher salt
Hot Milk Sponge Cake, torn into 1-inch pieces
- Make the Hot Milk Sponge Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour the bottom of an 8-inch cake pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Beat eggs with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until thick and pale, 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture just until combined.
- Cook milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted. Slowly stir into batter just until combined. Transfer to prepared pan.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
- Make and Assemble the Trifle: Cook half-and-half in a small saucepan over medium heat until steaming, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Beat egg yolks, salt, and 1/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until thick and pale, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly beat in half-and-half; return to the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in vanilla; transfer to a bowl. Let cool slightly then chill, covered with plastic wrap, at least 3 hours.
- Place half of the sponge cake in the bottom of a trifle dish or 2-quart glass bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons orange juice. Top with half each of the marmalade, blueberries, and custard. Repeat layering. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
- Beat cream and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread over trifle. Sprinkle with almonds.
2 – Perfect Apple Pie :
For the filling
- 5oz golden caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp cornflour
- 600g/1lb 5oz Bramley cooking apples, peeled, cored, sliced
For the pastry
- 400g/14oz plain flour, plus extra rolling
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 lemon, zest only
- 250g/10oz cold butter, cut into cubes
- 1 free-range egg, beaten with 2 tbsp cold water, plus 1 free-range egg, beaten, to glaze
For the pastry, place the flour, sugar and lemon zest into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the beaten egg and stir with a round-bladed knife until the mixture forms a dough.
Set aside one-third of the pastry for the lid. Roll out the remaining pastry on a lightly floured surface until the thickness of a pound coin and 5-7cm/2-3in larger than the pie dish. Lift the pastry over the rolling pin and lower it gently into the pie dish.
Press the pastry firmly into the dish and up the sides, making sure there are no air bubbles. Chill the fridge for a few minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200C/180 (fan)/Gas 6. Place a baking tray into the oven to preheat.
For the filling, mix the sugar, cinnamon and cornflour in a large bowl. Stir in the apples.
Place the apple filling into the pie dish, making sure that it rises above the edge. Brush the rim of the dish with beaten egg.
Roll out the reserved ball of pastry. Cover the pie with the pastry and press the edges together firmly to seal. Using a sharp knife, trim off the excess pastry, then gently crimp all around the edge. Make a few small holes in the centre of the pie with the tip of a knife. Glaze the top with beaten egg.
Lightly knead the pastry trimmings and re-roll. Cut into leaf shapes place all around the edge of the pie, slightly overlapping each other, and glaze with more egg. Sprinkle the pie with sugar and bake in the centre of the oven for 45–55 minutes or golden-brown all over and the apples are tender.