Kilner Jar Salted Caramel Banoffee Pie

Recipe makes 4 small jars or 2 big ones:

Ingredients:

  • 125g Crushed Digestive biscuits
  • 50g Salted butter, melted
  • 1 tin ready made caramel
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 bananas
  • 150ml double cream, lightly whipped
  • Grated dark chocolate
  • Cocoa powder

Method:

  1. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor, add the melted butter and blitz again. If you don’t have a food processor, pop the biscuits in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush. Mix with the butter in a bowl.
  2. Fill the bottom of your Kilner jars with the biscuit base and leave to cool in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the jars from the fridge. Empty the caramel into a bowl and add a pinch of sea salt. Mix with a spoon until the caramel starts to warm and loosen. Spread the caramel over the biscuit bases and leave to chill in the fridge for a few hours.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, slice up the bananas and scatter over each. Whip the double cream until thick and heavy then layer over the bananas.
  5. Finish by sprinkling the dark chocolate over the cream and a light dusting of cocoa powder.

 

Recipe by Anushka at Expert
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10th July 2015

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Kilner Allotment

Come and take a seat in our beautiful, fruitful Kilner allotment.

We have been hard at work, planting, watering and maintaining our fruit and vegetables over the past couple of months and now we are seeing our hard work pay off.

The thought of biting into food that you have taken the time and effort to grow yourself, is amazing.

Check out the size of this squash!

Growing food isn’t always easy. We have been challenged with gale force winds and torrential downpours, which can ruin the best farmer’s crops! If you want to protect your hardwork, harvest as much crop as you can and support shoots with posts and garden twine, wrapped around in a figure of 8. A little bit of luck will go a long way too!

Courgettes are now ready to pick, so we have preserved some in olive oil, to enjoy at a later date.

Recipe:

What you need:

8-10 courgettes (assorted size, small to medium)

6 garlic cloves

6 juniper berries

1 teaspoon peppercorns

750ml supermarket brand extra virgin olive oil

Makes 2 x 0.35 litre round clip-top Kilner Jars

Method

  1. Slice the courgettes lengthways so that each slice is about 6mm thick.
  2. Layer slices in a colander and sprinkle with salt to draw out excess moisture, leave aside for about an hour.
  3. Sterilise the Kilner Jars (water bath method).
  4. Using paper towels, pat dry each slice.
  5. Put a cast iron char griller on a low heat and place a single layer of courgette slices on the ridged cooking surface. Cook slowly, turning once. The aim is to dry out the slices as much as possible, not really to ‘cook’ them. The slices should have only faint ridge marks and the surface should look pale, dry and a little like      suede. The slices should also have reduced in thickness. You will have to cook the courgettes in batches unless you have multiple char grillers on the go.
  6. Using tongs, pack the cooked courgette slices in the jars, as the slices are now quite soft they flop in nicely and can be wound around the inside of the jars.
  7. Divide the garlic cloves, juniper berries and peppercorns between the 2 Kilner Jars, tucking them in-between the courgette slices gently.
  8. Top up each jar with the olive oil, making sure all the contents are completely covered with oil.
  9. Seal jars and place in a cool dark place.

The Courgettes will be ready in a week to 2 weeks. Use within a month or so as they will go a little soggy if left too long!

We are planning to eat them as Antipasti with parma ham and rocket, or with goats cheese on a warm ciabatta…

You can also use the infused olive oil for drizzling salads, pasta etc.

If you are attempting to grow your own veggies at home or in an allotment, here are our favourite top tips:

Growing tips and tricks

1) Pick, pick and keep picking! Beans, courgettes and peas all produce more and more quickly if you pick regularly.

2) Squash (Kabocha, Butternut, Marina De Chioggia etc.) as the fruits develop, place a brick under them to raise them off the soil so that as they grow larger they do not get a ‘soggy bottom’ and the slugs are less likely to attack.

3) Snip off any leaves that are shading fruit.

4) Water really well, even if it has rained. Most plants need the equivalent of an inch of rainfall per week to thrive.

11th August 2014

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Preserving Problems Resolved!

When things go wrong in the preserving process, they can go wrong badly! From runny jellies to over-set jams, we’ve seen it all, so we thought we’d share common preserving problems and give you a solution.

My preserve won’t set!

This is one of the most common problems when it comes to preserve making. A poor set can happen for a number of reasons; too much or too little sugar was used, an insufficient amount of pectin may have been used, the fruit used was either over ripe or under ripe or you may have cooked your mixture for too long.

But fear not, we can help you rectify your runny preserve!

Before you start you need to have a selection of sterilised Kilner jars available for re potting your jam once you have finished.

Empty the runny preserve back into your Kilner jam pan and try re-heating it. Bring it to boil whilst stirring it constantly to stop it from sticking, allow it to boil for 1 minute then re-test the set. If the set is now correct then re-pot and seal your Kilner jars.

If the set is still runny then try adding pectin; around half the amount that is indicated by your recipe. Be careful when adding your pectin as too much will leave you with a set that is too solid and can’t be rectified so always add less than you think is necessary and test the set and then add more if required. We recommend commercial pectin in either liquid or powder form for this process.

The set of your jam should be correct now so re-pot and seal.

 

My fruit has floated to the top of my preserve!

Unfortunately it is not possible to rectify this after the preserve has been potted and sealed but for future batches we advise you to let your preserve rest for 10 minutes once setting point has been reached. This will allow you to see if the fruit rises to the top, if it does, stir the preserve to redistribute the fruit and then pot immediately.

 

My preserve tastes burnt! 

This will happen if your preserve has stuck to the bottom of the pan and burnt during boiling. To avoid this for the future stir your preserve constantly whilst bringing it to a rolling boil.

 

My preserve keeps getting darker! 

If the colour of your preserve gets darker once it is stored this may be as a result of cooking the mixture for too long. Make sure to follow the recipes times exactly. This change in colour may also occur if the place you have stored your preserve is very bright or if it is very warm. It is important to store your preserve in a dark and cool location.

28th January 2014

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