Tender, Volume II: A Cook's Guide to the Fruit Garden by Nigel Slater

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  • CharmianC on July 18, 2012

    This books is the same as Nigel Slater's RIPE.

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  • A cake for midsummer

    • Jane on July 24, 2017

      A lovely cake and perfect for summer fruits. I didn't have enough apricots so made up the difference with mango. I think it would work with peaches and nectarines too.

    • Astrid5555 on August 06, 2012

      Quick and easy. Made it twice already over the past weeks and was a huge success!

    • JFM on August 02, 2012

      Made it twice so far - brilliant! Definitely one of my new favourite recipes. And so easy!

    • evatoad on May 28, 2021

      A favorite. I’ve made this many times, sometimes with the recommended fruit and often with different fruit substituted. Sometimes I find it tricky to tell when it’s done and have underbaked it more than once.

  • Plum crumble tart

    • Jane on October 19, 2014

      This isn't really a tart as no pastry and not really a cake as no eggs but whatever it is, it's a lovely autumn dessert. The base is pressed down crumble mix then plums laid on top and scattered with the rest of the crumble mix. I liked the addition of ground almonds and pine nuts to the crumble. I served it with buttermilk ice cream.

  • Rhubarb cinnamon polenta cake

    • Fiona on June 26, 2014

      This ticks all the criteria for perfect desserts for me. The combination of rhubarb and polenta which are two favourite ingredients meant I had to give it a go, which I'm pleased I did, as were my guests. It's almost like a pie, with a base and lid and fruit in the middle, but as simple as a crumble. Unfortunately I wasn't able to give it the "morning after test" - when desserts like this so often taste even better, as it all went on the night!

    • emott on May 29, 2020

      Loved the flavours here. Simple and all about the beauty of the rhubarb. Might poach the rhubarb with a bit of orange juice next time instead of water though. My cake didn't cook through on the bottom in the very middle. Think it's essential to use a cake pan that will sit flat/flush with the preheated baking sheet. Lining the bottom with parchment paper really helped get it out of the pan.

  • Chocolate chip hazelnut cake with chocolate cinnamon butter cream

    • mziech on May 07, 2016

      Nice cake, cinnamon flavor was not very prominent. For me, the layer of chocolate cinnamon butter cream was too thick/heavy, will use less the next time.

    • Melanie on February 24, 2012

      p959. Madeleine made this recipe :) it is a 20cm cake and turns out quite small but it tastes lovely. Made hazelnut brittle shards to sprinkle over the top.

  • Wholemeal apple and marmalade cake

    • PatriciaScarpin on April 11, 2011

      Delicious without being too heavy - I did not expect this cake to be so tender, for it's made with whole wheat flour alone.

    • Melanie on October 28, 2011

      p684. Very lovely. Perfect accompaniment to a pot of tea!

    • sharifah on November 28, 2014

      Delicious, moist cake. It gets better and better from the second day onwards.

  • Slim apricot tarts

    • Astrid5555 on August 10, 2012

      Quick and very easy. Left out the apricot jam. Made a double batch of the apricots and stored the remaining ones in their cooking liquid. I used them for a week as a topping for my morning oatmeal. So delicious!

  • A moist cake of damsons and spelt

    • Astrid5555 on August 13, 2014

      Lovely cake, a bit sweet though. Probably due to the fact that I used very sweet regular plums.

    • vitapano on September 21, 2013

      Added some amaretto and flaked almonds for the top. Very nice indeed.

  • Lamb with quinces

    • Astrid5555 on October 14, 2012

      Absolutely delicious! The lamb was finished in less time than indicated in the recipe. If you like quince this one is a must make. Will repeat next year again.

    • junklight on December 04, 2012

      I loved this too - but my partner thought it was too sweet. I have noticed the Mr Slater has a very sweet tooth. I'm wondering if this could work as a dessert if you missed out the lamb? (either that or make it for myself again when my partner is not around)

  • A cake of pears, muscovado and maple syrup

    • Astrid5555 on November 04, 2012

      Lovely - the maple syrup adds a great touch to the pears. Substituted demerara sugar for muscavoado, worked well.

    • evatoad on December 28, 2020

      Quite tasty. I found that the pears gave off far more juice than the recipe seemed to imply, so I removed them from the syrup and reduced the syrup for another few minutes, then returned them. Also found that the pears didn’t sink into the cake as indicated—they formed a lovely layer on the top. Next time, I think I’ll either mix some through the batter before baking or layer them in the middle.

  • A tagine of lamb with apricots

    • JFM on June 26, 2013

      Followed exactly the recipe - apart from the meat: I used pork. Brilliant. 21.6.2013

  • Apfelstrudel

    • Melanie on February 24, 2012

      p694. Low effort for a fancy result. I didn't have any apricot jam so I substituted honey. It took a little while to cut the apples but the end result was worth it.

  • A cake of apples and courgettes

    • Melanie on February 24, 2012

      p685. Quick and easy to prepare. Lovely cake for a relaxing afternoon tea.

  • A salad of chicken, mint and peaches

    • sharifah on November 27, 2011

      Not sure about this one - interesting flavours. Followed recipe to the letter, but used supermarket ready-cooked roast chicken. It was a bit too salty and too sour. Need to add a bit more sugar next time, and more chillies.

  • A 'pudding-cake' of honey, cinnamon and plums

    • okmosa on September 22, 2017

      This cake could easily have 'golden syrup' in the title because I surprisingly had enough in a jar on my American kitchen shelf. I found this recipe through Molly Wizenberg's blog Orangette. She's right in her directions - stick with this one - it comes out right in the end. I may cut back on the cake by almost half next time. It's very tasty but I like a lot more fruit to cake ratio. I also made it in an 8X8 pan, maybe more plums and a larger pan next time. The fruit all fell to the very bottom, though. Absolutely a delicious and moist cake. Sort of wintry with cinnamon and brown sugar.

    • lorcalon on November 11, 2013

      Replaced the cinnamon with ground ginger and it was fabulous!

  • Gooseberry pie

    • Phil.Adams on July 10, 2014

      Pg. 914 Not in the index, neither under Gooseberries, nor Pies, Sweet!

  • Turkey with pistachio and apricot stuffing

    • joneshayley on August 11, 2019

      Lovely stuffing and a great way to make the most of a turkey leg.

  • Blackberry and apple betty

    • KateW on October 07, 2015

      This is old fashioned but delicious, the topping is like treacle tart on top of stewed apple and blackberries.

  • Steamed fig pudding

    • Bradley on March 02, 2019

      When you boil the figs place a lid over the saucepan. There is very little liquid to start off with so you will find if you don't use a lid, there will be no syrup left.

  • A casserole of parsnips, chestnuts and mushrooms

    • tekobo on February 11, 2017

      Great casserole. Remember to substitute veg stock if you want to serve it to vegetarians!

  • Apples and quinces baked in cream

    • tekobo on January 06, 2017

      Made for NY's eve. Wasn't particularly popular. Cream may have split due to over cooking... Was easy to make though and would make a nice base for a crumble. Good that the quince gets poached first and is nice and soft.

  • Pot-roast guinea fowl with sausage and apple

    • Daniela164 on November 17, 2019

      This was originally featured in Sainsbury magazine 2006. Have cooked it many times since.

  • Black pudding with apple and mustard sauce

    • Elbea on September 29, 2020

      Really easy and very tasty, although I will core and halve or quarter the apples next time. The mustard sauce is a must.

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  • Kitchn

    Who doesn't dream of having a backyard devoted to a garden, brimming with vegetables, berries, fruits? If you have such a backyard, these books are for you for their helpful gardening/kitchen advice.

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  • ISBN 10 0007325215
  • ISBN 13 9780007325214
  • Published Sep 16 2010
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
  • Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd

Publishers Text

With over 200 recipe ideas and many wonderful stories from the fruit garden, Tender, Volume II: A Cook's Guide to the Fruit Garden is the definitive guide to cooking with fruit from Britain's finest food writer. 'When I dug up my lawn to grow my own vegetables and herbs I planted fruit too. A handful of small trees - plum, apple and pear - some raspberry, blackberry and currant bushes and even strawberries in pots suddenly joined my patch of potatoes, beans and peas. These fruits became the backbone of my home baking, the stars in my cakes and pastries and even inspired the odd pot of jam. More than this, I started to use them in new ways too, from a weekday supper of pork chops with cider and apples to a Chinese Sunday roast with spiced plum sauce. The hot family puddings and fruit ices we had always loved so much suddenly took on a delicious new significance.'

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