Chloe joins me in the kitchen to make a festive twist on the 4321 playlist – 4, 3 ingredient (or ideally ‘items’) recipes to try one time in your life… featuring sticky bacon sprout lollipops, non-alcoholic mulled wine, a one pan turkey roast & the World’s easiest chocolate yule log!
Sticky bacon sprout lollipops
Cook the sprouts to package instructions, we used the microwave as we found it super easy. Cut a bacon rasher in half and wrap it around the sprout, pushing a skewer through the bacon and sprout to hold in place, add a second bacon wrapped sprout to each skewer (or more if you wish). Repeat with remaining sprouts and bacon threading on skewers to hold in place. Brush each skewer with cranberry sauce using a pastry brush to coat the bacon and sprouts. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 180c/160fan or equivalent until charred and allow to cool, serve with extra cranberry sauce if you wish.
One pan turkey roast
Place the turkey thigh into a roasting dish and cook covered in foil for 45 minutes at 170fan/190c or equivalent. After 45 minutes remove the foil, carefully lift the tirkey join up and scatter the vegetables in the pan, fill with 400ml of water add the stock cube and stir gently, carefully lowering the turkey back on top and baking for a further 45 minutes until well browned. Serve carved up with the gravy juices and vegetables. I originally wanted to use turkey breasts for this but I couldn’t get some that day, but if you do use them, the cooking time will be dramatically lower, meaning the first bake with foil on is not needed as the portions are smaller.
Non alcoholic mulled wine
Mix the 3 ingredients together in a saucepan with a wooden spoon and stir as you bring it up to just below a simmer. Add more spice to taste if you wish. Pass through a sieve before serving warmed in mugs with an orange slice if you like.
Easy chocolate yule log
Slice the chocolate log at an angle at the bottom third and spread a little buttercream on the cut face side of it to stick to the main piece of cake on it’s side – this should make it look more like a log (the video shows this step best!) Coat the swiss roll in buttercream all over, use a fork to run lines down the buttercream, which should make it look like a log even more so. Dust with icing sugar before slicing and serving!