It can be really easy to lose contact with the seasons here in London. With the exception of the changing times of the sunset and the coldness of the precipitation, there aren’t a lot of indicators of the weather – I like to think of London as an earlier incarnation of Coruscant, the city which took over a planet.
But for most people, they’re making a real effort to eat increasingly seasonal produce. Tammy Donroe Inman‘s Wintersweet is focused on winter desserts – especially those based on seasonal produce. It’s an incredibly elegant book. Not only is it a beautifully bound hardback, but it contains quite a bit of advanced recipes, which would absolutely be worthy of impressing people at a dinner party. The book is divided into several chapters, with focuses on such season foods as winter fruit and nuts and chocolate. The book is a great idea for anyone who feels like improving their baking skills, coming up with new combinations and utilising new wintery ideas.
Apple Cider Donuts (from Wintersweet)
30g unsalted butter
100g granulated sugar
1 large egg
60ml apple cider
280g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 liters of vegetable oil
Roll the dough into a donut shape.
Allow to cool a bit (so you won’t burn yourself in hot oil), but these babies are best enjoyed warm!