Clementine and pomegranate brandy snap baskets

Clementine and pomegranate brandy snap baskets recipe

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A beautiful addition to your Christmas desserts table, these crisp, delicious brandy snap baskets are combined with fresh pomegranate and tangy clementines. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 40 mins to prepare and 18 mins to cook
  • 313 calories / serving

Ingredients

    For the brandy snap baskets

    • 50g (2oz) unsalted butter
    • 50g (2oz) light soft brown sugar
    • 50g (2oz) golden syrup
    • ½ lemon, zested
    • 1 tsp brandy
    • 50g plain flour
    • 1 tsp ground ginger
    • 1 tsp sunflower oil, for greasing
    • 8 oranges, to use as moulds

    For the filling

    • 300ml (10fl oz) double cream
    • 3 tbsp icing sugar, plus a little for dusting
    • 2 tsp brandy
    • 6 clementines, peeled and sliced into rounds
    • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    1300kj
    313kcal
    16%
  • Fat

    23g 32%
  • Saturates

    14g 68%
  • Sugars

    22g 25%
  • Salt

    0.1g 1%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 27.3g Protein 1.7g Fibre 0.8g

Method

  1. Heat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Line two flat baking trays with nonstick baking paper.
  2. Put the butter, sugar and syrup in a small saucepan over a low heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved – this will take 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir through the lemon zest and brandy. Then stir in the flour and ginger until you have a smooth consistency. Place 4 separate dollops of the mixture, each about 2 teaspoons in size, onto each tray, allowing plenty of room for them to spread.
  4. Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes until golden brown and lacy in appearance. Meanwhile, lightly grease oranges or small ramekins. Leave the biscuits to cool slightly – around 1 minute. When they are set but still pliable, lift with a palette knife, draping each one over a prepared orange or ramekin.
  5. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then remove the oranges or ramekins and place the baskets upright.
  6. For the filling, use an electric hand mix to whisk together the cream and icing sugar until soft peaks form. Then whisk in the brandy. Spoon 1 or 2 heaped tablespoons into each basket, and top with the clementine and pomegranate seeds. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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