• 6 granny smith apples
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons honey (manuka honey is great for this recipe)
  • 50 grams of butter or ghee
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 sheet of ready-made flaky pastry (thawed)
  • edible gold leaf flakes (optional for decoration)



Matariki Desserts Baking



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  • Preheat the oven to 200°C
  • Prepare apples, peel, and slice thinly, using a star shape cookie cutter
  • Cut the stars and place them in a bowl of water while preparing the syrup
  • Using an oven-proof fry pan, place the butter and honey in the pan on medium heat to melt and stir
  • Add spices and mix
  • Remove from the heat and drain the apples
  • Toss them lightly in a clean tea towel
  • Lay the apples into the syrup mix and return to the heat
  • Let the apples start to caramelise
  • Moving the pan back and forward will help to stop it from burning
  • When the apples are looking golden, place the sheet of pastry over the pan and tuck the edges of the pastry into the sides of the pan
  • Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden and puffy
  • Remove and let it sit for a few minutes before turning the tart out
  • Use a large dinner plate to cover the whole top of the pan, and using oven mitts, carefully flip the whole thing and place it down on the bench; remove the pan
  • Sprinke with gold leaf flakes
  • Serve hot or warm with runny cream or ice cream
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Celcius, it needs to be hot. Cut cauliflower into bite-size pieces (if you have a crowd to feed, you could roast the cauliflower whole). Toss in olive oil then sprinkle with paprika, cumin, coriander seeds, salt, and pepper


Recipe by: Amy Dougherty