Ingredients for - Toasted malt loaf with pressed ham terrine & spiced apple compote

1. 25g butter
2. 1 shop-bought malt loaf (about 250g), cut into bite-sized pieces
3. 1kg ham hocks
4. 1 onion , quartered
5. 2 bay leaves
6. 1 cinnamon stick
7. ½ tsp black peppercorns
8. 3 gelatine leaves
9. 3 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
10. 2 tbsp chopped tarragon
11. 400g Bramley apples
12. 25g butter
13. 1 cinnamon stick
14. 1 star anise
15. 4 cloves
16. 2 tbsp light brown sugar
17. 1 tbsp chopped tarragon
18. 1 tbsp cider vinegar
19. 2 tbsp olive oil

How to cook deliciously - Toasted malt loaf with pressed ham terrine & spiced apple compote

1 . Stage

To make the terrine, put the ham hocks in a large saucepan with the onion, bay leaves, cinnamon stick and peppercorns. Cover with water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook gently for 2 hrs. Once the meat is cooked, take the pan off the heat and leave to one side to cool.

2 . Stage

When cold, remove the ham hocks from the pan, then strain 300ml of the cooking liquid through a fine sieve and pour it into a saucepan. Put the gelatine in a bowl of cold water to soften for around 5 mins, then drain. Heat the cooking liquid until simmering but not boiling, then remove from the heat and add the softened gelatine leaves. Stir well and leave to cool.

3 . Stage

Take the ham from the bones and chop into small pieces. Line four x 200ml ramekins with cling film and add a third of the cooked ham to each to form the base layer. Pour over a little of the gelatine liquid, then sprinkle in a layer of parsley. Next, add another third of the ham and some more gelatine liquid. The next layer should be the tarragon, followed by the remaining ham and the rest of the gelatine liquid. Once all the layers are complete, cover the surface of each terrine with cling film, then a layer of foil. Put in the fridge with some weights on top – I put another ramekin on top of each terrine with an onion in it to weigh it down. Leave to set and compress in the fridge for about 2 hrs.

4 . Stage

For the apple compote, peel, core and dice the apples. Put them in a saucepan with the butter, 4 tbsp water and the spices. Cook gently until softened. Remove the cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves, and stir in the sugar. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

5 . Stage

Make the vinaigrette dressing by whisking the tarragon with the vinegar and slowly adding the olive oil. Season to taste.

6 . Stage

Put the 25g butter in a non-stick frying pan and heat until foaming. Drop in the cubes of malt loaf and fry for around 2 mins, turning regularly, to lightly brown on all sides.

7 . Stage

To serve, turn out a terrine onto each plate and carefully remove the cling film. Add spoonfuls of the apple compote and the cubes of toasted malt loaf. Drizzle a little of the tarragon dressing over the plate and terrine to complete the dish.