Catherine Fulvio and Contestants Recipes from Episode 6 of Season 4 of Tastes Like Home

Contestants Recipes: 

Apple Pie

3 medium size Cooking Apples 

350g plain flour

Pinch of salt

40 g castor sugar

175 g margarine or butter cut into small pieces

3 tablespoons of cold water


  1. Sieve flour and salt into mixing bowl.
  2. Rub in margarine until mix resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add sugar and 2 tablespoons of the water mix with a round bladed knife.
  4. Till dough begins to cling together add other spoonful of water if needed.
  5. Gather together with finger tips to form a rough ball.
  6. And place in a cool place for 30 mins.
  7. Half your ball of dough.
  8. Roll it on a lightly floured surface to size of plate or tin you are going to use.
  9. Lay pastry on plate cover with your peeled cooking apples.
  10. Sprinkle with some sugar about 1 tablespoon & a little shaking of cinnamon if liked.
  11. And a little sprinkle of water over the apples.
  12. Roll out remaining half of pastry on a lightly floured surface and cover the pie.
  13. Put a little slit in center of pastry.
  14. Brush top of pastry with egg yolk or milk.
  15. Put into a pre heated oven 190 degrees c for 40 to 45 mins till pie is a nice golden.
  16. When brown color, take out and let cool.
  17. Sprinkle small bit of sugar on top.



50g butter

400g Digestive biscuits

200g bag of pink & white marshmallows

405g tin of condensed milk

Fine coconut to roll in

Bowl of cold water to keep hands moist


  1. Crush biscuits to fine crumbs in a large bowl.
  2. Melt butter and add melted butter to crushed biscuits. Mix.
  3. Add condensed milk & mix well, consistency will be sticky.
  4. Damp hands & take a tablespoon of the mix & flatten on palm of hand.
  5. Add one mallow to centre of mix. Pull mix up from hand to cover mallow completely.
  6. Then roll in coconut. 
  7. When all done leave in fridge to chill for 10mins. Will make approx.24.

Catherine’s Recipe: Beef and Stout Cobbler

Serves 6 

1.4kg lean stewing beef, trimmed 

Flour with salt & pepper added

3 onions, thinly sliced

1 small butternut squash (200g), peeled and cubed (2cm)

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp dried oregano

A bouquet garni (4 parsley sprigs, 2 fresh thyme sprigs and 1 bay leaf, tied together)

1 pint local stout

1 can chopped tomatoes (400g)

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Irish rapeseed oil (or local)

for the cheese & leek scones (cobbler)

1 medium leek, sliced thinly

Knob butter plus oil for frying

250g self-raising flour

pinch salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 

¼  tbsp. rosemary; 1 ¾  tbsp. chives, chopped

150g grated cheddar cheese

160ml milk

1 egg, beaten

Extra flour for dusting 

Egg wash, to glaze

Parsley for garnish

To make the stew, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4

Cut the meat into 1 ½ inch cubes and toss in the seasoned flour.  Heat some of the oil and fry the beef until browned on all sides.  Place the meat into a heavy based casserole dish – a 28 – 30 cm diameter dish is perfect.  Add some more oil to the frying pan and gently sauté the onions until softened.  

Deglaze the pan with some of the stout and add along with the fried onions, butternut squash, stout and juices from the pan, the honey, mustard, chopped tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper and bouquet garni to the casserole dish.  Stir well and bring to the boil, cover, and place in the oven for about 1 ½ hours or until the meat is tender

To make the scones, cook the leek in the butter and oil until fully softened and a little caramelised on the edges, Remove from the heat and drain well. 

Then add all the dry ingredients to a bowl, followed by 100g of the cheese and all the leek.  Beat the egg into the milk and stir sufficient into the flour mix to form a dough, blending carefully, taking care not to over mix.

Dust the table with a little flour and place the scone mix on work surface.  Flatten to about 1½ cm and cut into 6cm circles approx. Increase the temperature of the oven to 210C/410F/gas 6/7

Remove the beef stew from the oven, at this point it’s important to check for seasoning and remove the bouquet garni.  And, if the liquid is brimming to the surface of the casserole dish, remove a few tablespoons (this will be dependent on the depth of your casserole dish), in order to lay the cobbler scones on top.

Then and carefully place the scones around the edge, just very slightly overlapping and start filling towards the centre, ensuring a gap in the centre for the steam to escape. Brush the top with the beaten egg and sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over. Return the dish to the oven (without the lid) and bake in the oven for about 17 minutes depending on the size until the scones have browned on top.  

Garnish with chopped parsley when serving.

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