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Easter Roast Lamb With Apple Tartlets

The traditional Easter fare for the family get-together. Choose succulent roast lamb with the first new potatoes for a truly enjoyable feast.

Ingredients

Joint of lamb (leg or shoulder)
Salt
Gravy from half a pint (285ml) stock or vegetable water
1 tbsp. flour
Freshly ground black pepper

Apple Tartlets :- (Optional)
An unusual and delicious accompiament to your roast lamb that cannot fail to impress your guests.

6oz (150g) plain flour
Good pinch of salt
One and a half oz. (40g) margarine
One and a half oz. (40g) white fat
Cold water to mix
One quarter pint of apple sauce
4 tbsp. red currant jelly
4 tbsp. mint jelly


Method

Place lamb in roasting dish and lightly prick surface fat all over with fork. Rub fat over with salt.


Roast joint for 25 minutes per lb (450g) plus 25 minutes at 325ºF, Gas Mark 3, 170ºC


Transfer to hot platter, cover with foil and stand for 10-15 minutes.


Make gravy by tilting roasting tin, strain off excess fat, then stir flour into remaining juices.


Brown lightly over medium heat, stirring often, then after cooling blend in stock or vegetable water.


Stir over gentle heat till smooth; bring to boil then season the gravy with salt and pepper.


Apple Tartlets: Sift flour and salt; rub into fats, and mix with just enough cold water to form a dough then roll out thinly.


With a 3in. (7.5 cm) fluted round cutter, cut into 16 rounds, using up pastry trimmings as well


Mould rounds carefully into tartlet tins, bake. Then fill with remaining ingredients.

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