By Diana Henry

Poultry takes centre degree in Diana Henry's new choice of recipes for each day and each mood.

Chicken is likely one of the hottest meals we like to cook dinner and consume: comforting, speedy, celebratory and informal. Plundering the globe, there isn't any scarcity of marvelous how you can prepare dinner it, even if you would like a short supper at the desk after paintings, anything for a lazy summer time fish fry or a dinner party to nourish friends and family. From speedy Vietnamese lemon grass and chilli poultry thighs and a smoky fowl salad with roast peppers and almonds, via to a whole banquet with pomegranate, barley and feta crammed roast chook with Georgian aubergines, there's no consuming or unique party that isn't lined during this publication. In A chook within the Hand, Diana Henry o­ffers a number of recent, effortless and not-so-very-well-known dishes, starring the fowl all of us love.

Diana Henry was once named 'Cookery author of the Year' by way of The Guild of nutrients Writers in 2009 and in 2007 for her column within the Sunday Telegraph's Stella journal. She is a contributor to many magazines together with crimson, apartment and backyard, kingdom dwelling and Waitrose nutrients Illustrated. She is the writer of a few bestselling cookbooks, together with: Roast Figs Sugar Snow; The Gastropub Cookbook, cook dinner basic, Salt Sugar Smoke, nutrition from lots and a metamorphosis of urge for food. Diana lives in London along with her companion and youngsters.

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Prick the bottom, chill it, and then blind bake the tart crust until light golden in color (see French apple tart, step 2). Reduce the heat to 340°F (170°C). 2 For the filling, mix the corn syrup, cream, eggs, and orange zest in a large bowl until combined. Gently fold in the brioche crumbs and combine well. Place the tart crust on a baking sheet and then on an oven rack. Carefully pour the filling into the tart crust, ensuring that it spreads out evenly. 3 Carefully slide the rack into the oven and bake for 30 minutes, until the filling is just set.

Blind bake the tart crust for 20 minutes, then remove the beans and paper and bake for another 5 minutes, until it is a light golden color. Remove and set aside. 2 For the filling, melt the butter in a lidded saucepan over low heat and add the apples. Then cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring, until soft. Push the cooked apple through a strainer to make a smooth puree. 3 Return the puree to the pan. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the sugar and stir the rest into the pan. Add the lemon zest and Calvados, and reduce the heat to a simmer.

It looks showstopping and is so easy to make. INGREDIENTS 4 tbsp unsalted butter 1 ⁄4 cup granulated sugar 8 ripe figs, trimmed and halved lengthwise flour, for dusting 10in (25cm) square store-bought puff pastry For the mascarpone 5½oz (150g) mascarpone, at room temperature 3½oz (100g) soft goat cheese, at room temperature 6 tbsp half-and-half 6 tsp confectioners’ sugar SPECIAL EQUIPMENT 9in (23cm) cast-iron frying pan PLAN AHEAD You can prepare and chill the mascarpone up to 3 days ahead. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

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