This salad nods to its bun namesake with fruit and spice. Try it for Easter
Hot cross carrot salad
Juice of 2 oranges
2 tbsp olive oil
4 bunches baby carrots, peeled and sliced into 1cm rounds
11⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for garnish
2 tbsp honey
Zest of 1 lemon
125g pistachios, lightly crushed
1 handful chervil, leaves picked for the yogurt dressing
6 cardamon pods
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
375ml Greek yogurt
1⁄4 tsp fine sea salt
1 Place sultanas in a bowl with gin and orange juice. Allow to soak for at least 30 mins. Drain excess liquid.
2 Toast cardamom pods, fennel seeds and cumin in a dry pan. After toasting the cardamon pods, break them open, remove the seeds and discard the shell. Grind the spices using a pestle and mortar until a fine powder. Place yogurt in a bowl, mix in spices and season with sea salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.
3 Blanch carrots in a pot of salted boiling water for 2 mins. Drain and set aside to dry.
4 Heat the olive oil in a shallow frying pan and cook the blanched carrots over a medium heat for 2–3 mins. Add cinnamon and fry for a minute longer. Add honey and allow the carrots to caramelise. Season with salt to taste and set aside to cool.
5 Toss carrots, sultanas and lemon zest together. Divide carrot mix onto individual serving plates and spoon over a cross of yogurt dressing. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and scatter over crushed pistachios and chervil.