La Galette des rois .. a French treats

La Galette des Rois, traditional recipe .

Traditionally, the galette des Rois is made to celebrate Epiphany, which falls on the 6th of January, twelve days after Christmas. The cake is eaten in celebration of the arrival of the three kings who have travelled from afar with gifts for the newborn baby. In practice, people eat this galette throughout January and, dare I say, it is a rather unreligious event for most.

A dried bean, known as la fève, is hidden in the cake, and whoever receives the bean in his piece of cake, is crowned king or queen for the duration of the party. Other popular traditions, include having the youngest member of the gathering sit under the table and designate to whom each piece of cake should be served.\

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 30 min

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg for painting
  • 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
  • 1 pound puff pastry (2 rounds)
  • 1 large dry bean or fève figurine

To make the frangipane, blend the butter with the sugar until well combined. Blend in the almonds thoroughly. Beat in the 2 eggs one at a time and then the rum if you are using it.

In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg.

Roll out half of the puff pastry into a round about 12 inches in diameter. Place it on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, paint the outer 1 1/2 inch circumference of the pastry with beaten egg.

Spread the frangipane in a round in the center of the pastry so that it just meets the painted on egg. Press the bean into the frangipane somewhere close to the outer edge.

Place the other puff pastry (rolled out into an equally sized round) on top of the first. Use the times of a fork to press the edges closed. Brush the top of the galette with the beaten egg.

Use a paring knife to etch a pretty pattern into the top of the galette. Traditionally this is in a cross-hatch pattern, or concentric half circles, but you can make up your own pattern if you are feeling creative. Don’t cut through the pastry, just etch.

Cut a small hole in the center of the pastry to allow steam to escape. Place the galette in the refrigerator to cool for at least 30 minutes before baking. You can make it a day in advance as well – just be sure to keep it refrigerated.

Preheat the oven to 200°F. Place the refrigerated galette in the center of the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is dark golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 8 servings.

Bertrand

The best hot canapes ! Gougères recipe from Burgundy

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Whether you are going to a Michelin star restaurant or at a friend’s house in France, you will most likely be served gougères canapes to accompany your aperitif drinks (drinks served before a meal). Gougères are traditional cheese puffs made with either Emmenthal or Comté cheese. These little canapes luxuries are perfect with champagne or wine (they are often served during wine-tastings) – and so chic if you have them home-made. Originally from Burgundy, these puffs were invented in the 17th century in a patisserie called ‘Le ramequin de Bourgogne’. So next time you have guests, why don’t you dazzle them with these golden puffs.

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Ingredients (makes about 40)

250 ml/ 1 cup water

100 g/ 3.5 ounce salted butter

150 g/ 1 1/4 cups plain flour

180 g/ 2 cups grated Emmenthal or Gruyère cheese

4 eggs

A dash of ground nutmeg

1 egg yolk for glazing

A dash of salt and pepper

Pre-heat the over 180°

In a saucepan, bring the water and butter to a boil. Add the flour, stirring very fast and take immediately off the 6880354b233b989968432d063bf6700dheat. By now the batter will be roughly in the form of a soft ball. Add the eggs, one by one and stir. It’s important to add the eggs slowly – don’t worry if it looks too thick, just continue to stir as it will eventually become a smooth batter. Finally add the cheese, salt & pepper and stir to a good dewy batter.

Prepare a baking tray line with parchment paper. You have two choices for preparing the gougères: either put the dough in a pastry bag with a standard tip and pipe walnut sized mounds, or spoon and shape with the help of two teaspoons and evenly shaped ball (again like the size of a walnut). Glaze with the egg yolk for a golden baked finish. Sprinkle the puffs lightly with grated cheese.

Leave an adequate space between each gougères and bake for 25 minutes approx or until puffy and golden. Serve immediately.

ps: You can prepare these in advance and either refrigerate or freeze them. Just take them out again before serving and heat in a high-heat oven for 5-7 minutes.

bon appétit

Bertrand Munier

Plan a nice spring cocktail with your canapes for your party

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SPRING HERBS GIN & TONIC

INGREDIENTS
Brimming with fresh, seasonal flavours, this G&T spring herbs offers a sophisticated, Scottish spin on a classic gin and tonic.

1 part gin
2 parts premium tonic water
1 thin celery stalk
1 Granny Smith apple
Szechuan black pepper

METHOD
Build the ingredients over cubed ice.
Garnish it with a thin (10inch) celery stalk, coated with ground Szechuan black pepper and Granny Smith green apple slice

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food party entertaining ! Poached salmon on belle Vue.

POACHED SALMON ON BELLE VUE

PORTIONS £7.20

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A whole side of skinless & boneless Scottish salmon, poached fish stock with lemon, garnished with king prawns.

Served with mayonnaise and cocktail sauce

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Serves 8 portions as a main course and 12 as part of a buffet.

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My favorite Winter Treat ! Italian Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate Recipe

Italy is famous for their Cioccolato Caldo, especially during the fall and winter months. This hot chocolate is sometimes served so thick (like a pudding), that you need a spoon to actually eat it! this recipe doesn’t make it that thick. The luxurious richness comes from using top-quality chocolate.

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What You Will Need:

  1. 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate 70% or higher
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons corn starch

What To Do:

  1. Into a saucepan over LOW heat add chocolate and a drop of milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
  2. SLOWLY add remaining milk until it’s well combined. Add sugar. Mix to combine. Whisk in corn starch.
  3. Continue cooking over LOW heat until it becomes thick, creamy and coats the back of the wooden spoon.

Hot chocolate Italian-style is one of the most amazing treats in the world! You have to try this pudding-like chocolate decadence! Add some Irish cream, cinnamon, and whipped cream for a fun variation, or create your own!”

I suggest some petit four or sweet canapes and  sandwich to serve your afternoon tea

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a Bientot

Bertrand Munier

www.bertrandmunier.co.uk 

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Impress your guests this Christmas Season ..

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The Best British Classic, The Christmas Pudding

History and Tradition of Christmas Pudding

Does your Christmas dinner include a Christmas Pudding? If you lived in England, the absence of this delectable dessert from the holiday table would raise a few eyebrows. The pudding is the most special part of the meal, although families alter the way it’s cooked and presented to create their own unique traditions. Originally the Christmas Pudding was referred to as hakin because of its multitude of ingredients.

In 1714, King George I re-established pudding as part of the Christmas feast even though the Quakers strongly objected. Meat was eliminated from the recipe in the 17th century in favor of more sweets, and people began sprinkling it with brandy and setting it aflame when serving it to their guests. The Christmas pudding was not a tradition in England until it was introduced to the Victorians by Prince Albert. By this time the pudding looked and tasted as it does today. The traditional cooking time takes about eight hours, with preparation taking even longer due to extensive marinating. The longer the fruit is marinated in brandy, cider, or both, the better it tastes and this could take weeks!

Ingredients

225g/8oz golden caster sugar
225g/8oz vegetarian suet
340g/12oz sultanas
340g/12oz raisins
225g/8oz currants
110g/4oz candied peel, chopped
110g/4oz plain flour
110g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs
55g/2oz flaked almonds
1 lemon, zest only
5 eggs, beaten
1 evel tsp ground cinnamon
1 level tsp mixed spice
5g/1 level tsp freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of salt
150ml/5fl oz brandy or rum
Method

1. Lightly grease 4x600ml/1 pint or 2×1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basins.
2. Mix together all the dry ingredients.
3. Stir in the eggs and brandy and mix well.
4. Spoon the mix into basins. Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string. Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking.
5. Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary. If you do not have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on inverted saucers on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before.
6. Cool. Change the baking parchment and foil covers for fresh ones and tie up as before. Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day.
7. To serve: steam for 2 hours and serve with brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or homemade custard.
Bon appetit
Bertrand Munier

what about cooking your own foie gras for christmas

How to devein a lobe foie gras (duck)

Video shows you step by step how to separate the two lobes, remove the veins and clean the foie gras, the process of devening foie gras is really very easy

How to cook a terrine of foie gras

In Gascony, foie gras is often cooked in a porcelain terrine in a water bath, then served in its terrine along with a serving spoon and a small bowl of hot water. Each person dips his spoon in the water to heat it so it will cut neatly through the liver. He then scoops out a portion and smears it on a slab of grilled coarse French bread.

A more elegant presentation is to slice the foie gras, then arrange the slices on a porcelain plate surrounded with chopped aspic and lightly toasted brioche. The foie gras can also be served with a variety of greens, flavored with a vinaigrette made with verjus and walnut oil.

The preparation and resting times for this terrine are 5 to 7 days, so plan accordingly. Begin about 1 week before serving.

Ingredients

  • 2 fresh Artisan duck foie gras, about 1½ pounds each
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons finely ground white pepper

Devein the foie gras see video

Put lobes in an earthenware dish and season with salt and pepper, spices and sugar, then gently rub into lobes.
then cover and chill for at least 12 hours, turning from time to time.Arrange in a terrine dish lined with clingfilm (let a little hang over each edge), of roughly 16cm x 11cm x 7cm, with the largest lobe at the bottom.
Cook the terrine in a bain-marie (a bowl over 2cm of boiling water), or in an oven at 180°C (350°F) for 40 minutes.
Once cooked, remove from oven and leave to rest at room temperature for a couple of hours, then keep in fridge.
Serve chilled, with a glass of chilled Monbazillac, Sauternes or Champagne.

Advice :

This is a relatively simple recipe, which depends mainly on the quality of the foie gras that you use, so try to find Grade A wherever possible.

   

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