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

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cooking tips the choux pastry recipe

How to make  choux pastry

  1. Choux pastry is the lightest, crispiest, airiest pastry, which can be used to make profiteroles, éclairs or savoury gougères. It puffs up in the oven until it is eventually set by the heat. The airiness, in fact, is caused because choux has a high water content, which is turned into steam during baking and this forces the pastry shell outwards and gives it volume.
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This a easy recipe I do everytime for my sweet canapes party ….

Ingredients

140g g Strong White Bread Flour o

110g  Butter

25cls Water or milk

5 Eggs

4 gr of salt

METHOD

Combine the milk, 125ml water, the butter and salt  in a saucepan and set over a low heat. Bring the boil and immediately take the pan off the heat. Shower in the flour and beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until spoon. Return the pan to a medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to dry out the paste. Tip it into the bowl. Add the eggs one by one, beating with the wooden spoon. Once they are all incorporated into the mixture, it should be smooth and shiny and thick enough to pipe. The choux paste is now ready to use. (If you are not using it immediately brush the surface with eggwash to prevent a crust forming) Pipe small mounds on a baking sheet line greaseproof paper in staggered rows, using a bag fitted with a 1cm nozzle. Brush with eggwash and lightly mark the tops with the back of a spoon. Bake at 200ºC/Gas 6 fir 15-20 minutes until crisp, but still soft inside. Cool on a window sill.

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Potatoes gratin Dauphinois the best recipe

This classic French potato gratin dish is world famous, and rightly so! I am very happy to have this as a main meal, with just some crusty bread baguette and a nice roast lamb. I have heard that this famous dish was created as a way of encouraging the “Dauphin” (the young prince destined to become King Henri II), to eat up his vegetables, hence the name! Maybe – it is certainly just as popular with children, as it is with adults. Try to slice the potatoes as thinly as possible for the best results. A wonderful accompaniment for all sorts of roast meats, stews, casseroles and poultry

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1Kg 500g potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (such as Desiree, Golden Wonder, Maris Piper, Idaho or King Edward)

6 ounces gruyere cheese, grated

3/4 pint double cream

salt

fresh ground black pepper

2 -4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 ounce butter

cheese, for topping (optional)

Directions:

1 Preheat the oven to 300F/150C/gas mark 2.

2 Take a heavy-bottomed dish or an ovenproof gratin dish (a Le Creuset is ideal – the potatoes tend not to catch), and grease it will with some of the butter.

3 Layer the potato slices in the dish, slightly overlapping each other, seasoning lightly with the salt and pepper, and sprinkling a liberal amount of cheese on each layer.

4 Sprinkle cheese on the top of the last layer.

5 Put the double cream, garlic and sprigs of thyme in a pan and bring to them gently to the boil, then remove the thyme and pour hot cream over the potatoes.

6 Dot the top of the gratin with the remaining butter and some extra cheese if you wish, and bake for about 1 hr to 1 1/2 hrs, or until the potatoes are soft, and the top is crispy and golden brown.

7 Serve bubbling hot as a main meal or as an accompaniment.

Bertrand Munier

BOUCHÉE À LA REINE

I always loved ‘bouchée à la Reine’ – this classic starter is exactly what I love about French cuisine – elegant and old-fashioned. I like to have it simply as a main course with a salad on the side. My simplified version of this small puff pastry includes chicken, morel mushrooms, onions, white wine and a bechamel sauce. If you can’t find morel mushrooms, you can replace with any mushrooms of your choice whether they are fresh or dried

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Ingredients 

  • 4 vol-au-vent shells
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 large chicken or turkey breasts
  • 4 oz. small or medium button mushrooms
  • 10g of Morel
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup creme fraiche (or double cream)
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 12 oz. chicken stock
  • Pepper

Procedure

  1. Place the chicken stock and the bouquet garni in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to infuse 10-11 minutes
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into small dice.
  3. Wash the mushrooms rapidly and cut in halves or quarters depending on the size.
  4. In a sauteuse (or a frying pan), melt the butter on a medium-high heat and add the chopped shallot. Cook for about 1 minute stirring.
  5. Add the flour and cook 1 petite minute, mixing with a whisk or a wooden spoon, without browning.
  6. Add the chicken stock little by little and cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  7. Add the diced chicken and the mushrooms and cook for 5 – 6 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (gas mark 6) and bake the vol-au-vent shells for 5 – 10 minutes or as directed by the manufacturer, without burning them.
  9. In a bowl, mix the cream with the egg yolk. Increase the heat under the sauteuse and add the egg yolk/cream mixture, beating to combine well with the sauce and lower the heat as soon as it reaches a boil. The sauce should be unctuous and should coat a spoon. Do not salt, only pepper.
  10. Remove the vol-au-vents from the oven. Fill rapidly and serve without delay as they cool rapidly.

Notes

This entrée has been somewhat neglected but is one of the great classics of French gastronomy. It is usually served as an entrée (introductory course) but may also be served as a plat principal (main course) for an evening meal, for example, accompanied by a green salad. It can also be made with seafood or even snails. For holidays one may also add sweetbreads, truffles or morels. This dish is sometimes confused with Vol-au-vent financière but the latter is quite different with quenelles, cockscombs, cocks’ kidneys, truffle slices, fluted mushroom caps and black olives bound with a Madeira sauce.

Bon Appetit

Bertrand

The french donuts recipe .. the beignet !

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We got a very cold weather this weekend, this is a very good beignet (donuts) recipe to try at home .

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Ingredients

Serves: 12
• 125ml water
• 1 tablespoon yeast
• 50g butter or lard
• 100g caster sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 250ml boiling water
• 250ml evaporated milk
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 950g plain flour
• 1L vegetable oil for frying
• 125g icing sugar for dusting

Preparation method
Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 30 mins
1.Pour 125ml room temperature water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let stand for about 5 minutes to dissolve.

2.Combine the butter or lard, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over the butter mixture and then stir in the evaporated milk. Wait for the mixture to cool down until it is lukewarm. Then, add the yeast and water mixture and beaten eggs.

3.Slowly mix in the flour until the dough forms a ball. Cover the dough with clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

4.Working with a small portion (a little larger than a baseball) at a time, roll out the dough 3mm thick. Cut the rolled out dough into strips 5 to 8cm wide, then cut again in the opposite direction and at an angle, making diamond shapes.

5.Heat your oil for frying in a deep and wide, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat to 180 degrees C.

6.Slide dough slowly into the oil to avoid splattering and deep fry until they puff up and are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Carefully remove onto a rack with kitchen roll underneath and allow to cool until you can handle them. Place in a clean paper bag with icing sugar and shake gently until covered generously or, use a sifter to dust the beignets with powdered sugar.

Chef Bertrand Munier

 

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Paris-Brest Recipe, The French Plaisir …..

 The  Paris-Brest

History

The pastry was created in 1891 to commemorate the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race. Its circular shape is representative of a wheel. It became popular with riders on the Paris-Brest cycle race, partly because of its energy-giving high calorific value, and is now found in patisserie all over France

Recipe 

Choux pastry:
Quarter liter of water
200 g flour
100g butter
A pinch of salt
4 whole eggs
Praline butter cream:
8 egg yolks
250 g of sugar
250 g of softened butter
120g of  praline paste
finish:
100 g sliced almonds
50 g icing sugar
1 egg yolk (gilding)
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To make this recipe the Paris-Brest, first prepare all the ingredients.

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Place water, butter and salt in a saucepan on the fire.

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 boil it .

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Remove from heat and add the flour all at once.

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mix all

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stirring with a wooden spatula, until it pulls away from sides of the pan and it forms a ball.

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Cool 5 minutes. Add eggs 1 by 1 …

Paris-Brest - 8 mix it
Paris-Brest - 9 Add remaining eggs 1by 1.
Paris-Brest - 10 choux pastry is ready
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Fill a pastry bag with a choux pastry.
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Lay the puff pastry as a crown.

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Have two strings of dough side by side …

Paris-Brest - 14  then a third on the top
Paris-Brest - 15 three lay
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Brown surface with egg yolk, using a brush.

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Sprinkle a few slivered almonds …

Paris-Brest - 18 … over the entire top .
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Backe at  (180°C – 356°F) 30 minutes
Paris-Brest - 20 The dough will rise and brown.
Paris-Brest - 21 cool the crown
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Mix sugar with a little water.

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Bring to a boil and cook until 121 ° C. Using a probe thermometer

Paris-Brest - 24 Put the yolks in mixer bowl. When the sugar is cooked pour it gently at low speed mixer to the egg yolks. Make sure the yolks are at room temperature.
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When the sugar is fully incorporated into the egg yolks beat until completely cooled high speed mixer.

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Make the preparation cooled ….
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Gradually incorporate … the butter .

Paris-Brest - 28  Stir in the last praline paste. The amount will depend on the intensity of flavor that you want.
Paris-Brest - 29 Using a knife saw, divide the crown in two
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fill up the piping bag with praline cream

Paris-Brest - 31 Fill it at Half
Paris-Brest - 32 Decorate the botton crown
Paris-Brest - 33 decoration is finish!
Paris-Brest - 34 add the top
Paris-Brest - 35 the finish touch. icing sugar !leave it for 4 hours in the fridge before to serve .Bon appetitBertrand Munier

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la Galette des rois “the King galette “

La Galette des rois 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 traveled from afar with gifts for the newborn baby. In practice, people eat thisgalette 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