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

How To make a sorbet

Sorbet is a dessert very easy to make and low in calorie

Fruit sorbet is a refreshing dessert that reminds you of the breezy, carefree days of Summer

It is light eating, and makes you feel guilt free while enjoying its taste.

ingredients

  • 250 g of water
  • 250g of sugar
  • 500g  of fresh Fruits (mango, raspberry, apricot, lemon, strawberry, kiwwis ) Puree
  • 1 Lemon Juice strained (optional)

1 Mix water and sugar in  saucepan.

2 Bring sugar water to a boil.

3Let simmer for 15 Minutes.

4Put the fruit puree in your blender or food processor and puree them.

5 Mix fuit puree with  cold sugar syrup and lemon juice

6Pour mixture into an ice cream machine and make sorbet using manufacturer’s instructions

Tips

if you don’t have any ice cream machine,  freeze the sorbet for several hours or overnight, Blend with  food processor and you will get a nice sorbet
enjoy
Bertrand Munier
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This is soon the Season to make your own Quinces Jelly …

  • Quinces  are rather odd fruit; they look half-way between an apple and a pear, they are not good to eat off the tree, they are quite hard, they are loaded with pectin (a natural jelling agent), and they make the most lovely rose-colored jelly.
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  • Wash the quinces, scourer off the down, and then quarter them roughly. Put the cut up quince into a preserving pan with the water and simmer long and slowly until they become soft. It can take over an hour to reduce well.
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    Strain through a jelly bag overnight (by jelly bag, I mean a tea towel or very fine sieve – whatever you have at your disposal that fits within that criteria will be fine). Do not force the juice, as it will make it cloudy.
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  • Measure the juice into the preserving pan, and for each 600 mls of juice add 375g caster sugar. Bring juice to simmering point, add the sugar and the strained lemon juice. Dissolve over a very low heat. Boil fast and begin testing for a set after 10 minutes. When soft set is reached, pour into small, sterislised, hot jars and seal.
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    This jelly stiffens during storage, and looks like a ruby jewel in the jar. It is delicious is served with lamb or boiled or baked pork, or simply as jelly with toast and butter for breakfast.

Thank you enjoy

Bertrand www.bertrandmunier.co.uk 

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Pea Soupe a la Francaise served Hot or Cold

This is on of the best Pea soup recipe for Spring and Summer !

Pea soupe by Bertrand munier

Ingredients 
600 g shelled peas
4 spring onions
6 lettuce leaves or a big heart
1 tsp tablespoon olive oil
1 liter of water
4 c. tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Shell the peas, peel and chop onions, wash the lettuce leaves.Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat, add onions and let them meltwithout browning, then add the lettuce and peas, pour water, add salt, bring to a simmer and simmer for 20 to 25 min.When the peas are cooked, blend the soup in a blender or hand blenderuntil smooth.Put on low heat, add pepper and heavy cream, stirring, remove from heat tothe first stirrings.

Serve hot or cold .

Bon Appetit
Bertrand

How to make your French Macaron at home …

Who does not love a Macaron? These chewy, delicious French cookies are truly a sweet treat. Filled with almonds, sugar, egg whites and a creamy ganache. They can be made into a variety of flavors, chocolate, vanilla, almond, pear mousse; the list goes on and on.

b.munier ltd INGREDIENTS

  • 480g icing sugar
  • 280g ground almonds
  • 7 egg whites

A few drops of flavoured food colouring such as strawberry

(Tower Macaron Made in 2010 by Bertrand munier )

macaron tourreMETHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. Mix the icing sugar and ground almonds in a food processor until you have a fine powder. Sift to remove any lumps.

3. Beat the egg whites, adding the food colouring as you go. Quickly and carefully add the almond-sugar mixture.

4. With a wooden spoon, mix from the centre of the bowl outwards, turning the container as you go. You want to achieve a smooth, lightly coloured mixture.

5. Using a piping bag with a centimetre-wide nozzle, pipe three centimetre-wide macaroons onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.

6. Cook for eight to nine minutes, leaving the door of the oven slightly ajar.

7. Remove the macaroons from the oven. Pour a little water between the baking tray and the greaseproof paper – this

makes the macaroons easier to lift off when they have cooled.

8. Sandwich the macaroons using marmalade, raspberry jam or whipped cream to serve.

TIP: Leave the finished macaroons for 24 hours in the fridge. This allows the flavours and texture to develop and intensify

a bientot

bertrand

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

ideal party

a delice !!!

for Chocolate lover watch the chocolat movie you will like it !!

chocolat trailer

a Bientot

Bertrand Munier

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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

bouchee a la reine

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

 

Fine French Caviar, naturally caviar!

What About french caviar for Christmas and New year

If you are looking for a smooth, creamy caviar for the more amateur palate, then French caviar  is exactly what you are looking for.

It is made using the “malossol” method, meaning that only fish roe and natural salt is used to make it, without any preservatives.

 

Order Now !!                                 Bon Appetit

Bertrand