What about baking a cake for Mother’s Day! The lady’s cake is always a strawberry cake!

Mother’s  Day is just around the corner and I know that the strawberry cake is always the girls & lady’s favourite cake.

Baking a cake for your mum or your wife is always the best present you can do for Mother’s  day celebration. However. if you don’t have any knowledge on how to bake one, just buy one! 

This fresh strawberry cake is perfect for any holiday, but it’s also perfect  to celebrate any Spring and summer day

My recipe is very easy to make for anybody with a little knowledge of baking. This strawberry and cream sponge cake is essentially a French light genoise sponge cake filled  with fresh strawberries, vanilla chantilly cream and fresh strawberry coulis (optional)  The making of the French genoise cake is not as daunting as most people might think, all you have to do is to follow a few simple sponge cake making tips outlined below and watch your cake rise as light as a feather.

The french genoise recipe 

For the génoise sponge

250g/9oz caster sugar

8 medium free-range eggs

250g/9oz plain flour

50g/1¾oz butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 180C/185c Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line two 22cm/9in round cake tins.

For the génoise sponge, place the sugar and eggs into a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until thick and pale.

Gently fold in the flour and melted butter until smooth.

Bake for 30–40  minutes, or until the cakes are risen and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

method to build the cake 

1/ Place a 20-22cm/8-10in stainless steel ring onto the flan case and use it to cut through, discarding the outer rim of sponge. Cut the flan in half horizontally so you end up with two thin layers.

2/Place the steel ring onto a large, flat serving plate. Place one of the sponge layers inside and press down lightly. 

3/Place the double cream in a bowl with the vanilla bean from the pod, and the caster sugar. Whip until semi-firm peaks form when the whisk is removed.

4 Line the ring with the large strawberry halves with some fresh strawberry coulis . – reserve the rest of the strawberries.

5 Carefully spoon the whipped cream into the centre of the flan and spread out gently to fill the whole mould – adding as much cream as necessary to cover to the top of the strawberries. Place the remaining flan case on top and press down lightly and cover the top of the ring with whipped cream.

6  Remove the ring by carefully warming the edges with a hot cloth and lifting it straight upwards.

Carefully heat a metal skewer over a direct flame until very hot (use oven gloves). Use the hot skewer to score the top of the cake with lines to create a diamond pattern.

Now is time to be creative and you can use a piping bag for the decoration and garnish with a fresh strawberry, you can use the remaining vanilla pod for the decoration.

enjoy

Chef Bertrand Munier

How to cook your asparagus? my Tips !

Green British asparagus, with its intense, complex

flavour, is considered – by the British, at least – to be the finest in the world. It’s deep, verdant flavour is attributed in large part to Britain’s cool growing conditions. ( The green asparagus are better served hot with chicken, veal and soup).

White asparagus preferred in Europe ( France and Germany) has a delicate flavour and must first be peeled before use. Trim the woody ends and starting from the bottom and using a vegetable peeler, peel a very thin strip toward the tip. Often, only the lower half need to be peeled. (The white asparagus are better served warm or cold with hollandaise & mayonnaise sauce.

My Tips!

Blanched

When cooking asparagus, you can tie them into little bundles, which makes them easier to remove. Drop these bundles or individual spears into some boiling water, cover and cook for three to five minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Take them out, drain and plunge into some ice-cold water, or serve straight away.

Steamed

To steam, place the spears in a steaming basket with a little water underneath. Cover and cook for three minutes.

Griddled

Asparagus loves to be griddled in a pan – simply drizzle with a little olive oil and turn occasionally or try Jamie’s recipe for griddled asparagus with olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.

Stir fried

Asparagus is often used in Asian cooking, either in salads or in stir-fries. It needs only a minute or so in a hot wok, so always remember to add it in towards the end of cooking the rest of your dish. A splash of soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds work well.

My favorite !  is It would be a crime not to mention hollandaise – a classic French sauce made of melted butter, fresh egg yolks, lemon juice and a little mustard or a pinch of cayenne – the pairing of which with asparagus is simply heavenly.

enjoy!! Also see selection of my delicious  cold and hot starter https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/starters

a bientot

chef Bertrand Munier

Canapés & Entertaining, You need to Impress your Guests

Imagine a scenario where you’re hosting a sleek, reception for your event in London. Every one of your guests has turned out in their best clothes and are looking elegant and stylish. So, would you just stick to cocktails and call it a wrap? No, because as host, you cannot let your guests leave the party hungry. Also, due to time or space constraints, you can’t squeeze in a formal sit-down meal either. So, what do you do? Look for canapes Party !! 

What are  canapes ? 

The most preferred finger food at parties in London

Canapés are small finger foods that are usually served before dinner often accompanied with cocktails. It’s a type of hors d’oeuvre and is a two-bite food whose base is either a small bread or cracker with a topping of savoury or sweet ingredients.

What is the best food to serve at a party?

canapés are no exception to this adage. They are exquisite culinary creations that not only look good but pack a punch when it comes to taste. Thus, the ever-increasing popularity of canapés in London corporate events and other private parties requires no explanations.

Modern canapés use a kind of pancake called as blini or a pastry shell as the base. Even I make them  use of fluted cutters to cut round or shaped slices of plain white bread that serve as the base. At times, you can also find small baguettes as the base of the canapé. You can mix it up and serve different types of canapés and provide your guests with a broad range of choices.

Why are Canapés immensely popular at private parties?

There are various factors that contribute to the popularity of Canapés. Let’s have a short look at some of the notable factors:

Easy and fun to eat

Varied Selection of Flavours

Very economical 

Can replace a dinner after 12 bits 

Suit any taste from meaty to vegan guests 

Serve Canapés and Impress your Guests

Happy tummies make people happy. Serve a broad range of canapés to your guests, improve the mood of your event and, feel proud of hosting a successful party.

if you need any help please for your canapes party we can do delivery in london and outside london https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/canapes

Thank you

Chef Munier

Have you ever dreamed of visiting a chocolate factory?

Visiting Switzerland always brings me good memories of my childhood. Chocolate, of course, is one of them.  When travelling to the Swiss Alps with my parents, we would always bring lots of chocolate.  I have to say that the Swiss milk chocolate is, in my opinion, the best. I have trained as a chef and during my career, I had the opportunity to work for the Swiss Embassy as an executive chef for the Ambassador where I have learnt about the delightful Swiss specialities.

I would like today to share with you on my blog the fantastic Callier chocolate factory located in Gruyère in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The finest chocolate creations continue to be produced at Maison Callier with fresh milk from local dairies, sustainable cocoa, fine select ingredients and in-depth knowledge of the art of chocolate-making.

I invite you to discover the process of chocolate manufacturing and the smell which come from the famous Maison Callier chocolate factory.

My  journey begins with the Aztec cocoa ceremonies and takes you through to today’s chocolate innovations. Touch roasted cocoa beans and follow your nose towards the irresistible scent of freshly made chocolate. Our chocolate tasting will titillate your taste buds with the aromas of exquisite cocoa, fresh Alpine milk and the best ingredients.

A sweet adventure awaits visitors at Maison Callier. The interactive visitor experience is a unique museum that leads you through the history of cocoa to the present day. Discover how Maison Callier use exquisite cocoa beans and high-quality ingredients to make the finest chocolate creations and indulge your palate with the amazing variety of flavours of cocoa.

you can order our chocolate speciality like sweet chocolate canapes and chocolate dessert ! free delivery in london

thank you to read my blog

a bientot

Chef Bertrand

How to Have a Romantic St Valentine’s At Home! Special menu for 2 for £98.00

The best way to show your love? A romantic meal for two.

Impress your significant other with one of these Valentine’s Day dinner menu for 2 will ensure you have a delicious evening to remember.

Browse our individual menu below to discover our unique Valentine’s Day menus. The menu include canapes, starter, main course and dessert.

The menu is a cold delivery and instruction how to warm up the main course is clearly labelled on the packaging .   Order now

Menu for 2 people at £98.00 

Assortment of canapes  

( mini beef burger, mini vegetarian samosas, mini sweet Potatoes tart ) 

starter 

Sweet Heart tomatoes confit and Goat cheese  (suitable For Vegetarian) 

or 

Plaisir of gravlax salmon tarte, sweet mustard and fine salad 

Main course

Red wine beef casserole a la Bourguignone, vegetable Primeur 

or 

Monk fish and vegetable Tagine with couscous  

Dessert 

assortment of mini dessert 4 per person 

Mini Raspberry heart shortbread 

Mini Chocolate Dome tartelette

Mini Sweet choux of rose cream 

Mini quince crumble with custard in shot glass 

To order please send an Email to chef@bertrandmunier.com for availability,  48h notice is the minimum required and Free delivery in London 

How to organise a romantic and original Valentine’s day at home !

Valentine day is always for me a special night for many people,  frankly, I’d rather stay at home and wait for it all to blow over. But a cozy night at home with your valentine can be pretty special if you take a few extra steps to make it more of an event than your regular weeknight dinners.

1/Prepare the House

2/ don’t exhaust yourself with cooking preparation !  

3/ order a nice meal to your cater 

4/ set up the table with candle 

6/ Pick Up a Great Bottle of Wine

7/ Make a Romantic Playlist

8/ never forget a nice dessert with champagne 

Wshing you a happy st valentine Day ! 

Chef Bertrand Munier 



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 softball. 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 lined 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 adequate space between each gougère 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

Also, see the selection of my delicious hot canapes  https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/canapes/hot_canapes

by Chef Bertrand Munier

Tips For Organising An Unforgettable Private Party

There is a tremendous amount of planning and organisation that goes into a successful private party, which can make them very daunting to plan. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips and tricks to reduce stress whilst also ensuring that it is a fun and memorable night for everyone in attendance.

There is no greater way to celebrate than a private party. Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, graduation or any other reason to celebrate, a private party allows you to do so with all of your friends and family in an intimate setting. These parties often end up being one of the social highlights of the year, but they can also be extremely stressful to plan because there is so much that needs to be organised. Here are a few top tips for organising an unforgettable private party.

Establish a budget :

The very first thing to do is to set how much money you want to spend on the party. You should come up with a price and write this down and then do everything to stay on budget. You will need to factor in the cost of the venue, catering, drinks and entertainment.

Guest list :

It is also crucial that you assemble a guest list and send out invitations as soon as possible. People’s calendars get booked up quickly, so you will want to give them plenty of warning, plus it is also helpful to have a list of how many people will be attending as this can help you to decide on the venue, catering, etc.

House party :

If space permits, it is a fantastic idea to host the party at your home. This will save you an enormous sum and can be much more comfortable than at a private venue. If you have a house party, you must inform your neighbours and be prepared to do a lot of preparing beforehand and tidying after the event.

Catering :

It may be tempting to save some money by preparing the food yourself, but this can be an enormous and very stressful task. Instead, it is best to opt for private party catering from an established catering company. They can provide you with a talented professional chef that will be able to prepare delicious fresh food at the venue for your entire party.

Entertainment :

If your budget permits, it is worth hiring a band or DJ to play the event as this will keep your guests entertained. If you have musical friends, you could ask them to play as this will be more personal and it could cost less. If your budget does not permit this, then you could simply create a playlist and connect your MP3 player to the venue’s sound system.

As fun and enjoyable as private parties usually are, they can also be extremely stressful and arduous events to organise. The above tips will help any host to throw an unforgettable party that your guests are sure to love.

Visit http://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/parties for more info!

Be the perfect Host by getting the best Dinner party caterers in london

If you are hosting an event whether it is a party or conference, you will want your guests to have the best experience. You can make sure this is exactly what they get by hiring dinner party caterers who will ensure that everybody gets something delicious to eat.

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There is no better way than to treat your guests when you are hosting an event than with delicious canapes. These are the perfect addition to any evening as guests can have as few or many as they like without you needing to worry about serving a full dinner. Having delicious and carefully prepared canapes  can make the world of difference for your event.

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Canapes come in many shapes and sizes, such as cold canapes, hot canapes, sweet canapes or shot glass canapes. You can tailor your menu to your tastes and the type of event you want to host, whether evening or daytime, formal or informal.

 

To ensure you pull off your party with panache, dinner party caterers in London can help you out. These companies can offer a bespoke service which fits your needs and leaves your guests happy and impressed.
Whether you want mini eclairs and other delightful small versions of well known desserts, or something different with shot glasses of salmon mousse and more, you can have it all. By serving canapes London you will leave your guests’ taste buds tingling. Make sure you arrange your caterers today to ensure your big party goes off without a hitch.

 

Thanks

Bertrand Munier
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Keep your guests happy with the mouthwatering canapes

Food is an important part of a party, as this is how you encourage your guests to relax and unwind. Finger food, and canapés, in particular, are a great form of food to serve as they taste fantastic and look just as great too. This is sure to impress your guests and keep them content throughout the event.

When arranging a large party or social event, there is a lot to organise. This can make it a particularly stressful and daunting prospect, especially if you have little to no experience in hosting such large events. The location, guest list, decorations, music, guest list, theme, dress code, drinks and food are just a few of the aspects that need arranging. One key element which is sometimes overlooked is food. If you do not supply your guests with a range of delicious food, then they will struggle to relax and feel content, which could result in most people leaving early. However, if you have a large spread of food it will help people to get into the mood, feel content and it can even work as a fantastic conversation starter and get people to mingle.

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There are hundreds of different types of canapés that you could serve, including hot and cold canapés, as well as sweet canapés. As there are so many different bases, garnishes and toppings, it should see suffice everybody’s wants. Creating this many canapés for a large group is a daunting prospect, which is why it is best to use the services of professional catering companies. This way, you can get a huge range of delicious and beautifully presented canapés delivered to the location with plenty of time to spare. You can then just serve this up and focus on other aspects of the party. As they will both taste and look fantastic, it is sure to impress your guests and help your party to be a complete success.

Food is an essential ingredient for any successful party. Finger food is the best type to serve as it encourages people to mingle while they eat, and canapés are a fantastic and elegant form of finger food to serve.

a bientot on my blog

Chef Bertrand Munier

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The french Christmas Logs ” la Buche de Noël”

Recipe Story
The Bûche de Noël, also known as the Yule Log, is a traditional French dessert served during the Christmas holidays. Made from sponge cake; this rolled cake can be filled and frosted with everything from butter cream to rich chocolate ganache. The cake is decorated to resemble a log by creating a bark-like texture with the outer frosting, sprinkling powdered sugar to resemble “snow”, and crafting “mushrooms” out of meringue or marzipan as a final garnish. It’s no wonder this beautiful (and delicious!) cake has been around since Napoleon I!!! Enjoy and Merry Christmas everyone from Bertrand Munier

Ingredients
What You Will Need
1/2 cup cake flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt

nstructions
Preparing the Plain or White Génoise

1. Cover the cooled layer with a clean piece of parchment paper, and then
cover the paper with a clean sheet pan
2. Whisk the eggs, yolks and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add
sugar in a stream while whisking
3. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water and gently whisk until the
egg mixture is lukewarm. Whip by machine on high speed until the egg
mixture is cold, light yellow in color and increased in volume. Remove
the bowl from the mixer and sift the cake flour mixture over the egg
mixture, in a few additions, and fold in with a rubber spatula
4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top evenly with
a spatula
5. Bake the layer for 10-12 minutes. Be careful NOT TO OVER BAKE!!
6. Loosen the cake with a sharp knife from the sides of the pan and invert
to a rack; immediately invert again so that the cake layer cools on clean
paper right-side up

For Chocolate Génoise
Substitute 1/3 cup cake flour, 1/3 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup unsweetened
cocoa powder, and a pinch of baking soda for the dry ingredients used in
the plain génoise. Continue to use 1/4 granulated sugar, 3 large eggs
and 3 large egg yolks, and a pinch of salt.

Preparing the Cake
1. Cover the cooled layer with a clean piece of parchment paper, and then
cover the paper with a clean sheet pan
2. Invert the cake between the pans
3. Lift off the top pan, and peel off the paper stuck to the bottom of the
cake layer
4. Replace the just removed parchment with a clean piece of paper
covering the cake, and place a sheet pan on top of it
5. Invert the pans again; remove the top pan, and parchment paper. The
cake layer now rests on a clean piece of parchment
Assembling the Bûche
1. Spread the filling of your choice (flavored whipped cream, butter
cream, ganache) on the layer with a metal spatula
2. With the long edge of the layer closest to you, roll the layer by picking
up the edge of the paper and easing the layer into a curve
3. Continue to use the paper to roll the layer into a tight cylinder
4. Wrap the paper tightly around the roll, and twist the ends like a piece
of wrapped candy
5. Refrigerate for 2 hours (1 hour in the freezer) so cake can “set”
6. Remove the rolled cake from the refrigerator and unwrap
7. Trim the edges diagonally, cutting one piece to be 2 inches in length
from the end of the log
8. Place the roll on a platter, and position the uncut end of the 2 inch
piece about two thirds along the top side of the roll, making a short
“branch” or “knot”
9. Cover the bûche with butter cream, ganache, or whipped cream
(whipped cream is not the usual choice for the outer covering), making
sure to cover the curve up the protruding branch on top of the log
10. Leave the branch ends unfrosted, or frost one of the two ends. Always
leave the protruding branch end unfrosted

11. “Streak” the butter cream with a fork or decorating comb
12. Dust plate sparingly with confectioners’ sugar to have “snow”
13. Cut diagonal slices to serve
14. ENJOY!
Bertrand Munier