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

The French Beignets Recipe, a French classic to share with family and friends

What is a beignet?

The beignet is a French -style, square donut, decked in powdered sugar. And it is delicious! Beignet means fried dough in French and is similar to fritter in English.

Beignets originate from France and, depending on the region, can be prepared  in many different ways, hence carrying a variety of names: bugnes, merveilles, oreillettes, corchevets, vautes, etc.

My beignet  recipe is so easy to make and you can enjoy it with so many different dips flavour, cinnamon, chocolate or raspberry Jam .

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.

enjoy!! Also see selection of my delicious Desserts https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/desserts/dessert 

Chef Bertrand Munier

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.

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

a delice !!!

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

Chocolat trailer

enjoy!! Also, see our selection of my delicious Desserts https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/desserts/dessert  by Chef Bertrand Munier

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My French recipe of the Orange Drizzle Cake.

The orange drizzle is an English institution in the UK and I love it! I’m pleased to share my home recipe with a touch of French flavour. In France, we have the same cake that we call  Le gateau a l’orange . The recipe is from Lyon in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. 

The Orange Drizzle is perfect for an afternoon tea or for a Picnic . 

Ingredients

4 orange 

4 eggs (large ) 

300g of butter unsalted 

300g of sugar 

10g  baking powder 

230g  white flour 

Icing 

250g icing sugar

3 large spoon of orange juice 

1 cake ring for  about 10 people 

Preparation time 30 minutes

Cooking time 20 mins

Serves 10 t0 12 people 

1/ Wash the orange, With a zester burner, 4 oranges zest keeping the 4 oranges for the juice 

2/ Melt 300g of unsalted  butter in a pan 

3/ Flour and butter the cake pan

4/ In a mixer, add  300g of sugar and 300g melted butter. Mix until Creamy.

5/ Chop the Orange zest in very small bites

6/ Add the juice of 4 oranges to 2 eggs 

7/ Sift in the flour, baking powder and add the zest of the orange. Mix until well combined.

8/ Add the last 2 eggs, one at a time,

9 / Line a loaf tin with grease-proof paper, spoon in the mixture and level the top.

10/ Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan/Gas Mark 4. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes until a thin skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

11/ While the cake is cooling in its tin , pour over the juice of 3 oranges on  the cake.

12 / For the icing, mix the orange juice  with the icing sugar.

Prick the warm cake all over with a fork and  drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake, and top with candied orange 

enjoy!! Also see selection of my delicious Desserts https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/desserts/dessert  by Chef Bertrand Munier

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

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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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

Macarons Recipe, French delice!!

Recipe very easy to make macarons


INGREDIENTS

480g icing sugar

280g ground almonds

7 egg whites

A few drops of flavoured food colouring such as strawberry

METHOD   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   any Problem , send me a email chef@bertrandmunier.com   a bientot bertrand