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

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

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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

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We designed as well the Menu Fraicheur at £38.00 per person and the Menu Détente at £43.00 per person

(4 courses)

All designed to guide you in your preparation, meeting all your needs, without leaving the confort of your home.

 

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Planning a dinner or a party? You can order food online or by phone. Our catering service  is perfect for office lunches, dinners, canapes cocktail and buffet, we’ll even deliver direct to your workplace.

For any enquiries, estimate or personalized menu contact us on 077 8864 2280 or email us at: chef@bertrandmunier.com

Yours sincerely,

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