How to make the french Gougères canapes, My home 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

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by Chef Bertrand 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.

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a bientot

Chef Bertrand

Moules à la Provençale, a French classic …

My favorite ” Recipe Mussel Provencal”

A classic way to serve mussels that’s great as an appetizer or side dish. Simple to cook and prepare. Pleasing a crowd just doesn’t get any easier, or tastier.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb fresh cultured blue mussels
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 3⁄4 cup red wine
  • 28 oz can peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the fresh blue mussels in tap water. Place in a large saucepan with a small amount of liquid on high heat. Cover and let steam until shells open (5 – 7 minutes). Strain the fresh blue mussels, reserving the liquid, and removing the meat from the shells. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté onions under low heat for 6 – 8 minutes, until onions get soft but not burnt.
  3. Stir in garlic and thyme for 1 minute.
  4. Pour red wine and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes and reserved liquid, cover and let summer for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove lid and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
  7. Add fresh blue mussel meat, let cook 5 minutes.
  8. Taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley.
  9. Serve with bread.

Bon Appetit

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The French classic, Potatoes gratin Dauphinois 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

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

Basil ice Cream, The perfect flavour of sweetness..

All about a nice dessert Let share my recipe for Basil ice Cream !!

Ingredients

  • 150g fresh basil leaves and stalks
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 4 medium egg yolks
  • 250ml full cream milk
  • 150ml pot double cream
  • Raspberries and extra basil leaves, to garnish

How to make basil ice cream

1. Put the basil and the sugar into a small food processor and whiz until the basil is finely chopped and the sugar turns bright green.

2. Whisk the egg yolks with the basil flavoured sugar in a bowl until thick and creamy.

3. Warm the milk then whisk it into the egg mixture. Strain the mixture back into the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring until it is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Do not let it boil. Pour into a chilled bowl and leave to cool.

4. When this custard is cold, whip the cream and fold it in. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, Tips!
if you don’t have any ice cream machine, freeze the ice cream for several hours or overnight, Blend with food processor and you will get a nice ice cream

5. Take the container out of the freezer and put into the fridge for 10-15 minutes before serving, to let it soften.

Now, Enjoy your dessert with a nice roasted figs with your basil ice crean with raspberry coulis !

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Bon Appetit,

Beef Bourguignon recipe easy to cook at home !

Recipe 

Beef Bourguignon recipe. This traditional French recipe for beef stewed in Burgundy is the perfect choice for a cold autumn day. Try our Beef Bourguignon today.

Methode
1.5kg/3lb5oz chuck steak, cut into pieces 5cm/2in
3 c. tablespoons olive oil
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped rough
2 bottles of red wine from Burgundy
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 head garlic, cut in half horizontally
4 bay leaves
50g/2oz unsalted butter
225g/8oz whole piece of smoked bacon or pancetta
450g/1lb shallots, peeled
2 c. of flour
375g/12oz mushrooms Paris
290ml / ½ pint fresh beef stock
5 c. tablespoons brandy
chopped fresh parsley


Method
1. Heat 1 tablespoon tablespoons oil in large saucepan. Add the carrot, onion and celery and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add wine, thyme, garlic and 2 bay leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool.
2. Place the beef in a large bowl and pour over the wine marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight. This is known as a marinade cook.
3. Preheat oven to 150C/300F/Gas2. Drain the beef from the marinade in a colander over a glass bowl. Reserve the marinade and reserve.
4. Heat 25g/1oz butter and 1 c. tablespoons oil in large skillet. Add bacon and cook until golden brown. Add the shallots and transfer to a large baking dish.
5. In Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan. Dry the beef cubes from the marinade mixture with paper towels. Add half of beef to skillet and cook until brown on all sides. Remove the beef and transfer to casserole with bacon, shallots and vegetables. Repeat with remaining beef and add to casserole.
6. Stir in 2-3 large spoonfuls of the mixture marinade to deglaze or remove any sediment in the pan. Pour into the casserole.
7. Stir in flour, mix remaining marinade and beef broth to the pot.
8. Bring to a boil, cover and place in oven for 3-3 hours or until beef is very tender.
9. Halfway through cooking, heat the remaining oil and butter in large skillet and cook the mushrooms until browned. Add brandy and cook for few minutes.
10. Add mushrooms to the pan, stir and return to oven cooking time remaining.
11. Serve with new potatoes, sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley and purple sprouting broccoli.

Bon appetit

Bertrand