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

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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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

Why not having a canapes delivery and treat yourself this winter

Canapé.,

A delicate piece of pastry, toast, vegetable, etc., with small savoury or sweet delights; food in miniature; perfect flavours constructed in one mouthful..

Ideal party reputation for truly talking point canapés – presented in the most amazing ways, constructed in perfect miniature, and tasting just delicious. We use the best, freshest, seasonal produce, just in tiny portions.

We can create a full meal option based on canapes alone or you can complement these with some bowl food, in order to give your guests a more substantial alternative to canapes.

We can take care of all aspects of organizing your cocktail party or if you prefer, we can simply deliver the food freshly prepared to you. Have a look at our canapes box option for more informations.

Bertrand

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

The Best Types of Finger Food to Serve at Your Party

It is essential that you provide your guests with some food at your party. Finger food is the best type to serve as it allows your guests to choose how much they eat and when. It also allows them to socialise and eat at the same time. There are many different types to consider too.

Food is perhaps the most important ingredient for any successful party. Providing your guests with food shows that they are welcome and ensures that nobody goes hungry. In addition to this, food can also bring people together and get people talking — the key to success for any party.

Unless you are hosting a dinner party, you will find that finger food is the best type of food to serve. This is because it is small, lightweight and people can pick when they eat. There are many excellent types of finger food to consider, but here are a few classic finger foods for party events to serve your guests:

Crostini

Crostini are easy to eat but can be quite filling — this makes them an ideal choice for parties.

Eclairs

if you like to get the perfect French touch for your party I will suggest the savoury eclair the perfect choice and they are quite filling too

Hot Canapes

Sliders are another excellent option for any party. A small burger or hot sandwich with a soft bun, sliders are small but filling and very popular with meat eaters.

Sandwiches

Everybody loves sandwiches plus they are a cheap and easy snack to make. There are many different types that you could serve, so consider making a variety of types (always include at least one vegetarian option).

Vegetable platter

Vegetarian, gluten-free and all the guest always love crudity and assortment of vegetable bits!

ideal party vegetable platter

Canapés

Small, lightweight and packed full of flavour, canapés are a terrific party snack. They are synonymous with formal events and therefore a great choice for cocktail parties. In addition to this, there are endless variations to choose from so you can cater for all tastes.

Bruschetta

A delicious Italian antipasto that consists of grilled bread that you rub with garlic which is then topped with olive oil and salt. This is then usually topped with tomatoes, but there are other toppings to try too. This is a good option as it tastes amazing and is vegetarian-friendly.

Brochette

Brochette is chunks of meat, fish or vegetables cooked and served on a skewer. This allows your guests to eat substantial food with ease and without making a mess.

These are a few of the most popular types of finger food and all great options for any party. It is important to provide your guests with a spread so that they can pick and choose and find at least one type of food that they enjoy (be sure to cater to all dietary restrictions too). please look on our web site for delicious finger food .

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

How To make a healthy 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
  • 125g 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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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