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

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

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 .

Get These Canapés Delivered In London For Your Next Event

When it comes to organising an event, one of the taxing tasks is to arrange food for the attendees, isn’t it? So, let’s decrease that stress from your shoulders and introduce you to different types of canapés that you can order in London. Let’s have a look at this article.

Canapés, also famous as tidbits, are treated as appetisers and are served before the main course. These dishes compliment almost every drink and are perfect for every event or a party of short duration. One of the best things about them is they don’t demand enough time for preparation; hence, giving you another reason to select them.

So, if you are going to organise any event very soon, you can easily get Canapés in London. If you are dubious about what to choose, then different types of Canapés can gel well with the theme of your event. Read on and find out which one is going to suit your requirements best:

1.Cold Canapés:

When it comes to organising appetisers that would go perfectly with drinks at the event, Cold Canapés should be your choice. Regardless of the duration of your event, get an abundance of Canapés Delivered in London and offer something unique to your guests to taste. Be it a wedding or a business event; they can be a precise fit everywhere.

2.Shot Glass Canapés:

Also known as Verrine, these shot glass canapés can fill the void of stylish food items. With each layer, these appetisers just become more delicious. One of the best things about shot glass canapés is their structured presentation. They come in short glasses and are quite easy to assemble; hence, perfect for cocktail or bachelor parties.

3.Hot Canapés:

You have to prepare these hot canapés with fish, vegetables, or meat, just before the start of your event. Delicious and tempting in taste, this variety of canapés is surely going to allure your guests. Not just that, but they also come in distinct variants, such as mini pudding, mini burgers, and more. They just need a little warming up and then are good to serve.

4.Sweet Canapés:

These delicious canapés are prepared by using French recipe. These canapés can satiate the craving for a dessert after a happy meal as they are made with finest and handpicked ingredients. Be it Tart, Chocolate, Macarons, or something else that you want; these canapés prove out to be an amazing thing at any event.

To sum it up, these are the top acknowledged canapés that you can order whenever you are hosting an event. Along with several benefits, these canapés save your time as well as money. So, if there is an event coming around and you are the sole manager of it, these different types of Canapés can lower down your burden of arranging food for your guests. Order them and treat your guests to something new and delicious. However, make sure you choose the right shop to get good quality canapés right at your doorstep.

Visit http://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/canapes

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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Christmas season is on the way ! is time to plan your event with delicious canapes bits.

Get the party started with our range of impressive canapés. With everything from fine Large Bits to hot canapes bites and french Petits four, we have all tasty options to suit all occasions and don’t forget we can provide butler service to serve you like a King or a Queen !

Our Canapés are delicious, seasonal and tasty morsels creations which are freshly prepared from the highest quality products. I suggest for this autumn and winter the top 6 best selling luxury canapes for this festival season. delivery is free in London! delivery is available on Disposable card box packaging or on black Slate ready to serve .

Guide for canapes catering

Cold canapes are the perfect addition to a drink reception parties. They are easy to serve and are made with local ingredients.

For cocktail parties lasting between 1.30 to 2 hours and where no other food is being served, we would recommend 10 -12 pieces per person (5 cold canapes, 5 hot canapes and 2 sweet canapes).

For other events such as weddings or business event lasting between 1 to 1.30 hours and where food is to be served later, we would suggest between 5-8 pieces per person.

We also supply the hire equipment and butler service. Please contact us

CANAPES RIVIERA 

17 Open Prawn with Tomato Mousseline on White Bread
16 Parma Ham on Ciabatta with Parmesan Shaving
17 Stilton Mousse with Pecan Nut, Fig Puree on Blinis

CANAPES ANNA

17 Open Prawn with Tomato Mousseline on White Bread
16 Smocked salmon tartar with mascarpone and Blinis
17 Baguetine with Parfait de canard and orange confit

CANAPES FASHION

17 Smoked Salmon mousse Twist on Madeleine

16 Blinis with Mascarpone and Avruga Caviar

17 Baguetine with Parfait de canard and orange confit

CANAPES EVASION

17 Duck Parfait with Rhubarb Vanilla Essence on Brioche

16 Smocked salmon tartar with mascarpone and Blinis

17Grape with Cream Cheese and Pistachio Nut

CHRISTMAS MENU

FOR 7 COLD CANAPES

minimum order 25 people

Baguelline of duck mousse and orange confit

Tartare of smoked salmon, mascarpone and agouva caviar on blinis

Grilled courgette with olive and mozzarella on clear stick

Cocktail crab Dome on tartelette

Grape and cheese pistachio

Grape and grilled almond paprika

Turkey medallion with cranberry sauce on clear stick 

For Private party our canapes got they final french touch on-site times before serving, to ensure Bertrand’s Vision of taste, texture and colour can be realised by you in every bite.

For the delivery service, our canapes are made fresh on the day on our special packaging design by us.

Chef Bertrand Munier will help create a perfect custom menu for your party. We will advise you on the size and content of your menu, regarding the logistics of the game ( number of guests, location and hours) . Seasonal canapes can be found here.

Chef Bertrand Munier

a bientot

Bertrand Munier

A Few Simple Cold Starters that Will Impress Your Guests

The starter is often the dish which causes the most stress for dinner party hosts. In addition to not being a meal that many prepare regularly, it is also the first dish and will set the tone for the entire evening. Instead of attempting something overly complex, there are a few easier options that are sure to impress your guests.

Dinner parties can be stressful events for the host. In addition to ensuring that everybody has a pleasant evening, you will also want to dazzle your guests with your culinary skills. Preparing a range of dishes for a large group can be extremely daunting, stressful and time-consuming. In addition to this, there is also an expectation that you will serve something extra special for the evening.

Often, it is the starter that causes the most stress. It’s because it is a meal which people often do not prepare themselves and only eat at restaurants. Not only this, but the starter is the first meal and will set the tone for the entire evening. The presentation is a key factor with the starter, and this is another area that many people struggle within the kitchen.

Here are a few easy cold starters for dinner party that will still impress your guests and gets the meal off to a great start.

POACHED SALMON ON BELLE VUE

this a stater to impress your guest, a french classic with fresh  Poached Salmon Bellevue. Smoked Scottish Salmon, King Prawns, Lemon Mayonnaise, cocktail sauce. Medley of Salad Leaves and Soft Herbs with Olive Oil and Balsamic … 

Salmon on belle vue

Lobster en Belle Vue

If you are finding ways to impress, then Lobster is synonymous with fine dining and is a great way to amaze your guests. Lobster en Belle Vue is half a poached lobster served with lobster sauce and mix salad. If you are not confident in your abilities, you can order starters from us 

Caesar Salad

When it comes to impressing your guests, sometimes it is best to go with a classic. Caesar salad is a popular starter in restaurants, plus it can be easy to make. The ingredients are romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, croutons, egg, garlic, black pepper, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. You can always vary this recipe as per your choice like for instance; many people add chicken for a more filling dish.

These are just a few cold starters that are sure to impress your guests and get the meal off to a great start. please visit our website for any lunch and dinner delivery! free delivery in London

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!

Some light bites at your drinks evening !! canapes of course …

canapés can turn any occasion into a seriously sophisticated affair. When food goes mini, it can afford to be all the more indulgent with over-the-top ingredients and rich food pairings, ready to make your mouths water.

Canapes delivery
canapes delivery in london

canapes from ideal party
canapes from ideal party

Whether you’re preparing your guests for what’s to come or just keeping them sweet with some light bites at your drinks evening, a selection of finger foods is never a bad choice. Savoury canape recipes can take a meat-feast form – where it’s important to know that most foods suit a parma ham encasing – or a veggie choice, to make greens and healthy options look way more indulgent than their normal form would allow.

canapes delivered from ideal party
canapes delivered from ideal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, when it comes to sweet snacks, these delicious canapé ideas will be the cherry on the cake of your evening’s entertainment, having your guests licking their fingers with delight.

A bientot

Bertrand

BOUCHÉE À LA REINE

I always loved ‘bouchée à la Reine’ – this classic starter is exactly what I love about French cuisine – elegant and old-fashioned. I like to have it simply as a main course with a salad on the side. My simplified version of this small puff pastry includes chicken, morel mushrooms, onions, white wine and a bechamel sauce. If you can’t find morel mushrooms, you can replace with any mushrooms of your choice whether they are fresh or dried

bouchee a la reine

Ingredients 

  • 4 vol-au-vent shells
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 large chicken or turkey breasts
  • 4 oz. small or medium button mushrooms
  • 10g of Morel
  • 2 oz. butter
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup creme fraiche (or double cream)
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 12 oz. chicken stock
  • Pepper

Procedure

  1. Place the chicken stock and the bouquet garni in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to infuse 10-11 minutes
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into small dice.
  3. Wash the mushrooms rapidly and cut in halves or quarters depending on the size.
  4. In a sauteuse (or a frying pan), melt the butter on a medium-high heat and add the chopped shallot. Cook for about 1 minute stirring.
  5. Add the flour and cook 1 petite minute, mixing with a whisk or a wooden spoon, without browning.
  6. Add the chicken stock little by little and cook for 2 minutes, stirring.
  7. Add the diced chicken and the mushrooms and cook for 5 – 6 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (gas mark 6) and bake the vol-au-vent shells for 5 – 10 minutes or as directed by the manufacturer, without burning them.
  9. In a bowl, mix the cream with the egg yolk. Increase the heat under the sauteuse and add the egg yolk/cream mixture, beating to combine well with the sauce and lower the heat as soon as it reaches a boil. The sauce should be unctuous and should coat a spoon. Do not salt, only pepper.
  10. Remove the vol-au-vents from the oven. Fill rapidly and serve without delay as they cool rapidly.

Notes

This entrée has been somewhat neglected but is one of the great classics of French gastronomy. It is usually served as an entrée (introductory course) but may also be served as a plat principal (main course) for an evening meal, for example, accompanied by a green salad. It can also be made with seafood or even snails. For holidays one may also add sweetbreads, truffles or morels. This dish is sometimes confused with Vol-au-vent financière but the latter is quite different with quenelles, cockscombs, cocks’ kidneys, truffle slices, fluted mushroom caps and black olives bound with a Madeira sauce.

Bon Appetit

Bertrand