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.
• 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
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.
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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.
- 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
- 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.
- In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté onions under low heat for 6 – 8 minutes, until onions get soft but not burnt.
- Stir in garlic and thyme for 1 minute.
- Pour red wine and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and reserved liquid, cover and let summer for 30 minutes.
- Remove lid and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Add fresh blue mussel meat, let cook 5 minutes.
- Taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley.
- Serve with bread.
Who does not love a Macaron? These chewy, delicious French cookies are truly a sweet treat. Filled with almonds, sugar, egg whites and a creamy ganache. They can be made into a variety of flavors, chocolate, vanilla, almond, pear mousse; the list goes on and on.
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- 480g icing sugar
- 280g ground almonds
- 7 egg whites
A few drops of flavoured food colouring such as strawberry
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
chef Bertrand Munier
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
The Orange Drizzle is perfect for an afternoon tea or for a Picnic .
4 eggs (large )
300g of butter unsalted
300g of sugar
10g baking powder
230g white flour
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
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
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
fresh ground black pepper
2 -4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 ounce butter
cheese, for topping (optional)
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.
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:
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate 70% or higher
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
What To Do:
- Into a saucepan over LOW heat add chocolate and a drop of milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
- SLOWLY add remaining milk until it’s well combined. Add sugar. Mix to combine. Whisk in corn starch.
- 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 !!!
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La Galette des Rois, traditional 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 travelled from afar with gifts for the newborn baby. In practice, people eat this galette 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.
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.
- 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
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
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.
Chef Bertrand Munier