Sunday, 28 November 2010
For 2 people;
8 finger biscuits
1 egg yolk
50gr whipped cream
crumble 6 biscuits and soak in a little coffee, optional you could also pour on a little alcohol, I've never tried it but as I post this I'm thinking of trying Rum in the future.
Put the soaked fingers into individual dishes.
Whip the egg yolk and the sugar together, add the Mascarpone and the cream and fold together.
Cover the biscuits with the Mascarpone , crumble another biscuit on top then cover with the last of the Mascarpone and sprinkle with grated chocolate.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Fry a chopped onion, a carrot and a garlic clove in a saucepan, fry till the onion is soft, add your chicken carcass and water ( I cheat and add a chicken stock cube as well) and a diced potato, add a little dried coriander and bring to the boil and simmer till the potato is cooked, remove the carcass and strip any bits of meat and put the meat into the soup, add any vegetables (if any, but I wouldn't add sprouts!) left over from the roast, blend then adjust the seasoning. Simple warming soup,
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Naan Bread Recipe without yeast
450g Strong white flour (bread flour)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
1 tsp salt
Optional - 2 tsp sesame seeds for topping or to make a garlic and coriander naan - add 3 - 4 finely chopped garlic cloves and 3 tbsp of finely chopped coriander at No 2 stage.
Lukewarm water and melted ghee or butter for the garnish
Makes 4 balti naans
1; Heat a mixing bowl in a warm oven.
2; Put all the ingredients (except water) into the mixing bowl
3; Add warm water little by little and work it into the flour carefully until it becomes a dough
4; Knead on a floured surface for at least 10 mins until the dough is smooth and feels elastic
5. Return the dough to the bowl and leave in a warm place for about 30mins. Cover with a damp tea towel or 2 layers of cling film to keep the dough moist.
6. When the dough has rested. Remove and knead again for a few mins.
7. Divide into 2 or 4 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a tear drop.
8. Preheat grill, cover the rack with silver foil and set to a midway position. Put the naan onto the foil and grill it. When it turns brown turn it over and brush the uncooked side with a little melted butter, place it back under the grill and cook until sizzling.
9. Serve immediately with fresh coriander sprinkled on top.
8oz unbleached flour (advises strong bread flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 oz fresh yeast (available in supermarkets often next to or nr the cakes and fresh breads)
4tbsp lukewarm milk
1 tbsp veg oil
2 tbsp natural yoghurt
2-3 tsp melted butter for brushing
Sift salt and the flour together-cream yeast & milk-set aside for 15 mins. Add the milk/yeast mix to the veg oil,yoghurt & egg to the flour.Combine the mix with hands until forms soft dough.Add little more lukewarm water if dough too dry.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins. Return it to the bowl,cover and leave in warm place for around an hour/or doubled in size.
Pre heat oven to highest setting no lower than gas 8/230c/450F
Turn dough back out on floured surface-knead for 2 mins - divide into 3 equal pieces-roll into balls- roll out into tear drop shape.10 cms long 13cm wide 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
Preheat grill/broiler to highest setting-.Meanwhile place the naan on preheated baking sheet-& bake for 3-4 mins or until puffed up.Remove from oven & place under grill for a few seconds until the top browns.Brush with melted butter or Ghee if you have and serve warm.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
I don't buy a lot of gadgets, I have done, then after an initial use they become like exercise machinery, confined to the cupboard. One gadget I have bought and use regularly is my pasty maker. A simple hinged piece of plastic that shapes, seals and adds a little decoration to the pastry, great for apples pies. Make your pasties, brush a little egg wash on top and bake at 200c till brown.
Put a little oil on the plastic, makes it easier to get the pasty out without in breaking the pastry.
Don't overfill them.
90 gms cold diced butter
pinch mustard pwder
A little ground chilli
150 gms Roquefort, 100gms for the recipe and the other 50gms to go on top before baking.
1 Tbsp Sesame seeds.
Put all the ingredients (except the saved 50gms of cheese) in a bowl, using your hands knead the ingredients together, where it forms a dough roll out on a floured surface into a sausage shape, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for an hour,
Remove from fridge when your ready, preheat oven to 190c, slice the biscuit roll and arrange the slices on a foil covered tray,place a little of the saved cheese on top of each, a sprinkle of black pepper and bake till they are a light golden colour.
I also wrapped some hot dog sausages in a little pastry and baked them, you could include a little cheese or mustard in with them.
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
It really doesn't get much easier than this;
Tub crème fraiche
small tin of tomato purée
First time I tried this it was with slices of ham, so I thought I would try it on a pork chop. Grill the pork chops till nearly cooked, mix all the other ingredients pour over the chops and bake.
For pudding I made an apple crumble Tart
I got all the ingredients together, got my camera ready and forgot to take photographs, I will do it again next week, sorry.