Chocolate “mi-cuit” with vanilla custard heart

IMGP3364-Modifier-vert "Mi-cuit" means half cooked in french.
These ones are a child's play to make and always a roaring success !!

You can either make your own vanilla custard or buy it to save time.

Serves : 4

Here's what we need :

120g vanilla custard, 100g dark chocolate (60%), 100g butter, 2 eggs, 2 egg yolks, 50g sugar, 25g flour.

2 1/2 hour.

Here's what we do :

Fill 4 ice cube moulds with vanilla custard & allow to freeze for 2 hours.

Preheat your oven at 356°F.

Melt the chocolate in a "bain-marie" with the butter cut in chunks.

Whip the eggs with the yolks & sugar until light yellow & fluffy.

Mix in the melted chocolate & flour.

Butter & flour 4 ramekins.

Pour 2/3 of mixture in each remekin, put the iced vanilla custard in the centre & press gently.

Cover with the remaining chocolate.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Turn the ramekins upside down on serving plates & wait 3 minutes before remove them.

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Honey & coco flapjacks

IMGP3295-Modifier-vert At this time of year, we need energy to go on and face the coming of cold weather.

These flapjacks are a really healthy way to start the day or have a snack.

Yields : 12

Here's what we need :

125g butter, 150g soft light brown sugar, 3 tablespoons honey, 150g muesli, 100g dry coconut flakes, a pinch of salt.

Here's what we do :

Preheat your oven at 400°F.

Lightly butter a tin (8X12 inches).

Melt the butter, sugar & honey together over a gentle heat.

Mix the muesli, coconut flakes & salt.

Pour the melted ingredients over them & stir.

Turn the mixture into the tin & press down evenly with the back of a wooden spoon.

Bake for 20/25 minutes.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes then mark out squares with a sharp knife & leave in the tin until quite cool.

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IMGP2041-vert Imagine a sunny sunday morning with the smell of mouthwatering hot butter tickling your nostrils.

Imagine the smiles and yums ...

You are in the world of homemade fresh & warm brioche, it is a long way to come but so much rewarding you'll never regret the time spent !

Yields : 1 big brioche

Here's what we need :

250g flour, 200g butter at room temperature, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (or 10g fresh yeast), 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon warm milk, 1 tablespoon warm water.
2 1/2 hours + 1 night + 1 1/2 hour

Here's what we do :
In a glass dissolve yeast in warm water until creamy.

In a small bowl, dissolve salt & sugar in warm milk.

Pour flour in a large bowl & make a well in the center.

Pour the yeast & stir with a bit of flour.

Add 2 eggs & pour the warm milk (not on the yeast) & stir with a bit of flour.

Add the 3rd egg.

Beat well until the dough has pulled together.

Then work on a slightly floured surface and knead for 10 to 15 minutes : to incorporate maximum air take the dough in one hand high & smash it on the surface.

Incorporate the butter in 3 or 4 times.

Put the dough back in the bowl & cover with a clean cloth.

Let it rise in a warm place for 2 hours (it must double up).

Deflat the dough with your fist a few times (until it is back to normal size).

Let it rest all night in your fridge.

In the morning :

Put the dough in the mould of your choice & allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Preheat your oven at 392°F.

Bake for 25 / 30 minutes (check with the tip of knife).
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Baked custard tart

IMGP3031-vert Hi everyone, today we're going to  bake a traditional french pastry.

This baked custard tart is also called "Parisian custard".
In fact every single bakery all over france has it on the counter.

It has a soft texture & a wonderful vanilla scent, just perfect for tea-time !!

Serves : 6

Here's what we need :

the pastry :

125g flour, 1/2 teasspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, 125g butter at room temperature & cut in chunks, 1 egg yolk, 1 1/2 tablespoon milk.

the custard :

15cl milk, 15cl whipping cream, 40g flour, 2 eggs, 80g sugar, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Here's what we do :

First the pastry :

Pour the flour in a large bowl.

Make a well and add the salt, sugar, butter, egg yolk & milk.

Work with your finger tips (or in a food procesor on medium speed) until well combined.

Put in the fridge for 1 hour.

Preheat your oven at 392°F.

Spray the pastry with a spin roll, put in your mould, cover with a baking sheet, fill with rice or ceramic pie wheights and cook for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs with the sugar & vanilla extract until light yellow & fluffy.

Add the flour.

Boil milk & cream together.

Add little by little to the mixture.

Pour the custard in the pastry.

Down your oven temperature to 338°F.

Cook for 25 minutes.

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