Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks in a Whisky and Mustard Sauce

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Ingredients:

  • 4 beef cheeks
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic clove, finely choopped
  • 1 bunch thyme, chopped
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 3 tablespoon creme fraîche
  • 100 ml whisky
  • 4 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 bunch sage, chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat oven at 150 degrees celsius.
  2. Heat up a roasting tray with touch of olive oil, and sear the beef cheeks on all sides and set aside.
  3. Add the onion, garlic and herbs to the roasting trays and cook until softened.
  4. Return the cheeks to the tray, add beef stock and bring to the boil, cover with foil.
  5. Cook in the oven for 8 hours until almost falling apart.
  6. Take the cheeks out of the tray, add the whysky, flame it using a match.
  7. Add the creme fraîche and mustard, bring to a simmer and return the cheeks to the tray, simmer for 5 minutes.

 

Yellow Peach and Raspberries Charlotte

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Ingredients:

  • 18-20 Sponge fingers
  • 3 Punnet Raspberries
  • 3 yellow peaches

Butter Cream :

  • 3 egg yolk
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 50 g water
  • 180 g room temperature butter

Instruction:

  • Mix water and sugar in a saucepan and cook to 118 degrees celsius or 244 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the mean time whisk egg yolk in an electric blender, then poor the cooked sugar over it while mixing.
  • Whisk until cooled down completely, then add slowly add the butter and whisk until fully incorporated.
  • Keep aside

Italian Meringue:

  • 2 cl water
  • 80  g caster sugar
  • 2 egg white

Instructions :

  • Place sugar and water in a saucepan and cook to 118 degrees celsius or 244 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Whisk egg white to soft peak in an electric mixer then slowly add the cooked sugar while whisking.
  • Whisk until the meringue has cooled down.
  • Add a punnet of raspberries to the meringue and whisk.
  • Then gently fold the butter cream through the meringue and keep aside.

Building the cake:

  • Line a 22cm round springform cake tin with the sponge finger, side and bottom.
  • Place the butter cream mixture inside the lined cake tin and decorate the top with the remaining raspberries and sliced yellow peaches.

 

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Oven Baked Camembert with a Nectarine, Pomegranate and thyme salsa

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Ingredients:

  • 1 camembert
  • 1/2 bunch thyme
  • 2 nectarine
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 tablespoon honey

 

Method:

  • Preheat oven at 200 degrees celsius.
  • Place Camembert on a flat baking tray lined with baking paper, and bake for 14 minutes
  • Dice the nectarines, seed the pomegranate and pick the thyme, then mix them together with a touch of cherry vinegar.
  • Serve with a Chateau Mazerolles Benoit Cote de Blaye, available at www.airoldifinewines.com.au

Mango and Thyme Tarte Tatin

Mangotatin3_lefermier110216Today I decided to share with you a different version of a very traditional French dessert called the Tarte Tatin. Traditionally it is done with apples but today I’ve put a modern twist on it or you can say an “Australian twist” by using mangoes instead. Now is the perfect time to use mangoes, they are in full season, ripe and full of flavour. I thought I’d pair the mangoes with thyme, it might sound weird at first, but once you’ve tried this delicious recipe, you’ll understand. I think the thyme balances the sweetness of the mango and the caramel, it adds freshness to this wonderful dessert.

Mango and Thyme Tarte Tatin

Ingredients:

  • 3 mangoes
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • ½ bunch thyme

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven at 180 °C .
  2. Put the sugar in saucepan and add just enough water to dissolve it. Cook the sugar until you have a golden brown caramel, then pour it into a round tart dish and leave it cool down.
  3. In the meantime peel the mangoes, slice the cheeks off and cut them into wedges. Place the mango wedges on top of the caramel in a circular pattern, creating 2 layers.
  4. Sprinkle the roughly chopped thyme on top of the mango and cover the dish with the puff pastry.
  5. Bake in the hot oven for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
  6. Leave the Tarte Tatin cool down a little bit, then carefully place a round serving tray upside down on top of the tart, place one hand on top and one at the bottom and quickly flip it around.

 

 

Raclette

raclette1_lefermier_140116“Raclette” is a type of cheese, it is a semi soft cow milk cheese shaped in a 6kg wheel. Raclette cheese originated in the French speaking part of the Alpine area in the Valais Canton. If you believe the legend, it was discovered by local farmers who had set camp in the valley for the night and left some of the cheeses on stones near the fire. The cheese of course melted and some farmer scraped it of the rock to not waste any and he thought it was delicious. It quickly became a tradition amongst farmers in the region and the cheese became known for its melting abilities. It is a simple concept and the heartiness of the melted cheese on the potatoes makes it the ideal comfort.

raclette2_lefermier_140116It is loved by many in France, Switzerland and Germany. Traditionally it is a dish that includes melted cheese, boiled potatoes, cornichons, mustards, pickles and a plater of charcuterie such as prosciutto, ham of the bone and salami. If you want to find the perfect wine to match  your raclette i suggest you visit  www.airoldifinewines.com.au   .

raclette3_lefermier_140116For my Raclette i use a “Tefal” raclette grill that you can find on amazon, or you can also melt the cheese over the potatoes in a hot oven. To give you an idea of how much you need to prepare, for 6 people i cooked 12 medium size potatoes and bought 3 slices of each meat ( hot salami, mild salami, ham of the bone and Australian prosciutto). I also put together a platter with Dijon mustard, Grain mustard and Cornichons and served a green salad from my garden!raclette4_lefermier_140116

 

Macarons

macaron2_lefermier_031215The Macaron appeared in Europe in the middle ages, made from sugar, almond and egg white from the very beginning. Some say that the Macaron was born in the VIIIe century in venetians monastery. They were introduced in France by Catherine de medicis for her wedding with the Duc d’Orléans. The macaron use to be eaten as individual biscuits and it’s not until 1830 that, in Paris, pastry chefs decide to stick two macaron together using ganache to create the “parisian” macaron which was later popularized by the very famous Ladurée.

They are now many different flavours of macaron like a mandarine and olive oil from Pierre hermé in Paris or lime and basil and even peach and rose! I have decided to add a festive touch to my macaron today by using Christmas spices to flavour my crème.

Watch the how to video below or visit my YouTube channel here for lots more videos

Macaron with a Christmas Spice Cream

Ingredients for the shells:

  • 210g icing sugar
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 130g egg whites
  • 150g almond meal

macaron4_lefermier_031215Method:

  1. Preheat the oven at 160 degrees Celsius and make sure all the ingredients are measured.
  2. In a food processor, blitz the icing sugar and almond meal until it is very fine. Make sure it is really fine otherwise the top of the macaron won’t be smooth.
  3. Sieve the almond meal and icing sugar to remove the chunky bits, and keep aside.
  4. Whisk the egg white to soft peak, then slowly add the sugar and keep whisking until it is all dissolved. Add the food colouring and whisk until combined.
  5. Using a spatula, incorporate half of the almond meal and icing sugar, mix, then add the other half.
  6. Gently work the mixture by folding it onto itself, making sure you scrape the bottom to get all the ingredients. Work it until it becomes glossy and form a ribbon when you lift the spatula (see video).
  7. Using a pipping bag with a nozzle, lay the macaron on flat baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  8. Leave them on the bench top for about 15 minutes so that a skin forms on the top. Check if they are ready to be baked by gently touching the top with your finger, if it doesn’t stick then they are ready.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then leave them cool down before garnishing them with the crème.

macaron3_lefermier_031215Ingredients for the Crème:

  • 2 free range egg yolk
  • 25 cl full fat milk
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 25g flour
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 star anis
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lemon peel
  • 75g soft butter
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds out

Method:

  1. Boil the milk with the vanilla ( seeds and pod) and the spices.
  2. Whisk the egg and sugar until slightly white and fluffy, add the flour and mix until combined.
  3. Pour the hot milk through a sieve, whisk to combined all the ingredients, and cook for about 3-5 minutes while whisking.
  4. Pour the crème in large dish, spread it as thin as you can to cool it down quickly. Once cooled completely, place it in an electric blender, whisk until it is smooth and add the soft butter. Keep whisking until the mixture is glossy and smooth.
  5. To put the macaron together, simply pipe a little bit of crème in the center of half of the shell and put a shell on top!