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French summer classic: Cherry clafoutis

French summer classic: cherry clafoutis

This is most definitely a French summer classic: cherry clafoutis. One my mum used to make often at this time of year, there were so many fruits coming from the allotment and this recipe is just perfect for it. I'm using cherries but you could easily use raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, any fruits would work really. And it is so easy to make, so what's not to like, the perfect summer pudding!

French summer classic: cherry clafoutis

Ingredients:

 

4 eggs 

45 g unsalted butter (melted)

150 g of sugar (granulated or caster)

50 g ground almonds 

100 g of plain flour

250 ml of milk

50 ml of double cream

650 g of cherries

Not essential but highly recommended, 3 tbsp of rum

8″ baking tin (buttered) 

Pre-heat your oven at 180º C

Method:

First thing first, butter your baking tray, and place all the cherries at the bottom. Now, there is a big debate in France about clafoutis aux cerises, stones or no stones. I’m team stones in and even stork. The stone actually adds flavour to your pudding. But I shan’t decide for you and won’t be offended if you decide not to add them, although, let’s face it, it is more work!

In a bowl, quickly whisk the sugar and eggs together, then add your flour and ground almonds and whisk again. Then add your milk, cream and melted butter and give it a last mix. Pour your mixture over the cherries and pop your tray in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until your clafoutis is nice and golden on top. And that is all there is to it, so simple and delicious. You can savour your clafoutis, warm or cold, with a dollop of cream or a good vanilla ice cream. 

 

Bon appétit!

Corinne

You can watch the step by step method of this recipe on YouTube

As it is courgettes season, you might also want to check out my chocolate courgettes cake

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Strawberry and cream, rhubarb tartelettes, my Jubilee pudding

Strawberry and cream, rhubarb tartelettes, my Jubilee pudding

I may be from a country where we got rid of our royals during the revolution, but one thing I do enjoy about Britain are the royal celebrations. Especially when it means an extra day off and involves pudding and plenty of bubbly! 70 years on the thrown has to be celebrated handsomely and pompously. I'll be hosting my own royal "pique-nique" with family and friends of course. And yes there will be pudding, plenty of it as you can imagine in my house! So here you have it, "my strawberry and cream rhubarb tartelettes, my Jubilee pudding". And dare I say it, it's fit for a Queen!

Ingredients:

One roll of sweet shortcrust

500 g of strawberries 

300 ml double cream

3 TBSP of icing sugar

4 rhubarb sticks 

2 Tbsp of plain flour

120 g ground almonds

2 eggs

120 g of sugar (any type of sugar will work)

120 g melted butter

A muffin tray (it will give you some very dip filled tartelettes, that you would not get with a standard cupcake tray)

Cookie cutter 

Pre-heat your oven at 180º C

Method:

For the frangipane:

Mix the butter, flour, grounds almonds, sugar and eggs into a paste and set aside.

Take your pastry out of the fridge at least 15 minutes before use. Then, using your pastry cutters, cut out some circular pieces of pastry and place them in each case of your muffin tray (you’ll want those circular pieces to be a little bit bigger than your muffin  cases so there is enough space to fill them).  Prick the bottom of your pastry with a fork. Then, place some rhubarb at the bottom and add a teaspoon of frangipane on top.

Place your tray in the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until your little tartelettes are golden brown on top. Take them out of the tray and let them cool down on a rack.

In the meantime, prepare your chantilly cream, by whisking your double cream, icing sugar and vanilla paste to soft peaks. Place your chantilly into a piping bag fit with a star shaped nozzle. 

When your tartelettes are cool, pipe some chantilly cream in the centre of your tartelettes, as per picture, then slice your strawberries in half and place them around the centre of the chantilly cream. Then add a bit more chantilly cream to finish them off nicely. 

Et voilà!

Enjoy them with a glass bubbly!

Bon appétit!⠀

Corinne x

If you fancy another regal recipe how about my avocado and prawn croustade 

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Beignets de courgettes

Beignets de courgettes

Every year, I ask myself, why did I plant so many courgettes? And every year somehow, I do. But a garden without a bounty of courgettes wouldn't look right, would it? So here is a recipe for you to try "beignets de courgettes". Easy, extremely moreish and perfect if you have plenty of courgettes in your garden.

Ingredients:

Note: this recipe is based on one normal size courgette (if you use 2 double the amount, 3 triple etc… as simple as that).

One courgette grated

100 g of self raising flour

1 tsp of baking powder

50 g of blue cheese (cheddar works too)

One spring onion finely chopped

One egg (medium size)

Vegetable oil to dip fry

Method:

Start by sifting baking powder and flour. Then add your grated courgette, cheese, spring onion and egg and mix to a batter consistency.

If you have a dip fat fryer use it for this recipe. I don’t, so I use a wok and do my dip fry in that.

Also, make sure to have a tray lined with tissue paper to soak the excess oil.

I always start by dropping a little bit of my batter in the oil to see if it’s hot enough. You’ll know it is if it floats on the surface and starts browning. At that stage, turn the temperature right down otherwise your fritters will turn dark brown but will not necessarily be cooked inside.

Now that your oil is at the right temperature, you can start cooking your courgettes fritters. Use a tsp if you want small bites and a tbsp for bigger morsels. Dip 4 to six spoons at a time so your oil doesn’t drop in temperature. Your beignets de courgettes will be cooked when they start browning on the outside. That is all!

Serve hot with some dips of your choice. I like mine wrapped in a salad leaf and dipped in sweet chilli sauce.

If you’re after a sweet recipe with courgettes you may want to try my “gateau de courgettes au chocolat

Bon appétit!⠀

Corinne x

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Summer cooking, stuffed tomatoes

Summer cooking, stuffed tomatoes

This is one dish that will always mean summer to me, I don't have it any other time. This is simple summer cooking, stuffed tomatoes with an extremely herbie combo of mince pork and your favourite sausage mix. This is my mum's recipe, it was a regular in our house every summer. My dad's allotment at this time of year was bursting with vegetables of all kind. This was the South of France and we had plenty of gorgeous and juicy tomatoes of course, far too many actually. This recipe is super easy to make, and perfect for alfresco dining. So here it is, simple and oh! so delicious, stuffed tomatoes.

Ingredients: (this recipe will feed 4 to 6 people depending on appetite)

4 beef tomatoes and 4 small vine tomatoes

500 g mince pork

6 of your favourite sausages

thyme (as much as you like), finely chopped

4 spring onions finely chopped

parsley (as much as you like), finely chopped

one table spoon of tomato puree

one table spoon of mascarpone (strangely enough something like cottage cheese works just as well too)

one table spoon of soy sauce

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 170°C (fan oven)

Start by mixing your mince with your sausage meat (take out the skin of the sausages). Add your spring onions, herbs, tomato puree, mascarpone and your soy. This mix can be made well in advance even the day before. It actually tastes better if you can.

Cut the top of your tomatoes, these will be used as your lid. Then, remove the flesh inside your tomato, don’t throw it away, as you can make a gorgeous tomato sauce with it. You may also freeze it if you are not going to be using it soon. Start filling your tomatoes with your mince, prick the side of your tomatoes with a knife. This will allow them to cook quicker and more evenly. Place them in an oven tray. Drizzle them with a bit of olive oil and pop in the oven for a good 45 minutes to an hour.

If you are vegetarian, you can replace the mince with cooked rice mixed with finely chopped courgettes for example.

Local suppliers worth checking out for this recipe: Burwash LarderRadmore Farm shop Long Horn Farm shopFor a flavour of our cooking and baking classes click here

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x