Banoffee pie

A massive classic over here, the banoffee pie is absolutely unknown in France. I never had the occasion to taste it or to make it so it was time for me to have a go!

I found a recipe which looked great and mouth watering and added my own touch. Instead of making a big pie, I decided to make 6 little ones mainly because we are only 3 living at home for the moment and I didn’t want to stuff myself with banoffee pie; I have to be presentable in my Christmas dress!!

I made my own pastry which is much longer to do but much more delicious as well.

You’ll need:

–  Shortcrust pastry , baked blind
–  2 bananas
–  2 tablespoons of sugar
–  50ml of milk
–  150ml of double cream
–  Half a teaspoon of instant coffee, diluted in a tablespoon of hot water
–  Vanilla extract or vanilla pod
–  Dark chocolate curls

First, put the sugar in a pan (don’t use a non stick one, in just ruined mine because of this recipe) and wait until the sugar melts and makes a caramel. Don’t stir it at all.

Mash one of the bananas with the milk and when the sugar has dissolved, pour the banana mixture into it until you have a nice banana caramel. Pour this caramel into the pastry. Let it cool down for half an hour or more.

When the caramel is cooled, cut the other banana into slices and arrange them on the caramel.

Whisk the double cream until stiff with some vanilla. Add the coffee (you can always add the half if it’s too strong) and mix it up. Put some cream on each pie and sprinkle with chocolate curls!

Ready!!!!

Mylène

Halloween

As you know, Halloween is here and it doesn’t only mean kids coming to knock at your door for treats . It means an other occasion to make seasonal and fun recipes.

When I think about Halloween, I especially think about pumpkins. They are wonderful for loads of things. Pies, soups, toasted seeds for a healthy snack, muffins, ice cream, cupcakes, cheesecakes,…

I couldn’t wait to try some recipes. So let’s buy pumpkins!

The first recipe I tried was a pie.

It was a “normal” pumpkin pie recipe that I found in one of my vegetable cook books. I used very dark sugar instead of light brown and all I could taste was the sugar and the spices. I couldn’t taste the pumpkin at all. It was still good but not wonderful. Well, maybe it’s only personal taste.

I wasn’t totally impressed by the pie so I had to try something else. I then made cupcakes. I used a recipe found on the internet, very easy to find. I made them and they looked really good and tasted great!

 

I was glad with the result of the cupcakes but I still had half a pumpkin to use.

I didn’t even think about it for one second, it had to be soup otherwise the kitchen would have been full of goodies and I would have been too tempted to resist eating them!

The soup was very nice, especially the texture but if I could have had another variety of pumpkin, it would have been much better (the one I had was grown for the size and shape and not for the taste). Anyway, here is the recipe…

You’ll need

:

– 1kg of pumpkin
– 2 sweet potatoes
– 2 onions
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 800ml of vegetable stock
– a pinch of cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg
– 200ml of cream (less or more, depends of your taste)

Chop all the vegetables. Cook for 5 min the onions in some olive oil. Add the other vegetables and cook for 2 min. Add the stock and the spices. Cook until the pumpkin is tender.

When it’s cooked, blend the vegetables and add the cream. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

 

Apple time!

As you know, it’s the apple season and if you’re lucky, you may have apple trees in your garden, or generous friends who can share some of their fruit.
I was given some cooking apples last week, so what to make with them?

If I was listening to my greedy boyfriend, I would make apple crumbles everyday but I’m trying to be creative and prepare some other wonderful puddings.
Here are some examples of things I’m making at the moment:

Old favourite, apple crumble (you can see the recipe on one of my older posts)

 

Apple pies. I’ve got so many different recipes: you can cook the apples separately or not. Take a pastry case and if you use an almond and egg filling with the apples (very popular in France) it’s called “tarte amandine”. You can make a kind of sweet apple quiche with eggs and cream and sugar which you pour over the raw apples before cooking (I know it sounds weird but it’s very good, it’s my special mum’s recipe)… I also love to just caramelize the apples with butter and sugar before to pour them in the pastry, mmmhhhh… 

Tarte tatin, this wonderful invention. Thank you so much to the Tatin’s sisters (French, of course!!) for this amazing new age apple pie. You just make a brown caramel with 50g of butter and 100g of sugar, pour it in a tin with high sides, put the apples all nicely on this lovely caramel, an finally put some pastry (puff, shortcrust or your own nice one) on the apples.

Make a little hole in the middle of the pastry to let the air go out. Cook it until the pastry looks golden and then turn the tin upside down onto a plate (don’t wait, it has to be hot!!), knock it a bit and remove it. If everything went okay, you should end up with a nice caramelized pie.

Compote or stewed apples. Everybody has their own recipe, I personally add a little bit of water, sugar and cinnamon to the apples when you’re cooking them.

Apple juice, if you’ve got a juice extractor

Sorbet!!!! Even if you haven’t got an ice cream maker, you can find a recipe online, doing it normally, pour the mixture into a plastic tub and leave it in the freezer for the night. The day after put the sorbet in your food processor until it goes creamy. Put it back in the freezer or eat it now! You have to take this sorbet out of the freezer about half an hour before to use it.

Have an appley day!

Mylène