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Fabienne Viner-Luzzato – from Homecooking with Fabienne

Born and educated in Paris, Fabienne has been cooking for as long as she can remember. As the youngest of seven children, she learned to cook from her Tunisian-born mother and Italian father in a house full of delicious smells and people cooking, chatting and eating. She now offers catering for corporate and family functions, runs workshops and cooking parties and privately teaches adults, teenagers and children to cook.

1. Is my child going to get to eat what it cooks?

Absolutely! After the cooking is finished, everybody will sit down comfortably to taste and enjoy everything they have cooked together.

2. Does my child need to bring anything to class?

Usually you just have to bring an appetite, but please check with your school in case they need more.

3. My child is a vegeterian. Can you accommodate it?

Some of our classes are better suited for vegeterians, so please coublecke with your teacher in advance.

 

Today’s child magazine

The importance of eating seasonal foods

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Avoid eating tasteless, unseasonal fruit and veg, urges Fabienne Viner-Luzzato

I was extremely lucky as a child to holiday in the south of France for two whole months in July and August. As a family of cooks, this meant discovering and cooking with local and seasonal products.

French markets are a paradise for foodies and everyone else. The colours, smells and noises are so vibrant you could spend hours sampling the food and chatting to shouting merchants who always make you try their fruits, cheeses or bread before you buy them.

I specifically remember a small yellow and pink plum called “Mirabelle”; a sweet, juicy fruit from the Lorraine region. You only find it in the last two weeks of August in France but its short season makes it extra special. You make the most of it in those two weeks and eat it with appreciation because you know that it’ll be gone before you realise.

I remember that 30 years ago you could only buy strawberries, raspberries and peaches during the summer. You could only find and eat good summer fruits in the summer and winter fruits in the winter.

Unfortunately, a lot of fruit and vegetables are imported these days or grown in greenhouses. They are treated to look nice but are often picked before they develop their full flavours. This is a real shame because you do not experience the real taste when they are bought out of season. Many people spend so much money buying expensive summer fruits in winter that have absolutely no taste that they do not experience the excitement of eating a fruit they have been waiting a few months for any more.

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I refuse to buy tasteless imported strawberries for my children in the winter. I often tell them that they wouldn’t organise a BBQ or have a bouncy castle in the winter, which is the same as eating summer fruits in winter.

Eatseasonably.co.uk provides a colourful seasonal calendar and gives information of what to eat and grow in your garden depending on the season. Children who attend my cooking lessons love to look at the “eat seasonably” calendar behind my kitchen door.

We often go to Borough Market with my family. It’s a fantastic trip. There you find fruitmongers selling the most beautiful seasonal products, fantastic cheese shops, quality meat and fish, and wonderful homemade bread. In the summer, the tomato stall can be up to two metres long.

I recently took my children along, and we bought fresh basil and oregano, juicy tomatoes, high-quality olive oil, fresh pasta, onions and delicious parmesan. We prepared a homemade tomato sauce and enjoyed our dinner altogether. We fully appreciated the experience and my children were eager to know when we can go back.

Fabienne Viner-Luzzato recently co-wrote children’s cookbook Steamer the Cooking Wizard. Visit homecookingbyfabienne.co.uk for more information and follow her on Twitter @FabienneCooks

 

 

Borough market from buying to cooking, let your children choose and cook

Happy Chanukah, Farka Cake, Tunisian Traditions and Festival of the Girls, JC recipe

 FARKA, this week JC recipe, Happy Chanukha!

 
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On the 6th day of Chanukah in the Tunisian traditions we celebrate a festival called Rosh Hodesh El Bneit, or Fete des Filles, festival of the girls. The girls received presents from their family,… the fiancées received gifts of all kind from their fiancés. The girls are the centre of attention for the day. We also serve the Farka is the Tunisan recipe is a sweet cake made of couscous and dates, walnuts and raisins,For a 22/25cm square or round dish, for 8/10 people

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Cooling time before eating: one night

500g of fine couscous
500g of medjoul dates
100g of ground walnuts
50g of walnuts
100g of caster sugar
100ml of sunflower or vegetable oil
The juice of two oranges
Orange peels of one orange
150 of mixed dried cranberries and raisins
A bit of almond extract

• Boil some water in a large sauce pan with a sieve that you can put on top.
• In a bowl, wash the couscous. Let it drain on a sieve.
• Reserve some of the whole walnuts, dried cranberries and raisins for the decoration.
• Put in back in the bowl and add the sugar and the sunflower oil, the ground walnuts and the rest of the mixed cranberries and raisins.
• Cut the dates in small pieces and add them to the couscous.
• Mix all the ingredients in the bowl if possible by hand or with a large fork in order to blend them all together and almost puree the dates in the couscous.
• Put the preparation on the sieve and cover it with the lid. Steam the couscous at high gas mark with the lid on the sieve for approximately 30-45 minutes, stirring regularly to make sure all the ingredients blend together and steamed.
• Let it cool down and add the orange juice, a few drops of almonds extract and the orange peels. Mix well and put in a nice square 25cm dish.
• Decorate with walnuts, dried cranberries and raisins.
• Keep in the fridge overnight and serve the cake on the 6th day of Chanukah.

JW3 Opening – 29th September 2013 – My version of the Garden of Eden

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Calendar of events September-December 2013

 

 

September  2013

Adults courses and catering To book an event with the JW3, please call 02074338988To book an event with the LJCC, please call 02084575000To book an event at home with Fabienne, please call 07973698046  High Holy Days, please call Fabienne for help to cook for you and your family 

Fabienne also caters for any occasions, weekly or Shabbat family meals, please visit the catering page/menu.

Children courses, family, and cooking parties, teenagers courses To book an event with the JW3, please call 02074338988To book an event with the LJCC, please call 02084575000To book an event at home with Fabienne, please call 07973698046 01/09 and 22/09 private cooking party home   

29/09 JW3 opening 1.30m-2.30pm In the Beginning – Family creative and artistic cooking session JW3

 

 

 

October 2013

Adults courses and cateringTo book an event with the JW3, please call 02074338988To book an event with the LJCC, please call 02084575000To book an event at home with Fabienne, please call 07973698046  2/10 7.30pm Beit Halochem original Sushi evening, private 9/10 10.30am-1pm hands on fish, JW3

15/10 10.30am-1pm Tagines and couscous, traditional chicken with fruits and vegetables demo, JW3

16/10 10.30-1pm hands on chicken, JW3

22/10 10.30am-1pm Fish couscous demo, JW3 

Children courses, family, and cooking parties, teenagers coursesTo book an event with the JW3, please call 02074338988To book an event with the LJCC, please call 02084575000To book an event at home with Fabienne, please call 07973698046 20/10 private cooking party, home 

October half term kids courses home N210.30am-12.30pm £25

Monday 28/10 7-9pm Pre/post Bar/Bat Mitzvah cooking

Tuesday 29/10 (Sugar Rush everything sweet),

Thursday 31/10 (Gingerbread house building and decorating)

Friday 1/11 (Shabbat cooking)

30/10 2pm-4pm, Halloween cooking for littlies LJCC 

  

 

 

November 2013 

Adults courses and cateringTo book an event with the JW3, please call 02074338988To book an event with the LJCC, please call 02084575000To book an event at home with Fabienne, please call 07973698046 5/11 10.30am-1pm Tagines and couscous demo,  lamb and beans, JW3 13/11 10.30am-12.30pm Pressure cooking, soups demo, JW3 
Children courses, family, and cooking parties, teenagers coursesTo book an event with the JW3, please call 02074338988To book an event with the LJCC, please call 02084575000To book an event at home with Fabienne, please call 07973698046  3/11 3-4.30pm  food explorers when savoury turns into sweet and sweet into savoury JW3 10/11 private cooking party home

12/11 8-10pm family express meal, cooking lesson in French, LJCC

17/11 private cooking party home

27/11 1.30-3pm, Chanukah baking for littlies, LJCC 

 

 

December 2013 

 Adults courses and cateringTo book an event with the JW3, please call 02074338988To book an event with the LJCC, please call 02084575000To book an event at home with Fabienne, please call 07973698046 11/12 10.30am-1pm Hands on Tunisian tapas-kemia, JW3 11/12 1.30-3.30pm Pressure cooking chicken and meat, JW3 

 

Children courses, family, and cooking parties, teenagers courses To book an event with the JW3, please call 02074338988To book an event with the LJCC, please call 02084575000 To book an event at home with Fabienne, please call 07973698046 1/12 Chanukha cooking kids 12.30-2pm, JW3  15/12 2pm-4pm LJCC Colourfolicious, cook some of your favourites in multicolour, LJCC

 

Enjoy the last few days of British Summer – Jewish Chronicle Summer recipes 2013

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Nutty burgers with spinach and carrot buns

Preparation time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

 

Ingredients:

 

500g minced beef

1 red onion, finely chopped

20g finely chopped fresh flat parsley 

60g ground walnuts

60g chopped pistachios

2 medium eggs

Salt, pepper

A generous shake of cumin, paprika and turmeric

Sunflower oil for brushing

 

For the dressing:

4 tbsp mayonnaise,

1 tsp ketchup

1 tsp mustard

 

To serve:

Fresh baby spinach, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, sliced pickled cucumbers

 

Method:

 

  • Put all the burger ingredients and seasonings in a bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients very well with your hands.
  • Form your burgers and brush both sides with oil.
  • If you have a BBQ, cook the burgers on both sides
  • To oven bake, cook at 180C for about 30 minutes, turning halfway.
  • To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients. Spoon some over each burger before topping with a bun.

 

Spinach and grated carrot burger buns

Preparation:

Cooking: 20 mins

Makes: 20 medium size rolls

 

Ingredients:

 

250g fresh spinach

3 sachets fast action dried yeast

2 large carrots, grated

1 tbs caster sugar

500g-600g of strong white bread flour

Approximately +/- 300ml of warm water

6 tbsp sunflower and olive oil

Salt, pepper

 

Method:

 

  • Rinse the spinach and reduce it in a large pan.
  • Let it cool down a bit and puree the spinach
  • In a small bowl, dilute the dried yeast in a bit of warm water
  • Cook the grated carrots for 5 minutes in the pan on the hob with one tsp of caster sugar and keep aside, you will add them only before you cook the bread (you need to do that so they are not so wet when you incorporate them in the bread)
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, yeast, spinach puree, some salt, pepper and sunflower oil until you form a neat ball.
  • If, touching the dough, you feel you need more water or flour, add them very gradually. You should be able to touch the dough without it sticking to your fingers too much.
  • On a clean worktop, knead the dough for about 15 minutes until it becomes elastic and until you hear a “click” noise when you are kneading it.
  • Leave the dough to rest and rise on your worktop and cover it with the bowl at least 1.5 hour to 2 hours until the dough at least doubles in size. The room should be warm to help the rising and proving process.
  • After two hours, preheat the oven to 200°C. Add the carrots and knead the dough for a few minutes until they are amalgamated. 
  • Form burger buns and cook for about 10-15 minutes until they sound hollow when tapped on the underside.

 

Courgette spaghettis salad with sundried tomatoes and tomatoes

Prep time: 15 minutes

 

4 large courgettes

12 sundried tomatoes cut in half

12 cherry tomatoes cut in half

Olive oil

White wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

25g of fresh basil

Mustard

Honey

 

  • Wash your courgettes and cut both ends
  • Using a spiral slicer, form your spaghettis and cut them in three; if you have not got a spiral slicer, cut you courgettes in julienne trying to cut on the whole length
  • Add the tomatoes and sundried tomatoes
  • Chop the basil thinly
  • In a bowl, add 8 table spoons of olive oil, 2 of white wine vinegar, the chopped basil, a generous tea spoon of mustard, and one of teaspoon of honey; stir well
  • Add the dressing to the salad and mix well before serving

 

Three melons fruits salad with water melon granita

 

This refreshing and pretty fruits salad will be the perfect desert or afternoon tea treat in a hot summer day.

 

Serves 6-8

 

Ingredients

  •  One small water melon
  • One galia or honeydew melon
  • One cantaloupe melon

 

Preparation

20 minutes

 No cooking time, but allow one hour for the water melon juice to become frozen and make into granita.

 

Method:

  •  Using a melon baller, form little balls with the three different melons, keeping them in different bowls
  • Keep the juice produced by the water melon and freeze it at least for one hour to make it into granita
  • Using transparent cups or tall glasses, alternate the different colours of melon balls
  • Once it is frozen, simply prick a fork into the frozen water melon juice to obtain some granita
  • Add the granita on top of the water melon balls and serve
  • You can use half of the melon or water melon to serve the rest of the fruit salad

 

Rosh Hashana coming soon, menu available now, place your order sooner rather than later…

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Starters

Amazing Savoury Tarts available milky or pareve Serves 4 Serves 8 Serves 12
Asparagus and caramelised onions £15.00 £25.00 £30.00
Leek and emmenthal cheese £15.00 £25.00 £30.00
Mushrooms and creamy spinach £15.00 £25.00 £30.00
Peppers and caramelised onions £15.00 £25.00 £30.00
Broccoli or Spinach, and salmon £15.00 £25.00 £30.00

 

Tunisian Specialities

Tunisian Specialities Price Per
Portion
Couscous with beef or chicken and vegetables £14
Fish couscous (couscous with vegetables, fish, and spicy fish balls) £16
Tefina with beef, barley, eggs, cooked in a harissa sauce £14
Beef stew with okra and cumin sauce served with couscous, or with spinach, beef and beans £14
Tunisian soup with broad beans, coriander, parsley, onions, tomatoes £3
Kemia (Tunisian tapas salads: carrots with harissa, spicy courgettes with nuts, potatoes with cumin, mermouma (cooked pepper and tomato salad), etc… £3
Boulettes (spicy herbs and chicken or meat meat balls wrapped in vegetables) £3-5
Briques (Tunisian samosas with beef or chicken, or potatoes) £3-5

 

Delicious Soup

Delicious Soup Price Per
Portion
Butternut squash or pumpkin £3.50
Chicken soup with kneidlach £3.50
Cream of mushrooms £3.50
Cream of pea £3.50
Spicy minestrone soup £3.50

 

Salads and other starters

Salads and starters Price Per
Portion
Chopped liver and egg and onions, per person £5
Chinese salad, mange tout, grated carrots, mushrooms, noodles, bean sprouts, asparagus £3.50
Coleslaw salad £3.50
Edemame salad with medium hot peppers and flaked almonds £3.50
Mediterranean, caramelised red onion, bulgur, quinoa, lentils, onions, courgettes £3.50
Broccoli salad with caramelised onions and cashew nuts £3.50
Crunchy red cabbage, lettuce, sweet corn, tomato, pepper, caramelised almonds in a sweet and spicy tomato dressing £3.50
Pasta salad, peas, sweet corn, tomato, carrots, peppers £3.50
Potato salad, pickled cucumber, peas, carrots, with mayonnaise and grated eggs £3.50
Aubergine salad with roasted aubergine and caviar of aubergine £3.50
Taboulé salad, couscous, mint, coriander, parsley, cucumber, tomatoes £3.50
Israeli salad with cucumber, tomato, hot peppers, cut in very small cubes, olive oil and lemon dressing £3.50

 

Main Courses

Main Courses Price Per
Portion
Beef stew with okra and cumin sauce £12
Chicken chasseur in a rich tomato sauce £8
Duck in plum sauce (duck pancakes available on request) £16
Chicken or turkey escallops £7
Cholent (onion, bean, and beef stew) £12
Oriental meat balls in tomato sauce £10
Fried fish (plaice, haddock, salmon, etc…) £12
Stuffed aubergine with chicken, or Stuffed pepper with beef and rice £9
Roasted chicken with figs £10
Oriental pasta bake, with chicken and egg £8
Moroccan tagine of lamb with sweet tomatoes, olives, and a touch of preserved lemon £12
Slow cooked lamb shoulder marinated in old style mustard sauce and rosemary £14
Chicken balls in turmeric sauce £7
Turmeric roasted chicken, chicken legs £1 more, or Honey and paprika roasted chicken £9
Salmon, simply dressed or teriyaki sauce £10

 

Side Dishes

Side Dishes Price Per
Portion
French ratatouille £3.50
Mediterranean roasted vegetables £3.50
Oriental rice (with onions, carrots, raisins, cashew nuts) £3.50
Oriental two lentils, with onions, garlic, carrots, cumin £3.50
Potato kugel or vegetable kugel £3.50
Roasted honey parsnip or carrots £3.50
Simply delicious roasted potatoes £3.50
Roasted carrots with honey, roasted parsnips with honey £3.50
Spinach and mushrooms kugel £3.50

 

Heavenly Chocolate and Fruit Deserts

Heavenly Chocolate and Fruit Desserts Quantity Price
Apple and pear crumble – P  6-8 people £18.00
Red fruits crumble – P  6-8 people £22.00
Carrot cake with cream cheese and lemon frosting 6-8 people £25.00
Chocolate marble cake – P  6-8 people £18.00
Chocolate mousse, dark (P) or white 6-8 people £18.00
Choux pastry with vanilla, coffee, chocolate cream – P  per piece £2.50
Dried or fresh fruits salad – P  per person £3.50
French apple tart – P 6-8 people £28.00
Fruit cake – P 6-8 people £25.00
Fig tart – P 6-8 people £28.00
Lemon meringue tart – P 6-8 people £25.00
Mini meringues – P 50 pieces £10.00
Tiramisu 6-8 people £28.00
Tunisian cakes and pastries: yoyos, cigarres au miel, maniccoti… perfect for a sweet new year! £3-8

 

Jewish Chronicle Recipes, cakes cakes cakes!!!

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JC summer recipe 2013, cakes

June 27th, 2013 and June  6th 2013

 White chocolate and red fruits charlotte

 Creamy and light dessert with summer berries, a sweet and sharp combination,  Make the day before 

200g of white chocolate

300ml of double cream

3 egg whites from 3 large eggs 

150g of raspberries

150g of blueberries

150g of blackberries

3 or 4 strawberries

250g of sponge fingers biscuits

50ml of milk

One vanilla pod 

One Charlotte or large jelly dish

  •  Prepare your charlotte dish by lining a small round piece of baking paper at the bottom of the dish
  • Warm the milk in a saucepan with the vanilla pod cut in half in the length
  • Break up150g of the chocolate in small pieces and melt it in a small bowl over boiling water (bain-marie), or in the microwave for one minute, stir, and an additional minute if it is not completely melted; do not melt it for two minutes in one go as the chocolate might burn in the microwave
  • Whip the double cream until it is fluffy and not to firm
  • Whisk the egg whites until firm
  • Mix the chocolate with the cream and the egg whites with a wooden spoon to make sure you keep the fluffy and light texture of the eggs
  • Keep aside 50g of each fruits, and the strawberries to decorate the Charlotte when it will be out of the dish the following day
  • Start creating the Charlotte; add some chocolate mousse at the bottom of the dish
  • Dip enough sponge finger biscuits in the vanilla milk to put all around the dish, the sugary side outside to be visible when you will get the Charlotte out the dish
  • You then need to alternate layers of red fruits, white chocolate mousse, biscuits, finishing with the cream at the bottom; you need to use all the ingredients
  • Leave overnight in the fridge
  • To get the cake out of the dish, put some hot water at the bottom of your sink
  • Leave the cake at the bottom of the sink for two minutes
  • Put a serving plate on top of the Charlotte cake and turn over the dish; the cake should come off of the Charlotte dish and stay beautifully straight
  • Do not forget the remove the baking paper disk on top of the cake
  • Decorate the Charlotte with the extra fruits and make some white chocolate pieces using a potato peeler and the 50g extra white chocolate
  • French Fruits cake (on show)

 

220g of self raising flour
100 g of crystallised fruits
50g sultanas
125 g caster sugar

125 g margarine or butter
3 eggs
10 cl of old Rum

Cut the crystallised fruits in cubes. Warm the Rum and add the sultanas to it. Leave it to soak for 30 minutes. Then, drain the sultanas and add 10g of flour on them, making sure you do not mix the flour to them, you must still see the white of the flour. Add 10g of flour on the crystallised fruits without taking of the flour.

Separate the white from the yolk of the eggs. Mix the yolks with the sugar. Melt the margarine and pour it on the preparation. Add 200g of flour. With an electric whisker, beat the white until firm. Add them to the sugar/flour/egg mixture. Add the fruits. Put some melted margarine in a rectangular 25cm baking tray, put 10g of flour all over the tray, and remove the excess by putting it upside down. Put the mixture and bake at 180C (th 6) for 45 minutes approximately. Leave it to cool down before you remove from the tray.

 

Jewish Chronicle Article, When haimishe food is rice with lots of spice, by Zoe Winograd

By Zoe Winograd, June 6, 2013
Extract from the article, mentionning Fabienne
 
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For many of us living in the UK, Jewish cooking is all about the Ashkenazi staples — gefilte fish, cholent and chopped liver.

Yet increasingly, the more exotic Sephardi food traditions are starting to register on our horizons.
Following in the footsteps of Claudia Roden, many of our favourite food writers and cooks offer very different customs. For them traditional home cooking was based on ingredients like orange blossom, tamarind and dates rather than pickles and chicken fat.

Fabienne Viner-Luzzato has a name that reflects her rich Sephardi heritage. Her great-grandparents were born in Italy but moved to Tunisia where her grandparents, parents and five of her six siblings were born. In the 1960s her parents moved to Paris where Viner-Luzzato was born and raised. Her family home was always full of people and traditional Tunisian food.

She describes the warm feeling of waking-up on Friday mornings to the smell of couscous and freshly baked challah. “Friday night was a big thing in our home when my mother would cook traditional Tunisian foods for 20 or so people,” she recalls.

The meal started with a kemia (Tunisian-style tapas) which included roasted almonds, brik (filo pastry filled with tuna or egg), shakshuka and many salads. “After that you were not hungry but we still ate couscous, vegetables and chicken,” she laughs.

Like her Sephardi peers they also ate a lot of rice dishes, especially on Pesach when traditionally rice was the only staple food available. She explains that Tunisian Jews had many Jewish traditions unique to them such as putting a green leaf on top of the cupboards at the end of Pesach to ensure a green, productive year.

She also learned her cooking skills from her mother. “I remember going to the markets with my mother, choosing the fish and looking at the vegetables. She learnt this from her mother who learnt from her mother who learnt from her mother. They passed on traditions and recipes.”

Now with an Ashkenazi husband, Viner-Luzzato’s Friday nights do begin with chicken soup but they invariably also include couscous and hours of cooking with her three children.

The exotic dishes from the rich melting pot of these and other Sephardi cooks offer us the chance to bring a host of colour and spice to our tables.

Gefiltefest 2013, Ivy House, Recipes Of My Demonstrations

For me, Gefiltefest 2013 was a wonderful experience. This was my third year participating, and this is the year I enjoyed the most. The creators of this fantastic Jewish food festival can be proud of themselves and what they have achieved, and I am proud to be part of this big adventure!

Please look at a few pictures of the festival here.

Queen of tarts demonstrations/recipes

Spinach and salmon quiche

Base/Pastry (for 2 tarts)

280g butter soften

400g plain (you need a scale to be exact)

1 egg

4tbs of milk

Pinch of salt

In a medium size bowl mix all the ingredients quickly and from a ball. Put in a tart or pie dish and cover it with some cling film and leave it in the fridge until you need it. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before using it.

Filling for 2 tarts

600g of spinach boiled in a large saucepan and drained in a sieve

8 fresh salmon fillet, skinned, washed, drained and salted put in a bowl

400ml of crème fraiche

12 eggs

Two high round dishes of 25cm

  • Cut the salmon fillet in cubes with a good knife on a chopping board
  • Mix with the spinach in a large bowl
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl with a fork, and add the crème fraiche. Add the salmon and  mix.
  • Pre-cook the tart base for 10 minutes at 200. It needs to become white and the borders slightly brown/beige.
  • Poor over the filling and cook for 20 minutes until golden.

Fruit tart with crème patissiere

Delicate sandy base for tarts and tartlet’s or for little sables jam biscuits

 

For 2 or 3 tarts

400g of plain flour

280g of butter soften

125g of icing sugar

Vanilla sugar

2 eggs (optional)

A bit of milk if you need to work the dough

 

For the pastry

  • In a large bowl mix the butter, the sugars, and the flour together. Don’t work the dough for too long.
  • Divide the dough in three equal balls.
  • Flatten with a rolling pin on a floured surface.
  • Put in a tart dish and cut the excess of dough with a knife.
  • Pre cook the base until golden and the edges brown.

Crème patissiere

500ml milk

6 egg yolks

150g caster sugar

50g flour

2 vanilla pod (or half one of a large pod)

A mix of summer fruits, washed and dried (strawberries, peaches, melon, apricots, raspberries, blueberries etc…)

  • Split the vanilla pod in half lengthways.
  • Put in a sauce pan with the milk and bring to the boil.
  • Beat the sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl, until the mixture is white and fluffy.
  • Stir in the flour.
  • Pour over the hot milk and stir.
  • Pour everything back in the pan and cook over a medium heat, whisking all the time with a manual whisk to avoid the lumps, making sure the custard doesn’t catch at the edges and the bottom of the pan.
  • When the custard is thick and at the first boil, remove from the hob and return to the bowl to cool.
  • To assemble the tart, put some crème patissiere on the base of the tart. Choose some fruits to put on the tarts (summer fruits are the best!).Wash and dry. Cut them and form a pretty pattern.