Chocolat chaud – le vrai!

How to make a real hot chocolate according to my eight year old son.

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For one bowl – Always use a bowl if you want the real thing!
1- First, melt in bain marie six squares of high quality dark chocolate (70% cacao or more). Use a nice serving jar.

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2- Then, heat up a cup of milk and take it off the fire just as it starts boiling. Do not let it boil.
3- Place the heated milk in the bowl and pour gently the melted chocolate.

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Stir and enjoy! He does not add sugar, but some may want to. 

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Blueberry scones

Oh what a delight these are! And so wonderfully tangy on an autumn afternoon with a strong espresso or if you so prefer, a cup of Rooibos tea.

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1- Leave 55 gr. of high quality butter out of the fridge until it is very soft.
2- Wash the fresh blueberries and set aside to dry on a towel.
3- In a large bowl, work with your fingers the butter along with 225 gr. of flour and a pinch of salt.
4- Then add 20 gr. of brown sugar and 150 mil of milk . Continue working with your fingers then place the dough on a floured surface.
5- Bring the dough into the shape of a fat sausage, and flatten. Place the blueberries on top and fold the dough from the outside in. The dough should look like it did at the start, meaning a fat sausage only fatter with the fruits inside.
6- To make the scones cut the dough vertically into 2 cm thick slices.
7- Place the scones in an oven dish, and brush with an egg yolk.
8- Bake for 20 minutes in a 200º C. oven.

Enjoy after they have cooled a little. They will still be delicious the next day! 

Fettuccine con pomodori e aglio

The perfect pasta when you have little time. The tomatoes cook directly on the plate with hot oil and garlic. It is really good!

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1- Cook the Fettuccine (preferably egg based and fresh) per instructions.

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2- While the pasta is cooking, place some olive oil and fry as much garlic as you want in a small pan.
3- While the garlic gets golden, dice some tomatoes and place them either in a large bowl or in individual deep serving plates. Sprinkle with salt, freshly ground pepper and dried herbs. [If you use fresh herbs, add them just as you are about to serve the Fettuccine.]

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4- When the garlic is nice and golden, pour the oil with the garlic directly on the tomatoes. They will sizzle!
5- Add the cooked Fettuccine and mix.

Serve immediately (sprinkle with fresh herbs if at hand) accompanied by freshly grated Parmiggiano. Enjoy! 

Strawberry and apple crumble-muffins

Quite a long name, I admit, for such a wonderful little muffin. The look like crumble, feel like crumble, and yet are prepared liked muffins. And they taste divine!

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For 12 crumble-muffins
1- Melt 60 gr of high quality butter and let it cool.
2- In a large bowl, mix one and half cup of sifted flour, a tablespoon of baking powder, two tablespoons of brown sugar and a pinch of salt.
3- Add a dash of milk, two organic eggs and the melted butter.

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4- Add a cup of fresh strawberries and an apple cut in small pieces.
5- Place in a muffin baking dish and bake for 25 minutes at 175º c.

Enjoy! 

Petite tarte aux pommes

I had some left over pizza dough, so I made this little apple tart. Really easy and delicious!

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For the pizza dough see recipe here.

1- Place the dough in a baking pan (slightly buttered and sprinkled with flour), and make some marks with a fork. Let the sides fall as they may.

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2- Cut three or four peeled apples in slices and place on the dough. Tuck some of them under the dough that has folded on the edge. (see photo above)
3- Place a few dots of butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.
4- Bake for 25 minutes in a 180ºc. oven.

Let it cool slightly and serve.