How to make a real hot chocolate according to my eight year old son.
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.
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.
Stir and enjoy! He does not add sugar, but some may want to.
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.
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!
The perfect pasta when you have little time. The tomatoes cook directly on the plate with hot oil and garlic. It is really good!
1- Cook the Fettuccine (preferably egg based and fresh) per instructions.
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.]
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!
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!
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.
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.
I had some left over pizza dough, so I made this little apple tart. Really easy and delicious!
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.
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.