Barclays 2017 Team Building held on 20th Jan 2017 at my cooking school…
Even if it’s the beginning of the year and we all make resolutions and detox, there’s still room in my house for a delicious cheesecake. So this is one that will really take very little time to make and it’s quite extraordinarily yummy. Try it and let me know how it tastes!
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOKING TIME: 1 ½ hours
100g (3 oz) unsalted butter, cold and chopped
330ml (1⅓ cups) flour
80ml (⅓ cup) milk
Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
Process butter, flour and salt in a food processor to resemble crumbs. Add the milk and process just until combined and dough comes together. Roll out dough, line the base of a 24cm tin with baking paper. Cut to fit the base and sides of the tin. Prick base and chill for 30 minutes,
Line with baking paper and beans/weights. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Then remove the paper and weights and bake for a further 8-10 minutes. Reduce oven to 160°C (350°F).
500ml (2 cups) cream cheese (at room temperature) (2 tubs)
250ml (1 cup) double thick cream
3 jumbo eggs, lightly beaten
150g (5.3 oz) icing sugar
5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
200g (7 oz) frozen mixed berries
Process the cream cheese, cream, eggs, sugar and vanilla in a food processor for 1 minute until combined. Pour over the base. Bake for ½ an hour. Spoon the berries over the top. Bake for another hour or until filling is almost set. Turn off oven and leave in oven for 30 minutes. Remove and when cool, either refrigerate or leave out to cool and serve at room temperature.
There’s something about the crunch of a shortbread biscuit mixed with some decadent dulce de leche (aka caramel toffee sauce) that makes you want to eat the whole lot of them. If you have trouble finding the ddl (dulce de leche) then substitute Nutella or something equally rich and full of calories!
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes
160g butter, softened
⅓ cup icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla essence
1½ cups flour, sifted
2 tbs maizena (cornflour), sifted
⅔ cup dulce de leche (caramel sauce from Argentina) or caramel treat
Place the butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a Mixmaster and beat until pale and creamy in colour with a K beater. Add the flour and maizena and continue beating until a smooth dough forms.
Place the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll it out into a log, sealing the ends of the plastic wrap. Place the log in the fridge to become firm, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180°C (375°F). Prepare a baking tray with baking paper or a liner.
Slice the dough into about 1cm (½ inch) thick slices and place onto the baking tray and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until biscuits are golden.
Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Once biscuits are completely cooled, spread half the biscuits with the dulce de leche using a palette knife. Then sandwich with the remaining biscuits.
Leave to rest on a lined tray until the dulce has firmed. Then pack into a Tupperware until ready to use.
DULCE DE LECHE
1 cup castor sugar
¾ cup cream
sprinkle of salt
Heat the castor sugar in a large frying pan. Swirl the pan all the time until it turns golden. When it is completely clear and very golden, add the cream, stirring all the time.
Be careful that it doesn’t splatter and that there are no lumps. Keep stirring until all the lumps disappear. Cool completely and then sprinkle with salt when ready to use.
Makes about 20 cookies
As I looked out of the window today onto my summer garden, I thought “What better way to celebrate summer than with the most outrageously delicious mangoes”. So here is my take on the freshest of fresh summer fruit platters.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
1-2 large mangoes, peeled and sliced paper thin
100g each mixed berries – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, diced
1 pomegranate, seeded
200g red and green grapes, diced
juice of 2-3 granadillas
1 tbs finely shredded mint
2 tbs castor sugar, xylitol or honey
Slice the mangoes paper thin and lay on a platter.
In a separate bowl, dice the strawberries and grapes, and mix with the berries and pomegranates. Add the granadilla, mint and sugar. Toss together.
About 1 hour before serving, spoon salsa over the mangoes. Serve very cold.
This is the perfect salad to wow guests with. Serve it to them as a fresh lunch meal, or just treat yourself. Instead of just dicing tomatoes, I marinate them in this fabulous dressing and then place them on top of the salad. The secret is that the tomato salad on its own is quite something. So here are 2 salads in one!
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOKING TIME: 10 minutes
Cos lettuce, shredded and mixed with Italian salad lettuce or Organic Baby Butter lettuce
10 baby potatoes with skin, boiled and then cut into quarters
4 hard-boiled eggs, diced
½ English cucumber, diced
2 tins tuna, drained
100g baby corn, blanched
100g fine, thin green beans, blanched
1-2 avocados, diced
pitted Kalamata olives
100g bottle capers (optional)
½ cup grapeseed oil
1 packet micro leaf herbs
Boil a pot of water with some salt. When boiling, blanch the beans whole for 4 minutes, then dry well and cut half. Blanch corn whole for 3 minutes, dry well and cut into pieces. (can be done day before). Place them immediately into ice water until they are cold and dry well. Then keep in the fridge in a tupperware.
Heat about ½ cup grapeseed oil in a small pot until smoky. Drain the capers and dry very well. Place small amounts in the hot oil for a few seconds until they burst open. Drain on paper towel. Continue until all the capers have been fried.
½ cup olive oil
3 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp Colmans mustard powder
1 tbs honey
2 tbs dill
1 shallot or ½ small red onion
salt and pepper
Blend with stick blender. Set aside for drizzling over the salad.
MARINATED TOMATO SALAD
600g mixed coloured tomatoes
¼ red onion
Halve or slice the tomatoes, finely grate the red onion on the julienne blade of the mandoline and chop the basil. Toss everything in a bowl with the dressing to coat. Set aside. Leave to marinate for about ½ an hour.
¼ cup olive oil
2 tbs white balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
Whisk together and pour over tomatoes.
TO SERVE: Arrange everything in rows on a platter with the tomatoes in the centre row. Drizzle with dressing. Top with the micro leaves and sprinkle with the capers.
When you are looking for a quick and easy dessert to wow your guests, this is it! Look no further than your nearest store to find the nicest tasting chocolate chip cookie mix. Top it with this easy one step ice cream. And voila!
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOKING TIME: 30 minutes
2 cups double thick cream
1 tin condensed milk
1½ tbs instant coffee dissolved in 2 tbs warm water
Beat the cream and the condensed milk together until thick and stiff.
Dissolve the coffee in the warm water and add to the mixture.
Gently whisk in until completely mixed through.
Set in freezer until ready to serve.
1 box store-bought ready-to-go Chocolate Chip Cookie Mixture
Follow directions on the packaging. Spread onto a lined baking tray in 1 large round cookie. Do not spread too thin.
Bake just until the biscuit is set, it must be slightly soft in the centre. Remove from oven and cool.
TO SERVE: Place balls of ice cream on top of the cookie and drizzle with either a chocolate or caramel sauce.