Chocolate Chip-Date French Toast

Chocolate Chip-Date French Toast

Wake your significant other, with a chocolaty feast this Valentine’s Day!
 
Total Time: 35 minutes
Prep: –
Cook: –
Ingredients Serves 2
Chocolate Chip-Date French Toast
Large egg yolks (save the whites for tomorrow)
6
Whole milk
1 ½ cups
Vanilla extract
1 tsp
Fresh orange juice
¼ cup
Grated orange zest
1 tsp
Brown sugar
2 tbsp
Ground cinnamon
½ tsp
Kosher salt
As needed
Unsalted butter, for frying
2 tbsp
Challah bread (cut into thick slices)
1 loaf
Chocolate chips
1 cup
Dates (pitted and chopped)
4
Method
Chocolate Chip-Date French Toast

Step 01

Whisk the egg yolks with milk, vanilla, orange juice and zest, brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt, in a large glass baking dish.
Step 02
Prick a few holes on each side of the sliced bread with a fork. Lay it in the egg mixture for 2 minutes, flip and repeat - till bread soaks up all the liquid. While the bread soaks, set a large pan over medium heat and add 1 tbsp of butter.
Step 03
While waiting for the butter to melt, use a slotted spatula or tongs to pick up the bread and allow excess egg mixture to drip off.
Step 04
Place the bread onto the pan after the butter is melted. Cook on one side for 2 - 3 minutes, while adding chocolate chips and chopped dates on the uncooked side of the bread. Flip and cook for another 2 - 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining slices of bread - add more butter when needed.
Step 05
Combine the maple syrup and bourbon. Warm up the mixture in the microwave, if you want. (You can make the syrup the night before; store in a jar in the fridge, then warm before serving.

Make fresh meringue with the remaining egg whites by adding sugar and whipping the mixture till stiff.

[Le Cordon Bleu] Spiced Banana Cake with Cashew Nuts and Chocolate Drops

[Le Cordon Bleu] Spiced Banana Cake with Cashew Nuts and Chocolate Drops

Banana and chocolate is a classic combo that never gets old
 
Total Time: 1 hour
Prep: –
Cook: –
Ingredients Serves 5
[Le Cordon Bleu] Spiced Banana Cake with Cashew Nuts and Chocolate Drops
Vanilla pod
1
Fresh bananas
150g
Brown sugar
110g
Eggs
2
Corn oil
110ml
Milk
60ml
Orange zest
1
Chopped cashew nuts
180g
Salt
Pinch
Bread flour
100g
Baking powder
5g
Cinnamon Powder
Pinch
Milk chocolate drops
100g
Mace
Pinch
Method
Le Cordon Bleu's Spiced Banana Cake with Cashew Nuts and Chocolate Drops
Step
01
Split the vanilla pod in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds and set aside
Step 02
Mash the banana with the brown sugar to form a purée, then add the eggs one by one. Gradually mix in the corn oil until the purée becomes smooth without lumps, then add the milk, orange zest and scraped vanilla seeds.
Step 03
Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl: the cashew nuts, salt, bread flour, baking powder, cinnamon, milk chocolate drops and mace. Add the banana purée and mix until the batter is smooth and has a ribbon-like texture.
Step 04
Pour the batter into a cake tin (20cm x 8cm x 7cm) and bake in an oven preheated to 160°C for 35 minutes, reduce to 155°C and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Remove the mould, cut into slices and serve with ice cream (optional).
Step 05
Dust with icing sugar to serve.

[Le Cordon Bleu] – New-Style Saint-Honoré with Mango Cream and Mango Jelly

[Le Cordon Bleu] – New-Style Saint-Honoré with Mango Cream and Mango Jelly

As far as sweet-tooth heaven goes, you can’t go much further than a cake-and-jelly combo.
 
Total Time: 1 hour
Prep: –
Cook: –
Ingredients Serves 6
[Le Cordon Bleu] - New-Style Saint-Honoré with Mango Cream and Mango Jelly
Puff pastry
200g
Sugar
260g
Water
180ml
Unsalted butter
90g
Salt
A pinch
Cake flour
60g
Small eggs
2
Mango puree
200ml
Cornflour
15g
Egg
1
Whipping cream
300ml
Icing sugar
75g
Vanilla pod
1
Agar-agar
1g
Fondant
90g
Glucose
120g
Pistachio nuts
Handful
Method
[Le Cordon Bleu] - New-Style Saint-Honoré with Mango Cream and Mango Jelly
Step
01
[Puff pastry] - Roll the dough out and cut into a 30cm x 12cm rectangle, sprinkle the sugar on top and bake in between two trays in an oven preheated to 160°C for 25 minutes.
Step 02
[Choux Pastry Balls] - Bring the water, butter and salt to the boil in a saucepan. When boiling, add the flour and stir over a low heat until a stiff dough forms. Remove from the heat, then add the eggs one by one and mix until a smooth dough forms. Pipe the dough into small choux balls (see page 147) on a silicone mat on top of a baking tray and bake at 170°C for 30 minutes.
Step 03
[Mango Cream] - Bring the mango purée to the boil in a saucepan. Combine the sugar, cornflour and egg in a bowl and pour into the hot mango. Cook for 3 minutes or until the cream has thickened, then spread immediately on a tray to cool. Once cool, add the butter, whisk until smooth and transfer to a piping bag.
Step 04
[Chantilly Cream] - Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whip until firm peaks form. Refrigerate.
Step 05
[Mango Jelly] - Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour into a small container and leave to set before cutting into small cubes.
Step 06
[Opaline tuile] - Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat to 158°C. Immediately spread onto a non-stick silicone baking mat and bake at 160°C for 8 minutes..
Step 07
[Caramel] - Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and boil until a caramel or golden brown colour is achieved.
Step 08
Fill the choux balls with the mango cream. Dip the top of each ball into the caramel to lightly coat, and allow the caramel layer to cool and harden. On a rectangular plate, use the puff pastry as a base and arrange the filled and caramel-coated choux balls on one edge of the puff pastry, then pipe the Chantilly cream to fill up the space next to the choux balls. Crack the opaline tuile into shards and place them and the mango jelly onto the cream for decoration. Finish with vanilla pod pieces and pistachio nuts.

Sweet Strawberry Tarts

Sweet Strawberry Tarts 

Cosy up to your beautiful sweet-tart this Valentine’s Day
 
Total Time: 35 minutes
Prep: –
Cook: –
Ingredients Serves 6
Sweet Strawberry Tarts
Pre-made shortcrust pastry
225 g
Fresh Strawberries
250g
Icing sugar
2 Tbsp
Cream cheese
150g
Vanilla extract
1/2 Tsp
Pie weights (dry beans or rice)
As needed
Method
Sweet Strawberry Tarts
Step
01
Preheat oven to 200°C. Thinly roll out the pastry, and cut out 12 circles with a 9 cm fluted cutter. Gently press them into a bun tin to form cases (tart base). Use a fork to prick the surrounding circumference of the pastry.
Step 02
Carefully line the inside of the crust with non-stick foil and fill with pie weights. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and return to the oven for another 3 - 4 minutes. Leave in tin until cool enough to handle.
Step 03
Blend half the strawberries with icing sugar to a purée in a food processor - sieve when done.Beat the cream cheese and vanilla, then stir in 2 tbsp of the puree.
Step 04
Fill the cases with strawberry mixture. Slice the strawberries that are left and use them as toppings. Serve.

Orange Juice

Orange Juice

Orange juice is a healthy addition for breakfast with its high concentrations of vitamin C and other nutrients that you need for your busy morning!

Frozen Blueberries

Frozen Blueberries

Love popping these sweet yet sharp fruit in your mouth? Then get them frozen so you can enjoy this antioxidant-rich fruit any time of year. Add them also into your cereal, muffins, pies or pancakes for a more filling meal.

Mixed Berries

Mixed Berries

Berries are bright and flavourful superfruits that have a long list of health benefits including being high in antioxidants and polyphenols. Turn these berries into a fun treat by freezing mixed berries together with water in ice-cube trays. Place them in a jug of water, lemonade, or fruit juices for a refreshing treat.

Apples

Apples

Apples are generally delicious and crunchy. When baking with apples, look for those that keep their structure, which keeps the chunks of fruit from turning into apple mush after being in the oven. Granny Smith apples are generally the go-to baking apple as they hold up under heat and balance that sweet-tart flavour perfectly.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

An all-star cooking ingredient, tomatoes are perfect for making salsa, condiments, soup and sauces. Tomatoes’ fiery red is a dead giveaway they’re full of the nutrient lycopene as well as antioxidants and vitamins.

Carrots

Carrots

Our eyes, bones, teeth, and skin can benefit greatly from beta-carotene (which the body converts into Vitamin A) supplied by carrots. Beyond the many health benefits the humble carrot provides, its also a versatile food that can be juiced, roasted, mashed, stir-fried or eaten in a cake!