Today I made… Scotch eggs

30 January, 2012 § Leave a comment

Alright, it was actually the hubby who made it. But still, I helped with the salad 😉

It was good fun, simple to make and really satisfying – definitely a lot better than the shop bought ones (needless to say really). I’d recommend you give this a try. As a first time trial it took us almost two hours from start to finish but I’m sure you can make it quicker than that.

Check out the recipe on channel4.com/heston

The egg wasn't as runny as we'd like, but it was still soft and beautiful.

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Today I made… Exploding Chocolate Gateau

19 January, 2012 § Leave a comment

It popped, it exploded, and it gave me a sore little head.

Heston Blumenthal has started a new TV series desmonstrating some of the recipes from his latest book. This week, the theme was the ever so seductive chocolate. So we thought we’d give the chocolate gateau a try, seeing as it looked easy to make and a lot of fun using popping candy.

Check out the recipe on channel4.com/heston.

You’ll see the results below. We made extra chocolate ganache for truffles (it was divine!) but in hindsight, I would have put it into the gateau to give it more height and substance. That and probably use a smaller tin too.

Roasting the shortbread biscuits for the base of the gateau
Popping candy packed full of ‘crackle’
Shortbread base mixed with popping candy – it gets you when you least expect it!
Getting the base ready for the chocolate ganache
Et voila! The exploding chocolate gateau is ready to be served.

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