Strawberry-Infused Gin Tonic: I’m Just Her for Dessert – Caroline Khoo

I'm Just Here For Dessert

Images and recipes from I’m Just Here For Dessert by Caroline Khoo (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99)

 

 

Strawberry-Infused Gin Tonic

makes: 1 drink

INGREDIENTS

  • 40 ml (1  fl oz) gin
  • 50 ml (11/2 fl oz) gin
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) tonic water
  • 5 strawberries, hulled

 

Method

  1. Halve 3 of the strawberries and let them steep in the gin for a couple of hours.
  2. Remove and discard the strawberries. Either transfer the infused gin to an airtight bottle to drink later, or pour into a glass. Add some ice and tonic water, then halve the remaining strawberries and add them to the glass for a pretty garnish.
  3. Enjoy!

strawberry gin

Pink Sparkle: I’m Just Here For Dessert – Caroline Khoo

I'm Just Here For Dessert

Images and recipes from I’m Just Here For Dessert by Caroline Khoo (Murdoch Books RRP $39.99)

 

Pink Sparkle

Fill three-quarters of a champagne flute or small glass with pink lemonade. Top up with your favourite champagne (or non-alcoholic sparkling drink) then garnish each glass with 4 fresh raspberries. If planning a party, this is a really easy cocktail to prepare ahead of time. Just add the champagne and raspberries right as your guests arrive. (Makes one 125 ml/4 fl oz drink)

 

Pink Sparkle

Frangipane Dream: I’m Just Here for Dessert – Caroline Khoo

Happy Mothers Day!

I'm Just Here For Dessert

Recipes and Images from I’m Just Here for Dessert by Caroline Khoo (Murdoch Books)

 

FRANGIPANE DREAM
MAKES: enough filling for four small 10 cm (4 inch) tarts
PREP TIME: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS
• 90 g (31/4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
• 100 g (31/2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar, plus an extra teaspoon
for decorating
• 2 eggs
• 90 g (31/4 oz) almond meal
• 15 g (1/2 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
• 15 g (1/2 oz) soft icing mixture or icing (confectioners’) sugar
• pinch of fine salt
• 4 small plain pastry tart shells (see recipe and note on p. 138)
• handful of frozen berries

METHOD
1. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment over a medium speed until soft, then add the caster sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
2. Add one egg at a time until fully incorporated.
3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the frozen berries to the bowl and mix on high speed for 1–2 minutes.
4. Divide the mixture between the tart shells, and sprinkle some frozen berries into each shell. Push the berries down gently with your fingers so they are slightly submerged in the frangipane filling.
5. Bake for 4 minutes, then sprinkle the extra caster sugar on top of each tart. Return the tarts to the oven and bake for another 8–10 minutes, or until golden.
TIP Allow the tarts to cool, then top with a few slices of fresh strawberry and some fresh blueberries. Add a pretty edible flower too, if you like.

 

Frangipane Dream

PLAIN PASTRY

INGREDIENTS
• 200 g (7 oz) unsalted butter, softened
• 120 g (41/4 oz) soft icing mixture or icing (confectioners’) sugar
• 11/2 eggs (see page 30)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or essence (optional)
• 370 g (13 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra for dusting
• canola oil cooking spray
EQUIPMENT
• electric kitchen scales
• measuring spoons
• stand mixer with paddle attachment
• good-quality plastic wrap
• good-quality baking paper
• rolling pin
• 6 or 7 tart tins 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter
• sharp knife
• scissors
• baking beads/uncooked rice or beans
• baking tray

METHOD
1. Place the softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on
a medium speed until creamy and soft.
2. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the soft icing mixture a little at a time until completely incorporated.
3. For plain pastry, add the eggs and vanilla now. For chocolate pastry, add the eggs and egg yolk until fully mixed in.
4. Slowly add the flour. If making chocolate pastry, add the cocoa and salt now too. Mix until a dough has just started to form.
5. Transfer the dough from the stand mixer to a clean bench lightly dusted with flour and knead with clean, lightly floured hands for a few minutes until you have a smooth ball. Don’t overwork the dough, just knead it enough to bring it together into that smooth ball. Cut the dough in half and then form each half into a ball again. Push down on each ball to create a disc, and then tightly wrap both discs in plastic wrap.
6. Chill the dough in the fridge for 2 hours. (You can leave it overnight if you are making this ahead of time.) The dough will need time to come to room temperature before you roll it out.
ROLLING OUT YOUR PASTRY
METHOD
1. Place one disc of dough between two sheets of baking paper (see p. 140)then begin to roll out to form a thin rectangle of pastry about 8
6 cm (31/4 21/2 inches) and about 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick. Repeat with the other dough disc.
2. Lightly spray your tart tins with the canola oil.
3. Using a sharp knife, cut each rolled sheet of pastry into 6 pieces, each larger than a tart tin. That way, there will be overhanging pastry when you line the tins. Use your fingers to gently but firmly push the dough into the tart tin. If any area is short of pastry, add some dough so that it is covered. Repeat with the rest of the pastry and the tart tins.
4. Run your rolling pin over each tart tin so any overhanging pastry
is trimmed off and you have a clean edge.
5. Poke a few holes in the base of each tart with a fork.
6. Cover the pastry-lined tins tightly with plastic wrap, then place the tins in the fridge and allow to chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
7. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) fan-forced (FF).
8. Cut out six small squares of baking paper, each big enough to cover
a tart tin.
9. Fill the lined tart tins with baking beads, then blind bake for 6 minutes.
10. Remove the baking paper and baking beads then return the tart shells to the oven for a further 10–12 minutes (or 7, if you are making frangipane tarts, see note below), until slightly golden, then allow to cool completely in their tins on a wire rack.
NOTE If making frangipane tarts, remove the tart shells from the oven after
7 minutes of extra baking time then follow the instructions on page 150.

Mother’s Day 2017 Book Suggestions

Sitting on my kitchen table at the moment are two books that will make your ( your mums, your sister, your creative significant others) day.

I am so excited to have “I am Just Here for Dessert” by Caroline Khoo of Nectar and Stone. This is a book you will want to hold and admire – the pages are “framed” in gold, the food creations are like works of art – a great coffee table book for the non cook, a fabulous resource for those who do cook.  And if pink is your favourite colour – you will adore this book!  Check it out herehttps://www.murdochbooks.com.au/browse/books/desserts/Im-Just-Here-for-Dessert-Caroline-Khoo-9781743368824 

 

I'm Just Here For Dessert

 

Just as impressive but for different reasons is Luke Mangan’s “Sharing Plates”.   Murdoch Books say: “Whether it’s a lazy weekend brunch, casual supper for friends at the kitchen table, special-occasion lunch, or drinks with nibbles, Luke Mangan has all your options covered for the most delicious sharing plates.”  He sure does!    Check out Sharing Plates here:  https://www.murdochbooks.com.au/browse/books/cooking-food-drink/general-cookery-recipes/Sharing-Plates-Luke-Mangan-9781743369227

Sharing Plates

 

PS – over the next few days I will share a few of the recipes from these two books –  I cant wait to start taste testing!