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PETITS POTS DE CRÈME
5 egg yolks
1 12 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp strong black coffee, cold
2 tsp Tia Maria (optional)
2 cups heavy cream
To serve (optional):
A little whipped cream
Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar coffee, and Tia Maria, if using. Scald the cream and Stir into the egg yolk mixture. Strain into a pitcher and pour into small ramekin or cocotte dishes.
Stand the dishes in a baking pan and pour in hot water to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Cover the pan with foil and place carefully in the center of a preheated oven at 300°F. Cook for about 30 minutes or until firm
Remove carefully from the oven. Leave to cool then chill before serving. Decorate with a little whipped cream and a few chocolate curls, if desired.
A favorite recipe from the famous Boodles Club in St. James's Street.
Grated zest and juice of 2 small oranges
Grated zest and juice of 1 small lemon
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp Cointreau
2-4 slices of plain sponge cake or pound cake, depending on the size of the bowl
114 cups heavy cream
Combine the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon. Add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved. Then stir in the Cointreau.
Arrange the cake slices in the bottom of a glass bowl, preferably one with straight sides. Pour the cream into a large bowl arid whip until it is just beginning to thicken. Take care nor to overwhip the cream. Then gradually add the orange and lemon mixture while continuing to whip the cream.
Pour the cream mixture over the cake and chill for 3-4hours.
RASPBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MILLEFEUILLES
You can either buy the puff pastry ready-made or use the recipe in our first book, Cooking With The Two Fat Ladies.
1 lb puff pastry
A bar of Valhrona or other good white chocolate
2 12 cups heavy cream, whipped
3 pints raspberries
Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to a large rectangle and trim to 18 by 12 inches. Cut it into three strips, each measuring 12 by 6 inches. Place each pastry strip on a baking sheet and leave to stand for 10 minutes (this is important, because puff pastry bruises easily and the standing time allows it to recover from the rolling out. Then bake it in a preheated oven at 450°F for 15-20 minutes or until it is well risen and golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
Gently melt the white chocolate, either in a bowl set over boiling water or in a microwave. White chocolate burns very easily and will not temper, so be very careful with it.
To assemble the millefeuilles, place one pastry rectangle on a plate and pour a layer of white chocolate over it. Spread with whipped cream and add a layer of raspberries. Place a second pastry rectangle on top and layer on more of the white chocolate, whipped cream, and raspberries. Place the final piece of pastry on top of this and decorate with the remaining chocolate, cream, and raspberries, this time arranging the raspberries in a nice pattern.