Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cheese Straws

1 lb of puff pastry [thawed]
flour to dust
I egg
4 ounces of strong cheese

1. 1.Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
2. place a piece of parchment paper on a large baking sheet
3. lightly flour a clean work surface or board and roll out the pastry into a large rectangle.
4. crack the egg and beat in a high sided jug to avoid splashes
5. brush the pasty with the beaten egg
6. grate the cheese and then sprinkle over on half of the pastry.
7. fold the pasty in half and pat down lightly
8. cut the pastry into strips
9. lift each strip and place on the baking sheet.
10. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

Add coarsely ground pepper at number 6
Add chilli flakes at 6
Twist the strips before you put them on the baking sheet which is very fiddly as the filling may fall out

Editors notes:-
Pizza cutters are just as dangerous and scary as knives
Ditto graters
Whilst hygiene is very important avoid reference to Salmonella and raw eggs.

When we return from the UK we hope to practice making desserts on the Barbeque which apparently is entirely possible. He picked up this "slice" from the "radio." Since the black Weber barbeque is in the category of Satan's weapons this should prove quite a challenge for all of us. You may wish to enter your own "contribution," to NPR. Over here, it will be our long term summer goal.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Great Granny's Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Not Necessarily in date order:-

16 ounces of chocolate
1 packet of tea biscuits
8 ounces [two sticks] of salted butter.

1.Line an old ice cube tray with saran wrap [cling film]
2.Clear a space big enough in the fridge for the tray to fit.

3.Melt the butter
4.Melt the chocolate
5.Mix together
6.Pour the liquid into the bottom of the tray and swish around until you have a thin layer of coverage. the biscuits in a line on the chocolate.
8.Add another thin layer of chocolate liquid
9.Add another layer of biscuits.
10.Repeat 8 and 9 until you run out of chocolate or biscuits
11. put the tray in the fridge to chill
12. wash up
13.put all the food away
14.tidy up
15. after 12,13 and 14 the biscuit cake will be ready to eat.