Monday, 7 October 2013


Hi peeps!

Another great week planned here on The Chef Mother and I hope it follows a great weekend too! What did ya'll get up to? I went out with a friend and my girls on Saturday and then lazed about like Garfield yesterday. Its hated Monday again and I think we shall sweeten it up with two fun and easy dessert recipes. What do you think of these? :

Strawberry Shortcake - Chef In
For the Fruit Layer and Topping
8 cups (abt 2-1/2 lbs) Strawberries
6 tbsp (2-1/2 oz) Sugar
2 cups Whipped Cream

For the Shortcakes
2 cups (10 oz) All Purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
5 tbsp (abt 2-1/4 oz) Sugar
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
8 tbsp cold unsalted Butter
1 large Egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp Whole Milk (see Tips)
1 large Egg white, lightly beaten
1. Whipped Cream: To make 2 cups, you would need 1 cup chilled (preferably pasteurized instead of ultra-pasteurized), 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract. In a chilled bowl (and the beaters preferably) add all the ingredients together and beat until small bubbles form, around 30 seconds. Increase the speed and continue beating until the cream is doubled in volume, is smooth and thick. It takes around 20 seconds for soft peak and about 30 seconds for a stiff peak. Recipe from the cookbook.

Hull the strawberries.
Place 3 cups of the hulled strawberries in a bowl and crush with a potato masher.
Crush until it resembles a thick coarse puree. This helps to bind the shortcakes together.
Slice the remaining berries.
Stir these sliced berries into the crushed berries along with the sugar. Stir to combine and let it macerate for at least 30 minutes or upto 2 hours.
While that's happening, adjust the oven rack to lower middle position and heat the oven to 425 F. In a bowl, combine the flour, 3 tbsp of sugar, the baking powder and salt to combine.
Grate the butter into the flour. Since I was going to be using my hands, I grated the butter.
Note: But if you have a food processor, then just cut the butter into 1/2 inch cubes, scatter the pieces over the flour and process until it resembles coarse meal.
I simply used my whisk to combine the butter into the flour until it resembled the coarse meal.
In another bowl/measuring cup, mix the beaten egg with the milk.
Pour this mixture into the flour mixture.
Combine with a rubber spatula until large clumps form.
Turn the mixture onto a floured work surface and lightly knead until it comes together. DO NOT OVERWORK the dough.
Use your fingers tips to pat the dough into a 9 X 6 inch rectangle about 3/4 inch thick. Be very gentle with the dough. Flour a 2-3/4 inch biscuit cutter and cut into 6 dough rounds. You might be able to get 1 or 2 more rounds with the remaining scraps though they might look more rustic and a tad tougher than the the first 6 rounds.
Note:I used a smaller cutter and hence got many more biscuits. PLace the rounds 1 inch apart on a small baking sheet, brush the tops with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tbsp sugar. Note:For Advance Prep : Dough rounds can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 hours before baking.
Bake until the shortcakes are golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the cakes until warm - about 10 minutes.
To assemble, split the cooled shortcakes into halves. Place each cake bottom on individual serving plate and portion of the fruit on top
and a dollop of whipped cream and the cap it with the cake top.
Add a few pieces of strawberries on top of the shortcake and garnished with mint for color.

Jellied Yoghurt - Chef Shants.
2packets flavoured jelly
1kg tub full cream yoghurt
Fruit pieces

Bomb your yoghurt in a bowl
Add as many fruit pieces as you want.
Make the two packets of jelly as it instructs on the box.
While the jelly is still liquid; add it to the yoghurt and fruit pieces.
Stir well.
Refrigerate over night.
Cut in slices like a cake or tart and serve with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Swing round tomorrow and come take a peepsy at some healthy foods with me. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

*sweetened Monday hugs*
Chef Shants xxxxx

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