A taste of Paris
Homes & Gardens|November 2021
Evoke the aromas and flavours of a classic French patisserie with these mouth-watering recipes by Anne-Katrin Weber
By Anne-Katrin Weber

COOK’S NOTE

These can be stored in the fridge for up to three days without the caramel topping – when ready to serve, sprinkle over sugar and caramelise with a blowtorch

CRÈME BRULÉE

SERVES 4 1 vanilla pod

400ml double cream

5cm piece of organic orange peel

5 egg yolks

5 tbsp sugar

2 tsp orange blossom water (optional)

YOU WILL NEED four ovenproof ramekins

  • Slit open the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Bring the cream, orange peel, vanilla pod, and seeds to the boil in a saucepan, remove from the heat and let the vanilla cream steep for 10 minutes. Beat the egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of sugar together until fluffy, sieve the vanilla cream, then stir in with orange blossom water (if using). Pour into the ovenproof ramekins.

  • Preheat the oven to 120°C/Gas ½. Place the ramekins in a large gratin dish and pour hot water into the dish until the ramekins are two-thirds immersed. Place the dish on the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 45 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the water, allow the cream mixture to cool, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

  • To caramelise the tops of the crème brulée, put the ramekins back in the gratin dish and pour iced water around them to keep the cream mixture nice and cold while it caramelises. Sprinkle the ramekins evenly with the remaining sugar and briefly caramelise with a blowtorch. Serve immediately.

CHERRY GALETTE

SERVES 6-8

FOR THE PASTRY DOUGH

250g plain flour

3 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

110g cold butter

50g crème fraîche

FOR THE TOPPING

600g fresh sour cherries

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp cornflour

2 tbsp ground almonds

2 tbsp milk

2 tbsp flaked almonds icing sugar

200g crème fraîche

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