Cold weather and comfort food -puddings

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As you may Have realised I do not eat many sweets but used to be a dab hand at great dessert buffets when I did a lot of catering in the 1980’s to 1990’s
Hazelnut Dacquise, Mille Feuille , Chocolate roulades, Lemon meringue pies, Trifles , Strawberry shortcakes, Pavlovas and many many more. Cakes in the form of castles, cakes which got trodden on by mistake, cakes which melted in the heat.
I wa  never really keen on cream or bavaroise but love panna cotta and baked peaches in caramel sauce , I adore raspberries and tropical fruit when ripe as I ate in Vietnam

thought this photo may cheer you up.
But I don’t often eat an apple but love them in desserts
Now with this weather my mind goes back to these puddings
Oven baked apples with orange Sabayon
12 golden delicious apples
0,75 ltr Madiera
75 gr sugar lumps
115g flour
150g Icing sugar
3 egg white
150 gr butter
finely grated orange rind
6 egg yolks
120 gr. sugar
3,5 dl orange juice
Grand Marnier or other orange liquor to flavour
almond mixture
90 g almonds
75 gr. sugar
½ egg
grated lemon rind
1 tsp lemon juice
Make the tuiles first or buy them !! brandy snaps are also good with this dish
Mix the ingredients for the tuiles together, leave in the fridge to become firm.
Smooth out in circles and bake on non stick paper at 180° C (about  5 min.).
Take out of the oven and place on  rolling pin or on a form.
Almond mixture
Grind the almonds finely, add the sugar, the egg, lemon rind and juice. Mix the mixture well Peel the apples and remover the centre core with an apple corer.
Fill the hole with the almond mixture
Place the apples in a oven proof deep dish pour over the Madeira and sprinkle with the sugar
Place in the oven for 30 minutes to bake (oven van 180° C.)
Check the madeira does not burn !
For the Sabayon beat the egg yolks with the orange juice and sugar over a moderate heat au bain marie add the Grand Marnier to taste, keep beating until it begins to thicken.
Pour of and keep warm
Serve the apples in a shallow bowl, pour over the sabayon and top with the biscuit
While in Vietnam we attended a cooking school Morning Glory in Hoi An
I bought there book a Taste of Vietnam and still mean to cook from it .
This was 4 years ago almost to this day February 2014
I loved our journey and the food was incredible, an  experience I would not have missed it for the world

Now another apple recipe
This one is a bit more difficult but delicious, we served it in our Christmas menu
Baked apple stack with Panttone “French toast “, caramel sauce and
vanilla and rum ice cream
10 cooking apples
2 tbsp sugar
50 g butter
Make small cuts in the apple to stop it bursting during cooking.
Place in a buttered oven dish sprinkle with sugar and dot with butter.
Bake in the oven at 180 ° C until tender but not collapsed. Baste from time to time.
Remove from the oven and form into squares with the help of a spatula or form into rounds in a round form
Pain perdu
1 cup sugar
12 dl milk
4 eggs
pinch of salt
10 slices of Panattone bread/cake
50 g butter
Beat half of the sugar with milk, Beat the eggs with the salt. Dip the bread in the milk then in the eggs. Heat the butter with the remaining sugar in the pan. Allow to caramelize, add the bread and fry until golden brown. Place an apple on each plate. top with the pain perdu and place a scoop of the vanilla rum ice cream on top
Serve with a caramel sauce.
200 g sugar
1½ dl water
Slowly dissolve the sugar in the water, when dissolved bring to a slow boil until caramelized. Pour on 11/2 dl warm water and allow the caramel to dissolve again. Set aside to cool.

and here is classic with a difference
Bread and butter pudding with rosemary icecream
Ingredients:                                                                 Batter
5 crisp baking apples                                                                                6 tbsp butter
2 tbsp lemon juice                                                                                     3dl milk
Nutmeg                                                                                                            2dl light cream
200g sliced almonds                                                                                Sugar
1 loaf of old bread                                                                                      Nutmeg
6tbsp butter                                                                                                  60g sliced almonds
6tbsp sugar
1¼dl cider
Cut the apples into thick slices, remove the core and pits and squeeze over some lemon
Toast the nuts, either in a dry pan or under the grill. Turn regularly
Remove the crust from the bread and cut in slices.
Place a layer of the slices in a well buttered oven dish or casserole
Melt the butter in a large pan, add the sugar, the nuts, the lemon juice and water or cider or apple juice. Toss in the apple chunks
Layer the apple mixture with the remaining bread in alternating layers in the dish or casserole. The final layer should be bread
For the batter, beat the softened butter with the sugar, add the eggs, milk and cream
Pour over the bread, sprinkle with the remaining nuts, sugar and nutmeg
Bake in a preheated oven at 175°C for 20mins
it could take a little longer than this so test it before taking it out of the oven .
Ingredients rosemary ice cream
375 ml milk
Bunch of rosemary
90 g sugar
5 egg yolks
185 ml cream
Heat the milk with the rosemary and half the sugar until almost boiling, leave to stand
Mix the egg yolks with the remaining sugar and beat until thick and creamy
Re-boil the milk and pour over the egg mixture, whisking well. Place the bowl au bain marie and warm gradually, stirring well until it thickens. The temperature should not go above 85ºC
When the custard is at the right thickness, place the bowl in some cold water to stop the cooking process. Leave to cool, stirring from time to time. Leave in the fridge for some time, covered
Remove the rosemary from the mixture, beat the cream and add to the custard
Churn until frozen or pour the mixture into a container to a depth of 4 centimetres.  Cover with a lid and place in the deep freezer
After 1½ hours, beat the mixture and return to the freezer. Repeat this 2 more times and leave for at least 30 minutes before serving

I hope this helps you to feel warm and spring is on its way

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