Tropical fruit, Aquafaba, meringue, baking, GBBO,

BBC Wiltshire GBBO Challenge

I’m always up for a challenge!  So when I heard Rachel Houghton announce on her BBC Radio Wiltshire morning show, someone was urgently required to bake Prue Leith’s technical challenge, Vegan Tropical Fruit Meringue,  GBBO recipe’s  as on The Great British Bake Off,  I immediately thought, I’m your woman & rang the radio station

Now, this was required for 11 am tomorrow morning. Quickly Googling the recipe, I headed to the shops for ingredients.  Most were already in my store cupboard, but I did not have a supply of juicy tropical fruit.  Waitrose however, were ahead of the game &  stocked to the brim with fruits for GBBO baking enthusiasts. I scooped up Mango’s, passion fruit, kiwi fruit, pomegranates & a pineapple & headed for my kitchen.

I have never baked a vegan egg free meringue before. However I do have experience with the ordinary variety, the trick of these being enough whisking, before gradually adding the sugar to produce smooth, billowy, satiny peaks of meringue.

 

I must say I had a double interest in this challenge. In the late eighties, when I was a good few years younger & just embarking on my cooking career, I was lucky enough to have Prue Leith write an article about me in The Guardian. you can read more about  this by following the link.  The Kitchen Experience So to bake one of her recipes, as a challenge, all these years later, I found very satisfying.

Having whisked up the Aquafaba – Chickpea juice for the uninitiated – to the desired consistency. I gradually added the sugar, beating well between each addition. When I had achieved what I thought was the right texture, I piled the “meringue” into a piping bag, fitted with a star nozzle & swirled rings onto the marked, baking parchment, & popped it into the oven.

 

While the mixture was whisking, I quickly made up the Patisserie Creme & left to cool. I found, in my oven,  the disks of meringue needed a longer cooking time than the recipe stated.  Left to cool, I then assembled the dessert. I still felt that the disks, could have done with further cooking time, as they were weeping, slightly in the middle. Still no matter once put together I was quite happy with the result, but will make a note on the cooking time, for next time. This is not a dessert to make in advance. it is best made, assembled & served on the same day.

Now. The proof of the pudding, is in the eating. I found a lady passing by outside & asked, in the interest of cookery, would she be prepared to taste my effort & give her comments on the radio. – I had not told her at this point that the meringue, was in fact made with chickpea juice! – She thought it tasted quite delicious & was amazed to find out what it was made with.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge & enjoyed working with different ingredients. I look forward to adapting the method & producing more Vegan goodies in the future.

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HAPPY BAKING

If you are wondering what I did with the chickpeas, I’m happy to tell you that I used them in another recipe, this time one of mine, which you will find here :

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Truffleicious Food – July

Hi Guys. Well, July has certainly been a been a stonker of a month & food looms heavily in my thoughts. We are basking in the middle of a fabulous heat wave, temperatures are reaching 30c here in the UK. As you all know, us Brits are always on about the weather, it’s either too hot, or cold, too wet or too dry. Myself, I love it. Let it last forever I say, as it’s the kind of weather that inspires me to rustle up some healthy, refreshing salads & interesting dressings. As for desserts, what could be nicer than a huge bowl of fresh, seasonal fruits, strawberries, raspberries, peaches & a delicious homemade sherbet or ice-cream.

This month I am going to share with you some of my own recipes, These are recipes which I have developed over the many years I have spent in hot kitchens. All of the dishes in the recipes below, can be purchased, freshly, homemade, from Truffleicious at the Stables Kitchen in Great Chalfield Wiltshire.

The first recipe is for a versatile, low-calorie dressing, which pairs, particularly well with eggs & tomatoes. It also gives a lift to a new potato salad. It is always worth making your own salad dressings as they are far cheaper than their commercially made counterparts & are free from artificial flavourings, colours & additives.

For more recipes, you can visit my sister site Truffleicious.blog

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Dress up your salads

Nicoise Dressing. Gluten Free, Vegetarian. Vegan (if anchovies omitted) Low Fodmap Diet.

Makes 250ml

In the bowl of a food processor place the ingredients listed below. Whizz them together until smooth & get tossing:

150ml Greek Natural Yoghurt.

1 Large fresh Tomato, deseeded & chopped. To deseed, cut the tomato into 4 quarters & scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon.

1 Clove Garlic, crushed.

1 Tbspn organic Tomato Puree.

4 Anchovy Fillets, Chopped

Small handful of Fresh Basil Leaves, torn.

Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste.


My next recipe is for a cooling citrus fruit sherbet. You can use any citrus fruit, or a mixture, depending on your taste. As in the previous recipe make your own & avoid additives, preservatives, colouring’s etc. Let the natural fruit flavour zing through:

Lemon Sherbet. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Low Fodmap.

Makes 1.5 Ltrs

250g Granulated Sugar.

250ml Water

1/8 tspn Salt

330 ml Freshly squeezed citrus fruit Juice

200 ml milk

600 ml Natural Greek Yoghurt.

Method

Dssolve the Sugar in the water, allow to cool & add salt, Citrus Juice & Milk. Pour into your ice-cream maker.& freeze according to manufactures instructions.

Turn into a chilled bowl & gently fold in the yoghurt.

Turn into a sterilized container with a lid & freeze until requires.

Serve in scoops topped with fresh seasonal fruits & fresh Lemon Balm.


So, there we have it. A couple of light summer recipes, to keep you going through the heat wave.

If you don’t have the time or the inclination to make your own, you can always pop along to me & purchase some.

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Summer Food

Looking for a quick & easy, healthy, Gluten Free Summer starter or main course dish. Serve with our Small batch, Organic Artisan Fennel & Sesame Seed Bread.  No Cooking required. Plenty of Chill Time.

Look no further. Click the link below to visit our sister site.

via Summer Food

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Food, Your business

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Truffleicious is here to help you

If you are thinking of setting up a small food business, let us help you.

We can also help is you would like to learn to cook anything. From basics to banquets, we come to your home & show you how.

With our vast knowledge of cookery, food hygiene, recipe writing, costings, menu planing etc.

Click the link below to find out more:

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Stuff they like

If you don’t already know about it, then shame on you. The Pig Guide was launched in 2009 and has grown organically to become one of the most respected food guides in Bath.

Any self respecting foodie needs to sign up to find out about the best eateries & watering holes in Bath & surrounding areas. Whether you live in the area or plan to visit, this guide is a must have.

Oh!  and by the way. Another mention this month. The lovely Piggies at The Pig guide have given us a some lovely comments:

 

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The must have for all foodies in Bath & surrounding areas

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Mediterranean Chicken

This weeks offer at Morrison’s, Boneless & skinless chicken thigh fillets. These fillets make a quick a tasty dish, which is gluten free & dairy free, with a nod towards the healthy eating Mediterranean diet.

When cooking with raw poultry always, use a separate board & knife for cutting & wash thoroughly, in very hot water after use. If saving to reheat on another day, cool quickly. cover & place in the fridge until ready to heat. Make sure the dish is heated right through.

Always store raw meats at the bottom of the fridge, & cooked items above.

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Skinless & boneless chicken thigh fillets this weeks offer at Morrisons

Serves 4.  Gluten free, Dairy free.  Oven Temp 200c Gas 6 400F Allergens in bold

INGREDIENTS:

1kg Pack of Chicken Thighs

1 Bulb of Garlic Cloves separated, peeled & crushed

2. Large red onions

1 Large red Chilli. Seeds removed if you like less heat

400 g Celeriac Peeled & Diced

2 Tbspns Dry Vermouth

4. Anchovy Fillets, rinsed of salt

2, Red Peppers. Deseeded & sliced

60ml Olive Oil

200g Black Olives.

2, Lemons

2 tspns Paprika.

Seasoning

Fresh Thyme, & Oregano.

METHOD:

Into the bowl of a food processor place the 30 ml of the Olive oil, garlic, vermouth, paprika, anchovy fillets & grated rind & juice of 1 lemon. Pulse until you have a smooth sauce.

Toss the chicken & the sauce together in a bowl, until well coated. adding black pepper to season.

Put the chilli, red pepper, lemon cut in slices and red onion into a pre-heat roasting dish, & place the chicken & sauce mix on top. Roast, uncovered for 40-45 mins, checking that the chicken is cooked through. Allow to cool slightly.

Remove the chicken to a plate & keep warm. Put the remaining contents of the tray into a food processor, with the herbs & some of the remaining oil & blend until you have a smooth consistency. Add the drained olives & season to taste.

Pour over the chicken & serve with pasta, rice or jacket potatoes & salad.

Happy eating Foodies.