Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Secret Recipe!!!!!

I'm in the midst of doing a food service placement as part of my course..and so far it's been a blast!!!!
Love love love hanging out in the kitchen and it's so fun to just watch the chefs at work!!! The site that my partner and I are attached to provide meals for 600 residents in aged care facilities all over Adelaide and we are analyzing their lacto ovo pisco vegetarian menu (vegetarians who eat eggs, dairy and fish) to make sure that it meets the nutritional requirements of the residents..and other than collecting all the recipes on the menu, we get to spend time in the kitchen helping out..

and cos i spend so much time talking to the chef about cooking and baking, he decided to give me a recipe!!!

It's for an eclair (same thing as choux pastry)....i thought nothing much about it until when i left the kitchen and the receptionist and we had the following exchange:

Bev: He gave you a recipe??!!!
me: Yes.
Bev: Can I have a look?!!
me: erm, but my handwriting is really messy. Shall I email you instead?
Bev: No...I m sure I can read it!
me: *shrug* ok.

She then promptly makes a photocopy of the recipe and folds it neatly and hides it in her drawer.

I was somewhere taken aback at her behaviour, so I asked, "Doesn't he share his recipes usually?"

Bev: *looks at me with wide open eyes and shakes her head*

So you see...this recipe is really special....or at least it makes me feel really special!! hehe!!!

And now i will share it with you....:) try it soon and hope it makes your day too!!!

Chef's Emilio Eclair

1 cup water
125g butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 220 C.
Combine water and butter in a pot and heat till the butter melts.
2. Add flour and mix till it comes away from the sides of the pot.
3. Transfer to a bowl and cool for 2-3 mins.
4. Using a hand mixer on low speed, add an egg at a time, incorporating into the mixture till it is all mixed.
5. Oil a baking sheet, put mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe lengths of around 10cm.
6. Bake for 15 mins.
7. Reduce to 150 C and bake for another 15- 20 mins.
8. Fill with fresh cream.

Thanks Chef!!


East Meets West Kitchen said...

So nice of him to share this recipe with you, and all of us! hehe! Great picture, sista! :)

ioyces said...

hehe...thanks V!!!