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    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Popular Dessert - In Our House- Nutella French Toast - Bruleed Apples

    Two new desserts that I have made for the Kids in the last couple of weeks
    Bruleed Apples and French Toast Sandwiches
    So easy to turn the breakfast delight into a dessert
    Just make sandwiches with Nutella and a Berry Sauce
    Soak in a beautiful orange and Coconut custard with a hint of vanilla
    Fry in some oil and butter
    Top with Ice cream
    Just beautiful

    Poached Apples are always popular
    How about
    Cooking them in Apple Cider, with some Apple Cider Vinegar for a little sharpness
    Reduce the juice down
    Turn it into a Caramel Sauce
    Pour over the Apples
    Top with ice cream
    Maybe some nuts showered over

    4 cups unfiltered apple cider
    ¾ cup pure maple syrup
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    Pinch of kosher salt
    4 large firm baking apples, halved, cored with a melon baller
    ¼ cup heavy cream
    1 cup sugar

    Bring apple cider, maple syrup, butter, vinegar, and salt
    to a simmer in heavy pot over medium-low heat,
    stirring to melt butter.
    Add apples to pot in a single layer
    (you might need to cook in batches
    depending on the size of your pot)
    Then return liquid to a very gentle simmer.
    Cook, turning apples halfway through, until a skewer
    (or the tip of a small knife) slides easily through flesh
    but apples stay intact, 20–25 minutes; set aside. 
    Remove apples from pot with a slotted spoon and place,
    cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet; set aside.
    Bring liquid in pot to a boil over medium-high heat.
    Cook, swirling occasionally,
    until reduced to a thick caramel with bubbles that
    slowly expand and then pop, 15–20 minutes. 

    Add cream and stir until sauce is smooth.
    Reduce heat to low and keep sauce warm in pot while you
    brûlée the caramel apples.
    Sprinkle cut sides of reserved apples with sugar and caramelize with kitchen torch
    (alternatively, you can brûlée them under a hot broiler, about 3 minutes).
    I did it in the oven
    Drizzle with warm caramel sauce
    The kids rolled a ball of ice cream
    and dessert was served

    For the French Toast, it's easy
    Make a sandwich of a good bread 
    Soak in custard
    Dessert is served Madam
    Oh this custard is so good, I reckon it would make a wonderful Creme Brulee
    The Custard
    400 ml tin Coconut Cream
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/2 ounce butter (15 grams) butter
    Zest of 1 orange
    1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
    4 eggs
    150 gms caster sugar

    16 slices of an artisan bread, Either make you own like I did or even buy a Brioche loaf

    2 tablespoons Nutella

    1 cup Frozen Mixed berries
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1 teaspoon arrowroot mixed with a little water

    Slowly heat the frozen berries in a pot with the sugar
    till they have thawed and bring to a simmer
    Mix arrowroot to a paste with a little water
    Add to berries
    Stir well and cool

    For frying

    Either use Coconut Oil or as in my case...Rice Bran oil with a knob of butter
    The Custard
    Put the coconut cream, honey, butter, orange zest and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan
    over medium-high heat.
    Bring to a boil, stirring, and remove from the heat.
    Put the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
    Pour the hot cream mixture a little at a time over the egg mixture and whisking
    quickly to combine.
    Place in a flat dish

    The Sandwich
    Using a bread knife, cut into equal size slice
    Cut the crust of and lay flat on a board
    On one slice spread some Nutella, don't take it to the edge
    On another slice spread the berry “jam”
    Soak the bread in the custard for at least 10 minutes or until it’s well soaked
    Meanwhile, add your fat of choice into a skillet over medium heat
    when it is sizzling Add the sandwiches
    Fry on each side until golden brown
    Leave on a rack to drain
    You can make this earlier in the day and reheat
    To Reheat
    Heat Oven 180C
    Place on a baking paper lined tray
    Heat for 10-15 minutes

    Serve once again with Dob of ice cream

    Also I froze the extra
    Good for dessert next week I think

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