Christmas is coming soon and it will be my first family Christmas in NZ. This year we are a ‘real family’ with our 9 months baby girl and we also welcome my sister in law with her 11 month baby. It will be a nice time to be all around the table sharing a nice meal.
So I am practising some nice baking before they come. Usually French eat really heavy dessert for Christmas. But as it is summer here I thought I should bake something lighter and fresh.
So yesterday I did a Vanilla custard pie. It was really easy to do. It took only 20 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to bake. The result is just awesome. A fresh chewy custard middle on a thin vanilla pie crust.
The custard is gluten free and use only cornflour.
Vanilla Custard Pie // Flan Patissier a la vanille
Recipe type: dessert
- Pie crust:
- 250 g all purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 150 g butter at room temperature
- 100 g white sugar
- few drops of vanilla extract
- 1 l milk
- 100 g cornflour
- 5 whole eggs size 6
- Few drops of vanilla extract
- 150 g white sugar
- Butter for the pie mold
- Pie crust
- Prepare the pie crust.
- In a bowl pour all the ingredient : the flour, sugar, egg, vanilla drops, soft butter and water.
- Mix with your fingers and add more water if needed or until it form a nice dough ball.
- Buttered a pie mold.
- Roll out the dough and place into the buttered mold.
- Preheat the oven at 180C
- In a saucepan, bring the milk to boil with the vanilla drops.
- In a bowl mix together the cornflour and sugar.
- In another bowl beat the whole eggs together.
- Pour the flour mix onto the beaten eggs.
- Stir until well incorporated.
- Pour the warm milk onto the previous mix.
- Stir well until the custard get thicker and creamy.
- Pour the custard onto the pie crust.
- Bake for 40 minutes at 180 C.
- The pie is ready when the top get a brownish color.
- Let cool down on a rack.
- Transfer on a plate and refrigerate 2 hours before eating.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas 2013 and Happy New year 2014.
Summer is coming and it is time to bake some treats using fresh strawberries.
After 15 days without writing any recipe I am back with a nice pita bread recipe. I stuffed them with chicken and home made tzatziki. Tzatziki is a Greek dip made with Greek Yoghurt mixed with crushed garlic and grated cumcumbers. It is really fresh and it is marry well with grilled chicken.
This bread is a perfect summer bread to do sandwich or on the go meal.
It took only 30 minutes to prepare and bake them.
Pita Bread // Pain Pita
- 5 g dried active yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 cup water
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1¼ teaspoon salt
- Dissolve yeast in ½ cup of warm water.
- Combine flour and salt in large bowl.
- Dig a hole in the middle of flour and pour yeast water inside.
- Slowly add 1 cup of warm water, and stir with wooden spoon until well incorporated.
- Place dough on floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elastic.
- Roll out in circles shape.
- Place balls on floured surface and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 200C.
- Bake each circle for 4 minutes until the bread puffs up.
It is the first Halloween celebration for my little girl and I decided to bake something special for her.
Did you see the lovely fruit cake made for the Prince George Christening? I am sharing the link for those interested. It is an amazing white, stage cake. Royal cake!
On my side I decided to share with you some pictures of the cakes I did for baby occasion and to ask you what did you think about the royal cake?
A 3 chocolate cake with coconut truffles that I bake when pregnant.
Tomorrow is a big day. My 7 months baby girl is entering the childcare. I am really stressed about it specially because her last visit today was full of tears. So I decided to write about the 5 things I identify as the essential things to do before your child enter the childcare to prepare both of you.
1. Get your child know her new carer. When you have made the decision about which childcare you want the next step is to help your child bonding with her new carer. The more familiar she is and the happier she will be. The issue in my case was that the childcare has many carers and it was to my child to pick up her favourite. So she was switching from one person to another and was really disturbed.
2. Arrange visits before starting. Emma was due for 3 visits but it was clearly not enough. I would recommend you to do more if you can. And try to give her to the carer at each visits. I was reluctant to it because at each visits I thought I have got time but time is flying. She is starting tomorrow and she is clearly not ready seeing all the tears and cry she had today.
3. Leave your baby to your relatives. Ahahah ok it is a funny advice for an expatriate like me who lives at 18,000 km from all her family. But I realised by watching others baby that it helps them to settle quicker when they are with strangers.I am sure that if she had the chance to spend more time with a grandma she would have been easier to adapt to carers today.
4. Prepare the place where your baby will sleep and bring comfort object. Sleep is the main things to keep a baby happy. So show the place where she will sleep. I bring her favourite toy and puppet. She quickly recognised her toys and smile to them. So fingers crossed she will sleep well here tomorrow!
5. Leave as quick as you can. That is an advice for us mums. Even if your baby cry make a quick goodbye and leave. I was starting to be in tears myself to see her so sad and it is not a good idea to show bad emotion to your baby. He could be more worried and it will not help the carer to comfort the baby.
So this is my top 5 list to help baby to enter childcare. I really hope it will help others as I would have know this before. I am not feeling confident tonight. I am already missing her. I spent the last 7 months with her all the time and she is a part of me now.
My husband is having Nutella everyday for breakfast and even if I really really like the original recipe I thought it could be fun to do my own chocolate hazelnut spread. I did some hazelnut praline paste to stuff macaroon and I had leftover of praline paste. So I decided to use it to do some almost like Nutella spread!
I had the chance to test the Kapiti Kitchen syrups today. Since a year now I am looking for tasty and natural syrup to use in my baking. I tried a lot of them but most of the time I was disappointed with the result I get. Some syrup was too thick, other had too much sugar or artificial flavour meaning that after baking the taste of syrup was not there.