It’s International Chefs Day and we just wanted to give a big shout out to the Head Chefs at English Lakes. These guys amaze us every day with their hard work, creativity and dedication to their craft. We asked them about their favourite food and who inspired them to get into the kitchen. Their teams have a few interesting things to say too! Continue reading “English Lakes and Five Mighty Fine Chefs”→
Lancaster House Head Chef, Damien,he has generously agreed to share his recipes with us. For some of us, chocolate pudding will always be the ‘best bit’ of the meal.
Hot Chocolate Fondant, Clotted Cream & Fresh Strawberries
50g melted butter to prepare ramekins
120g good quality dark chocolate
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
75g caster sugar
Brush the inside of four ramekins with the melted butter and then refrigerate (brushing from base to top edge helps fondants to rise).
In a bowl over a pan of boiling water, melt the chocolate and butter. Do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water as this will burn the chocolate.
In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until they triple in volume and turn pale.
Fold the egg mixture into the chocolate with a metal slotted spoon.
Take the ramekins from the fridge and gently dust the inside with caster sugar. Spoon in the chocolate mixture and return to the fridge for 1 hour until set.
Pre-heat oven to 180 degC
Place the fondants on a tray in the centre of the oven for 11 minutes until risen. Finally, dust the tops with icing sugar and serve on a plate with clotted cream and sliced strawberries.
… or Damien will cook it for you
This dish, along with other chocolate-inspired recipes will be available throughout Chocolate Week, 10th – 16th October at Lancaster House Foodworks restaurant. Booking a table couldn’t be easier using our online booking system or just call 01524 844822.
Lancaster House Head Chef, Damien, has put together a special Chocolate Week three-course menu and, as promised, here is the recipe for the Starter of the trio – Pan-Fried King Prawns with Chocolate, Chilli Tomato Chutney.
For twelve consecutive years the UK has celebrated Chocolate Week to magnifying the nation’s favourite flavour and put a spotlight on innovative new recipes and food combinations. From 10th – 16th October there will be a flood of events and an explosion of chocolate treats trickling out from north, south, east and west.
I’m sure it is no accident that National Cake Week comes when Bake Off is moving into Quarter Finals and the whole nation has gone cake crazy. The team at Lancaster House have had a week of intense competition – sieving, creaming, folding in, rising, dusting, dredging and perhaps one or two soggy bottoms along the way. Now, however, they can reveal their star baker! Continue reading “National Cake Week: Lancaster House Bake-Off”→