Monday, 28 October 2013

Canapés from episode 9

I made canapés with choux buns, caramelised red onions, walnuts and soft cheese. I used garlic and herb soft cheese because the supermarket didn't have soft goats cheese. I think goats cheese would have made them more tasty so use this if you can find some. They turned out really well - perfect for a dinner party. I ate them all for lunch instead in a "I don't have a dinner party so I'm going to sit here and eat them all" kind of way. 

Here is what you will need:


For the choux buns
For the caramelised red onions
For the filling
  • 120ml/4fl oz double cream
  • 200g/7oz soft goats’ cheese (soft-textured rather than waxy)
To finish
  • 100g/3½oz shelled walnuts, chopped and toasted
  • 50g/1¾oz rocket

    Pre-heat the oven to 220C and grease and line a baking tray. Then heat 150ml of water in a saucepan and add the butter in small pieces - bring to the boil.

    Then add all the flour and beat with a spoon until smooth and the dough comes away from the pan. So far so good.

    You then need to let the dough cool in a bowl for a bit. When cool, add beaten eggs gradually. Put the mixture in a piping bag and pipe circles into the baking tray.

    Bake for 10-15 mins, then reduce heat to 190C and cook for 20-25mins more. They looked great! Choux buns are really easy and fun to make - out of all the bakes, I think these might become a thing that I do from time to time. 

    Onions - put all the ingredients into a pan and cool over a low heat for 20mins then leave to cool. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

    Filling - Stir the cream into the cheese and put into a piping bag.

    Canapés - Cut each choux bun in half and pipe on the cheese, then add a teaspoon of onion, and top with a walnut and some rocket. 

    Done. With the left over choux buns, I made ganache and ate them with a dollop of cream. These were nicer than the actual canapés I thought. 

    I have one more bake to do then that's more bake off so no more bakes. Francis won the Great British Bake Off and I'm glad she did. Her bakes always looked amazing and by the end they tasted amazing too (according to MB and PH). Her wedding cake in the last episode was by far the best, and that probably did it for her. Well done Francis and bring on next year's bake off! 

    Stay tuned for pretzels! x

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