Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Bourdaloue-inspired tart with cherries and blackcurrants

I love tarte bourdaloue in its traditional form with pears, but I also love it with apricots or peaches. There was a time when I had an overdose of apricot-bourdaloue when I was working in Morocco. It was a sweet overdose.



I have previously posted a similar recipe in French where the star of the show was the peach. So you get the picture, you can use many fruits: pear, apple, apricot, cherry, berries...



There is something about these tarts, you get different textures in one bite: from crunchy to moist to soft and melting in your mouth. The fruits bring a balanced sweetness and acidity beside their fruity flavour.


Ingredients
Makes about 20 cm tart
Prep: 15 min – baking: 25 min approx

Shortcrust or pastry dough
  • 250g of flour
  • 125g of butter in cubes, slightly cold
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten with
  • 3 tbsp of cold milk, approx
  • 1 tbsp of almond powder (if used, reduce it from the flour weight)
Almond cream
  • 100 g of almond meal, preferably toasted for 5 to 10 min until it releases its smell
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g of butter, soft at room temperature
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla beans or a few drops of vanilla extract 
Filling
  • 400 g of fresh cherries (pitted) and blackberries or any fresh seasonal fruit
Glazing (warm and sift)

  • 2-3 tbsp of apricot jam
  • 1 tbsp of water





Preparation 

Tart shell

Mix the flour with sugar and salt. Rub with cold butter until you reach a crumbly consistency. Bring the dough together by adding the egg yolk liquefied with milk. DO NOT OVERWORK the dough so it does not become elastic. Flatten it to an "abaisse"  in a cling film. Cover and place it in the fridge for 2 hours or in the freezer for 10 min.

Almond cream

Preheat the oven at 180 C.

In the meantime, make the almond cream, whisk sugar, salt and soft butter until creamy, add the eggs and flavourings and whisk again. Fold in the almond meal. Mix to combine and set aside.



Assembly and baking

Preheat the oven at 170 degrees C (for small ovens) or 180 degrees C (standard ovens).

In a lightly floured parchment paper, roll the shortcrust dough to 2-3 mm thickness. Transfer to tart pan and use your fingers delicately to press the dough to the corners. Leave 2-3 mm of extra dough exceeding the edges and cut neatly. Slightly prick the bottom. 

Place the berries all around and then top them with almond cream. Should you wish to make a real bourdaloue, place quarters of poached pears or peaches or apricot on top of the almond cream.


Bake for about 35 -40 min or until the edges and the top take a nice golden colour.

Once the tart is out of the oven, place the pan on a grill and brush it with a warm apricot glaze to give a shine but also to protect the fruits from the air. Leave the tart to cool.


Do not move it from its pan until it has cooled.

Serve the cherries-bourdaloue tart at room temperature.


Moroccan stuffed batbout (flatbread) with a vegetarian taktouka

This is a delicious recipe of vegetarian stuffed batbout. The stuffing is spiced up Moroccan-style and trapped inside a a wonderful bread shell.

The taktouka stuffing is actually a North African salad which is served as a starter or a cooked salad.

You can actually make a zaalouk stuffing as well, which is originally a Moroccan cooked salad as well. It's a good way of using leftovers.



You can make these stuffed batbout in small or larger forms. If always happen to have a batbout or bread dough in the fridge so these are done and served in a matter of 30 min.

If you have a pizza dough, it will work too as it's still considered as a bread dough.

I'm participating to Susan's event @ yeastspotting.


Ingredients
Serves 4
Prep: 1 h – Cooking: 4 min/piece

Batbout dough
  • 300 g of strong white flour
  • 200 g of fine semolina flour
  • 280 ml of water, lukewarm
  • 1 tbsp of dried yeast (or less if you are opting for long proofing time)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  •  1-2 tbsps of olive oil

Vegetable stuffing 
  • 1-2 medium-size onion, chopped
  • 1 medium-size tomato, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil + 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsps of coriander and parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin
  • Salt, pepper and cayenne to taste

Optional additions
  • Chopped green olives
  • Harissa
  • For a meaty version, add 300 g of minced beef/lamb and double the amount of herbs and spices




Preparation

Make the batbout dough

Prepare the dough batbout as shown in the recipe or a faster recipe here. Cover and let rise and double in volume.

Shape it into dough balls anywhere between 8-10 mm diameter. Cover and let them rest for 15 min.

Make the vegetable stuffing

Over a medium heat, heat the oil in a pan then fold in the onion and the chopped peppers. Add the spices, garlic and stir. Cover so the vegetables sweat and cook through. Add a tiny bit of water if needed as it will reduce anyway.

Add the tomatoes and herbs. Stir and cook for a few minutes. Turn off heat and set aside to cool. 
Drain any excess of liquid.

Served as a cooked salad, this rough taktouka is drained to be used as a stuffing

If you are adding harissa or chopped olives, it’s the time to do so.


Roll and pan-fry the stuffed batbout

Dust the work surface with white or fine semolina flour, Roll a ball of dough as thin as 3-4 mm. 
Place the stuffing in the centre.

Bring the edges of the dough to the centre. Pinch them to seal and flip this pouch in order to have the sealed section at the bottom. Gently flatten the pouch to expand the circle. Make sure you give it a quarter turn after each roll and make sure the work surface is dusted with flour so the dough does not stick. See this post to have an idea how we cover this step (look for batbout beche'hma).

Place each rolled flatbread on a dusted kitchen towel.


Over medium heat, place a skillet or a griddle and pan-fry the stuffed batbout on both sides until they look nicely golden.




Serve warm or at room temperature.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Moroccan stuffed breads: A meal on the go!

My dad used to call any stuffed bread "khobza be dwazha" referring to a sort of meal on the go, a sandwich to grab and eat. It used to make a nice school sandwich or an afternoon snack.

Different stuffing can be perfectly fine within a bread or puff pastry dough and I will always cherish those moments he picked me up from school with a hot stuffed bread, a chicken chausson (turnover) or a sandwich-croissant. The next thing we did was to stop at a dairy shop (mehlaba) and order a fresh fruit juice..I was all smiles after a long day!

Pan-fried batbouts with vegetarian taktouka stuffing

Southern Moroccans have some truly amazing recipes for stuffed bread, especially when it's baked in clay ovens or pan-fried over a wooden pile.

For instance, there is batbout be che'hma from the Sahara region where suet, onions and a few spices are used to make the most indulging stuffed flatbread.

Batbout beche'hma (suet) in the making 
Then after pan-frying batbout beche'hma , you get something like this, which goes down very well with a glass of good mint tea.

I love the spicy inside which complement the texture of this bread.

Then there the Berber Aghroum Boutgouri which is pretty much like batbout beche'hma but in this case stuffing could be a mix of finely chopped peppers, herbs and a generous amount of spices, all coming together with a good dollop of butter (or suet). The stuffing is not rolled within the dough but rather spread over one layer of thin-rolled dough then covered with another layer of dough..Which reminds the famous Berber Pizza or Medfouna (watch the Hairy bikers making it here and there or visit my friend's page for medfouna recipe).

But while Medfouna requires baking, Aghroum Boutgouri, batbout beche'hma and a few other stuffed flatbread recipes only requires to be pan-fried. These happen to be my favourite.

Now stuffing can be meaty, herby / vegetarian. and this will be the subject of the coming post. So stay tuned.


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