6 cups of bread (baguette) a day or two old
2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup of rum
2 cups of whole milk
1 cup of raisin
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Wisk 4 eggs and let it sit aside
Melt the stick of butter on low heat, add 2 cup of sugar, the nutmeg, rum, milk, raisins
And vanilla, wisk until the sugar is dissolved, pour mixture over the bread, let sit for 30 minutes
until the bread absorved all the liquid, then pour the eggs over bread mixture and bake at 300 degree for 45 minutes until top is lightly brown
The bread Pudfing can be served warm with ice cream or rum butter sauce or cremas.
1 finely chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of vegetable oil to fry depending on the amount of akra you are making
2 cup of grated Malangua
1 teaspoon of finely chopped parsley
1 tbsp of salt to taste
1 tbsp of flour
1 or 1/2 teaspon of minced scotch bonnet pepper
1 tsp of black pepper
3 tablespoons of vinager
In a large bowl mix all the ingredients, except the oil, let the batter rest for 1 hour
Heat up oil (low heat slowly raised to medium) pour batter by the spoon and fry on medium to high heat
cook on both sides until golden brown. Remove from heat , use a paper towel to absord excess oil.
Fried Pork (Griot)
5-7 lbs boneless pork shoulder cut into large cubes
1 cup sour orange juice
3 tsp of salt
1 tsp of minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/2 tsp of seasoned salt
1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 F or (200 C)
Wash meat thouroughly under cold water with lime and vinegar, drain well, season with salt, sour orange and other ingredients, except the oil. Place meat in 6qt dutch oven (Let the meat marinate overnight in the fridge or let it stand for 15 minutes before cooking. Under low heat add 1 cup of water to meat and cover, stir occasionally, increase heat to medium cook until meat is fully cooked and tender. Drain meat from water, add oil and place in oven for 45 minutes.
2-4 green plantains
1 cup vegetable or corn oil
1 (plantain smasher)
1cup hot tap water
Peal plantains and cut and an angle into 5 pieces each. Place oil in a deep frying pan on medium heat. Place cut plantains in hoit oil cook 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove plantains and lower heat. Quickly flatten plantains with smasher and soak plantains in hot water. On medium heat , fried plantains until crispy and golden brown. Place on paper towel to absord excess oil
Spaghetti With Smoked Herring
1LB of thin Spaghetti
1/4 cup of smoked herring shredded
1 small onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, minced and seeded (optional)
1 teaspoon of all purpose seasoning
2 sprigs of thyme
2 tablespoon of epis (homemade)
3 tablespoon of olive oil
4 cups of water
Soak smoked herring in water for 15 minutes. Drain, shred it, and set it aside (while herring is soaking cook the pasta)
In a large pot, add 4 cups of water and salt. Bring to boil, add spaghetti. Cook for 5 minutes or al dente. Drain spaghetti and set aside.
In another pot on medium heat add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute onions, epis and scotch bonnet pepper, add the tomato paste and 2 tablespoon of water and mix, then add the shredded smoked herring, thyme and pepper and let simmer for 3 minutes. Add the cooked spaghetti and mix thoroughly. Lower the heat let all the the flavor infuse for 5 minutes.
Turkey, chicken or Codfish can be used as substitute
First thing is making the Beurrage
3 cup of unsalted butter
1 cup of flour
Mix together butter and flour in a mixer, the dough should come together, once removed make it into a square and let it rest for 2 hours
Making the dough
4 cups of flour
1 cup of ice water
2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon of lime juice
Combine all ingredients together in a mixer, knead the dough well, it takes about 4 minutes to knead the dough, the add 1/2 cup of butter. Remove the dough from mixer and shape it into 8 inch square and let it rest for 1 hr.
Roll out the butter that was resting in the fridge for 2 hrs, put the dough in the middle and fold each side, then roll lengthwise about 20 inches across, make sure the dough is not sticking on the work area, if it, use a little bit of flour. Using a big rolling pin, roll the dough and make a 3 fold (fold 1/3 of the dough and fold the other 2/3 fold over the 1/3 and that is call (1st turn). Repeat the same process over, roll and fold (2nd turn). Then let the dough rest for 2 hrs. Then another double fold (3rd turn) and let the dough rest for another 2 hrs. The last step is a single roll and fold and your dough is ready.
The rolling of the dough is repetitive, double fold for 1st, 2nd and 3rd turn, The last fold is a single fold. Remember folding consist of folding 1/3 of dough follow by folding 2/3 of the dough over the 1/3. It is a little bit of work, once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier. Like they say “practice make perfect”
How to make pate feuilletee
3 1/2 cup of flour
4 sticks of butter
1 cup of ice water
1 teaspoon of lime juice
Preparing the dough
Mix all ingredients together, flour, one stick of butter add half of cup of ice water, continue slowing adding the other half of the ice water, until the dough comes together to form a ball. Remove the dough from mixer and cover it with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 1 hour in the fridge.
After resting for about 1 hour, remove the dough from the fridge, using a rolling pin roll dough into a 20 inch square, take 2nd stick of butter and spread it on the 3/4 of the dough, 1/4 of the dough that is not buttered fold, then fold 3/4 over the 1/4, turn the dough 1/4 and roll it out and fold 1/4 then 3/4 over the 1/4 that is called a turn. Let the dough rest for another hour
Repeat step 2 that is the 2nd turn and let the dough rest for another hour.
Repeat step 3 that is the 3rd and final turn and let the dough rest for another hour. Now you are ready to cut your dough into whatever shape you want to give them and add your filings.
As you can make see, step 2 and 3 are repetitive. You can do the recipe in 4 hours or you can do in stages. Make the dough the day before, the second day do step 1-3. the more you do it, the easier it becomes. I have shared the two recipes, choose the one that easier for you. Try the recipes, if you have any questions, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will make a youtube video of the steps for you.