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Classic Lemon Tart Recipe by Chef Benjamin Patterson

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Every chef worth his mettle should be able to make this classic French lemon tart recipe; it’s served in some of the finest restaurants in the world, and is the perfect dessert to end a meal.

Ingredients:

– 500g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
– 140g icing sugar
– 250g unsalted butter, cubed
– 4 egg yolks

For the filling
– 5 eggs
– 140g caster sugar
– 150ml double cream
– Juice 2-3 lemon (about 100ml/3½ fl oz)
– 2 tbsp lemon zest

Method:

1. To make the pastry, mix the flour and icing sugar in a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until crumbly. Mix in the egg yolks. If the pastry is still too dry, add 1-2 tbsp water until it comes together.
2. Roll into a ball and divide in half (freeze one half for another recipe). Flatten out the pastry with your hands, wrap the dough in cling film, then chill for at least 30 mins.
3. While the pastry is chilling, make the filling. Beat all the ingredients, except for the zest, together. Sieve the mixture, then stir in the zest.
4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of a £1 coin, then lift into a 23cm tart tin. Press down gently on the bottom and sides, then trim off any excess pastry. Stab a few holes in the bottom with a fork and put back in the fridge for 30 mins.
5. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line the tart with foil and fill with rice or dried beans. Bake for 10 mins, then remove the tart tin from the oven, discard the foil, and bake for another 20 mins until biscuity.
6. When the pastry is ready, remove it from the oven, pour in the lemon mixture and bake again for 30-35 mins until just set.
7. Leave to cool, then remove the tart from the tin and serve at room temperature or chilled. I dust the tart with icing sugar and burn it with a blow torch to give a caramel topping

Truffle, Asparagus and Quail Egg Salad Recipe by Chef Benjamin Patterson

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This Truffle, Asparagus and Quail Egg Salad recipe is a wonderful seasonal salad as its spring time and all the flavours go so well. I picked up all the ingredients for this healthy while in Spain, where the markets are full of beautiful seasonal ingredients. The yolk of the quail egg adds as a second dressing.

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Ingredients:

– 3 quail eggs
– Bunch of green & white asparagus
– 1 black truffle

Pea Puree
– Fresh peas
– 2 cloves of garlic

– Watercress
– Pickled girrole mushrooms
– 1 lemon
– Olive oil
– Salt and pepper

Method:

1. Trim and peel asparagus.
2. Cook for 3 seconds in seasoned boiling water, refresh in ice cold water to keep the colour.
3. To make the pea puree, cook the peas with garlic and puree in a blender until smooth. Save some peas for garnish.
4. Heat a little olive oil in the pan and break your quail eggs in to the pan, cook for 20 seconds and take off the heat and season the eggs.
5. Slice the truffle.
6. Now begin to assemble your dish by placing the pea puree on the base of the plate then plate the asparagus, watercress, pickled girrole mushrooms how you like, season and dress with lemon and olive oil.