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Chef Marcela’s Chocolate Madeleines

00214.jpgSummertime calls for sweet treats. Our June Chef of the Month took the traditional madeleine recipe and added everyone’s favorite ingredient… chocolate. Enjoy this fantastic chocolate madeleine recipe and start baking to share these delectable sweets with your friends, family, clients, or customers.

Chocolate Madeleines

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

zest of one lemon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 pinch of salt

4 oz butter, melted and cooled

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Spray madeleines mold with non-stick spray and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until the mixture is pale and thick.
  4. In a bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, and zest.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the eggs and sugar mixture. Mix until combined, add the melted butter and mix until smooth.
  6. Spoon batter into the molds and bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.

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Guest Recipe: Chef Ana Birac’s Planika Mousse, Jam and Candied Planika

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We will be finishing off the month of March with a sweet treat from our September 2016 Chef of the Month, Ana! As our first international chef from Croatia, Ana shared amazing flavors and techniques with us last year and this recipe is no different! If you are in need of a new dessert idea or want to try something fresh this recipe will not disappoint. It brings together flavor, elegance, and flair.

Planika is a Croatian seasonal fruit that grows in autumn. It looks very much like cherry tomatoes with small bubbles. It tastes something like a mixture of strawberries and raspberries. If you can’t find planika near you, substitute strawberries or raspberries for this recipe.

Ingredients

0.25kg Puff Pastry ≈ 8.8 ounces

0.5kg Planika ≈ 17.6 ounces

0.5kg Sugar ≈ 17.6 ounces

0.1kg Honey ≈ 3.5 ounces

0.25L Sweet Cream ≈ 1 cup

0.2L Yogurt ≈ 4/5 cup

0.1kg Butter ≈ 3.5 ounces

0.1L Triple Sec ≈1/4 cup

0.2L Prosecco ≈ 4/5 cup

0.2L Rum ≈ 4/5 cup

 

Directions:

  1. Roll out one thin crust of a puff pastry. Bake it in the oven about 15 minutes at 200⁰C (400⁰F). Leave it aside to cool down.
  2. Put water to boil. Add about half of planika and throw it in the boiling water and blanch for about 3 – 5 minutes (until if softens).
  3. Take it out and blend it. Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. During that time mix sweet cream with 0.1kg (3.5 ounces) of sugar, honey and yogurt and keep mix it until you get nice and firm mixture, but it must be soft enough to mix with a spatula.
  5. Add cold planika and stir well.
  6. Spread that mixture over cold puff pastry and put it in the cooler for a couple of hours.
  7. While your cake is cooling down, take one clear pan and melt the butter and add in (0.2kg/7 ounces) of sugar.
  8. Mix it well until the sugar completely melts, then add in Triple Sec and Prosecco and cook until the alcohol evaporates.
  9. When that happens mix in the rest of planika and cook until planika falls apart. Then strain it through a sieve and leave it in the fridge until if firms up a little.
  10. Caramelize (0.1kg/3.5 ounces) of sugar.
  11. Add in Rum and mix it until you get a nice thick mixture. When it cools down, throw in the rest of planika and then roll it in the sugar.
  12. Move it from freezer to the fridge 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Chef Ana Birac’s Chickpea Butter Recipe

Our September Chef of the Month, Ana Birac sends us her Chickpea Butter recipe all the way from Croatia.

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CHICKPEAS BUTTER

For 2 people:

0.25kg* chickpeas ~ 1 cup

1L cooking cream ~ 4 ¼ cups

0.5kg sour cream ~ 2 cups

salt, pepper – according to your taste

 

Cook chickpeas in cooking cream until it becomes soft and tender. Watch out, the temperature of cooking cream cannot pass 83 degrees Celsius or 180 degrees Fahrenheit! When the chickpeas are cooked, leave it aside to cool down. After one hour it will be ready for the next step. Take the thermomixer and put it inside. Mix it until you get smooth paste. Pass it through a sieve and leave it in clean bowl.

Put the sour cream in the blender and whip it until it becomes a mixture very similar to ordinary butter. Add chickpeas, salt and pepper to your taste. Mix it until you get a mixture just like butter – nice and tender.

Put it in the fridge and leave over night to cool down.

You can use it as a spread on the bread, to spice the dishes or to cook on it.

 

Bon appétit!

*Note because Chef Ana is from Croatia, she uses metric system measurements (along with the rest of the world). We have done our best to convert the measurements to the U.S. customary system. 

 

Sweet Treat recommended by Chef Ron Duprat

Chef Duprat's Signature Flourless Chocolate Cake paired with Black Elk Wine found on Chefuniforms.com

This love crazy combo is surely irresistible and will definitely give you the “eyes” for each other all over again.

Whip up Chef Duprat’s Signature Flourless Chocolate Cake for your Valentine and he suggested pairing it off with your favorite Black Elk Wine.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Enjoy!

Chef Duprat’s Haitian Flourless Chocolate Cake

  • 12 ounces Haitian Chocolate  chopped
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks)Buerre Margarette
  • 1/4 teaspoon Maldon Salt
  • 6 large eggs,
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  • Confectioners’ sugar and/or cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Tahitian  Vanilly Whipped cream:
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy or whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 2-inch spring form pan with nonstick spray.

Put the chocolate, butter, and salt in a large microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave on 75 percent power for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave again until completely melted, about 2 minutes more. Alternatively, put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with an inch or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl on the pan without touching the water. Stir occasionally until melted.

Beat the eggs and sugar with a standing or handheld mixer until light and thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Fold the melted chocolate into the whipped eggs until evenly combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out wet but not gooey, about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Remove cake from the oven and cool on a rack.

When ready to serve remove ring from spring form mold. Dust cake with confectioners’ sugar or cocoa powder. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

Tahitian Vanilly Whipped cream

Beat the cream and vanilla in a chilled non-reactive bowl with a whisk or an electric mixer just until they hold a loose peak. (Lift the beater from the cream and look at the shape of the peak at the end of the whisk; it should hold a lazy curve.) Sift the sugar over the cream and continue to beat just until it holds a soft peak. Take care not to over beat the cream or it will be look curdy. Serve, or refrigerate covered for up to 4 hours.

An Interview with Executive Chef Jason Viscount

Recipe Below: Sage Papardelle with Duck Ragout

Presented by: ChefUniforms.com

York native Jason Viscount did not always dream of becoming a chef. He was, however, fortunate enough to have a role model to learn from. As the hostess of many dinner parties, Viscount’s grandmother prepared meals such as Welsh rarebit, made with cheese, beer and mustard sauce.

During his middle school years, Viscount also had a chance to learn from his restaurateur father, and working in two of his father’s restaurants sparked his interest in culinary arts. Viscount and his family lived in the basement of one of the restaurants, and food deliveries coming into the restaurant via Viscount’s bedroom were a regular occurrence.

Viscount’s life had always been influenced by fine cuisine and the food service industry, and by the time he needed to decide upon a career, he didn’t hesitate to attend the Restaurant School of Philadelphia.

It was at the Restaurant School that Viscount fully developed and nurtured his passion for food. After graduation, Viscount returned to central Pennsylvania and became a chef at the Yorktowne Hotel, followed by a stint at Hotel Hershey’s Circular Dining Room and eventually an eight-year run as chef de cuisine at Harrisburg Hilton’s Golden Sheaf.

Now at BRICCO, Viscount enjoys the title of executive chef and all of the responsibility and creative freedom that come with it. Since starting at BRICCO, Viscount has been cooking up numerous accolades for himself and the restaurant. In 2007, Harrisburg Magazine readers named BRICCO “Best New Restaurant” and in March 2008 Viscount was named Chef of the Year by the Hershey Harrisburg Tourism and Convention Bureau.

Viscount’s zeal for fine food is not put on the back burner when he exits the restaurant after work. At the home Viscount shares with his wife, you’ll find him enjoying his extra-large kitchen that fills the space of the regular kitchen, as well as the dining room. Viscount may conjure up plenty of his own recipes there, but the influences of Viscount’s past still remain. Lamb kidney stew on an English muffin and a slice of tomato — Viscount’s grandmother’s breakfast specialty — is still the perfect way for Viscount to start each day.

I sat down with Viscount and asked him to share with me some thoughts on his experiences, what brought to this point in his career and how he directs his kitchen. I also asked him to share a nice recipe of his; you will find it at the bottom of this interview:

Why did you want to become a chef?
When I was a child, I lived with my grandmother. She taught me how to cook, and we cooked dinner parties together. When I was 12, my father bought two restaurants and I worked at both of them.

What education would you recommend for aspiring chefs?
Always work in the best restaurant you can for two or more years, then go to culinary school.

What do you recommend for on the job training?
Do your homework and pick the best place to learn from.

Do you see any changes in food trends?
Experimental Cuisine is becoming a trend; keeping a balance between modern cuisine while maintaining a healthy and sustainable approach to food preparation.

What is your greatest challenge in getting the ingredients you need?
The real challenge is finding the sources for them. Every menu takes me weeks to find the right products.

Has the price of energy affected your industry?
Yes. Food prices, delivery charges and over all costs have gone up.

Do you see any dining trends within the US or abroad; including types of food today?
Local and fresh food, quality made items with thought in to the flavors

Do you see any dining trends surfacing for the future?
While prices keep rising you will see chefs becoming more creative with the ingredients they use. The meat portions will tend to be smaller and the accompaniments will tend to be the focal point of the plate.

How much of the recipes you create is corporate and how much is your own?
My staff and I come up with all of our recipes. Our corporation uses a lot of them in the other hotels they own and manage.

What fabric and style of uniform do you enjoy wearing most?
All of our cooks wear black chef pants and classic white chef jackets. Students wear white beanie hats and cooks wear black beanie hats. Chefs wear toques.

What is your method of developing your Sous chefs?
We always promote within a company when we can. We move people around the company so that can grow and learn more.

Do you try to create a team spirit and environment with the kitchen staff? If so how do you accomplish it?
I hire and promote people that compliment me and have strengths where I need it. Also, the people that work with me must know hospitality and be interested in cooking for the guest and not just themselves.

When preparing your menu do you consider health and try to prepare foods that are healthier?
We offer vegetarian items as well as lighter cuisine on our menu.

Do you notice any resistance to unhealthy dishes?
No I don’t see any resistance however there is a growing trend of people eating healthier foods. If the food tastes good there is no resistance.

Do you enjoy dining out in your free time?
Yes I travel every year to seek out new restaurant and new items.

Do you try to experience the food at your competitors? Do you ever get ideas from competitors?
In our area we try and stay cutting edge, and most of the time they are getting their ideas from Bricco.

Do you think it is important to visit the markets rather than just have standard orders?
I worked in a farmers market for years and I use the local farms whenever I can.

How do you test a new recipe without putting it on the permanent menu?
We always make them and try them first with the staff, and then try them out on the chefs table.

Do you pick the wines or is there a separate beverage manager?
I pick them. We have over 150 wines on our wine list along with 45 wines by the glass, and wine flights. We have a lot of Italian wines as well as several local Pennsylvania wines. We do a lot of wine education at Bricco and all are staff is very knowledgeable about our wine list and are encouraged to give input on the wine list.

What is your advice for planning a menu for a new restaurant?
Cook for what your guest wants…not what you want to cook. Our menu has changed a lot at Bricco over the years. Listen to your guests.

Could you please share a recipe with us???

Sage Papardelle with Duck Ragout

Ingredients: Amount
Duck ragout (recipe follows) 5 oz
Sage Papardelle 12 ea
Buerre Monte 1 oz
Veal Demi glace 1 oz
S&P T.T.
Parsley garnish
Shaved Pecorino cheese garnish

METHOD:
1. For pick up; heat duck ragout up in a sauté pan, add butter, demi, salt and pepper
2. Drop pasta into water and cook, once cooked toss in pan with duck and a little bit of pasta water creating a sauce, serve in a large bowl with parsley and shaved cheese

Duck Ragout
Ingredient Amount
Olive oil as needed

Duck, legs 6ea.
Pancetta 1 cup
White onion, minced Cup
Celery, minced 2oz.
Carrots, minced 2oz.
Pancetta, minced 2oz.

Rosemary sprigs 3ea.
Thyme sprigs 3ea.
Bay leaf 3ea.
Parsley leaves, (Italian) chopped 3Tbsp.
Garlic minced 1Tbsp.
Juniper berries, crushed 12ea.
Black peppercorns, crushed 4ea.
Tomato paste 2Tbsp.
Salt t.t.
Red wine ¼Cup
Chicken stock as needed

Method
1. Heat olive oil and butter, when butter is melted add duck pieces, and brown slowly, rendering out excess fat. Add vegetables sauté about 15-20 minutes. Add brandy and cook out.
2. Dice pancetta and add to duck
3. Add broth, to cover by 1-inch, tomato paste, herbs and spices. Taste for seasoning. Braise on stovetop, slowly, for 1 hour or more time as needed. Cool and skim fat.
4. Once meat is pulled off bone, strain sauce and reduce till heavy nape, add back to duck and reserve for service

Bricco Sage Pasta Dough

Ingredients: Amount
Flour, OO flour 2.2#
Eggs 8
1 oz olive oil 1 oz
1 oz water 1 oz
Pinch of salt
Sage, minced 3 oz

METHOD:
1. combine all ingredients in Hobart mixer
2. turn on to speed 2 and walk away
3. when mixture becomes a ball pull out of mixture and hand kneed till smooth
4. wrap in plastic and let rest for 30 minutes

NOTE:
If making flavored pastas add fresh or dried herbs to the dough before pulling out of the Hobart and then incorporating by hand for most flavorful results

If you are putting a liquid puree in pasta for color substitute wet ingredients for amount of puree used

Enjoy!
Chef Jason Viscount

Restaurant – BRICCO – A Tuscan-style restaurant featuring unique Mediterranean dishes, California-style stone oven pizza, homemade pasta and an extensive wine list.

Bricco
31 south 3rd street
Harrisburg Pa 17101
For Dining Reservations, Please call: 717-724-0222

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ChefUniforms.com: A Chef’s Reasons

Welcome to our very first blog entry here at ChefUniforms.com. We hope you find the articles interesting, fun, and informative. We will be covering many subjects and topics. I encourage you to write to me and tell me your chef story, idea, experience, favorite recipe, etc. I will be reviewing all materials sent in and may even post yours, with your picture and restaurant name to boot! Have you ever thought about why you wanted to become a Chef? It may be surprising to learn that not all Chefs’ agree on even this most basic question. I recently visited several nice restaurants in the South Florida area and asked several chefs about what attracted them to becoming a chef. Many said it was the desire to create combinations of ingredients to come up with a unique flavor, color, or texture. Several said it was the challenge of creating unique meals in the kitchen. Others said that were just passionate about eating! Some even blamed their mom. I never would have blamed my mom, but then again, she was a darn good cook. It seems to me that no matter the reason, becoming a chef takes education, patience, time, and a burning desire to create dishes that tantalize the palate and cause your guests to roll their eyes up into their head let out that all too familiar noise. After all, what better compliment can a Chef have when their guest actually likes what they make? Send me your ideas and thoughts as to what helped you to decide to become a Chef. I am always looking for additional information to add. Stay tuned for next week’s article. Don’t forget to bookmark us!

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