Thursday, September 16, 2010

Breakfast in England

Guerani English Breakfast

A great way to start a september day is sipping slowly a good black tea outside in your garden or balcony, enjoying the fresh but still gentle climate and indulging yourself with some freshly prepared snacks. Do you agree?

Today's post is the first born thanks to the collaboration with the food-stylist Barbara Torresan together whom I recently worked on many commissioned shootings. Kudos to her for the recipes and the styling here!

Ingredients and preparation(serves 2)

Tea:
some good black tea (I personally love Irish Breakfast, a blend of mostly Assam teas)
a jug of milk or single cream
brown sugar

Chicken Mini-Sandwiches:
4 slices white bread cut in half
1 small cucumber
4 lettuce leaves
1 tablespoon butter
4 slices cheddar cheese
4 slices roasted chicken breast


Lemon Curd Puffs:
8-10 store bought empty puffs
2 lemons
¾ cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
7 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Wash the lemons, peel them keeping the zest apart and squeeze them. Whisk the lemon juice and zest together with all the other ingredients, using an electric mixer, paying attention to avoid forming lumps. Pour the cream into a heat resistant bowl and cook at bain-marie, continuing to whisk until it becomes thick enough. Let the cream cool down then fill with it the puffs using a sac-a-poche.

Butter Biscuits:
3¼ cups cake flour
¾ cup and 2 tablespoons butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavored confectioner sugar
salt

Whisk the flour with the sugar and a pinch of salt, add the butter, at room temperature, and form a well firm ball. Divide the ball in three small rolls, about 1 inch and a half thick, sprinkle with some sugar, wrap with plastic film and put in the refrigerator for about a hour.
Cut the rolls in slices about half an inch thick and place over a baking tin covered with wax paper. Cook for about 10 minutes at 350F or until golden.

(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)

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