Red Wine & Spice Roast Pears with Compote and Pine Nuts

Here’s one of my favourite recipes for red wine syrup and spice poached pears with sundried cranberry compote, candied watermelon rind and pine nuts. This recipe uses the red wine syrup from last week. Pears Red Wine Syrup Water Finely Ground Clove Cinnamon Fresh Nutmeg Pears (I used Bartletts) When choosing a pear to bake,…

Gamay Noir, Star Anise & Cinnamon Syrup (Red Wine Syrup)

3:1 ratio of red wine to sugar, 1 star anise, 1 piece of cinnamon (or any aromatic you like! Vanilla beans and ginger are also wonderful.) You can use most red wines: I used Tawse Winery‘s lovely 2012 Gamay Noir that was given to me as a gift. Taste throughout the reduction and remove the…

Pain au Lait and Brioche

I’ve been loving the opportunity to learn baking techniques and theory at school. Today we made Pain au Lait, and played around with different finishing methods including knotting, “braiding”, different score patterns, boules, and bâtards. It’s really nice bread; it’s rich due to the butter, quite flavourful from fermenting, and the texture is at once…