AN EVENING WITH PHIL SHAW

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Please join us at GAIL’s Kitchen for a four-course dinner with acclaimed printmaker Phil Shaw. Introduced by Rebecca Hossack, the evening will provide a rare opportunity to meet the artist and hear him talk about his work. Inspired by the art Phil will be sharing with us, we’ve crafted a bespoke food and drink menu for the evening. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 3rd June, 7-9pm
GAIL’s Kitchen, 11-13 Bayley Street, WC1B 3HD
To book, call 020 7323 9694

£45 per person

A bit about Phil

Yorkshire-born printmaker Phil Shaw studied at the Royal College of Art and teaches at Middlesex University, where he also gained his Doctorate in Printmaking. Characterised by its wit and unique vision, Phil’s work has gained him many admirers including Prime Minister David Cameron, who personally commissioned him to create unique works as a gift for each leader at the G8 Summit 2013.

 

We’re on the hunt

 

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We’ve introduced some tasty new goodies to our menu and are looking for talented bakers to help us feed hungry Londoners. If you have the desire to make sure tummies are full and smiles are on faces, please have a look at our jobs page.

TUCK IN

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After a couple of years of experimental baking, we’ve added some exciting new additions to our family.

Pop in to Queens Park for a taste of some cracking new toasties and baked sandwiches, breakfast (until 3pm each day) and cream buns. We’ve also had a go at our version of afternoon tea.

 

Buckwheat pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes with caramelised apples
and salted honey butter

If you’ve never tried buckwheat pancakes, weekend brunch is the ideal time. Buckwheat flour has a nuttier, more distinctive flavour than regular wheat flour and these French-style crêpes (typical in Brittany) are perfectly complemented by golden caramelised apples and salty-sweet honey butter. This recipe is a doddle to whip up, but you’ll need to make the batter the night before to allow the buckwheat to soften and the flavours to develop. Oh, and also, there’s no sugar in this recipe as all the sweetness comes from the fruit and honey.

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Feeds 4

for the pancakes:
100g wholegrain organic buckwheat flour
¼ tsp fine sea salt
300ml whole milk
1 egg
50g unsalted butter, melted
vegetable oil or clarified butter, for frying

for the caramelised apples:
3 medium Bramley or Granny Smith apples (tart varieties work best)
30g unsalted butter

for the salted honey butter:
80g honey
40g unsalted butter, cut into cubes and at room temperature
½ tsp flaked sea salt

for serving:
4 generous tbsp crème fraiche

Step 1:
Start by making the pancake batter. Sift together the flour and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and egg. Add this to the flour and whisk until it’s lovely and smooth. Next, whisk in the melted butter. Transfer to a jug, cover with cling film and rest in the fridge overnight.

Step 2:
To make the caramelised apples, remove the cores and pips (no need to peel them) and slice each apple into 8 wedges. Heat the butter in a frying pan and when foaming, tip in the apple wedges. Cook until golden brown and caramelised, turning each wedge over once. Set aside and cover with foil to keep warm.

Step 3:
Next up is the salted honey butter. Warm the honey over a low heat for 2 minutes, making sure it doesn’t boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the softened butter, a piece at a time, to create a glossy emulsion. Sprinkle in the salt and keep warm until ready to serve. If it cools and starts to solidify, just gently reheat until liquid again.

Step 4:
To cook the pancakes, heat a heavy-based frying or sauté pan over a medium heat. Add a little oil or clarified butter, tilting the pan so the base is evenly coated. Give the batter a stir if necessary and then pour in just enough to coat the base of the pan – you want the pancakes to be paper-thin. Cook for 2 minutes until golden, then flip the pancake with a spatula and cook for another 2 minutes. Slide the pancake onto a warm plate and continue with the remaining batter. You should end up with a pile of 16 pancakes.

Step 5:
Lastly, to serve, take each pancake and fold it in half twice to form a triangle. Serve 4 pancakes per person, overlapping them in the centre of each plate. Arrange six or so apple wedges on top, add a scoop of crème fraîche and finish with a generous drizzle of warm honey sauce. Now, all that’s left is to tuck in and enjoy your hard work.

 

 

It’s Easter in our bakeries

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We love spring; the days are longer, the daffodils are in full bloom
and we’ve been busy in our kitchens working on a colourful crop of Easter treats. There are bunny cupcakes topped with shortbread ears, buttery shortbread chickens and eggs, and our Garibaldi bunnies are a fun
twist on a classic British biscuit.

All signs are pointing to a picnic in the park!

Make Mum’s Day

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For the month of March, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with a seriously chocolate-y spread.

Pecan Brownies, made with the finest Valrhona chocolate and a hint of sea salt, rich and fudgy Brownie Fingers and our Flourless Chocolate Cake are all on the menu, as well as our Chocolate Fondant; best served warm and gooey, straight from the oven.

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