The Christmas issue

Our December issue is out now, featuring Paul Carmichael's recipes for a Caribbean Christmas, silly season cocktails and more.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 28th December, 2016 for your chance to win a share of $50,000!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Chilled recipes for summer

When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

Decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Christmas

13 of our most decadent chocolate recipes to indulge guests with this Christmas.

What the GT team is cooking on Christmas Day

We don't do things by halves in the Gourmet office. These are the recipes we'll be cooking on the big day.

Sydney's best dishes 2016

For our 50th anniversary issue in 2016, we scoured Australia asking two questions: What dishes are making waves right now? What flavours will take us into the next half-century? Sydney provided 16 answers.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

Summer feta recipes

Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.

Tony Bilson: Babas with beurre Bosc pears and eau de vie


You'll need

250 gm (1 2/3 cups) “00” flour 15 gm caster sugar 7 gm dried yeast (about 1 sachet) 8 eggs, at room temperature 100 gm softened butter 100 ml eau de vie de poire (see note) 250 ml (1 cup) pouring cream, whipped to soft peaks with 2 tbsp caster sugar   Poached pears 250 gm caster sugar 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 1 cinnamon quill 6 small ripe, firm beurre Bosc pears, ends trimmed, thickly sliced crossways   Chocolate shards 200 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), melted For dusting: pure icing sugar, sieved

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Combine flour, sugar, yeast, 3 eggs and 2gm fine salt in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix until dough pulls away from sides of bowl (1-2 minutes). Add 3 eggs, mix until mixture pulls away from sides of bowl (1-2 minutes), add remaining eggs and beat until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes). Add butter a little at a time, beat after each addition until well-combined, cover and stand in a warm place until slightly risen (8-10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Knock down dough and divide among six buttered 125ml metal dariole moulds, cover and stand in a warm place until dough rises to tops of moulds (12-15 minutes). Bake until golden and cooked through (12-15 minutes), turn onto a wire rack to cool.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for poached pears, bring sugar, vanilla bean, seeds, cinnamon and 500ml water to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, add pear and poach until just tender (8-10 minutes). Remove pear with a slotted spoon and set aside. Strain syrup into a clean pan, simmer until reduced to 500ml (2-3 minutes), then set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, peel pears and set aside until required.
  • 04
  • Add babas to syrup and stand, turning occasionally, until saturated (12-15 minutes), then transfer to a wire rack. Then, 30 minutes before serving, spoon eau de vie over babas.
  • 05
  • Meanwhile, for chocolate shards, pour melted chocolate onto a large sheet of baking paper, top with another large sheet of baking paper and roll to form a thin sheet. Refrigerate until crisp (8-10 minutes), break into rough shards, refrigerate until required. Just before serving, dust with icing sugar.
  • 06
  • To serve, return babas to syrup and warm gently over low heat, then serve with poached pears, chocolate shards and whipped cream.
Note Eau de vie de poire is available from Spirit of France and select liquor shops.

This recipe is from the July 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
The GT x STILY
Christmas Boutique is now open

The smallgoods, homewares, art and more from the pages of GT are now all under one roof, ready to take their place under the tree.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

You might also like...

Italian breakfast recipes

recipes

Christmas pudding ice-cream

Pizza recipes

recipes

Raspberry and Mint Mojito

Chef's spaghetti Bolognese recipes: L to Z

recipes

Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Chef's spaghetti Bolognese recipes: B to K

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Mother's Day recipes

recipes

Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Easter recipes

recipes

Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

Classic Italian recipes

recipes

Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

Easter lunch recipes

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×