Steeping the flour in the buttermilk adds depth of flavour and a subtle sourness to the waffles - 12 hours will do the job, but 24 hours is even better. Begin this recipe a day ahead to steep the flour and set the pâté and the jelly.
- To serve: frisée salad and cornichons
Duck liver pâté
- 100 gm butter, diced, at room temperature
- 400 gm duck livers, trimmed of sinew
- 40 ml Port
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 golden shallots, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp finely chopped thyme
- 50 gm speck, rind removed, diced
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste
- 70 ml pouring cream
- To garnish: small fresh bay leaves, optional
- 250 ml Port
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 4 titanium-strength gelatine leaves, softened in cold water for 5 minutes
- 800 ml buttermilk, well shaken
- 185 gm plain flour
- 150 gm rye flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs, separated
- 30 gm melted butter, plus extra for greasing
- 1 tbsp coarsely chopped thyme
- 1For rye waffles, mix the buttermilk, flours, baking powder and 1½ tsp sea salt in a bowl just to combine, then scrape down the sides, cover and stand at room temperature (12-24 hours).
- 2For duck liver pâté, heat 30gm butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add livers and turn occasionally until browned and cooked medium-rare (2-3 minutes). Deglaze the pan with Port, then tip mixture into a food processor, wipe out pan with paper towels and return to heat. Add oil, shallot, garlic, thyme and speck and sauté until onion is tender (4-5 minutes). Add to liver mixture, then add vinegar, season to taste and process until smooth. Add cream and remaining butter and process to combine. Pass through a fine sieve into a container and refrigerate until beginning to firm (1½-2 hours).
- 3For Port jelly, bring port to the boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook for a minute, then remove from heat, add vinegar and season to taste. Squeeze excess water from gelatine, stir into Port mixture until dissolved, then cool. Pour a little jelly on the pâté, place a couple of small bay leaves on top and refrigerate overnight. Pour remaining jelly mixture into a jar and refrigerate until set (overnight).
- 4Beat egg yolks, butter and thyme into waffle batter to just combine, then whisk eggwhites and a pinch of salt in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form (1-2 minutes). Fold into batter and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Heat a waffle iron and brush with extra melted butter. Cook waffle batter in batches, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, until golden brown and crisp (4-5 minutes). Serve hot topped with duck liver pâté, extra Port jelly and frisée salad, with cornichons to taste.
Drink Suggestion: Late-harvest pinot gris. Drink suggestion by Max Allen