Monday, September 14, 2009

Chef Jules Durian Fruit Recipes

Hello Friends;

Chef Jules always keeps his promises, so I now have the Durian recipes for you to try. I want to let you know that all the recipes I share with you, are tried and tested, many, hundreds of times, over my 30 year career. These Durian fruit recipes, however, I created very recently and in both cases am extremely pleased with the result. To learn more about the Durian fruit go to my post titled "Chef Jules King Of Fruits and Luca"

We will start with the Durian Dessert recipe first. I have called it Durian Bavarois, although, technically it's a cross between Bavarois and Panacotta, light and fluffy with that rich, distinctive Durian tangy after taste.

Durian Bavarois

Makes 8 portions

Ingredients

200 grams durian flesh

200ml milk

6ooml cream

1 vanilla pod, cut in half, length ways

2 tablespoons sugar

10 grams of powdered gelatine

3 egg whites

Method

Place the gelatine in a small cup and pour over 1 tablespoon of boiling water. Stir till dissolved and keep warm.

Add the Durian flesh to a saucepan, gently heat and stir till smooth. Pour 400ml of the cream, milk, vanilla pod, sugar into the saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat, scrape out the vanilla, and discard the pod. Blend with a stick blender, return to the boil and add the gelatine. Take off the heat, strain into a large bowl and stir occasionally till cool and the gelatine is just starting to set. Meanwhile, lightly oil 8, 150ml moulds.

Whisk the remaining cream in a bowl till lightly set and mix into the above.

In another bowl whisk the egg whites till stiff peaks are formed. With a slotted spoon gently fold in the egg whites to the mixture and spoon into the moulds, cover with cling film and refrigerate for a few hours.

To serve, warm the mould and turn it out onto a plate, decorate with tamarillo coulis and serve.

Chef Jules Tips

A 2kg fresh Durian will yield approximately 1kg of flesh. Some Asian fruiterers sell the flesh, prepacked and frozen at half the cost of the fresh, whole fruit. As always I recommend buying fresh.

When whipping the egg whites, ensure that there is no egg yolk present and that the utensils used are clean and free of any fat or grease.

When folding in the egg whites use a slotted spoon, folding and shaking gently, no tapping the sides or top of the bowl. This creates a very light and fluffy mousse.

Durian Sauce

This is a very easy and quick sauce which I used for a beautiful Goats cheese souffle. The combination worked very well.

Ingredients

200 grams Durian flesh

20 grams butter

Teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

200ml vegetable stock

400ml cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Italian parsley, chopped

Method

Place the butter and oil in a saucepan and heat till foaming. Add the durian and cook over a low heat, stirring and mashing the flesh. Add the vegetable stock and cook for 5 minutes, reducing slightly. Slowly pour in the cream, stirring continuously and reduce to a sauce consistency. Add the seasoning and parsley to taste.

Chef Jules tips

You will find this recipe requires quite a bit of salt to bring out the savoury flavour of the Durian.

This sauce could work well with King Prawns. Just thin it out with more stock and perhaps add some Kaffir lime leaves. Gently cook the raw prawns in the sauce and serve on a bed of fragrant Basmati rice.

Hope you enjoy these recipes. Next post I will bring you my never fail, twice baked goats cheese souffle recipe. This is one which will impress your dinner guests.
Ciao for now.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chef Jules, King of Fruits and Luca

Hello Friends;
Before you all get the wrong idea, Chef Jules is not the king of fruits, what I am referring to is the Durian. This amazing fruit grows in the South East Asia region and is native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and also Brunei. It has a formidable spiky outer casing and must be one of the few fruits that can be fatal, i.e, it's not recommended to have a nap under one of these trees. When you handle a Durian, which vary between 1 and 4 kilos, you begin to understand the fact that every year there are fatalities from falling fruit. I purchased the Durian from my local Asian fruiterer in Newmarket, Auckland, New Zealand. At approximately NZ $15 per kg, it's not a particularly cheap fruit. Some interesting facts that set this fruit apart are as follows, 65% water content (very low for a fruit), 22% carbohydrates, 7% proteins, high in fat and many different minerals, vitamins, notably the B- complex group.

There is one aspect of this fruit that can not be denied and that is, it's unusual smell. I regularly frequent the before mentioned fruiterer and as I entered one day, my senses were alerted. Observing other visitors to the shop it was interesting to see the varied reactions at coming across the Durian, from shrieks of delight to shrieks of revulsion. This polarization pricked my curiosity so I bought one. Little did I know my life would never be the same again. Placing the precious cargo in my vehicle and going about my business, in and out of the car, I was never in any doubt of its presence, rather like a silent baby with a soiled nappy on a hot day. Every time I re-entered the car I was assaulted by the odour and my brain was trying to process the information my nose was delivering. What was that smell ?, pleasant yet strangely disturbing, familiar yet foreign, I struggled to describe its aroma. I finally returned home and placed it on the kitchen bench. It usually takes me a while to get myself together in the morning, but not anymore with Miss Durian in the house, it was like having a manic house keeper cleaning all surfaces with my well used gym socks. On returning to the house from being away all day, BANG, there it was again ! I describe the smell as being sweet, over ripe paw paw with a hint of cheese. It comes as no surprise to learn that in Thailand, Durian is banned from many public places including hotels and buses, due to the pungent smell. Cutting 10mm into the spiky outer and pulling it apart reveals 5 light yellow cambers or pods, which should be carefully lifted out and the large brown seeds removed. The flesh is now ready for eating, which I describe as again, overripe paw paw, mild cheese with a faint after taste of onion thrown in for good measure. The texture, especially when heated is very custard-like with a glutinous smoothness that I found incredible. The brown chestnut sized seeds can also be eaten, once boiled, roasted or fried. My brother in law, no stranger to fast foods, in a moment of verbal creativity, described it as thus, "a cheese, onion and pineapple toasted sandwich". There are those whose descriptions are not so complimentary, rotting, decomposing matter, vomit and even worse !

I have created 2 recipes using this wonderful, amazing and unique fruit, one being a savoury sauce, which I used with a goats cheese souffle and the other is a dessert, which I called Durian Bavarois, which I will share with you in my next post.

Incidentally my dog, Luca was drawn like a magnet to the discarded husk and eventually had to prise it off him as I wasn't sure the effect it would have on his digestion.




Ciao for now.