New start. From scratch.

For me when I'm cooking, I feel most achieved only once I've delved my hands into a big bowl of dough, or spent the decent hours of the afternoon in the kitchen nursing the evenings meal to life. I feel so connected and invested in what's to come.

You say: 'woah, what's in it?!' I say 'mostly made love my friend'. I hate to sound a little cheesy (but if I were to be cheesy, I'd like to be 'parmesan cheesy', please and thank-you), but that's the way I believe we should cook every time we open the pantry door, and tumble the carrots onto the roasting tray.

This way of cooking I strive for has spurred into a fondness for 'from scratch' cooking. It all means so much more when your 2 hands have nurtured a meal to life. You've poured time and affection into this priceless tactile experience of cooking. It is grounding and places you in the present (apart from those times stirring sends you into glorious far off places in your mind). 

So, in saying all that, this cozy little nook of the internet is about celebrating this food ethos. From the humble ingredients to sharing the meal with your nearest and dearest, I want to share a slice of cake that is both unapologetic and filled with butter, sugar, eggs and love.

This new food sharing space is here to be a friend, welcoming you with a fresh mug of tea and a plate of cookies. A place to celebrate food in all the authentic ways it can be made. You can expect plenty of 'from scratch' recipes, comfort food, musings and anything that will make you feel warm from the inside out. The way a good bowl of soup on a rainy days does.

It's a very sad farewell to Daisy and the Fox, which has been a little home of my non-stop babble and recipes for a couple of years. But this shift is to move onto a more authentic place and hone in on the therapy, slower and more more comforting things in food in the form of a journal. It's all about simple pleasures with an extra big dash of love. My food ethos. 

So to kick off the first journal post I thought I'd share a recipe that I feel sums up the rustic baker in all of us. A personal favourite: the galette. 

With the end of the warm weather upon us (autumn leaves are beginning to speckle themselves through the grass, and the excitement here is off the charts), the stone fruit is waving its final farewell. How can we best farewell them? Ah of course, fill a galette with them.

The beauty is in the rough folds of pastry, which makes this free form pie look all the more 'lovingly-homemade'. The dough comes together much like a hand-made scone, by rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients, then kneaded to a smooth dough. It is later spread with a pistachio frangipane and then stone fruit is fanned over the top. 

Once baked, let your knife find that resistance that a golden crust brings, before crunching into a warm slice. Munch alongside; tea, coffee, cream, or ice-cream, and enjoy for a couple of days to come (if it lasts).

PISTACHIO STONE FRUIT GALETTE

Ingredients

Dough:
200g flour
150g butter, cold, cubed
25g caster sugar
1 egg yolk

Stone Fruit Topping:
2 large/3 small stone fruit
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
40g raw caster sugar

Frangipane:
75g butter, softened
75g caster sugar
1 egg
10g pistachio paste
65g ground almonds
30g flour
pinch of salt

1 egg
raw sugar
extra pistachios for a final sprinkle
 

Method

1. In a bowl, add in the flour, butter and sugar. Using your fingertips, gently rub the butter into the flour and sugar until it looks like breadcrumbs. 
2. Add the egg yolk, mix it to adhere to the mixture, then tip onto a lightly floured work space and knead until the dough is smooth. Cover, and leave to have a rest in the fridge for 30mins  - 1 hour. 
3. When the dough is close being done, start your stone fruit topping. Begin by removing the stone, and slicing the fruit into slices. Then in a bowl, toss the fruit together with the cornflour, lemon juice, vanilla bean paste and sugar. Set aside (in the fridge if it is a warm day).
3. Once the dough is rested, take out of the fridge, and leave to come to room temperature so it will be easier to roll. In the meantime, make the frangipane. (As it is a small quantity, this may be done more easily with a hand held electric beater, otherwise use a stand mixer and double the ingredients then freeze/refrigerate the remaining for future baking).
4. Preheat the oven to 180C. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one after the other, beating well between additions, then beat in the pistachio paste until combined. Fold in the ground almonds, flour and salt. Set aside briefly.
5. Now it is time to roll out the dough. Lightly flour a work bench or large wooden board. Beat the dough a couple of times with the side of the rolling pin which helps achieve a good shape to roll out with. Roll evenly and in long strokes to get a rough circle, rotating the dough every couple of rolls. 
6. Once at a thickness to your liking, shuffle the dough onto a piece of baking paper. Spoon the frangipane into the centre of the dough, then spread, leaving a couple of centimetres on the border. Discard the liquid in the fruit bowl and arrange the fruit slices over the frangipane. Gently fold the edges over to create that classic galette look. Gently lift the galette onto a baking tray.
7. Whisk the remaining egg in a bowl, then brush over the edges of the dough. Sprinkle over the raw sugar and bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Top with chopped pistachios and enjoy!