Category Archives: Masterclass
For those of us who subscribe to cable, you may have noticed that for the last 2 months, there has been a new channel- Lifetime, running on Starhub TV Channel 514. And one of my favorite cooking series- MasterChef Australia is now one of their anchor shows as well. The well-loved culinary competition which gives home cooks a chance to fulfill their dream is currently airing its 4th season and having been an avid follower since the 1st, I was definitely hooked to this one too.
So when Lifetime Channel brought Singaporean-born MasterChef Australia S4 finalist- Audra Morrice to Singapore about 2 weeks back, along with an invitation to her exclusive MasterClass, I said yes without hesitation. This MasterClass was of course, to be a live demo of her famous Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart, which was touted as ‘one of the best desserts we’ve ever had’ by the MasterChef Australia judges themselves and the dessert that won her the MasterChef apron through to the Top 24.
And here’s her recipe broken down step by step just for you!
Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 200 C.
- 225g plain flour
- pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 140g unsalted cold butter
- 2 tablespoons iced water
Place flour, salt, sugar and cocoa into a food processor and process for 15s until combined. Add butter and process until butter is finely chopped. Add iced water slowly until it forms a dough that comes together when pressed. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 20 min.
** You can do this step manually with your fingers if you do not have a processor
- 500g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- 200g unsalted butter, chopped
As part of her Fresh Flavours with Anna Olson – A Canadian Culinary Adventure tour across five countries in Asia, celebrity chef Anna Olson was in Singapore a month back to host a series of dinner events which featured live cooking demonstrations for participants while dining on a 5-course meal. Tickets for the first dinner which was opened to public registration went for $180++ per pax and were fast sold out.
Recognised internationally for her culinary television shows such as Bake with Anna Olson, Sugar and Fresh with Anna Olson that aired on on Asian Food Channel, StarHub Channel 435, this extremely talented pastry chef also has more than six publications and cookbooks under her belt.
I was certainly very privileged to be invited for a cooking demonstration with Chef Anna Olson at the AFC studio and it was an amazing afternoon with the very charming and friendly Canadian chef who showcased three of her signature recipes during the demonstration.
Dublin-born Rachel Allen is a household name for many homecooks. Author of four bestselling cookbooks, which includes Rachel’s Favourite Food at Home and Rachel’s Food for Living, Rachel Allen is also a familiar face on BBC Lifestyle where she hosts her own television series.
Recently, Rachel was in town for Starhub’s Hubalicious- The Heritage Food Trail and while I was not lucky enough to get a place at her ‘An Irish Love Affair‘ dinner, I did get invited to take part in her Masterclass at Palate Sensations. As Rachel is currently promoting her new hit series- Rachel Allen’s Easy Meals, we were offered a glimpse into some of the recipes which she will be featuring during the episodes as well as how to whip up a quick 3 course meal that is both easy to prepare and still delicious to eat.
It was a hands-on session with Rachel first giving us a step-by-step demonstration at the front before we returned to our stations to experiment on our own. Seeing Rachel Allen in person was rather surreal after watching her on TV all the time and I certainly enjoyed how down to earth and patient she was with all of us, especially in explaining why some of our tarts or focaccia did not turn out the way it was supposed to be. Definitely an enriching experience learning from the popular Irish chef who was indeed knowledgeable and such a keen teacher.
Read on more for the recipes of the dishes we learnt how to make that day!