After a tour of Gü HQ (there are some very exciting things coming your way this Christmas, all is revealed below) and the command centre i.e. kitchen, we got to work – in a very flattering, exceedingly sexy Gü labcoat no less.
We started by mixing together butter, Demerara sugar, chopped pecans and a caramelised biscuit crumb and popping it into ramekins before flattening down the layer.
We then furiously beat a bowl of cream cheese until it had lost its stiffness and was rather more liquid. Fred says that this is the key to a good baked cheesecake, as it breaks down the bonds in the proteins for a much smoother finish. To this we added whipping cream, maple syrup, a pinch of salt and a jot of single-malt whisky, and once Fred had convinced me not to guzzle that down as it was, we poured the mixture into each ramekin using the rather handy piston funnel gadget (seen in action above!). After a quick sprinkling of base mix on the tops, we baked our cheesecakes. Then all we had to do was contain ourselves during the agonising wait for our puds to cool.
|Adding the finishing touches to our fresh Maple & Pecan Pies|
Creamy and sweet enough to satisfy without being sickly, with a delicious crunchy base and a subtle depth to the cheesecake base, this creations is sure to be another winner.
|Fresh from the oven|
As for Gü’s Christmas creations, you’ll have a chance to discover them this weekend. This year Fred has been secretly crafting a Limited Edition Luxury Bauble collection, consisting of six hand-crafted chocolate baubles – each with delicious melt-in-your-mouth chocolate of a different flavour hidden within. Not only are these beautiful baubles using the finest ingredients but Fred’s flavour combinations are utterly gorgeous. There are two dark 70% cocoa Tanzanian chocolate baubles filled with dark chocolate and raspberry ganaches, two green white chocolate baubles filled with lime and ginger pâte de fruit alongside almond paste chocolates, and two red caramelised blonde chocolate baubles with crushed lemon and bergamot ganaches inside.
|The Limited Edition Gu Luxury Bauble Collection|
To get your hands on these Christmas delights (as well as seeing Gü Head Chef Fred in action and trying a masterclass for yourself), you can head down to Taste of London Winter at East London’s Tobacco Dock this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and visit the Gü Garden of Temptation, where the Gü Tree will be sitting pride of place – weighed down with seasonal indulgences.
Maple & Pecan Pie available nationwide in supermarkets.
Taste of London Winter tickets from £19, www.london.tastefestivals.com/
Gü Luxury Bauble Collection, £85 including P&P, www.gupuds.com/christmas/