When I was sent an OXO Good Grips non stick frying pan (£50 from Lakeland) to review I knew exactly what to make in it to test it – pancakes! they are one of the best (and tastiest) ways to test just how non stick a pan is, if you can flip a pancake cleanly then it’s a goodun. The Good Grips frying pan was perfect for pancakes – I only had to use the teeniest smidge of butter to cook them in and they didn’t stick at all. It felt very solidly made, with the kind of non-stick coating that isn’t just going to flake off after a couple of uses (I’ve bought some very cheap and crappy cookware in the past…always a false economy) and I was impressed by the addition of a silicone handle in place of the usual plastic which means that the pans are oven-proof up to 200°C, a bonus for me as I didn’t actually own a single frying pan that could go in the oven… And if you are lucky enough to own a dishwasher, it is dishwasher safe and suitable for use on induction hobs….
Galettes, also known as free-form pies or crostata, have to be just about one of the easiest things to make, it is in their nature to be rustic, so there’s no need to worry about trying to make it look neat and pretty; when it comes to a galette it is all about the flavour. They lend themselves well to pretty much any kind of fruit, so are the kind of thing that can be baked all year round; but are particularly good in Summer when there is an abundance of stone fruits and fresh berries. I opted to use nectarines, though peaches or plums would work just as well; and I couldn’t resist adding a bit of marzipan to the topping as almonds pair so well with stone fruits. I like to use cornmeal pastry for my galette crusts, as it adds a nice bit of extra crunch and deals better with the juice from the fruit. A perfectly crisp, golden crust, filled with juicy, sweet nectarines topped with marzipan crumble – heavenly….
A frequent response I get from Damian when I ask him if there is anything he would like me to bake is “something crispy”. That’s it, no more detail, he’s awkward like that…and a bit texture obsessed. He loves crispy textured things and hates things with the texture of cheesecake…which is rather annoying and why I never really make cheesecake as I’d end up eating the entire thing by myself…and as amazing as that sounds it’s probably not the best idea…(Pretty much the only time I make cheesecakes is when visiting my sister…she’s very much pro cheesecake). …