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PASTA MASTERCLASS AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 by

Last week the Barefoot team were lucky enough to find ourselves on a pasta masterclass with Andy Appleton at Fifteen Cornwall.

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The Barefoot team. From L to R, Esme, Charlotte, Kaylie and Ellie. Photograph by www.seangeephotography.com

Once we were all aproned up we set to work with our ingredients.

Clarence Court eggs

5 Clarence Court eggs, 500g 00 flour

mixing egg

Mixing the eggs and flour.

Photograph by www.seangeephotography.com

Kneading. Photograph by www.seangeephotography.com

After a fair amount of mixing and kneading we had our doughs ready – an egg dough made with 00 white flour and beautiful bright yellow yolked Clarence Court eggs, and another made with just semolina flour and water – and we were ready to roll.

pastas tools

Pasta tools

rolling 1

rolling 2

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Agnolotti filled with polenta. Photograph by www.seangeephotography.com

Using Andy’s collection of pasta tools we rolled and stretched, pushed and pulled, and look what we made!

pasta selection

Agnolotti, malloreddus, orecchiette and tortellini

For a handy reference guide to different pasta shapes, have a look at The Geometry of Pasta. My favourites to make were the malloreddus – shown at the top of the board on the photo above.

shape 1

shape 3

Some things were just a little bit too tricky for us novices, so Andy demonstrated “stained glass” pasta, with fresh borage flowers repeatedly rolled between sheets of pasta to produce beautiful results.

Rolling pasta

Andy rolling the stained glass pasta.

Our wedding present pasta machine has sat in a cupboard for years, but it’s already had its first outing, putting my new found skills to the test. Making pasta with children is great fun – if a little messy – and we developed a new technique, hanging our spaghetti on skewers over a bread bin.

spaghetti

Spaghetti hanging out to dry…over a bread bin.

After our class we tucked into the three course set lunch. It was so delicious I need to share a few pictures with you:

fish starter

Fritti di pesce, agretti and aioli

Burrata with crushed peas and mint

Burrata with crushed peas and mint

Ricotta gnocchi alla Norma with Vulscombe goats cheese

Ricotta gnocchi alla Norma with Vulscombe goats cheese

Slow cooked duck leg with polenta, kale and salsa verde

Slow cooked duck leg with polenta, kale and salsa verde

Crispy fillet of salted hake with cianfotta and salmoriglio

Crispy fillet of salted hake with cianfotta and salmoriglio

Bakewell tart with apricots and clotted cream

Bakewell tart with apricots and clotted cream

Meringue with Buttervilla strawberries and vanilla mascarpone

Meringue, Buttervilla strawberries and mascarpone

Thank you to Andy Appleton for such an entertaining and informative morning, and to Sean Gee for joining us, and taking some gorgeous photos. All other (square) photos taken by me.

Fifteen Cornwall, On the Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall TR8 4AA


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