Monday, 14 June 2010

Daring Cooks June 2010: Trout and Shrimp Pâté and Bread

Our hostesses this month, Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz, and Valerie of The Chocolate Bunny, chose delicious pate with freshly baked bread as their June Daring Cook’s challenge! They’ve provided us with 4 different pate recipes to choose from and are allowing us to go wild with our homemade bread choice.

When I first read this challenge I was really sceptical, I've made bread tonnes of time before but pate?! But then I read the recipes and thought ok, I'll give this one a shot. I can't stand the smell of cooking liver so fish or vegetarian it was. I chose the fish as I had most of the ingredients already in the house.

I did, however have a few problems. When I took the pate out of the oven, there was a layer of water in the bottom of the loaf tin and the pate was a bit dry. Did this happen to anyone else? It was still tasty and I loved the combination of the prawns and trout. My bread, however was fantastic. It didn't have that homemade bread taste, that isn't always very nice, I don't know if it was the milk in the bread or the pan of boiling water in the oven, but it was really good.

Trout and Shrimp Pâté
Yields one 6x3 inch (15x7,5 cm) terrine or loaf pan

1 tbsp / 15 ml butter
1/4 lb / 4 oz / 120g medium raw shrimp, deveined, shelled and tailed (about 12 medium shrimp)1/8 cup / 30ml Grand Marnier (or cognac, or another strong liqueur of your choice) (optional)1/2 lb / 8 oz / 240g trout fillet, skinned and cut into thick chunks
1/4 lb / 4 oz / 110g raw shrimp, deveined, shelled and tailed (any size)
3/4 cup / 180ml heavy cream
Salt, to taste
Green peppercorn, coarsely ground, to taste
Chives, for garnish

Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC).

In a heavy, flameproof frying pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Sauté the 1/4 pound of medium shrimp, stirring often, until pink and cooked through. Remove the pan from heat. (NOTE: These shrimp will be used to form layers within your pâté. If you feel they are too thick – like the ones in the photograph, you might want to slice them in half lengthwise.)

Pour the Grand Marnier over the cooked shrimp. Light a match and carefully ignite the alcohol, to flambé the shrimp. Wait for the flames to go out on their own, carefully tilting the pan to ensure even flavoring. Set aside.

Put the trout and the remaining raw shrimp in a food processor and pulse. Gradually pour in the cream and keep pulsing until you obtain a smooth mixture that is easy to spread, but not too liquid (you may not need to use all the cream). Season with salt and green pepper.

Butter a 6x3 inch (15x7,5 cm) loaf pan or terrine, then line it with parchment paper. Spoon in half the trout mixture, and spread it evenly. Place the flambéed shrimp on top, in an even layer, reserving 3 or 4 shrimp for decorating. Top with the remaining trout mixture.

Prepare a water bath: place the loaf pan in a larger, deep ovenproof dish (such as a brownie pan or a baking dish). Bring some water to a simmer and carefully pour it in the larger dish. The water should reach approximately halfway up the loaf pan.

Put the water bath and terrine in the oven, and bake for 35 minutes. The pâté should be cooked through and firm in the center.

Remove the pan from the water bath and let cool. Carefully unmold onto a serving platter. Decorate with the reserved shrimp, and sprinkle with chopped chives. Cut into thick slices and serve at room temperature, with crusty bread.

Sandwich Loaf
Yields two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch (21 x 12 x 6 cm) loaves

3tsp (15 ml) active dry yeast
2 2/3 cups (600 ml) whole milk (3.25 per cent fat), warmed to a temperature of 97ºF (36ºF)
2 1/2 tsp (12.5 ml) salt
2 tsp (10 ml) butter, melted
5 1/3 cups (750g) unbleached white bread flour, + 1/2 cup (75g), for working the dough
2 tbsp (30 ml) butter, for the loaf pan

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm milk, and whisk to dissolve. Whisk in the salt and the melted butter.

Gradually sprinkle in the flour, stirring with a wooden spoon. When the dough becomes too thick to stir, knead it with your hands, for about 5 minutes, until you obtain a smooth, homogeneous dough that is soft and a little sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes.

Knead the dough 20 strokes (still in the bowl), cover again, and let rest for 1.5 hour.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, and divide in two. Form each half into a slightly oval ball. Butter your two loaf pans and transfer the dough to the pans. Cover lightly and let rise in a draft-free area for 60 minutes, or until doubled in volume.

Fill a large baking pan with hot water (simmering is fine) and place in the oven. Preheat oven to 450ºF (240ºC).

Put the loaves in then oven and bake for 10 minutes. Do not open the oven door during this time. After 10 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 400ºF (200ºC) and continue baking for about 25 minutes, or until the loaves are nicely golden. Unmold and let cool on a rack.


  1. Well done on the fish pate! And I have to tell you, that bread looks so amazingly delicious, I wish I could cut a big piece of it right now!! Awesome job on the challenge.

  2. Nice job on the challenge! The seafood pate sounds and looks fantastic.

  3. Everything looks good! Delicious looking bread :)

  4. Your fish pate looks delicious :) I love shrimps so have to try it someday. Great job!

    Cheers. Anula.

  5. Wow! Your pate looks awesome and your bread looks amazing! Great job on the challenge!

  6. Oh, cool, you tried the sanwich loaf (most people went for the baguette). I'm glad you liked it! The pâté looks great, too! Regarding the texture: if you find it too dry, you can let the juices be reabsorbed by the pâté, for a creamier result. But great job, and thanks for cooking with us!

  7. That bread looks AMAZING! I mean, the pate looks good, but I am vegetarian, so I can't say much... but that bread is calling my name!!! Great job!

  8. What amazing looking bread and that pâté sounds and looks delicious. Those prawns as the topping are beautiful. Fabulous effort and a great result.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  9. Valerie answered for the juices...she made that one and is the expert. I think everything looks awesome. Great job. Thanks for participating in our challenge.

  10. Your pate looks wonderful, and I'm glad your bread tasted so good! Great job on this challenge!