Breast of duck with a tarte fine of caramelised endive and cherry puree

Breast of duck with a tarte fine of caramelised endive and cherry puree recipe

Phil Howard at Nespresso boutique

Breast of duck with a tarte fine of caramelised endive and cherry pureeIngredients:

5 large Barbarie duck breasts
5 large heads of endive
300g all butter puff pastry
25g unsalted butter
300ml orange juice
50g demerara sugar
50ml vegetable oil
20g Nespresso Cosi grounds
500g cherries, pitted
100ml brown chicken stock
100g caster sugar
50ml Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar


  1. Roll out the sheet of puff pastry to 40cm x 15cm and prick it with a fork. Place it onto a sheet of parchment paper, slide it onto a baking sheet and transfer to the fridge to chill. Meanwhile cut the endive heads in half lengthways, score the root end in a criss cross fashion and set aside. Place a large heavy-based pan over a medium heat, leave for two minutes, add the vegetable oil and a sprinkling of salt. Add the chicory, flat surface down and cook until you have achieved a golden colour on the underside.
  2. Turn the chicory over, add the butter, sprinkle the upper surface with the demerara sugar and Nespresso Cosi grounds and leave the underside to colour for a minute or two. Turn the chicory back over, cook for a further minute or two, then add the orange juice and cook until it has reduced to a syrupy consistency. Lift them out and set aside to cool, reserving any buttery juices from the pan. Lay the chicory halves neatly onto the length of pastry and set aside until required. Place the caster sugar into a heavy-based pan, place it over a high heat and cook until you have achieved a rich golden caramel. Add the vinegar, let it froth up and boil away for 30 seconds and add the cherries. Cook until the cherries have released all of their juice and the excess moisture has evaporated. Drain the cherries in a colander, transfer them to a blender and blend to a smooth purée then set aside. Reserve the juices.
  3. Place the tarte fine into an oven pre-heated to 200ºC and bake for 20 minutes or until a rich golden brown colour is achieved and the pastry is crisp. Remove from the oven, and use a pastry brush to glaze the endives with some of the buttery juices left in the pan in which they were caramelised. Set aside in a warm place and turn the oven down to 160ºC.
  4. Score the skin of the duck breast with a sharp knife ensuring you do not go too deeply and penetrate the meat. Sprinkle the surface of a large oven proof pan with salt, add the breasts skin side down and place over a medium heat. Cook until the skin is a golden colour, tipping out any excess fat if required. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook the breasts for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, take the breast out of the pan, tip out any excess fat, add the chicken stock to the pan, along with the cherry juices and reduce to a coating consistency sauce then set aside. Warm up the cherry purée.

To serve:

Carve the duck into thin slices, cut the tarte into 10 even slices and serve on pre-heated plates with some cherry purée and sauce.

Find more recipes from Phil Howard in The Square: Savoury: 1 and The Square: Sweet: 2.

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.


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