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#1 Fri 28 Nov 08 8:01am

netpomme

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Jamie's Recipe for a chiken roased in pastry

Hi there
Someone has told me Jamie did a show where he roasted a whole chicken wrappedin pastry. Can anyone tell me what the recipe's called, and which book its in?
Thanks

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#2 Fri 28 Nov 08 8:45am

shammrok

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Re: Jamie's Recipe for a chiken roased in pastry

It was from an episode of Olivers twist called "Picnic in the Park".

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#3 Fri 28 Nov 08 8:51am

GeoffP

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Re: Jamie's Recipe for a chiken roased in pastry

Jamie's recipe for Flour and Water Crust Chicken from his book "Happy Days with the Naked Chef".

This is a great dish to serve up to friends - they'll wonder if you've gone a bit mad when you produce what looks like a huge lump of pastry and put it in the middle of the table!  It's a great way to cook chicken - the meat steams inside the pastry crust and becomes incredibly tender.  I've used nice small spring chickens, or poussins, in this recipe but it's just as easy to use one 2kg/4.5lb bird and roast it for 2 hours instead.  ps. you don't eat the pastry!

905gr/2lb plain flour
2 fat lemons
2 handfuls of fresh sage leaves, picked
1 handful of fresh thyme leaves, picked
8 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 spring chickens

Put your flour into a large bowl, and mix in around 500ml/18fl oz of water, bit by bit, until you have a dough that is pliable and elastic and not too sticky.  Cover and put to one side while you prepare the chickens.

Using a peeler, remove the peel from 1 of the lemons and bash up with the sage, thyme and garlic, in a pestle and mortar, or use a metal bowl and a rolling pin.  Add your olive oil and plenty of seasoning.  This flavourful marinade is great with just about all kinds of meat.  Roll up your sleeves and rub the marinade all over the chickens as well as inside the cavity.  Slice the remaining lemon and stick a slice or two inside the cavity of each chicken.

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas7.

Get your dough mix, divide it into 4 pieces, and roll each one out to about 0.5cm/1/4inch thick.  Now mould a piece of dough around each of the chickens so that you have 4 airtight parcels.  Leave for 5 minutes, then bake in the preheated oven for an hour.  The crust will harden during cooking, steaming and protecting the chicken while keeping all the lovely juices inside which will give you a fantastic homemade gravy.

Let the chickens rest for 15 minutes after baking, then bring them to the table and for a bit of drama, crack open each crust in front of your guests.  You'll unleash a wicked aroma, steam, the lot, so waft it around a bit.  Very impressive stuff.  Serve simply with some potatoes and greens.

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#4 Wed 14 Jan 09 1:46pm

Nikvetz

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Re: Jamie's Recipe for a chiken roased in pastry

But in the show, J said that the bread is awesome to eat....?

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#5 Wed 14 Jan 09 2:35pm

GeoffP

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Re: Jamie's Recipe for a chiken roased in pastry

I suspect you are thinking of an entirely different recipe - the crust on this is not bread, but pastry.

Perhaps if you can describe the recipe or the episode you are thinking of,then we might be able to understand better.

Oh - and welcome to the forum.

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#6 Wed 24 Feb 10 8:08am

sproosemoose

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Re: Jamie's Recipe for a chiken roased in pastry

I was looking for this one as well,
believe its from the Oliver's twist season 2 ep 15 Picnic in the Park

but i haven't found the recipe yet ah

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#7 Sun 16 May 10 2:37pm

sammythecrab

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Re: Jamie's Recipe for a chiken roased in pastry

hi - does anyone know how to prevent holes developing in the pastry?

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#8 Tue 31 Aug 10 3:32am

steviee_

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Re: Jamie's Recipe for a chiken roased in pastry

do  a google search for 'picnic in park jamie",

click videos link, the one with the main man in the yellow top

does anyone speak russian ?, i also recal that you could eat the bread

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