by El Broide

As the global Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict international travel, many wanderlust travellers around the world are craving their next trip. Wouter Vermeulen, General Manager Southern Africa, Air France KLM, notes that while we are all being responsible citizens practising social distancing, people across the world are finding creative ways to bring the world to them.
So, what else could bring France a little closer to you until it is safe and permitted to travel again? Air France and Atout France, the French Tourist office in South Africa, have teamed up with some of South Africa’s greatest culinary maestros to share some traditional French recipes to help bring the magic of France into your own home.

Jenny Morris’ Slow-Baked Lamb In A Rosemary Dough Crust
Jenny Morris isn’t one to shy away from a challenge – and this recipe is worth every bit of preparation.
“For me, it all started with the French kitchen. The father of French cuisine, Georges-Auguste Escoffier, is my hero,” Jenny says.
The chef adds that this dish is inspired by her love for two French staples.
“I have eaten some of the best lamb and bread in the world in France so I decided to marry the two in one dish.”

The Lamb
2.5 – 3 kg leg of lamb, bone in
3 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
Some olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Juice of 1 lemon

Make slits in the lamb and insert the garlic and rosemary into the slits
Make a paste with olive oil, salt, pepper, ground cumin and lemon juice, rub all over the lamb
Heat a large frying pan and sear the lamb all over, remove from the pan and cool
Place the prepared leg of lamb onto the dough and enclose it by wrapping the dough around the lamb and pressing it together to seal
Let the bone stick out
If you wish you can decorate the wrapped lamb with dough off-cuts, fresh rosemary and half heads of garlic
Place the lamb onto a baking tray and bake at 180°C for 20mn, then turn the oven down to 150°C and bake for 3hours
Take the lamb to the table and break it open, remove and carve

The dough for encasing the lamb
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons sugar
10g instant yeast
4 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
450 ml lukewarm water 

Place the flour, salt, sugar, rosemary and yeast into the bowl of a food processor, attach the dough hook and, with the motor running slowly, add the water and knead the dough for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic to the touch. 
Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let it rise to twice its size
Now punch the dough down and roll it out on a lightly floured surface

Picture and Recipes: Supplied

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