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Chefs Recipe: Garden Beetroot and Apple Salad with Goats’ Cheese Mousse by Michael Caines at Lympstone Manor

The Telegraph recently called it ‘Britain’s most exciting country house hotel opening of 2017’ and we are in total agreement. Michael Caines, one of Britain’s most celebrated and best known chefs has opened the door at last to his Lympstone Manor saying, ‘Lympstone Manor is the realisation of a dream, my vision of country house hospitality for the 21st century’.

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With hopes for a third Michelin star, the dining at Lympstone has Michael’s impeccable signature style along with his new-found freedom to fully express his version of modern British cuisine. Expect fresh, seasonal, original and exciting, utilising the bounty of the Exe Estuary, East Devon and the Southwest. Click here for menu link.

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Garden beetroot and apple salad with goats’ cheese mousse and caramelised walnuts

Serves 4

  • 400g roasted beetroots
  • Walnut vinaigrette
  • 1 apple, cut into medium dice
  • Aged balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 whole caramelised walnuts
  • Beetroot salad leaves

Goats’ cheese mousse

  • 200g goats’ cheese log
  • 200g greek yoghurt
  • 8g gelatine leaves
  • 75g double or whipping cream
  • 50g apple, cut into very small dice
  • 50g celery, cut into very small dice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Line a 35 x 25 x 2cm baking tray with cling film. To make the mousse, put the goats’ cheese and yoghurt into a food processor and process to a smooth puree.

Meanwhile, soak the gelatine in cold water until soft. Bring the cream to the boil, remove from the heat, then add the gelatine and stir to dissolve. Add the warm cream to the goats’ cheese and yoghurt puree and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the diced apple and celery and season with salt and pepper. Pour into the prepared tray and leave to set for 6 hours.

Once set, remove to a chopping board and take off the clingfilm. Cut into 2.5cm cubes, allowing 3 per portion.

Cut the roasted beetroot into interesting shapes and divide between four bowls. Dress with the walnut vinaigrette and leave to marinade for 10 minutes. Mix some of the aged balsamic with some extra virgin olive oil, then take a spoon and drizzle some of this dressing into the bowl.

Place three pieces of goats’ cheese mousse on each plate and surround with the marinated beetroot, then place seven pieces of diced apple over and around. Add five walnuts and a few beetroot salad leaves and serve.

Michael Caines, Beetroot and Apple Salad, Copyright David Griffen Photography

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