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1 tblsp olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
50g (2oz) mixed wild mushrooms, roughly chopped (such as cep, chanterelle, shiitake and oyster)
1 tblsp Madeira
1 tblsp cream
1 tsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ tsp chopped fresh thyme
100g (4oz) butter, diced (at room temperature)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat and add the shallot, garlic and mushrooms. Cook gently for 5 minutes, until cooked through and tender but not coloured.
Stir in the Madeira, cream and herbs and cook for a further 3 minutes, until the liquid has completely reduced and evaporated. Season to taste and leave to cool, then place in a food processor with the butter and purée until smooth.
Using a spatula, scrape out onto a square of parchment paper and roll into a cylinder about 2.5cm (1in) thick, twisting the ends to secure.
Chill for at least 2 hours to harden.
Use as required. This will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or it can be frozen.