Classic Chocolate Cake(rich and moist) 古典巧克力蛋糕

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Christmas is coming and then welcoming new year 2019. How to celebrate?To me, a classic moist, and rich chocolate cake with some nice decoration and share with my close friends.

I love flower.Every ladies should love flower as gift. My husband does not buy me much bouquet, that explains I love my dessert to look like any kind of beautiful petals. ( One of my self-comforting methods, embarrassed )

 

This classic chocolate cake is extremely, confidently and no hesitation for me to crown it as : The  most moist, rich, softest and chocolatey cake I ever tasted, more than one positive descriptions. Yes, you may taste this cake from somewhere in a good bakery shop. We were not aware of what kind of chemicals or softening agent they might added into those moist cakes. This cake is definitely 100% chemicals-free from any softening agent. My husband and I had to thumbs up for this classic chocolate cake. Remember: Moist, rich, softest, and cottony are those words I can find.

3 little components, shall we start?

 

 

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3 components:

  • Classic chocolate cake
  • Dark chocolate mousse
  • Chocolate glacage/glaze

 

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Dark Chocolate Mousse:

@makes 1 X 6cm diameter half sphere

  • 30g egg yolks
  • 20g sugar
  • 10g water
  • 30g Cadbury baking dark chocolate  ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 70g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)

1)Melt chocolate over bain marie(a pot of simmering water sits underneath the bowl of chocolate without allowing water touches the chocolate)

2)How to make Pate a bombe(a):

a)Beat  egg yolks till foamy stage with hand whisk.

b)Heat up sugar and water in a pot till reached 117C.

c)Add in to beaten egg yolks slowly and keep whisking fast until slightly pale like picture shown.This is called pate a bombe.

3)Fold in the melted chocolate into pate a bombe(a)from step (2).(It will slightly turned thick  a little)

4)Beat cream in a mixing bowl till soft peaks formed. Fold  whipped cream into chocolate mixture from step (3) in 2 additions. Pour into a 6cm diameter silicone half sphere mould. Freeze to harden.

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Note:

(a)What is Pate a bombe:

A pâte à bombe is the French term for a mixture used as a base for making chocolate mousse and other mousse-like desserts.

It is made by pouring a sugar syrup that has been cooked until it is 117C degrees celsius over egg yolks and whipping the mixture until it is completely cold and has transformed into an uniform, unctuous, airy mass.

b)While comes to mixing pate a bombe and chocolate with the whipping cream, you will find the mixture is slightly hard to whisk at first, but if you keep whisking together, it will tend to loosen up a little.So do not panic,when you fold in the remaining cream, it will give you a smooth, velvety and heavenly chocolate mousse.

 

 

Classic Chocolate Cake:

@makes one 6″ round cake pan

  • 67g  Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 50g  Western  Star unsalted butter ( any unsalted butter)
  • 25g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 50g  egg yolks
  • 136g  egg whites
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 40g  castor sugar
  • 20g  cake flour
  • 20g  Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)

1)Melt chocolate, cream and butter  over bain marie(a) (double boiler) until all dissolved. Mix well.

2)Lightly beat egg yolks and slowly add into chocolate mixture from step (1). Sift in cake flour and cocoa powder.

3)Beat egg whites and pinch of cream of tartar until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar and continued beating to soft peaked formed.(this is called “Meringue”)(b)

4)Fold in 1/3 of meringue from step (3) into chocolate mixture (You might find the mixture is slightly hard to mix but keep whisking until well combined.) Fold in remaining meringue till all incorporated.

5)Oil the 6″ round cake pan and line with grease-proof paper on the bottom and sides.

6)Pour in the cake batter into cake pan and bake in water bath(d) at 140C for 70-80 minutes or until inserted skewer in the middle comes out clean.

7) Once baked, remove from oven and inverted to cooling rack.Allow to cool completely.

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This cake is undeniable: RICH, chocolatey, MOIST, SOFT and exquisite. You can just eat all by it’s own. No lie.

Note:

(a)Bain marie or double boiler means a pan of hot water in which a cooking container is placed  above it for slow cooking. Please remember do not allow the hot water touches the bowl of chocolate mixture while using slow heat cooking it.

(b)what is meringue? Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

c)Always remember when folding meringue into chocolate mixture,it has to be done slowly and gently without deflating the air pockets, usually by using spatula to fold from bottom to upwards in slow motion until both mixture are well combined without any trace of meringue has been seen. Deflating the air pockets will not produce a well risen cake as result.

(d)To prepare a water bath for baking, put your filled cake pan in a larger pan and add enough boiling-hot water to reach halfway up the side of the smaller cake pan. I am using normal round cake pan.If you are are using removable cake pan, remember to wrap the bottom with 2 layers of aluminium foil to prevent water seepage.

 

Chocolate Glacage/glaze:

  • 20g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 40g sugar
  • 30g water
  • 30g  Bulla whipping cream(  or any dairy cream )
  • 3g gelatin leave, soaked in cold water until soften

1)Boil water, cream and sugar. Slowly sift in cocoa powder. Mix well.

2)Bring back to heat on medium heat until just boil.Remove from heat.

3)Squeeze out water from soften gelatin leaves. Fold in gelatin leaves into chocolate mixture. Strain, and allow to cool.

 Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • you can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)

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Prepared chocolate petals:(Decoration is optional)

  • some Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • rectangular acetate sheets
  • A small baking tray
  • rolling pin

1)Melt dark chocolate in microwave on high heat.Bring out to stir well every 10 seconds until all melted.

2)Spoon one dollop of melted chocolate over the acetate sheets.By using small palette knife, lightly make a swirl circulation motion on the dollop of chocolate, then drag outside of the circle chocolate petal and lift your palette knife to make a pointy tail from the petal.Repeat few more chocolate petals on each acetate sheet.

3)Align the acetate sheet  with the chocolate work on one side of the baking tray,by using a rolling pin to press down one side of the acetate, so it curls up the chocolate petals. Allow to harden in fridge.Once hardened, peel off every petals from acetate sheet.Repeat this step to make 40-60 petals altogether.

 

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Assemble:

1)Remove chocolate mousse from silicon mould.Place on to a rack, pour the chocolate glaze over the harden chocolate mousse.Allow to drip excess.

2)Pipe some whipped cream in the middle of classic chocolate cake. Place the chocolate mousse on the whipped cream.

3)Decorate with chocolate petals around to form a flower.(optional this part if you do not prefer any flower decoration.)

If you prefer no chocolate petals, you can whip some Chantilly cream (Which is cream, sugar and vanilla) then pipe around the chocolate mousse which is above the chocolate cake to replace the chocolate petals.Then to cover the whiteness of the whipped cream, you can shave some chocolate and cover the Chantilly cream or sprinkle with some almond flakes onto the whipped cream.IT is purely my suggestion.You can do however you prefer.Just enjoy the process.Go wild with your own imagination.

4)Serve.

Assemble

 

 

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Note:

(a)If you want to eliminate the mousse, welcome to just bake the moist chocolate cake.

(b)Decoration is for your own imagination, you can decorate however you love because that is your cake now. ^_^

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MERRY Christmas and HAPPY new year 2019 everyone !

 

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French Macaron @ Passionfruit Chocolate Ganache

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Christmas is around the corner, it is the end of the 2018. Bittersweet memories, which sometimes i have some time to sit down and look back at this year.

 

I used to bake so much macarons to conquer the fear of failing. The temperature of the oven, the weather, humidity , the freshness of egg whites some said, the quality of the almond meal all play important rules in baking into perfect macarons. Sometimes a bad day in the kitchen also could cause your macarons to fail. These little macarons can be tricky to bake .Many attempts are taken  to get the right shells.There are so many excuses not to bake these, the sweetness of the macarons is the reason for most people might not consider having it. To me,if you conquer you fear and manage to get the right recipe which suits you, it will be a breeze to bake then enjoy it at last.

 

There are 2 ways to create macarons shells:

1)French macaron : French method is much simpler just by folding french meringue into almond mixture

2)Italian meringue macaron: Italian meringue method is created by cooking sugar syrup(to 112C) then added into meringue and continued beating to firm peaks formed , finally folded into almond mixture.

This macaron is easy to make with few little steps that I think it is easier to master.

The ganache tastes of sourness from passionfruit combined with the dark chocolate, fill into french macaron. You just don’t find it too sweet.It is such lovely.

I think that this  pretty little dessert is easy to enjoy during christmas party or even as a gift for friends.

If you like to bake some for x’mas, lets check out this recipe

Hope you like this sharing too.

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Components you needed:

  • French macaron shells
  • Passionfruit chocolate ganache

French macaron shells:

  • 60g almond powder
  • 60g egg whites ( leave in room temperature for few hours or a day )
  • 1 tsp egg white powder
  • 120g/1 cup icing sugar
  • 60g castor sugar
  • some yellow and chocolate food gel colouring

1)Take a piece of parchment paper and draw 1.5 inch (3.5 cm) circles, spacing the circles about 1 inch apart. Invert the baking sheet and place on a baking tray.

2)Process almond powder and icing sugar together.Sift twice of the almond powder and icing sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3)In a clean bowl: Beat egg whites with almond powder until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar in 2 additions , continued beating to a Stiff peaks formed.

4)Add in  yellow food gel colouring into meringue.Fold in the meringue into the almond mixture in 2 additions until a thick lava-like batter is achieved.Scoop out 1 tbsp batter and add in brown food gel colouring, mix well then pour into a piping bag.Snip off small hole from the piping bag.

5)Fill a pastry bag, fitted with 1/2 inch (1 cm) nozzle with the yellow batter.  Pipe about 3.5cm circle  1 inch apart onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide(usually pipe slightly smaller than the actual template size as batter will slightly expand in size after you tap the baking tray on the counter).

6)Pipe in small dollop of brown batter in the center of every yellow batter. Then gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles.

7)Rest macarons at room temperature for about 30-60 minutes or until the top of the macarons are no longer sticky to your finger when you touch.

8)Bake the macarons in a preheated oven of 160C for 16 minutes, depending on your individual oven,in the middle rack of your oven . About half way  through baking, rotate your baking tray, front to back.

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If your oven is a way too hot like a  furnace:Try bake your macaron on double trays(e) and bake your macaron at 160C until you begin to see your “feets” are formed on your macarons, remove the empty bottom tray immediately and reduce heat to 140C to finish off your baking.

8)Once baked, remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

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Sift almond powder and icing sugar together few times

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Beat egg whites and sugar in a grease-free and dry bowl

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Beat egg whites and sugar till stiff peak(Firm peak).Add in yellow food gel colouring.Mix well

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Remember to fold and press down the mixture to reduce the air pockets

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The batter is lava-like and thick

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Pipe in batter onto the prepared pan.Pipe in the brown batter in the center. Tap the pan.Rest. Bake.

 

 

Note:

a)Process the almond powder until become powder form because you might find store bought almond powder, the granules are not powdery enough, some might be hard to sift through. Use processor to blitz almond and icing mixture for few seconds and then sift few times.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.Macaron tends to crack on the surface while baking if not rest enough.When heat is applied, egg whites coagulates and forces the surface to crack due to insufficient dry top shells.

e)What is Double trays?Place the tray with macaron batter onto another empty tray.Reason to prevent excessive high heat from the bottom of the batter(egg whites coagulates and expands too quickly) to crack your surface of your macarons.

e)To see if macaron is baked properly:Once baked, try lifting the macaron slowly, if easily lift off clean without sticking to pan, showing it is baked properly.If not, continue baking for few more minutes.

 

 Important tips:

  • Ensure almond powder and icing sugar have to be sifted for few times to get smooth macaron shells.
  • Ensure eggs are in room temperature, uncovered for few 2 hours or more.
  • If you are in hurry, take your cold eggs from refrigerator,crack into a bowl and cover with lid, and warm it up by placing into a bowl of warm water(not too hot otherwise cook your egg whites). Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Cold eggs tend to create more air pockets in the meringue while beating, we do not want this for macaron as we try to deflate the air pockets while folding with almond mixture. Too much air pockets in the meringue can somehow crack your macaron shells when heat is applied due to coagulation of protein from the egg whites.Sometimes too much air pockets create excessive “feets” that are not appealing.
  • Do not open your oven door too early otherwise the  macaron shells might collapse when drastic change of heat . You are allowed to open the oven door once while you rotate your baking tray half way baking macarons.
  • The reason to rotate your pan half way baking to ensure the macaron creates even “feets”.

 

 

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Passionfruit Chocolate Ganache:

  • 50g  passionfruit puree
  • 110g Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any caking dark chocolate)
  • 20g Western Star unsalted butter, softened( or any unsalted butter)

1)Scoop out the flesh from passionfruit, strain it to get the juice and discard the seeds.Bring the passionfruit puree to boil.

2)Melt the dark chocolate over double boiler until fully melt.

3)Pour the puree over melted chocolate and mix until well combined.

4)Add in butter until fully incorporated.

5)Leave to room temperature for 2-3 hours to cool or cool down in refrigerator to piping consistency for later use.

6)Once the ganache is set ,  pipe in the ganache onto macaron shells and sandwich it.

7))It is best to serve  after sit in the fridge inside air tight container for a day until the macarons turn slightly moistened by the ganache.

 

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Ideally, ganache can be used immediately. Once it starts to set, the ganache can be stored in the fridge for 2 day.Return it to room temperature before using.

 

Tips:

If you’re not going to consume your macarons immediately, you can store them:

•  Unfilled macarons: can be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days.Empty macaron shells can be stored in the air tight container in the freezer up to 3 months.

•  Filled macarons: keep them in an airtight container inside the fridge and they taste the best up to 3 days and after that taste little crumbly. Bring to room temperature before eating them.  They are even tastier 1-2 days after having been made!It is also possible to freeze them once they are filled.Filled macaron can be kept in the air tight container in the freezer also up to a month.Remember to defrose about 20-30 minutes before serving.

Reference:

Different sizes of your macaron with different temperature and baking time

Macaron

Diameter

Oven Temperature

Baking Time

Medium size4 -6cm( 1.5” – 2.5”)

140-150C

14 mins

Dessert size6 –8cm(2.5” – 3.25”)

160C

15 mins

Cake base16cm or mor(6.25”) or more

170C

17 mins or more

 

Problem in forming skin for macaron?

There are time when your macaron just cannot form the skin even  how long you have waited. Due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen play an important rule on this issue. Winter or rainy day is definitely the weather you are trying to avoid. Of course there are cases that macarons are still manage to form the desire skin in these undesirable weather, depending on your luck perhaps?

If your macarons are having trouble in forming skin, you can try this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the unbaked macarons into oven, switch off the heat immediately.
  3. Leave the door ajar(put  glove in between your oven door to create a gap for hot air to release) , for 6 minutes.
  4. Touch the macaron if the skin is formed.
  5. Once skin is formed, turn on the heat to the right temperature,let say 160C, and start baking your macaron.

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Raspberry & Hazelnut Delice

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By sivia

This dessert although seem familiar, it is an absolute challenging task for me when lack of proper equipment. The chocolate task definitely is the time consuming work.That has taken me days to complete and practice due to insufficient acetate sheets.(I have to pipe one,set in freezer, peel off from acetate sheet and repeat this for 5 more).Acetate sheets, it is not easy to find in Sydney. Everytime I go back to Malaysia, that is the only way I can top up my baking material. Acetate sheets become one of my essentials that I need to use it thrifly. Other than that, to make the sponge, cremeux and glaze are really easy to make.

Winter, such a good weather for all the chocolate work but not a pretty time to snap some pictures. Waiting for a sunny day during these cloudy winter has put many task in pause modes. Now almost into summer in Sydney. I miss the heat from summer.

This dessert produces 6 pieces. Decoration is up to your imagination. I wanted to learn, so I did. Just wish I have more acetate sheets for me to practice.

Let’s get started! Don’t fret over this long process, alright?

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Components you need:

  • Raspberry puree
  • Raspberry mousse
  • Chocolate sponge
  • Hazelnut biscuit macaron
  • Chocolate rectangles
  • Dark chocolate cremeux
  • Raspberry glaze
  • Simple sugar syrup

Rapsberry Puree:

  • 125g raspberries ( fresh or frozen)
  • 13ml water
  • 13g castor sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1)Process raspberries to puree.

2)Bring water and sugar to boil. cool slightly.

3)Pour warm syrup and lemon juice into puree. Mix well.Strain.Leave to cool.

Note: Raspberries puree can be stored in airtight container for 2-3 days.

Raspberry Mousse:

  • 2g gelatin leaves
  • 84ml Bulla whipping cream( or any dairy whipping cream )
  • 2 tbsp raspberry puree
  • 14g castor sugar

1)Soak gelatin leave sin cold water.Let it soften. Squeeze the water out. Microwave on high heat for 30 seconds until melted.

2)Beat whipping cream  and sugar to ribbon stage.[ picture shown in step 2 ]

3)Mix in  the melted gelatin into raspberry puree.Stir till dissolved.Strain.

4)Fold in whipping cream.Mix well. Pour into piping bag.

5)Make 2 acetate tubes that are 1.5cm( 1/2 inch) in diameter and 30cm long by curling acetate into cylinder and securing with sellotapes. Secure base of the cylinder with cling film. [Picture 6 and 7 ]

6)Gently fill the prepared acetate tubes,ensure there is no air pockets inside.Secure another ends of tubes with cling film. Allow to set in freezer for at least 2 hours till harden.

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Chocolate Sponge:

  • 75g wholes eggs
  • 19g egg yolks
  • 30g castor sugar
  • 10g ALDI brand plain flour, sifted ( or any plain flour )
  • 10g corn flour, sifted
  • 12g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder (or any unsweetened cocoa powder )
  • 38g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter )

1)Preheat oven to 190C, line baking paper on a 26cm X 16.5cm rectangular baking pan.

2)Put eggs , yolks and sugar over a bowl, whisk over bain marie (a) (Double boiler) until 37C. (Remember to keep whisking without scramble the egg.)

3)Remove from heat, continue whisking eggs mixture to ribbon stage (b)[ picture 2 ], this is also called SABAYON (c).

4)Fold in all the flours using spatula through whisked sabayon mixture from step (3).

5)When flour is 3/4 folded through, scoop out some mixture and add into melted butter.

6)Add butter mixture  from step (5) to sabayon mixture until smooth.

7)Pour into prepared pan.Bake for 15 minutes or till sponge springs back when pressed gently.Cool down and trim into 6 pieces of 13cm X 4cm of rectangle.

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Note:

(a)Bain marie ?  also known as water bath. Set a bowl over saucepan of simmering water. It is important that the base of the bowl does not touch the water while cooking in the bowl.

(b)Ribbon stage? Aerated of eggs with sugar by whisking it. As you lift the egg mixture, it will fall back on itself and a trail of “ribbon” will be left across the surface. The ribbon will hold shape for a moment and then sink back into the mixture. [Shown in step 2 in picture above]

(c)What is sabayonSabayon is the French name for zabaglione, a light, mousse-like Italian dessert that’s made by whisking eggs and sugar over gently boiling water until the eggs thicken but do not scramble. [ Shown in step 3 in picture above]

Hazelnut Biscuit Macaron:

  • 72g egg whites
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 28g  Lucky ground hazelnut ( or any hazelnut meal )
  • 15g ALDI plain flour (or any plain flour )
  • 40g icing sugar
  • 40g Lucky ground almonds ( or any almond meal)

1)Preheat oven to 190C and line baking paper on a 26cm X 16.5cm rectangular baking pan.

2)Beat egg whites and sugar to soft peak meringue(a) formed. [step 2 in picture shown]

3)Mix ground hazelnut, flour, icing sugar and ground almonds together.

4)Fold in  meringue into hazelnut flour in 3 additions until well combined.

5)Spread mixture on prepared pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool down and trim into 6 pieces of 13cm X 4cm of rectangle.

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Note:

(a)what is meringue? Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

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Dark Chocolate Cremeux:

  • 170g Cadbury baking dark chocolate button
  • 84ml milk
  • 190ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream )
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 60g egg yolks
  • 30g castor sugar
  • 22g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter )

1)Put chocolate in a bowl.

2)Bring milk, cream and vanilla paste to just boil.Off heat.

3)Beat yolks and sugar til light in colour with hand mixer.

4) Add in half of the hot cream into egg mixture, whisking till smooth. Pour in remaining hot cream mixture and keep whisking until all combined.Return over low heat, stir the mixture and cook till it coats the back of a spoon (or till 82C-84C) [Picture in step 4 ]

5)Switch off the heat. Strain over chocolate. Mix until smooth.

6)Add in butter, mix till smooth.

7)Spread into a shallow tray, cover with cling wrap, leave in fridge to semi-set for piping later. Pour into a piping bag with round nozzle.

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Preparing Chocolate Rectangles:

  • some  Cadbury baking dark chocolate, chopped ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 12 pieces of 14cm x 4cm rectangular  acetate sheets
  • small palette knife

1) Melt chocolate over bain marie/double boiler or microwave every 10 seconds in high heat (keep stirring every time comes out from microwave) till melted smoothly.

2)Spoon few dollop of melted chocolate into acetate sheet. Thinly and gently spread the chocolate over the sheet. Allow to semi-set then transfer into a baking tray. Place a piece of baking paper onto arranged chocolate rectangles followed by another baking tray to keep it flat while it sets in the fridge. Once chocolate has fully set, carefully peel the acetate away from the chocolate.

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Note:

Remember to keep the chocolate in airtight container in the  fridge before using it.

Raspberry glaze:

  • some neutral glaze/ mirror glaze
  • some raspberry puree
  • 2 tbsp of water

1)Mix all into together to well combine.

Simple sugar syrup:

  • 1 tbsp castor sugar
  • 2 tbsp hot water

Mix all together til sugar dissolved.

Assemble :

1)Once raspberry mousse is hardened, remove from freezer.Peel off the acetate tubes. Cut into 6 piece of 10cm long raspberries cylinders. Place back in freezer for few minutes. Brush the raspberry glaze onto all the raspberry mousse.Place back in the fridge.

2) Place the cut Hazelnut Biscuit Macaron onto a tray,brush with simple sugar syrup.Pipe 3 small bulbs of Dark Chocolate Cremeux on top of the Hazelnut Biscuit Macaron.

3)Place the piece of Chocolate Sponge on top , then soak the sponge with simple sugar syrup.

4)Pipe 3 small bulbs of cremeux on top of the Alhambra Sponge and top with one of the prepared chocolate rectangles.

5)Pipe 2 rows of large bulbs of Cremeux along the top of chocolate rectangles.Top with another chocolate rectangle, then place a small line of cremeux in the centre of each chocolate rectangle.

6)Remove raspberry mousse from fridge and use a small palatte knife to place them into the middle of the chocolate.Decorate with prepared chocolate hoops as desired.

7)Place back in fridge for 30 minutes. Serve.

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Note:

(a) This dessert is definitely  interesting. I love the dark chocolate cremeux , smooth and silky. The raspberry mousse is my first try in tubes, goes well with all the chocolate. The sponge and biscuit macaron are not suppose to be super soft, it has a very different dimension in the texture and flavour.Overall, I love it.

(b)What is chocolate delice?Chocolate Delice is a form of dessert that is made from chocolate and a host of other ingredients like whipped cream, berries and nuts, caramel, eggs, milk and icing sugar. It is a popular dessert in the UK.

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Another alternative of decoration with much easier effort

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p/s:If there is any mistake and doubt of my work, do let me know, I will try rectify it.This work has been constructed under taking multiple medications which could cause drowsiness. My deepest apology.

 

 

 

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Rich Chocolate Tart

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It has been long for posting my recipe, since I got my viral flu from my husband, and unfortunately sick for more than month and I still have not recovering from my coughing.Why the virus has been so strong in Sydney?Why the doctor insisting not prescribing any medicine:”I am sorry, there is nothing we can do for the viral flu.”Both of us were told by the doctor. Every night all I did is coughing , lack of sleep, how am I going to heal my dear doctor in Sydney? The only thing is to make my body immune to any sickness…Healthy food, and healthy lifestyle, plenty of sleep and no dessert for a while.Sorry my dear blog.

Here is one of the recipes I tried before I was sick, just to share with you.I am going into a big transition very soon and I am going to miss some of the genuine readers due to I owe it to my health. Gosh…

Enjoy baking,dear folks! Not sure how long I can bla bla bla here so much. Going to miss you guys.

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Components you need:

  • Rich chocolate mousse
  • Sable breton (Sweet Pastry)
  • Chocolate glaze

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Rich Chocolate Mousse:

  • 225g  Cadbury baking milk chocolate,chopped ( or any baking milk chocolate)
  • 100g egg yolks
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 30 ml water
  • 280 ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)

1)Melt chocolate over bain marie(a pot of simmering water sits underneath the bowl of chocolate without allowing water touches the chocolate)

2)How to make Pate a bombe(a):

a)Beat  egg yolks till foamy stage with hand whisk.

b)Heat up sugar and water in a pot till reached 117C.

c)Add in to beaten egg yolks slowly and keep whisking fast until slightly pale or ribbon stage like picture shown.This is called pate a bombe.[Picture 6].Continue to beat the mixture until it is cool.

3)Beat cream in a mixing bowl till soft peaks formed[picture 7].

4)Fold in whipped cream into pate a bombe(a)[picture 8].

5)Fold  1/3 of cream mixture into melted chocolate from step (1).(It will slightly turned thick  a little).Fold in remaining cream mixture into chocolate mixture.

6)Pour the mousse into a prepared 6″ round cake ring sitting under a tray lined with parchment paper.Allow to freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

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Note:

  • Ensure to pour in the sugar syrup slowly into beaten egg, otherwise pouring too fast of  hot sugar syrup will curdle the beaten egg.
  • (a)What is Pate a bombe:

A pâte à bombe is the French term for a mixture used as a base for making chocolate mousse and other mousse-like desserts.

It is made by pouring a sugar syrup that has been cooked until it is 117C degrees celsius over egg yolks and whipping the mixture until it is completely cold and has transformed into an uniform, unctuous, airy mass.

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Sable Breton: (Rich sweet pastry)

  • 100g plain flour
  • 3g baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 75g unsalted butter, softened in room temperature
  • 30 egg yolks
  • 65g castor sugar

1)Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

2)Beat the butter until soft and creamy.

3)Beat egg yolks and sugar in another bowl, beat till light in colour.

4)Add in softened butter into egg mixture, and mix to well combined.

5)Fold in the sifted flours.

6)Mix into forming a dough.

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7)Lightly press the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper.Allow to rest in refrigerator for an hour.

8)Transfer the dough the work bench, roll the dough into roughly 8mm in thickness. Cut into a 8” diameter round disc.

9)Place the pastry  on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

10)Bake in a preheated oven of 180C for 25 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack once baked, allow to cool completely.

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Note:

  • Lightly dust some flour between the 2 sheets parchment paper before roll the dough to desire thickness to prevent stickiness.
  • Do not over roll or work the dough otherwise it might cause shrinkage during baking in oven.
  • You can allow the dough to rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes again before bake if the dough becomes sticky due to hot weather.
  • This pastry should be used the same day as it is made, or can be frozen for up to a month after wrapped properly.
  • (a)What is Sable Breton:

This pastry is enriched by using egg yolks and flavoured with some salt. The pastry is definitely rich, buttery and crispy. It is from France and famous for the addition of salt.

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Chocolate Glaze:

  • 9g gelatin leaves /or  gelatin powder(Dissolve powder into enough water to mix into paste)
  • 117g water
  • 150g castor sugar
  • 50g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 85g Bulla cream ( or any dairy cream)

1)Bloom gelatin in ice cold water till softened.Squeeze to remove excess water when use.

2)Bring water and sugar to just boil , immediately reduce to low heat to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

3)Add in cocoa powder and cream.

4)Bring it back to boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes on low heat.

5)Remove from heat, add in softened gelatin(Same goes to the gelatin powder if using powder instead).Stir until dissolved.

6)Strain, Leave to cool to 25C.

chocolate glaze

Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • you can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)
  • You can store in an airtight container in fridge and use in 4 days.

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Assemble:

1)Remove the mousse from freezer, lightly torch around the cake ring for few seconds. Remove the mousse from ring.

2)Place mousse back to freezer for 15 minutes.

3)Pour the chocolate glaze over the harden chocolate mousse.Allow to drip excess.

4)Transfer to the cooled sable breton(Pastry disc).

5)Decorate fresh raspberries around the mousse, and place some chocolate square piece on the top, more raspberries. Dust with some edible gold powder.

6)Allow the mousse tart to bring back to edible temperature in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serve.Enjoy this rich, chocolaty and buttery tart.

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Hope you enjoy this alternative of rich chocolate tart, it is so rich and melt into your mouth. Hope you like this sharing.

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Love,

hellosweetdessert

Ispahan Macaron with Pineapple & Raspberry(Valentines Special)

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It has been long time again to post but finally i am able to put something here for the Big Fat Valentines Day.Forgive me for being this late.

What Am I Doing lately for those who worrying for me?

Same old same old: recuperating from  my health issue, spending more time with God and yeah trying to learn how to enjoy the simplicity of life apart from blogging days,food photography.

Okay, hope you enjoy this simple V-day dessert.

Happy Valentine’s Day 

To anyone who deserve to be pampered

Yes anyone deserves good dessert

 

 

There are 2 ways to create macarons shells:

1)French macaron : French method is much simpler just by folding french meringue into almond mixture

2)Italian meringue macaron: Italian meringue method is created by cooking sugar syrup(to 112C) then added into meringue and continued beating to firm peaks formed , finally folded into almond mixture.

It is such romantic season for some sweet desserts.Pink, roses, pineapple, raspberry and some sweet desserts are here to celebrate this romantic season.

Hope you like this recipe.

Few components you need:

  • Basic french macaron shells
  • Creme mousseline
  • Raspberries and pineapple

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 Basic French Macaron ( Love shape)

  • 1 cup almond powder
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 egg whites (leave in room temperature for  few hours or a day )
  • 3 tbsp castor sugar
  • pink food colouring

1)Draw out two love shapes on a parchment paper as your template, estimated 18cm in diameter. Invert the sheet and place onto a baking tray.

2)Sift twice of the  almond powder and icing sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3)In a clean bowl: Beat egg whites until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar in  and continued beating to soft peak. Add in pink food colouring and continued beating to a stiff peaks formed.

4)Fold in the meringue into the almond mixture in 2 additions until a thick lava-like batter is achieved.

5)Fill a pastry bag, fitted with 1/2 inch (1 cm) tip. Pipe out  love shapes onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide. Then gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles

6)Rest macarons at room temperature for about 30-60 minutes or until the top of the macarons are no longer sticky to your finger when you touch.

7)Bake the macarons in a preheated oven of 160-170C for 30-40 minutes, depending on your individual oven and the size of the macarons. About half way  through baking, rotate your baking tray, front to back.(I baked my macaron on middle oven rack)

8)Once baked, remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

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1)sift almond powder and icing sugar together

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2)Crack egg whites into a grease-free and dry mixing bowl

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3)Get ready with your pink food colouring

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4)Beat egg whites and sugar to soft peak, and add in food colouring

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5)Beat meringue till “stiff peaks” formed

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6)Fold in meringue into almond mixture

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7)Fold into a lava-like batter

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8)Pour into a piping bag fitted with round nozzle

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9)Pipe onto prepared template

Note:

a)Remember to sift your almond powder and icing sugar.If you make your own almond powder, remember to process to super fine and give it few sifts.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.

Cream Patissiere: Also known as Pastry cream

( Kindly refer on HOW TO MAKE CREME PATISSIERE  at : http://wp.me/p3PiK3-8d .    Remove the butter for this recipe )

Ingredients:

  • 125ml  Liddells Lactose free milk ( or any milk)
  • 25g  sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla paste
  • 30g egg yolks
  • 13g  cornstarch
  1. STEP 1

    In a medium saucepan, combine milk and vanilla paste. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a simmer.

  2. STEP 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch. Whisking constantly, slowly pour about 1/2 cup of the hot-milk mixture into the egg-yolk mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until it has been incorporated. Pour mixture back into saucepan, and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until it thickens ,about 2 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Transfer into a clean bowl.

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Creme Moussseline:

  • 1 quantity of creme patissierre
  • 100g Western Star unsalted butter, cubed and in room temperature

1)Prepare creme patissiere , remove from heat, transfer into a bowl of an electric mixer.

2)Beat on low speed until reaches room temperature.

3)Increase speed to high, slowly add in butter cubes, one by one, until fully incorporated.

4)Pour cream into a piping bag fitted with round nozzle.

creme mousseline

Note:

a)What is creme mousseline?

It is also known as German buttercream which is the combination of creme patissiere/pastry cream with  softened butter. It can be used as filling for macarons and also good for frosting in any desserts or cakes.

Assemble:

  • some fresh raspberries
  • some pineapple, cut into small cubes

1)Pipe out creme mousseline onto one of the macaron shells.

2)Layer with pineapple, then with raspberries, and finally with pineapple again.

3)Sandwich with another macaron shell.

4)Decorate with fresh rose petals and some raspberry or go wild with your imagination.

5)Refrigerate. Best serve after chill for a day.

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Note:

a)Process the almond powder until become powder form because you might find store bought almond powder, the granules are not powdery enough, some might be hard to sift through. Use processor to blitz almond and icing mixture for few seconds and then sift few times.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.Macaron tends to crack on the surface while baking if not rest enough.When heat is applied, egg whites coagulates and forces the surface to crack due to insufficient dry top shells.

e)What is Double trays?Place the tray with macaron batter onto another empty tray.Reason to prevent excessive high heat from the bottom of the batter(egg whites coagulates and expands too quickly) to crack your surface of your macarons.

e)To see if macaron is baked properly:Once baked, try lifting the macaron slowly, if easily lift off clean without sticking to pan, showing it is baked properly.If not, continue baking for few more minutes.

 

 Important tips:

  • Ensure almond powder and icing sugar have to be sifted for few times to get smooth macaron shells.
  • Ensure eggs are in room temperature, uncovered for few 2 hours or more.
  • If you are in hurry, take your cold eggs from refrigerator,crack into a bowl and cover with lid, and warm it up by placing into a bowl of warm water(not too hot otherwise cook your egg whites). Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Cold eggs tend to create more air pockets in the meringue while beating, we do not want this for macaron as we try to deflate the air pockets while folding with almond mixture. Too much air pockets in the meringue can somehow crack your macaron shells when heat is applied due to coagulation of protein from the egg whites.Sometimes too much air pockets create excessive “feets” that are not appealing.
  • Do not open your oven door too early otherwise the  macaron shells might collapse when drastic change of heat . You are allowed to open the oven door once while you rotate your baking tray half way baking macarons.
  • The aim for this macaron has to be rustic and not smooth, yes smooth surface is not what I want to see here. Ensure the final batter not to be over-folded otherwise cannot reach this rustic texture. The aim for this macaron has to be little rustic as I have tried the first time,ended up the entire macaron become overly smooth, and the distinctive shape is not what I am aiming for.

Reference:

Different sizes of your macaron with different temperature and baking time

Macaron

Diameter

Oven Temperature

Baking Time

Medium size 4-6cm ( 1.5” – 2.5”)

140-150C

14 mins

Dessert size 6 – 8cm (2.5” – 3.25”)

160C

15 mins

Cake base 16cm or more(6.25”) or more

170C

17 mins or more

 

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Problem in forming skin for macaron?

There are time when your macaron just cannot form the skin even  how long you have waited. Due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen play an important rule on this issue. Winter or rainy day is definitely the weather you are trying to avoid. Of course there are cases that macarons are still manage to form the desire skin in these undesirable weather, depending on your luck perhaps?

If your macarons are having trouble in forming skin, you can try this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the unbaked macarons into oven, switch off the heat immediately.
  3. Leave the door ajar(put  glove in between your oven door to create a gap for hot air to release) , for 6 minutes.
  4. Touch the macaron if the skin is formed.
  5. Once skin is formed, turn on the heat to the right temperature,let say 150C, and start baking your macaron.

 

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Thank you for visiting, and your comments are very much appreciated.

 

Lots of love,

hellosweetdessert

Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse Cake(Flourless/Gluten free)草莓之恋

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It is the strawberries season and I loaded more berries during my groceries shopping. I wish everyday is berries day so I can decorate my cakes with these juicy, vibrantly colourful berries.

This cake is designed for  playing the fresh , red and juicy strawberries as the main component. Moreover, I want to create a flourless(or gluten free) cake by implementing the hazelnut and almond dacquoise. This dacquoise produces the best hazelnut aroma with a slight crunch to it ,which giving a new depth of texture to a normal mousse cake.

I have made this cake couple of times and I received very generous and amazing comments such as :” I am hiring your wife for my wedding cake!”,” I do not mind eat this everyday!”,” I have eaten half of the cake by myself “. I never thought men could  love strawberry flavour mousse cake that much. Guess I must done something right to prove men can choose strawberry shakes too. 😛

I am over the moon for anyone accepting my creation with such positive comment.I am blessed.

So I do hope you all like it too. ^_^

(this recipe has been made for couple of times since 2015 till now)

 

Few components you need:

  • Raspberry-strawberry gelee
  • White chocolate mousse
  • Hazelnut and Almond dacquoise
  • Strawberry mousse
  • Pink glacage/glaze

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Raspberry-Strawberry Gelee:

  • 100g raspberry frozen
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 100g fresh strawberry puree
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 6g gelatin leaves (soak in cold water until soften)

1)Heat up frozen raspberry  together with castor sugar until thickened.

2)Blend the mixture into puree.Add in strawberry puree and gelatin.Mix well.Add in lemon juice.Mix well.Strain.

3)Pour into 5″cake ring(which wrapped with cling wrap at the bottom) sits underneath a tray lined with baking paper.

4)Allow to set in freezer for at least 4 hours or more.

raspberry gelee

White Chocolate Mousse:

  • 60g Cadbury baking white chocolate ( or any baking white chocolate)
  • 1  small egg, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp castor sugar
  • 100ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)

1)Beat whipping cream to soft peaks.

2)Melt white chocolate.

3)In a bowl: Beat egg and sugar until ribbon stage(a) over bain marie(b).(Ensure water is 40C )

4)Fold egg mixture through the whipped cream.

5)Scoop out one ladle of egg-cream mixture from step (4) and fold through melted white chocolate to well combine.Then fold it back to remaining egg-cream mixture.

6)Pour onto the hardened raspberry-strawberry gelee earlier and allow to set in freezer for at least 4 hours or more.

 

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Note:

(a)What is ribbon stage?

A term referring to the thickness of a whipped/cooked batter (typically with eggs)or cream.When the batter is lifted it should fall in ribbons or smooth sheets that will hold their shape momentarily before falling into the batter.

(b)Bain marie or double boiler means a pan of hot water in which a cooking container is placed  above it for slow cooking. Please remember do not allow the hot water touches the bowl of chocolate mixture while using slow heat cooking it.

 

Hazelnut and Almond Dacquiose:

  • 25g hazelnut meal
  • 25g almond meal
  • 10g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter)
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 6g corn flour
  • 40g egg whites
  • Icing sugar for dusting

1)Preheat oven to 170C. Line baking tray with baking paper or non-stick baking mat.

2)Melt butter. Mix hazelnut and almond meals with half of the castor sugar together.

3)Beat egg whites in a clean mixing bowl till bubbly foam, and slowly add in sugar while beating to stiff peaks meringue(c).

4)Fold in meringue into dry ingredients in 3 additions.

5)Add in spoonful of meringue mixture into melted butter.Fold together.

6)Pour butter mixture into rest of meringue mixture.Mix well.Pour into a piping bag.

7)Pipe  in circular motion into a 5″ round disc .Dust with generous amount of icing sugar.

8)Bake for 18-20 minutes until lightly golden brown.

 

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Note:

(a) Dacquoise is a dessert made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and whipped cream or buttercream. It takes its name from the feminine form of the French word dacquois, meaning ‘of Dax‘, a town in southwestern France.

(b)If cannot find hazelnut meal, you can kindly eliminate hazelnut meal and increase almond meal to 50g.

(c)what is meringue?

Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

(d)Always remember when folding meringue into flour mixture,it has to be done slowly and gently without deflating the air pockets, usually by using spatula to fold from bottom to upwards in slow motion until both mixture are well combined without any trace of meringue has been seen. Deflating the air pockets will not produce a well risen cake as result.

 

Strawberry Mousse:

  • 4g gelatin leaves(soak in cold water till soften)
  • 180ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)
  • 110g strawberry puree
  • 40g castor sugar

1)Process fresh strawberries into puree.

2)Beat whipping cream to ribbon stage. [Picture 1  ]

3)Put half of strawberry puree and sugar in a saucepan.Gently warm till sugar dissolved.

4)Squeeze water from soaked gelatin, add into saucepan from step (3).Stir well.

5)Strain into mixing bowl. Add the remaining strawberry puree in.

6)Pour in whipped cream. Fold to combine.

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Assemble:

1)Lightly torch the edges of the 5″ cake ring containing gelee and white chocolate mousse. Remove the set mousse from cake ring.

2) Place the hazelnut-almond dacquoise onto the base of a 6″ cake ring lined with baking paper in a tray.

3)Pipe in strawberry mousse around the cake ring. Place the raspberry gelee-white chocolate mousse onto the dacquoise.(White chocolate mousse touches the dacquoise)

4)Pipe in remaining strawberry mousse, smooth the top. Allow to set in freezer for at least 4 hours or more.

 

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Pink Glacage:

  • 125g Bulla cream ( or any brand of cream)
  • 10g castor sugar
  • 25ml glucose ( or corn syrup)
  • some pink food colouring
  • 100g Cadbury baking white chocolate
  • 3g gelatin leaves (soak in cold water till soften)

1)Bring cream, sugar and glucose to boil at 85C.

2)Add in chocolate in few additions.Combine.Stir

3)Stir in soften gelatin.Mix together with pink food colouring and strain.

4)Allow to cool down to 25C.

Note:

(a)Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.

(b)Remember to be quick and generous when pouring the glaze over the mousse.

 

Assemble II:

1)Remove the mousse from freezer, lightly torch around the cake ring for few seconds. Remove the mousse from ring.

2)Place cake back to freezer for 15 minutes.

3)Place a small cake ring onto a tray. Place the mousse onto the cake ring.

4)Pour the pink glaze over the mousse.Allow to drip off excess.

5)Decorate with some fresh strawberries and macaron shells, dust with some icing sugar  or decorate with however you, go wild with your imagination.

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Hope you like this sharing.

 

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Today’s Word:

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I am sorry that I am still on sick leave here

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  To those genuine friends and readers:

          I   Am Genuinely Sorry

For Being so Inactive on my blog

I am truly sorry for such a long disappearance and inactive on my blog .

Due to my personal health issues, I will no longer being so active on my blog like a year ago.

I am truthful thankful for those who supports me and worrying for me while I am gone.

Without your supports and kind understanding, I would not able to create a blog.

I do what I passionate without anyone could stop me down until this personal health problems came along,

makes me doubt how long I can hold on to what I love to do.

So thank you for your understanding, patience and genuine supports.

I have put everything aside included my cameras and blogging days aside for such a long time,

hoping to rest enough so I can stand back right up.

Sorry for my true friends who worry for me, sorry that I unable to answer everyone of you personally due to my health reason, I am so thankful that I found some of you who genuinely care for me. Please look after your health and continue do what you like and passionate.

Days without some of you just makes my days less colourful.I am going to miss you alot.

I will be uploading some of my recipes I created awhile ago from now on before my health is completely alarming.

These recipes were created while I was still capable , so bear with me with the time given.

I just need a long long rest . Having some of you to like what I do makes me no regret.

Welcome to leave any comments and question here and please be patience for my reply. Truly sorry for everything.

I am going to miss some of the nicest truthful kind souls I have met during my blogging days. Thank you friends and sorry that I unable to reply each of you, I want to say:”Never stop doing what you like no matter what others say.”

Love, 

Sivia,

hellosweetdessert

 

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Vanilla Profiteroles@ Vanilla Cream Puff ( Choux a la Creme)

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This small little delicate  cream filled profiteroles or cream puffs are like finger food that suitable for any occasions.

Top up with this vanilla craquelin, as though dressing them with aromatic crunchy hats seemed a necessity.

Serve this with some fruit juice , tea or coffee, you just cannot stop popping in your mouth.

 

 

Vanilla Craquelin:(goes over the top of choux pastry)

  • 30g plain flour, sifted
  • 30g castor sugar
  • 25g Western Star butter ( or any  butter)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla paste

1)Sift flour into a bowl, add sugar ,butter and vanilla paste, rub together until mixture forms a dough.

2)Roll out between  2 sheets of silicon paper.

3)Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

 

Choux Pastry / Pate a Choux:

  • 60ml water
  • 60ml milk
  • 60g  Western Star unsalted butter ( Or any unsalted butter)
  • 6g castor sugar
  • 80g plain flour, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 125g whole eggs, beaten

1)Heat water, milk, butter and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to boil.

2)Take pan off heat, add in sifted flour and salt.

3)Use spatula to stir until completely combined.

4)Return to cook on low heat, continue stirring until dough leaves the sides of the pan.

5)Transfer dough to a mixing bowl, leave to cool for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6)Gradually add in the beaten egg into dough.

7)Beat the mixture until it is smooth with spatula.

8)Pour into a piping bag with plain round nozzle  of 8mm.

9)Preheat oven to 200c. Pipe choux pastry onto a baking tray lined with a non-stick baking mat, leaving gaps in between.

10)Using a 2cm round cutter to cut each craquelin into round disc. Top the piped choux pastry with craquelin disc.

11)Bake for 15 minutes, then turn down to 180C and cook for further 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven, leave to cool.

how to make choux pastry

 

Craquelin+choux pastry

 

Note:

(a) Do not open oven for 12-15 minutes after placing choux into oven otherwise pastry collapses. Choux pastry rises when the moisture in dough heats and creates steam. If oven is opened before the outside of the dough has time to cook, the steam comes out of the dough, pastry then collapses.

 

Assemble :

  • Some whipping cream
  • castor sugar to your taste
  • vanilla paste

1)Beat cream, sugar and vanilla to soft peak formed.Make a small hole from the bottom of every choux pastry.

2)Pour vanilla cream into a piping bag fitted with round nozzle, pipe into cooled choux pastry.

3)Ready to serve or chill in refrigerator for an hour and ready to serve.

Note:

Be adventurous and creative to your filling, custard, cream with any flavours would make your profiteroles extra special because you create your own.

 

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Cream in choux pastry

I also sliced the choux pastry into half, then piped in some freshly made vanilla cream, and top up with my favorite raspberry.(Cream can be made into personal preference such as chocolate, strawberries, coffee and etc)

 

Thanks for visiting and hope you like this simple sharing.

 

Love,

hellosweetdessert

Review: Adriano Zumbo Dessert Tasting

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Dessert Name:

Ed, it’s been long time,

Individual

 

Description:

Cappuccino marshmallow mousse, chocolate crunch, lemon olive oil and coffee cremeux, chocolate olive oil sponge and chocolate mousse.

Contains: Tree nuts, eggs, dairy and gluten.

 

Finally I tried Zumbo dessert:

Yesterday, a rainy day during winter in June, I decided that I must get Zumbo Adriano dessert. I went to the store approximately 10 times, but something prevented me from getting a slice of Zumbo’s dessert until yesterday.

Visited Zumbo’s store for 10 times and have not try it yet, why?

Allow me to reason why I couldn’t make myself to get dessert from zumbo’s store:an hour of travel just to reach to Zumbo’s store;no place for customer to dine in;not much choices almost everytime I went there(also a good thing which limit my choices to get something exciting);not-so-welcoming staff towards first time clients like me.So far these are the reasons preventing me to move forward to be one Zumbo’s customer.

Until yesterday, I bought Zumbo’s cookbook.Okay, his desserts started to tickle my curiosity of wanting to really try one.I love all his Tim tam creations,I think it’s good enough to bring me back to his store and give it a real taste adventure.

Experience in front of Zumbo’s store :

I was in front of his store, again, making it 11 times now,however this time my husband and I are seriously considering to get his dessert.

Let see, the store served slightly more varieties desserts compared to the 10 previous times I came here for dessert window shopping, apart from his ordinary and familiar macarons.Besides, I saw some pastry, oh finally.I finally saw his well known “Zonut”( as you all know also named as” cronut”).

There was no designated counter area that I can find to place my orders, nor is any of staff friendly enough to acknowledge me or others customers. I circled the entire store which is more like a shoe box size,and yet there was nobody really noticing us. I was there approximately 5 minutes,I quickly scanned through all the customers, and realised there were high numbers of Asian tourist(Supposedly can be potential zumbo’s customer if given better customer service) was attracted by Zumbo’s desserts.

First thing we both noticed at the pastry area:There were fruit flies circulating above the pastries. My husband has an eagle eye alert on food hygiene. Winter with flies, how it this possible during such cold weather,I was astonished.

One Asian man in particular caught my attention:” Come and see these beautiful desserts, but what are those flavour? I couldn’t work out the components ? Guess we better go to next coffee store to find their staff who can explain and introduce their menus.Let’s go.”, this man was whispering to his friends and they were speaking in Cantonese.Indeed,I can understand because I am Asian myself.

Oh yes, there were  explanation cards of every desserts sitting inside the glass cabinet.Those explanation cards are sitting cold and stale inside without anyone make any effort to explain them in simpler way. Such ashamed! Not every customers comes to Zumbo store knows or ought to know all the vocabulary in dessert’s world. I wish that zumbo’s staff can be friendly and passionate towards approaching the Asian’s customers, because these tourist  can have great chance  to be a spender here or even to polish the reputation of Zumbo’s name outside of Australia, what do you reckon?Obviously, we are screaming for assistance here.

I wanted Zumbo’s dessert badly, so I finally caught a lady staff’s attention after 10 minutes standing there. I was politely asked for her permission before taking my orders:” May I ask, is there any specific line for me to place my orders or perhaps I was standing at the incorrect area to ask for your help?”

An English speaking lady who apparently looked like she is carrying a baby inside her, rolled her eyes to me and replied:” Oh, there isn’t any line here as you can see. The line is pretty much everywhere. I will come back to you in a moment” , she eventually approached us.

My husband wanted a yummy looking pastry, but there was not any explanation card, so I quickly asked this lady again:”May I ask what is that as there isn’t any name for that pastry.”

Thank God she replied:”It is sticky macadamia roll with caramel sauce.”

I placed my order and after paid, this lady quickly grabbed a blue paper box,and placed the dessert into the box. I noticed how reckless she has been treated  this piece of dessert.This was how she dealed with my dessert; she placed the dessert into a transparent plastic bag in an incorrect angle such that the lid of the paper bag was not shut well, it was half opened, and the dessert inside definitely is screaming for help, it can be squashed anytime soon.I always have serious issue with how to handle food especially desserts. A good piece of dessert like this  should be treated gently and full with care,so I opened my eyes widely and holding  down my inner scream :”Oohhhh……”

The lady finally got my sign language, she quickly rearranged the bag and dessert properly and handed it to me.

Since there isn’t any table for customers to dine in,I have to rush home with this dessert.Thank God it is winter.Picture yourself if it is summer time.No place to eat here and the delicate mousse dessert has to be traveled quite a distance back home.

New adjustments perhaps in NSW store?

Despite of the whole experience at Zumbo’s store in NSW, I wish the staff were friendly,passionate and approachable. Wish they can explain or describe the desserts for those who cannot understand some components of the desserts.I wondered, could it be the flies busy serving themselves with yummy pastries here give extra flavour to the desserts?

My husband is a super polite and nice man.If he noticed that  the staff’s service is questionable, it shows the staff has poor standard of service or just understaffed. My husband secretly complaint that how unacceptable the lady served me with her rolled eyes and sarcastic attitude.I guess I know simple English without double meanings, I don’t even realise this lady provided me  poor service, I was merely fixated with the dessert.My assumption was that God wants me to be less sensitive.

The taste of the dessert:

Okay, I tasted the dessert.I loved it. The main flavour came from the coffee and chocolate. The cappuccino marshmallow mousse is soft and melts into mouth.The sourness taste from the lemon olive oil cremeux lightly cuts through the sweetness of the dessert.The best part I adored  is  how the bottom chocolate crunch tastes in my mouth,it is slightly crunchy and the unexpectedly  saltiness in the  chocolate crunch is an amazing positive surprise.All in all, I do not mind to give my taste bud a sweet adventure  again. Nicely to go with a cup of  hot tea, oh ya~~~

The design of the dessert no doubt caught my attention compared to other’s desserts so far in this store. Wish there were more choices though,somehow.

I love all kind mousse desserts or cakes despite of being  severely lactose intolerant, together with my husband too. For Zumbo’s dessert, we are willing to take some enzyme pills before trying his dessert, guess worth the flavour in my mouth. My husband loved the sticky macademia caramel roll and I loved zumbo’s dessert. Both of us in a win- win situation.

 

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Components of this dessert:(top to bottom)

  • milk chocolate glaze
  • Cappucino marshmallow mousse
  • Chocolate mousse(insert)
  • lemon olive oil and coffee cremeux(insert)
  • chocolate olive oil sponge(Insert)
  • chocolate crunch

Components are based on my own experience in desserts, because there is no specific explanation on the components in particular order.

 

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For more information:

Adriano Zumbo

http://adrianozumbo.com/

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This is a review based on my own experience in Zumbo, there is no intention on criticizing but purely describing my first attempt in Zumbo. Wish the store has more varieties ,and staffs are friendly(Not friendlier, but friendly).

 

Thank you for reading and enjoy life with desserts.

 

Love

hellosweetdessert

Easy French Macaron shells( for decoration)

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There are 2 ways to create macarons shells:

1)French macaron : French method is much simpler just by folding french meringue into almond mixture

2)Italian meringue macaron: Italian meringue method is created by cooking sugar syrup(to 112C) then added into meringue and continued beating to firm peaks formed , finally folded into almond mixture.

This macaron is easy to make with few little steps that I think it is easier to master.

Since I want to use this macarons as part of the decoration for any cake I bake, so to me by using simple recipe like this is always accessible and quick to make.

Hope you like this recipe.

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French macaron shells:

  • 1 cup almond powder
  • 2 egg whites ( leave in room temperature for few hours or a day )
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp castor sugar
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • some orange food colouring

1)Take a piece of parchment paper and draw 1.5 inch (3.5 cm) circles, spacing the circles about 1 inch apart. Invert the baking sheet and place on a baking tray.

2)Process almond powder and icing sugar together.Sift twice of the almond powder and icing sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3)In a clean bowl: Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar in 2 additions  and continued beating to soft peak. Add in orange food colouring and continued beating to a stiff peaks formed.

4)Fold in the meringue into the almond mixture in 2 additions until a thick lava-like batter is achieved.

5)Fill a pastry bag, fitted with 1/2 inch (1 cm) tip.  Pipe about 3.5cm circle  1 inch apart onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide(usually pipe slightly smaller than the actual template size as batter will increase size after you tap the baking tray on the counter).Then gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles.

6)Rest macarons at room temperature for about 30-60 minuges or until the top of the macarons are no longer sticky to your finger when you touch.

7)Bake the macarons in a preheated oven of 160C for 15-20 minutes, depending on your individual oven,in the middle rack of your oven . About half way  through baking, rotate your baking tray, front to back.

or

If your oven is a way too hot like a  furnace:Try bake your macaron on double trays(e) and bake your macaron at 160C until you begin to see your “feets” are formed on your macarons, remove the empty bottom tray immediately and reduce heat to 140C to finish off your baking.

8)Once baked, remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

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1)Sift almond powder and icing sugar together few times

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2)Beat egg whites and sugar in a grease-free and dry bowl

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3)Beat egg whites and sugar till stiff peak(Firm peak)

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4)Fold in meringue into almond mixture in 2 additions

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5)Mix in orange food colouring paste,fold and press down the mixture.

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6)The final batter is lava-like and thick

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7)Pour in the batter  into piping bag with round nozzle

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8)Pipe in batter into prepared pan. Rest.Bake

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9)Final macaron shells

Note:

a)Process the almond powder until become powder form because you might find store bought almond powder, the granules are not powdery enough, some might be hard to sift through. Use processor to blitz almond and icing mixture for few seconds and then sift few times.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.

e)What is Double trays?

Place the tray with macaron batter onto another empty tray.Reason to prevent excessive high heat from the bottom of the batter(egg whites coagulates and expands too quickly) can crack your surface of your macarons.

e)To see if macaron is baked properly:Once baked, try lifting the macaron slowly, if easily lift off clean without sticking to pan, showing it is baked properly.If not, continue baking for few more minutes.

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 Important tips:

  • Ensure almond powder and icing sugar have to be sifted for few times to get smooth macaron shells.
  • Ensure eggs are in room temperature, uncovered for few 2 hours or more.
  • If you are in hurry, take your cold eggs from refrigerator,crack into a bowl and cover with lid, and warm it up by placing into a bowl of warm water(not too hot otherwise cook your egg whites). Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Cold eggs tend to create more air pockets in the meringue while beating, we do not want this for macaron as we try to deflate the air pockets while folding with almond mixture. Too much air pockets in the meringue can somehow crack your macaron shells when heat is applied due to coagulation of protein from the egg whites.Sometimes too much air pockets create excessive “feets” that are not appealing.
  • Do not open your oven door too early otherwise the  macaron shells might collapse when drastic change of heat . You are allowed to open the oven door once while you rotate your baking tray half way baking macarons.

Reference:

Different sizes of your macaron with different temperature and baking time

Macaron

Diameter

Oven Temperature

Baking Time

Medium size4 -6cm( 1.5” – 2.5”)

140-150C

14 mins

Dessert size6 –8cm(2.5” – 3.25”)

160C

15 mins

Cake base16cm or more(6.25”) or more

170C

17 mins or more

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Problem in forming skin for macaron?

There are time when your macaron just cannot form the skin even  how long you have waited. Due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen play an important rule on this issue. Winter or rainy day is definitely the weather you are trying to avoid. Of course there are cases that macarons are still manage to form the desire skin in these undesirable weather, depending on your luck perhaps?

If your macarons are having trouble in forming skin, you can try this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the unbaked macarons into oven, switch off the heat immediately.
  3. Leave the door ajar(put  glove in between your oven door to create a gap for hot air to release) , for 6 minutes.
  4. Touch the macaron if the skin is formed.
  5. Once skin is formed, turn on the heat to the right temperature,let say 160C, and start baking your macaron.

Thanks for visiting and welcome to drop your comments here. ^_^

 

 

Love,

hellosweetdessert

Orange Mousse(bavaroise) Cake

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Orange ,the source of  Vitamine  C

Do you still remember the first time you were asked to take vitamine C ?The candy type vitamine C?

Vitamine C is so essential to us, I want to believe my cake has the magic to heal us (giggling with laughters)

This cake uses low amount of cream. The texture of this orange mousse tastes like in between the normal cream  and jelly texture, which is something different from common mousse cake you try. Besides I love the idea of putting candied orange on to the cake as decoration.

I wound give this cake with the name as Orange bavaroise cake. This cake was created for our 11th years anniversary.Being with my husband as though tasting an orange , it is so essential to our health. Indeed, we can taste of sourness at times but  overall I can taste of the sweetness part being with him.

 

What is Bavaroise?

Creme Anglaise + Whipped cream = Bavaroise

Bavaroise: a french name for bavarian creme. It is a delicate cream dessert with a Cr̬eme Anglaise base, and then aerated with whipped cream or yogurt, egg whites and various flavourings such as fruit pur̩e, chocolate, coffee, tea or liqueurs before being set in the refrigerator with gelatin.

 

 

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Components you need:

  • chocolate sponge
  • candied orange
  • orange mousse/bavaroise

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Chocolate Sponge: (produces 2 pieces of 16cm x 16cm cake sponge)

  • 5 egg (I used small size or 4 large eggs), cold
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 40g castor sugar
  • 50g Liddells full cream milk( or any milk )
  • 30g oil
  • 20g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 60g cake flour, sifted
  • 20g corn flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp lemon juice/1 tsp white vinegar/ pinch of cream of tartar

1)      Separate the eggs into yolks and whites. Sifted the flours. Line a 10” x 14” cake pan with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2)      Mix egg yolks with 20g sugar. Mix in oil and milk. Mix in flours to well combine.

3)      Beat egg whites and  lemon juice until frothy. Then slowly add in sugar (40g) in 2 additions,continued beating to soft peak. Fold meringue into yolk mixture in 3 additions until well combined.

4)      Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth the top and knock the pan for rid extra air pocket.

5)      Bake for 12-15 minutes, or skewer inserted comes out clean,depending individual oven.

6)      Remove the cake immediately onto a new sheet of baking paper.Invert . Cool completely.

Note:

(a)what is meringue? 

Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

 

 

tiramisu

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Candied Orange:

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  • 2 oranges
  • 300g water
  • 150g castor sugar

1)Cut the orange to get 6-7 piece of orange slice with 3mm in thickness.

2)In a saucepan:Bring water, sugar and orange slice to a boil on high heat. Once boiled, reduce to medium-low heat.Remove scum at all times. Turn off the heat once the  orange skin turned from white into yellowish colour and the orange syrup is thickened. Keep the orange syrup for later use.

3)Transfer the orange slice onto wire rack sitting above a prepared pan lined with baking paper. Allow the candied orange to drip the excess juice and allow to cool down.

4)Keep the orange syrup aside.

 

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orange syrup

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Orange Mousse/ Orange Bavaroise:

  • 200g Liddells full cream milk (or any milk)
  • 1 tsp of orange zest
  • 30g castor sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla paste
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 35g orange juice
  • 10g gelatine leaves
  • 200g Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)

1)Soak gelatin leaves in cold water until soften.

2) Bring milk,orange zest, 30g sugar and vanilla paste to a boil. Once boiled, turn off heat.Let it infused for 20 minutes.

3)Beat egg yolks and 50g sugar to ribbon stage(a) with electric hand mixer. Slowly pour in the boiled milk mixture, and keep stirring.(Do not pour too quick otherwise cook the egg ). Mix well. Add in orange juice.Mix well.

4)Bring the mixture back to low heat and continue cooking till the custard coats the back of the  wooden spoon and reaches temperature of 82C – 84C.

5)Add in soften gelatin leaves into the boiled custard.Mix well. Strain.  Cool down over ice bain marie(b).

6)Beat the cream to ribbon stage and fold into the cooled custard in 2 additions until well combine.

 

 

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Note:

(a)What is ribbon stage?

A term referring to the thickness of a whipped/cooked batter (typically with eggs)or cream.When the batter is lifted it should fall in ribbons or smooth sheets that will hold their shape momentarily before falling into the batter.

 

(b)What is ice bain-marie?

Place the bowl of  hot custard under another bowl containing ice cubes to cool it down.

 

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Assemble:

1)Cut the sponge sponge into 2  pieces of  16cm x 16cm square. Brush  each side with generous amount of  orange syrup.

2)Remember to wrap the bottom of the cake ring with cling film to prevent seepage of mousse later.

3)Arrange candied orange onto a 16cmx16cm square cake ring  sits onto a prepared pan lined with baking paper.

4)Pour in half of the orange mousse. Layer with first piece of chocolate sponge.

5)Pour in remaining orange mousse and top with second piece of chocolate sponge. Lightly press down the sponge.

6)Allow to set in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

7)Once mousse is set, remove from fridge. Unmould. Decorate with macaron shells on the side by brushing with some soft butter on the shells.Brush the top with some clear fruit glaze ( or called nappage). Serve.

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 Note:

(a)you can replace square cake ring with 6 ”  round removable bottom cake pan if no square cake ring.

(b)Decorating the sides of mousse cake with macaron is optional, you can skip this step and go wild with your own imagination.

(c)The reason to brush soften butter on the macaron shells is to prevent the macaron turns soggy.

 

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 Hope you enjoy this sharing and thank you for your visit.Welcome to leave your comment here.

 

Love,

hellosweetdessert

Rich Chocolate Tart

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It has been long for posting my recipe, since I got my viral flu from my husband, and unfortunately sick for more than month and I still have not recovering from my coughing.Why the virus has been so strong in Sydney?Why the doctor insisting not prescribing any medicine:”I am sorry, there is nothing we can do for the viral flu.”Both of us were told by the doctor. Every night all I did is coughing , lack of sleep, how am I going to heal my dear doctor in Sydney? The only thing is to make my body immune to any sickness…Healthy food, and healthy lifestyle, plenty of sleep and no dessert for a while.Sorry my dear blog.

Here is one of the recipes I tried before I was sick, just to share with you.I am going into a big transition very soon and I am going to miss some of the genuine readers due to I owe it to my health. Gosh…

Enjoy baking,dear folks! Not sure how long I can bla bla bla here so much. Going to miss you guys.

 

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Components you need:

  • Rich chocolate mousse
  • Sable breton (Sweet Pastry)
  • Chocolate glaze

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Rich Chocolate Mousse:

  • 225g  Cadbury baking milk chocolate,chopped ( or any baking milk chocolate)
  • 100g egg yolks
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 30 ml water
  • 280 ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)

1)Melt chocolate over bain marie(a pot of simmering water sits underneath the bowl of chocolate without allowing water touches the chocolate)

2)How to make Pate a bombe(a):

a)Beat  egg yolks till foamy stage with hand whisk.

b)Heat up sugar and water in a pot till reached 117C.

c)Add in to beaten egg yolks slowly and keep whisking fast until slightly pale or ribbon stage like picture shown.This is called pate a bombe.[Picture 6].Continue to beat the mixture until it is cool.

3)Beat cream in a mixing bowl till soft peaks formed[picture 7].

4)Fold in whipped cream into pate a bombe(a)[picture 8].

5)Fold  1/3 of cream mixture into melted chocolate from step (1).(It will slightly turned thick  a little).Fold in remaining cream mixture into chocolate mixture.

6)Pour the mousse into a prepared 6″ round cake ring sitting under a tray lined with parchment paper.Allow to freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

Rich Chocolate mousse

Note:

  • Ensure to pour in the sugar syrup slowly into beaten egg, otherwise pouring too fast of  hot sugar syrup will curdle the beaten egg.

 

  • (a)What is Pate a bombe:

A pâte à bombe is the French term for a mixture used as a base for making chocolate mousse and other mousse-like desserts.

It is made by pouring a sugar syrup that has been cooked until it is 117C degrees celsius over egg yolks and whipping the mixture until it is completely cold and has transformed into an uniform, unctuous, airy mass.

 

 

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Sable Breton: (Rich sweet pastry)

  • 100g plain flour
  • 3g baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 75g unsalted butter, softened in room temperature
  • 30 egg yolks
  • 65g castor sugar

1)Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

2)Beat the butter until soft and creamy.

3)Beat egg yolks and sugar in another bowl, beat till light in colour.

4)Add in softened butter into egg mixture, and mix to well combined.

5)Fold in the sifted flours.

6)Mix into forming a dough.

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7)Lightly press the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper.Allow to rest in refrigerator for an hour.

8)Transfer the dough the work bench, roll the dough into roughly 8mm in thickness. Cut into a 8” diameter round disc.

9)Place the pastry  on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

10)Bake in a preheated oven of 180C for 25 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack once baked, allow to cool completely.

 

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Note:

  • Lightly dust some flour between the 2 sheets parchment paper before roll the dough to desire thickness to prevent stickiness.
  • Do not over roll or work the dough otherwise it might cause shrinkage during baking in oven.
  • You can allow the dough to rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes again before bake if the dough becomes sticky due to hot weather.
  • This pastry should be used the same day as it is made, or can be frozen for up to a month after wrapped properly.

 

  • (a)What is Sable Breton:

This pastry is enriched by using egg yolks and flavoured with some salt. The pastry is definitely rich, buttery and crispy. It is from France and famous for the addition of salt.

 

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Chocolate Glaze:

  • 9g gelatin leaves /or  gelatin powder(Dissolve powder into enough water to mix into paste)
  • 117g water
  • 150g castor sugar
  • 50g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 85g Bulla cream ( or any dairy cream)

1)Bloom gelatin in ice cold water till softened.Squeeze to remove excess water when use.

2)Bring water and sugar to just boil , immediately reduce to low heat to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

3)Add in cocoa powder and cream.

4)Bring it back to boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes on low heat.

5)Remove from heat, add in softened gelatin(Same goes to the gelatin powder if using powder instead).Stir until dissolved.

6)Strain, Leave to cool to 25C.

 

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Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • you can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)
  • You can store in an airtight container in fridge and use in 4 days.

 

 

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Assemble:

1)Remove the mousse from freezer, lightly torch around the cake ring for few seconds. Remove the mousse from ring.

2)Place mousse back to freezer for 15 minutes.

3)Pour the chocolate glaze over the harden chocolate mousse.Allow to drip excess.

4)Transfer to the cooled sable breton(Pastry disc).

5)Decorate fresh raspberries around the mousse, and place some chocolate square piece on the top, more raspberries. Dust with some edible gold powder.

6)Allow the mousse tart to bring back to edible temperature in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serve.Enjoy this rich, chocolaty and buttery tart.

 

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Hope you enjoy this alternative of rich chocolate tart, it is so rich and melt into your mouth. Hope you like this sharing.

 

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Love,

hellosweetdessert

 

 

Hazelnut Macaron@Honey Cream (Super Easy French macaron recipe)

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Happy Mother’s Day

 

The hazelnut powder really gives the aromatic of hazelnut throughout the entire eating process. I personally love Nutella,and I prefer these macarons. These macarons perfumed of hazelnut or should I say”NUTELLA”.

These macarons are made from pure hazelnut powder instead of commonly used almond powder. The taste of these macarons are like eating crunch-at first,then gooey-middle Nutella spread , yes taste of Nutella spread we normally eaten, compared to the normal macaron which made from almond meals.

These honey creme mousseline is lightly sweetened, and I added the fresh strawberries for lighten the entire sweetness taste.

Pastry cream + butter = Creme mousseline 

Few simple ingredients can turn into delicious and aromatic of hazelnut macaron with few simple steps. Do you want to try?

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Components you need:

  • hazelnut macaron shells
  • honey creme mousseline
  • fresh strawberries

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Hazelnut macaron:

  • 60g hazelnut powder
  • 60g egg whites ( leave in room temperature for few hours or a day )
  • 1 tsp egg white powder
  • 120g/1 cup icing sugar
  • 60g castor sugar
  • some yellow food colouring

1)Take a piece of parchment paper and draw 1.5 inch (3.5 cm) circles, spacing the circles about 1 inch apart. Invert the baking sheet and place on a baking tray.

2)Process hazelnut powder and icing sugar together.Sift twice of the  hazelnut powder and icing sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3)In a clean bowl: Beat egg whites  and egg whites powder  until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar in 2 additions  and continued beating to soft peak. Add in yellow food colouring and continued beating to a Stiff peaks formed.

4)Fold in the meringue into the hazelnut mixture in 2 additions until a thick lava-like batter is achieved.

5)Fill a pastry bag, fitted with 1/2 inch (1 cm) tip.  Pipe about 3.5cm circle  1 inch apart onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide(usually pipe slightly smaller than the actual template size as batter will increase size after you tap the baking tray on the counter).Then gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles.

6)Rest macarons at room temperature for about 30-60 minutes or until the top of the macarons are no longer sticky to your finger when you touch.

7)Bake the macarons in a preheated oven of 160C for 16 minutes, depending on your individual oven,in the middle rack of your oven . About half way  through baking, rotate your baking tray, front to back.

or

If your oven is a way too hot like a  furnace:Try bake your macaron on double trays(e) and bake your macaron at 160C until you begin to see your “feets” are formed on your macarons, remove the empty bottom tray immediately and reduce heat to 140C to finish off your baking.

8)Once baked, remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

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1)Sift hazelnut powder and icing sugar together few times

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2)Beat egg whites and sugar in a grease-free and dry bowl

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3)Get ready with yellow food colouring

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4)Beat meringue till soft peak and add in the food colouring

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5)Beat meringue till stiff peak

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6)Fold in meringue into hazelnut mixture in 2 additions

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7)Fold and press down the mixture to reduce the air pockets

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8)The batter is lava-like and thick.

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9)Pour in the batter into piping bag with round nozzle

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10)Pipe in batter onto the prepared pan.Rest.Bake.

Note:

a)Process the hazelnut powder until become powder form because you might find store bought hazelnut powder, the granules are not powdery enough, some might be hard to sift through.  Use processor to blitz almond and icing mixture for few seconds and then sift few times.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.

e)What is Double trays?Place the tray with macaron batter onto another empty tray.Reason to prevent excessive high heat from the bottom of the batter(egg whites coagulates and expands too quickly) can crack your surface of your macarons.

e)To see if macaron is baked properly:Once baked, try lifting the macaron slowly, if easily lift off clean without sticking to pan, showing it is baked properly.If not, continue baking for few more minutes.

 Important tips:

  • Ensure hazelnut powder and icing sugar have to be sifted for few times to get smooth macaron shells.
  • Ensure eggs are in room temperature, uncovered for few 2 hours or more.
  • If you are in hurry, take your cold eggs from refrigerator,crack into a bowl and cover with lid, and warm it up by placing into a bowl of warm water(not too hot otherwise cook your egg whites). Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Cold eggs tend to create more air pockets in the meringue while beating, we do not want this for macaron as we try to deflate the air pockets while folding with almond mixture. Too much air pockets in the meringue can somehow crack your macaron shells when heat is applied due to coagulation of protein from the egg whites.Sometimes too much air pockets create excessive “feets” that are not appealing.
  • Do not open your oven door too early otherwise the  macaron shells might collapse when drastic change of heat . You are allowed to open the oven door once while you rotate your baking tray half way baking macarons.
  • The reason to rotate your pan half way baking to ensure the macaron creates even “feets”.

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Cream Patissiere: Also known as Pastry cream

( Kindly refer on HOW TO MAKE CREME PATISSIERE  at : http://wp.me/p3PiK3-8d .    Remove the butter for this recipe )

Ingredients:

  • 125ml  Liddells Lactose free milk ( or any milk)
  • 25g  sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla paste
  • 30g egg yolks
  • 13g  cornstarch
  1. STEP 1

    In a medium saucepan, combine milk and vanilla paste. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a simmer.

  2. STEP 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch. Whisking constantly, slowly pour about 1/2 cup of the hot-milk mixture into the egg-yolk mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until it has been incorporated. Pour mixture back into saucepan, and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until it thickens ,about 2 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Transfer into a clean bowl.

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Honey Creme Moussseline:

  • 1 quantity of creme patissierre
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 100g Western Star unsalted butter, cubed and in room temperature

1)Prepare creme patissiere , remove from heat, transfer into a bowl of an electric mixer.

2)Beat on low speed until reaches room temperature.Add in honey. Mix well.

3)Increase speed to high, slowly add in butter cubes, one by one, until fully incorporated.

4)Pour cream into a piping bag fitted with round nozzle.

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Note:

a)What is creme mousseline?

It is also known as German buttercream which is the combination of creme patissiere/pastry cream with  softened butter. It can be used as filling for macarons and also good for frosting in any desserts or cakes.

b)If you prefer your own made filling, welcome to use it too.

Assemble:

  • some fresh strawberries, cut into small cubes
  • prepared honey creme mousseline

1)Pipe out honey creme mousseline onto one of the macaron shells.

2)Place the cubed strawberries in the middle on the macaron.

3)Sandwich with another macaron shell. Optional:Coat the edges of filling with some pink sugar sprinkle.

4)Refrigerate. Best serve after chill for a day.

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 Tips:

  • If you’re not going to consume your macarons immediately, you can store them:(a) Unfilled macarons: can be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days.Empty macaron shells can be stored in the air tight container in the freezer up to 3 months.(b) Filled macarons: keep them in an airtight container inside the fridge and they taste the best up to 3 days and after that taste little crumbly. Bring to room temperature before eating them.  They are even tastier 1-2 days after having been made!It is also possible to freeze them once they are filled.Filled macaron can be kept in the air tight container in the freezer also up to a month.Remember to defrose about 20-30 minutes before serving.

Different sizes of your macaron with different temperature and baking time:

Macaron

Diameter

Oven Temperature

Baking Time

Mediumsize4 -6cm( 1.5” – 2.5”)

140-150C

14 mins

Dessertsize6 –8cm(2.5” – 3.25”)

160C

15 mins

Cake base16cm or more(6.25”) or more

170C

17 mins or more

Problem in forming skin for macaron?

There are time when your macaron just cannot form the skin even  how long you have waited. Due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen play an important rule on this issue. Winter or rainy day is definitely the weather you are trying to avoid. Of course there are cases that macarons are still manage to form the desire skin in these undesirable weather, depending on your luck perhaps?

If your macarons are having trouble in forming skin, you can try this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the unbaked macarons into oven, switch off the heat immediately.
  3. Leave the door ajar(put  glove in between your oven door to create a gap for hot air to release) , for 6 minutes.
  4. Touch the macaron if the skin is formed.
  5. Once skin is formed, turn on the heat to the right temperature,let say 160C, and start baking your macaron.

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Thanks for visiting and welcome for your comment. ^_^

 

 

Love.

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Moist Chocolate Cake with Coffee Mousse

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by Sivia

I love chocolate and coffee.

What     about      you?

Nothing much to describe for these two simple combination.It just as though a magical chemistry reaction occurred once slip into your mouth, you will fall in love when you love both so deeply.

The moist,rich and chocolatey cake, combined with the addictive coffee aroma,ice cream-like coffee cream, as though you are having ice cream soft cookies in your mouth, the closest words I could describe.

Oh yeah, although it sounds rich, apparently not too overly sweet.

Girls love flower, and so do I.

This is my another experimental chocolate work.

Shall we get started?

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Few components you need:

  • Moist Chocolate cake
  • Coffee mousse
  • Dark chocolate glaze
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Moist Chocolate cake:

@makes one 5″ round cake

  • 45g  Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 35g  Western  Star unsalted butter ( any unsalted butter)
  • 18g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 35g  egg yolks
  • 90g  egg whites
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 28g  castor sugar
  • 14g  cake flour
  • 20g  Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)

1)Melt chocolate, cream and butter  over bain marie(a) (double boiler) until all dissolved. Mix well.

2)Lightly beat egg yolks and slowly add into chocolate mixture from step (1). Sift in cake flour and cocoa powder.

3)Beat egg whites and pinch of cream of tartar until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar and continued beating to soft peaked formed.(this is called “Meringue”)(b)

4)Fold in 1/3 of meringue from step (3) into chocolate mixture (You might find the mixture is slightly hard to mix but keep whisking until well combined.) Fold in remaining meringue till all incorporated.

5)Oil the 5″ round cake pan and line with grease-proof paper on the bottom and sides.

6)Pour in the cake batter into cake pan and bake in water bath(d) at 140C for 40-60 minutes or until inserted skewer in the middle comes out clean,depending on individual oven.

7) Once baked, remove from oven and inverted to cooling rack.Allow to cool completely.

Note:

(a)Bain marie or double boiler means a pan of hot water in which a cooking container is placed  above it for slow cooking. Please remember do not allow the hot water touches the bowl of chocolate mixture while using slow heat cooking it.

(b)what is meringue? Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

c)Always remember when folding meringue into chocolate mixture,it has to be done slowly and gently without deflating the air pockets, usually by using spatula to fold from bottom to upwards in slow motion until both mixture are well combined without any trace of meringue has been seen. Deflating the air pockets will not produce a well risen cake as result.

(d)To prepare a water bath for baking, put your filled cake pan in a larger pan and add enough boiling-hot water to reach halfway up the side of the smaller cake pan. I am using normal round cake pan.If you are are using removable cake pan, remember to wrap the bottom with 2 layers of aluminium foil to prevent water seepage.

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Coffee Mousse:

  • 230g Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)
  • 4g gelatin powder
  • 26g Liddells Lactose free full cream milk ( or any milk)
  • 2 tbsp castor sugar
  • 1 tbsp coffee powder ( or  decaffeinated coffee powder)

1)Dissolved coffee powder into milk. Add in gelatin powder. Microwave for 10 seconds on high heat until gelatin and coffee powder dissolved.Set aside.

2)Beat cream to ribbon stage, then add in coffee mixture. Beat till soft peak formed.

Assemble I:

1)Once cake cooled, place a 6″ cake ring onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Pour in the coffee mousse into the ring, then place the moist chocolate cake onto the mousse.Fill up the gap with remaining coffee mousse. Smooth out the mousse with palate knife.

2)Allow to set in freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.

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Dark Chocolate Glaze:

  • 6g gelatin leaves
  • 78ml water
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 33g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 57ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any cream)

1)Bloom gelatin till soft in cold water.

2)Put sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to boil, then continue to simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes.

3)Add the sifted cocoa powder and the cream. Mix well.

4)Bring back to the boil, simmer for 4-5 minutes.

5)Take pan off the heat, add the soften gelatin and stir till dissolved.

6)Strain, leave to cool.

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Note:

a) Remember to stir the glaze on and off to prevent thick skin formed.

b)Best glaze to used at temperature of 28-33C. I used my glaze at 28C.

Assemble II:

1)Take mousse out from freezer, heat the outer ring with hair dryer or warm towel for seconds. Remove the cake out from the ring( put the mousse onto a bottle, gently push the ring downwards). Put the mousse back to freezer for 20-30minutes.

2)Take out the mousse, and pour the  dark chocolate glaze all over the mousse.Allow glaze excess to drip off.

3)Decorate with chocolate flower and spray with edible gold spray.

Note:

a)How to prepare glazing work area:

1) Put a jam jar into a big mixing bowl. Place mousse onto the jar, and glaze.

2) Place cooling rack onto a baking tray.Place mousse onto the rack and glaze.

b)Decoration is up to your own imagination.

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Hope you like this sharing.

Your comments and visit are so much appreciated. Thank you for dropping by ^_^

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Ferrero Rocher Mousse

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How many of you love these small little monster “Ferrero Rocher” chocolate balls?

I love it! Everytime seeing these exquisite advertisement on Ferrero Rocher, it has just drawn me closer to my own little fantasy lane “making it”.

My aim is to make into a bigger version of Ferrero Rocher Mousse balls. Bigger the better, what do you think?

If you are interested, let’s have a look of my version?

 

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Components you need:

  • Chocolate wafer
  • Milk chocolate cremeux
  • Chocolate cream chantilly
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Edible gold spray

 

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Chocolate wafer:

  • 23g rice pop
  • 90g  Cadbury baking milk chocolate( or any baking  chocolate)

1)Melt the chocolate in microwave on high heat, bring out and stir well every 10 seconds until completely melted.

2)Pour in the rice pop into melted chocolate and mix well.

3)Pour into 4 x 7cm diameter of hemisphere silicon moulds. Spread the mixture around the mould to form a thin layer around the hemisphere.(Remember to leave small gap for other fillings)

4)Chill in freezer until completely harden.

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Milk Chocolate Cremeux:

  • 50g Cadbury   baking milk chocolate button ( or any baking milk  chocolate )
  • 22ml Liddells Lactose free full cream milk ( or any milk)
  • 95g Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream )
  • 18g egg yolks
  • 9g castor sugar
  • 9g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter )

1)Put chocolate in a bowl.

2)Bring milk and cream to just boil.Off heat.

3)Beat yolks and sugar til light in colour with hand mixer.

4) Add in half of the hot cream into egg mixture, whisking till smooth. Pour in remaining hot cream mixture and keep whisking until all combined.Return over low heat, stir the mixture and cook till it coats the back of a spoon (or till 82C-84C) [Picture in step 4 ]

5)Switch off the heat. Strain over chocolate. Mix until smooth.

6)Add in butter, mix till smooth.

7)Spread into a shallow tray, cover with cling wrap, leave in fridge to semi-set for piping later. Pour into a piping bag with round nozzle.

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Assemble I:

1)Once the mixture become semi-set, pipe onto the rice pop mixture to fill up the gap. Arrange and lightly press in 2 whole  hazelnuts into the middle of  cremeux on 4 separated hemisphere. Leave to set in the freezer for 4 hours.

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Chocolate Cream Chantilly:

  • 200g Bulla whipping cream (or any whipping cream)
  • 4 tsp Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any cocoa powder)
  • 4 tsp castor sugar

1)Beat everything together to firm peaked. Pour into piping bag.

 

 

Assemble II:

1)Pipe around 4  x 8cm diameter hemisphere silicon moulds. By using a spoon, lightly spread the cream evenly with a spoon to ensure no gap was found otherwise you might see air trap inside the final mousse when peel off.

2)Take out the 7cm  hemiphere silicon moulds out from freezer. Remove each hardened mousse from moulds. Gentle press the hardened mousse into the chocolate cream chantilly. Remove excess cream chantilly and smoothed out. Keep in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight until hardened.

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Chocolate Ganache:

  • 150ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping or thickened cream)
  • 125g Cadbury baking milk chocolate ( or baking milk chocolate)
  • 13g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter)

1)Bring cream to boil. remove from heat.

2)Pour into chocolate. Mix well until chocolate is melted.

3)Stir in butter.Mix well.

4)Allow to cool until 30C.

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Assemble III:

  • 80g hazelnut, chopped finely

1)Take out the hemisphere mousse from freezer, remove from the moulds.

2)Press the chopped hazelnuts all around the mousse.(You can let the mousse bring back to room temperature for few minutes, then press the hazelnuts around to it stick to the mousse)

3)Stack 2 hemisphere altogether into a sphere. Repeat this for making another sphere.

4)Pour the chocolate ganache all over the hemisphere mousse.Allow to drip off excess.

5)Spray edible gold spray all over the 2 spheres Ferrero Rocher mousse. Chill in fridge for an hour before serving.

6)Remember to share with few person.

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Note:

(a)If you do not have edible gold spray, you can remove from the recipe.

(b)If you preferred more hazelnuts, you can sprinkle more nuts onto the chocolate ganache as well.

(c)This is a crazy idea that I fantasized for awhile, so go crazy with any other ingredients you prefer.

 

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Easy Japanese Strawberry Shortcake (Light & Moist)

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I love cottony, moist and light strawberry shortcake and I really want to make this cake in no time.

This cake is done in a day and serve after few hours. Yummilicious!

Let’s get started on a simple shortcake.

Dear Honey bun Hubby~ 

HAPPY 12th Anniversary

Thank you for holding my hands  

                                          Love, Wife

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What is Japanese Strawberry Shortcake?

Japanese strawberry shortcake is a layered sponge cake with a strawberry and whipped cream filling, and whipped cream frosting.  Unlike the American concept of strawberry shortcake , there are normally sweet biscuits/scones topped with strawberries and whipped cream.

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Components you need:

  • sponge cake
  • cream Chantilly
  • fresh strawberries

Sponge (Egg separation method):

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 60g Liddells lactose free milk( or any milk)
  • 40g vegetable oil
  • 80g cake flour
  • 20g corn flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 70g castor sugar

1)Whisk egg yolks and 20g of castor sugar.

2)Mix in oil and milk to well combine.

3)Sift in all flours and mix well.

4)In a  clean bowl:Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy,add in castor sugar in 2 additions and keep beating it on high speed until soft peak achieved.

5)Fold in 1/3 of meringue(a) into yolk mixture from step (3) to well combined, then fold in the remaining meringue to well combine without deflating the volume.

6)Pour into a prepared 10″ X 14″ baking tray lined with baking paper.Bake at preheat oven of 170C for 20 minutes or until it springs back when press in, depending on individual oven.

7)Once baked, remove pan from oven and invert onto a new sheet of baking paper. Allow to cool.

8)Once cooled, peel off the baking paper and cut out 4 pieces of 5″ circle discs.

9)Wash strawberries, dry it and slice thinly.

10)Prepare the cream chantilly.

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Note:

(a)what is meringue? Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

(b)Always remember when folding meringue into yolk mixture,it has to be done slowly and gently without deflating the air pockets, usually by using spatula to fold from bottom to upwards in slow motion until both mixture are well combined without any trace of meringue has been seen. Deflating the air pockets will not produce a well risen cake as result.

(c)You can bake this sponge at 180C for 15 minutes.For my sponge to achieve cottony , airy and moist texture,  adjust to 170C for 20 minutes until golden brown and spring back when lightly press in.The temperature sometimes greatly  depend on individual oven.(watch your oven temperature)

Cream Chantilly:

  • 250g Bulla whipping cream ( or any dairy whipping cream)
  • 2 tbsp of castor sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste ( or vanilla essence )

1)Beat cream, sugar and vanilla paste together until thickened or firm peak formed.

2)Spoon 1 cup of cream into piping bag with round nozzle attached.Chill in fridge.

 

First option to assemble:

Assemble 1 :

  • some strawberries, sliced thinly
  • cream chantilly
  • sponge

1)Place 1st piece of sponge onto your rotating cake stand or just table.

2)Spread some cream on the sponge, and arrange strawberries onto the cream.

3)Top up with 2nd piece sponge, spread some cream and arrange strawberries onto the cream.

4)Repeat step (3).Finally cover with last piece of sponge.

5)Frost your entire cake with cream chantilly.

6)Pipe some cream with tear drop shapes around the edges of the cake, top up with some sliced strawberries.

7)Serve.

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Note:

(a)For beginners to frost your cake:You can frost your cake with thin layer of cream first, allow to chill in the freezer for 30 minutes. Take out and frost with another layer of cream.( both layers of the cream should not be too thick)

(b)Decoration is up to your own imagination.So go wild with your imagination.

(c)You can just bake a classic sponge cake and slice into 4 pieces but my aim is to save electricity(heheheh, baking can be expensive for the electricity).A classic 6″ shortcake after frosting which produced 5″  circle discs  need to be baked for 25-30 minutes and slice into 4 equal pieces with good cutting skills. To me, I want to use minimal time, effort to bake and slice my sponge.With this sponge cake method,you will achieve even size of sponge pieces.

(d)This cake is not too sweet which I like.The berries are on season, definitely the first batch of sweetness as I don’t like sour strawberries.

If happen you enjoy more cream chantilly , feel free to increase the amount of whipping cream, and add sugar to your own taste. Since I love the flavour of vanilla, I added this vanilla paste which you can see these vanilla seeds are visible in my cream chantilly.

(e)Normal sponge cake usually using  whole egg and beat into ribbon stage, then fold with flours. I find it, that sponge cake is little dry and requires some sugar syrup to moisten it before layer with cream and berries. Egg separation method which means separate egg yolks and whites, and beat the egg whites with sugar (to soft peak)to create alot of air pockets inside , then fold with yolk mixture will create softer texture. Besides, I bake this under 170C to get more cottony and moist sponge cake.

How to choose good strawberries

  • After reading some articles on how to choose good berries, I found the same description of the berries that has to be even size with pointy tail.
  • If you found odd shapes of the berries or extremely huge(sometimes it can be square or very odd  shape, they are normally genetically modified food, please don’t get them)

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Second option to assemble:

Sometimes, I love to play around with this easy, quick and soft-cottony Japanese shortcake:

1)I used the same recipe but little adjustment on the cream chantilly (probably minus or plus on the cream depending on your preference).

2) using the same recipe for the cottony sponge above, baked in the same rectangle 10″ x 14″ baking tray lined with baking paper, then trim the cooled sponge into 2 x rectangle ( roughly 5″ x 14″ each piece)

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Assemble 2:

1) Prepare the 2 x rectangle sponge, chantilly cream and sliced strawberries on hand.

2) Place the 1st piece of sponge onto your rotating cake stand or table.

3)Spread decent amount of chantilly cream on the sponge, and arrange fresh strawberries onto the cream, then lightly press down the berries. Spread small amount of cream onto the berries just to cover it.

4) Top up with your 2nd piece sponge, and spread decent amount of this luscious cream on top of this sponge (I would say depending on are you that kind of cream lover like me? No harm for more cream) .

5) Trim all the edges of this cake to give a nice and clean appearance so you can see the layers of this shortcake.

6) Pipe some cream with tear drop shapes around the edges of the cake, top up with some sliced strawberries, or decorate how ever you prefer for your cake with the berries and cream, so you enjoy this cake with your love ones. 

7) Serve immediately, or set in the refrigerator for little more ( cover in a cake container so it won’t become dry ) during the hot summer day.

Enjoy ~ 🙂

 

Hope you enjoy this japanese shortcake with 2 decoration options.

Your visit and comments are greatly appreciated.

 

Love, 

Sivia

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Happy New Year 2015

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Combination of all those unwanted and un-acceptable pictures I have taken in 2014.Let’s put the past in the past, move forward.

Happy New Year with good health and happiness

It has been a roller coaster in 2014,

many things had happened which not under our understanding.

Let’s put the past be the past,

Let’s move forward.

Thank you for another year I able to live with my loved one.

Thank you God for everything, being there for me thin and thick.

Thank you  for those who stand by me and giving me support.

Love Sivia

French Cacao Macaron(Simple and Easy steps)

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Merry Christmas everyone~

There are 2 ways to create macarons shells:

1)French macaron : French method is much simpler just by folding french meringue into almond mixture

2)Italian meringue macaron: Italian meringue method is created by cooking sugar syrup(to 112C) then added into meringue and continued beating to firm peaks formed , finally folded into almond mixture.

This macaron is easy to make with few little steps that I think it is easier to master.

Love the raw cacao powder is  incorporated in the macaron as well as the buttercream that easy to make.To me, chocolate is my all time  favourite flavour in  all desserts.

Hope you like this sharing too.

Components you need:

  • French Cacao macaron shells
  • Cacao buttercream

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French Cacao macaron shells:

  • 60g almond powder
  • 60g egg whites ( leave in room temperature for few hours or a day )
  • 1 tsp egg white powder
  • 120g/1 cup icing sugar
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder ( or cocoa powder )

1)Take a piece of parchment paper and draw 1.5 inch (3.5 cm) circles, spacing the circles about 1 inch apart. Invert the baking sheet and place on a baking tray.

2)Process almond powder and icing sugar together.Sift twice of the almond powder ,cacao powder and icing sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3)In a clean bowl: Beat egg whites with egg white powder until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar in 2 additions  and continued beating to soft peak, continued beating to a Stiff peaks formed.

4)Fold in the meringue into the almond mixture in 2 additions until a thick lava-like batter is achieved.

5)Fill a pastry bag, fitted with 1/2 inch (1 cm) tip.  Pipe about 3.5cm circle  1 inch apart onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide(usually pipe slightly smaller than the actual template size as batter will slightly expand in size after you tap the baking tray on the counter).Then gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles.

6)Rest macarons at room temperature for about 30-60 minuges or until the top of the macarons are no longer sticky to your finger when you touch.

7)Bake the macarons in a preheated oven of 160C for 16 minutes, depending on your individual oven,in the middle rack of your oven . About half way  through baking, rotate your baking tray, front to back.

or

If your oven is a way too hot like a  furnace:Try bake your macaron on double trays(e) and bake your macaron at 160C until you begin to see your “feets” are formed on your macarons, remove the empty bottom tray immediately and reduce heat to 140C to finish off your baking.

8)Once baked, remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

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Process almond powder with icing sugar

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Give  few sifts for almond mixture

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Sift in 1 tbsp of cacao powder into almond mixture

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Add in egg white powder into egg whites in a grease-free and dry mixing bowl

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Beat egg whites and sugar till stiff peak(Firm peak)

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Fold in meringue into almond mixture in 2 additions

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Remember to fold and press down the mixture to reduce the air pockets

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Final batter should be thick and lava-like

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Pour in batter into piping bag fitted with round nozzle

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Pipe in batter into prepared pan. Rest. Bake

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The macaron is done when you can lift up macaron easily without sticking to parchment paper

Note:

a)Process the almond powder until become powder form because you might find store bought almond powder, the granules are not powdery enough, some might be hard to sift through. Use processor to blitz almond and icing mixture for few seconds and then sift few times.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.Macaron tends to crack on the surface while baking if not rest enough.When heat is applied, egg whites coagulates and forces the surface to crack due to insufficient dry top shells.

e)What is Double trays?Place the tray with macaron batter onto another empty tray.Reason to prevent excessive high heat from the bottom of the batter(egg whites coagulates and expands too quickly) to crack your surface of your macarons.

e)To see if macaron is baked properly:Once baked, try lifting the macaron slowly, if easily lift off clean without sticking to pan, showing it is baked properly.If not, continue baking for few more minutes.

 Important tips:

  • Ensure almond powder and icing sugar have to be sifted for few times to get smooth macaron shells.
  • Ensure eggs are in room temperature, uncovered for few 2 hours or more.
  • If you are in hurry, take your cold eggs from refrigerator,crack into a bowl and cover with lid, and warm it up by placing into a bowl of warm water(not too hot otherwise cook your egg whites). Allow to sit for 30 minutes or more.
  • Cold eggs tend to create more air pockets in the meringue while beating, we do not want this for macaron as we try to deflate the air pockets while folding with almond mixture. Too much air pockets in the meringue can somehow crack your macaron shells when heat is applied due to coagulation of protein from the egg whites.Sometimes too much air pockets create excessive “feets” that are not appealing.
  • Do not open your oven door too early otherwise the  macaron shells might collapse when drastic change of heat . You are allowed to open the oven door once while you rotate your baking tray half way baking macarons.
  • The reason to rotate your pan half way baking to ensure the macaron creates even “feets”.

Easy Cacao Buttercream

  • 60g Western Star, unsalted butter (Or any unsalted butter)
  • 90g  icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder( can replaced with cocoa powder if can’t find cacao)
  • 2 tbsp Lactose free milk ( or any milk)

1)Beat butter and icing sugar till pale and creamy. Beat in cacao powder to well combined.Pour buttercream into piping bag.

3)Fill up the macaron shells with cacao buttercream. Sandwich with other macaron shells.

4)It is best to serve  after sit in the fridge inside air tight container for a day until the macarons turn slightly moist by the buttercream.

raw cacao buttercream

Tips:

If you’re not going to consume your macarons immediately, you can store them:

•  Unfilled macarons: can be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days.Empty macaron shells can be stored in the air tight container in the freezer up to 3 months.

•  Filled macarons: keep them in an airtight container inside the fridge and they taste the best up to 3 days and after that taste little crumbly. Bring to room temperature before eating them.  They are even tastier 1-2 days after having been made!It is also possible to freeze them once they are filled.Filled macaron can be kept in the air tight container in the freezer also up to a month.Remember to defrose about 20-30 minutes before serving.

Reference:

Different sizes of your macaron with different temperature and baking time

Macaron

Diameter

Oven Temperature

Baking Time

Medium size

4 -6cm

( 1.5” – 2.5”)

140-150C

14 mins

Dessert size

6 –8cm

(2.5” – 3.25”)

160C

15 mins

Cake base

16cm or more

(6.25”) or more

170C

17 mins or more

Problem in forming skin for macaron?

There are time when your macaron just cannot form the skin even  how long you have waited. Due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen play an important rule on this issue. Winter or rainy day is definitely the weather you are trying to avoid. Of course there are cases that macarons are still manage to form the desire skin in these undesirable weather, depending on your luck perhaps?

If your macarons are having trouble in forming skin, you can try this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the unbaked macarons into oven, switch off the heat immediately.
  3. Leave the door ajar(put  glove in between your oven door to create a gap for hot air to release) , for 6 minutes.
  4. Touch the macaron if the skin is formed.
  5. Once skin is formed, turn on the heat to the right temperature,let say 160C, and start baking your macaron.

cacao macaron 3

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French Vanilla Macaron (Simple and Easy steps)

Vanilla buttercream 2

Merry Christmas Everyone~

There are 2 ways to create macarons shells:

1)French macaron : French method is much simpler just by folding french meringue into almond mixture

2)Italian meringue macaron: Italian meringue method is created by cooking sugar syrup(to 112C) then added into meringue and continued beating to firm peaks formed , finally folded into almond mixture.

This macaron is easy to make with few little steps that I think it is easier to master.

Love vanilla bean paste is incorporated in the macaron shells, as well as in the buttercream.It makes me feel like so vanilla-like.

Hope you like this recipe.

Components you need:

  • French Vanilla macaron shells
  • Vanilla buttercream

Vanilla buttercream 1

French Vanilla macaron shells:

  • 60g almond powder
  • 60g egg whites ( leave in room temperature for few hours or a day )
  • 1 tsp egg white powder
  • 120g/1 cup icing sugar
  • 60g castor sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste

1)Take a piece of parchment paper and draw 1.5 inch (3.5 cm) circles, spacing the circles about 1 inch apart. Invert the baking sheet and place on a baking tray.

2)Process almond powder and icing sugar together.Sift twice of the almond powder and icing sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3)In a clean bowl: Beat egg whites with egg white powder until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar in 2 additions  and continued beating to soft peak, continued beating to a Stiff peaks formed.Beat in vanilla paste.

4)Fold in the meringue into the almond mixture in 2 additions until a thick lava-like batter is achieved.

5)Fill a pastry bag, fitted with 1/2 inch (1 cm) tip.  Pipe about 3.5cm circle  1 inch apart onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide(usually pipe slightly smaller than the actual template size as batter will slightly expand in size after you tap the baking tray on the counter).Then gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles.

6)Rest macarons at room temperature for about 30-60 minuges or until the top of the macarons are no longer sticky to your finger when you touch.

7)Bake the macarons in a preheated oven of 160C for 16 minutes, depending on your individual oven,in the middle rack of your oven . About half way  through baking, rotate your baking tray, front to back.

or

If your oven is way too hot like a  furnace:Try bake your macaron on double trays(e) and bake your macaron at 160C until you begin to see your “feets” are formed on your macarons, remove the empty bottom tray immediately and reduce heat to 140C to finish off your baking.

8)Once baked, remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

DSC_6939

Process almond powder with icing sugar

DSC_6941

Give  few sifts for almond mixture

DSC_6943

Add in egg white powder into egg whites in a grease-free and dry mixing bowl

step1

Beat egg whites and sugar till stiff peak(Firm peak)

DSC_6944

Beat in vanilla paste in meringue

step2

Fold in meringue into almond mixture in 2 additions

DSC_6950

Remember to fold and press down the mixture to reduce the air pockets

DSC_6951

Final batter should be thick and lava-like

DSC_6962

Pipe in batter into prepared pan. Rest.Bake

DSC_6974

The macaron is done when you can lift up macaron easily without sticking to parchment paper

Note:

a)Process the almond powder until become powder form because you might find store bought almond powder, the granules are not powdery enough, some might be hard to sift through. Use processor to blitz almond and icing mixture for few seconds and then sift few times.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.Macaron tends to crack on the surface while baking if not rest enough.When heat is applied, egg whites coagulates and forces the surface to crack due to insufficient dry top shells.

e)What is Double trays?Place the tray with macaron batter onto another empty tray.Reason to prevent excessive high heat from the bottom of the batter(egg whites coagulates and expands too quickly) to crack your surface of your macarons.

e)To see if macaron is baked properly:Once baked, try lifting the macaron slowly, if easily lift off clean without sticking to pan, showing it is baked properly.If not, continue baking for few more minutes.

 Important tips:

  • Ensure almond powder and icing sugar have to be sifted for few times to get smooth macaron shells.
  • Ensure eggs are in room temperature, uncovered for few 2 hours or more.
  • If you are in hurry, take your cold eggs from refrigerator,crack into a bowl and cover with lid, and warm it up by placing into a bowl of warm water(not too hot otherwise cook your egg whites). Allow to sit for 30 minutes or more.
  • Cold eggs tend to create more air pockets in the meringue while beating, we do not want this for macaron as we try to deflate the air pockets while folding with almond mixture. Too much air pockets in the meringue can somehow crack your macaron shells when heat is applied due to coagulation of protein from the egg whites.Sometimes too much air pockets create excessive “feets” that are not appealing.
  • Do not open your oven door too early otherwise the  macaron shells might collapse when drastic change of heat . You are allowed to open the oven door once while you rotate your baking tray half way baking macarons.
  • The reason to rotate your pan half way baking to ensure the macaron creates even “feets”.

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 60g Western Star, unsalted butter (Or any unsalted butter)
  • 90g  icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1/2 tbsp Lactose Free full cream milk ( or any milk)

1)Beat butter and icing sugar till pale and creamy. Beat in vanilla paste and milk to well combined.Pour buttercream into piping bag.

2)Fill up the macaron shells with buttercream. Sandwich with other macaron shells.

4)It is best to serve  after sit in the fridge inside air tight container for a day until the macarons turn slightly moist by the buttercream.

vanilla buttercream

Tips:

If you’re not going to consume your macarons immediately, you can store them:

•  Unfilled macarons: can be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days.Empty macaron shells can be stored in the air tight container in the freezer up to 3 months.

•  Filled macarons: keep them in an airtight container inside the fridge and they taste the best up to 3 days and after that taste little crumbly. Bring to room temperature before eating them.  They are even tastier 1-2 days after having been made!It is also possible to freeze them once they are filled.Filled macaron can be kept in the air tight container in the freezer also up to a month.Remember to defrose about 20-30 minutes before serving.

Reference:

Different sizes of your macaron with different temperature and baking time

Macaron

Diameter

Oven Temperature

Baking Time

Medium size

4 -6cm

( 1.5” – 2.5”)

140-150C

14 mins

Dessert size

6 –8cm

(2.5” – 3.25”)

160C

15 mins

Cake base

16cm or more

(6.25”) or more

170C

17 mins or more

Problem in forming skin for macaron?

There are time when your macaron just cannot form the skin even  how long you have waited. Due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen play an important rule on this issue. Winter or rainy day is definitely the weather you are trying to avoid. Of course there are cases that macarons are still manage to form the desire skin in these undesirable weather, depending on your luck perhaps?

If your macarons are having trouble in forming skin, you can try this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the unbaked macarons into oven, switch off the heat immediately.
  3. Leave the door ajar(put  glove in between your oven door to create a gap for hot air to release) , for 6 minutes.
  4. Touch the macaron if the skin is formed.
  5. Once skin is formed, turn on the heat to the right temperature,let say 160C, and start baking your macaron.

Vanilla buttercream 3

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French Blueberry Macaron(Simple and Easy steps)

blueberry macaron 3

 Merry Christmas everyone~

There are 2 ways to create macarons shells:

1)French macaron : French method is much simpler just by folding french meringue into almond mixture

2)Italian meringue macaron: Italian meringue method is created by cooking sugar syrup(to 112C) then added into meringue and continued beating to firm peaks formed , finally folded into almond mixture.

This macaron is easy to make with few little steps that I think it is easier to master.

Love blueberry puree is incorporated in the buttercream that so easy to make.

Hope you like this sharing too.

Components you need:

  • French macaron shells
  • Blueberry buttercream

blueberry macaron 1

French macaron shells:

  • 60g almond powder
  • 60g egg whites ( leave in room temperature for few hours or a day )
  • 1 tsp egg white powder
  • 120g/1 cup icing sugar
  • 60g castor sugar
  • some purple food gel colouring

1)Take a piece of parchment paper and draw 1.5 inch (3.5 cm) circles, spacing the circles about 1 inch apart. Invert the baking sheet and place on a baking tray.

2)Process almond powder and icing sugar together.Sift twice of the almond powder and icing sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3)In a clean bowl: Beat egg whites with egg white powder until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar in 2 additions  and continued beating to soft peak, continued beating to a Stiff peaks formed.

4)Add in purple food colouring into meringue.Fold in the meringue into the almond mixture in 2 additions until a thick lava-like batter is achieved.

5)Fill a pastry bag, fitted with 1/2 inch (1 cm) tip.  Pipe about 3.5cm circle  1 inch apart onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide(usually pipe slightly smaller than the actual template size as batter will slightly expand in size after you tap the baking tray on the counter).Then gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles.

6)Rest macarons at room temperature for about 30-60 minuges or until the top of the macarons are no longer sticky to your finger when you touch.

7)Bake the macarons in a preheated oven of 160C for 16 minutes, depending on your individual oven,in the middle rack of your oven . About half way  through baking, rotate your baking tray, front to back.

or

If your oven is a way too hot like a  furnace:Try bake your macaron on double trays(e) and bake your macaron at 160C until you begin to see your “feets” are formed on your macarons, remove the empty bottom tray immediately and reduce heat to 140C to finish off your baking.

8)Once baked, remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

DSC_6939

Process almond powder with icing sugar

DSC_6941

Give  few sifts for almond mixture

DSC_6943

Add in egg white powder into egg whites in a grease-free and dry mixing bowl

step1

Beat egg whites and sugar till stiff peak(Firm peak)

DSC_6956

DSC_6958

Remember to fold and press down the mixture to reduce the air pockets

DSC_6959

Final batter should be thick and lava-like

DSC_6960

Pour in batter into piping bag fitted with round nozzle

DSC_6961

Pipe in batter into prepared pan. Rest. Bake

DSC_6976

The macaron is done when you can lift up macaron easily without sticking to parchment paper

Note:

a)Process the almond powder until become powder form because you might find store bought almond powder, the granules are not powdery enough, some might be hard to sift through. Use processor to blitz almond and icing mixture for few seconds and then sift few times.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.Macaron tends to crack on the surface while baking if not rest enough.When heat is applied, egg whites coagulates and forces the surface to crack due to insufficient dry top shells.

e)What is Double trays?Place the tray with macaron batter onto another empty tray.Reason to prevent excessive high heat from the bottom of the batter(egg whites coagulates and expands too quickly) to crack your surface of your macarons.

e)To see if macaron is baked properly:Once baked, try lifting the macaron slowly, if easily lift off clean without sticking to pan, showing it is baked properly.If not, continue baking for few more minutes.

 Important tips:

  • Ensure almond powder and icing sugar have to be sifted for few times to get smooth macaron shells.
  • Ensure eggs are in room temperature, uncovered for few 2 hours or more.
  • If you are in hurry, take your cold eggs from refrigerator,crack into a bowl and cover with lid, and warm it up by placing into a bowl of warm water(not too hot otherwise cook your egg whites). Allow to sit for 30 minutes or more.
  • Cold eggs tend to create more air pockets in the meringue while beating, we do not want this for macaron as we try to deflate the air pockets while folding with almond mixture. Too much air pockets in the meringue can somehow crack your macaron shells when heat is applied due to coagulation of protein from the egg whites.Sometimes too much air pockets create excessive “feets” that are not appealing.
  • Do not open your oven door too early otherwise the  macaron shells might collapse when drastic change of heat . You are allowed to open the oven door once while you rotate your baking tray half way baking macarons.
  • The reason to rotate your pan half way baking to ensure the macaron creates even “feets”.

Blueberry Buttercream:

  • 40g blueberry puree
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 60g Western Star, unsalted butter (Or any unsalted butter)
  • 90g icing sugar

1)Process the blueberry into puree, then bring blueberry, lemon juice and 1/2 tbsp water to boil, cook till slightly thicker.Set aside to cool down.

2)Beat butter and icing sugar till pale and creamy. Beat in blueberry puree to well combined.Pour buttercream into piping bag.

3)Fill up the macaron shells with blueberry buttercream. Sandwich with other macaron shells.

4)It is best to serve  after sit in the fridge inside air tight container for a day until the macarons turn slightly moist by the buttercream.

blueberry buttercream

Tips:

If you’re not going to consume your macarons immediately, you can store them:

•  Unfilled macarons: can be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days.Empty macaron shells can be stored in the air tight container in the freezer up to 3 months.

•  Filled macarons: keep them in an airtight container inside the fridge and they taste the best up to 3 days and after that taste little crumbly. Bring to room temperature before eating them.  They are even tastier 1-2 days after having been made!It is also possible to freeze them once they are filled.Filled macaron can be kept in the air tight container in the freezer also up to a month.Remember to defrose about 20-30 minutes before serving.

Reference:

Different sizes of your macaron with different temperature and baking time

Macaron

Diameter

Oven Temperature

Baking Time

Medium size

4 -6cm

( 1.5” – 2.5”)

140-150C

14 mins

Dessert size

6 –8cm

(2.5” – 3.25”)

160C

15 mins

Cake base

16cm or more(6.25”) or more

170C

17 mins or more

Problem in forming skin for macaron?

There are time when your macaron just cannot form the skin even  how long you have waited. Due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen play an important rule on this issue. Winter or rainy day is definitely the weather you are trying to avoid. Of course there are cases that macarons are still manage to form the desire skin in these undesirable weather, depending on your luck perhaps?

If your macarons are having trouble in forming skin, you can try this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the unbaked macarons into oven, switch off the heat immediately.
  3. Leave the door ajar(put  glove in between your oven door to create a gap for hot air to release) , for 6 minutes.
  4. Touch the macaron if the skin is formed.
  5. Once skin is formed, turn on the heat to the right temperature,let say 160C, and start baking your macaron.

blueberry macaron 2

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French Raspberry Macaron (Simple and Easy steps)

Raspberry macaron 3@

Merry Christmas Everyone~

There are 2 ways to create macarons shells:

1)French macaron : French method is much simpler just by folding french meringue into almond mixture

2)Italian meringue macaron: Italian meringue method is created by cooking sugar syrup(to 112C) then added into meringue and continued beating to firm peaks formed , finally folded into almond mixture.

This macaron is easy to make with few little steps that I think it is easier to master.

Love raspberry puree  is incorporated in the buttercream that everyone can make.To me, red looks so christmas-like.

Hope you like this sharing too.

Components you needed:

  • French macaron shells
  • Raspberry buttercream

Raspberry macaron 1

French macaron shells:

  • 60g almond powder
  • 60g egg whites ( leave in room temperature for few hours or a day )
  • 1 tsp egg white powder
  • 120g/1 cup icing sugar
  • 60g castor sugar
  • some red food colouring

1)Take a piece of parchment paper and draw 1.5 inch (3.5 cm) circles, spacing the circles about 1 inch apart. Invert the baking sheet and place on a baking tray.

2)Process almond powder and icing sugar together.Sift twice of the almond powder and icing sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3)In a clean bowl: Beat egg whites with egg white powder until foamy, slowly add in castor sugar in 2 additions  and continued beating to soft peak, continued beating to a Stiff peaks formed.

4)Add in red food colouring into meringue.Fold in the meringue into the almond mixture in 2 additions until a thick lava-like batter is achieved.

5)Fill a pastry bag, fitted with 1/2 inch (1 cm) tip.  Pipe about 3.5cm circle  1 inch apart onto the parchment paper, using the template as a guide(usually pipe slightly smaller than the actual template size as batter will slightly expand in size after you tap the baking tray on the counter).Then gently tap the baking sheet on the counter to break any air bubbles.

6)Rest macarons at room temperature for about 30-60 minuges or until the top of the macarons are no longer sticky to your finger when you touch.

7)Bake the macarons in a preheated oven of 160C for 16 minutes, depending on your individual oven,in the middle rack of your oven . About half way  through baking, rotate your baking tray, front to back.

or

If your oven is a way too hot like a  furnace:Try bake your macaron on double trays(e) and bake your macaron at 160C until you begin to see your “feets” are formed on your macarons, remove the empty bottom tray immediately and reduce heat to 140C to finish off your baking.

8)Once baked, remove from oven, and allow to cool completely.

DSC_6846

1)Sift almond powder and icing sugar together few times

DSC_6847

2)Beat egg whites and sugar in a grease-free and dry bowl

step1

3)Beat egg whites and sugar till stiff peak(Firm peak)

step2

4)Fold in meringue into almond mixture in 2 additions

step3

5)Mix in red food colouring paste,fold and press down the mixture.

DSC_6915

6)Batter should be lava-like and thick

DSC_6917

7)Pour in the batter into piping bag with round nozzle

DSC_6919

8)Pipe in batter into prepared pan. Rest.Bake

Note:

a)Process the almond powder until become powder form because you might find store bought almond powder, the granules are not powdery enough, some might be hard to sift through. Use processor to blitz almond and icing mixture for few seconds and then sift few times.

b) The correct consistency of the batter is: the batter falls back in the bowl in a visible ribbon and the ribbon disappears within 10 seconds.Remember under-mix or over-mix batter will not able to create nice macaron at the end.

c) Release the air bubbles on the unbaked macarons with the end of a toothpick.

d) Sometimes you might have to rest the macarons longer than the time required due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen.Macaron tends to crack on the surface while baking if not rest enough.When heat is applied, egg whites coagulates and forces the surface to crack due to insufficient dry top shells.

e)What is Double trays?Place the tray with macaron batter onto another empty tray.Reason to prevent excessive high heat from the bottom of the batter(egg whites coagulates and expands too quickly) to crack your surface of your macarons.

e)To see if macaron is baked properly:Once baked, try lifting the macaron slowly, if easily lift off clean without sticking to pan, showing it is baked properly.If not, continue baking for few more minutes.

 Important tips:

  • Ensure almond powder and icing sugar have to be sifted for few times to get smooth macaron shells.
  • Ensure eggs are in room temperature, uncovered for few 2 hours or more.
  • If you are in hurry, take your cold eggs from refrigerator,crack into a bowl and cover with lid, and warm it up by placing into a bowl of warm water(not too hot otherwise cook your egg whites). Allow to sit for 30 minutes or more.
  • Cold eggs tend to create more air pockets in the meringue while beating, we do not want this for macaron as we try to deflate the air pockets while folding with almond mixture. Too much air pockets in the meringue can somehow crack your macaron shells when heat is applied due to coagulation of protein from the egg whites.Sometimes too much air pockets create excessive “feets” that are not appealing.
  • Do not open your oven door too early otherwise the  macaron shells might collapse when drastic change of heat . You are allowed to open the oven door once while you rotate your baking tray half way baking macarons.
  • The reason to rotate your pan half way baking to ensure the macaron creates even “feets”.

Raspberry macaron 5

 Raspberry Buttercream:

  • 40g raspberry puree
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 60g Western Star, unsalted butter (Or any unsalted butter)
  • 90g icing sugar

1)Process the raspberry into puree, then bring raspberry, lemon juice and 1/2 tbsp water to boil, cook till slightly thicker.Set aside to cool down.

2)Beat butter and icing sugar till pale and creamy. Beat in raspberry puree to well combined.Pour buttercream into piping bag.

3)Fill up the macaron shells with raspberry buttercream. Sandwich with other macaron shells.

4)It is best to serve  after sit in the fridge inside air tight container for a day until the macarons turn slightly moist by the buttercream.

Raspberry buttercream

Tips:

If you’re not going to consume your macarons immediately, you can store them:

•  Unfilled macarons: can be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days.Empty macaron shells can be stored in the air tight container in the freezer up to 3 months.

•  Filled macarons: keep them in an airtight container inside the fridge and they taste the best up to 3 days and after that taste little crumbly. Bring to room temperature before eating them.  They are even tastier 1-2 days after having been made!It is also possible to freeze them once they are filled.Filled macaron can be kept in the air tight container in the freezer also up to a month.Remember to defrose about 20-30 minutes before serving.

Reference:

Different sizes of your macaron with different temperature and baking time

Macaron

Diameter

Oven Temperature

Baking Time

Medium size

4 -6cm

( 1.5” – 2.5”)

140-150C

14 mins

Dessert size

6 –8cm

(2.5” – 3.25”)

160C

15 mins

Cake base

16cm or more

(6.25”) or more

170C

17 mins or more

Problem in forming skin for macaron?

There are time when your macaron just cannot form the skin even  how long you have waited. Due to the humidity and temperature of your kitchen play an important rule on this issue. Winter or rainy day is definitely the weather you are trying to avoid. Of course there are cases that macarons are still manage to form the desire skin in these undesirable weather, depending on your luck perhaps?

If your macarons are having trouble in forming skin, you can try this method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the unbaked macarons into oven, switch off the heat immediately.
  3. Leave the door ajar(put  glove in between your oven door to create a gap for hot air to release) , for 6 minutes.
  4. Touch the macaron if the skin is formed.
  5. Once skin is formed, turn on the heat to the right temperature,let say 160C, and start baking your macaron.

Raspberry macaron 2

Thanks for visiting and welcome to drop your comments here. ^_^

Jasmine Orange Cake (Spring Edition)

jasmin bavaroise & orange sponge7

by Sivia

jasmin bavaroise & orange sponge2

by Sivia

It’s spring !

I love flower blossoming season. I love how the trees are looking alive with vibrantly attractive flowers, bees are awaken from hibernation to start their hectic nectar-sucking job.

I love the aroma release from tea.To me, Jasmine tea seems to be the type of tea that I am very familiar with.The aroma and the taste are very distinctively easy to recognize.

I love experimenting

especially with the aroma and taste from the daily food I consume. Tea and fruit should go well after all many fruity tea is so available nowadays.

Orange + Jasmine = Deliciousness

I hope you like my little tasty experimenting dessert to celebrate the spring.

Let’s get started!

Components you need:

  • Orange sponge
  • Jasmine bavaroise
  • Red Chocolate glaze
  • Chocolate bowl  for decoration (optional)

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by sivia

Orange Sponge:

  • 50g whole eggs
  • 10g icing sugar
  • 5g cake flour
  • 5g plain flour
  • 30g almond flour
  • 50g egg whites
  • 10g castor sugar
  • 8g vegetable oil
  • 1/2 whole orange

1)Sift all the flours.

2)Boil orange.Once boiled, peel off the skin, slice into chuncks, deseed. Process it to form a puree in blender.Set aside.

3)Beat egg and icing sugar until pale then add in the orange puree and mix well.

4)Fold in the flours and mix well. Add in the oil and mix well.

5)In other bowl: Beat egg white and sugar to foamy,slowly add in sugar and continued beating to reach soft peak.

6)Fold  meringue(a) into yolk mixture in  3 additions.(without deflating the air pockets)

7)Pour batter into a prepared pan of 8″ x 10″ ( 20cm x 25cm) lined with baking paper.

8)Bake at 200C for 15-20 minutes,until golden brown ,depending on individual oven.

9)Once baked, remove from oven and lay onto a new baking paper.Peel off the old baking paper immediately.Cool down.

10)Once cooled down, cut out (6 x 38mm )and (6 x 57mm )round discs.Total: 16 round pieces sponge.

orange-puree

orange joconde

Note:

(a)what is meringue? 

Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

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Jasmine Bavaroise Mousse:

  • 170ml  Liddells Lactose free milk  (Or any milk)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1/3 tsp jasmine tea
  • 27g castor  sugar
  • 27g egg yolks
  • 4g gelatin leaves
  • 150ml Bulla  whipping cream (Or any whipping cream)
  • 1/2 tbsp castor sugar

1)Bring jasmine tea, vanilla paste and milk to a boil in a saucepan. Off heat.Leave to infuse for 20 minutes with lid on.

2)In a mixing bowl: whisk together egg yolks and sugar until light in colour.

3)Pour half the boiled liquid into egg mixture, mix well.

4)Return mixture to the remaining boiled milk mixture to heat.Stir well.

5)Continue cooking the liquid until thicken, coats the back of the wooden spoon, and reaches 82-84C.

6)Add soaked gelatin to custard and strain into a bowl in an ice bain-marie(a).

7)Beat cream to ribbon stage(b).

8)When custard is cold, remove the bowl from ice bain marie.

9)Fold in whipped cream into cold custard and mix well.

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Note:

(a)What is ice bain-marie?

Place the bowl of  hot custard under another bowl containing ice cubes to cool it down.

(b)What is ribbon stage?

A term referring to the thickness of a whipped/cooked batter (typically with eggs)or cream.When the batter is lifted it should fall in ribbons or smooth sheets that will hold their shape momentarily before falling into the batter.

(c)What is bavaroise?

Creme Anglaise + Whipped cream = Bavaroise

Bavaroise: a french name for bavarian creme. It is a delicate cream dessert with a Cr̬eme Anglaise base, and then aerated with whipped cream or yogurt, egg whites and various flavourings such as fruit pur̩e, chocolate, coffee, tea or liqueurs before being set in the refrigerator with gelatin.

Assemble I:

1) Pour in some jasmine Bavaroise  into 6 separated 6cm  half sphere silicon baking moulds.

2)Place the small round disc  orange sponge into the bavaroise. Top up with more bavaroise.

3)Place big round disc orange sponge into the jasmine bavaroise and lightly press in. Remove excess bavaroise.

4)Allow to set in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.

assemble

Red Chocolate Glaze:

  • 250g Bulla cream ( or any cream)
  • 20g sugar
  • 50ml glucose
  • some red food colouring paste
  • 130g Cadbury baking white chocolate ( or any white chocolate)
  • 6g gelatin leaves

1)Bloom gelatin in cold water until soften.

2)Bring cream, sugar, glucose and food colouring to boil at 85C.

3)Add in white chocolate in few additions. Stir to combine.

4)Sitr in soften gelatin, mix well. Strain.

5)Allow to cool down to 25C-28C.

Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 25-28C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • you can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)

How to make chocolate bowl:

1)Melt some dark chocolate. Pour into a piping bag.

2)Ready with a 7cm half sphere silicone moulds.

3)Cut off small tip of the piping bag.

4)Pipe some lines over the moulds or any shapes you like. Set in the freezer.

5)Gently remove the chocolate bowl from the silicone moulds.

Assemble II:

1)Remove the half sphere mousse from the moulds.Place onto a prepared cooling rack that sits above a baking tray.

2)By using a ladle, gently ladle the red glaze over each mousse. Allow to drip off the excess.

3)Decorate with chocolate bowl or any fruits that you like.Go wild with your imagination.Serve.

chocolate glaze

Note:

a)Remember to place the dessert into refrigerator to bring the temperature back to optimum temperature before eating.

b)Chocolate bowl is optional for decoration, it can be removed from the recipe and the cake still taste like spring.Yummy.

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Hope you enjoy this dessert!

Thank you for dropping by and deeply appreciate your comments.

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Hummingbird Cake(Husband’s birthday)

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by sivia

            Happy birthday My love, husband

To husband,

Every time life has been tough and every time a storm tried to blow me away, you have been my rock and you have always saved the day.

Every time I look at you and every time I see your handsome face, I feel lucky to be your wife and I feel glad that no one else took my place. Happy birthday my dear.

 Love, wife

Nothing big or exquisite of this birthday cake.

This year would love to bake something way different from the other birthdays

Hope he likes it.

I love the soft and moist of this hummingbird cake with so much of flavour from the bananas and pineapple. Top up with this cream cheese frosting,makes this cake extra moist and rich.

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by sivia

Components you need:

  • Hummingbird cake
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • Hazelnut brittle

Hummingbird cake:

  • 3 large bananas, mashed
  • 400g pineapple from the tin, chopped(drain the excess juice)
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 3 small size eggs (separate egg whites and yolks)
  • 350g self raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • dash of  nutmeg powder (Optional)
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 1/8tsp sea salt

1)Preheat the oven to 190C. Grease and flour 2 x 20cm round cake tins.

2)Sift the flour, cinnamon,ginger and nutmeg powder  into a mixing bowl, then add the sugar and  sea salt.

3)Place mashed bananas in a bowl, add in chopped pineapple. Add in oil.

4)Lightly beat the egg yolks and add into the bananas mixture from step (3).Mix until combined.

5)Fold into the dry mixture until smooth.

6)In a clean mixing bowl: Beat egg whites until foamy, then slowly add in 50g of castor sugar in 2 additions.Fold meringue into the flour mixture in 2 additions until well combined.

7)Divide the batter evenly between your prepared tins. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes at 190C-200C, or until skewer inserted in the middle and comes out clean, depending on individual oven.

8)Once baked, allow to cool in the cake pan for 10 minutes, then transfer into cooling racks to cool completely.

Note:

a)You can use fresh pineapple, choose the ripen one.

Cream cheese Frosting:

  • 200 g icing sugar, sifted

  • 80 g Western Star unsalted butter, (at room temperature)

  • 125g, Philadelphia light version cream cheese(Room temperature)

  • 1 lemon, juice and zest

Chocolate Banana Mousse Cake 巧克力香蕉慕斯蛋糕

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by sivia

                             I remembered how Chocolate Banana mousse cake enticed me  once I tasted .The velvety and chocolatey mousse combined with the soft cottony sponge. I love mousse cake.I think sponge and mousse are heavenly compatible to each other,one cannot lost the other. The banana definitely is one of the main  flavour  to the entire cake.Can’t complaint.This is how I fall in love to mousse cake,madly in love.
                          Chocolate banana cake is classic, everyone has their way of doing it. I have been baking this couple of times in my life  evolving from using instant sponge cake mix(17 years old) to making it from scratch (now).And this is another version of it. Hope you all like this sharing ^_^
Let’s get started, shall we?
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Components you need:

  • Chocolate sponge
  • Torched banana/ fresh banana
  • Coffee chocolate round disc (optional)
  • Chocolate mousse
  • Chocolate glacage/glaze

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Chocolate Sponge: 

  • 2 egg yolk
  • 10g castor sugar
  • 15g salad oil
  • 30ml Liddells lactose free milk ( or any milk)
  • 15g cake flour
  • 10g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any cocoa powder)
  • 2 egg white
  • drop of lemon juice/white vinegar
  • 20g castor sugar
1) Sifted flour and cocoa powder. Line a 7″ cake pan with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180C.
2)Whisk yolk and sugar together to well combine.
3)Add in oil and milk.Mix well.
4)Add in sifted flours in 2 additions, mix to well combined.
5)Beat egg whites and a drop of vinegar in a clean bowl to foamy stage, add in sugar slowly , continued beating to stiff peak.
6)Scoop out one-third of meringue(a) to mix with yolk-mixture at step (4).Fold in remaining meringue to batter in 2 additions to well combine.
7)Bake: 180C, 10-15 minutes depending on individual oven.
8)Remove cake from oven to cool down. Remove baking paper and cut into slightly smaller than 6″ in diameter.( We are going to use 6″ cake ring, so we need to cut into a round sponge slightly smaller than 6″ in diameter)
chocolate sponge
Note:
(a)what is meringue?
 Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside . Usually to double or tripled of volume.

Torched Banana:

  • 1 and half banana, (depending on size, you can use more if you love banana, the more the better)
  • some brown sugar(optional)
  • torched gun
1)Peel off bananas and halve it.
2)Sprinkle with some brown sugar onto each banana.(ignore this step if prefer no sugar)
3)Caramelize each banana with torch.Set aside for later use.
torched banana
Coffee Chocolate round disc: (optional)
  • some  coffee chocolate button or some baking chocolate.
1)Melt some of the compound chocolate, and lightly spread on a sheet of baking paper. Put another sheet of baking paper ont op of the chocolate,and using a tray to lay on top(reduce the chocolate disc wobbles).Keep in refrigerate until set
2)When the chocolate is set, using a 5″ round cutter,dip the round cutter into warm water, wipe it to dry. Cut a round disc out.

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 300ml Bulla whipping cream( or any whipping cream)
  • 140g Cadbury baking dark chocolate ( or any baking dark chocolate)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
1)Melt the chocolate over a pot of simmering water(do not allow water to touch the bowl of chocolate)
2)Beat eggs and sugar in a pot of simmering water(do not allow the water touches the bowl of egg mixture). Keep beating the egg and sugar until fluffy and pale or ribbon stage(a)[Step 3 in picture below]
3)Fold the egg mixture step (2) into melted chocolate at step (1).
4)In a clean bowl: beat whipping cream until soft peak formed.
5)Fold whipped cream into egg-chocolate mixture at step (3) in 2 additions until a velvety chocolate mousse achieved. Pour into a piping bag.
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Note:

(a)What is ribbon stage?

A term referring to the thickness of a whipped/cooked batter (typically with eggs)or cream.When the batter is lifted it should fall in ribbons or smooth sheets that will hold their shape momentarily before falling into the batter.

Assemble (1): 

1)Place 6″ cake ring onto a baking tray lined with baking paper underneath.
2)Place the chocolate sponge, and pipe chocolate mousse onto the sponge to cover the sponge.
3)Place the coffee-chocolate round disc on (Optional if you dont want to add ),please jump to step (4).
4)Arrange torched banana slices all over the mousse.
5)Cover with remaining chocolate mousse.
6)Smooth the top and allow to freeze until set for at least 4 hours or overnight.
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Chocolate Glacage:

  • 260g Bulla cream ( or any cream)
  • 180g sugar
  • 60g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder (Or any cocoa powder)
  • 6g gelatin leaves (soak in cold water till soften)

1)In a pot:add in cream, sugar, cocoa powder(sifted),keep cooking and stirring under medium heat.

2)After the mixture came to boil and cocoa powder has dissolved.Remove from heat.

3)Add in the soaked gelatin sheet(discard the water),stir till dissolved.

4)Strain the mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.Stirring occasionally to avoid skin form.

 

Note:

  • It is best to cool down the chocolate glaze till 28-33C  to glaze the mousse(frozen).
  • Stir the glaze now and then before glazing to prevent skin forming.
  • You can chill the glaze overnight to rest before using.The glaze will be jelly like texture form.
  • Carefully warm up with bain-marie or microwave until liquid and no trace of lump.(Remember to cool down to the optimum temperature when glazing)

 

Assemble (2):

1)Take out mousse cake from freezer, remove the cake ring by using hair blower to gently heat up all around cake ring for few seconds.
2)Place mousse cake onto a cooling rack sitting above a baking tray.
3)Pour the chocolate glacage all over the mousse.Allow to drip excess.
4) Decorate however you like.
chocolate glacage
Note:
1.If you prefer slicing the bananas in smaller pieces, then arrange around the mousse, of course you can do that.
2.Do not sprinkle sugar onto sliced banana if preferred less sweet.
3.If you have no torch gun, you can just arrange sliced banana.
4. This  cake is preferably eaten fresh with the bananas inside.
5.Be generous and quick when glazing your mousse cake so it does not have air bubbles trap into your glaze which resulting wrinkles on the glaze.
6.Eliminate the coffee chocolate round disc from the recipe if preferred without it.
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by sivia

Hope you enjoy this another version of chocolate banana.
Thank you for dropping by and deeply appreciate your comments ^_^
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My 2014 humble and blessing birthday

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Birthday cake: Something I would say different from what I normally tasted.

 

Oh no, I am old….

 

But I am so blessed with all the wishes from friends and family.

 

Nothing greater than warming wishes from people that I love.

 

Thank you for everything for all your genuine wishes.

 

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A decent cake from BLACK STAR PASTRY for my birthday. I cannot believe I finished all with my hubby the time we bought home.

 

I heard so much of Black Star Pastry. It took us 2 hours of journey by train just to bring home this cake.The journey was long but the time we finished  the cake was just 15 minutes.

The shop is unforgettable.People lined up outside of the shop to taste the food.

Adored the aroma from the good quality of coffee bean  used in their beverages that evolved around the entire shop. The pastry aroma definitely woken my senses in a good way.

 

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Lily from my both sisters and mum from Malaysia to Sydney. I love you all so much

Received a bouquet of fresh lily from the beautiful family ( Cassandra”kei kei”, Tracy and Amainda) when I returned home from a heavy lunch.

It was a blessed surprise. Honestly,I did not receive much flowers from anyone, husband bought me roses twice during the 10 years time being together.

Although men would think sending flower is not practical gift, honestly speaking “flower” is every girl’s favourite.

 

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I thought it was from anonymous, since the flower was not from husband after I questioned him. Who called me ” BABY” apart from hubby?

hahahah, my both sisters and my mom, you are my only everything now. Just the 4 of us, the family.

 

 

 

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Bought home some sushi,  a must to eat for my birthday every year. No dinner out today since husband is so busy.

 

 

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So many grilled chicken in Sydney, so far for reasonable taste, I would say NANDOS chicken.Juicy, succulent and the marinaded sauce into the chicken is the bonus of all.I just don’t enjoy any aussie grilled chicken, it just plain taste.

 

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Handphone shot: Nandos in Sydney

I love the authentic and woody ornaments and decor in this shop.

 

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Handphone shot: (Oliver Brown) Belgium waffles with ice cream and melted chocolate, Belgium dark chocolate mocha and oreo cheesecake

 

 

 

Okay, this “Oliver Brown” has just  newly opened nearby my housing area.I have to try this for my birthday.Just a simple and humble tea break.

Comment: Since my husband is a waffle-fanatic, his comment for this waffle is extremely critical.

 

Few suggestions for this Belgium waffle improvement-$12++ :

(1)Try not to drizzle the melted chocolate over, it is overly sweetened and sometimes reducing the crisp of the waffle.

(2)Try to toast the waffle in a better way that grilling it, waffles tasted burnt.Or any of a better way to treat this valuable waffle.

 

He ordered a slice of  Oreo Cheesecake cost $7++ :

Our comment: Please remove this cheesecake from the menu, or get a good cheese for the cake, what about Philadelphia cream cheese, perhaps?

 

Beverage: Belgium dark chocolate mocha– $6++

Comment: The best of all the food we ordered.Like the chocolate chips on the side which mix into the hot drink.

 

Noticed the customers who dined in, we are the only one who seemed to order a meal, the rest were only beverages.

Guess you know why.

 

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Handphone shot:(Oliver Brown): cheesecake, tiramisu, Chocolate mudcake, swiss roll, eclair, profiteroles, Red velvet, opera, Chocolate mousse, assorted macarons and etc.

 

 

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Handphone quick shot: Assorted Belgium chocolate

 

 

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I am blessed when I get to wake up everyday.

I am blessed to have my hubby to love me on his own way.

I am blessed for all the genuine wishes from friends and family.

I am blessed for a humble birthday .

Neither do I need a day with expensive gift nor fine dining restaurant.

A simple and joyous birthday that filled with love and blessings are more than I asked for.

Thank you for today.

 

 

 

Banana L’Opera 香蕉欧培拉蛋糕

 

Banan L'opera

by sivia

I wanted to try second time of opera and the banana concept is the key from one of my readers here(U know who u r :P, thank you so much) I wanted to do it from how she told me: Strong banana and chocolate flavour,less on the coffee(unlike the classic one).I am aiming to reduce the sweetness by adding less buttercream onto this cake,but it still taste very delish!Here you go~

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by Sivia

 

Few components:

  • Banana Joconde
  • Coffee(Decaf) syrup
  • Coffee(Decaf) buttercream
  • Banana buttercream
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling
  • Dark Chocolate Glaze

 

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Banana Joconde:

  • 63g almond powder
  • 63g icing sugar
  • 18g cake flour
  • 85g eggs
  • 1 ripen banana, mashed
  • 80g egg whites
  • 16g castor sugar
  • 18g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter)

Banana Joconde

 

1)Preheat oven to 200c.Line baking paper onto a 30cmX30cm baking tray.

2)Sift almond powder, icing sugar and cake flours.Set aside.

3)In a mixing bowl: beat eggs until ribbon stage(a), fold in the almond-icing-flour mixture and banana mashed.(Do not over mix)

4)In another clean mixing bowl: Beat egg white till foamy stage, slowly add in sugar and continued beating till stiff peak achieved.

5)Fold in 1/3 of meringue(b) into the egg-flour mixture to ligthen it.Then, fold in the remaining meringue.(Do not over mix otherwise deflate the air bubbles)

6)Pour in the melted butter and mix to just well combined.

7)Bake at 200C for 8-15 minutes,or to light golden brown,depending on individual oven.

 

Note:

(a)Ribbon stage? Aerated of eggs with sugar by whisking it. As you lift the egg mixture, it will fall back on itself and a trail of “ribbon” will be left across the surface. The ribbon will hold shape for a moment and then sink back into the mixture.

 (b)what is meringue? Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

 Simple  Coffee Syrup (Decaffeinated)

 

Simple coffee syrup

 

Italian Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 30ml water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 225g Western Star butter,unsalted(room temperature) or any unsalted butter

 

1)Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.Bring it to boil. Once it starts boiling, insert a candy thermometer.

2)Standby your butter cubes on other side.

3)Whip egg whites in mixing bowl of a mixer to soft peaks, at medium-high speed. (Goal: egg whites whipped to soft peaks by the time sugar reaches 112C.)

4)When sugar reaches 112C, add it to egg whites in a slow steady stream on medium speed. (Careful: Pour sugar directly into egg white without hitting edge or side of bowls or beater)

5)Increase speed to high and beat until cooled to room temperature. ( Test with thermometer if cooled meringue is at or lower than 35C.)

6)Reduce mixer speed to medium, start adding butter ,one at a time. Mix well and be patient.

7)When all butter has been added, continued beating at high speed until incorporated or a completely smooth buttercream is obtained.

 

italian meringue buttercream

Note:

(a)Do not panic if you see curdled during the stage where adding butter, keep beating at high speed ,you will see it comes back together and become smooth.

(b)Ensure you butter is cut into small cubes and it is in room temperature, not too soft and not firm to touch. When you touch it, it leaves a soft dent on the butter.

(c)If your kitchen happen to be hot, you can use a bowl of cold ice sits underneath the italian meringue while adding your butter into. It helps to prevent butter to split due to  the heat from italian meringue.

 

From Italian Meringue buttercream we prepared, we make into 2 different flavours:

 

a)Decaf Coffee Buttercream:

  • 2/3 of italian buttercream(prepared above)
  • few tsp of the decaf coffee syrup(prepared earlier)

1)Whip all these together to get a smooth decaf coffee buttercream.

 

b)Banana Buttercream:

1 ripen banana,mashed(or few drops of banana essence)

1/3 of italian buttercream(Prepared ealier)

1)whip all together to get a smooth banana buttercream.(notice: using banana mashed will see chunks of banana puree,it is ok.If want to avoid it,use banana essence)

Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling:

 

Dark chocolate filling

Dark Chocolate Glaze:

 

Dark chocolate glaze

Another version of Chocolate glacage:

  • 260g  Bulla whipping cream ( or any whipping cream)
  • 180g sugar
  • 60g Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder ( or any cocoa powder)
  • 6g gelatine leaves
  • 30g water (use to soak the gelatine)

1)in a pot:add in cream, sugar, cocoa powder(sifted),keep cooking and strring under medium heat.

2)After the mixture came to boil and cocoa powder has dissolved.Remove from heat.

3)add in the soaked gelatine sheet(discard the water),stir till dissolved.

4)Strain the mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.Stirring occasionally to avoid skin form.

 

 

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Assemble:

1)Cut the banana joconde into 3 equal parts.

2)Brush Decaf coffee syrup onto the first joconde.

3)Spread decaf coffee buttercream then spread the chocolate ganache.

4)Add 2nd layer joconde.

5)Brush with syrup,then spread banana buttercream.

6)Spread chocolate ganache.

7)Layer the last joconde,brush syrup.

8)Spread decaf coffee buttercream.

9)Set inside the fridge to chill for few hours till buttercream has harden.

10)Remove cake from fridge,warm up the chocolate glaze if harden.

11)Pour the chooclate galze on top of the buttercream layer.(Dont worry to run over the edges)

12)Trim the 4 sides.Set in fridge for 30 minutes.

13)Decorate how ever u like.Slice and serve.

Banana chocolate Opera assemble

 

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Note:

1)Since no added colouring,I suggest to eat this cake fresh,not to keep too many days because of the added fresh banana in buttercream. 🙂

2)If you prefer stronger coffee flavour,welcome to add more into your syrup(coffee essence also can be used,but I tried to keep everything natural)

3)Dear friends,if you prefer sweeter ,double the recipe for the buttercream. As you can see from my buttercream layers,it consists of 2 layers decaf coffee buttercream & 1 layer banana buttercream 🙂

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by Sivia

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by Sivia

 

Sometimes,life is so full of unspeakable series that we never expect.I want to dedicate this cake for my love one,my only husband:” You’ve been so tired these days.You’ve become much stronger from all the things we have been through. I love you today and everyday.Thank you.”

 

Happy Trying 🙂

 

Lemony Sour Cream Cotton Cake柠檬酸奶油棉花蛋糕

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by Sivia

 

 

If you wonder what is the difference between Japanese cotton cheese cake  and this sour cream cotton cake?

I personally think, sour cream cotton cake :

  • has light and refreshing flavour compared to cotton cheese cake
  • sour cream is cheaper in cost
  • I find by using sour cream, I can melt the butter and sour cream at ease without worrying the lumps  compared to cream cheese requires milk helps in dissolving evenly,and sometimes cream cheese creates so much lump that required the straining method
  • The texture is light and cottony as well

To sum up, when you cannot find cream cheese, do consider a lighter and cheaper substitution for cream cheese that is: sour cream. You just cannot spot the difference in taste.It tastes as good and refreshing too. Light, cottony and soft…what else could you have ask for more.Agree? Thank you for nodding your head with me. 😛

 

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 Ingredients:

  • 50g Western Star unsalted butter ( or any unsalted butter)
  • 200g Bulla sour cream (full cream/light version) or any sour cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 40g cake flour, sifted
  • 25g corn flour,sifted
  • 4 egg whites (medium size)
  • 75g castor sugar
  • 1/2 lemon juice (Optional)
  • 1/4tsp cream of tartar

Method:
1. Melt butter and sour cream first over a double boiler. Cool the mixture. Beat in egg yolks(one by one)mix well.Then mix in lemon juice. Fold in the flour and corn flour and mix well.

Sour cream cotton cake

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2. In a clean and grease-free bowl:Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Then slowly add in the sugar and continued beating until medium peaks form( between soft and firm peak)

3.Fold in meringue(a) from step (2) into flour mixture in 3 additions. Pour into a 7-inch round  removable cake pan (you can lightly grease and line the bottom and sides of the pan with baking paper  but I just oil the pan only). Knock out extra air pockets on the table bench.

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4. Bake batter by using steam bake method at 150-160C for 50-60 minutes,or until skewer inserted in the middle and comes out clean ,depending on individual oven.( Place a tray at bottom rack in the oven.Pour in cold water onto the tray once placed the cake pan in the middle rack of the oven.)

5.Once done, remove the water tray from oven. Let door ajar(b) for 15 minutes to allow cake cools down little. Remove the cake immediately from oven and Do Not invert(I want to keep the cake with smooth top, OR you prefer to invert onto a wire rack and that’s is okay as well).Allow to cool down completely. Store the cake into refrigerator for few hours for better taste.

 

(a)What is meringue?

Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

(b)Door ajar?

Open your oven door just 3 fingers gap to allow hot air release to avoid drastic changes in temperature.Big changes in temperature sometimes could cause your cake collapse, with a curvy waistline.

 

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Notes:

  1. Before pushing the tray into the oven, remember to tap it onto the table a few times. This is so that you wouldn’t end up with air pockets in the cake.
  2. You can use oil paper to lay around the cake pan,since I am lazy  so I sprayed some oil to the pan.Cake still can remove easily.
  3. The reason I do not use water bath as I find water bath method tend to produce soggy bottom for the cake. Steam bake method may as well create cottony and soft texture too.
  4. You can use 6″ square cake pan too. If you cannot find removable cake pan, just use normal round or square 6″cake pan are optional. The removable cake pan helps in remove the cake easily without  inverting the cake while normal cake pan requires inverting the cake onto cooling rack.I want to have smooth cake top. So just work the way you want.
  5. Every oven acts differently.If you start to find cracks on your cake(before getting worse), reduce the temperature roughly 10 to 15 Celsius. For example: you can try bake the cake batter for 140C for 60-80 minutes, until inserted skewer in the middle, it comes out clean.
  6. If the water is drying out, please add more cold water into the tray. If you find your oven is way too hot (If only you start seeing cake cracks, add more ice cubes into the water tray)
  7. If you do not like the lemon flavour, remove the lemon juice because I want the refreshing lemony flavour in this cake.

 

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by Sivia

Before leaving,I always want to share some insight and  information.Sometimes I find recipes books do not share the proper way of creating different egg whites (meringue) which really hard for us to understand.

 

Difference between Meringue of SOFT PEAK   , MEDIUM PEAK  & FIRM PEAK:

After numerous times of beating egg whites and sugar(meringue)  to different stages: Soft peak, medium peak and firm peak, I find many people fairly know how to differentiate the stages of the meringue.Without the right peak, you might not able to create air in your cake and resulting numerous problems for your cake.

A)     SOFT PEAK: 湿性蛋白霜

After reached bubbly and foamy meringue, the first stage the egg whites turn into when beating  on high speed. When it is done, the egg white is not runny, but hold the shapes with the  peak will curl 40% and it will not drop .

 

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B)     MEDIUM PEAK:中性蛋白霜

the 2nd stage of the meringue, after the soft peak. When you continue beating the meringue after soft peak, the peak will curl about 20% when lifting the beater. This stage will be before reaching a firm pointed peak or stiff peaked.

 

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C)     FIRM PEAK (a lso known as  STIFF Peak):硬性蛋白霜或挺直蛋白霜

The 3rd stage after medium peak of the meringue. The meringue will form a stiff or firm and pointed peak when you lift up the meringue after beating on high speed. It will not drop, no curling down.

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[pictures for the meringue here are outsourced from google]

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Baked Caramel & White Chocolate Cheesecake 烤白巧克力焦糖起司蛋糕

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This white chocolate and caramel cheese cake sounded so sweet but once taste it, you will throw away the first “sweet” impression, it is not sweet at all, I am telling ya~ hehhehe

My husband loves cheesecake,the heavier of  the flavour the better for him.That explains why he gives me a pet name called: “Jong Belegen Kaas” which means “young cheese” in Dutch. So he bought 6 blocks of cream cheese,I cannot let it sit in fridge until all turn bad, then decided to make this cake after the first  block of cheese for tiramisu. I think more cheese to use in baking soon.

Classic baked cheese cake is his favourite and commonly bake for him, let’s try something new. I have packets of white chocolate from the last purchase, thought to use it for chocolate work during autumn,but I was living in flu during the entire autumn.I have to finish it quick. What about “white chocolate with caramel infusion?”

Let’s get started, shall we?

 

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(A)Biscuit Base:

  • 100g maria /McVITIES digestive biscuits ( or any digestive biscuit)
  • 60g Western Star unsalted butter, melted ( or any unsalted butter)

1) Process the cookies until formed crumbs, slowly pour in melted butter and mix to well combine.

2)Transfer the mixture to a (6″) 15cm removable around cake pan. Use a straight-sided glass or hand to spread and press the biscuit mixture firmly over the base.Allow to chill in freezer for 20 minutes.

(B)Cheese filling:

  • 170g Philadelphia cream cheese ( or any cream cheese )
  • 140g Bulla sour cream ( or any sour cream )
  • 50g sugar
  • 100g Cadbury baking white chocolate, melted over double boiler (Or any baking white chocolate)
  • 140ml Bulla whipping cream ( or any  dairy whipping cream )
  • 65g castor sugar
  • 1tbsp water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp corn flour

1)Microwave cream cheese on high heat for 30 seconds.Beat cheese with sugar until creamy and soft.

2)Add in sour cream,then add in eggs, one at a time, and corn flour . Mix well.

3)How to prepare caramel:In a saucepan: Heat up sugar and water on medium high heat until turn amber colour, turn off the heat. [ Picture]

4)Microwave cream 30 seconds to 1 minute on high heat until just boiled, slowly pour into caramel (3).[Picture 3]

5)After 1 minute, stir in melted white chocolate into caramel from step (4).Mix well.

6)Pour in white chocolate-caramel mixture from step (5) into cheese mixture step (3).Pour into cake pan with the biscuit base earlier. Wrap in 2 layers of aluminium foil.

7)Bake at water bath  at 200C for 30 minutes ,then 150C for 30 minutes.

8)Once done, remove from oven, allow to cool completely. Chill in refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. Remove from cake pan and serve.

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Note:

a)When handling or making caramel, remember to be careful. When pouring the hot cream into hot caramel, you will see some big reaction from here, just stay alert.

b)Do not over cook the caramel until turn dark amber otherwise it creates bitterness in your caramel.Do not stir when cooking caramel.Only swirl around by moving the pan.

c)Alternatively, I baked this cake in a 8″(20cm) round removable cake pan for 200C for 30 minutes, then 150C for another 15 minutes.

d)Chill cheesecake overnight only taste better.

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Baked Cheese Cake@Strawberry Coulis烤乳酪蛋糕@草莓浆

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by Sivia

My husband has been asking for a classic baked cheese cake.Since I bought this 6 packs cream cheese at good deal, thinking what to bake with it.

Classic baked cheese is something heavy in cheese.I remembered that he is the reason i started to eat pizza and cheese cake. From how he grew up, classic cheese cake is always his favourite from his mom.

I want to make classic cheese cake with some twist. So added some fresh strawberry coulis into the cake.

Let’s get started shall we?

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2 components you need:

  • Strawberry coulis
  • cheese cake

 

how to make strawberry coulis

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Ingredients:

  • 70g McVITIES digestive biscuits (or any digestive biscuits)
  • 30g marie biscuits
  • 50g Western Star unsalted butter, melted ( or any unsalted butter)
  • 250g Philadelphia cream cheese, softened in room temperature( or any cream cheese)
  • 120g castor sugar
  • 200g  Vaalia natural yoghurt /or Jalna greek yoghurt ( or any natural or greek yoghurt)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
  • 2 tbsp cake flour
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 200ml Bulla whipping cream / pouring cream( or any whipping or pouring cream)
  • some fresh strawberries for garnish

 

How to make cheesecake :

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 8″ round (base) spring-form cake pan.
  2. Process the cookies until resembles fine crumbs. Add in melted butter and mix well.
  3. Lightly oil the cake pan with some butter, press mixture over base and sides of pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until sets.
  4. Beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Then add in yoghurt and mix until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just combined.
  5. Lastly add in vanilla , cake flour then lemon juice and whipping cream. Strain the mixture until no lump is found. Pour  1/3 of mixture into prepared cake pan,then pour in the strawberry coulis. Pour in the remaining cream cheese mixture.
  6. Bake at 180C for 50-60minutes  until cake is set but still wobbly in the middle.
  7. Allow to cool in oven with door ajar(a) for an hour. Remove from oven and cool completely. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. 
  8. Before un-moulding, run a knife around the edges of cake.
  9. Decorate with some fresh strawberry. Brush with some mirror glaze /clear glaze/nappage(b)(if you have).Serve.

Note:

(a)Ajar : something that is slightly open. Oven door ajar means oven door slightly open to allow hot temperature flows out slowly to prevent drastic temperature changes.

(b) Nappage : apricot glaze is a baking technique. Jam made from apricots is diluted with water to form a transparent, slightly apricot-colored glaze.You can find in any bakery store. Sometimes they called it neutral or mirror glaze.

 

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by Sivia

Note:

  • You can just bake a classic plain cheese cake without strawberry coulis for your own preference.
  • Red wine added is optional,you can remove it from recipe.
  • You can turn this “baked cheesecake” recipe into ” New York cheesecake” by few changes:

a) replace yoghurt with sour cream, equal amount.

b) replace cake flour with corn flour, equal amount

c) New York cheese cake require water bath method: wrap aluminium foil around the base of cake pan, bake at 200c for 30 minutes until golden brown on

top, then turn down heat to 160c for another 30 minutes.You can leave in the oven with  door ajar for 30-60 minutes by removing the water bath.

d) classic baked cheesecake does not bake by using water bath,but i personal wrap with aluminium foil for preventing oil flowing out from the base mixture.You can always remove the aluminium foil and just bake it straight in the oven.

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by Sivia

 

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Classic Tiramisu 提拉米苏

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Tiramisu is an Italian dessert typically made from Lady Fingers, espresso coffee, mascarpone cheese, eggs, cream, sugar, marsala wine, cocoa and rum. The Italian name tiramisù means “pick-me-up” , referring to the two caffeine-containing ingredients, espresso and cocoa. 

There are many modified versions of tiramisu. Using sponge fingers are the popular version. You can either buy the store bought finger or you can make those fingers too. Since I want to make everything from scratch, simple and still retained the classic flavour. I replace the sponge finger with chocolate sponge, something familiar and easy to make.

There are  2 components in this dessert you need to prepare and you will get your tiramisu in no time.(everything is from scratch)

  • Chocolate sponge cake ( base)

  • tiramisu filling

Let’s get started, shall we?

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Components you need:

  • 1 slice of 7” x 7” chocolate sponge cake
  • Classic cheese filling

Chocolate Sponge: (produces 2 pieces of 7” x 7” cake sponge)

  • 5 egg (I used small size or 4 large eggs), separate yolks and whites
  • 20g castor sugar
  • 40g castor sugar
  • 50g Liddells Lactose free full cream milk( or any milk )
  • 30g oil
  • 20g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 60g cake flour, sifted
  • 20g corn flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp lemon juice/1 tsp white vinegar

1)      Separate the eggs into yolks and whites. Sifted the flours. Line a 10” x 14” cake pan with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2)      Mix egg yolks with 20g sugar. Mix in oil and milk. Mix in flours to well combine.

3)      Beat egg whites and  lemon juice until frothy. Then slowly add in sugar (40g) in 2 additions,continued beating to soft peak. Fold the meringue(a) into yolk mixture in 2 additions until well combine.

4)      Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth the top and knock the pan for rid extra air pocket.

5)      Bake for 12-15 minutes, or skewer inserted comes out clean,depending individual oven.

6)      Remove the cake immediately  from baking tray.Let it cool down completely.Once cool down , peel off baking paper and cut into 7” x 7” piece of sponge.

Note:

(a)what is meringue? 

Meringue means  egg whites and castor sugar are beaten to airy texture with alot of air pockets trapped inside.Usually to double or tripled of volume.

tiramisu

tiramisu sponge

Tiramisu Filling:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 80g castor sugar
  • ¼ cup coffee liqueur( I used Tia Maria  or any coffee liqueur you like)-optional
  • 250g Philadelphia cream cheese ( Or you can use mascarpone cheese)
  • 300g Bullla whipping cream ( or any brand of dairy whipping cream)
  • Hershey unsweetened Cocoa powder( or any unsweetened cocoa powder) for dusting

1)      Whisk egg yolks and sugar over double boiler on low heat( over a pot of simmering water) until all sugar dissolved. Keep whisking it otherwise egg yolks might cook.

2)      Once sugar dissolved, remove from heat and add in coffee liqueur. Beat with electric hand mixer until thicken and pale.

3)      In other bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy and smooth.

4)      Add in yolk mixture from step (2) into cheese. Mix well.

5)      In a bowl: beat whipping cream to firm peak. Gently fold whipped cream into cheese mixture.Set aside.

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Assemble:

1)      Place the 7” x7” chocolate sponge onto a same size square cake ring. Place this onto a prepared baking tray with baking paper.

2)      Brush the sponge with ¼ cup of coffee liqueur.

3)      Pour the tiramisu filling onto the sponge until full. Smooth the top and store in freezer for 4 hours or over night.

4)      Decorate and dust with cocoa powder. Slice and serve.

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Note:

1)      You can use any chocolate sponge you like from the market or any recipe you prefer to be the base. This recipe can give you 2 pieces of chocolate sponge of  size 7 “ x 7”:

 

What can you do with the extra chocolate sponge?

a)      Make a swiss roll out of it by spreading some tiramisu filling and roll.

b)      Make 2  tiramisu cake of 7” x 7”  by adjusting the tiramisu filling as below:

  • 6 egg yolks,
  •  1 cup castor sugar,
  • some coffee liqueur ,
  •  400g cream cheese,
  • 360ml whipping cream

2)      You can replace the sponge with store bought sponge fingers too. Just soak with coffee mixture( 1 tbsp of sugar + ½ tsp of coffee powder into 1/2cup of hot water, let it cool down before soak with the sponge finger)

3)      When you heat the egg yolks with sugar over double boiler, remember not to allow the water touches the bowl with yolk mixture.Remember to whisk constantly until you touches the mixture ,there is no more sugar crystals and it is warm to your hand). Remove pan and keep beating it.

4)      Remove the liqueur if preferred alcohol free.

Liqueur choices can use Kahlua or any coffee liqueur you like.

Tia Maria

This is the coffee liqueur I am using. Free free to use any alcohol you prefer

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Flourless Chocolate Cake ( Little Black Black Dress in a girl’s closet) Gluten Free

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Hubby wants few things on his menu:pound cake and chocolate mud cake.In my mind:I want something fast,easy,very chocolatey and moist,YES Moist!!! But i dont want with so much of butter and flour.There you go, this super moist flourless chocolate cake is a must in your menu.It is like a little black dress in every girl’s closet.

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This dessert is simply RICH, SIMPLE and SEXY….Simple serve with some whipped cream or just eat plain,you will keep eating it without realise you had enough..^_^

Flourless Chocolate Cake:  Recipe adapted by Delicious ABC

  • 250g dark chocolate or good quality chocolate,chopped
  • 63g unsalted butter,cubed
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 40g castor sugar
  • 75ml thickened cream/cream
  • 1 tbsp rum/brandy (or rum essence for non-alcoholic)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4tsp cream of tartar

1.Preheat oven to 180C.Grease a 24cm springfoam cake pan and line base with baking paper.

2.Place chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water(Do not let the bowl touch the water)

3.Stir until mixture is smooth and combined,remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

4.In a clean bowl:Place egg yolks and sugar,beat with electric mixer til thicken and pale.Stir in cream,rum,vanilla and cooled chocolate mixture.

5.Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a clean bowl until soft peaks form.

6.Fold in 1/3 egg whites into chocolate mixture till well combined.Fold in the remaining egg whites in 2 additions into chocolate mixture until fully incorporated.

7.Pour mixture into prepared pan.Bake for 25 minutes until skewer inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs.

8.Cool completely in a pan on a wire rack.

9.Run a knife around the edge of the cake to remove from the pan.

10.Slice and serve with whipped cream.

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Note: The cake tasted very moist and chocolatey after cool down in fridge. Simple serve with some whipped cream or just eat plain.

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Earl Grey Tres Leches Cake ( 3 milks cake)格雷伯爵茶三奶蛋糕

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tres leches cake, or pastel de tres leches (from Spanish, “three milks cake”), or pan tres leches (“three milks bread”), is a sponge cake—in some recipes, a butter cake—soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk.

The cake is well known in many parts of Latin America.

The idea for creating a cake soaked in a liquid is most likely of European origin.It is milky and definitely different from usual sponge cake you eat. My husband and I love it.

這是一道拉丁美洲的點心,奶油蛋糕浸泡在三種奶 汁(淡奶、奶水、煉乳)裡,加入三種奶汁浸泡至隔天,從冰箱取出,切開的感覺,就像一塊吸飽了奶汁的海綿,覺得很好吃,濕軟的口感,有興趣的朋友,可以試試,這款很不一樣的蛋糕.

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Few components:

  • 1) Tres Leches Cake (adapted from Marth Stewart)
  • 2) Raspberry Jam
  • 3) Earl Grey Mousse (Light Version)
  • 4) Italian Meringue,torched

 

Tres Leches Cake :(adapted from Martha Stewart)

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Directions on how to make tres leches cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Line baking paper on a 30cmX30cm. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar on high until pale and thick, about 4 minutes. Add vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add flour mixture and fold to combine. With a rubber spatula, fold in melted butter until incorporated. Transfer batter to dish and bake until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15-18 minutes(depending on individual oven), rotating dish halfway through.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together milks. Poke warm cake all over with a wooden skewer or toothpick, then pour milk mixture over top and let cool abit, then place into fridge for 1 hour
  3. Raspberry Jam:

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    Part 1:Assemble

    1.Remove the soaked tres Leches cake sponge from fridge.

    2.Cut out 4  equal slices of round shape from the cake.(6″ cake ring I used to cut the cake)

    3.Place the first layer of cake onto the 6″cake ring,spread generous of Raspberry jam onto the cake.

    4.Place the 2nd soaked Tres Leches on top of the raspberry jam.

    5.Place 3rd soaked Tres Leches sponge, spread with raspberry jam.Top up the 4th Tres Leches sponge.

    6.Allow to chill in fridge, while continue the next component(Earl Grey mousse)

     

     

     

    Earl Grey Mousse(Light version):

     ear grey moussePart 2: Assemble

  • Remove the Tres Leches layers cake out from fridge.
  • Pipe some mousse onto the base of a 7″ cake ring.
  • Place in the Tres Leches layers cake onto the mousse.
  • Full up the gap with all the mousse.Smoothen the top of the mousse with a palatte knife.
  • Allow the cake to chill in freezer for at least 6 hours until completely hardened.(I chilled it overnight)

 

 

Italian Meringue,torched:

 italian meringue

 

 

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Part 3: Assemble:

1.Remove the chilled mousse from freezer.

2.Torch the side of the cake ring for few seconds.

3.Remove the mousse out of cake ring.

4.Pipe the meringue onto the mousse.

5.Garnish with fruits you like.

6.Torch the meringue.

7.Allow the cake to thaw in the fridge for few hours.Serve.

 

 

(A) or (B)?I am trying to keep it as simple as possible to retain all the classic flavours

(A) or (B)?I am trying to keep it as simple as possible to retain all the classic flavours

 

Note:

– This cake originally consist of tres Leches cake( 3 milk sponge) which soaked in 3 types of milk,topped up with just fresh cream. Sometimes also eaten with fruits that you like.
– You can make it simple without the italian meringue (Torched italian meringue was my another idea)
-Decorate however you want because this is your cake now. ^_^
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