Monday, July 30, 2012

Raspberry & Mascarpone Tart

I've totally forgotten to post this recipe till today! To begin with, two weeks ago my friend ‘J’s daughter , Maelys asked me if I can teach her & her best friend how to make an easy tart .  I was delighted to teach them the basic of tart making from scratch. I’ve bookmarked this easy tart recipe that I came across at Jamie that calls for raspberries .  And  we were just beginning to harvest our first raspberries of the year from our garden !  This fits in the bill perfectly!  So early of last week I’ve  shown the girls how to make a basic sweet crust  with mascarpone filling & topped with fresh raspberries . Unfortunately I’ve run out of chocolate , so I did not topped with drizzle melted chocolate as in the recipe .  Another stunning & yet easy recipe from Jamie Oliver . The girls have great time making these tarts even though most of the time they were looking at  my elder son, Julien!  I was beginning to wonder if they are really here to learn how to bake or  checking out  Julien!  LOL 
And this afternoon I’ve had an amazing surprise from Maelys & Clotilde when they  came over with  these awesome tarts that they’ve made  all by themselves !  I’m so touched & proud of them  that they have achieved  it with excellent  results! They even  drizzled these tarts with melted chocolate !  Even my friend ‘J’ was  surprised that his daughter can make these lovely tarts ! But he told me secretly that the girls have burnt the other tarts & only 4 were still presentable !  LOL  It's the thought that counts .  I wanted to thank Maelys & Clotilde for these yummy surprise  &  ‘J’ for the lovely bouquet of flowers that truly brightens up my day .  Not forgetting to all my wonderful friends that  visited me during the weekend ! I’m so blessed to have all these  awesome friends!  God bless you all .  Now instead of baking , I think I’m gonna  be a florist!  LOL

These raspberry & Mascarpone tarts are made by Maelys & Clotilde. Merci les filles! 

Raspberry & Mascarpone Tarts
Adapted & inspired from Jamie Oliver. com
I’ve used my sweet crust recipe

For pâte sable ( sweet shortcrust pastry):
250g flour
125g butter (room temperature
75g powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
4 tbsp of milk
A pinch of salt
Rice  or dried beans
10 mini tart pans or cases

For mascarpone filling
100ml natural yogurt
250g mascarpone cheese
3 tbsp icing sugar
Zest of ½ orange ( I’ve used lemon zest)
250g raspberries
100g dark chocolate  (70% cocoa)


1) For sweet crust pastry:
Combine flour, sugar, salt in a bowl & rub in butter till crumbs. Add in sugar, egg yolks & milk & knead till smooth dough. .  Place in a polybag & chill for 2 hours.

2) Preheat oven to 170°C & grease mini tart cases.  Remove pastry from refrigerator & place the dough on a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin that is absolutely straight. Lightly dust it with flour and place it in the centre of the dough. Roll the dough up onto the rolling pin and gently unroll it over one of the prepared tart pans. Press the dough into the pan and roll the pin over the top of the pan to remove the excess dough. Fill with rice or dried beans, & bake for 10 mins. Remove from oven & leave to cool.

3) For mascarpone filling:
Beat mascarpone, yogurt, orange zest ( I've used lemon instead) & icing sugar till light & creamy. Spoon in the cream mixture onto the cooled pastry cases. Topped with fresh raspberries.

4) Melt chocolate on double boiler. Drizzle each tart with melted chocolate  & served. Can be store in fridge for later too.

Thanks again Maelys , Clotilde, Julien , Sébastien & 'J' for helping to set up everything for this photo session today. Without you guys, I don't think I could have taken all these pictures. Merci!

Linking this post to Cook Like A Star - Cook Like Jamie Oliver  hosted by  Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Apricot & Pistachio Tray Bake Cheesecake

Jane Austen Moment in Persuasion

Chapter  9

She was obliged to kneel down by the sofa, and remain there in satisfy her patient; and thus they continued a few minutes, when, to her very great satisfaction, she heard some other person crossing the little vestibule.  She hoped, on turning her head, to see the master of the house; but it proved to be one much less calculated for making matters easy--Charles Hayter, probably not at all better pleased by the sight of Captain Wentworth than Captain Wentworth had been by the sight of Anne.
She only attempted to say, "How do you do?  Will you not sit down?  The others will be here presently."
Captain Wentworth, however, came from his window, apparently not ill-disposed for conversation; but Charles Hayter soon put an end to his attempts by seating himself near the table, and taking up the newspaper; and Captain Wentworth returned to his window.

Apricot & Pistachio Tray Bake Cheesecake


For cake base:
175g margarine ( room temperature)
150g sugar
200g flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp milk

Cottage cheese filling:
150g magarine ( room temperature)
100g sugar
10g vanilla sugar
2 eggs
750g cottage cheese
100g cornstarch
500g apricots cut in half
50g chopped pistachio
3 tbsp apricot jam


1)      For the cake base: Preheat oven to 180°C & grease  a square cake pan.

 2)      Beat margarine & sugar till combined . Add in cornstarch, baking powder, salt & milk. Beat  for 2 minutes till well combined. Pour batter in greased baking pan  & spread evenly. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes till golden brown. Let to cool.

3)      For cottage cheese filling: Beat margarine , sugar vanilla sugar, eggs, cottage cheese & cornstarch till well combined. Spread cream filling on top of  cake & smooth with spatula.  Place cut apricot on the cream filling & bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Leave to cool.

 4)      Mix apricot jam & 1 tbsp of water & spread it on top of the cheesecake.  Fill chopped pistachio on apricots. 

I'm submitting this post to Tea Time Treats challenge hosted this month by  Karen of Lavender & Lovage & co-hosted with  Kate of What Kate Baked. This month's theme is Cake Stall Cakes & Bakes. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Jamie Oliver's Honey & Pistachio Cake

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 9
One morning, very soon after the dinner at the Musgroves, at which Anne had not been present, Captain Wentworth walked into the drawing-room at the Cottage, where were only herself and the little invalid Charles, who was lying on the sofa.
The surprise of finding himself almost alone with Anne Elliot, deprived his manners of their usual composure:  he started, and could only say, "I thought the Miss Musgroves had been here:  Mrs Musgrove told me I should find them here," before he walked to the window to recollect himself, and feel how he ought to behave.
"They are up stairs with my sister:  they will be down in a few moments, I dare say," had been Anne's reply, in all the confusion that was natural; and if the child had not called her to come and do something for him, she would have been out of the room the next moment, and released Captain Wentworth as well as herself.
He continued at the window; and after calmly and politely saying, "I hope the little boy is better," was silent.

Honey & Pistachio Cake
Adapted from Jamie Oliver


For cake
5 eggs
225g Greek yogurt
75g ground almond
1 lemon zest
1 orange zest
150g flour
200g semolina
1 tsp baking powder
200 ml olive oil

Honey & pistachio syrup
100 ml honey
150g pistachio roughly crushed
1/2 lemon juice
1/2 orange juice


1) Preheat oven to 180°C & grease a square cake pan

2) Combine all ingredients for cake & stir well till all combined. Pour batter in a grease square cake pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes till golden brown. Let to cool.

3) For topping: Place pistachio & honey in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir well & remove from heat & add in lemon & orange juice. Stir well till all combined.

4) Poke the cake with a small knife  so that the cake will absorb all the honey topping.  Topped with honey & pistachio syrup. Leave the cake to absorb the syrup for 20 minutes before serve.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blackcurrant , Almond Cream Tart with Violet & White Chocolate Cream Frosting


Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 9

As to Captain Wentworth's views, she deemed it of more consequence that he should know his own mind early enough not to be endangering the happiness of either sister, or impeaching his own honour, than that he should prefer Henrietta to Louisa, or Louisa to Henrietta.  Either of them would, in all probability, make him an affectionate, good-humoured wife.  With regard to Charles Hayter, she had delicacy which must be pained by any lightness of conduct in a well-meaning young woman, and a heart to sympathize in any of the sufferings it occasioned; but if Henrietta found herself mistaken in the nature of her feelings, the alternation could not be understood too soon.

Blackcurrant & Almond Cream Tart with White Chocolate Cream

Ingredients for 6 tarts

For pastry:
150g flour
50g butter (cut in small pieces)
1 tbsp sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 egg

For almond cream
100g almond powder
100g sugar
100g soften butter
2 eggs( lightly beaten)
20g cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp rum

80g blackcurrant  + 20g for deco

For white chocolate cream frosting
1 cup of double cream
125g white chocolate chips
1 tsp violet essence


1) For pastry : Combine flour, sugar, salt in a bowl & rub in butter. Add in eggs & & knead till smooth dough.  Place in a polybag & chill for 30 minutes.

2) For almond cream: Mix sugar & butter together. Add in egg & stir well. Fold in ground almond, cornstarch, vanilla extract & rum till well combined. Place in the refrigerator.

 3) Remove pastry from refrigerator & place the dough on a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin that is absolutely straight. Lightly dust it with flour and place it in the centre of the dough. Roll the dough up onto the rolling pin and gently unroll it over one of the prepared tart pans. Press the dough into the pan and roll the pin over the top of the pan to remove the excess dough. Chill it them for another 30 minutes.

4) Preheat oven to 180°C

5) Spoon in a layer of almond cream into the pastry dough & add in blackcurrant. Topped with another layer of almond cream. Bake for 30 minutes & leave to cool.

6) For frosting:  Heat double cream on double boiler. Remove from heat & dd in white chocolate chips & violet essence . Stir well till combined. Leave to cool before chilling it. After well chilled, beat white chocolate cream mixture till fluffy. Frost by piping the white chocolate cream & decorate with fresh blackcurrant. 

I’m entering this recipe to We Should Cocoa challenge hosted by  Choclette from  Chocolate Log Blog . This month theme is blackcurrant

Hydrangea from my garden

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Avocado, Ham with Wasabi & Black Sesame Seed Loaf Cake

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 9

Charles "had never seen a pleasanter man in his life; and from what he had once heard Captain Wentworth himself say, was very sure that he had not made less than twenty thousand pounds by the war.  Here was a fortune at once; besides which, there would be the chance of what might be done in any future war; and he was sure Captain Wentworth was as likely a man to distinguish himself as any officer in the navy.  Oh! it would be a capital match for either of his sisters."
"Upon my word it would," replied Mary.  "Dear me!  If he should  rise to any very great honours!  If he should ever be made a baronet! `Lady Wentworth' sounds very well.  That would be a noble thing, indeed, for Henrietta!  She would take place of me then, and Henrietta would not dislike that.  Sir Frederick and Lady Wentworth!  It would be but a new creation, however, and I never think much of your new creations."

Avocado, Ham with Wasabi & Black Sesame Seed Loaf Cake
Recipe adapted from Beau à la louche


150g  minced bacon or ham
125g flour
125g whole wheat flour
2 tsp of baking powder
2 tbsp of  Wasabi powder
2 tbsp black seame seeds
80g grated Comté cheese Or Gruyere cheese
2 eggs
250ml milk
50g melted butter
1 avocado but in small pieces
Salt & pepper


1)      Preheat oven  to 200°C Grease a loaf cake pan

2)      Fry bacon or ham  till golden brown  & drain on paper towels & let to cool.

3)      Combine flours, baking powder, Wasabi powder, sesame seeds & grated cheese .

4)      In a bowl add lightly beaten eggs & milk.  Pour the milk mixture into dry mixture together with melted butter, bacon , avocado pieces & salt & pepper. Stir till well combined.  Pour mixture into loaf pan & bake for 20 minutes till golden brown.

I'm entering  this recipe to  AlphaBakes challenge hosted by  Caroline of Caroline Makes & co-hosted by  Ros@ Baking Addict from The More Than Occasional Baker .  The random letter for this month is W as Wasabi

From my Garden



Friday, July 6, 2012

Almond – Crusted Butter Cake

It’s   The Home Bakers challenge  (THB)  again & we’ve baking our 5th coffee cake from the  Lou Siebert Pappas’s cookbook – Coffee Cakes. This time we’re be baking the almond crusted butter cake chosen by  Emily  from  Emily’S Cooking  (Makan2)Foray.

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 8

These were some of the thoughts which occupied Anne, while her fingers were mechanically at work, proceeding for half an hour together, equally without error, and without consciousness. Once she felt that he was looking at herself, observing her altered features, perhaps, trying to trace in them the ruins of the face which had once charmed him; and once she knew that he must have spoken of her; she was hardly aware of it, till she heard the answer; but then she was sure of his having asked his partner whether Miss Elliot never danced?  
The answer was, "Oh, no; never; she has quite given up dancing.  She had rather play. She is never tired of playing." Once, too, he spoke to her.  She had left the instrument on the dancing being over, and he had sat down to try to make out an air which he wished to give the Miss Musgroves an idea of.  Unintentionally she returned to that part of the room; he saw her, and, instantly rising, said, with studied politeness
"I beg your pardon, madam, this is your seat;" and though she immediately drew back with a decided negative, he was not to be induced to sit down again.
Anne did not wish for more of such looks and speeches.  His cold politeness, his ceremonious grace, were worse than anything.

Almond – Crusted  Butter Cake
For full recipe please  hop over to  Emily’S Cooking  (Makan2) Foray &  more lovely bakes from other members of THB ,HERE