Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sun Dried-Tomato-Pistachio Polenta Cake

I was really looking forward for our 8th bake of The Home Bakers (THB) hosted by Joyce of The Kitchen Flavours . The reason being was we will be baking a savory cake  & my family love savory cakes .  Currently we are baking recipes from Lou Seibert Papas cookbook – Coffee Cake .  This recipe was chosen by one of our member,Vyette of My Worldwide Culinary Adventure . I was really glad that she has selected this recipe & I was convinced that this is a fabulous cake . Savory cakes are very common over here in France & I’ve  baked a number of savory cakes or cornbreads especially during summer time & it’s our all time favorite . I simply love the moist  grainy  texture of polenta in this full with flavour cake . I’m a huge fan of sun dried tomatoes so this is certainly my kind of cake to enjoy for brunch or as an appetizer . A very tasty cake with Parmesan cheese , sun dried tomatoes & olive oil ,everything that reminded me of Italy . My family love this cake so much that they have requested it  for a potluck party this Saturday. So here you go , another winner recipe from this cookbook to enjoy with families & friends .  Can't wait to try another savory cake recipe from this cookbook of Lou Seibert Papas.

For full recipe please go to  Yvette of My Worldwide Culinary Adventure .  And for more wonderful bakes from of other members of The Home Baker please click HERE

1)      Beat egg till light. Add in olive oil, herbs & honey , blend well.

2)      Stir in dry ingredients into alternate with yogurt.

3)      Add sun dried tomatoes; pistachio & parmesan cheese. Beat till well combined.

4)      Pour batter in cake pan & sprinkle with pistachio & cheese. Bake for 30 mins till golden brown. Best serve warm.

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion
Chapter 11

Captain Harville, though not equalling Captain Wentworth in manners, was a perfect gentleman, unaffected, warm, and obliging. Mrs Harville, a degree less polished than her husband, seemed, however, to have the same good feelings; and nothing could be more pleasant than their desire of considering the whole party as friends of their own, because the friends of Captain Wentworth, or more kindly hospitable than their entreaties for their all promising to dine with them. The dinner, already ordered at the inn, was at last, though unwillingly, accepted as a excuse; but they seemed almost hurt that Captain Wentworth should have brought any such party to Lyme, without considering it as a thing of course that they should dine with them.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rose Whoopie Pie with Marshmallow Icing


I’m sure by now most of you know how much I adore flowers  & I just can’t help but by  adding some rose essence into these whoopie pies with Donna Hay’s marshmallow icing recipe .. I’m sure it’s not a surprise that I’m using a floral mould to bake these whoopee pies too . The flower power again !  LOL  Instead of adding one ice-cream scoop of batter, I’ve only added 1 tablespoon of batter for each mould . Glad that I did & it was just the perfect shape & thickness .  To be honest ,I ‘m not keen of marshmallow but these swirled marshmallows were  so cute that I wanted to make something with it ! Luckily my boys love marshmallows . I was not sure about this marshmallow icing to begin with but honestly it was divine !  Just imagine a  lovely cotton candy flavour cream with a rose scented cake . Simply amazing!  I’ve never thought that rose & marshmallow can make such a perfect combo . So now , does this whoopie pie remind you of something ?  A carousel perhaps ?  LOL

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 11

Captain Benwick had some time ago been first lieutenant of the Laconia; and the account which Captain Wentworth had given of him, on his return from Lyme before, his warm praise of him as an excellent young man and an officer, whom he had always valued highly, which must have stamped him well in the esteem of every listener, had been followed by a little history of his private life, which rendered him perfectly interesting in the eyes of all the ladies.  He had been engaged to Captain Harville's sister, and was now mourning her loss. They had been a year or two waiting for fortune and promotion.  Fortune came, his prize-money as lieutenant being great; promotion, too, came at last; but Fanny Harville did not live to know it. She had died the preceding summer while he was at sea. Captain Wentworth believed it impossible for man to be more attached to woman than poor Benwick had been to Fanny Harville, or to be more deeply afflicted under the dreadful change.  He considered his disposition as of the sort which must suffer heavily, uniting very strong feelings with quiet, serious, and retiring manners, and a decided taste for reading, and sedentary pursuits. To finish the interest of the story, the friendship between him and the Harvilles seemed, if possible, augmented by the event which closed all their views of alliance, and Captain Benwick was now living with them entirely. Captain Harville had taken his present house for half a year; his taste, and his health, and his fortune, all directing him to a residence inexpensive, and by the sea; and the grandeur of the country, and the retirement of Lyme in the winter, appeared exactly adapted to Captain Benwick's state of mind.  The sympathy and good-will excited towards Captain Benwick was very great.

Rose Whoopie Pie with Marshmallow Icing
Marshmallow cream filling adapted from Donna Hay
Yields for 20 whoopie pies

Ingredients :

2 eggs
120g  butter (room temperature)
150g sugar
350g flour
250ml milk
5g of baking powder
2 drop of rose essence
100g  marshmallows cut into half
20 raspberries

For marshmallow cream filling:
150g marshmallows
30g butter
60g white chocolate, chopped


1)      Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease whoopee pie pan or a baking tray.

2)      Sift flour &  baking powder in a bowl.  Beat butter & sugar till creamy.
3)      Add in vanilla extract & eggs gradually . Beat till well combined.

4)      Fold in flour & alternate with milk & stir till all well incorporated. 

5)      Using a piping bag or an ice-cream  scoop  to scoop a dollop on whoopee pie pan or baking tray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let to cool.

6)      To make marshmallow icing: Combine marshmallow & butter in a sauce over low heat. Stir well till smooth texture. Remove from heat & stir in chopped chocolate  till totally meleted & well combined. Let to cool. Decorate mini marshmallows around cake & using pipe marshmallow icing in the centre of the cake. 

I’m entering this recipe to Bake Along challenge hosted by  Joyce of  Kitchen Flavours Lena of Frozen Wings Zoe of Bake With Happy Kids.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Coca-Cola Cake

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 11

A letter from his friend, Captain Harville, having found him out at last, had brought intelligence of Captain Harville's being settled with his family at Lyme for the winter; of their being therefore, quite unknowingly, within twenty miles of each other.  Captain Harville had never been in good health since a severe wound which he received two years before, and Captain Wentworth's anxiety to see him had determined him to go immediately to Lyme.  He had been there for four-and-twenty hours.  His acquittal was complete, his friendship warmly honoured, a lively interest excited for his friend, and his description of the fine country about Lyme so feelingly attended to by the party, that an earnest desire to see Lyme themselves, and a project for going thither was the consequence.
The young people were all wild to see Lyme.  Captain Wentworth talked of going there again himself, it was only seventeen miles from Uppercross; though November, the weather was by no means bad; and, in short, Louisa, who was the most eager of the eager, having formed the resolution to go, and besides the pleasure of doing as she liked, being now armed with the idea of merit in maintaining her own way, bore down all the wishes of her father and mother for putting it off till summer; and to Lyme they were to go--Charles, Mary, Anne, Henrietta, Louisa, and Captain Wentworth.

Coca – Cola Cake
Source from Warren Brown’s cookbook – United Cakes Of America

2 cups flour
170g butter
3 tbsp  cocoa powder
1-1/2 cup of marshmallows
1 cup Coca–cola
¼ milk
2 cup of sugar ( I only added 1 cup)
2 eggs
2 x 20cm cake pans
1 packet of Coca-Cola candies

For frosting:
Whipped cream or 250ml liquid cream
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp icing sugar
200g dark chocolate
80g butter


1)      Preheats oven to 180°C & greased the 2 cake pans.

2)      Sift flour & cocoa powder. Add in salt & marshmallows.& stir well. Combine milk & coca -cola in another bowl.

3)      Beat butter & sugar for 3 to 4 minutes on low speed till creamy. Add in eggs , one at a time. 

4)      Add in flour mixture  & alternate with Coca cola mixture. Beat till well combined. 

5)      Divide evenly batter in the 2 cake pans & bake for 30 minutes. Let to cool .

6)      For frosting: Beat liquid cream till foamy, add in sugar & cocoa powder whisk till stiff peaks. 

7)      Melt chocolate & butter on double boiler / bain marie till well combined with smooth shinny texture. 

8)      Assemble cake with whipped cream & topped with melted chocolate. Decorate with Cola candies.

I'm entering this post to  United Bakes of America challenge hosted by  Cupcake Crazy Gem . This challenge consists of baking a recipe inspired by a state in America & any American bakes! Coca-cola was invented 1886 by an American pharmacist , John Pemberton who introduced Atlanta to what had became the most popular soft drink in the world.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chocolate & Espelette pepper Whoopie pie with Mango, Espellete pepper filling


Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 11

She wished it might be possible for her to avoid ever seeing Captain Wentworth at the Hall:  those rooms had witnessed former meetings which would be brought too painfully before her;
but she was yet more anxious for the possibility of Lady Russell and Captain Wentworth never meeting anywhere.  They did not like each other, and no renewal of acquaintance now could do any good; and were Lady Russell to see them together, she might think that he had too much self-possession, and she too little.

The conclusion of her visit, however, was diversified in a way which she had not at all imagined.  Captain Wentworth, after being unseen and unheard of at Uppercross for two whole days, appeared again among them to justify himself by a relation of what had kept him away.

Chocolate & Espelette pepper Whoopie Pie with Mango, Espellete pepper filling
Whoopie pie recipe inspired fromLa Tarte au Formarche
Recipe of mango filling inspired from Maxi Bon App’ cookbook


2 eggs
120g  butter (room temperature)
150g sugar
350g flour
250ml milk
5g of baking powder
50g cocoa powder
1 tbsp of Espelette pepper or Cayenne pepper

For Mango & Espellete filling:
1 ripe mango (cut in pieces)
½ lime juice
½ packet of agar-agar
2 tsbp of brown sugar
1 tsp Espelette pepper


1)      1) For mango filling: On medium heat , combine mango pieces lime juice, brown sugar & Espelette pepper. Bring to a boil for  3 to 4 minutes & stir well. Delude agar-gar with a little water & add into the mango mixture & bring to a boil . Stir well till all combined & thicken to compote texture. Remove from heat & pour in mixer & mix till smooth. Let to cool before chilling it.

2)      Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease whoopee pie pan or a baking tray.

3)      Sift flour , cocoa powder &  baking powder in a bowl.  Beat butter & sugar till creamy.

4)      Add in Espelette pepper  & eggs gradually . Beat till well combined.

5)      Fold in flour & alternate with milk & stir till all well incorporated. 

6)      Using a piping bag or an ice-cream  scoop  to scoop a dollop on whoopee pie pan or baking tray or piped with a piping bag on baking tray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let to cool.

7)      Using a piping bag to added the mango filling on cake. Sprinkle some Espellete pepper on top of the whoopee pie.

Submitting this post to Bake Along bloghop with the theme Whoopie Pie.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mirabelle Plum & Vanilla Whoopie Pie

When I saw the Bake Along challenge this month is all about Whoopie pie , I just recalled that I’ve a Whoopie pie pan that I bought during our vacation in New York last summer . I’ve totally forgotten about it !  Oh my! It’s been a year now that this pan been  hiding in my cupboard!  LOL  Yup, hiding coz I don't recall seeing it THAT often . This will be  great opportunity to try out some whoopie pie recipes & join the challenge .This challenge is hosted by my favourite bloggers -  Joyce of Kitchen flavors,  Lena of Frozen WingsZoe of Bake For HappyKids. A twice a month bloghop challenge

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 10

The walking party had crossed the lane, and were surmounting an opposite stile, and the Admiral was putting his horse in motion again, when Captain Wentworth cleared the hedge in a moment to say something to his sister.  The something might be guessed by its effects.
"Miss Elliot, I am sure you are tired," cried Mrs Croft.  "Do let us have the pleasure of taking you home.  Here is excellent room for three, I assure you.  If we were all like you, I believe we might sit four.  You must, indeed, you must."
Anne was still in the lane; and though instinctively beginning to decline, she was not allowed to proceed.  The Admiral's kind urgency came in support of his wife's; they would not be refused; they compressed themselves into the smallest possible space to leave her a corner, and Captain Wentworth, without saying a word, turned to her, and quietly obliged her to be assisted into the carriage.
Yes; he had done it.  She was in the carriage, and felt that he had placed her there, that his will and his hands had done it, that she owed it to his perception of her fatigue, and his resolution
to give her rest.  She was very much affected by the view of his disposition towards her, which all these things made apparent. This little circumstance seemed the completion of all that had gone before. She understood him.  He could not forgive her, but he could not
be unfeeling.  Though condemning her for the past, and considering it with high and unjust resentment, though perfectly careless of her, and though becoming attached to another, still he could not see her suffer, without the desire of giving her relief.  It was a remainder of former sentiment; it was an impulse of pure, though unacknowledged friendship; it was a proof of his own warm and amiable heart, which she could not contemplate without emotions so compounded of pleasure and pain, that she knew not which prevailed.

Mirabelle Plum & Vanilla  Whoopie Pie
Source of whoopie pie from La Tarte au Formache

Ingredients :

2 eggs
120g  butter (room temperature)                  
150g sugar
350g flour
250ml milk
5g of baking powder
1 tsp of vanilla extract

For filling:
500g Mirabelle plums cored
100g brown sugar
100ml water
1 vanilla pod/ bean


1)      Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease whoopee pie pan or a baking tray.

2)      Sift flour &  baking powder in a bowl.  Beat butter & sugar till creamy.

3)      Add in vanilla extract & eggs gradually . Beat till well combined.
4)      Fold in flour & alternate with milk & stir till all well incorporated

5)      Using a piping bag or an ice-cream  scoop  to scoop a dollop on whoopee pie pan or baking tray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let to cool.
6)      For Vanilla syrup: Bring to a boil water & brown sugar till thicken on medium heat. Remove from heat & add in Mirabelle plum & mix well . Let to cool before  placing them on top of half the little cake.  Add the other half of the little cake on the mirablle & drizzle some vanilla caramel 

Mirabelle plums from our garden