Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Matcha & Pistachio Panna Cotta

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 12

"Miss Elliot," said he, speaking rather low, "you have done a good deed in making that poor fellow talk so much.  I wish he could have such company oftener.  It is bad for him, I know, to be shut up as he is; but what can we do?  We cannot part."
"No," said Anne, "that I can easily believe to be impossible; but in time, perhaps--we know what time does in every case of affliction, and you must remember, Captain Harville, that your friend may yet be called a young mourner--only last summer, I understand."
"Ay, true enough," (with a deep sigh) "only June."
"And not known to him, perhaps, so soon."
"Not till the first week of August, when he came home from the Cape, just made into the Grappler.  I was at Plymouth dreading to hear of him; he sent in letters, but the Grappler was under orders for Portsmouth. There the news must follow him, but who was to tell it? not I. I would as soon have been run up to the yard-arm.  Nobody could do it, but that good fellow" (pointing to Captain Wentworth.)  "The Laconia had come into Plymouth the week before; no danger of her being sent to sea again.  He stood his chance for the rest; wrote up for leave of absence, but without waiting the return, travelled night and day till he got to Portsmouth, rowed off to the Grappler that instant, and never left the poor fellow for a week. That's what he did, and nobody else could have saved poor James. You may think, Miss Elliot, whether he is dear to us!"

Matcha & Pistachio Panna Cotta

Ingredients  for 4 

250g cream
200g coconut milk
35 g dark brown sugar
1.5 g Matcha powder (Green tea powder)
5 sheets of gelatine
2 tbsp ground pistachio


1)      Soak gelatine sheets in cold water .

2)      Bring it to the boil , cream, coconut milk & sugar in a sauce pan on medium heat. Remove from heat . Add in gelatine & stir well.

3)      Dissolve Matcha (green tea) powder with 1 tbsp of cream & coconut milk mixture . Combine dissolve Matcha into the cream mixture & stir till well combined . Pour in ramekins or glasses & chilled for at least 8 hours.  Topped with ground pistachio just before served.

 Small Small Baker/Aspiring Baker

Submitting this post to  Aspiring Bakers (October 2012) event hosted this month by  Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House with the theme Jellies & Puddings .

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Danish Chocolate Streusel – Swirled Coffee Cake

This month , Anuja of Simple Baking has selected this lovely Danish Chocolate Streusel for  The Home Bakers (THB) . We’re are actually baking  from Lou Sheibert Pappas’s cookbook – Coffee Cakes .  This is another yummy recipe & definitely a keeper . 

Danish Chocolate Streusel – Swirled Cake

For full recipe please hop over to  Anuja of Simple Baking . For more appetizing bakes from the members of THB click HERE

1)      Beat sugar, butter salt & cardamom till light & fluffy.

2)      Add in eggs & gradually add in flour with milk. Beat till soft dough . Knead dough till smooth & elastic for 10 minutes. Let it rise for at least 1 hour in a warm place.

3)      To make chocolate streusel : rub in butter , sugar, flour, cocoa & cinnamon till crumbs.

4)      . Cut the dough into half. Roll on half into 26 x36 cm rectangle. Spread evenly half of the chocolate streusel filling. Roll up the dough & slice or cut the roll at 2 cm intervals. Spread evenly half of the apple filling. Roll up the dough & slice or cut the roll at 2 cm intervals. Repeat with the remaining dough & filling & place them in a greased cake pan  & cover with tea towels or plastic wrap in a warm room for 1 hour

5)      ) Preheat oven to 170°C . Lightly brush the roll with milk . Place in the oven & bake for 30 to 35 minutes till golden brown.  Let to cool

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 12

"Elliot!"  Many had looked on each other, and many had repeated the name, before all this had been got through, even by the smart rapidity of a waiter.
"Bless me!" cried Mary; "it must be our cousin; it must be our Mr Elliot, it must, indeed!  Charles, Anne, must not it?  In mourning, you see, just as our Mr Elliot must be.  How very extraordinary!  In the very same inn with us!  Anne, must not it be our Mr Elliot? my father's next heir?  Pray sir," turning to the waiter, "did not you hear, did not his servant say whether he belonged to the Kellynch family?"
"No, ma'am, he did not mention no particular family; but he said his master was a very rich gentleman, and would be a baronight some day."
"There! you see!" cried Mary in an ecstasy, "just as I said!  Heir to Sir Walter Elliot!  I was sure that would come out, if it was so.  Depend upon it, that is a circumstance which his servants take care to publish, wherever he goes.  But, Anne, only conceive how extraordinary!  I wish I had looked at him more.  I wish we had been aware in time, who it was, that he might have been introduced to us. What a pity that we should not have been introduced to each other!  Do you think he had the Elliot countenance?  I hardly looked at him, I was looking at the horses; but I think he had something of the Elliot countenance, I wonder the arms did not strike me!  Oh! the great-coat was hanging over the panel, and hid the arms, so it did; otherwise, I am sure, I should have observed them, and the livery too; if the servant had not been in mourning, one should have known him by the livery."

Sunflowers from our veg patch

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Apple Crumble Cake

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 12

The word curricle made Charles Musgrove jump up that he might compare it with his own; the servant in mourning roused Anne's curiosity, and the whole six were collected to look, by the time the owner of the curricle was to be seen issuing from the door amidst the bows and civilities of the household, and taking his seat, to drive off.
"Ah!" cried Captain Wentworth, instantly, and with half a glance at Anne, "it is the very man we passed."
The Miss Musgroves agreed to it; and having all kindly watched him as far up the hill as they could, they returned to the breakfast table. The waiter came into the room soon afterwards.
"Pray," said Captain Wentworth, immediately, "can you tell us the name of the gentleman who is just gone away?"
"Yes, Sir, a Mr Elliot, a gentleman of large fortune, came in last night from Sidmouth.  Dare say you heard the carriage, sir, while you were at dinner; and going on now for Crewkherne, in his way to Bath and London."

Apple Crumble Cake

2 apples –cored & diced
60g ground hazelnut
80g raisins
3 eggs
140g  salted butter (room temperature)
130g powdered sugar
200g flour + 1 tbsp
1 tsp baking powder
Rectangle baking pan

For crumble:
50g flour
30g cold salted butter
40g hazelnuts
30g sugar

1)      Greased  baking pan. Combine flour & baking powder. In a large bowl beat butter & sugar till creamy. Gradually add in eggs , one at a time & hazelnut with flour mixture till well combined.

2)      In a bowl toss to coat  diced apples & raisins with 1 tbsp of flour . Add in batter & stir till well combined. Pour batter in baking pan.

3)      Preheat oven to 160°C. For crumble: In a bowl combine butter, sugar , ground hazelnut & flour. Cut the butter in with your fingers till mixture forms crumbs. Topped crumble mixture on batter evenly & bake for 1 hour.

Leonard De Vinci Roses from my garden

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Nectarine Cake With Cinnamon Nut Topping

We love coffee cakes with fruits & tasty nut topping, perfect treat to go with a cup of cappuccino . This is another delicious coffee cake with cinnamon nut topping & juicy  nectarines that I’ve harvested from out garden . I’ve baked this cake a couple of weeks ago but didn’t have the time to get it posted . I came across this recipe at Lena of Frozen Wings, a very talented lady . Always enjoyed visiting her blog with her delicious dishes all the time . If you don't know her blog by now, do hop over & you'll be amazed with her awesome blog .  This is the first time I've baked a cake with nectarine & really amazed by how tasty it is in bakes . Really love the tangy fruity flavour of the nectarines that goes very well with the nut topping . For the full recipe of this yummy cake , do drop by at Lena of Frozen Wings or HERE.

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 12

After attending Louisa through her business, and loitering about a little longer, they returned to the inn; and Anne, in passing afterwards quickly from her own chamber to their dining-room, had nearly run against the very same gentleman, as he came out of an adjoining apartment. She had before conjectured him to be a stranger like themselves, and determined that a well-looking groom, who was strolling about near the two inns as they came back, should be his servant. Both master and man being in mourning assisted the idea. It was now proved that he belonged to the same inn as themselves; and this second meeting, short as it was, also proved again by the gentleman's looks, that he thought hers very lovely, and by the readiness and propriety of his apologies, that he was a man of exceedingly good manners.  He seemed about thirty, and though not handsome, had an agreeable person.  Anne felt that he should like to know who he was.

Nectarine Cake With Cinnamon Nut Topping
For full recipe  click HERE

Submitting this post to  AlphaBakes event hosted this month by  Baking Addict from The More Than Occasional Baker Caroline from Caroline Makes with the random letter ' N'

The last Dahlias of the season  from my garden .