Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Raspberry & Chocolate Entremet For 1st Blog Anniversary


Raspberry & Chocolate Entremet

Ingredients serves 6

For Speculous base
120g speculous biscuits
40g butter - melted

For chocolate cream mousse
250 ml milk
2 egg yolks
60g powered sugar
2 sheets gelatine- soaked with cold water
100g dark chocolate – in small pieces
125 ml liquid cream

For raspberry cream mousse
250g raspberry + 100g
70g powdered sugar
70 ml liquid cream
75g cottage cheese
2 sheets gelatine- soaked in cold water
20ml hot water
20g  shaved white chocolate
100g dark chocolate – melted  ( for filigree heart )


1)      For Speculous base:  Preheat oven to 180°C  Grease mini cake rings on baking paper. 
2)      Put speculous biscuits in a food plactic bag & crush till crumbs by using a roiling pin.  Combine crumbs & melted butter in a bowl till well coated.  Spread  &  press down  evenly the crumbs mixture to prepared cake ring .  Bake for 5 to 10 mins. Let to cool. 
3)      For chocolate cream filling:  Beat sugar & egg yolks till creamy. Bring to the milk to boil  .  WHISK in egg mixture  till the cream thicken BUT do not bring it to a boil.  Pour this cream mixture into chocolate pieces & stir till all combined.  Add in gelatine sheets & mix well. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  Whisk liquid cream till stiff peaks & fold it in chocolate cream mixture till well combined.  Spread cream filling on top of spaculous base & smooth with spatula. 

4)      For raspberry mousse cream :  Dissolve gelatine with 20 ml hot water & stir well . In a sauce pan bring to a boil raspberries on low heat  for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat &  drain to remove as much raspberry seeds as possible . Whisk liquid cream till stiff peaks . Add in cottage cheese  with sugar & mix well . Add in raspberry juice & gelatine mixture . Stir well . 

5)      Place raspberries on & along the side of the chocolate cream mouse . Gradually spread cream filling on top of raspberries & chocolate cream & smooth with spatula. Place I refrigerator for at least 4 hours . Topped with shaved white chocolate.

Photo courtesy of  my sister (Desperate Housewife In Holland ) for taking this lovely picture of me kneading the dough  - Made With LOVE!  LOL 

This is my 2nd bread without bread machine . Really enjoy kneading the dough

My sister & me have even collaborated a bread ( rustic pain)  – The Porcupine Pain. Well, I just made the pain & my sister did all the deco. For recipe or on how to make this   Porcupine pain  , HERE
Photo courtesy of Desperate Housewife In Holland

Wish you all a lovely day

Monday, November 26, 2012

Beetroot & Walnut Cake

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 12

Anne was to leave them on the morrow, an event which they all dreaded. "What should they do without her?  They were wretched comforters for one another."  And so much was said in this way, that Anne thought she could not do better than impart among them the general inclination to which she was privy, and persuaded them all to go to Lyme at once. She had little difficulty; it was soon determined that they would go; go to-morrow, fix themselves at the inn, or get into lodgings, as it suited, and there remain till dear Louisa could be moved. They must be taking off some trouble from the good people she was with; they might at least relieve Mrs Harville from the care of her own children; and in short, they were so happy in the decision, that Anne was delighted with what she had done, and felt that she could not spend her last morning at Uppercross better than in assisting their preparations, and sending them off at an early hour, though her being left to the solitary range of the house was the consequence  combatant against the common colda potent combatant against the common cold, are a rich source of is betaine; betaine is vital to good cardiovascular healthreduce high blood pressure,

Beetroot & Walnut Cake
Inspired from Afeitar


150g  beetroot, grated
200 ml walnut oil
200g caster sugar
3 eggs , separated
3 Tbsp  of milk
110g roasted walnut, chopped
200g all purpose flour
2 Tsp baking powder
½  Tsp each ground ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg
20 cm springform cake pan

For vanilla frosting:

400g cream cheese
150g icing sugar
180g unsalted butter
1 Tsp vanilla extract


1)      Preheat oven to 170°C & greased cake pan . Combine 1 teaspoon of grated beetroot & 2 tablespoons boiling water in a bowl & set aside .  ( for coloring the frosting) .

2)      Beat sugar with oil & gradually add in eggs yolks & milk .  Add in grated beetroot & walnuts . Stir till well combined. 

3)      Fold in flour, baking powder into the beetroot mixture till all combined. 

4)      Beat egg white till stiff peaks & gradually fold in cake mixture . Pour batter in greased cake pan & bake for 40  minutes .  Let to cool . 

5)      For vanilla frosting:  Whisk butter & icing sugar. Add in cream cheese , vanilla extract & beetroot coloring till fully combined . Spread half of the frosting over cake & chilled it for 1 hour coz this cake is quite crumbly . Frost another layer of icing & serve .

 I'm submitting this post to Tea Time Treats event hosted this month by  Karen of Lavender & Lovage & co-hosted with  Kate of What Kate Baked . Tea Time Treats is celebrating it's 1st year birthday, so this is my cake to celebrate this lovely occasion! Happy 1st Birthday Tea Time Treats. :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Apple Walnut Mosaic Cake

This is our 12th bake at  THB ( The HomeBaker)  organized by  Joyce of Kitchen Flavours. We're currently baking from Lou Sheibert Pappas cookbook, Coffee Cakes . This recipe was selected  by  Michelle from  Piece Of Cake . For the full    recipe , do hop over to  Michelle of  Piece Of Cake  .  And for  more of this yummy bake from  all the members of The Home Baker HERE

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion
Chapter 12

They got on fast.  Anne was astonished to recognise the same hills and the same objects so soon.  Their actual speed, heightened by some dread of the conclusion, made the road appear but half as long as on the day before.  It was growing quite dusk, however, before they were in the neighbourhood of Uppercross, and there had been total silence among them for some time, Henrietta leaning back in the corner, with a shawl over her face, giving the hope of her having cried herself to sleep; when, as they were going up their last hill, Anne found herself all at once addressed by Captain Wentworth.  In a low, cautious voice, he said:  
"I have been considering what we had best do. She must not appear at first. She could not stand it.  I have been thinking whether you had not better remain in the carriage with her, while I go in and break it to Mr and Mrs Musgrove.  Do you think this is a good plan?"
She did:  he was satisfied, and said no more.  But the remembrance of the appeal remained a pleasure to her, as a proof of friendship, and of deference for her judgement, a great pleasure; and when it became a sort of parting proof, its value did not lessen.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Roll

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion
Chapter 12

n the mean while she was in the carriage.  He had handed them both in, and placed himself between them; and in this manner, under these circumstances, full of astonishment and emotion to Anne, she quitted Lyme. How the long stage would pass; how it was to affect their manners; what was to be their sort of intercourse, she could not foresee. It was all quite natural, however.  He was devoted to Henrietta; always turning towards her; and when he spoke at all, always with the view of supporting her hopes and raising her spirits.  In general, his voice and manner were studiously calm.  To spare Henrietta from agitation seemed the governing principle.  Once only, when she had been grieving over the last ill-judged, ill-fated walk to the Cobb, bitterly lamenting that it ever had been thought of, he burst forth, as if wholly overcome.

"Don't talk of it, don't talk of it," he cried.  "Oh God! that I had not given way to her at the fatal moment!  Had I done as I ought! But so eager and so resolute! Dear, sweet Louisa!"

Apple Cinnamon Roll
Inspired by Lou Seibert Pappas

10g active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
Pinch of sugar + 6 tbsp
170 g unsalted butter (room temperature)
½ tsp salt
2 tsp ground cardamom or vanilla extract ( I used ground cardamom)
3 eggs (room temperature)
4 ½ to 5 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup warm milk

Apple Cinnamon filling:
2 diced or shredded apples (Granny Smith)
180g light brown sugar
100g flour
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
200g cold butter cut into pieces
1 cup raisins soaked in 6 tbsp rum


1)In a small bowl add warm water, yeast & a pinch os sugar. Stir well to dissolve & let stand till foamy for about 10 to 15 mins.

2) In a large bowl , beat 6 tbsp of sugar, the salt, butter, cardamom or vanilla together with wooden spoon or electric mixer till light & fluffy.

3) Add in eggs & beat well. Add 1 cup of flour & beat till smooth. Add in milk & gradually add 2 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time. Beat till well combined. Stir in yeast mixture & gradually add 1 ½ cups to 2 cups of remaining flour. To make a soft elastic dough.  Knead the dough with hand for 10 to 15 minutes till smooth & elastic in texture. Place in a buttered big bowl & cover with damp tea towel or plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm room till it doubled in size , about 1 ½ hours.

4) For apple cinnamon filling: In a food processor mix in all brown sugar , flour, cinnamon together. Rub in butter with fingers till crumbly. Add in diced apples & raisins , mix well till combined. 

5). Press down the dough & knead the dough on a lightly floured  board till smooth for 2 minutes. Cut the dough into half. Roll on half into 26 x36 cm rectangle. 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.

6) 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. Serve with maple syrup . YUM

Enjoy & bon appetit


Submitting this post to Made With Love Mondays hosted by   Javelin Warrior . 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Apricot & Cocoa Linzer Torte – Linzertorte au cocoa & aux abricots

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 12

Then it is settled, Musgrove," cried Captain Wentworth, "that you stay, and that I take care of your sister home.  But as to the rest, as to the others, if one stays to assist Mrs Harville, I think it need be only one.  Mrs Charles Musgrove will, of course, wish to get back to her children; but if Anne will stay, no one so proper, so capable as Anne."
She paused a moment to recover from the emotion of hearing herself so spoken of.  The other two warmly agreed with what he said, and she then appeared.
"You will stay, I am sure; you will stay and nurse her;" cried he, turning to her and speaking with a glow, and yet a gentleness, which seemed almost restoring the past. She coloured deeply, and he recollected himself and moved away. She expressed herself most willing, ready, happy to remain.  "It was what she had been thinking of, and wishing to be allowed to do.  A bed on the floor in Louisa's room would be sufficient for her, if Mrs Harville would but think so."

Little that I know that this famous Austrian  Linzer Torte is also a Christmas treat ! How wonderful !

Apricot & Cocoa Linzer Torte - – Linzertorte au cocoa & aux abricots

Ingredients Serves 8

250g flour
150g powdered sugar
50g unsweetened cocoa powder
150g ground almond
250g semi salted butter ( diced)
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g dried apricots ( chopped)
100 ml orange juice
4 tbsp of apricot liquer
400g apricot jam + 100g for glazing
26cm pie mould or cake pan


1)      Preheat oven to 180°C. Greased cake pan.

2)      Combined flour, sugar, cocoa powder & ground almond in mixing  bowl & mix till well combined. 

3)      Add in  butter & mix again till all combined. Add in egg  yolks & stir well. Knead the dough till smooth about 2 minute.  Cut 1/3  of the dough & wrap in polybag. Store it in the refrigerator.

4)      Roll the rest of the dough up onto the rolling pin and gently unroll it over one of the prepared tart pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let to cool.

5)      In a sauce pan combine chopped apricots with orange juice on medium heat & bring to a boil.  Let  to simmer for 10 minutes on LOW heat . Remove from heat & add in apricot liqueur & 400g of apricot jam. Stir well till well combined. Let to cool for awhile.  Spread evenly the apricot mixture in the precooked cocoa crust. 

6)      Using the chill dough to make the topping by rolling it into 1 cm  thick & arrange strips, lattice fashion or using cookies cutters to cut the shape desired . I’ve  twisted  gently the strips & place it on the tart & press the edges. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let to cool.

7)      Bring to a boil the rest of 100g of apricot jam on low heat . Brush the jam on the tart & serve.

A lovely combination that I've never have thought of putting together ! Simply AMAZING!

Submitting this post to  Free & Easy Bake Along event hosted by  Joyce of Kitchen FlavoursLena of  Frozen WingsZoe  from Bake For Happy Kids. And this weeks theme is Linzer Torte.