Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Easter Egg








Persuasion by Jane Austen (1818)

Chapter 1

Mary had acquired a little artificial importance, by becoming Mrs Charles Musgrove; but Anne, with an elegance of mind and sweetness of character, which must have placed her high with any people
of real understanding, was nobody with either father or sister; her word had no weight, her convenience was always to give way--she was only Anne. To Lady Russell, indeed, she was a most dear and highly valued god-daughter, favourite, and friend.  Lady Russell loved them all; but it was only in Anne that she could fancy the mother to revive again. A few years before, Anne Elliot had been a very pretty girl, but her bloom had vanished early; and as even in its height, her father had found little to admire in her, (so totally different were her delicate features and mild dark eyes from his own), there could be nothing in them, now that she was faded and thin, to excite his esteem. He had never indulged much hope, he had now none, of ever reading her name in any other page of his favourite work. All equality of alliance must rest with Elizabeth, for Mary had merely connected herself with an old country family of respectability and large fortune, and had therefore given all the honour and received none: Elizabeth would, one day or other, marry suitably.



Chocolate & Salted Caramel Easter Egg
Recipe adapted from Chiristophe Felder

Ingredients :

6 egg shells or egg shell mold
180g dark chocolate + 20g for shaved chocolate deco

For salted caramel:

100g sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp single cream/ liquid cream
80g butter
2 pinch of sea salt 

Directions:



1) Preheat oven to 200° C. Wash carefully the egg shells especially the inner part & let it to dry.  Place the egg shells in oven  for 25 minutes before using the shells. Leave to cool. This process is to avoid gem contamination.  Melt chocolate on double boiler/ bain - marie till smooth.


2) Using a brush , brush in the chocolate in inner part of egg shell. Let it to set. You have to repeat this for at least 4 times. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.


3) To make salted caramel: Place sugar in saucepan  over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add in honey & let it to boil. When it turns a medium amber color. If sugar crystals gather along the sides of the pan during the cooking process, you can use a pastry brush dipped in water to brush the sugar down the sides of the pan so that it becomes incorporated into the boiling mixture.


4) Remove the pan from heat and pour in the cream. It will bubble up!!. Whisk the caramel, then incorporate butter and sea salt. Whisk again until everything is smooth. It should be the color of caramel. Leave to cool.


5) Remove egg shells from chocolate & spoon in salted caramel. Place in refrigerator. Just before  serve topped with shaved chocolate. * I did the wrong way by adding the caramel before peeling off the egg shells!


 
 Bon Appetit

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Orange Cointreau Soufflé







Jane's corner

To hear them talking so much of Captain Wentworth, repeating his name so often, puzzling over past years, and at last ascertaining that it might, that it probably would, turn out to be the very same Captain Wentworth whom they recollected meeting, once or twice, after their coming back
from Clifton--a very fine young man--but they could not say whether it was seven or eight years ago, was a new sort of trial to Anne's nerves. She found, however, that it was one to which she must inure herself. Since he actually was expected in the country, she must teach herself
to be insensible on such points.  And not only did it appear that he was expected, and speedily, but the Musgroves, in their warm gratitude for the kindness he had shewn poor Dick, and very high respect
for his character, stamped as it was by poor Dick's having been six months under his care, and mentioning him in strong, though not perfectly well-spelt praise, as "a fine dashing felow,
only two perticular about the schoolmaster," were bent on introducing themselves, and seeking his acquaintance, as soon as they could hear of his arrival.

Persuasion - Jane Austen (1818)




Orange Soufflé
Adapted from Les Dessert by Larousse

Ingredients serve 6

6 big oranges + juice
3 eggs ( separated white & yolks)
8 tbsp of powdered sugar
2 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp Cointreau or any orange liqueur

Directions:


1) Cut the top part of each orange & squeeze the juice and reserve.

2) Empty the orange shells with a grapefruit spoon or a spoon & sprinkle some sugar inside the skins. 


3) Preheat the oven to 240°C. Beat egg yolks with sugar and cornstarch until smooth. Pour in the orange juice & mix till all combined.


4) Place orange mixture in a saucepan and heat over medium heat while stirring constantly til it thickens. Remove from the heat and add in orange liqueur. Leave to cool.


5) Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt & gradually add in sugar and keep beating till soft peaks.


6) Fold in egg whites into the orange mixture till well combined. Spoon in orange mixture in the orange skins. Bake for 20 minutes till puffy serve immediately.



This is the last orange that came out from the oven. Over tanned ! LOL

Bon Apetit

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mango Cheesecake










Jane's corner

He was nowhere to be met with; every search for him was equally unsuccessful in morning lounges or evening assemblies; neither at  the Upper nor Lower Rooms, at dressed or undressed balls,  was he perceivable; nor among the walkers, the horsemen, or the curricle-drivers of the morning. His name was not  in the pump-room book, and curiosity could do no more.  He must be gone from Bath.  Yet he had not mentioned that  his stay would be so short! This sort of mysteriousness,  which is always so becoming in a hero, threw a fresh grace in Catherine's imagination around his person and manners, and increased her anxiety to know more of him.

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen ( 1818)




 Mango Cheesecake
 Recipe inspired from Christophe Michalak

Ingredients serve 4:

For base crust:
180g graham biscuits or butter sablée
60g melted butter

For mango cream filling:
280g Philadelphia cream cheese
80g sugar
30g double cream/ thick cream
80g fresh mango puree
1 egg + 1 yolk

For mango coulis:
2 ripe mango
Few drops of lemon juice

Directions:

For crust:


1) Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper on baking tray. 


2) Crush Graham crackers till crumbs. Blend melted butter & biscuit crumbs till combined. Pour filling equally in each prepared crust ring or mini cheesecake pan, filling about 2/3 full. Tap pan gently to level each filling. Bake for 10 minutes & let to cool.



For Mango cream filling:

1) Beat cream cheese, double cream &  sugar till combined. Incorporate  mango puree & eggs with mixer until smooth. 



2) Pour cream cheese mixture on top of prepared crust. Bake for 25 minutes at 140°C. Turn oven off. Remove cheesecake and cool for at least 1 hour.Place in refrigerator for 2 hours.




For mango coulis

1) Peel & cut mango in pieces.  Place them with few drops of lemon juice in a food processor or blender and process to a smooth purée.

2) Cut the 2nd mango into small cubes. Just before serve, remove cheesecake from ring or pan ,topped with mango coulis & mango pieces.








Bon Appetit

Friday, March 16, 2012

Banana & Poppy Seeds Cupcake








Jane's Corner

Perhaps," said Marianne, "I may consider it with some surprise. Edward is very amiable, and I love him tenderly. But yet- he is not the kind of young man- there is something wanting- his figure is not striking; it has none of that grace which I should expect in the man who could seriously attach my sister. His eyes want all that spirit, that fire, which at once announce virtue and intelligence. And besides all this, I am afraid, mamma, he has no real taste. Music seems scarcely to attract him; and, though he admires Elinor's drawings very much, it is not the admiration of a person who can understand their worth. It is that, in fact, of his frequent attention to her while she draws, that, in he knows nothing of the matter. He admires as a lover, not as a connoisseur. To satisfy me, those characters must be united. I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter into all my feelings: the same books, the same music must charm us both. Oh, mamma, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister more severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat. To hear those beautiful lines which have frequently almost driven me wild, pronounced with such impenetrable calmness, such dreadful indifference!"

Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen (1816)





Banana & Poppy Seeds Cupcake
Recipe adapted from Johanna Farrow

Ingredients for 12 cupcakes

125g flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
75g  semi-salted butter- soften
75g cane sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
2 ripe bananas mashed
80g poppy seeds


For frosting:
150g soften butter
250g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp of hot water

Directions:

 1) Preheat oven to 160°C.

2) Sift flour together with baking powder & baking soda.

3) Beat butter & sugar lightly. Add in eggs & mashed bananas & beat till all combined.






4) Fold in flour mixture & poppy seeds till all combined




5) Line 12 cupcake wrapper on cupcake pan. Spoon in batter into prepared cupcake wrappers. Bake for 20- 25 minutes till golden brown. Let to cool.

6) To make butter cream frosting - Beat soften butter &  sugar. Add in hot water & vanilla extract, beat till creamy & smooth. Place butter cream in piping bag & pipe them in free style fashion on top of the cupcake.





Bon Appetit






Monday, March 12, 2012

Matcha & White Chocolate Brownie






Jane's corner

Having formed her mind and gained her affections, he had a good chance of her thinking like him; though at this period, and on this subject, there began now to be some danger of dissimilarity, for he was in a line of admiration of Miss Crawford, which might lead him where Fanny could not follow. Miss Crawford's attractions did not lessen. The harp arrived, and rather added to her beauty, wit, and good-humour; for she played with the greatest obliging ness, with an expression and taste which were peculiarly becoming, and there was something clever to be said at the close of every air. Edmund was at the Parsonage every day, to be indulged with his favourite instrument: one morning secured an invitation for the next; for the lady could not be unwilling to have a listener, and every thing was soon in a fair train.

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen (1814)




Matcha & White Chocolate Brownie
Recipe adapted from Hachette Cuisine

Ingredients:

110g butter, chopped
200g white chocolate ( in pieces) + 20g for topping
3 eggs
90g sugar
50g flour
1 tbsp Matcha powder ( Japanese green tea)
80g grounded almond

Directions:


1) Melt white chocolate & butter on bain marie or double boiler.
 
2) Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease baking or brownie pan/ tin.


3) Beat eggs & sugar for 1 minute. Pour in the melted chocolate mixture, flour, Matcha powder & grounded almond. Beat till all combined.


4) Pour the batter into baking pan & bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in baking pan for 20 minutes. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters of your choice & cut the shape. Topped with shaved white chocolate.






I'm linking this post to We Should Cocoa Challenge hosted by Chele from Chocolate Teapot  & co -hosted by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog And this month's theme is 'something green'.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Strawberry Bonbon Crème Brûlée








Jane's corner

He had frightened her a little about Mr. Elton; but when she considered that Mr. Knightley could not have observed him as she had done, neither with the interest, nor (she must be allowed to tell herself, in spite of Mr. Knightley's pretensions) with the skill of such an observer on such a question as herself, that he had spoken it hastily and in anger, she was able to believe, that he had rather said what he wished resentfully to be true, than what he knew any thing about. He certainly might have heard Mr. Elton speak with more unreserve than she had ever done, and Mr. Elton might not be of an imprudent, inconsiderate disposition as to money matters; he might naturally be rather attentive than otherwise to them; but then, Mr. Knightley did not make due allowance for the influence of a strong passion at war with all interested motives. Mr. Knightley saw no such passion, and of course thought nothing of its effects; but she saw too much of it to feel a doubt of its overcoming any hesitations that a reasonable prudence might originally suggest; and more than a reasonable, becoming degree of prudence, she was very sure did not belong to Mr. Elton.

Emma - Jane Austen (1816)




Strawberry Bonbon Crème Brûlée - Crème brûlée aux fraise Tagada

Ingredients: serves 6

100g Tagada strawberry bonbon or any chewy strawberry candies but not chewing gum!
400 ml single or liquid cream
6 egg yolks
6 tbsp of pink crystallized sugar
6 ramekins

Directions:


1)Preheat oven to 110° C. Cut strawberry candies in pieces.


2) Place the cream & pieces of candies in a sauce pan over low heat. Do not bring it to the boil , just slightly heated. Remove from heat & stir till all the pieces of candies melted.


3) Beat egg yolks in a small bowl. Pour in the beaten egg yolks into the cream mixture & stir till all combined;



4) Pour the mixture into ramekins. Place ramekins on a roasting pan with enough boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of ramekins. Bake for 1 hour till the crémes are set. Remove from water & let crème to cool

5) Place in refrigerator for at least an hour. Topped each  créme with a tbsp of pink sugar & caramelized it by using a kitchen torch just before serving.


Bon Appetit
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Monday, March 5, 2012

Sticky Date Pudding






Jane's corner

Elizabeth Bennet had been obliged, by the scarcity of gentlemen, to sit down for two dances; and during part of that time, Mr. Darcy had been standing near enough for her to overhear a conversation between him and Mr. Bingley, who came from the dance for a few minutes to press his friend to join it.
``Come, Darcy,'' said he, ``I must have you dance. I hate to see you standing about by yourself in this stupid manner. You had much better dance.''
``I certainly shall not. You know how I detest it, unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. At such an assembly as this, it would be insupportable. Your sisters are engaged, and there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with.''
``I would not be so fastidious as you are,'' cried Bingley, ``for a kingdom! Upon my honour I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life, as I have this evening; and there are several of them, you see, uncommonly pretty.''
``You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room,'' said Mr. Darcy, looking at the eldest Miss Bennet.

Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen (1818)






I 'm also linking this recipe to the blog hop event Cook Like A Star (March 2012) organized by Bake for Happy Kids

Sticky Date Pudding

Ingredients: serves 6
1 ½ cup  chopped  dates
1 cup  boiling water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
100g butter, chopped
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup  self-raising  flour
Thick cream

Toffee sauce
150g butter, chopped
1 cup liquid cream
1 ½ cup  brown sugar

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 180ºC . Grease cake pan .


2) Place  dates, water and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl & allow to stand for 5 minutes.

3) Place the date mixture in  food processor with  butter & sugar . Blend or  process till well combined.


4) Add in eggs , flour & blend till all combined. Pour into  cake pan .

5) Bake for 30–35 minutes & let it to cool for 10 minutes. Cut into squares. 

To make toffee sauce:


7) Place butter, cream and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and keep on stirring till the butter is fully melted. Bring to the boil till thickened slightly. Pour over puddings and top with a dollop of thick cream. HEAVENLY





Bon Appetit