Posts tagged ‘dessert’

March 9, 2011

Lemon Curd and Blueberry Pancakes … the Curd has it


Pancake Day may be over but there’s still good reason to try these babies out. Lemon and Sugar or maple syrup are my usual favourite toppings but this new one is joining the ranks. And before you say anything, no I didn’t make the lemon curd especially. I’d made some for a cupcake filling at the weekend and was wondering what to do with the leftovers, aside from eating it straight from the bowl. Then I remembered the amazing Lemon and Blueberry tart I had eaten at the now closed Eastside Inn in Farringdon … and being pancake day … well you get how I got there.

Enjoy!

sarahx.

Lemon Curd

Ingredients:

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
100g butter
1 egg
3 egg yolks

Method:

In a small saucepan, heat lemon juice and butter until melted.
Add the sugar and eggs. Whisk continuously otherwise you’ll get funny eggy bits in it. Keep whisking until mixture is thick and glossy.
Pour into a bowl or tray to cool. Will set a little more when cold.

Note: Use freshly squeezed Lemons for the best flavour.

 

Lemon Curd

By Good Bite In

Published: March 9, 2011

Prep time: 2 min

Cook time: 15 min

Total time: 17 min

 

February 14, 2011

The Sweets: Pavlova Muffins with Raspberries and Passion Fruit


Time for sweets and Pavlova is an absolute favourite of mine but this version is a tad deconstructed.

Pavlova Elements ... Side by Side

These mini pavlovas came about while I was preparing for a recent party. I baked pavlova into lined muffin tins and planned to slice the peaks off and use them as little lids once I’d added the filling. The problem came when I tried to cut the lids off … too much to handle for my clumsy hands. So in a last minute move  the decision was made to turn them into DIY pavlovas.

They looked so pretty with their perfect peaks so were nice to display just as they were. I served them alongside bowls of cream, raspberries and passion fruit syrup so people could take a pavlova and top it themselves.

DIY Pavlova

The best way to do it, I think, is to give the top a little smash and then go right ahead and load the cream, raspberries and a good drizzle of passion fruit on top.

Give the top a smash and then load your pavlova up with toppings

It worked out well and I think it’s a lot more fun doing it this way. You also don’t need to worry about your pavlova going soggy if you put your toppings on too far in advance. Super easy and the meringues themselves were the perfect combination of mallow-ey, chewy and sweet.

Digging in

So if you’re looking for a sweet and rather sexy looking treat, why not give these a go.

Sweet Valentine Pavlova

Enjoy!

Sx.


Pavlova Muffins with Raspberries and Passion Fruit Recipe

(Makes 10 muffin sized pavlovas)

Ingredients

150ml egg whites (roughly 4 eggs)

220g Caster Sugar

2 tblspns Cornflour

2 tspns White Vinegar

1 tspn Vanilla Extract

1 punnet Raspberries

1 tin passion fruit syrup

1 carton cream, whipped

 

Method

– Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Line muffin tray with paper cases.

– In a deep bowl whisk egg whites until peaks are just on the verge of  forming. You can use an electric mixer to do this although I tend to do it by hand as it doesn’t take too long.

– Gradually add sugar, whisking between each addition. You are aiming for a thick and glossy mixture. Be careful not to over whisk, you want it just to the point where you can tip the bowl upside down and the meringue won’t fall out.

– Add sifted cornflour, vanilla extract and vinegar. Gently fold until combined.

– Spoon mixture into cases, dividing evenly. Using a teaspoon give pavlova a gentle swirl on top to give a nice peak. Don’t make the peaks too tiny or they will burn more easily.

– Reduce the temperature of the oven to 120 degrees Celsius. Bake pavlovas for 1 hour and ten minutes or until they are just crisp. If you notice they are starting to brown, reduce the oven temperature.

– Cool in muffin tray and then remove with care. They are very delicate.

– Serve along side bowls of whipped cream, raspberries and passion fruit syrup … or really whatever you fancy.

December 23, 2010

Amazon Delivery Disappointment No More: Cooking the Presents


One of the things I love about Christmas is that it’s a good excuse for gratuitous baking.

M and I are going North to his sisters for Christmas this year and so I wanted to put together some little baked hampers for his folks up there and our friends down here. It’s a plan I’m now feeling thankful  for  as  in this snowy weather few internet orders are making their destinations in time for Christmas and I would rather avoid the Oxford Street Christmas Crush.

And so the bake-off began …

Granola with Nuts and Honey

I love making granola but it was Clotilde  at Chocolate & Zucchini that gave me the idea of making it into a present. Simple to put together you really can make granola however you fancy. I do it by eye according to what I have in the cupboard and how I fancy it at the time. Lots of oats, a little wheatgerm, a mixture of chopped nuts, some desicated coconut and a sprinkling of cinnamon and ginger. Mix all this together and stir through a splash of vegetable oil and several tablespoons of honey. Do this according to how healthy or sweet / crispy you like it. I don’t like it too sweet so I just add it very gradually, stirring really well until all ingredients are well coated. Spread it out on a baking tray with edges, and cook in a slow oven, checking and tossing ingredients every 10-15 minutes so they don’t burn. When the mixture is a nice golden brown remove from the oven and let to cool in the tray. Once cool you can add dried fruit or sultanas.

If you’re a bit unsure how to progress doing it by eye, try out Clotilde’s granola formula.

Next, Chocolate Orange Biscotti with chunks of Almonds … I’ll post my recipe for this after Christmas when I have a bit more time. If you already have a basic chocolate biscotti recipe though all you do is add orange rind to the sugar during initial stage.

Choc-Orange Biscotti with Almonds

A few smaller packets with little origami squares behind to make them look pretty. Have you noticed my obsession with origami paper at the moment?

More Biscotti!

Some of Dorie Greenspan’s Speculoos

Spicy Speculoos

And finally a few treats from our recent trip to Australia … Okay I know these aren’t homemade but they are a bit of fun. There are some Cherry Ripes, Mondo’s Crunchy Vanilla Nougat, and of course, Minties!

Aussie Treats

Now, for a bit of a rest!

S.

December 23, 2010

Fudging It: Attack of the Exploding Sugar (aka Making Sea Salt Fudge)


I’ve never been one for precision cooking; a bit of this, a slap of that, fantastic. Anything which requires a thermometer is risky business.

I tried once before, in an ambitious baking session with a friend, to make Turkish Delight. It failed miserably. Turkish Sludge would have been a more appropriate name.

Given this who did I think I was attempting to make fudge?

I think it might have been a case of Christmas baking adrenaline for when I saw this post on Sea Salt Fudge by Cooking the Books I was inspired.  The combo of salt and sugar is so contradictory and complementary  at the same time, it’s brilliant.

In hindsight though, with the whole idea of making fudge, I’m not sure what I was thinking. I’ve never been much of a fudge fan, too creamy, rich and sweet, so I’m not really sure what makes a good fudge. So like I said, what was I thinking? To be fair it would make a good present wouldn’t it?

Despite all this I dedicated myself to the task completely. Followed the recipe exactly. Even got attacked by exploding sugar in the process.

A nicely set fudge dusted with Fleur de Sel or rather Sea Salt is what I got but the colour seems all wrong …

Coloured like Butter ... Did I get it wrong?

Looks a bit buttery coloured to me … Isn’t it meant to look like caramel?

I’m wondering whether maybe I didn’t cook it enough at the start when you take it to the boil. Does anyone know the answer? Or is this actually an alright colour?

Not sure that this is gift worthy … though M seems to have a bit of a taste for it … or is that just his post Christmas Party hangover craving for sugar talking?

S.

December 14, 2010

Good Bite In Australia: Summer Sorbet


This is something I don’t know how to make and don’t ever want to make because it’s just so good to buy it ready made from the Ice-creamery on a hot summers day …

Green Apple and Rockmelon Sorbet (Simmo's Ice-creamery)

…. especially when you know how cold it is back home in London, England.

S.

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