Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake










Jane Austen’s moment in Persuasion (1818)

Chapter 4

They knew not each other's opinion, either its constancy or its change, on the one leading point of Anne's conduct, for the subject was never alluded to; but Anne, at seven-and-twenty, thought very differently from what she had been made to think at nineteen.  She did not blame Lady Russell, she did not blame herself for having been guided by her; but she felt that were any young person, in similar circumstances, to apply to her for counsel, they would never receive any of such certain immediate wretchedness, such uncertain future good. She was persuaded that under every disadvantage of disapprobation at home, and every anxiety attending his profession, all their probable fears, delays, and disappointments, she should yet have been a happier woman in maintaining the engagement, than she had been in the sacrifice of it; and this, she fully believed, had the usual share, had even more than the usual share of all such solicitudes and suspense been theirs, without reference to the actual results of their case, which, as it happened, would have bestowed earlier prosperity than could be reasonably calculated on.





 I'm liking this recipe to We Should Cocoa Challenge hosted by Choclette of Chocolate Log Blog. And for this month's theme is chocolate & cheese.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Adapted from Paula Deen

Ingredients:

225g softened butter
225g cream cheese
180g sugar
7 eggs
1 tsp  pure vanilla extract
288g flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g cocoa

For white chocolate frosting:
100g white chocolate
5 tbsp milk

Directions:

1)      Preheat oven to 180°C & grease a 10 inches cake pan

2)      In a large bowl beat butter, cream cheese & sugar till creamy. Gradually add in eggs on at a time. Beat well & add in vanilla.

3)      In another large bowl combine flour, baking powder & cocoa. Fold in half of the flour mixture into the cream mixture & beat well for a couple of minutes.

4)      Pour batter in ready greased cake pan & bake for 1 hour till done. Let to cool, remove from cake pan.

5)      To make white chocolate frosting: Melt white chocolate pieces with milk on double boiler/ bain-marie (medium heat) till smooth. Pour immediately on the cake if not the white chocolate will harden again. 




Bon Appetit

Friday, April 27, 2012

Caramel Coconut Flan








Jane Austen moment – PERSUASION (1818)

Chapter 4

More than seven years were gone since this little history of sorrowful interest had reached its close; and time had softened down much, perhaps nearly all of peculiar attachment to him, but she had been too dependent on time alone; no aid had been given in change of place (except in one visit to Bath soon after the rupture), or in any novelty or enlargement of society.  No one had ever come within the Kellynch circle, who could bear a comparison with Frederick Wentworth, as he stood in her  memory.  No second attachment, the only thoroughly natural, happy, and sufficient cure, at her time of life, had been possible to the nice tone of her mind, the fastidiousness of her taste, in the small limits of the society around them.  She had been solicited, when about two-and-twenty, to change her name, by the young man, who not long afterwards found a more willing mind in her younger sister; and Lady Russell had lamented her refusal; for Charles Musgrove was the eldest son of a man, whose landed property and general importance were second in that country, only to Sir Walter's, and of good character and appearance; and however Lady Russell might have asked yet for something more,  while Anne was nineteen, she would have rejoiced to see her at twenty-two so respectably removed from the partialities and injustice of her father's house, and settled so permanently near herself.
But in this case, Anne had left nothing for advice to do; and though Lady Russell, as satisfied as ever with her own discretion, never wished the past undone, she began now to have the anxiety which borders on hopelessness for Anne's being tempted, by some man of talents and independence, to enter a state for which she held her to be peculiarly fitted by her warm affections and domestic habits.




Coconut Flan

Ingredients:

For Caramel:
250g sugar
150ml water
Lemon juice

For Coconut Flan
500 ml milk
3 eggs, lightly beaten
250g sweetened condensed milk
100g shredded coconut

Directions:

1) For Caramel sauce: Combine  water, sugar & few drops of lemon juice in saucepan on  high heat and bring to a boil. When mixture has reduced, thickened and turned a golden color, remove from heat. Pour onto bottom of  cake pan or ramekin.


2) For coconut flan: Preheat oven to 170°C . In a big bowl , add in milk, eggs, condensed milk & coconut & stir well till all combined. Spoon in the mixture onto  the prepared caramel cake pan.


3) Add enough reserved hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of cake pan Transfer to oven, and bake until just set, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer ramekins to a wire rack to cool. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate  overnight. Let stand at room temperature about 10 minutes before unmolding. Run a thin knife around edge of the flan, and invert onto a plate. Sprinkle some shredded coconut on top of the flan.




Sharing this recipe with Vardhini's Bake Fest event hosted this month by Sumee of  Sumee's Culinary Bites.


Bon Appetit



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Butter Squash Honey Roll








Jane Austen moment – PERSUASION  (1818)

Chapter 4

Captain Wentworth had no fortune.  He had been lucky in his profession; but spending freely, what had come freely, had realized nothing. But he was confident that he should soon be rich:  full of life and ardour,he knew that he should soon have a ship, and soon be on a station
that would lead to everything he wanted.  He had always been lucky; he knew he knew he should be so still.  Such confidence, powerful in its own warmth, and bewitching in the wit which often expressed it, must have been enough for Anne; but Lady Russell saw it very differently. His sanguine temper, and fearlessness of mind, operated very differently on her.  She saw in it but an aggravation of the evil.  It only added a dangerous character to himself.  He was brilliant, he was headstrong. Lady Russell had little taste for wit, and of anything approaching to imprudence a horror.  She deprecated the connexion in every light.




Butter Squash Honey Roll

Ingredients :

For the butter squash cake:

100g flour
3 eggs
180g sugar
80g chopped walnuts
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp salt
2/3 cup butter squash puree
Powdered sugar for topping

Honey Cream filling:
125g unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp honey
60g powdered sugar

Directions:

1)      Preheat oven to 180°C & grease baking tray.

2)      Beat eggs & sugar till creamy. Pour in butter squash puree. Stir well.

3)      Fold in all the dry ingredients in egg mixture till well combined. Spread evenly into baking tray. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Bake for 15 minutes till top of cake spring back when touched. Roll up cake & tea towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

4)      For honey cream filling: beat softened butter, honey & sugar till light & creamy.

5)      Unroll cake from tea towel & spread with honey butter cream evenly, re-roll, trim ends with knife. Sprinkle powdered sugar before serve sliced.

 
Sending this recipe to AlphaBakes Challenge hosted by Ros@ Baking Addict of The More Than Occasional Baker & co- hosted with Caroline of Caroline Makes. And this month’s random letter is ‘B’.




Bon Appetit

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wild Blueberry Tart – Tartelette sablée aux myrtilles sauvages







Jane Austen moment in Persuasion (1818)

Chapter 4

He was not Mr Wentworth, the former curate of Monkford, however suspicious appearances may be, but a Captain Frederick Wentworth, his brother, who being made commander in consequence of the action off St Domingo, and not immediately employed, had come into Somersetshire, in the summer of 1806; and having no parent living, found a home for half a year at Monkford.  He was, at that time, a remarkably fine young man, with a great deal of intelligence, spirit, and brilliancy; and Anne an extremely pretty girl, with gentleness, modesty, taste, and feeling.  Half the sum of attraction, on either side, might have been enough, for he had nothing to do, and she had hardly anybody to love; but the encounter of such lavish recommendations could not fail. They were gradually acquainted, and when acquainted, rapidly and deeply in love.  It would be difficult to say which had seen
highest perfection in the other, or which had been the happiest: she, in receiving his declarations and proposals, or he in having them accepted.


 
Wild Blueberry Tart - Tartelette aux myrtilles sauvages

Ingredients for 12 tart

For pâte sable ( sweet crust pastry):
260g flour
180g powdered sugar
150g butter (room temperature)
30g grounded almond
½ tsp salt
1 egg

Blueberry cream filling:
250g mascarpone cream cheese
50g powdered sugar
150g wild blueberries + 50g for topping

Directions:


1)      For pâte sablée, combine all ingredients & knead till smooth dough.  Place it in a polythene bag and leave it in the fridge for about 30 minutes


2)      Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and use a rolling pin that is absolutely straight. Lightly dust it with flour and place it in the centre of the dough. Roll the dough up onto the rolling pin and gently unroll it over one of the prepared tart pans. Press the dough into the pan and roll the pin over the top of the pan to remove the excess dough. Repeat with the remaining dough and tart pan. Prick the bottom of the tart shells all over with a fork.


  3) Bake the tart shells for 15 minutes until evenly golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.


4) For blackberry cream filling: Blend mascarpone cream cheese, sugar & wild blueberries till smooth in a blender or mixer.


5) Spoon cream mixture onto sablé tart & topped with cream.






Linking this recipe to blog hop #Berry love event


Monday, April 9, 2012

Carrot Cheesecake For Easter





 
Persuasion – Jane Austen (1818)

Chapter 3

After waiting another moment
"You mean Mr Wentworth, I suppose?" said Anne.
Mr Shepherd was all gratitude.
"Wentworth was the very name!  Mr Wentworth was the very man. He had the curacy of Monkford, you know, Sir Walter, some time back, for two or three years.  Came there about the year ---5, I take it. You remember him, I am sure."
"Wentworth?  Oh! ay,--Mr Wentworth, the curate of Monkford. You misled me by the term gentleman.  I thought you were speaking of some man of property:  Mr Wentworth was nobody, I remember; quite unconnected; nothing to do with the Strafford family. One onders how the names of many of our nobility become so common."



 
Carrot Cheesecake
Carrot cake  inspired from Pierre Hermé

Ingredients:

For carrot cake
250g grated carrot
50g flour
10g baking powder
2 eggs
60g grounded hazelnut
70g grounded almond
70g brown sugar
25 ml oil
A pinch of salt
A pinch of cinnamon
10g chopped walnut
10g chopped almond

For cinnamon cream filling
150g cream cheese
200g mascarpone cream cheese
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar
10 physalis

Directions:
To make carrot cake:
1)      Preheat oven to 180°C & grease spring form mould.


2)      Beat eggs & sugar till creamy.

3)      Fold in flour, baking powder, powdered almond + hazelnut & salt till all combined.


4)      Incorporate oil, cinnamon , grated carrot, chopped walnut & almond in mixture till all well combined.


 5)      Pour batter in spring form baking pan & bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let to cool.


6)      To make cinnamon cream filling, lightly whisk  all the ingredients till combined.


7)      Spread cream filling on top of carrot cake & smooth with spatula. Place it in the fridge overnight.


8)      Just before serve, remove from spring form pan & decorate with physalis.




I'm submitting this recipe to Tea Time Treats event hosted by Kate of What Kate Baked & co-hosted with  Karen from Lavender & Lovage. This month's theme is Easter: Happy Easter everyone! 

Bon Appetit



Thursday, April 5, 2012

I'm so HAPPY



I was surprised and so happy to find out I've received not 1 but 3 awards at the same time. I'm grateful & truly honored. I would like to thank these 3 wonderful bloggers for nominating these awesome awards to me & not forgetting their encouraging words & supports. These means a lot to me
Thank you dear Neshanne from Oishii Treats for giving me this Happy Blogger Award & The Versatile Blogger award too.




Serena from  Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch also nominated me with the The Versatile Blogger award as well. Thank you so much , Serena dear
For the 7 random things about me, if you are interested click here



Also I would like to thank dear Resh from Daily Cuppa for giving me the Liebster Blog award.


I'm really grateful to receive these awards & happy to pass The Happy Blogger Award to 10 happy bloggers:


And I'm gladly passing the Liebster Award to


Congratulations to my fellow bloggers & have a lovely day.



Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Bird Nest Cupcakes






Persuasion - Jane Austen (1818)

Chapter 2

They must retrench; that did not admit of a doubt.  But she was very anxious to have it done with the least possible pain to him and Elizabeth. She drew up plans of economy, she made exact calculations, and she did what nobody else thought of doing:  she consulted Anne, who never seemed considered by the others as having any interest in the question. She consulted, and in a degree was influenced by her in marking out the scheme of retrenchment which was at last submitted to Sir Walter. Every emendation of Anne had been on the side of honesty against importance.  She wanted more vigorous measures, a more complete reformation, a quicker release from debt, a much higher tone of indifference for everything but justice and equity.





Easter Vanilla Bird Nest Cupcakes

Ingredients for 12 cupcakes

350g flour sifted together with baking powder
10g baking powder
4 eggs
200g soften butter
180g sugar
250 ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod

Chocolate whipped cream
250 ml single cream/ liquid cream
2 tbsp cocoa powder
20g powdered sugar
Colorful candy eggs

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 180°C.

2) Beat butter & sugar till creamy. Gradually add in eggs & keep on beating.

3) Fold in flour, baking powder & vanilla extract or vanilla beans till well combined. Add in milk & fold till all combined.


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

For chocolate whipped cream:
5) Whipped single cream till fluffy . Gradually spoon in powdered sugar , cocoa powder & keep on whisking till soft peak. Spoon in piping bag & with a small round tip, pipe them in free style around the cupcakes. Topped with few candy eggs.


 
Photos courtesy of Desperate Housewife In Holland


Bon Appetit & Happy Easter