Friday, October 17, 2014

Choux with Hazelnut Praline Cream

Attetiooooooon, everyone!!
This is one of the best cakes I've ever had, and by far the best cream puffs I've ever tasted in my life!
...Ok..., sorry about my over excitement and praising myself this much, but seriously, you've got to try this Hazelnut Praline Cream!

Andy kept telling me how great the cream puff he had the other day was. He told me that some sort of hazelnut butter cream thing was in a big choux pastry... Hummm, sounds yummy...

So, I decided to recreate this amazing sounding dessert.

First I made the hazelnut praline paste. It's very simple.

Ingredients:

Hazelnut (roasted and shelled) 200g
Sugar 200g
Salt pinch

1. Heat up sugar on a low-medium heat until it's golden.
2. Take the pan off the heat, add hazelnuts to coat them well with the sugar.
3. Pour 2 onto a baking sheet and leave to cool down.
4. Blitz the sugar coated nuts in a food processor until it's smooth.


I mixed this hazelnut praline paste with my favourite double cream (custard and whipped fresh cream). I filled the choux pastry with the hazelnut cream until the cream was oozing out. ;D

Looooook at that!
The light choux pastry is a perfect match to this sweet rich cream.

One thing was I made only three of them and that was NOT enough!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cakes for Tinny's house warming

Last weekend Tinny invited us to his house warming party. And as you expect... I brought some cakes!

Fudge-like chocolate & raspberry cake and Strawberry shortcake.

I guess I didn't need two cakes. But because I was little too excited to visit his new house and meet his girlfriend and the bump for the first time, I made two... (ok, I'm very indecisive too.)

Thanks again, Tinny and Alina, for inviting us. I looooooove your flat and can't wait to see your little man! Oh, and I hope you didn't mind having a few extra slices of the cake for dinner...! ;D




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy 70th Birthday!!

Happy 70th Birthday!!!

Last Saturday was a big day for us... It was my dad-in-law's 70th birthday and we planned a surprise party for him. With three weeks of careful planning (or maybe it was a bit suspicious...), the party was a great success. :)

We managed to contact his cousins and friends, and invited them to come and celebrate his 70th birthday. We did this all in secret....

In the end about 50 people gathered together for his big day. So..., when he came home and saw all those people in the garden singing '♪Happy Birthday♪', it must have been a total surprise to him.

Pete, I'm sorry that we lied to you, and I promise there will be no more surprise party... ;D

The barrel cake was rum soaked fruits cake. The middle tree stump was lemon, and the bottom grass was chocolate. 

This surprise party was one of the biggest events ever at the World of Sweets kitchen too. 

Not only did we make the birthday cake, we also catered most of the food ourselves including the breads for sandwiches. (Yes, of course, 100% my sourdough breads!)
It was such a great day. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!

Once again, Happy Birthday to Pete!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Homemade Granola

Homemade granola has been on my baking list for a while, and I finally got around to make one!
Ingredients:
*Oats 4
*Coconut flake 1
*Almond., Walnut, Pistachio 1
*Mixed spice 1/2 tsp
*Salt Pinch
*Dried fruits (Rum soaked preferable...) 1

Peanut oil 1/5
Honey 1/4

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºc. Combine all the * ingredients on a baking tray.
2. Mix hone with oil.
3. Pour 2 into 1.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
5. Turn the oven temperature down to 150ºc and bake for 40 minutes. Cool down in the oven.

**I used a cup that is approximately 200ml for this recipe.

This is it..., I'm not buying granola anymore... This homemade granola is the best granola I've ever had! It's so easy to make, and you can try lots of different variations by using different nuts, fruits, or spices. 
 
Nice sweet crunches from the coconuts and honey.

I warn you.., it's highly addictive!
I'll be impressed if you can stop yourself with one bowl...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mini rich sourdough rolls

I'm testing out some recipes for rich bread rolls that are perfect for mini sliders. What I'm looking for is a bit like brioche, quite rich and slightly sweet so that the savoury taste of fillings really stands out.

This time I tried using cream and egg in order to achieve my perfect buns.

Ingredients:
Strong flour 250g
Starter 125g
Egg + Cream = 165g
Light brown sugar 1 tsp
Salt 4g
Oil 1 tsp

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Although I didn't put any butter, because of the cream it had nice buttery taste (I guess the cream became like butter while mixing...?).

Double fried egg sandwich...
The roll worked well as a supporting actor. The runny egg soaked into the bun nicely and it had just the right amount of sweetness and buttery richness.

I'm thinking about modifying the recipe slightly to make the rolls little softer but I must say I'm pretty happy with this attempt!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Banana Chiffon Cake - Sourdough -

Ingredients:
Egg 4
Flour 50g
Sugar 80g
Sourdough starter 20g
Banana 1 (mashed)

I've been making lots of breads recently, but clearly not enough cakes. Last weekend I finally got a withdrawal syndrome, and had to do something about it...

So.., I made banana cake! :D

This is not one of those moist dense type ones (I like them too!), but it's rather light and super soft. I used my Sourdough Chiffon Cake recipe and added mashed banana before folding in the flour.

When I took the cake out of the oven, I had to put my nose on the cake... the smell was irresistible...
I love love love chiffon cake because it's so ridiculously light that after you had a big slice or two you  don't feel heavy. It's perfect for someone greedy like me who wants at least two slices when it comes to cake...
I had some with plenty of unsweetened cream. 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Wholemeal sourdough bagels

Bagels..., I love both eating and making them, but I've been thinking 'agh, I can't be bothered to do that extra step of boiling water and cooking the bagels in it before baking...'

Yes, I was lazy.

However, my hungry brain won against my lazy bum.

I made bagels. Not only did I do so, I made five different types..., I can be motivated, sometimes....

Ingredients:
Wholemeal starter 125g
White strong flour 250g
Salt 4g
Water 145g
Oil 1tsp
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Honey and water

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I used my strawberry wholemeal sourdough for this recipe. It has such a nice beer-like smell that even with a simplest plain bagel you can get the sweet moreish flavour.

As I was shaping I added different fillings to each one of them.
(Here is how I shape bagels.)

* Plain
*Chocolate
*Blueberry
*Cinnamon & raisin
*Rosemary & pink rock salt

My favourite was Cinnamon & Raisin. ;D What's your favourite?