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BOO! Ghosts cupcakes

With Halloween right around the corner it’s time to wrak your brain for some spooky baking idea!

I’ve decided to bake some fluffy vanilla cream cupcakes topped by ghost meringues ideal for Halloween parties.

Ingredients

For the cupcakes (16 pieces):

- 5 eggs

- 150 g granulated sugar

- 5 g of vanilla sugar

- 100 g flour

 

For the cream:

- 3 egg yolks

- 250 ml of milk

- 80 g of granulated sugar

- 25 g of flour

- the peel of 1 lemon

- 5 g of vanilla sugar

- 250 ml of whipped cream

 

For the ghosts:

- 3 egg whites

- 1 pinch of salt

- 220 g of powdered sugar

- 5 g of vanilla sugar

BOO! Ghosts cupcakes

First of all prepare the meringue ghosts. Preheat the oven to 80° C. Whisk the egg whites until foamy, add the sugars and the salt gradually while beating. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Put the mixture in a pastry bag fitted with a large spout tip and form your ghosts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 3 hours or until meringues are dry. Paint the eyes with edible pencils.

For the cupcakes preheat the oven to 180° C. Take the 5 eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Whisk the egg whites with half of the sugar until stiff peaks form. Whisk now the egg yolks, the vanilla sugar and the other half of granulated sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and fluffy. Add slowly the flour.

Slowly and carefully add the yellow mixture to the whisked egg whites. Be careful not to deflate the mixture! Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for around 20 minutes.

BOO! Ghosts cupcakesFor the cream whisk together the egg yolks, the vanilla sugar and the lemon peel until light and fluffy. Add slowly the flour and the milk being careful not to form lumps. Cook the mixture in a saucepan over medium heat until it starts boiling. Let it cool down in the fridge for around 1 hour. Now whip the 250 ml of cream and add it slowly to the cold lemon and vanilla mixture.

Create a hole in the middle of your cupcakes and fill it with the cold cream. If you prefer, before adding the cream, you can also add some melted chocolate on the bottom of the hole. Put your meringue ghosts in the middle and decorate with some cream on the borders.

BOO! Ghosts cupcakesFor a really scary Halloween ghost add a “BOO!”  flag on each cupcake :)

Here you have your super spooky Halloween baking idea for delicious treats!

Bon appétit,

Anna

Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

When I started making my chocolate chip cookies my digital scale stopped working so I decided to proceed in a 100% American way: for the first time I used the “cups” system! To be honest I never loved it that much but after today I changed my mind! Try these soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies perfect also as ice cream cookies sandwiches.

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of butter (220g)

- 3/4 cup of granulated sugar (150g)

- 3/4 cup of brown sugar (165g)

- 2 cup of flour (256g)

- 1/4 cup of potato starch (35g)

- 1 cup of chocolate chips (180g)

- 1/2 cup of ground hazelnuts (70g)

- 2 big eggs

- 1  1/2 teaspoon  of baking soda

- 1 teaspoon of salt

Chocolate chip cookies

In a bowl, whisk together the butter, the brown sugar and the granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at time, each one mixed in completely before adding the next.

Pass through a sieve the flour, the potato starch, the salt, the baking soda. Add them to the butter dough and mix slowly. Stir in the chocolate chips and the hazelnuts.

Put the dough in a plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Chocolate chip cookies

Preheat the oven to 175° C  (347° F).

Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges (20 minutes).

The best way to savour your cookies in summer is to fill them with a delicious ice cream!!!

Chocolate chip cookies

Bon appétit,

Anna

Midsummer cheesecake

Midsummer cheesecake

After a long period away from my baking oven, after tooooo much store bought desserts, after months living in the city of chocolate, Brussels, now I’m back to my kitchen!! Today’s cake is a delicious cheesecake perfect for summer dinners or a picnic with friends! Enjoy..

Ingredients

For the pie crust

- 200g of whole-wheat biscuits

- 60g of melted butter

- the juice of 1/2 lemon

For the filling

- 200g of Philadelphia

- 200g of ricotta

- 130g of granulated sugar

- 100g of cream

- 30g of yogurt

- 3 eggs

- 1/2 spoon of flour

- the bark of 1 lemon

- 1 vanilla bean

Midsummer cheesecake

Preheat the oven to 160°C  (320°F).

For the crust grind the biscuits finely in a food processor. Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the biscuits. Put the biscuits mixture in a cake pan and press firmly to cover the whole surface of the pan (edges included). Pour the lemon juice on the surface. Your crust is now ready to be covered by the cheese mixture.

For the filling put the ricotta, the Philadelphia, the sugar, the cream, the yogurt, the eggs, the vanilla and the lemon  bark in a large bowl and mix slowly. Stir in the flour.

Midsummer cheesecake

Pour the cheese mixture on the biscuits crust and bake for 1 hour (160°C – 320°F).

Let the cheesecake cool for 2 hours and conserve it in the fridge. Serve the cake at room temperature and decorate it giving vent to your creativity!

Midsummer cheesecake

Bon appétit,

Anna

“As american as Apple Pie!”

Apple Pie

Apple pie

Ingredients

For the pie crust:

- 300g of flour

- 100g of almond meal

- 200g of butter

- 170g of granulated sugar

- 2 eggs + 1 yolk

- a pinch of salt

- lemon bark

For the filling:

- 800g of apples

- 25g of granulated sugar

- 25g of brown sugar

-1 tablespoon of lemon juice

- 1 tablespoon of cinnanon

- a pinch of salt

- 20g of butter

- 7g of flour

Apple pie

For the crust place the flour, the almond meal, the butter, the eggs, the sugar, the salt and the lemon bark in a food processor until the mixture forms a ball. Cover it with a plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

In the meanwhile cut the apples into slices and put them in a bowl. Add the granulated and the brown sugar, the lemon juice, the cinnamon and the salt. Leave it at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then place a strainer over a bowl and put the apples in it. Let the apples drain for 20 minutes. Put the obtained apple juice in a small saucepan with the butter. Place the pot over medium heath and boil for 10 minutes until you obtain a syrup. Add the caramelized syrup to the apples.

Apple pie

Take the mixture for the crust from the fridge and divide it in two parts. Put one part on a lightly floured surface and roll it into a circle and transfer it to a pie pan. Roll into a circle also the second part of the mixture.

Add the flour to the apples and blend well. Put the apples into the pie pan (over the crust) and cover the pie with the top crust. Remove any excess of pastry and with a sharp knife make a cross in the middle of the pie (to allow the steam to escape).

Preheat the oven to 200° C. Bake the pie for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 180° C and bake for other 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 170° C and finish the baking for 15 minutes.

Remove the pie from the oven and serve warm or at room temperature with some vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream.

Apple pie

Bon appétit,

Anna

Rudolph cake pops

Almond and cinnamon cake pops

Rudolph cake pops

Ingredients:

- 80g of butter

- 110g of granulated sugar

- 1 egg

- 135g of flour

- 1 teaspoon of baking powder

- 80ml of milk

- 60g of almond meal

- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

- Cake pops silicone mould (for 18 pieces)

Rudolph cake pops

For the chocolate coat:

- 100g of dark chocolate

- 100g of white chocolate

- Gel food coloring

Preheat the oven at 160°.

Rudolph cake pops

Beat the softened butter with the sugar until the mixture is creamy.

Add the egg and continue whisking. Add the flour with the baking powder, the cinnamon and the milk. Continue mixing until you have a creamy texture. Add the almond meal and mix. Fill the buttered cake pops mould and bake for 20 minutes at 160°.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool, remove form the mould and insert the stick into each cake pop.

Rudolph cake pops

Melt the dark chocolate in a bain marie. Melt also the white chocolate. Coat half of the cake pops with the dark chocolate and the other half with the white chocolate, decorate with gel food coloring and little branches.

Have a sweet Christmas time,

bon appétit

Anna

Snowflake macarons

Macarons au caramel au beurre salé

Snowflake macarons

Ingredients:

For the shells:

- 200g of almond meal

- 200g of powdered sugar

- 200g of caster sugar

- 146g of egg whites

- 5cl of water

- edible glitters and edible snowflake decorations

Snowflake macarons

Combine the caster sugar and the water in a saucepan, place over medium heat and bring to 118°. In the meanwhile put half of the the egg whites in a mixer bowl and whip them on medium speed to soft peaks. Pour the 118° syrup in a thin, steady stream into the whipping egg whites.

Continue whipping the meringue on medium speed until the temperature drops to 50°.

In a large bowl combine the almond meal, the caster sugar and the other half of the egg whites and mix well.

Add a small part of the meringue to the almond paste and mix gently, then add the rest of the meringue, fold and scratch the surface until the batter starts to run glossy.

Put the mixture in a pastry bag with a large tip and form small circles on parchment lined sheet pans. Allow the macarons shells to sit for 1 hour until the surface feels dry to the touch.

Preheat the oven to 150° and bake the shells for approximately 14 minutes. Cool the macarons shells on the sheet pans.

Snowflake macaronsFor the filling:

- 50g of salted butter

- 1 cl of water

- 50 g of glucose

- 125g of powdered sugar

- 10cl of heavy cream

Put the glucose and the water in a saucepan, place it over medium heat. Add the sugar and mix well until the obtention of a blond caramel. Remove from heat and add 7g of butter. Add the heavy cream slowly while continuing mixing. Put the saucepan on medium heat and add the remaining butter. Let the mixture reach 118° and then remove from heat.

Let the caramel cool down.

Use the caramel au beurre salé to fill the macaron shells.

Decorate your macarons with edible glitters and snowflakes.

Snowflake macarons

I wish you all a sweet and snowy christmas!!!!

Bon appétit,

Anna

 

Christmas whoopies

Christmas whoopies

Ingredients (for 8 whoopies):

- 75g of dark chocolate

- 50g of butter

- 1 egg

- 90g of granulated sugar

- 110g of flour

- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

- a pinch of salt

For the filling:

-50g of dark chocolate

- 125 ml of cream

- 2 tablespoon of chocolate chips

- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

For the decoration:

- Royal icing and gel food coloring

Christmas whoopies

Preheat the oven to 175° and line two baking pans with parchment paper.

Put the chocolate and the butter in a bowl and place them over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat when melted. With an electric whisk, mix the egg and the sugar and add the melted butter and chocolate. Pass through a sieve the cocoa powder, the baking soda, the flour, the salt and add them into the egg mixture. Stir well and slowly.

Put the dough into a pastry bag with a large tip and form the whoopie pies on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 9 minutes.

Christmas whoopies

For the filling put the chocolate in a bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat when melted.

Whip the cream on medium speed. Add half of it in the melted chocolate, mix well but slowly and stir in the rest of the cream. Add chocolate chips and cinnamon to the mixture.

Put the cream into a pastry bag and cover the flat side of the whoopie. Top with another whoopie to assemble them.

Decorate with royal icing and gel food coloring.

Christmas whoopies

I WISH YOU ALL A SWEET CHRISTMAS TIME!!!

Your Anna