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

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“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

Teddy in wonderland

Chocolate cake pops

Teddy in wonderland

Ingredients:

-75g of dark chocolate

-55g of butter

-90g of granulated white sugar

-2 eggs

-10g of cocoa powder

-45g of flour

-60g of chocolate chips or nuts

-1/2 teaspoon of salt

-Cake pops silicone mould (for 18 pieces)

-1 egg white

-200 g of powdered sugar

-Food coloring

-Food decorations

Teddy in wonderland

Preheat oven to 180°.

Put the chocolate and the butter in a bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat when they are melted. Stir in the cocoa powder and the white granulated sugar. Next whisk in the eggs, one at time, beating well after each addiction. Finally, stir in the flour, the salt and the chocolate chips (or nuts).

Teddy in wonderland

Pour into the buttered cake pops mould and bake for about 25-30 minutes at 180°.

For the frosting: whisk the egg white, add the powdered sugar and the coloring while continuing to whisk.

Dip each cake pop in the frosting and decorate them as you whish. Let the icing dry.

Teddy in wonderland

Bon appétit,

Anna

Choco garden

Choco garden

Soufflé au chocolat

Ingredients:

– 100 g of powdered sugar

– 4 g of corn flour

– 30 g of flour

– 7 eggs (1 whole, 1 yolk and 6 egg whites)

– 60 ml of milk

– 75 ml of cream

– 75 g of dark chocolate

– 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Choco garden

Take five 200 ml soufflé dishes, brush them with butter and tip a little cocoa powder in each dish.

To make the chocolate cream, mix 30 g of flour, 7 g of corn flour and 15 g of powdered sugar.

Put one egg yolk and a whole egg into a bowl, mix them well and add half of the flour mixture, blend, and tip in the rest of the flour mix.

Put 60 ml of milk and 15 ml of cream into a pan and bring them just to the boil, remove from the heat. Add 25 g of dark chocolate and beat until it is melted. Add to this chocolate mix the flour and yolks mixture. Cook this mixture over a low heath for 5 minutes, let it cool down and beat occasionally with a wire whisk.

Choco garden

Slowly warm 60 ml of cream to make the ganache. Just before it boils take off the heath and add 50 g of dark chocolate. Mix until it is melted and add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Allow to cool.

Heath oven to 190°. Whisk 6 egg whites with an electric whisk and sprinkle in 85 g of powdered sugar while whisking.

Mix the ganche and the chocolate cream mixture in a large bowl.

Choco garden

Add 2 tablespoons of whisked egg whites to the chocolate mixture. Carefully fold in a third of the rest, mix slowly, add another third of the whisked eggs, take care not to lose the volume and add fold in the last third.

Fill the soufflé dishes by three-quarters with the mixture and bang each dish on to the surface so the mixture fills the sides.

Bake the soufflés for 17 minutes in the preheated oven (190°).

Decore with cocoa powder and fresh flowers.

Bon appétit,

Anna

Champ en fleur

Champ en fleur

Cheesecake violette-lavanda

Ingredienti:

–  200g di biscotti digestive

– 80g di burro fuso

– 1/2 limone

– 300g di Philadelphia

– 300g di ricotta

– 200g di zucchero

– 150g di panna

– 3 uova

– 40g di yogurt

– 1/2 cucchiaio di farina

– violette fresche

– sciroppo di lavanda

Champ en fleur

Far sciogliere il burro a fuoco basso. Spremere mezzo limone. Tritare i biscotti digestive ed utilizzarli per coprire il fondo di una tortiera da 24cm di diametro circa. Versare il burro fuso ed il succo di limone sui biscotti tritati e compattare bene.

Tritare 2 pugni vi violette fresche appena raccolte (senza stelo).

Mettere in una ciotola la Philadelphia, la ricotta, lo zucchero, la panna, lo yogurt, la farina, le uova e lo sciroppo di lavanda  (circa 2 cucchiai). Unire le violette e mescolare il composto con uno sbattitore elettrico a bassa velocità.

Versare il composto sul fondo di biscotti.

Champ en fleur

Infornare a 160° per 55 minuti. A cottura ultimata far raffreddare la torta per 3 ore e successivamente riporre in frigorifero.

Prima di servire decorare la torta con violette candite (o altri fiori commestibili).

Champ en fleur

Per le violette candite:

– 2 pugni di violette appena raccolte

– 1 albume

– 1 cucchiaio di acqua

– 50 g di zucchero a velo

Lavare le violette (senza togliere lo stelo) e farle asciugare. Sbattere leggermente un albume, senza montarlo completamente ed aggiungere il cucchiaio d’acqua. Immergere le violette nell’albume, tenendole per lo stelo, e successivamente nello zucchero a velo, controllando che vengano coperte completamente. Farle asciugare su un pezzo di carta oleata per 2 giorni almeno.

Champ en fleur

Joyeux Printemps!

Bon appétit!

Anna

Sacher-Bosco

Sacher bosco

Ingredienti:

– 180g di burro

-180g di cioccolato fondente

-150g di zucchero a velo

– 2 chiucciaini di zucchero vanigliato

– 1 pizzico di sale

– 6 uova

– 150g di zucchero granulato

– 18o g di farina

Per il ripieno e la decorazione:

– 200 g di cioccolato fondente

– 400 g di marmellata di lamponi

– panna

– frutti di bosco

Procedimento:

Far sciogliere burro e cioccolato a bagnomaria, una volta sciolto incorporare zucchero a velo, zucchero vanigliato e sale. Mescolare fino ad ottenere una crema liscia, aggiungere a questo composto 6 tuorli.

Separatamente montare a neve ben ferma 6 albumi con zucchero granulato.

Incorporare nel composto di cioccolato, alternando, i tuorli montati e la farina.

Riempire uno stampo tondo dal diametro di 26 cm circa (imburrato ed infarinato).

Infornare a 190° per 15-20 minuti, poi diminuire la temperatura a 160° e continuare la cottura per altri 40 minuti.

Sfornare, far raffreddare, tagliare a metà e farcire con marmellata di lamponi (precedentemente passata per togliere i semi).

Ricomporre la torta e spalamare con marmellata anche la parte superiore. Far riposare.

Far sciogliere il cioccolato a bagnomaria, ricoprire la torta. Far indurire il cioccolato.

Decorare con panna e frutti di bosco.

Bon appétit,

Anna

21.02.2013, Happy birthday Mama!