14 June 2019

Chocolate cherry bundt cake (Cake de chocolate y cerezas)











A few days ago it was my birthday and I wanted to do something small but delicious because it is always good to celebrate life.
 And also for the twins and hubby  who love chocolate.

So I made one of my favorites a bundt cake of chocolate and cherries and was really good.
The best thing was fine  to me  do it (although I'm better off on my arm)
You can use fresh or frozen cherries . I know in many sites you are lucky to have fresh cherries!
We are in winter, but always try to freeze some cherries !

Mine were frozen and it was delicious.

I share them as always with much love!


Adapted from Melskitchencafe







Chocolate cherry bundt cake

Ingredients

150 grams butter (2/3 cups)
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3  1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups( 75 grams) dutch process cocoa powder
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons  baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
200 grams  canned or fresh pitted cherries. (or frozen)


For the glaze

1 cup    semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips 
2/3  cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Method

To make the cake preheat oven to 180°c (375°F) and grease a bundt pan  (24 or 25 cm aprox) and set aside.


In a medium saucepan combine the butter, cocoa powder, salt and milk. Heat until the butter is melted and whisk to combine well. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Pour in the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
Add the eggs and whisk to combine and add the vanilla extract until the batter is smooth .Scoop half of the batter into the pan and sprinkle half of the cherries on top.
Add the remaining batter  and then press the remaining cherries into the batter.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until the top lightly springs back and the cake is baked through.
Let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan before turning it out carefully onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Glaze

For the glaze place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat the cream to a simmer  (microwave or in a saucepan) and pour over the chocolate. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes without stirring.
Add the vanilla and stir the mixture until it is glossy and smooth. The glaze will set up as it cools, for a thicker frosting let it cool slightly and pour it over the cake .
Once the cake is cooled place it on a serving plate or cake stand.
Garnish with some cherries and mint leaves. or chocolatepieces.

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Cake de chocolate y cerezas













28 May 2019

Pomegranate and strawberry semifreddo (semifreddo de frutillas y granadas)






Finally after almost  3 weeks when I could not do almost anything or write or make a post on my blog I am slowly starting to use more my right hand. 

The problem when I fell was on my right shoulder but you already know that the arm is a whole. I still use sling but I move more and cook more (with my left hand) so I made this dessert to go back.

Thank you for all your greetings and messages, they helped me to be more animated in a time that I feel useless.
Lots of love xo


Note: this dessert is with pomegranates and strawberries but you can use only strawberries  or other delicious berries.


Source  :  Le Creuset recipes.co.za






Pomegranate and strawberry semifreddo

Ingredients

4 free range eggs separated
3/4 cup  sugar 
2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1  1/2 cup cream whipped
150 grams strawberries blitzed to a pulp
100 grams  pomegranate rubies
(or blueberries or raspberries)

Method

Place the egg yolks , 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla in a heat proof bowl and beat until pale and thick.

Place the bowl over a casserole of simmering water and beat until the mixture doubles in volume.

In a separate bowl beat the eggs whites with cream of tartar and remaining sugar until stiff peaks form.

Fold the whipped cream with both egg mixtures and place in a 
20 x 10  cm loaf tin.(or other size)

 Line tin with clingfilm, allowing a 5 cm overhang all sides.
Gently mix through strawberry pulp and pomegranate rubies.
Cover with overganging film and freeze about 6 to 8 hours or overnight.

Let stand 8 to 10 minutes at room temperature to soften, then turn onto a platter and remove the clingfilm.  
 Garnish with some strawberries, pomegranate seeds and mint.




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Semifreddo de frutillas y granadas















5 May 2019

Figs and frangipane little tarts (tartas de higos y crema de almendras)




Here we are at that time when summer ends and autumn begin (really my favorite) and the favorite fruit at this time are: figs.
I love them.  Honestly I bought figs  several times until I could leave some to make the recipe. 
In any case it can be prepared with other fruits ( Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries ), only I love figs and the season is so short
Is a small tartlet with a frangipane cream and figs.
Really delicious.
Love for all of you and thanks by coming!

Adapted from : Delicious bites


Message   May 11 2019

to all my friends and lovely people that stopping by here in my blog.

Some days ago I had a terrible fall in my garden.
And I have a fissure bone in my right shoulder, so by the moment only I make some little things.
I write and eat with my left arm but is not easy and still I have a lot of pain.

Send me prayers and good vibes because I hope not to have  a shoulder surgery.
send you hugs and love and dont forget me.

xoxo










Ingredients
(6 Tartlets)

pastry

 130 grams almond meal
3 1/2 tablespoon all purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
75 grams very cold butter
1 tablespoon of water 

frangipane

80 grams unsalted butter
80 grams sugar
1 egg
1 yolk
80 grams almond meal
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon finely grated orange rid


filling
1/4 apricot jam

topping

6 figs sliced 
thick cream to serve  (optative)

Method

For pastry

Put the almond meal, sugar and flour into  food processor and whiz together until combined. 
Add butter and whiz some more until it forms coarse breadcrumbs and add only a tablespoon of water  to join all. 
Press the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Put in fridge about 1 hour .

Preheat oven to 180° c (375° F) , Place the dough on a surface lightly dusted with some all purpose flour and roll out with a rolling pin. If you need add more flour to roll.
Grease 6 tartlet tin or ceramic pie dish . Line with the pastry. 
If you have some problem with the dough just press the pastry with yours fingers. Put the tins or ceramic dishes in the fridge again while you preparing the filling.

Frangipane filling

Place the butter and caster sugar in a food processor and whiz to combine . Add the egg and yolk, the almond meal, the grated orange rind, all purpose flour and orange juice, then combine all.
Spoon 1 teaspoon of apricot jam over the base of the tart  shells. Evenly divide  the frangipane filling between the tarts and gently spoon over the jam. 
Place 2 or 3 fig slices onto the frangipane filling.
Place the tartlets onto a baking sheet  and place on the middle shelf of the oven.

Bake at 180°c /375 °F for about 30 minuts  or until the frangipane fillinghas slightly puffed and is golden brown.
The baking time will depend on your oven so start cheking after 20 minutes.
Remove the tray from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. You can glaze the tartlets with some warmed  strained apricot jam.


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24 April 2019

Pizza Margherita with roasted tomato pizza sauce (Pizza Margarita)




After Easter and all  celebrations of  last time I wanted to do something  savory type.

I made this pizza and was really delicious. Some times at night I make pizza for dinner but I dont post. So here is my last pizza I made.
The dough is a recipe from Weight watchers(so good) and a classic: Pizza Margarita.

Source : A family feast








Ingredients Pizza Margherita

Dough (weight watchers)

2  3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/2   teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon  olive oil
1 1/2 cup luke warm water (use as needed)
pinch of sugar


For topping

1/2 cup Roasted tomato pizza sauce or your favorite sauce
6 slices mozarella , cheddar or provolone
6 slices fresh tomatoes sliced
2 tablespoon fresh basil leaves chopped
 1 teaspoon  dried oregano
drizzle of olive oil


Method

In a medium bowl put yeast, sugar and luke warm water and set aside about 15 minutes and allow to proof.
When the water turns frothy add to the flour, oil and salt. in a mixing bowl.
Mix and make a dough. Knead the dough until is soft
then allow the dough in a bowl and cover with a dish towel or plastic wrap at room temperature (about 1 to 2  hours) or until double in size
Sprinkle  top lightly with flour. (Is still is sticky you can add some flour)

On a floured surface  make dough to a 12-14 inch round.( 25-30 cm) Cover with a dish towel and let sit for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375° F (180°c)
Place pizza crust on prepared baking sheet.
Carefully spread pizza sauce. Sprinkle some oregano or other italian herbs.
Add the mozzarella and tomato slices on top of sauce. Sprinkle basil over top.
Drizzle a little oil over the whole pizza.
Bake for  15 - 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and just begining to turn golden brown.
Remove the pizza from oven, and transfer to a rack. Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired. Slice and serve.


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autumn in our yard







Wolfie looking me !













Pizza Margarita 















10 April 2019

Matcha moss chocolate Easter cakes (Cupcakes de chocolate con té matcha )








I  prepared this recipe especially to celebrate Easter,  and adapt this recipe from Thirsty for Tea (a beautiful blog)because her recipe to make the moss is wonderful (matcha).

 I wanted to use chocolate bunnies but there were only big ones. Finally I made cookies with a bunny shape but you can use whatever you want.
 I saw many moss recipes but this one was the best, with green tea, ground flax seeds and coconut. Delicious and healthy
And finally for garnish I used Rose buds petals (dried)
Usually are for tea but are beauty and edible.

The recipe for chocolate cakes is for 6 (for me Ok) but you can double the amount if you want more.
I wish everyone a Happy and blessed Easter to all!









 Matcha moss  : Thirty for Tea 

 Chocolate cupcakes : Celebrating sweets 

Little cookie bunnies : Zimtkeksundapfeltarte.com




Chocolate  Easter cakes  (6 servings)

3/4 cup granulate sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt 
2 medium eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup hot coffe
 (the coffe flavor will help intensify the chocolate flavor) 

Method

Preheat oven to 180°c (350° F)
Place 6 liners  in a muffin pan. Set aside
With a stand mixer or hand mixer combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder,baking powder,baking soda and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes. Add hot coffe and beat until just combined.

Divide evenly between 6 prepared muffins cups. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the tops spring back when you touch them and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely

Matcha moss cupcakes

Ingredients

3/4 cup of panko or cake crumbs
1/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut
2 tablespoon culinary matcha powder
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
frosting for cupcakes

Method

In a bowl  mix all the moss ingredients together (I mixed  with a for to mix better)
Frost the cupcakes with a thin layer of frosting. (any frosting)
Dip the top of the cupcakes in the matcha moss.
Let the cupcake  sit for a few minutes, then dip it in the moss mix a second time.
Repeat for all the cupcakes. If you d like add some flowers or candies.
I used Rose buds petals (dried)

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Cupcakes de chocolate adornados con te matcha















4 April 2019

Broccoli, carrots and zucchini clafoutis (mini clafoutis aux legumes)











Really I dont know why sometimes the days really fly, the seasons  and all pass very fast,here we are already in Autumn although still is hot.

 Of course nights and mornings are really more cold and I love it but sometimes you do not know how dressed.


In case someone missed me I was more than a week without internet or wifi, not only could not do any post, (with my phone reviewed some sites) could not do anything in the bank or see my virtual library. Well, fortunately internet came back yesterday afternoon.

This recipe of vegetable clafouti is really good but also light and nice to any season  and you can make with others veggies, simple and delicious. 

Thinking of those who are in the spring. I also noticed that Easter is very close and I am preparing a post.
Is nice to be here again.
A hug to everyone and a lot of love



Source : Cuisine AZ





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Broccoli,carrots and zucchini clafoutis

Ingredients
 (4 servings)

For  clafouti cream

200 grams all purpose flour
3 eggs
2 cups milk

Veggies

1 zucchini 2 tomatoes
200 grams broccoli  sliced 
top cut in small florets
2 carrots
oil
salt and pepper
100 grams cream cheese 
or goat cheese

Method


Preheat the oven to 180°c (350 ° F)
Peel tomatoes, carrots, zucchini and cut broccoli in small florets
Cut all in small pieces.

In a skillet fry carrots and tomatoes for 5 minutes with oil. Add a little water and add broccoli, and then cook for 10 minutes.
(add water when it is evaporated)


Add salt and pepper.
In a bowl pour the flour and add the milk and eggs one by one.
Mix well.
Season to taste.
In  ramekins divide vegetables and add cream cheese or goat cheese and cover with the sauce.
Bake for 15  to 20 minutes or until are golden brown.


Note:
You can sprinkle parmigiano grated cheese on the top until they will slightly golden.

BTW if someones dont like broccoli (we love here) you can use only carrots zucchini and tomatoes, work so good too.


















Clafoutis de zanahorias,zapallito italiano y broccoli
















22 March 2019

Pears and almonds tart (Tarta de peras y almendras)




The  tree has given many pears this year (each summer is different) the same with the apples (delicious Fuji) so now is season pears here!

I think that in the northern hemisphere they must still have pears, we have almost all year round.

We love this recipe with a soft sponge cake, almond cream and pears. Delicious.

Many of you are in Spring here still not much of Autumn but it is less hot.
This recipe is really good.
Love for all !

Source :  Miss Petel.com  






Ingredients


For pears

4 or 5 firm pears
1 1/2  cups of white wine
2 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
vanilla
cinnamon sticks, anise stars
orange peel.

For crust

180 grams all purpose flour
60 grams almond flour
60 grams sugar
100 grams cold butter
1 egg
lemon zest
pinch of salt


Almond cream

140 grams soft butter
200 grams sugar
2 eggs
150 grams grinded almonds
50 grams corn starch or cornmeal
1 tablespoon rum

Method


Peel the pears (leave the pears stick ) and place them in a medium pot. Add the ingredients: water, wine, sugar and spices and boil for a while.
Cook for about 10 minutes until the pears are tender but firm.

Crust
In a processor bowl (or by hand in a bowl) mix the flour
the ground almond flour, salt, butter and sugar making a crumble  mixture. Add the lemon zest and the egg and process until the dough forms.
Wrap in plastic film  and let  cool for 1/2 hour in the fridge.

Then remove the dough from the refrigerator and on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until large enough to line the base of your tin.
Refrigerate again by a while.


Almond cream

In  a bowl, mix well the butter, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Add the ground almonds and the corn starch, finally the eggs one by one and the rum.
Mix well until you have a creamy mixture.

Heat the oven to 180 ° c (370 ° F) Remove the crust  from the fridge and spread the almond cream over it.

Then, cut the base of the pears (it is better) and place them in a little bit into the cream,
Bake and bake for 3 minutes or until the cream begins to brown.
Let cool before serving.



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Tarta de peras















14 March 2019

Carrots, white beans and ginger soup ( Crema de zanahorias. jengibre y porotos)





Okay. We are closer to Autumn,  and Im really happy of it! 
Here in the day it is still hot but the nights are a delight. You're almost  feel cold..

But I know that those who wait for spring are happy and it's fine. Spring is lovely too.
I made this creamy soup a while ago (I love soups all year round ) but typical of mine I did not find where I had it.
Ordering yesterday I finally found it!
It is  delicious  and healthy (like many soups) and is very good with sliced almonds when served.
And I love ginger too !
With Esperanza my daughter we love soups.
I hope you enjoy it.
Much love!


Source : BBC Good food








Ingredients

1 tablespoon  oil
1 medium onion chopped
2 tablespoon grated ginger
2 garlic cloves sliced
1/2 tsp groun nutmeg
800 ml vegetable stock
400 grams carrots sliced
400 grams can cannellini beans
4 tablespoons almonds cut in slivers or flaked almonds

Method

Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, ginger and garlic and fry  for 3 minutes until starting to soften. Stir in the nutmeg and cook for a minute more.

Pour in the stock , add the carrots and beans including the liquid from the tin, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the carrots are tender.

Scoop a third of the mixture into a bowl them blitz the remainder with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth.
Return everything to the pan until bubbling.
Serve topped with the almonds.

Note:
Also you can process all the mixture with a blender and then  heat   and serve with almonds. If you like more creamy.




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en español

Sopa de zanahorias, porotos y jengibre 

















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