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I did a post about cupcakes earlier, and i should’ve included these as well, but “i forgot.” The recipe isn’t mine, it’s borrowed from David Lebovitz, whose blog is my most reliable source of inspiration when it comes to chocolate treats.

the below quantities yield about 34-36 mini cupcakes.

Ingredients:

– 60 g dark chocolate

– 60 ml freshly brewed coffee or boiling water (i used both coffee, and instant coffee+hot water with good results)

– 115 g unsalted butter

– 150 g powdered sugar (i used a mix of white and brown sugar)

– 2 eggs (room temperature, separated)

– 150 g flour

– 20 g cocoa powder (i use dutch cocoa, dark)

– 5 g baking powder

– 5 g baking soda

– 125 ml milk+few drops of lemon juice

Preparation

1. hot water/coffee goes over teh chocolate, set aside

2. sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda together

3. butter+sugar creamed together till pale and fluffy

4. add yolks

5. add chocolate+coffee mixture, mix thoroughly

6. add half the flour, mix, add all the milk, mix slowly, add remaining flour, mix till all flour is incorporated, don’t over mix

7. whip the egg whites with a few drops of lemon and pinch of salt, add to the above mix and just blend all slowly, till no more traces of egg white are to be seen in the dough, careful not to overmix

8. bake in a pan lined with muffin liners for 20-25 minutes, check for doneness with a toothpick. these had smaller domes, even though they seemed to be rising during baking, tehy kinda deflated by the time they got cold, but the texture was decent.

For frosting i used simple dark chocolate ganache.

– 100 g dark chocolate

– 100 ml heavy cream

heavy cream brought to a simmer, poured over chopped chocolate, mixed thoroughly, left to cool in the fridge for a while, whipped and piped using your own imagination.

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Am omis cupcakesii cu ciocolata din postu’ de ieri, din greseala sau de lene, we’ll never know now will we? 😀

Mai jos aveti o reteta luata de pe blogul lui David Lebovitz, una dintre sursele de incredere cand vine vorba de produse care au la baza ciocolata.

din cantitățile de mai jos am obtinut aproximativ 34-36 mini prajiturele.

ingrediente:

– 60 g ciocolata neagra

– 60 ml de cafea proaspăt preparată sau apă fierbinte (am folosit atat de cafea, cat si cafea instant + apa calda cu rezultate bune)

– 115 g unt (temperatura camerei)

– 150 g zahar pudra (am folosit un amestec de alb și zahăr brun)

– 2 oua (la temperatura camerei, separate)

– 150 g făină

– 20 g cacao (eu folosesc cacao olandeză, neagra)

– 5 g praf de copt

– 5 g bicarbonat de sodiu

– 125 ml lapte + cateva picaturi de suc ​​de lamaie

Preparare

1. apa caldă sau cafeaua se rastoarna peste ciocolata maruntita si se lasa putin, apoi se amesteca pentru omogenizare si se da deoparte

2. faina, cacaoa, praful de copt și bicarbonatul de sodiu se cern împreună

3. untul + zahărul se amesteca împreună până se deschid la culoare si capata un aspect pufos (?!)

4. se adauga galbenusurile si se amesteca bine

5. se adauga ciocolata + cafeaua si se amestecă bine

6. se adaugă jumătate din făină, se amestecă, se adaugă tot laptele, amestecand usor, se adauga restul de faina, se amesteca iar pana se incorporeaza si faina, atentie sa nu amestecati prea mult

7. albusurile se bat separat cu putina sare si zemaa de lamaie si se adauga peste amestecul de mai sus, se amesteca usor, cu miscari ample de jos in sus pana cand nus e mai vad urme de albus apoi se toarna in forme de briose

8. se dau la copt la 180 grade C pentru 20-25 de minute, pentru a verifica daca sunt coapte, folositi testul scobitorii

Pentru crema am folosit un ganache de ciocolata neagra, batut

– 100 g ciocolata neagra

– 100 ml smantana

Smântâna incalzita se toarna peste ciocolata maruntita, se amesteca si se lasat la rece in frigider apoi se mixeaza pana cand capata un aspect pufos (seamana cu crema de unt).  eu le-am decorat ca pe alea dinainte, exersez miscarea aia de floare deocamdata.

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I have a cravings list. Nothing further to add. Chocolate mousse, Julia Child’s chocolate mousse, was on top of my list ever since i got this dark chocolate from Barcelona, specially designed to be used in sweets. I went straight here, on David Lebovitz’s blog, found THE RECIPE and did it. i tweaked it just a bit, but it’s mainly the same. I halved the quantities and obtained two large ramekins and two tiny espresso cups.

Ingredients

– 85 g dark chocolate

– 85 g butter

– 50 ml strong coffee

– 2 eggs

– 80 g sugar

– bit of salt

Directions

I wanted to pasteurize the eggs just to be on the safe side so i split the sugar quantity in two, 40 g for the yolks and 40 for the whites.

1. chocolate+butter+coffee on bain-marie till smooth, the water should be simmering not boiling

2. yolks+40 g sugar mixed together till fluffy and pale then cooked over simmering water for 3-4 minutes, removed from the heat and kept stirring till they chilled a bit. i didn’t chill them on ice, didn’t have any in hand. Once i noticed they might harden up and become gluey, i mixed them with the chocolate mixture.

4. over simmering water, whipped the egg whites with a bit of salt till foamy, added the sugar, one spoonful at a time, kept mixing till they starting resembling stiff peaks, about 4 minutes. folded the whites in the chocolate mix carefully.

5. poured the mix into ramekins and espresso cups and left them overnight covered with plastic film in the fridge.  ok, the craving got pretty severe so i stuck one of the ramekins in the freezer for half an hour and devoured it WITHOUT feeling guilty.  at all, no guilt at all.  it was 2 am @_@

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Eu am o listă cu pofte culinare, chestii pe care vreau sa le incerc si la care salivez cu gandu. Spuma de ciocolata a Juliei Child o trecut pe primul loc dupa ce am primit niste ciocolata din Barcelona. Cand am vazut-o, la spuma m-am gandit din prima. Si desi ciocolata ii “menaj,” nu se compara la gust si textura nici macar cu heidi sau milka pe care le folosesc de obicei. Era musai sa fac ceva special cu ea.

Ca de obicei, cand am ceva decandent de facut cu ciocolata, m-am dus direct pe blog la David Lebovitz. Am gasit o reteta normala, fara complicatii pe care am urmat-o. cam atat ar fi de zis. Am mai modificat eu pe ici pe colo dar in esenta am facut aceeasi reteta.  Am înjumătățit cantitățile și am obținut două boluri, sau ramekins, pline și două cești de espresso mici.

ingrediente

– 85 g ciocolata neagra

– 85 g unt

– 50 ml cafea tare

– 2 oua

– 80 g zahăr

– Pic de sare

Preparare

Eu am pasteurizat ouale, de obicei nu le mananc crude decat daca n-am de ales, așa că am împărțit cantitatea de zahăr în două, 40 g pentru gălbenușuri și 40 g pentru albusuri

1. cafeaua+ untul+ ciocolata pe bain-marie pana se omogenizeaza, apa ar trebui să fie aproape de punctul de fierbere nu sa bulbuceasca violent

2. galbenusurile+ 40 g zahar se amesteca pana cand devin o spuma cremoasa si deschisa la culoare apoi se pun pe abur 3-4 minute pana se dizolva zaharu (sa nu se mai simta nici intre degete). se ia spuma de pe foc si se poat raci fie intr-un castron cu gheata, amestecand incontinuu, FIE fara gheata, tot amestecand. pe gheata se racesc mai repede. eu n-am avut gheata, dar le-am amestecat cu crema de ciocolata cand o ajuns la temperaturi apropiate. Daca le lasati sa se raceasca prea tare exista riscu sa se transforme intr-o chestie elastica si lipicioasa si sa nu se mai amestece uniform cu ciocolata.

4. intr-un alt vas, tot pe abur, am mixat albusurile cu putina sare pana cand se formeaza varfuri moi apoi am adaugat treptat zaharul si am mixat cam 4-5 minute pana cand spuma incepe sa faca varfuri mai tari. Am lasat-o putin la racit apoi am incorporat-o in amestecu de ciocolata si galbenusuri.

5. am turnat amestecul obtinut în boluri sau ramekins și cesti de espresso apoi le-a lăsat peste noapte la frigider acoperite cu folie de plastic.

OK, n-am avut rabdare sa astept pana a doua zi asa ca am pus unul dintre boluri la congelator pentru o jumătate de oră și a mâncat-o pe nerasuflate fara sa ma simt vinovata. deloc, nici o vină. era 2 am. O avut aproape aceeasi textura cu astea pe care le-am mancat dimineata.

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It was about time i got back in the game, and how else would i but with this chocolatey thing. [hm, just noticed that my cake is a bit sloppy looking at the bottom, meh, that was due to the chocolate wrapper being fussy].

The recipe might seem complicated  but it really isn’t. It’s composed of 5 “elements”: cocoa sponge cake, vanilla and almond bavarian cream, coffee mousse, strawberry jelly and chocolate creme brulee. Recipes are “adapted” from here. Luckily, i had a good idea of what i was going to make and only looked for technical guidance in teh recipes. Those cake pictures will make your stomach digest itself while scrolling around. I was most surprised by the complexity of the recipes and various flavor combinations, each more distinctive than the previous. just a heads up, i am likely to try and reproduce most of the recipes on Anda’s blog, i want to taste everything! 😀

Ingredients for the creme brulee

– 225 g heavy cream (30% fat)

– 225  g milk

-112 g dark chocolate

– 5 egg yolks

– 81 g sugar

Directions

1. milk +cream over low heat, once it bubbles on the edges, take it off heat, let it rest a bit while you mix the egg yolks with the sugar till foamy.

2. measure the cream after it’s been heated, add more to reach 450 g and then temper the yolk mixture with the warm milk and cream mixture then set it back on the stove and heat till it thickens up a tad, to coat the back of a spoon.

3. remove from the heat and let it rest a bit while you break down the chocolate.

4. pour the egg, cream and milk mixture over the chocolate, wait a bit then start mixing till it’s fully blended.

5. pour into a heatproof dish lined with aluminium foil and set it into another dish. add boiling water halfway up and let it sit in the oven at 160 degrees C for 40-45 minutes till it comes together, should still be jello like in the center. let it cool in the freezer.

Ingredients for the cocoa sponge cake 

-1 egg

– 80 g olive oil

– 70 g milk

– 100 g powdered sugar

– 135 g flour

– 30 g cocoa

– 6 g baking powder

– 5 egg whites

– 110 g brown sugar

– pinch of salt and few drops of lemon juice

Directions

1. egg+ olive oil+ milk lightly mixed together

2. powdered sugar + flour+cocoa+baking powder sifted over the wet mix and folded lightly

3. egg whites +brown sugar+salt and lemon juice mixed till stiff peaks, folded into the cocoa mixture

4. spread over a baking tray lined with parchment paper and baked for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees C.

5. take out of the oven and let it rest.

Ingredients for bavarian cream

– 120  g heavy cream (30% fat)

– 150 white chocolate

– 2 egg yolks +30 g sugar

– 3 gelatin sheets

– 300 g whipped cream

– 1/2 vanilla bean (both seeds and bean), 1 teaspoon almond extract  (Anda’s recipe uses tonka beans, i am yet to get my hands on that)

Directions

1. heat the heavy cream on low heat and add the vanilla bean, seeds scraped and mixed in too. let it steep for a bit

2. in the mean time, chop up the white chocolate and and mix teh egg yolks with the sugar.

3. strain the vanilla infused heavy cream and add more cream if needed to have 120 g. Place back on the stove and let it reach about 70 degrees C.

4. remove from the heat and let it sit for a bit then pour over the white chocolate, wait a bit then stir vigorously.

5. set the gelatin sheets in cold water and let it hydrate for a bit then drain and add to the chocolate mixture, make sure the chocolate mix is warm enough or your gelatin won’t dissolve. it’s important that it dissolves or else you fk up the entire thing 😀

6. whip the cream and fold into the white chocolate mixture. these should have similar temperatures. if the whipped cream is too cold, the gelatin in the white chocolate  mix will set and you’ll end up with a granulated texture for your bavarian cream.

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Ingredients for the coffee mousse

– 1 egg yolk

– 50 g sugar

-100 g heavy cream (30% fat)

– 25 coffee beans (roughly crushed) and 2 teaspoons instant coffee OR 50 ml strong coffee

– 300 g whipped cream

– 3 sheets gelatin

Directions

This will have less sugar, as will the strawberry jelly, in order to balance the sweetness from the other stuff.

The steps are similar with the ones from the bavarian cream.

Make a coffee infused creme anglaise, add instant coffee, add hydrated gelatin and fold into the whipped cream.

Ingredients for the strawberry jelly

– 400 g strawberries

– 50 -70 g sugar (to taste)

– juice from half a lemon

– 4 tablespoons red wine (options) i used sweet marsala wine.

– 6-8 g gelatin

Directions

1. wash the strawberries and save some for decorating

2. chop them up, add lemon juice, sugar and wine and let them sit till some of the strawberry juice puddles up in the bowl (i left mine overnight).

3. after they’ve macerated, let them boil for a few minutes, i didn’t let mine reduce much, i wanted the jelly to maintain its colour.

4. let the gelatin hydrate in cold water then add to the strawberries.

5. let it cool close to room temperature before using or it will drip all over your cake.

Assembling

Because i don’t have a proper cake ring, i used my baking tins for this part. I lined both cake tins with plastic film. I’ve assembled two round sponge cake layers on the bottom. i poured the bavarian cream in the first ring and the coffee mousse in teh second one. let them sit overnight but i’ve read that 3-4 h is enough.

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i’ve poured half the strawberry jelly, still liquidish and lukewarm, over the bavarian cream and then topped it with the other cake part, cocoa sponge cake side down. poured the other half of the strawberry jello-to-be over the coffee mousse and topped with the creme brulee. Left it in the fridge to set before i tempered 300 g milk chocolate for the chocolate wrapper around the cake.

i’ve seen a video here of how that’s done. check it out.

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Abia asteptam sa vina o zi de nastere sa pot sa-mi fac de cap. In ultimele zile am copt cat pentru toata saptamana si sper ca am reusit sa mai bucur niste oameni. Reteta poate părea complicata, dar de fapt nu este. Tortul este compus din 5 “elemente”: blat cu cacao,  cremă bavareză cu vanilie si migdale, mousse de cafea, jeleu de căpșuni și creme brulee. Rețetele is toate “adaptate” de aici.

Din fericire pentru mine, eu deja aveam o idee destul de clara asupra ceea ce urma sa fac si am imprumutat doar tehnicile si cantitatile. Daca ar fi trebuit sa ma inspir de-acolo, mi s-ar fi autodigerat stomacu inainte sa iau o decizie. toate deserturile si torturile arata apetisant si pe langa asat, combinatiile de arome mi se par complexe si diverse. mi-ar fi fost mult prea greu sa ma decid asupra unei singure chestii. ca si heads-up, cred ca o sa incep sa testez toate retetele pentru ca trebuie neaparat sa gust si eu deliciile de pe blogul lui Anda.

Ingrediente pentru crema Brulee

– 225 g de smântână pentru gatit(30% grăsime)

– 225 g de lapte

-112  ciocolata neagra

– 5 gălbenușuri

– 81 g de zahăr

Preparare

1. lapte + smantana pe foc la mic pana ce se formeaza mici bule pe marginea oalei. (amestecul poate fi infuzat cu diverse chestii eu nu am avut nimci). intre timp, se amestecă gălbenușurile de ou cu zahărul până se deschid la culoare.

2. lapte si smanta se iau de pe foc si se lasa la racit putin, se completeaza cu smantana daca este nevoie pentru a avea 450 g lichid, apoi se toarna in fir subtire peste amestecul de gălbenușuri.

3. crema de galbenusuri se toarnă peste ciocolata, se lasa putin apoi se amesteca pana cand se omogenizeaza complet.

4. se toarnă într-un vas termorezistent căptușit cu folie de aluminiu. acesta se pune într-un alt vas in care se adauga apa clocotita pana la jumatatea vasului cu crema de oua si ciocolata. se lasa in cuptor la 160 grade C timp de 40-45 minute pana se incheaga dar mijlocul este inca putin gelatinos. se lasa la racit si apoi se pune in frigider.

Ingrediente pentru blatul cu cacao

-1 ou

– 80 g ulei de măsline

– 70 g de lapte

– 100 g de zahăr pudră

– 135 g făină

– 30 g cacao

– 6 g praf de copt

– 5 albușuri de ou

– 110 g de zahăr brun

– Vârf de cuțit de sare si cateva picaturi de suc de lamaie

Preparare

1. ou + ulei + lapte se amesteca usor (partea umeda)

2. zahărul pudră + făina + cacaoa + praful de copt se cern impreuna si se amesteca cu partea umeda, atentie, nu amestecati prea mult

3. albușuri de ou + zahar brun + sare si suc de lamaie se bat la viteza medie mare pana se formeaza varfuri rigide apoi se toarna peste amestecul de cacao.

4. compozitia se imprastie intr-o tava cu hartie pergament si se coace 15-20 de minute la 180 de grade C.

5. se scoate din cuptor și se lasa sa se raceasca

Ingrediente pentru cremă bavareză

– 120 g smantana (30% grăsime)

– 150 ciocolată albă

– 2 galbenusuri de ou 30 g de zahăr

– 3 foi gelatină

– 300 g frisca

– 1/2 baton de vanilie (ambele semințe și pastaia), 1 lingurita extract de migdale (reteta lui Anda contine boabe de tonka, eu inca n-am asa ceva)

Preparare

1. smantana se amesteca cu semitnele de vanilie si teaca si se da in clocot apoi se lasa la infuzat. la sfarsit se adauga esenta de migdale

2. între timp, se ciopârțeste ciocolata albă și se amestecă galbenusurile de ou cu zahăr pana se dechis la culoare si devin spumoase

3. se strecoara crema de vanilie infuzat grele și se adaugă smântână mai mult, daca este necesar de a avea 120 g.. Așezați din nou pe aragaz și lăsați-l să ajungă la aproximativ 70 de grade C.

4. scoate din căldură și lăsați-l să stea pentru un pic, apoi se toarna peste ciocolata alba, așteptați un pic, apoi se amestecă energic.

5. a stabilit foi gelatina în apă rece și lăsați-l hidrat de un pic, apoi se scurge și se adaugă la amestecul de ciocolata, asigurați-vă că se amestecă ciocolata este destul de cald sau gelatină nu se va dizolva. este important ca acesta se dizolvă sau altceva FK sus întregul lucru: D

6. biciui și smântână ori în amestecul de ciocolată albă. acestea ar trebui să aibă temperaturi similare. daca frisca este prea rece, gelatina în amestecul de ciocolată albă va stabili și veți termina cu o textură granulată pentru crema ta bavarez.

Ingrediente pentru spuma de cafea

– 1 galbenus de ou

– 50 g de zahăr

-100 g smantana (30% grăsime)

– 25 boabe de cafea (zdrobite) si 2 lingurite de cafea instant sau 50 ml cafea tare

– 300 g frisca batuta

– 3 foi gelatină

Preparare

Aceasta spuma va avea mai putin zahar, la fel ca si jeleu de capsuni, pentru a balansa putin dulceata din celelalte straturi

Pașii sunt similare cu cele de la crema bavarez.

Faceti o cafea infuzat crema Anglaise, adăugați cafea instant, adauga gelatina si hidratat ori în frișcă.

Ingrediente pentru jeleul de capsuni

– 400 g căpșuni

– 50 -70 g de zahăr (după gust)

– Sucul de la o jumatate de lamaie

– 4 linguri de vin rosu (optional)

– 6-8 g gelatina

Preparare

1. spală căpșunile și se pun cateva deoparte pentru decorare

2. se feliaza si se lasa cu zahar, zeama de lamaie si vin la macerat peste noapte (daca se poate) daca nu, pana lasa putina zeama.

3. dupa macerare se pun pe foc si se lasa sa dea un clocot, eu nu le-am lasat sa scada prea tare si am vrut si sa-si mentina cat de cat culoarea.

4. am lasat gelatina la hidratat apoi am adaugat-o capsunilor si am amestecat (nu tre sa fiarba).

5. se lasa la racit inainte de-a se folosi, dar nu prea tare ca sa nu se intareasca.

Asamblare

Tortul are la final 7 straturi, blat cacao, crema bavareza, jeleu de capsuni, blat cacao, spuma de cafea, jeleu de capsuni, creme brulee.

Ca sa imi fie mai usor si mai rapid, eu am folosit doua forme de tort cu inel detasabil (tapetate cu folie de plastic) pentru a pregati un blat + crema bavareza si celalalt blat (ambele decupate din blatul initial) + spuma de cafea. Le-am lasat sa stea peste noapte, dar am citit că este destul de 3-4 ore.

Am turnat jumătate din jeleul de capsuni, inca liquidish și călduț, peste crema bavareza si apoi am pus celalalt blat deasupra cu crema de cafea. Peste crema de cafea am pus restul de jeleu si am rasturnat peste creme brulee-ul care in cazul meu s-ar rupt in trei :(.

Am lasat totul la frigider cat mi-am pregatit infvelisul de ciocolata. Eu am folosit ciocolata cu lapte. Am temperat-o si apoi am intins-o pe hartie de copt pe care am lipit-o de blaturi apoi l-am bagat la frigider. Dupa 10-15 minute l-am scos si am dezlipit ciocolata.

Am văzut un videoclip cu un mod de-a face asta aici.

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snowflake cake

This has been a horror to work with. Meringue used as frosting is sticky, dries up a bit too quickly and isn’t as foamy as i hoped :)). in my opinion though, beats the shit out of buttercream, whipped cream or anything fatty. It’s a nice change in terms of taste too. I didn’t find anything useful online about using meringue for frosting cakes, but i remember mom making something similar on an orange cake when i was young. There was a thread on culinar.ro about making meringue flowers and other decorations which came in handy.

It all started with a bit of planning, i wanted chocolate layers covered with a light shade of filling. Initially i wanted a dark forest cake but i don’t fancy sour fruit in cakes and well, i refrained. But inspiration came from here. It was supposed to be covered with chocolate decorations like those, but i was out of chocolate and it started snowing last night, so … meringue snowflakes it was.

Imagine the inside has three dark, moist and rich chocolate layers, one feathery light cinnamon and orange whipped cream layer and one thin vanilla mascarpone mousse layer.

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Chocolate cake layers – can be baked separately or as a whole cake and sliced afterwards

Ingredients (for 3 layers -22 cm wide)

– 170 g butter

– 300 g brown sugar

– 3 eggs

– 525 g flour

– 50 g dark cocoa

– 3 tbsp baking powder

– 1 tbsp baking soda

– 1 tbsp salt

– 300 g yogurt (the fatter the better)

– 30 ml water (milk)

– 3 tbsp instant coffee powder 😀

Directions

There will be a wet mix and a dry mix.

Butter + sugar, eggs, yogurt+water, instant coffee powder = wet part

Flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder = dry mix

1. Cream butter and sugar together, add eggs one at a time and then the coffee powder. Mix yogurt with water (or milk) and add to the wet mix

2. Sift the dry ingredients together and slowly fold into the wet mix till just combined, don’t over-mix, gluten shouldn’t start developing.

3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 25-30 mins if you chose to bake the layers separately or for 45-50 minutes if you chose to bake a whole cake and slice it afterwards. To check for doneness, toothpick must come out clean, the top must spring back up if pressed lightly.

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1st filling, chocolate flavoured whipped cream

I used a mix of about 100 g of chocolate (milk, cinnamon and orange flavored) and 300 ml of cream (26% fat). Chocolate +cream set on the stove on low heat for about 5 minutes till the chocolate melts and dissolves into the cream, it only needs to reach the point where chocolate melts. Once blended together, they have to chill. I suggest refrigerator for a couple of hours. Once cold, it’s ready to be whipped. It’s going to take a bit longer than it usually takes cream to become foamy, but don’t lose hope, it will happen.

2nd filling, vanilla flavored mascarpone 

250 g of mascarpone cheese mixed with 50 g of powdered sugar and the seeds from one vanilla pod. If you’re lacking that, i think vanilla extract is acceptable too, but the flavor will differ, also, it might influence the texture just a bit.

And finally, the egg white frosting.

Ingredients

– 120 g of egg whites  (4 egg whites)

– 250 g of sugar

– pinch of sugar

– few drops of lemon juice

Directions

Ideally, it should go like this:

1. Whip the egg whites on medium speed on bain-marie for about 15-20 minutes on low heat till a thick layer of meringue forms on the edges of your bowl.

2. Once done, remove the bowl from the pot and heat and use immediately as it dries up quickly, also, lumps tend to form because the bowl is still hot and there’s a risk of curdling in the egg whites.

What happened to me was that the metallic bowl i used expanded from the heat and i couldn’t remove it from the pot, and i had to remove all the gooey frosting when i realized there was no way i could remove it before it got cold, and then a huge mess unraveled.

I saved a spoonful of meringue, blended some blue coloring in it and tried to draw those poor snowflakes on it.

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To me, they look most appetizing when they’re fully dipped in chocolate rather than having chocolate drizzled on top.

The filling i like most is a balanced mix of creme patissiere lighten up with some whipped cream. I think the whipped cream makes the filling silkier with a less pudding-like taste and texture.

If you follow this recipe right here, it’s really hard to fail. Well, this one time, at band camp, i ruined a whole batch of profiteroles because i overcrowded my tray. i honestly thought they had enough room to spread and bubble up =) and REALLY didn’t feel like baking another tray, cuz you gotta wait for them to cool in the oven, and then reheat it again for the next batch bla bla bla. Lesson learned, less rushing.

People really dig these tiny treats!

Now i’ll move on to the actual recipe, even though i have nothing to add except for the filling, which is the creme patissiere i talked in a previous post.

I’m sure there are zounds of profiteroles recipes out there, but this one has the prettiest pictures. So pretty they made me crave, and i’m hardly a fan. i remember my mom having all sorts of trouble baking them. Sometimes she’d get the most amazingly puffed eclairs and other times we’d have to eat a bunch of flat rolls of funny tasting dough.

Ingredients 

for the pastry dough

– 250 ml water

– 125 ml oil

– 150 g flour

– salt

– 4 large eggs (63 g x4)

for the creme patissiere

– 6 egg yolks

– 100 g sugar (to me, this is just the right amount of sweetness)

-40 g flour

-500 g milk

-100 ml heavy cream (whipped)

for the chocolate ganache ( i prefer a more solid version of this)

-150 ml heavy cream

-100 g chocolate (i recommend using  dark chocolate, good quality)

Directions 

Heat the oven to 220 degrees C.

I followed the steps here closely, except for the cooling part, there was no need for a plate, it’s really cold outside 😀

1. Water+oil+salt mix well, bring to a boil

2. Remove from the stove,  add flour (sifted) and stir forcefully with a wooden spoon till a ball of dough forms.

3. Set it back on the stove and keep mixing for another couple of minutes till you get a rough layer on the bottom of the pan. Set aside and let cool (reach room temperature at least).

4. Once cooled, start adding the eggs, one by one, mix till well incorporated after each one (if you try something different, let me know how that turned out :D)

5. Pour into a piping bag and pipe tiny lumps of dough in a baking tray lined with parchment paper. I think you can play around with the shapes if you like.

6. Bake for 15 minutes at 220 degrees C then turn the oven to 190 degrees C and bake for another 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool in teh oven with the oven door cracked a tad. It’s important to keep the oven door shut during the first 15-20 minutes or else you risk having deflated puffs. First tiem i made these, i turned the baking tray half way through and the puffs deflated but they rose up in the next 10 miuntes or so. Another thing,  since i have a convection oven, i didn’t always monitor the temperature precisely, i just made sure it’s over 200 degrees C and then slightly under 200 degrees C.

For the filling, i made creme patissiere which i mixed with whipped cream.

Made the ganache straight on the stove, no double boilers etc. Chocolate +heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat till they melt together and become glossy. After filling each puff, i dipped the last few puffs in teh ganache and let them cool off. Initially, i drizzled some of the chocolate sauce on top of puffs, but realized by teh end i didn’t quite like their look so i changed it 😀

That’s about it. even tho’ it’s time consuming, it is so worth the taste in the end.

Nu m-am dat in vant dupa eclere/profiterol niciodata. Maica-mea face d-astea cu untura, apa, faina si oua. Le pune cu lingurita in tava. De multe ori ii ies asa cum trebuie, dar pe mine m-o marcat faptu ca pareau o loterie, cresc /nu cresc (acuma stiu de ce nu cresteau, dar ca  incepator prin bucatarie, erau o bataie inutila de cap).

Si daca nu cresteau, era tragic, ramaneam cu niste treburi seci si uscate cu gust de untura si o mama .. irascibila :D. O alta chestie care nu-mi placea tare mult era umplutra facuta cu budinca. Nu zic, ii comod asa, dar mie nu-mi mai place budinca. Asadar, nu prea m-o tentat sa fac eclere/profiteroles pana am vazut ASTA.

Ingrediente

pentru aluat

– 250 ml apă

– 125 ml de ulei

– 150 g făină

– Sare

– 4 oua mari (63 g x4)

pentru crema

– 6  gălbenușuri

– 100 g de zahăr

-40 g făină

-500 g lapte

-100 ml smântână pentru frisca

pentru glazura (eu prefer o versiune mai solida )

-150 ml smântână pentru frisca

-100 gciocolata (eu recomand sa folositi ciocolata neagra de buna calitate)

Preparare

Incalziti cuptorul la 220 de grade C.

Am urmat pasii de aici îndeaproape, cu excepția partii referitoare la racire, nu era nevoie de o farfurie, e foarte frig afara: D

1. Apa + ulei + sare se amesteca bine intr-o oala si se aduc la fierbere

2. Se adauga faina (cernuta) si se ia de pe foc amestecand cu putere cu o lingura de lemn pana cand aluatul incepe sa semene cu o bila.

3. Porniti iar focul sub oala  si amestecati pentru inca 2-3 minute pana se formeaza un strat dur pe fundul vasului. Luati de pe foc si lasati la racit pana ajunge la temperatura camerei sau mai rece.

4. După ce se răcește, adaugati ouale, unul câte unul, amestecand bine dupa fiecare ou pana se incorporeaza (nu stui ce se intampla daca puneti toate ouale deodata, dar daca incercati, va rog sa-mi spuneti si mie ce iese :D)

5. Se toarnă într-o pungă pentru spritat, sau ziplock de unica folosinta, si se spriteaza mici gramajoare de aluat in tava tapetata cu hartie de copt. Lasati 2-3 cm intre fiecare bila de aluat pentru a permite gogoselelor sa creasca.

gogosele ^_____^

Puteti sa va jucati cu forma, adica sa le faceti mai mari sau mai lunguiete, cu conditia sa fie toate de aceeasi forma intr-o tava, ca sa se coaca uniform.

6. Coaceți timp de 15 minute la 220 grade C, apoi scadeti temperatura la 190 grade C si mai lasati la copt 10 minute. Opriți focul si lasati gogoselele sa se raceasca in cuptor cu usa intredeschisa pentru inca 10-15 minute.

În primele 15 minute este important să păstrați închisă ușa cuptorului, altfel se lasa. Prima data cand am facut, am vrut sa intorc tava ca mi se parea ca alea din spate se coc mai repede, si cand am scos tava afara s-o bag invers, m-am trezit cu gogosile desumflate ca niste corturi. Apoi si-o revenit, dar nu la dimensiunile initiale.

Un alt lucru, deoarece am un cuptor cu convecție, nu am monitorizat temperatura precis. Am termometru doar ca dureaza ceva pana creste/scade tempratura in cuptor, asa ca ce-am facut a fost sa le coc la tempratura mare primele 15, si la temperatura mai mica urmatoarele 10 minute.

Pentru umplutura, am făcut crema ca aici apoi am amestecat-o cu frisca.

Am făcut glazura (ganache/ganaj) direct pe aragaz, fara bain-marie etc.  Ciocolata + frisca intr-o cratita la foc mic pana se topesc împreună și devin o emulsie lucioasă.

Am umplut fiecare gogoasa cu crema si am scufundat-o cu capu-n jos in glazura apoi le-am lasat la racit pe un gratar. Initial am turnat sosu peste ele, dar mi-am dat seama ca arata mult mai bine daca is acoperite complet in partea de sus cu glazura.

+aberatia din google translate, for funsies *Asta e despre asta. e un pic de timp consumatoare, dar este într-adevăr merită gust în final.*

I hope you enjoyed this 😀 i know I did.


 

One quick recipe before i go to sleep. It’s not quite a recipe, as in, it’s made with store bought puff pastry, but it’s quick, delicious and looks pretty. Did i mention the taste? it’s nice. I’m especially proud by the “creme patissiere” which i’ve tried before in various egg/flour/milk proportions and wasn’t quite satisfied with the results, UNTIL tonight.

Allow me to proceed:

Ingredients for .. 20 tiny tarts (5 cm diameter) + the perfect creme patissiere

– 1 sheet puff pastry (one package contains two of those)

– 3 egg yolks

– 50 g sugar (to me, this is just the right amount of sweetness)

-20 g flour

– 250 g milk

-vanilla extract of seeds from half a pod (i used ground vanilla pod)

Directions

1. Heat the oven to 200 °C, line a tray with parchment paper

2. I recommend cutting the dough in circles using sharp cookie cutters, as it sticks. Poke some holes in the dough and shove the tiny tarts in the oven for about 15 minutes, make sure to check on them so they won’t burn. Optional: you can brush them egg wash for a golden colour when ready.

3. While the tarts are baking, you can start withe the filling. Set the milk in a pot and let come to a boil.

4. Mix the egg yolks with sugar and vanilla till they become fluffy and light (you can save yourself some time if you use a pan that can be used on the stove). The sugar should half dissolve and the whisk should leave traces for a second or two. Add flour and mix well.

5. In a different pan, bring the milk to a boil and then pour over the egg yolk mixture slowly, in a continuous streak, whisking to avoid lump-formation.

6. Give it another stir and set it back on the stove. Don’t stop mixing. Should take at least 3 minutes before it thickens up. If you’re careful and mix the edges, you won’t end up with any lumps. I’m really happy my cream was lump free :p

7. Once done, pour into a cold bowl and cover with plastic wrap, straight over, to avoid “skin” formation. You could also pour it into a bowl over another ice bowl, to cool it faster.

By now, the tarts should be out of the oven, cooling.

 

Assembling

Once all the ingredients are at room temperature, scoop the middle of the tartletes. Using a pastry bag, pipe the creme patissiere over each tart. Top with raspberry or any other fruit of your liking and serve (though i strongly recommend you use a rather sour-sweet fruit to balance the cream sweetness).

One more thing, i also filled a few with nutella, was curious about the combination. I didn’t like it.

and that’s it. i very much enjoyed this quick dessert.

O rețetă rapidă înainte de a merge la culcare, un fel de cremes. Nu-i chiar o reteta, pentru ca doar crema este facuta in casa, aluatul este cumparat. Dar asta conteaza mai putin 😀 rezultatul e surprinzator de bun. Sunt mândra mai ales de “crema patissiere” pe care am încercat-o de mai multe ori cu proporții diferite de de ou / faina / lapte si nu am fost suficient de multumita de rezultate, până în seara asta.

Ingrediente pentru .. 20 tarte mici (5 cm diametru) + crema perfecta patissiere

– 1 foaie de aluat foitaj/aluat frantuzesc (un pachet conține două foi)

– 3 gălbenușuri de ou

– 50 g de zahăr

-20 g făină

– 250 g de lapte

– esenta de vanili sau semințele de la o jumătate de pastaie de vanilie

Direcții

1. Se încălzește cuptorul la 200 ˚ C, si se tapeteaza o tava cu hartie de copt

2. Vă recomand sa taiati aluatul în cercuri folosind niste ‘cutite’ ascuțite pentru ca se lipeste. Presupun ca merge si cu un pahar sau cana, dar n-am incercat. Inainte sa asezati bucatile de aluat in tava, intepati-le cu o furculita. Lasati tartele la cuptor pentru aproximativ 15 minute, verificand-ule din cand in cand astfel incat acestea sa nu se arda. Opțional: le puteti unge cu ou batut pentru o culoare mai vie.

Puteti sa taiati tartele si in patrate, asa nu veti risipi aluat. Eu am copt resturile de aluat si le-am mancat calde 😐

3. În timp se coc tartele, puteti sa preparati crema.4. Puneti laptele la fiert.

4. Se amestecă gălbenușurile de ou cu zahărul si semintele de vanilie până devin spumoase si se deschid laculoare. Puteți economisi ceva timp dacă utilizați o oala pe care ulterior o puteti pune pe foc.  Adauga faina si amestecati bine.

5. Cand laptele incepe sa fiarba, se toarna incet intr-un fir continuu peste galbenusuri in timp ce amestecati vioi cu telul pentru a evita formarea de cocoloase.

6. Odata omogenizat, puneti-l iar pe foc pentru cel putin 3 minute amestecand continuu pana cand acesta devine vascos. Daca aveti grija, si curatati marginile vasului, veți obtine un amestec omogen si matasos.

7. Dupa ce s-a ingrosat, se ia de pe foc si se toarnă într-un castron rece acoperindu-se folie de plastic, pentru a evita formarea pojghitei caractersitici budincii. Pentru a grabi racirea s-ar putea turna si intr-un vas care la randul sau este pus intr-un vas cu gheata. Da nu-i nevoie ca n-aveti mult crema acili-sa.

Asa, cand sunt gata si tartele, se scot din cuptor si se lasa la racit.

Asamblare

Nimic mai simplu. Se decupeaza mijlocul fiecarui cerc si se scormoneste putin, pentru a face loc cremei. Folosindu-ne fie de un pos sau o punga de unica folosinta, spritam crema pe mijlocul fiecarei tarte. Eu am folosit un dui rotund. Le-am decorat cu zmeura pentru a balansa putin dulceata cremei dar presupun ca merg si cu alte fructe, depinde de gusturi.

Inca un lucru, eu am umplut cateva tarte si cu nutella, eram curioasa de combinatie, da’ ii mult prea dulce, si nu mi-o placut.

Asta e tot. Rapid si dragut, a nu se abuza.


I present you: Sachertorte meets Rigo Jancsi meets mascarpone mousse and milk chocolate.  My friend challenged me to prepare something that not only tastes good but is also pretty looking. I think i did a good job compared to my previous works.

day 1: baked it. day 2: made the chocolate flavored filling, day 3: sliced it, assembled it and glazed it, day 4: snapped pictures.

Cake ingredients (adapted from here for a 15 cm pan, actually pot, i don’t own such a tiny baking pan yet)

  • 60 g butter
  • 60 g granulated sugar
  • 110 g chocolate (melted – i used a mix of left over chocolate/s i had around the house)
  • 3 eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • 51 g granulated sugar
  • 70 g cake flour

Directions

1. Melt the chocolate on bain marie  (microwave or on direct heat can work too if you’ve done it before, careful not to burn it tho)

2. sift the flour

3. cream the butter+ (60g) sugar (i powdered mine)

4. add the melted chocolate to the buttercream

5. separate the eggs, and add the egg yolks one at a time over the chocolate-buttercream, set aside

6. whisk the egg whites till soft peaks form, add sugar, keep whisking till stiffer peaks form, not too stiff, not enough sugar for that.

7. “Using a rubber spatula, alternate folding in the flour with the meringue in about 4 or 6 additions. Begin with the flour and end with the meringue.”

8. Bake at 165 ºC  for 40-50 mins, till a toothpick comes out clean. Mine baked in about 45 mins

9. Let cool on a wire rack.

Filling

Ingredients

– 200 ml cream

– 100 g milk chocolate

– 100 g mascarpone cheese

Directions

1. Heat the cream in pot till tiny bubbles start forming on the sides.

2. Set aside and mix the chocolate in stirring continuously till it melts and blends with the cream, if any pieces prove resistant, heat the cream again. Once done, let it cool in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours before whipping.

3. 4 hours later, whip it, mix the mascarpone cheese in.

For the syrup:

I used a mix of coffee and home made vanilla extract to soak the cake layers, feel free to use any kind of syrup you like. Mine didn’t turn out great, i thought i had used too much and i’d get a drippy cake, when in fact it was a bit dryer than i wanted. i imagined it perfect and it wasn’t 😀

For the ganache

– 100 g chocolate

– 50 ml cream

– 10 g butter

Heat the cream till it bubbles, drop the chocolate in the middle and start mixing it from the centre towards the edges till it becomes creamy, drop the butter and mix some more. To be used as soon as possible as it hardens quickly. Best to make once the cake is assembled already.

Assembling

Slice the cake in three equal sides, soak the first one and then add 45% of the filling, top with the second slice, soak it well and add the other almost half the filling evening it out nicely. Top it and soak it as per previously described. Spread the remaining 10% of the filling on the top. Let cool in the fridge for 10 minutes before making the ganache and spreading it over the cake.

I decorated this one using chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate shavings.

/romanian mode on

Trecand peste introducere, am combinat doua retete testate deja in incercarea de a crea ceva nou, Sachertorte si Rigo Jancsi.

Ingrediente blat tort

– 60 g unt
– 60 g zahăr tos
– 110 g ciocolata (topita)
– 3 oua
– esenta de vanilie
– Sare
– 51 g zahăr tos
– 70 g făină tort

Preparare

1. topiți ciocolata la bain marie (sau cuptor cu microunde sau direct pe foc dacă ați mai făcut-o înainte, aveți grijă să nu se ardă tho)

2. cerneti faina

3. amestecati untul+zaharul (60 g) pana devin crema

4. adaugati ciocolata topita peste crema de unt

5. apoi separati ouale, si adaugati galbenusurile unul cate unul peste crema de ciocolata

6. bateti albusurile pana se formeaza varfuri moi apoi adaugati zaharul treptat si mixati pana se mai intareste putin (nu este suficient zahar ca se bata pana sta spuma batz).

7. folosind o spatulă de cauciuc sau o lingura de lemn, amestecati făina cu spuma de albusuri peste crema de ciocolata în aproximativ 4 sau 6 ture. Începeți cu făină și încheiati cu spuma de albusuri.

8. Coaceți la 165 º C pentru 40-50 de minute, până cand scobitoarea iese curata. Blatul meu s-a copt în aproximativ 45 minute

9. Lasati-l la racit complet inainte sa-l feliati, se fac firmituri mai putine astfel.

Crema

Ingrediente

– 200 ml smântână pentru frisca

– 100 g ciocolată cu lapte

– 100 g branza mascarpone

Preparare

1. Incalziti smantana dulce intr-o oala pana incep sa se formeze bule mici pe margini.

2. Luati de pe foc si adaugati ciocolata amestecand continuu pana se dizolva complet apoi lasati vasul la frigider cel putin 3-4 h inainte s-o bateti.

3. 4 ore mai târziu, mixati frisca normal, o sa dureze putin mai mult (nu stiu de ce, se poate sa fie doar o impresie de-a mea)

4. dupa ce-ati batut frisca cu ciocolata, incorporati branza mascarpone lasata la temperatura camerei

5. crema astfel obtinuta se poate tine la frigider pana in momentul umplerii

Pentru sirop:

Am folosit un mix de cafea și esenta de vanilie facuta in casa dar nu ezitați să utilizați orice fel de sirop va place.

Pentru glazura

– 100 g ciocolată

– 50 ml smântână pentru frisca

– 10 g unt

Se încălzește frisca până când face bule pe margini, adaugati ciocolata in centrul vasului si amestecati energic pana la obtinerea unui amestec cremos (30 secunde). Luati amestecul de pe foc si adaugati untul, amestecati. A se folosi cat mai repede. Cel mai bine dupa ce ati asamblat deja tortul.

Asamblare

Feliati tortul în trei părți egale, insiropati prima parte și apoi adaugati 45% din crema. Se acopera cu urmatorul strat care se insiropeaza apoi se acopra cu inca 45% din crema. Restul de 10% ii de adaugat deasupra, pentru a nivela suprata inainte de glazurare.

se poate decora in multe feluri, eu am improvizat cu aschii de ciocolata si capsuni.