Friday, March 25, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Ingredients: butter, eggs, milk, yeast, flour, raisins, kirsch, sugar, salt

This is the third in the xmas trio of cakes, Traditional fare which needs its own baking container, but is well worth the trouble, especially if the raisins are allowed to seep in kirsch overnight.

redcurrant chocolate cake

Ingredients: redcurrants, chocolate, butter, cocoa powder, eggs, sour cream, flour, ground hazelnuts, baking powder, sugar, salt

This cake was created around xmas, hence the holly motif. Baking powder is made prior to baking with 1 part cream of tartar to 2 parts baking soda.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

strawberry tart

Ingredients: strawberries, cream, mascarpone, vanilla, puff pastry, sugar

This a tart I made for my 2nd son's 1st birthday. I macerated the strawberries in sugar for a couple of days and used the resulting strawberry juice to spruce up the whipped cream/mascarpone mixture. The puff pastry is baked blind, and sprinkled with sugar to aid colour and flavour.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

12 apostles tart

Ingredients: blueberries, quark, creme fraiche, eggs, flour, butter, natural vanilla essence, sugar, salt

This was a tart made for christmas, thus the name. The 12 apostles are represented by the 12 fresh blueberries, rising above the frozen blueberry jam. The custard has quark and creme fraiche in it, making it somewhat cheesecakey. The base is basic short crumb.