Japanese Cotton Cheesecake with Mango Glaze

This cotton cheesecake is a cake made with cheese as the name indicates, you will not find pie crust because it is a cake and not a pie or tart.

I had posted similar recipe years ago…throughout the time I kind of change slightly the recipe/method and I believe that has improved a bit…

– Why the hype with the Japanese cotton/souffle cheesecake?

The texture of this cheesecake is cottony, soft, and very…very light…if you are looking for the traditional New York cheesecake you will be disappointed…it is a marriage between chiffon cake and cheesecake.

– Is this the Japanese cheesecake that “jiggles”?

Yes, it will jiggle when out of the oven…but it will not jiggle at it best…cold.

– How to achieve such a texture?

The texture of the Japanese cheesecake is a marriage between chiffon cake and cheesecake…it is mainly the addition of cream cheese into the chiffon cake batter. Baked under lower heat and in water bath (bain marie).

– Do I need to glaze?

Absolutely no…it is up to you, but I find it prettier dur to the shiny layer and the hint of a sweet/tart with the light cheesecake just adds an extra sensation to the cake.

– Should we explore the recipe?

Here we go…

Ingredients:

Cheesecake

  • 227 g cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 140 g sugar
  • 6 large or 5 jumbo size eggs, separated
  • 100 g milk
  • 60 g butter
  • 60 g cake flour
  • 20 g corn starch
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 40 g lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mango Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons mango jam (or any jam of your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Fresh mango and blueberries for garnish

Method:

Cheesecake

Preheat oven at 285oF.

Prepare the baking pan by layering parchment paper at the bottom. Wrap the pan with aluminum foil, double it to prevent water to enter the pan as the cheesecake will be baked in bain-marie.

In a small bowl measure the cake flour, corn starch and add a pinch of salt.

In a double boiler melt cream cheese, butter, and milk. Let the mixture cool a little and fold in the egg yolk.  Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract and then sift the flour mixture and mix gently until well blended. Set aside while preparing the egg white meringue.

Whisk egg whites with the vinegar until foamy. Add in the sugar into thirds and whisk until soft peaks form.

Fold in approximately ⅓ of the egg white into the cream cheese mixture and mix gently with a spatula just all the ingredients are incorporated.

Pour the mixed cream cheese mixture to the remaining of the egg white and fold in very gently not deflating the egg white.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan(s).  Tap the pan on the counter a couple of times to remove the air bubbles trapped in the batter.

Place the cake pan(s) in a tray and add hot water (bain marie).

Bake the cheesecake at 285oF for the first 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 275oC and bake for another 15 minutes. The last 15 minutes at 250oC, total of 45 minutes.

Turn off the oven and leave the oven door slightly open for 5 minutes.

Remove the pan(s) from the oven and gently remove the cheesecake(s) from the pan(s).  Let it cool completely before coating the top with the mango glaze.

Mango Glaze.

In a small pan add the mango jam and water. Mix and cook under low heat until an even mixture. Pass the mango mixture through a fine mesh.

Let it cool slightly.

Assembly

Gently brush the top of the cheese cake with the mango sauce.

Place the cake in an air tight container and refrigerate overnight.

Garnish with fresh mango and blueberries or any other fruit of your preference.

Serve cold.

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Did you know that the term bain-marie came from a famous alchemist named Marie? Bain-marie or water-bath is a scientific method used in laboratories and industry where any substance solid or liquid is submerged into another container with water without having any contact with the water.  The substance will never reach a temperature above 100oC when using boiling water. In culinary is often used when making delicate sauces to create gentle and even heat throughout the process.

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Mocha Chiffon Cake

Light and airy cake made with chocolate and a hint of coffee…perfect for the afternoon tea or make it elegant by decorating as you like.

I have been baking lots of cake lately and chiffon cake still one of my favorites…it is so easy and stays fresh and moist for days…depending on my mood I serve the cake with fresh fruit, some confectionary sugar or when needed I dress the cake with fresh whipped cream or layers of ganache.

The combination of flavors is unlimited, chocolate, coffee, orange, lemon, strawberry, vanilla… just to give some examples.

– What is chiffon cake?

Chiffon cake is very light, airy and fluffy cake made mainly with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, cake flour and any liquid from milk to juices.

– What is the method used for chiffon cake?

Chiffon cake does not use any baking agent or butter, only vegetable oil and egg whites beaten into meringue as a leavening agent.

– Why should you make chiffon cake?

Because the texture is super soft, light and moist and almost melts in your mouth. Moreover, you can make it with all kind of flavors and serve plain or with any kind of frosting you desire.

– Why you should not be intimidated by chiffon cake?

There is really no secret…just mix the egg yolk portion with all the liquids and flour, set aside and beat the egg white to meringue until the soft-stiff peaks forms…fold gently and bake…

In my opinion the trick is to beat the meringue to the right stage and fold correctly…other than these two steps, there is really nothing scary about the baking the perfect chiffon cake or any kind of foam cake.

– Should we look at the recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs separated (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 60 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 60 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 65 g cake flour
  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 g white vinegar
  • 80 g sugar

Method:

Place a tray with water in the oven and preheat oven at 325oF.

In a small bowl, mix cake flour, cocoa powder and salt, set aside.

Add the instant coffee into the milk, stir until all the coffee granules are dissolved.

In a medium bowl, stir together egg yolks, oil, milk with coffee, vanilla extract. Add the sift the mix of cake flour, cocoa and salt to the egg yolk mixture. Mix well until smooth and all the flour is well incorporated, resembling a pancake mix batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form. Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until medium/firm peaks form. Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft but firm peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter.

Pour the batter into a 7 x 4 ½ inch angel cake pan and spread evenly. Gently tap the pan against the counter to remove excess of air bubbles. Bake at 325oF for 30 minutes and lower the temperature to 300oF and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove cake from the oven and invert the pan (turn the cake upside down) and place on a cup or any surface so the cake is suspended. Let it cool completely before removing the cake from the pan.

Remove the cake by gently running a thin spatula around the pan releasing the cake. Run the spatula along the base to remove the cake completely from the pan.

Decorate as desired.

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Did you know that chiffon cake is a kind of foam cake? Foam cakes are basically made with eggs, sugar flour and very little oil. These cakes are light and airy due to the egg whites which are beaten separated from the egg yolks.

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Guava Swiss Roll

This soft and delicate chiffon base cake rolled with a layer of guava jam is super delicious, an exotic fusion between Latin and Asian…all in one bite.

– Why this guava swiss roll is different?

The recipe is a mix of Asian inspired chiffon cake filled with the very popular Latin American guava jam/paste., and the combination is a sweet and distinct guava jam in between a super soft and moist chiffon cake.

– Guava paste/jam?

Well, back in Brazil we used to have all sort of desserts with guava paste (goiabada) in cakes, pies, cookies, donuts you named it, and it could be by itself or with cheese, yes, you read it right, cheese…which it’s called Romeo and Juliet…the combination of the sweet guava paste and the saltiness of the cheese is amazing…it really wakes your palate…with all this said, when I saw the guava jam in my refrigerator I got the inspiration to use as a filling for the cake roll.

– Can I make this roll is advance?

Absolutely, you can make a couple of days in advance, store in the refrigerator and remove two hours before serving and let it reach room temperature or serve it cold. The cake is delicious accompanied by a cup of tea of coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs separated (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 45 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 45 g milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 g white vinegar
  • 60 g sugar

Method:

Preheat oven at 275oF.  Line a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) jelly pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix cake flour with salt., and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together egg yolks, oil, milk, vanilla extract. Add the sifted mix of cake flour and salt to the egg yolk mixture. Mix well until smooth and all the flour is well incorporated, resembling a pancake mix batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form. Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until medium/firm peaks form. Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft but firm peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Gently tap the pan against the counter to remove excess of air bubbles. Bake at for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove cake from the oven and transfer it with its parchment paper onto a wire rack and let it cool.

In the meantime, add a little water to the guava jam, and cook until smooth. Let it cool.

Assembly

To peel off the parchment paper, place another piece of parchment paper or silicone mat on the cake with a pan, flip the cake and remove the parchment paper from the cake.  Place the parchment paper again on the cake and flip the cake one more time. Remove the silicone mat of the parchment paper.

Roll the cake from the short end and let it settle for 10 minutes. Unroll the cake and spread a layer of guava jam (or any of your preference), gently re-roll the cake back while peeling the parchment paper off. Cut the edges from both sides.

Transfer to a serving plate. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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Did you know that guava is rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber? Because guava contains high amount of pectin it is commonly used to make jams, paste, preserve.




Kumquat Marmalade with Vanilla Bean

This kumquat marmalade is amazing, it is sweet and tart at the same time with a hint of vanilla, great on biscuits, toast and everywhere you enjoy a touch of sweetness.

These little miniature oranges are a lot of fun and great as a marmalade, specially because they can be very sour to be eaten fresh. I grew up with it and remember everyone making face when eating the flesh… therefore great as marmalade or candied…

We have a dwarf kumquat tree in our backyard and every year the little tree will have fruits, some years more than others…this year we had a lot…I was even able to give some to my mom and kept part of it to eat fresh and make marmalade.

– What is kumquat?

Kumquats are little oranges and it shapes can be round or like olive. It is translated to “golden orange” from Chinese. Kumquat has its origin in Asia and native to Taiwan, Japan, Korea and China. In traditional Chinese medicine, kumquat is great for treating coughs and sore throats.

– How do I eat kumquat?

The pulp of this fruit is tart and the skin sweet, therefore you don’t peel, you eat the peel.  The interesting thing about eating kumquat is the big contrast between the sour flesh and the sweet peel as often only the peel is eaten.

– Is kumquat healthy?

Yes, like all the citrus, kumquat is loaded with vitamin C. The peel is rich in fiber and high in polyphenols which are antioxidants.

– Can you grow kumquat tree?

Kumquat trees are very resistant to cold weather as compared to other citrus trees, therefore it should be easy to grow almost anywhere…and yes, I have a dwarf kumquat tree in my back yard and had been giving me kumquats for years.

– Why you should make kumquat marmalade with vanilla bean?

Not only because it is pretty, the little vanilla bean specks in between the see-through orange color marmalade as well as the flavor…the combination of the sour and sweet with a hint of vanilla is very special…

– How you serve kumquat marmalade?

The same way you use orange marmalade…in ice cream, on toast/biscuit/muffins, with yogurt, in crepes, in oatmeal, with cheese…

– Ready to try kumquat marmalade?

Before I continue, I would like to disclose that I have been given “Tahitian Pure Vanilla Bean Paste” as part of a product review through Nielsen-Massey. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Okay…back to the marmalade.

When the company contacted me to see if I would like to try the vanilla paste, I did not hesitate and took the offer in a heartbeat…imagine not need to cut the vanilla pod and scrap the seeds in your recipe…I was so excited to try it…so here I am…

Ingredients:

Method:

After kumquats being washed and dried, cut the ends and discard them. Slice the kumquats into approximately 2.5-3 mm (⅛ in) with a sharp knife and remove the seeds in it.

In a medium pot place the sugar and water. Bring to boil and reduce the heat to medium, mix gently until all the sugar is dissolved. Add the sliced kumquats and the vanilla bean paste.

Cook in medium heat for approximately 15 minutes until the sliced kumquats are translucent. Remove from heat and let it cool before pouring the marmalade into a jar. Refrigerate the marmalade.

If you feel that the syrup is too thin, you can strain the sliced kumquat and place the syrup back in the pot and simmer until the desired texture. Pour back the kumquats and let it come to boiling point. Remove from the heat and let it cool before pouring into a jar.

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Did you know that kumquat is a symbol of good luck and prosperity? Kumquat trees reach its height during the Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year), and yes, the kumquats in our tree were at their prime during the Chinese Lunar Year.

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Buttery Almond Crisp Cookies

These thin and crispy almond cookies are perfect for the afternoon tea…just be aware that you will not be able to stop eating it until they are all gone…

Many many years ago I had posted this recipe, and after a lot of thought I decided that it was time to “revive” and revisit the post with some minor updates…mainly changing the measurements parameters…from spoons to weight and using less sugar without affecting the taste of these delicate and yummy cookies.

– Leftover egg whites?

These cookies are the perfect way to use up the leftover egg whites that you have in your refrigerator…

– Why you should make these cookies?

Every bite of this cookie comes with two layers of flavors, a thin buttery citrus layer topped with crispy nutty sliced almonds…and the uneven shape make them even more appealing. I baked these cookies often to give as a gift or take to parties, and always have been well received.

Even if you do not have leftover egg whites I urge you to try it…no special skill or gadgets needed. You just need to be careful, so they do not burn since they are very thin and delicate.

– Can I store them?

Absolutely, just let the cookies cool completely and store them in an air-tight container, and they are good for a couple of weeks.

– Ready to try these amazing cookies?

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 45 g sugar
  • 35 g all-purpose flour
  • 20 g butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon orange or lemon zest
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-1 ½ cup sliced almond

Method:

Preheat the oven at 300oF or 275oF if using convection oven.

Mix the sugar with the egg whites until the sugar is dissolved, fold in the sifted all-purposed flour. Mix until the flour is incorporated to the egg whites. Add the salt, vanilla extract and the orange zest. Mix gently and add the melted butter.

Using a spoon, pour half of the batter to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mate and spread the batter throughout the sheet. Repeat the same with the other half batter. Once the batter is thinly spread throughout the sheet gently cover the batter with the sliced almond.

Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 10 minutes and then lower the temperature to 275oF or 250oF if using convection oven and leave it for another 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes turn the oven off and leave the oven door ajar.

Please note that oven temperature varies, so keep an eye while baking, since the layer is very thin it can be burned very easily.

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Break the pieces randomly and store in an air tight container

Did you know almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium? Moreover, almond contains healthy unsaturated fats and no cholesterol, making it a great snack. It has been published that almond can reduce cardiovascular disease by reducing LDL (bad cholesterol).

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Grand Marnier Soufflé

The combination of the creamy crème anglaise with the light and aromatic orange flavor soufflé is just divine, and it is much easier to make than you imagine…elegant dessert for any special occasion.

I have been wanted to make soufflé for a while, but always reluctant as it came to me as a very difficult and laborious…well, I bumped into Food Wishes/All recipes and here I am…but please do not laugh at the pictures…

Although my souffle came out of the oven tall and full of pride I was only able to “register” sad and deflated soufflé…I need to learn to be fast and more efficient when taking pictures…moreover, I will update the post with presentable pictures when I have the chance to make it again..in the meantime you will have to take my words…

– What is soufflé?

Soufflé is a French dish based with eggs and mainly two elements.

  1. A thick sauce like cream, bechamel or roux
  2. Egg whites beaten to soft peaks

– Can I make savory soufflé?

Absolutely, and the most well know are cheese soufflé, but they can be of vegetables, meat, poultry and so on.

– Can I make soufflé in advance?

Partially, the sauce component of the souffle can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator, but the egg white will need to be beaten and folded to the cream just before baking.

– How do I serve soufflé?

Generally, souffle are served hot with sauce such as crème anglaise, fruit sauces, chocolate sauces or ice cream on the side.

– Why my soufflé collapsed?

Unfortunately, even the most perfect and beautiful soufflé will collapse eventually. Soufflés are not like cakes, they will deflate…therefore when making soufflé you have to move fast and serve the soufflés immediately when out of the oven…and be able to see it collapse on the table.

– Ready to explore the recipe?

As stated above, this recipe was based on the Food Wishes recipe with minor adjustments. I served the souffle with crème anglaise.

Ingredients:

For the ramekins

  • ½ tablespoon melted butter
  • Approximately 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Soufflé

  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 24 g butter
  • 12 g all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 25 g granulated sugar

Method:

Preheat oven to 400oF.

Brush the insides of 2 (approximately 8-ounce) ramekins with ½ tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle with approximately 1 tablespoon sugar. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, in case of overspill.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir flour in the melted butter until golden brown and aromatic, about 2 minutes. Pour in milk into the butter/flour mixture, stir continuously, until smooth and thick, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the pan and transfer to a mixing bowl, allow to cool.

Add orange zest and Grand Marnier into cooled butter mixture and combined well. Add egg yolks and vanilla, mix until smooth.

In a large bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy. Slowly add half of sugar and continue whisking until combined. Add the remaining sugar and continue to whisk until soft peaks form.

Fold approximately ⅓ of the meringue into egg yolk/butter/flour mixture then fold in the remaining meringue, mix very gently until well combined.

Pour the egg batter into the prepared ramekins, make sure to leave approximately ¼ inch from the top of the ramekin.

Bake in the preheated oven until browned, approximately 15-16 minutes.

Serve immediately.

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Did you know that souffle came from a French verb souffler? According to Wikipedia souffler in French means “to blow”, “to breathe”, “to inflate” or “to puff”.

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Crème Anglaise

This creamy, rich and elegant vanilla custard sauce is very versatile, absolutely delicious added on cake, pie, fresh fruit…in another words, can be added to anything you like.

Have you noticed that most of the pleasures in life are usually the simplest…as is the case of this crème anglaise.

– Have you ever had crème anglaise?

Well, I had the opportunity to try it a few times in French restaurants. I loved the richness and the creaminess of the sauce. I remember the first time I had the crème anglaise…it was served in a dessert called floating island dessert…I can assure you if I was not in a public place I would have licked the bowl clean…

– Is there any trick for such an elegant sauce?

No, it is mainly a thin custard with only a few ingredients. And the trick, if you want to call a trick is to avoid the sauce to curdle…by tempering the egg yolks.

– How should I serve this crème anglaise?

This sauce is so versatile…you can pour it over all kind of dessert, cakes, pies, tarts, souffles, fresh fruits (specially berries), the options are endless.

– Can I add other ingredients besides vanilla?

Absolutely, you can add rum, bourbon, brandy and liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, Amaretto, Cointreau or orange zest, lemon zest, mint, coffee…again, endless choices.

– Did I convinced you to give this crème anglaise a try?

This recipe was mainly adapted from Food Wishes…if you like a lighter version you can substitute the heavy cream with milk or mix milk with heavy cream whichever ratio you like.

Here is the recipe for what I did…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

In a medium bowl whisk egg yolks, sugar and Grand Marnier until smooth paste.

In a small pan heat the heavy cream until almost boiling point, until small bubbles begin to appear around the edges of the pan. Carefully temper the yolks by pouring slowly the hot heavy cream to the egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly.

Transfer the custard back to the pan and under low heat stir constantly until the custard thicken.

If necessary, pour the custard through a fine mesh strainer to remove any clumps.

Place the custard into a bowl and let it cool.

Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Good for up to one week in the refrigerator.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This cake is decadent…made mainly with almond meal and dark chocolate, super rich, moist almost like brownie.

I have made chocolate cake using almond flour with a little bit of flour, but this one is totally flourless, and the texture is just heaven…it melts away…The cake is super rich, moist, and kind of between fudge and brownie. Since it is super rich a small slice goes a long way…and so satisfying.

This recipe was adapted from Food 52 with minor adjustment.  As always, I like my dessert a bit less sweet than the original recipes, and as usual I try to make it practical. According to the site this cake is called Torta Caprese, from the Island of Capri.

– How the cake rises without flour?

Egg whites are whipped until soft peaks which are added to the cake batter to leaven it.

– What else can I add to the cake?

Oh…you can add all kind of flavors, orange zest, a shot of strong coffee, rum or Grand Marnier…many choices for you to pick.

– How can I serve this cake?

The cake really tastes better the next day…and you can serve with a dollop of whipped cream, chocolate ganache, fresh berries, crème anglaise…depends of your palate and what you have in the refrigerator.

– Can I freeze the cake?

Absolutely, once the cake is cooled, wrap in plastic unfrosted and freezer. Before serving let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight.I think it is time to look at the recipe…

– I think it is time to look at the recipe…

I used 2 small round pans for this recipe (4 ½ and 6 in), but feel free to use one 8 in round pan.

Ingredients:

  • 125 g almond flour
  • 125 g dark chocolate
  • 113.4 g (4 oz) butter, 1 stick
  • 100 g sugar
  • 3 large eggs separated
  • 1 tablespoon rum (optional)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh raspberry for garnish

Method:

Preheat oven to 325ºF and set a rack on the middle level.

Line the bottom of the pans (4 ½ and 6 inch) or pan (8 inch) with a circle of parchment paper and around it.

In a glass bowl on the top of a double boiler or a pot of simmering water add the chocolate until melted. Remove from the heat and add the butter. Mix until all combined, if need place the bowl back to the double boiler to melt the remaining butter.

Add to the chocolate mixture the almond flour, sugar. Mix until all combined. Once the mixture cools down add the egg yolk and the rum or any other ingredients you might add. Stir well and set aside.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites they form soft peaks. In three additions, fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan(s) and smooth the top. and bake for 20 minutes (4 ½ inch cake pan) and for 30 minutes (6 inch cake pan) or 40 minutes (8 inch cake pan), depending on the size of your cake pan or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Do not overbake.

Let cool completely on the rack before removing the cake from the pan.

Serve as you wish, with confectioner’s sugar, fresh berries, a dollop of whipped cream and so on…

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Did you know that dark chocolate is rich in flavanols? Observational studies linked the benefits of the cocoa flavanols with reduced blood pressure, consequently reducing the risk of heart disease. One must be cautious to not over consume dark chocolate as it contain high calories and sugar.

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Frangipane Pear Tart

This is a classic made it simple…layers of sliced pear over a rich almond cream on a flaky puff pastry, perfect for the holiday.

I always like baked goods with almond, and it can be in any form and shape…here I used almond meal.

– Why is this so delicious?

Somehow the combination of the frangipane, smooth, buttery, aromatic and rich almond cream with the simple slices of pear are a perfect match without being overwhelming. It is amazing how the simplest touch can boost your senses.

– Why should you make this?

This is easy, fast and so delicious…especially during this time of the year…but please don’t let my opinion influence you…just go ahead and try…and then let me know if I was right…

– Nielsen-Massey products

Before I continue with the recipe, I need to inform you that I accepted the offer to try Nielsen-Massey Holiday Flavors Bundle which come with 3 bottles of extract (Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Pure Almond Extract and Pure Peppermint Extract) and it is only available at Amazon .  I received the Holiday Flavors bundle for review purpose and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are completely mine on based on my experience, and, I must confess… I love Nielsen-Massey products, I had the chance to try many of them and since then, when it comes to extracts they are my favorite.

– Should we move to the recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 100 g almond meal
  • 80 g sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (approximately 110 g)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 large pear
  • 1 puffy pastry

Method:

In a medium bowl, mix the butter with the sugar until a smooth cream. Add to the cream the egg.  Mix until blended in.  Add the almond meal and the almond extract.  Mix until forms a paste and all the ingredients have been incorporated well. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400oF.

Slice the pear into thin slices. Mold the puff pastry by pinching the corner to form a tart.

Spread the almond cream on the puff pastry and layer the sliced pear, by gently pressing on the almond filling.

Bake at 400oF for the first 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350oF and bake for another 10 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let it set on the counter. The center might be a little soft/wobbly, which is okay. It will set as it cools.

Let the tart cool completely before serving.

– Looking for more recipes with almond?

Did you know that almond is known for its health benefits?  Almond contains high levels of vitamin E which is an antioxidant which can reduce risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. In spite of it claims one should note that almonds contain fat and it is high in caloric content, therefore consumed in moderation.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

This soft and light cinnamon rolls are made with pumpkin and filled with gooey cinnamon swirl and topped with a light icing are the best treat for the season.

– Why you need to try this?

I made many versions of cinnamon rolls and I must admit, this is the best one…mainly because of the color of the pumpkin puree, so very much enticing…I choose not to add any pumpkin spice when making the dough, just to not shelter the “cinnamon” of the cinnamon rolls away with the other spices found in pumpkin spice. Yes, it sounds confusing…but in reality it is only a cinnamon roll recipe made with pumpkin puree….yes, I should have said that in the very beginning…next time I will try to be less confusing…

– Asian method?

And of course I had to use “tangzhong” or “water roux” method, an Asian method used to keep the bread soft, light, moist for many many days.

I divided the dough into two and made a sandwich bread loaf and a pan of cinnamon rolls. So it is up to you…

– Let’s head to the recipe…

Ingredients:

Tangzhong or water roux

  • 30 g bread flour
  • 150 ml water

Bread dough

  • 550 g bread flour
  • 80 g sugar
  • 7 g salt
  • 8 g yeast
  • 8 g vital gluten
  • 270 g pumpkin puree
  • 20 ml water (if necessary, depending of the moist of the pumpkin puree)
  • 60 g butter

Filling

  • Butter, or any substitute, unsalted ( I used Earth Balance)
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon

Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½  tablespoons water

Method:

Tangzhong or water roux

Whisk together the water and the flour until the mixture is well blended and free of lumps.

Stir the mixture while it cooks over the medium heat to reach 65C/150F. It takes about 2-3 minutes. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. The mixture of flour will have “lines”.

Remove from the heat.

Transfer to a bowl, cover with a plastic film to avoid “skin” from forming.

Ready to add to the bread dough once is cool.

Water roux or Tangzhong can bend kept in the fridge for up to 48hours.

Bread dough

In the mixer, add all the water roux, and all the other ingredients under bread, except for the butter.

Turn the machine and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until a ball forms.

Increase the speed to “2” and let it mix for 5 minutes. The dough should be very sticky, and less sticky as the gluten forms.

Add the butter and mix for 20 minutes more. Take a small portion of the dough (like a golf ball) and stretch gently until a very thin and transparent membrane (windowpane).

If the dough tears mix for another 5 minutes until you achieve the windowpane test. The windowpane test, demonstrated that the gluten is very well developed and it will create a very light crumb. The dough should be very elastic.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a bowl by covering with a plastic film.

Let dough proof until the dough tripled to its original size.

Assembly

Knock back the dough and divide into 2 balls. Roll one dough into a rectangle of approximately 45 x 35cm (approximately 18 x 14in). Smear a thin layer of butter or its substitute on the rectangle dough. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar and then cinnamon over the sugar.

Roll it like a Swiss roll from the long edge, and roll it into a tight log. Turn the seam to the bottom. Make a small mark on the log in the middle and then into 4 and again and again until you have the log divided into 16.  Gently cut on the mark without smashing the rolls.  Place the rolls in a square or round pan, I used the 8 x 8 in USA square pan.  Cover and let it rise until doubled in size.

Bake in t preheated oven at 350F for 25 minutes. Remove and let it cool.

In the meantime make the sugar glaze. Mix all the ingredients listed under the glaze into a small bowl.

Drizzle over the cool cinnamon rolls.

Take another look and tell me if you can resist…

– Looking for more pumpkin recipes?  Take a look at these…

Did you know that pumpkin is super rich in beta-carotene? Your body will convert beta-carotene into vitamin A.  Vitamin A is important for your vision, immune system, teeth, and skin. Moreover, pumpkin contains vitamin C, and dietary fiber which is important for a healthy heart.

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