Blueberry Cream Cake

This cake is super light and fluffy, each bite is loaded with fresh creamy whipped cream with a hint of vanilla and lots of fresh blueberries…perfect at any occasion.

The weather has been cold, yes, even here in California, and I should be baking kind of comfort desserts, not summer look deserts, but I could not resist when I saw fresh blueberries at the store…I did not want to change the “state” of the blueberries from fresh.

– Did you know that blueberries are available year-round?

Although in US, the season of blueberries are during summer time, you can find them year-round during our winter in the store imported from South America, where it is summer.

– Why this blueberry cream cake is so good?

Every bite reminds you of summer, loaded with creamy light whipped cream and lots of fresh blueberries in between layers of soft and fluffy vanilla cake.

– Can I use different berries?

Absolutely, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries…even peach, nectarine…or a mix of berries…pretty much any fruit that is not “watery”.

– Can I make this cake in advance?

My suggestion is to bake the cake in advance (up to 3 days, and store in the refrigerator) and assemble with whipped cream and fresh fruit on the day you want to serve.

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 5 large eggs (total weight of approximately 300g) 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 vanilla extract
  • 80 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 65 g sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream, super cold
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15 g sugar

Fresh blueberries

Method:

Preheat oven at 325oF

Place the vegetable oil in a small pan, heat (low) the oil until approximately 70oC (simmering). Remove the pan from the heat and add the sifted flour in the oil, mix well to form a thick paste.

Add the milk to the flour mixture and stir, then add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well into the batter.

Add the vanilla extract and the salt, the mixture will resemble a pancake 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. Do not over mix.

Scoop the batter into paper lined cups about ⅔ way full.  Tap gently the cups (or tray) to remove air bubbles.

Lower the temperature to 300oF and bake in water bath for 35 to 45 minutes or until the cake is cooked throughout.

Remove pan from the oven and carefully place the cake on a wire rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, make the whipped cream by placing the cold heavy cream in a cold bowl. I often put my bowl into an ice water bath. Add the vanilla extract and sugar and whip on medium-high speed until lots of air are incorporated into the cream.

Whip until the cream achieve soft peak to medium peaks, check constantly by stopping the mixer so the cream does not over mix.

Once the cake is completely cool, horizontally cut the cake in half. Remove the top part of the cake and set aside.

Layer a generous portion of whipped cream on the cake and a top with a layer of fresh blueberries. Top the blueberries with another layer of whipped cream and gently layer the cake.

Cover the whole cake with whipped cream and garnish with blueberries as you desire.

Refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours before serving…serve cold.

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Did you know that blueberries are loaded with vitamin C? Not only blueberries are low in calories, they are considered one of the richest in antioxidants content. Since blueberries can be found year-round make sure to add these little gems into your diet.

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Blueberry Tart

This blueberry tart is simple and loaded with lots and lots of blueberries…every bite is an explosion of a combination of tangy and sweet flavor.

– Why you should make this blueberry tart?

Because it is super easy and super delicious.  There is nothing like homemade tart/pie crust…light, flaky, buttery and slightly sweet…topped with lots and lots of blueberries.

– Can I make ahead?

Absolutely, you can make this tart a couple days ahead and keep in the refrigerator until serving time.

– Are you ready to try this recipe?

Here we go…

Ingredients:

Blueberry Filling

  • 550 g organic blueberries
  • 100 g sugar, more or less, according to your liking
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Pie Crust

  • 50 g unsalted butter, cut into small square and cool in the freezer
  • 20 g sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 20 g almond flour
  • 70 ml heavy cream, keep it cold until needed

Method:

Blueberry Filling

In a medium pan, add the sugar, water, and corn starch.  Mix well until all the corn starch is well combined in the water.

Add the blueberries and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, making sure to stir constantly until thick.

Remove from the heat and let it cool.

Reserve until needed.

Pie Crust

In a medium bowl place the cold butter, sugar, salt, and the flours.  Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until resembles a coarse meal. There will be pieces small and large of butter.

Slowly add the heavy cream to the flour/butter mix and using a rubber spatula incorporate the liquid into the flour until the dough barely start to hold together.

Carefully remove the dough from the bowl and place on a piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic into a square and using a rolling pin roll the dough until the size of the square.

Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to a day.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and lightly sprinkle some flour on top.  Gently roll the dough into a long rectangle. Fold into thirds twice and wrap back into the plastic wrap.

Place the dough in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and again, lightly sprinkle a little flour on the surface of the dough.

Roll the dough into the size of your baking pan. I used a tart pan of 35 x 11 cm (13 ½  x 4 ½ in) with loose bottom. Cover the tart pan with the dough and bake at pre-heated at 425oF for 8 minutes, then lower the temperature to 400oF and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush the entire crust with egg wash. Back at 350oF for 3 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

To assemble, pour the blueberry filling on the tart crust, garnish with mint leaves and refrigerate before serving.

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Did you know that blueberries are loaded, yes loaded of antioxidants? Anthocyanin, which gives the color of blueberries is a type of flavonoids (also found in grapes) is the responsible of its powerful antioxidant effect. Many studies associate the consumption of blueberries with decrease of heart disease, cancer, obesity, bone strength and lowering of blood pressure.

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Liège Waffle

These waffles are a fusion of brioche and waffles topped with caramelized crunchy sugar and they are so good, totally addictive…

– Have you ever heard of Liège waffle?

Well, I have not until I bumped into it when searching for something on the internet and started to read about it…

These are originally from Belgium and do not taste like your traditional waffle or even Belgian waffle.

– What’s the difference between Liège waffle and Belgian waffle?

Belgian waffle uses batter and Liège waffle uses yeasted dough, yes, yeasted dough like bread and has pearl sugar in it which caramelized once in the waffle iron.

– Why you need to try Liège waffle?

Because they are unique as every bite of the waffle contains crunchy caramelized sugar…which makes these waffles super special.

– How do you serve Liège waffle?

You can serve as you would serve pancakes, American waffles, Belgian waffles…but I like it plain…just as it is…

– How long it takes to make Liège waffle?

Like bread, these waffles use yeast raised dough therefore will require more time than your traditional waffles (batter), but worth the time and effort.

And because contains a lot of butter like brioche it is recommended to use a stand mixer.

– Can I freeze the Liège waffles?

Absolutely, I like to freeze the raw dough already divided and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, place the dough on the counter for 10-15 minutes and directly to the waffle iron…super easy.

– How did I come up with the recipe?

After looking into many recipes in details, I realized that the percentage of butter varied from 15-51%, yes, some recipes called for 51% of butter when compared to the flour content…I like butter, but do not wanted to have my arteries clogged while eating this waffle, so I adapted to about 35%.

– Would you like to try it?

Here we go…

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz butter (113 g)
  • 320 g bread flour
  • 1 jumbo egg (approximately 65 g)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20 g honey
  • 150 ml milk
  • 150 g Belgian pearl sugar

Method:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine all the ingredients except for the butter and Belgian pearl sugar.

Mix until well combined, it will be very sticky, do not add more flour.

On low speed, add the butter, and scrape down the bowl as needed, making sure that all the butter is incorporated in the dough. Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, between 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the dough and place in a bowl and cover tightly with a lid or plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.

Punch the dough down, flatten the dough with your fingers and spread the Belgian pearl sugar on the dough. Cut the dough in half and place one on top of the other. Again, cut the dough in half and top it on the other half.

Divide the dough into approximately 16 equal pieces (50 g) and gently roll each piece into a ball.

At this point you can freeze the waffle dough…first on the baking sheet. Once the waffle balls are frozen place them into a freezer quality plastic bag and store for future use.

Or, let the waffle dough sit for 15-20 minutes and place the waffle dough on the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the waffle dough in the middle of the waffle iron and cook at medium low for about 4 to 5 minutes until cooked through and golden brown. The time will vary depending on the heat.  Make sure to watch carefully as the sugar can burn if the temperature is too high.

Carefully transfer the waffle to an iron rack and serve warm or keep in a warm oven of approximately 225oF.

Make sure to clean the waffle iron, while warm as the sugar will caramelized and stick to the iron once is cooled. You can use a spatula and damp cloth.

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Yogurt Panna Cotta with Nectarine Jelly and Compote

This creamy and light dessert is totally fat-free…combining layers of yogurt panna cotta with nectarine jelly…so good!

You will not believe that this dessert is totally, I repeat, totally fat-free…it is creamy, light, and so aromatic with the nectarine jelly and compote, a perfect match!

I know…I know, panna cotta is translated from Italian as “cooked cream”, and there is not a drop of cream in this panna cotta…but it has been thickened using gelatin…therefore its name…

You can make it into a big mold or little individual cups like I did…it is fun and super cute! This recipe was inspired by this video from YouTube.

By the way, I used the homemade yogurt, which you can take a look HERE.

– Fat-free dessert?

Yes, fat-free homemade yogurt with fat-free milk…it is so creamy that you will not miss the “fat”.

– What is used so set the “fat-free cream”?

Gelatin, an almost flavorless and odorless protein…which is a cooked form of collagen.

– What is collagen?

Collagen is very important for the human body. Our body produce endogenous collagen which are found in bones, skin, connective tissues, cartilage, joints and gut barriers.  As we age the collagen production decreases.

– How can you use gelatin?

Gelatin can be used in many different recipes. Anything from dessert gel to thickening sauces and soups.

– Is gelatin healthy?

Yes, gelatin might promote nail and hair strength, support joints and bones and skin health.

– How is the texture of panna cotta?

It is completely up to you, I like it creamy, custardy… just a little firmer than cream, very jiggly…almost collapsing. If you care for a firmer consistency just add a bit more of gelatin.

– Ready for the recipe?

Ingredients:

Yogurt Panna Cotta

  • 450 ml fat-free milk (organic)
  • 350 g fat-free yogurt, homemade
  • 30 g sugar (more if you like sweeter)
  • 30 g honey
  • 6 g unflavored gelatin powder (more if you like it firmer)
  • Lemon peel

Nectarine Jelly and Compote

  • 2 – 3 nectarines, washed and cut into slices
  • 500 g water
  • 70 – 90 g sugar (more if you like sweeter)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 g unflavored gelatin powder

Method:

Yogurt Panna Cotta

In a small bowl or cup place 2-3 tablespoons of milk and sprinkle the gelatin on it. Let is bloom for approximately 5 minutes.

In the meantime, in a small pot add the milk, sugar, honey and lemon peels.  Cook in medium heat stirring constantly until small bubble appear on the side of the pot (approximately 185oF).

Stir dissolved gelatin into the milk. Mix until all the gelatin is fully dissolved.

Cool the milk/gelatin mix in a bowl of ice water, stir gently until the milk is totally cool.

Gently dispense the milk into small cup and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Nectarine Jelly and Compote

In a small pot add the sliced nectarines, water, lemon juice and sugar. Cook on low heat until the sugar is all dissolved. Let is simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool

Pass the nectarine syrup through a sieve and set aside the nectarine.  You should have close to 400 ml of nectarine syrup.

In a small bowl of cup place about 40 g of the nectarine syrup and sprinkle the gelatin. Let is sit for 5 minutes until all the gelatin is absorbed.

Warm the gelatin in the microwave for 30 seconds, mix until all the gelatin is fully dissolved.

Add the dissolved gelatin into the remaining nectarine syrup and mix until the gelatin is completely dissolved into the syrup.

Take the cups with the yogurt panna cotta from the refrigerator and gently pour the nectarine jelly into the cups.

Place the cups in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.

In the meantime, cut the sliced nectarine into small bite size and place it in the refrigerator.

To serve, gently place the nectarine compote on top of the jelly/yogurt panna cotta.

Serve cold.

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Indonesian Vanilla Chiffon Cupcake

These chiffon cupcakes are soft, moist and loaded with vanilla flavor…they melt in your mouth…and yes, perfect for any occasion.

I was approached by Nilsen-Massey to review one of their latest products, Ugandan Pure Vanilla Extract or Indonesian Pure Vanilla Extract…I decided on the Indonesian Vanilla as it was described “as perfect for high-heat applications and for its strong flavor with woody, smoky notes”.

Please note that I received the sample of the product free of charge for review purpose and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are completely mine own based on my experience.

In this recipe I separated egg whites from the yolks, therefore, I thought it was a great opportunity to share “How to Separate Eggs and Whisk” with you, as this video is part of the, “Better Your Bake” campaign.

Nielsen-Massey extracts are my favorite. I have been using them sinceI  was introduced to it years ago…and yes, they have a variety of extracts that can accommodate all your baking needs.

– Why should you make these Indonesian Vanilla cupcakes?

Not only these cupcakes are perfect for any occasion, most importantly you can eat them plain or dress them anyway your heart desire…

– How these cupcakes taste?

They are light, super soft and melt in you mouth, and yes, they can be store in the refrigerator for days  in airtight containers without loosing its texture.

– Can I use different size?

Absolutely, you can use the conventional cupcakes liner, any size, just make sure to adjust the baking time.

– Ready for the recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 5 large eggs (total weight of approximately 300g) separated, (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 60 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 55 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon Indonesian Vanilla Extract
  • 80 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 85 g sugar

Method:

Preheat oven at 325oF.

Place the vegetable oil in a small pan, heat (low) the oil until approximately 70oC (simmering). Remove the pan from the heat and add the sifted flour in the oil, mix well to form a thick paste.

Add the milk to the flour mixture and stir, then add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well into the batter.

Add the vanilla extract and the salt, the mixture will resemble a pancake 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. Do not over mix.

Scoop the batter into paper lined cups about ⅔ way full.  Tap gently the cups (or tray) to remove air bubbles.

Lower the temperature to 300oF and bake in water bath for 35 to 45 minutes or until the cake is cooked throughout.

Remove pan from the oven and carefully place the cupcakes on a wire rack to cool completely.

Frost the cooled cupcakes as desired. Best to keep them in the refrigerator until time to serve.

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Did you know that vanilla is derived from a species of orchid? According to Wikipedia, vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron. There are three major species of vanilla, Madagascar and Indonesia produce two thirds of the world’s supply of vanilla.

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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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