Lemon Cake Roll with Lemon Curd

Love Lemons? This is a perfect and simple cake roll loaded with lemon…in the cake batter and filled with homemade lemon curd…indeed perfect for lemon lovers.

All my lemon trees are packed with lemons…I already sent buckets and buckets of lemons to family and friend…besides adding slices of lemon to water and making drinks…lemon curds is another my favorite way to use up the lemons.

– What cake recipe is in this cake roll?

This cake roll is super light as I used a very similar recipe to the chiffon cake recipe and added fresh lemon zest to the cake batter.

– Why is this cake roll so delicious?

Well, filling the roll with freshly homemade lemon curd is the answer…super tangy and lemony…and bursting with lemon…so refreshing!

– Homemade Lemon Curd?

Yes and yes, it is so easy to make and so versatile…I love adding to yogurt, cakes, tarts and eat by spoon…check the recipe here.

– Are you ready to try this recipe?

This recipe can make two cake rolls.

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs
  • 60 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 60 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 8 g white vinegar
  • 100 g sugar

Method:

Preheat oven at 350oF.  Line a 12 x 17 inch (31 cm x 43 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, milk, oil, vanilla extract and lemon zest.  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. Lower the temperature to 285oC and bake for approximately 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.

Flip the cake to another piece of parchment paper of silicone mat.

Peel the parchment paper from the cake and flip it back to the parchment paper. Cut the cake into half and then the parchment paper underneath the cake.

Roll the cake gently, then unroll it spread a layer of lemon curd and roll it back. Wrap tightly with a plastic wrap. Repeat the same procedure with the other half piece of cake.

Place the cake roll in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

– If you like this Swiss cake roll, you might want to look at these dessert recipes…

Did you know that adding lemon to your drinking water is much healthier than juices and sodas? Lemon contains a lot of vitamin C which will enhance your immune system, lower your risk of stroke, lower your blood pressure, and even increase the absorption of iron from your diet. Moreover, deficiency in vitamin C although not common in US it can cause scurvy.

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Light Sourdough Waffle

This super light, crispy waffle is made using sourdough starter leftover, a very different texture from the classic waffle.

Apparently due to Covid-19 everyone is baking bread at home, especially sourdough bread, so I decided to adjust a recipe that I have shared a few years ago…using sourdough starter to make waffle…the recipe is very similar…using less butter not compromising the super light and crispy texture.

– Sourdough starter in waffle batter?

Yes, although you will need to have some overnight preparation for the waffle batter, still a very simple recipe, especially if you have extra sourdough starter, which is commonly named as “discard”.

– Sourdough discard?

Somehow, I do not like to call the extra sourdough starter a “discard”, sounds a reject, no good…which it is not…it is just extra that you will not use…

– How different it the sourdough starter waffle when compared to the classic waffle?

The sourdough waffle has a lighter and crispier texture, it is very hard to describe, you really need to try it…it is loaded with small holes due to the starter (yeast).

– Why is sourdough different?

The slow fermentation breaks down the carbohydrate in the wheat making it easier on your gut, so your gut works less during digestion.

– Ready to try?

Ingredients:

  • 100 g sourdough starter
  • 100 f all-purpose flour
  • 100 g water
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup

Method:

Combine the sourdough starter, water, and flour in a medium bowl. Cover and leave at room temperature on the countertop overnight.

In the morning, when ready, whisk together the eggs, melted butter, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and the baking soda together.

Fold gently the egg mixture into the sourdough.

Preheat and grease a waffle iron. Pour approximately ⅓ cup of the waffle batter into the center of the iron. Close and bake until golden brown, by following the instructions of your waffle iron.

Dust the top of the waffle with powdered sugar and serve warm with maple syrup.

– More recipes using sourdough starter? Check these out…

Did you know that many sourdough bread sold in the grocery stores are not authentic sourdough? They found that many uses different kind of agent to create the sourness such as yogurt, vinegar and so on.  Therefore, be very careful when selecting your bread.

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Blueberry Muffins

These fantastic moist and blueberries loaded muffins are delicious and super easy…great for breakfast, brunch or a quick afternoon snack.

When my cousin which by the way is a pastry chef by training showed me a picture of the muffins she baked I immediately knew that I wanted to try…and to my surprised (I don’t know why…) the recipe was directly from King Arthur Flour. My cousin told me to follow the recipe as it is, but of course knowing me this is an impossible task…so I made some minor changes…

– Why these muffins are so delicious?

They are packed, literally packed with blueberries with tender crumbs because of the sour cream in it.

– Can you store them in the freezer?

Absolutely, wrap them individually before storing in the freezer and let if thaw in the refrigerator overnight and microwave for a minute and it will taste like just out of the oven.

– Why the muffin is purple?

The batter is purple because I used frozen berries, if you use fresh blueberries the muffins will look more like in the King Arthur website…

– What changes did I make?

I mainly reduced the amount of sugar and added more blueberries into the batter.

– Ready to try this amazing recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 270 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 60 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 135 g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 120 g sour cream
  • 250 g frozen blueberries (or fresh)
  • coarse white sparkling sugar, for garnish, optional

Method:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a muffin pan with papers.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, then set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, almost white in color.

Scrape down the bowl to make sure all the butter is incorporated, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the vanilla and sour cream, mix until incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients and mix using a spatula just until the batter is smooth. The batter will be very thick, almost like cookie dough.

Fold in the frozen berries or fresh (or fresh berries)

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling about ⅔ to the top of the cups.

Sprinkle with regular granulated or coarse white sugar, if desired.

Bake the muffins for 18 to 24 minutes, until a wooden stick inserted in the cake tester inserted in the comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the oven, let them cool in the pan for a few minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack.

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Did you know that blueberries are very rich in anthocyanins? Anthocyanins are plant chemicals (phytochemicals) with strong anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, it has been suggested by many studies that consumption of blueberries can lower blood pressure.

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White Peach Compote

This simple and delicate white peach compote is a perfect match for yogurt, ice cream, cake…the aromatic and refined flavor is just amazing.

I was out for a few days as I had a carpal tunnel relieve surgery a couple of weeks ago.  I have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome for a while, but kept postponing the surgery in hope that the pain would someday dissipate…and of course did not as a matter of fact, the pain went from bad to worse and kept me awake most of the nights…so as soon as the doctor was freed for elective surgery I went in without any hesitation…

I am so happy I did it…and the surgeon was amazing…my pain was gone on the same day of the surgery and very little scar close to none will be the witness of the procedure.  Most of my movements are back to normal and I was back to cooking and baking in 4 days…but decided to take a small break from blogging.

Okay, now that I justified my silence, we can move to today’s post…

– What are these white peaches?

These Japanese white peaches are super delicate and have a very low or almost no acidity like other species of peaches. When ripe the skin can be easily removed by peeling it off and the flesh is super, I repeat super juicy, almost melting in your mouth with a delicate sweetness.

These peaches have a fragrant of sweet-scent, very aromatic, pleasant and delicate.

The reason that is it very hard to find these peaches in the market is due to its fragility, they bruise easily therefore they are wrapped individually and handle with a lot of care.

– Where did I get these white peaches?

Well, they came from my mom’s backyard…somehow this year she had so many peaches and she send us a whole box, it must have been at least 15 lbs. of peaches…you can find them in the grocery store, especially Asian ones.

– Isn’t a waste to make compote since these peaches are so exquisite?

Yes, it is but…first; they all ripe at the same time, and second; we can just eat so much between my husband and I…so the idea of making compote, jam or jelly, I honestly don’t know what this should be called…came to my mind to avoid these peaches to get spoiled.

– Should we check the recipe?

To not overwhelm the delicacy of these peaches, little sugar was added and a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice to yield a touch of acidity.

Ingredients:

  • White peaches
  • Sugar
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Method:

Wash and peeled the peaches. Remove the pit which come off easily when ripe and cut into quarters.

Weigh the amount of peach and add sugar (approximately ⅕ of total weight of the peaches). For example, if the weight of the peaches is 600 g add 120 g of sugar.

Place the quartered peaches and sugar in a pot.  Cook in medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Do not add water as the peach is very high in water content.

Mix gently, add freshly lemon juice to your taste.  Cook until de desired texture.

I like mine with the peaches intact therefore just cooked for a short time, just enough to the thicken a little the compote.

Remove from the heat, let it cool at room temperature.

Store in the refrigerator and use as desire. It will last for up to 5 days since there is not much sugar in it.

– Looking for more recipes with fresh fruits? Check these out…

Did you know that peaches are native of northwest China? There are two main varieties of peaches the ones that the flesh sticks to the stone (clingstone) and the ones that the stone is easily detached from the flesh (freestone). Peaches are low in caloric content and are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

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Classic French Toast

This is a recipe that is super easy and fast…delicious French toast that makes every morning special.

Who does not like waking up in the morning with the smell of French toast?

The sweet, buttery, cinnamon eggy smell…so enticing…

I must confess that I do not make French toast as much as I should considering that I bake so much bread. Most of the time the bread is gone…

I purposely cut 4 thick slices of my egg sandwich bread and separated for this recipe.

Back in Brazil, we call it “rabanada” and usually serve by sprinkling with cinnamon and sugar, so the concept of maple syrup was totally new to me.

– Why French toast is so versatile?

You can use all kind of bread and all kind of egg mixture.

– How long should I dip the bread into the egg mixture?

I personally like mine French toast kind of crispy on the outside and almost creamy inside…almost like a bread pudding. Can you picture it?

– Ready to try this super easy and delicious recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk (or any dairy free milk of your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 thick slices egg sandwich bread or challah
  • Butter

Method:

In a flat bottom plate whisk together egg, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon

Place bread slice, one at a time into the egg mixture and flip to the other side, making sure both sides of bread are well-coated with the egg mixture. Set aside.

Repeat with all the remaining slices of bread. Make sure the bread absorbs the egg mixture.

Melt butter in a large skillet and place the slices in skillet, cook on medium heat until golden brown and flip to the other side, about 3 minutes.

Serve immediately with maple syrup, whipped cream, fresh fruit or whatever your palate desire.

– Looking for more recipes using bread? Check these out…

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Hybrid Sourdough Ciabatta Bread

This bread is super chewy and has a thin and light crusty crust with holly crumb…delicious as sandwich or just dipped into a nice olive oil…and no-knead!

– Hybrid?

Yes, in this recipe I combined two methods… methods that I used when making sourdough and ciabatta bread…and eliminating many steps.

– How this hybrid bread tastes?

Well, pretty much as the name says…sourdough and ciabatta…only yeast from sourdough was used in this recipe…no industrial yeast whatsoever. The bread is a bit chewer than the ciabatta bread with a hint of the sourness from the sourdough.

– Is this recipe easy to follow?

Absolutely, especially if you have sourdough ready to go…mix all the ingredients and just using stretch & fold and stretch & coil method…no-kneading at all. Just be very patient and let time work on the dough and strengthen the dough by development of gluten.

– How do I store the bread?

I usually leave one loaf in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic bag when consumed in a few days. Toast the slices or reheat the whole loaf at 350oF for 20-30 minutes.

– Can I freeze the bread?

Yes, as soon as the bread cools down, place in a freezer bag, remove as much air as you can and store in the freezer until ready to enjoy. You can thaw the bread by placing the bread overnight in the refrigerator and reheat at 350oF for 30 minutes or so by spraying the crust with water before placing it in the oven.

– Are you ready to try this easy and yet delicious bread?

Ingredients:

  • 180 g sourdough starter (100% hydration)
  • 915 g bread flour
  • 695 g water
  • 2 g yeast
  • 15 g salt
  • 30 g olive oil

Method:

The tutorial for the 78% hydration ciabatta can be found HERE.

In a rectangle container with lid, mix the water with yeast.  Stir gently until all the yeast is totally dissolved.

Add in the sourdough starter and mix. Next add olive oil, flour and salt.  Mix using a Danish dough whisk or spatula as the dough will be very wet.

Mix until the dough comes together.

Cover the dough and let it rest for 1 hour in a warm environment.

Using a stretch and fold method, wet your hands and gently pull the dough from one side of the container and fold into the middle of the dough. Do the same on the other three sides of the container, folding always into the middle of the dough.

Once all the sides had been stretched and fold over, flip the dough so the fold in on the bottom of the dough.

Cover and again let it rest in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Once the time is up, perform the same stretch and fold (all for sides of the container and tuck the fold on the bottom again). Cover and let it rest in a warm place for another 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Next we will be using the coil and fold method. Wet your hands and reach under the dough which is spread on the container and lift slowly, the front of the dough will detach and go under forming a coil, repeat on the opposite side. Then use the same method on the other side.

Let it rest for 45 minutes and repeat the method of fold/coil. Cover and let it rest in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hr. The dough will be very giggling…if you feel that the dough does not have enough elasticity, go another round of fold/coil.

Sprinkle flour on the counter and on top of the dough. Turn the container with the dough on the counter and let the dough fall into the flour surface.

Sprinkle more flour on the top of dough and loose the bottom with the help of dough scraper.

Cut into 4 pieces, and gently place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Sprinkle more flour on the top to avoid sticking. Cover and let it rest for approximately 1 to 1 ½ hour.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 450oF with an empty pan on the bottom of the oven and boil approximately 1 to ½ cup of water.

Spray the dough with a little water, then place the dough into the oven and carefully add the boiling water on the empty pan to create steam. Close the oven door and bake for 15 minutes at 450oF.

For the first 15 minutes, spray a little water in the oven every 3-4 minutes. After the 15 minutes, remove the water in the oven and lower the temperature to 425oF and bake for another 15 minutes.

Turn the oven off and leave the oven door ajar for 10 minutes.

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

– Looking for different bread recipes? Check these out…

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Simple Carrot Cake

This is a super easy version of the classic carrot cake…moist and soft with thin layers of light cream cheese frosting in between.

There are hundreds and hundreds of carrot cake recipe, and this one is one of the easiest one…especially when we are on lock down and have limited ingredients…

I made this cake for my husband’s birthday a few days ago…since we could not go out and celebrate as we usually do, I asked him what cake he would like and he asked for carrot cake…after searching my entire pantry for pineapple which was nowhere to be found I had to adapt…

– Why is this carrot cake “healthy”?

Well, believe it or not, there is a whole pound of carrot in it…and yes, makes me feel less guilty knowing that I am eating lots of carrot per bite.

– Is there a lot of sugar in it?

If you have been following me, I always…always try to cut the sugar and fat without compromising the flavor and texture of my baking goods.  So yes, there is sugar, but much less as compared to the recipes that you find out there and I can assure you that you will not miss it.

– Can I freeze the cake?

Absolutely, first slice the cake into desired portion and wrap in plastic film, place the sliced cakes in freezer bags, seal well by first removing all the air and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and it will taste as fresh as it can be.

– Can I use different size of baking pan?

Of course, just make sure to adapt the baking time accordingly.

– Are you ready to try this easy and carrot cake?

Ingredients:

Carrot Cake

  • 4 large eggs
  • 175 g sugar
  • 200 g vegetable oil such as canola or sunflower
  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb carrot, shredded

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 lb cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups toasted walnut and chopped

Method:

Preheat oven to 350oF.

In a bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

Mix together the eggs and sugar, whisk until think, light and fluffy, add the oil slowly in a steady stream. Continue whisking until well incorporated.

Add the sifted dry ingredients into the egg mixture and fold gently.  Once the flour is well incorporated into the egg mixture, fold in the carrot. Do not over mix…just enough to combined.

Spread the batter evenly onto 36 X 24 cm (14.5” x 9.5”) jelly roll pan. Tap the pan lightly on the counter to remove excess of air bubbles.

Bake in 350oF for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool on a wire rack.

In the meantime, whisk together the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla extract until soft and fluffy. Make sure to scrape down the sides occasionally.

To assemble the cake, cut the edge of the cake and split the cake into 4 equal rectangles.

Place the first layer and spread a thin layer of cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with chopped toasted walnut, continue with all the layers of cake and finally spread the frosting around the sides of the cake and decorate with the remaining chopped almond.

Place the cake in the refrigerator until time to serve. I personally like the cake after being refrigerated overnight.

– If you enjoy this simple classic carrot cake, you might want to take a look at these cakes…

Did you know that carrots are loaded of beta-carotene? Beta-carotene is a precursor for vitamin A which is essential for boosting your immune system. Studies have also shown that carrots can protect against hypertension (increase blood pressure) and cardiovascular disease.

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Easy Homemade Soy Milk

A fresh cup of soy milk just out of the machine is unbelievable delicious, plain, with a bit of sugar or in your coffee.

When growing up in Brazil, my mom used to make soy milk from scratch, she would soak the beans, put them into the blender, and grind until a consistency of milk shake and then strain, then the milk is place into a big pan and boiled.

When the soy milk is cooking there is a very distinct aroma, therefore when I make soymilk I love the smell that comes from the machine as it brings me so many great memories of my childhood.

Now, I make fresh soy milk every 3 days and we use in coffee, with cereal, baking and just as it. Soy milk is an essential part of our breakfast.

– Are looking for a healthy substitute for dairy-free milk?

Soy milk might be the answer for you if you are looking for a no-dairy milk.

– How the homemade soy milk taste?

I would really encourage you to try making soy milk from scratch as it tastes much better than the store-bought ones, no matter which brand.

When buying store-bought soy milk (like many plant-based milks), you will often find unnecessary additives, preservatives and thickeners.

– What is the easiest way to make soy milk?

Well, the most common way to make soy milk is to use a good blender, but I decided to use a soy milk machine, a specific machine that is built to mainly make soy milk.

– What do you need to make soy milk?

Only one ingredient…a good quality of organic soybeans. Really…soybeans and water. The trick is to soak the soybeans overnight or up to 12 hours.

How I do it?

I wash about 5 cup of soybeans and soak overnight. Drain well and store into 2 freezer bags. I use the frozen beans and place directly into the machine with water. After approximately 35 minutes, the process is done.

I pour the milk through a thin colander and the milk is ready to be used. The remaining is stored in a glass container, cooled and stored in the refrigerator.

One important thing is to wash the soy milk machine as soon as you are done, otherwise all the small soy particles will stick on the wall of the machine/blade making it very difficult to wash.

– How do I make soy milk without a machine?

Wash the soybeans and soak overnight.

Blend the soaked soybeans in water until smooth like a milk shake consistency.

Pass the soybean paste through a filter/fine colander or cheese cloth.

Boil the liquid on the stove top and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.

Remove from the heat and serve.

You can make the soy milk more diluted by adding more water to the final liquid.

– Like the freshly made soy milk? You might want to take a look at these…

Did you know that soy contains is a great source of protein? Soy in low in saturated fat and does not contain cholesterol and is an awesome substitute for dairy milk.

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Taiwanese Cream Cheese Castella Cake

This is very soft cake, light cottony and fluffy with a hint of cream cheese in it…delicious just as it is or if you prefer with fresh cream, fruits or jams.

Due to the lock down to keep my mind out of this unreal situation I have been baking lots of cake…and so far this cake is one of the best I have ever baked…even my husband gave 11 out of 10…he liked so much that I already made 3 batches and have send a few cakes to our neighbors/friends.

– What is Taiwanese Castella Cake?

According to the internet Taiwanese Castella cake was originated from Japan, it is the simplest cake made with just a handful of ingredients.

My mom tells me that when castella cake reached Taiwan it was considered a delicacy since most of the sweets/desserts at the time was made using rice flour and sugar, therefore desserts made egg and flour was a real treat.

– Why Taiwanese Castella Cake is different?

Now, Castella cake is a staple in Taiwan, we find people lining up to buy freshly baked cake just out of the oven and cut in front of you…how much fresher can it be?

This cake in spite of just a few ingredients is super light, soft and fluffy…resembling a sponge cake. This cake does not use any rising agent such as baking powder…only the foam produced by the egg white.

– Is it hard to bake Castella cake?

Not at all, once you have the right ratio of ingredients, there is no room for mistake. It is true that you will need a few bowls and more gadgets to wash, but all the efforts are well worth it. Once you get to bake this cake you will be hooked, and many versions can be made using the basic ingredients…any citrus, chocolate, coffee, cheese, carrot, sweet potato and so on…

– Cream cheese in the cake batter?

Yes, the small amount of cream cheese in the cake batter will give this cake a creamier texture with a lightly hint of cheese…

– Did I convince you to try baking Castella cake?

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs (total weight of approximately 300g) separated, (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 120 g cream cheese
  • 70 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 70 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 90 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 95 to 115 g white sugar (depending on your taste)

Method:

Preheat oven at 285oF

In a small bowl melt together the cream cheese and milk over a double boiler. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place the vegetable oil in a small pan, heat (low) the oil until approximately 85oC to 90oC (185oF to 194oF). Remove the pan from the heat and pour into the sifted cake flour, mix well to form a thick paste.

Add the cream cheese/milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir, then add the egg yolks 3 at the time, mixing well into the batter each time.

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 soft peaks form (very important that the egg whites are SOFT PEAKS). Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft 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.

Pour the batter into 2 loaf pans (20 cm x 7 cm or 7 ¾ x 2 ¾ inch) lined with parchment paper.  Tap gently the pan to remove excess of air bubbles.

Place the pan into a tray and fill with approximately 2 cm or ¾ inch of room temperature water and place into the oven.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes and increase the temperature to 300oF and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove the pans from the oven and the cake from the pans. Let is sit on a wire rack.

Gently remove the parchment paper and let it cool completely on the wire rack.

Serve at room temperature or cold.

Keep the cake at room temperature for about 3 days and in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, but I guarantee you that it will be gone way before the 3 days.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do…

– Looking for more light desserts? Check these out…

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Apple Tarte Tatin

This is somehow a combination of caramel apple and apple pie…the slices of apples are covered with caramel and layer on a buttery, tender and flaky crust…absolutely yum!

– Have you ever tried apple tarte tatin?

Well, this is my very first time and I already can tell you that this is my favorite apple dessert…if you like caramel apple and apple pie you just landed on the right recipe.

– What is apple tarte tatin?

Apparently is a French version of apple pie…it is mainly an upside-down tart baked in skillet. You have one layer of crust topped with caramelized apple.

– How easy is to bake an apple tarte tatin?

In my opinion, is much easier than apple pie, since you just need one layer of crust…make the caramel in the skillet, layer the sliced apples (or halves) and top with the crust just before taking to the oven.

Once baked, just make sure to be careful…flip the skillet on a serving plate and voila…done! Delicious as it is or with vanilla ice cream, which I did not have…sniff sniff…but will make sure to have some next time around.

– Are you ready to try this out?

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 50 g butter
  • 20 g sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 20 g almond flour
  • 1 large egg

Caramel apple

  • 2 large apples, peeled and sliced into 8 slices each
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon

Method:

In a bowl, add the cold butter, sugar, flour, almond flour, salt and using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour until the texture resemble coarse cornmeal with butter pieces just like small peas.

Add the egg and mix with a fork just until the dough pulls together.

Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375oF if using convection oven or to 400oF for regular oven.

In the meantime, place the sugar in an oven proof skillet or cast-iron pan (about 8 inches or 20 cm) and turn the heat to medium high. Watch carefully as the sugar can burn very fast. Once the sugar turns to light brown swirl the pan carefully until the sugar turns amber brown.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter. Once the butter melts, add the vanilla extract and Bourbon. Swirl gently and place the slice of apple, arranging them neatly. Place the pan back to the stove and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn the apples one by one carefully and cook for another 3 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the heat.

Lightly flour the work surface and the dough, then flatten the disk rolling pin by gently tapping the dough a few times from the middle to the top and bottom. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour if necessary or the rolling pin, then roll out into a round at approximately 9 inches in diameter.

Place the crust on top of the apples and tuck the pastry inside the skillet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

Let it cool for 5-10 minutes, invert the pan on top of a plate.

Serve warm or room temperature.

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Did you know that apples contain pectin? Pectin is used in the making of jam as a thickening agent. Moreover, pectin is a dietary soluble fiber which can help lower cholesterol.

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