Tuesday, February 7, 2012

White Chocolate Gâteau

5 eggs
5 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
500 g soft cheese
200 g white chocolate
180 g mixed berries(frozen)
100 ml fresh cream
(0,5 tsp cinnamon)
180 g mixed berries
50 g sugar

For base:
Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form,gradually add 1/3sugar while still whisking.It is ready when egg whites hold its shape on the spoon.
Mix egg yolks with 2/3 of sugar until its doubled.
Gently fold egg yolks into the egg whites.Sieve in the flour,mix as little as possible until its combined.
Bake in prepared 26cm round tin in preheated oven at 220C for 20-30 min or until its ready.
For cream:
Melt the chocolate in bain marie.Whisk the cream.Mix everything together.
For cake:
Cut the base into 3 circles.
Place 1/3 of cream & 1/2 of berries on to the first circle.Put second circle over.If you wish,you can moisten it with some juice.
On second layer place 1/3 of the cream & the rest of the berries.
Put the third circle on top.
Cover the cake all over with remaining 1/3 of the cream.
Chill the cake(covered) for at least 1 hour,but its best to leave it overnight.
Serve with berry coulis:
Blend the berries & sugar,add some lemon juice if you like.Sieve.

This gateau is richly layered with white chocolate cream & mixed berries,irresistible combination..You can make the cake up to two days in advance & store in the fridge,covered.Decorate before serving with some fresh berries & chocolate shavings..
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

I received a wonderful surprise from Ayse http://topologistskitchen.blogspot.com/ today by nominating my blog for Liebster Blog Award  :))
Thank you so much for including me in your blog list Ayse!

"Liebster" is a German word and translates to the English word "dearest" or "favourite". It is meant for up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.

Here are the rules:
1.Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2.Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3.Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
4.Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve.
5.Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

One of the responsibilities that goes with accepting the Liebster Blog Award is to choose 5 blogs to nominate for the Award.
It is very difficult to choose because there are too many fantastic blogs out there, but I've finally decided to give my nominations to:

1.Dom at Belleau Kitchen
2.Celeste from Sugar & Spice
3.Kevin from Closet Cooking
4.Pam from Midwest Kitchen Korner
5.Brownieville Girl

Sunday, February 5, 2012

White Chocolate & Pear Tray Cake with Caramel Sauce

200 g butter
200 g white chocolate,chopped
3 eggs
250 g sugar
3 dl flour
2 tsp baking powder
6 pears,cut into small cubes
whole hazelnuts,handful

Melt the butter & pour over the chocolate while its still hot.Let it stand for a few minutes then stir util smooth.
In a separate bowl whisk the eggs & sugar until pale.
Mix together the flour & baking powder.
Add to the flour the butter & chocolate mix.
Stir in the eggs.
Last add the pears.
Pour the mixture over the prepared baking tray(covered with baking paper,not grease proof!).
Scatter the hazelnuts over.
Bake at 200C for 35-40 min.
Let the cake to cool before cutting & serving.

For Caramel Sauce:
1 tbsp butter
250 g sugar
600 ml milk
2 tbsp cornflour
few drops vanilla essence

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan,add the sugar & boil gently over low heat until the sugar starts to brown.Gradually add 500 ml milk to the sugar while stirring continuously.
Stir until lumps are dissolved .Take off the heat.
Mix 100 ml of milk with cornflour & stir slowly to the caramel sauce.
 Heat again until just starting to boil then remove from the heat & stir in the vanilla essence.

Rich,nutty,chewy,dense & gooey in the middle,crisp on the top!


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