Thursday, February 12, 2015

Primrose Bakery flourless chocolate cake

Pregnancy often calls for late night cravings and when you crave your favourite flourless chocolate cake which is 10,000km away from your home, well, you do the next best thing... bake it yourself... even at 10pm !!!
This melt in your mouth ooey gooey cake recipe is taken from the Primrose bakery cook book (click here to purchase), it's the first of their recipe that I try at home and seen the success of this one I really can't wait to try many others soon!

There was no time for a full step by step photo reportage as it was late night but here is a little glimpse of the final result, I served it with freshly whipped cream, strawberries and heart shaped sprinkles, just to stay in the Valentines mood :)

200g dark chocolate ( I used Valrhona 70%)
200g unsalted butter
4 large eggs (separating yolks and whites)
220g golden caster sugar
Cocoa powder or icing sugar for dusting

- Preheat the oven at 180 C and grease a 23cm cake tin with butter
- In a heat resistant bowl, melt the chocolate pieces and butter over a bain marie stirring continuously 
- In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks with half of the caster sugar, then fold in the melted chocolate and butter mixture, set aside. 
- In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and beat in the remaining sugar
- Fold the egg white mixture into the chocolate one being careful not to overmix it in order to keep it airy
- Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean
- Leave to cool 
- Dust with cocoa powder or icing sugar 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Winter berry napoleon


A long overdue wintery post!!! 
These are the sweet treats I prepared for the winter festivities back in December, they are so easy to make and you are sure to impress your guests with these delicious mini bites :)

Why not try this recipe by replacing Christmas tree shapes with heart ones for the upcoming Valentines  celebrations? Your Valentine will fall head over heels for them! 

1 packet of ready made puff pastry
Creme patissiere (click here for my recipe)
Your favourite berries ( I used blueberries and raspberries)
Icing sugar

-Roll out the puff pastry and cut into your favourite shape with a cookie cutter (picture 2 & 3)
- Pierce the pastry with a fork or toothpick (picture 4)
-Dust the top of the puff pastry with a icing sugar ( picture 5)
- Bake in the oven at 190 C until golden brown (about 10 mins)
-Leave the puff pastry to cool at room temperature and pipe the creme patissiere onto it (picture 6 & 9)
-Add a layer of berries and top with a layer of puff pastry (picture 10)
- Dust with icing sugar and enjoy !! (picture 11)