Tuesday, November 26, 2019

TWD - Caramelized-Coffee Bean Pots de Creme and Croquets

This is the last November Tuesday with Dorie - Baking Chez Moi, and I have made both recipes for this month.  I paired the Caramelized-Coffee Bean Pots de Crème with the Croquets, following Dorie's suggestion to pair the pots de crème with cookies.

The Caramelized-Coffee Bean Pots de Crème called for crushed coffee beans to infuse the custard.  I didn't have coffee beans, so I just used instant coffee.  It seemed to work just fine.

I served the pots de crème with vanilla icecream as well as the croquets:

The second recipe was for Croquets, biscuits made from egg whites, flour, almonds and sugar.  The ingredients are mixed together, formed into logs, baked and sliced:

The resulting cookies are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and quite sweet.  They were a good match for the slightly bitter coffee pots de crème.

To see what the others made this week and what they thought of it, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Matcha Cake with Cherry Juice Icing

On Wednesday, it was my friend Karen's birthday.  To help her to celebrate the occasion, I made the Matcha Cake with Cherry Juice Icing from Simply Nigella. You can also find the recipe online here.

The matcha cake is a chiffon cake, so it is light and airy and fluffy:

The green cake is then decorated with pretty pink icing made from icing sugar and cherry juice) in my case, taken from a jar of Morello cherries):

Karen said she loved the cake, which makes it a win in my book!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

TWD - Smoky, Cheesy Cookies

This week's Tuesday with Dorie recipe is Smoky, Cheesy Cookies.  These cookies comprise a flaky pastry flavoured with smoked gouda and cheddar cheese, and spiced with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

I cut my cookies 2" in diameter, making them a little larger than Dorie's recommended size.

These cookies are absolutely delicious - flaky, light, cheesy with just the right kick of spice.

To see what everyone else made this week and what they thought of it, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Strawberry Watermelon Cake - Black Star Pastry

One of my colleagues had been urging me to try the Black Star Pastry Strawberry Watermelon Cake, so on a recent trip to Sydney, I took the plunge and did so.  I agreed that it was delicious.

I was then urged to try and replicate the Strawberry Watermelon Cake as a dessert for our upcoming team lunch.  Yikes!!

The recipe for the Strawberry Watermelon Cake in online here, so you are not guessing as to the cake's composition.  There are lots of steps, and I'd say it takes a little skill to be able to make this cake. 

Whilst my finished product was not perfect, I was pretty happy with it, and everyone who tried it liked it (even the sceptics who, like me, thought that watermelon in a cake was weird).

Here is a slice from the cake:

My notes on the recipe are as follows:

  • I used a 9" springform tin as my "collar", lining the base with foil and the sides with acetate.
  • Only make three quarters of the dacquoise recipe to make two meringue discs - you do not need four discs for one cake, and I found that there wasn't quite enough meringue to make four sturdy discs anyway. 
  • I used a watermelon wedge and assembled the pieces like a jigsaw puzzle rather than pay for a whole watermelon to cut single thin disc of watermelon.
  • I used heated apricot jam to glaze my fruit.
  • I skipped the rose petal décor, as they taste like nothing and are expensive.
  • Macerate the strawberries and grapes in rosewater for 15 minutes befor placing on the cake.
  • Use a hot knife to slice the cake, as it tends to squash when you cut it otherwise.
  • I just used crushed pistachios rather than the speciality item, slivered pistachios, as I can buy ordinary pistachios from the supermarket.
If you give this cake a go yourself, let me know!  Have fun with it.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

TWD - Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookie Bars

This week’s Tuesday with Dorie recipe is Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookie Bars.  These comprise a shortbread base topped with chocolate pecan pie filling.

These bars are absolutely scrumptious. (Sorry Good Food Guide, this word is perfect in this context.)

To see what everyone else made this week and what they thought of it, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.