Sunday, 21 April 2013

Chocolate De Creame with Strawberry Syrup



It was a pretty evening of this weekend. Anish said "I would like to have a dessert with chocolate. Dear... can you please prepare some rich chocolate dessert for me. ." I thought this would be a nice time for my new trial. I remembered one of the recipes which I went through - Claire Robinson's, Food Network. It was a French chocolaty dessert. I made slight modification to that one and came up with Chocolate De Creame topped with whipping cream and strawberry syrup.

It is a unique and rich blend of chocolate, whipping cream and egg yolks. I'm sure that you would like it.

Servings - 4

Ingredients:

114 grams or 1/2 cups of good quality dark chocolate
2 Cups heavy whipping cream divided.
1/4 cup and 1 teaspoon of sugar
(You can reduce the amount based on the sweetness of whipping cream)
 2 Large egg Yolks
1 tablespoon of Hershey's strawberry syrup  
                        

Procedure:

    ·   Preheat your oven to 350oF or 177oC  and boil some amount of water to prepare the water bath.

    ·  Heat the 1 1/2 Cups of cream and 1/4 cups of sugar a medium saucepan over low heat. Whisk it well with the help of a wooden spoon till the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the dark chocolate into the mixture and stir it well so that no lumps are formed. Take it away from the heat after the chocolate is well combined.

    ·  Now whisk the egg yolks in another bowl and at the time of whisking, add small amount of warm chocolate mixture  to temper the yolks and then put the rest of the chocolate mixture to the yolks. Whisk it well until well combined.

    ·  Pour the batter to the baking tray or to  4 ramekins(6 oz) (Evenly fill the ramekins). (I used a baking tray)

    ·  Fill the pan with the hot water. Immerse the baking tray or the set of ramekins into the water bath for double boiling. The level of the water bath should cover at least half of the baking tray or ramekins.

    ·  Bake for 30 minutes until custards are set. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the baking tray or ramekins  into a rack and cool to room temperature. Cover the top of the baking tray or ramekins with the cling or with its lid. Refrigerate the custards at least for 2 hours or preferably overnight.

    ·  Beat the remaining half cup cream and one teaspoon sugar well until stiff peaks are formed. With a spoon put the whipping cream over the dessert and pour the strawberry syrup above. Serve chilled.

The chocolate is now well blended with cream and sugar




The baking tray on waterbath



Ready to taste.....!!!


We had the dessert after the lunch. Anish commented like this "Wonderful dear.....really rich in chocolate and never had this taste before....:-) ". I gave a little to Rydhi. She licked the entire spoon and opened her mouth for more...........I feel that this is a perfect dessert for your guest who loves chocolaty flavor.


Remya


Sunday, 14 April 2013

A four layer Barbie doll cake for my little Princess



For my daughter Rydhi's first birthday, last year, we bought a cake from a bakery. Thank Lord! this year things have changed and now I'm having a big craze of cake baking. So it was certain that I would bake a cake for her.

My husband, Anish kept on asking me about the type of cake for her second birthday. My thoughts flew like a bird's eye view as there are different types of cakes to choose from. It was not an easy job to make a surprise for her. When I looked at her, she was just carrying her Barbie doll gifted by her uncle, Rohith and making the doll to sleep by singing "Vavooo.....Vavooo". Ohh!!! Clicked an idea!!! Why can't I make a Barbie doll cake for her? I got really excited.... and  I discussed it with Anish. He smiled and said, "Wow Good idea dear!". Thanks to Betty Crocker, for the ideas of Barbie doll cake .

Then my attention went on to forming different layers of cakes with pretty different flavors and types. Then I listed the most favorable types of cakes. The base,  must be strong enough to hold the layers of cakes placed above. So I used traditional vanilla cake for the base layer. For the next layer, I used the Black Magic cake, which is a dark cake and deliciously chocolaty. And I used soft black forest cake for the subsequent layer with less diameter compared to the black magic. A red velvet cake is used at the top layer, which is a dome shaped one where the skirt of the doll starts. I used whipping cream frosting in between the layers and butter cream frosting for Barbie's skirt decorations.


Saturday, 6 April 2013

Custard Powder Butter Cookies



When my hubby bought a 1 Kg custard powder, I started thinking on how it can be used to prepare a tasty snack. My mind got messed up with many combinations. At last I decided to make  butter cookies with custard powder. This is a very soft butter cookie with a vanilla custard flavor and very simple to make.  

Ingredients Required:

Custard Powder-1/2 cup
Maida  or All purpose Flour- 2 Cups.
Large Egg- 1 No.
Butter- 200 grams
Baking Powder- 3/4 teaspoon
Baking Soda-1/2 teaspoon
Sugar - 1 cup
Vanilla Essence- 1 3/4 teaspoon.
Makes 30-35 cookies

Procedure:
1. Preheat your oven to 170oC/330o F and place the rack at the centre of the oven.
2. Beat the butter till it is smooth and add sugar till it is  completely dissolved. Then add vanilla extract and egg and beat for 2- 3 minutes till it is fluffy.
3. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients-flour, custard powder, baking soda and baking powder and just whisk it together till it is well mixed.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the batter in three batches and whip it. With your hand, knead it to form a smooth dough. If the dough is sticky, add a little more custard powder and knead again.
5. Take a small amount of dough make it a small ball with your hand and level it and cut it with your favorite cookie cutter and place it into the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. After baking, let the cookies remain in the baking sheet till it is completely cool.


Whisking the dry ingredients

Knead into a non sticky smooth dough
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Cut with cookie cutters and place in a baking sheet.


Cookies ready for serving

When I have given it to my hubby, he said  "Darling, this is having a rich custard flavor and very buttery and awesome" and when my brother got it, he told, "chechi  adipoli". My little kid Rydhi also  liked it very much and she was just asking more by telling "mamma ttthaaa (give me more)". So, I'm sure that your kid would love it :).