Saturday, 15 June 2013

Light Summer Sponge Cake

Match this cake with your favorite ice cream or fresh fruit
Here is a tasty variation to the traditional shortcake. This cake is quick to put together and has endless possibilities for dessert. Match it with your favourite fruit or ice cream  and your guests will love you.

You can also add flavourings while mixing the cake such as zest from a lemon, orange or fresh ginger to give the cake an added taste bonus.

This recipe makes enough to serve 6 or more people. Use a large round cake pan to bake it in.

Recipe:
200 grams flour (sifted)
60 grams cornstarch
8 eggs
zest of 1 lemon
1 pinch ginger powder
200 grams sugar
1 pinch of saffron powder

1. Prepare the baking pan by coating it with butter. Generously sprinkle granular sugar around the pan.
2. Break the eggs into two separate large bowls. Add 150 grams of sugar to the egg yolks and mix until they are yellow & fluffy. Put the bowl over a pan of simmering water to warm it lightly to help whip the yolks.
3. Add in 100 grams flour, 30 grams starch, lemon zest & spices to #1 and mix with a small whisk.
4. Whip the eggs and gradually add the remaining sugar (50 grams) and until soft peaks form. Add in the remaining cornstarch. Add in 100 grams of flour and mix with a spatula.
5. Add the egg whites to the yolk mixture and mix well with a spatula.
6. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 - 25 minutes depending on the size of your pan.
7. After the cake cools, remove from the pan.

Icing:
50 grams powdered sugar
juice from half a lemon

1. Mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Adjust either so that consistency is not too wet or dry. It should pour on the cake smoothly but not like water.
2. Put in the oven at 160 degrees Celsius for about 6 - 10 minutes to lightly heat the icing.

Cool & serve with your favourite toppings.

Dessert is ready!!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Quickie Cheesecake With Strawberry Topping

Dessert is ready in just a few minutes!
This dessert is super easy and super quick to make. Also, it is very easy to improvise a topping with whatever you may have in your refrigerator.

Gather all of the ingredients and the total time to put this together is about 20 minutes. This is a great recipe for the summer when you want something light and quick.

Recipe:
200 grams cream cheese
200 grams soft tofu (drain water thoroughly)
30 grams sugar
30 grams fresh cream (36%)

Topping:
50 grams fruit puree
50 grams fresh fruit slices
30 grams white wine
6 grams gelatin (softened in water)

1. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese so that it is very soft. Add the sugar and cream and mix well. Add the tofu.

2. Put in a food processor for a few minutes to mix everything well and make a smooth mixtures.

3. Pour into small serving containers and put in the refrigerator.

Topping:
1. In a small sauce pan, put the fruit puree and white wine and heat lightly. Add the gelatin and mix well so that the gelatin is all melted.  Pour into a bowl.

2. Cut the fruit slices and add to #1 above. Take the containers from the refrigerator and pour this evenly on top of each container. Add more fresh fruit slices on top if you like.

Dessert is ready!!