Easter Cake and Easter Muffins

Easter Cake Bake 2 [March 31st, 2008] This year I decided to bake a classic sponge cake for Easter. When I was finished, I had one heart and six muffins made out of sponge cake. Typical for me …

But since a heart-shaped cake is still a cake, I’m going to participate in Julia’s Easter Cake Bake on A Slice of Cherry Pie again.

Sponge Cake and Sponge Muffins

Source: March 24th, 2008 by Sus
Categories: Baking, Sponge Cake, Muffin, Easter
Yields: 1 heart-shaped cake and 6 muffins

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Ingredients:

Sponge batter:
4 Egg whites
4 Egg yolks
4-5 tablespoons Warm water
150 gram Sugar
2 pck. Vanilla sugar
150 gram Wheat flour, fine
1 teaspoon Baking powder
Filling:
250 gram Wild berry mix, frozen (I wanted rasberries, but did not find them in my freezer.)
100 ml Whipping cream
1 pck. Whipped cream stabilizer (may be omitted)
3-4 tablespoons Sugar
Chocolate coating

Preparation:

Prehreat the oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees F).

Whip the egg yolk with the water until frothy. Slowly add 2/3 of the sugar and the vanilla sugar. Continue whipping until the consistency is very creamy.

Beat the egg whites in another bowl until foamy. Add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Add the egg white to the yolk without stirring.

Mix the baking powder with the flour and sift it on top of the egg mixture. Fold in everything carefully.

Grease the baking-tins (or silicones) and fill with the batter. Bake immediately for about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not open the oven door the first ten minutes, because the cake might collapse.

In the meantime put the frozen berries with the sugar into a small pot and simmer until soft. Purée with a mixer and strain through a sieve. Leave it until cool.

Remove the cake and the muffin from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack.

Cut them into halves horizontally with a sharp knife or with a string.

Whip the cream with the stabilizer and some sugar. Carefully mix with the berry sauce. Spread thickly on the lower halves of the cake and the muffins. Also spread some berry cream on the top halves, but not so much. Put the upper parts on the lower parts. Decorate with chocolate coating.

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Flat …

BreadBakingDay #7  [March 1st, 2008]This month was too short, although it has one day more than usual. I wanted to try at least one other flatbread, but again I didn’t have the time. So I am going to present for the Bread Baking Day #7, which this time is graciously hosted by Petra of Chili und Ciabatta my chapati bread, which already took part in this meal. (Very clever of me: One meal, two events!)

Chapatis

Source: Anne Wilson: Classic Essential Bread and Buns
Typed 13.02.08 by Sus
Categories: Bread, Flatbread, India
Yields: 20 Pieces

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Ingredients:

1 cup = 250 ml
2 1/2 cups Wholemeal spelt flour, fine
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Oil
1 cup Warm water
1/2 cup Wholemeal spelt flour, fine (additionally)
1 teaspoon Black sesame (Nigella)

Preparation:


Put flour and salt in large bowl, form a well. Add oil and water. Using a cooking spoon first and then the hands, incorporate the flour into the liquid ingredients to form a smooth dough.

Turn out onto a floured surface and kneed for 15 minutes, do not add more flour. Roll to smooth ball and let rise in a covered bowl for at least two hours (even over night if necessary).

Divide the dough into 20 equal parts and form each to a ball. Roll out each ball to a flat round cake. Cover each chapati with plastic foil and let rest while doing the others.

Heat a cast-iron pan very hot. Bake each chapati for one minute, then turn and bake for another minute until it is brown. With a folded dish towel press the edges of the chapati down to create air bubbles.

Sprinkle each chapati with black sesame and pile them in a clean dish towel to keep them warm and soft. Serve immediately. The go well with curries and vegetarian food.

Time: 40 minutes + 2 hours or more unattended time

Notes:


– Because I do not have cast-iron pan, I used a normal teflon-coated one. But the chapatis didn’t get brown and crispy. With a few drops of oil it worked.

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Broken Hearts on Valentine’s Day

A heart for your Valentine [February 15, 2008]Zorra from 1 x umrühren, bitte invited again this year to celebrate Valentine’s day. I knew quite soon that I wanted to make heart-shaped noodles, but I wanted to serve the dish on Valentine’s day, not earlier. I prepared the noodles last week and let them dry. Luckily I made my pictures then and not yesterday: during the week they broke – all by themselves!


Heart Noodles with Hearts

Source: 14.02.2008 by Sus
Categories: Noodle
Yield: 2 Servings

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Ingedients:

Noddles:
100 gram Flour
5 tablespoons Red beet juice
Salt
1 Egg
‚Sauce‘:
200 Gramm Spinach leaves (frozen)
1 small Onion; finely chopped
1 Yellow or red bell pepper
4 slices Cheddar (mild and strong)
6 slices Ham
5 tablespoons Cream
750 Gramm Nutmeg
100 ml Salt, pepper

Preparaton:


To make the noodles, put flour and salt into a bowl. Mix in the egg. Add the red beet juice one spoon after the other and mix. Knead the dough for about 15 minutes until it is soft and smooth. Cover the bowl and let rest for half an hour.

With a pasta maker or a rolling pin make thin sheets of dough, like for lasagne. Either put them on a working place dusted with flour or directly on the trays where the noodles will dry later. With a small heart-shaped biscuit cutter cut … small heart-shaped noodle biscuits. The remaining part of the dough can be used for the next pasta sheet.

For the sauce use the same biscuit cutter to cut hearts from the ham and the cheese. Do the same with the rinsed and halved bell pepper. (Easier than I thought!) Here the remains may be eaten.

Bring a pot full of water to boil and boil the noodles until they are ‚al dente‘. This may vary, depending on the time the noodles have been drying.

Fry the finely chopped onion with some fat or oil, add the spinach and some water. Stir in the cream. Add salt and pepper. After 10 minutes add the ham and the bell pepper. Add nutmeg.

Add the cheese hearts when serving.

Notes:


– Unfortunately the noodle hearts lost their pink colour while cooking. They had nearly the same colour as the ham.

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Brussels Sprouts Curry

Blog-Event XXXI - Curry [15. Februar 2008]Oops, it is middle of February already. And blog events galore! Last week I bought brussels sprouts, just because they looked so nice and fresh. Which blog event is the best? Hmm, the sprouts are not heart-shaped. Also not so thin like a flat bread. Brussels sprouts with star anise? Shudder! And curry? No, doesn’t work, I thought. But after some browsing the internet I discovered that there actually are curry dishes with brussels sprouts. From those recipes I found I created my own.

Wikipedia explains, that the spice mix ‚Panch Phoron‘ has its origin in Northern India and mostly contains the below-mentioned spices in equal parts. They are fried in hot ghee or oil until the seeds pop.

Brussels Sprouts and Red Lentils Curry

Source: February 10, 2008 by Sus
categories: Curry, Brussels Sprouts
Servings: 4 servings

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Ingredients:

Panch Phoron:
2 teaspoons Fenugreek
2 teaspoons Nigella seed
2 teaspoons Mustard seed
2 teaspoons Fennel seed
2 teaspoons Cumin seed
Vegetable:
50 gram Ghee (or some oil)
200 gram Red lentils (Masoor Dhal)
750 gram Brussels sprouts
100 ml Vegetable stock
2 Onions; finely chopped
1/2 ts Chilli powder
1 small can Tomatoes
Lemon juice
Salt
Meat:
400 gram Ground Beef
1 small Onion

Preparation:

Put the lentils in a small pot, cover them generously with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until lentils are soft, about 10 minutes. When they are cooked, drain and keep warm.

Clean the sprouts and cut into halves. Put the ghee (I used oil) into a large pot, add half of the panch phoron and fry it for half a minute. It will jump and pop! Stir in the chopped onions and then add the sprouts. Add the stock and the tomatoes. Mix well and sprinkle with chilli powder. Add salt and lemon juice to taste. Cover and cook on a gentle heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Put the ground beef into a bowl and mix with the onion and the second half of the panch phoron, salt and pepper. Form little meatballs and roast them in a hot pan.

Mix the lentils with the sprouts and add the meatballs to serve.

Notes:

– Served with self-made chapatis.
– Nice spice mix, although next time I will use less fennel.
– Vegetarians omit the meatballs, of course.


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Spring time in the oven

BreadBakingDay #6  [February 1st, 2008]The current Bread Baking Day is hosted by Eva on Sweet Sins with the motto ‚Shaped Breads‘.

I was inspired by the need for spring time in this dismal season and wanted to create something flower-like. My little bread flower looks much less sophisticated like those breads of some of the other participants, but this doesn’t matter. It is a flower and it grew in my oven!

Bread Flower

Source: January 29, 2008 by Sus
Categories: Bread, Bread machine, Spice
Servings: 1 bread

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Ingredients:

350 gram Spelt flour
150 gram Wheat flour
300 ml Water
1 pck Dry yeast
1/3 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Basil, fresh; chopped
1 tablespoon Dill; chopped
1 teaspoon Fresh pepper; crushed
5 slices Salami; chopped
1 teaspoon Coriander seeds; ground
2 tablespoons Sesame
1 tablespoon Nigella/black sesame
2 tablespoons Dried roast onions
1 teaspoon Allspice; ground

Preparation:

Mix the yeast into the flour. Put the water, the flour and the salt into the bread machine. Use the program „yeast dough“ for kneading and letting it rise for about one hour. (Of course, you can do all this without a bread machine. SmileyGrin.gif)

Divide the dough into nine parts. Knead ever part again and form it to a palm-sized plate. Take half of every kind of filling and put it into the middle of the plates, respectively. Fold the edges to keep the filling in and knead again to distribute the spices evenly. On each ball put the other half of the spices and press them into the dough. Arrange them in a spring or pie form.

Cover with a clean towel and let rise again for at least half an hour. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Sprinkle some water on the bread and bake it for about 30 minutes.

Notes:

I tried to cut the top of each ball first with a knife and then with scissors but unfortunately, as you can see, with no effect.


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