Desserts

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Rosette of apples in puff pastry with cardamom and saffron custard

Ingredients
200gr apples
250gr custard
200gr puff pastry
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 egg wash
Cut apples in half
Slice thin slices of apples and pass it in the lemon juice
Roll puff pastry in a 1/2 cm sheet
Cut strip of 5 cm from the puff pastry sheet
Spread custard on each strip leaving 1cm free at the end of the strip
Arrange slices of apple on the custard and roll it
Brush some egg wash at the end of the rosette and seal it
Bake at 180C for 20 minutes
Follow this link for the video recipe Rosette di mele

 

 

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Vanilla cupcakes 

Ingredients  

 270gr white flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
125ml cream or milk
170gr white sugar
150gr chopped and room temperature unsalted butter
2 eggs
1nos teaspoon vanilla essence
In a bowl mix the white flour, baking powder and sugar.
Add the butter, milk or cream, vanilla and the eggs.
Work the batter with a spoon till soft.
Fill cupcake cases up to 3/4
Put in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes at 180C
To check if the cupcakes are cooked take a toothpick and insert in the cupcake if it gets out dry they are ready.
Pull them out of the oven and let it cool.
Butter cream
250gr cold butter
500gr icing sugar
3 tablespoon of cream
Cut the butter in a bowl and add the icing sugar start the electric mixer at low speed till the icing sugar is nicely incorporated to the butter than add the cream, keep working for 5 minutes till soft and light.
Insert in a piping bag a star nozzle and fill it up with the butter cream.
Make small rosette.
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 Fresh cream chocolate truffles

 Ingredients

 250gr chocolate
125gr cream
4nos tablespoons cocoa powder
Bring the cream just to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate until melted.
Chill until quite firm.
Put the cocoa powder on a plate. Take a teaspoon of chocolate mixture roll it into a ball and pass it in the cocoa. Refrigerate for few hours.

 

 

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Banana raspberry bread

 Ingredients
03 medium size banana (mashed)
150gr raspberry
200gr flour
100gr sugar
03nos eggs
80ml vegetable oil
01nos teaspoon baking powder
Dash of vanilla essence
In a bowl mix flour, sugar, eggs, oil, baking powder, vanilla, mashed bananas and raspberry.
Pour in a bread mould and bake at 180C for 60minutes or until a stick comes out dry from the cake.
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Torta della nonna

Ingredients

Short pastry dough
02nos eggs
200gr cold butter
400gr flour
150gr sugar
01nos teaspoon baking powder
Custard 
500ml milk
04nos egg yolks
80gr flour
120gr sugar
01nos lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
To garnish 
Icing sugar
Prepare the short pastry dough by mixing all the ingredients together.
Let it rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour in the fridge.
In the meantime prepare the custard.
Bring the milk with half of the sugar and the lemon zest to a boil.
Beat egg yolks with the other half of sugar and vanilla, when fluffy add the flour.
Add the milk to the egg mix
Keep stirring the mix till boil and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Assemble the crostata della nonna.
Cut the dough in 2 pieces one bigger than the other one.
Roll out the bigger piece (1/2cm thick) and place it in the cake tin.
Pierce the pasty with a fork and fill with the custard.
Roll out the smaller piece (1/2cm thick) place it on top of the custard and seal the two layers of pastry.
Remove the excess pastry with a pastry cutter or a knife.
Bake in the oven at 180C for 40 minutes.
Let it cool down.
Refrigerate for few hours or better overnight.
Before serving garnish with icing sugar.
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Tiramisu truffles with nutella heart

Ingredients
250gr mascarpone cheese
200gr savoiardi
120gr sugar
30ml black coffee
50gr nutella
Cocoa powder
Beat mascarpone and sugar till fluffy.
Add lukewarm coffee.
Crush the savoiardi into powder.
In a bowl add the mascarpone cream to the savoiardi.
Keep in the fridge for 2 hours.
With the help of a piping bag make small dots of nutella and keep it in the freezer till frozen.
Make small balls with the mascarpone mixture press a little in the middle and add the nutella dot.
Make it round and roll it on cocoa powder.
Serve it chilled.
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 Chocolate caramel raspberry tart

Ingredients
200gr Almond flour
200gr flour
02nos eggs
200gr cold butter
150gr sugar
Combine almond flour, white flour, sugar and eggs.
Work the dough for few minutes then add the butter.
Bind the dough together.  Do not over mix.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 01 hour.
Press the dough between 2 butter paper sheets.
Transfer to the tart mould.  Press down to form the shape of the mould.  Crimp sides with fork.
Bake in the oven at 180C for 15 minutes.
Let it cool down
Caramel sauce
120ml Water
220gr Sugar
250ml Cream
Melt sugar with water and cook till hazelnut brown, on medium heat.
Add cream and cook it for 5-8 more minutes at low flame.
Let it cool down
Chocolate ganache
220gr 70% dark chocolate melted
200ml cream
20gr honey
70gr butter
Bring to a boil cream with honey.
Pour 1/3 of the melted chocolate into the cream and mix vigorously.
Repeat twice more.  Do not add all the chocolate at once, as this would not give the desired consistency.
Assemble the cake
250gr Raspberry washed and pat dry
10nos mint leaves
15gr Icing sugar
Pour the caramel sauce at the base of the tart.
Add the chocolate ganache and last arrange the raspberry on top of the chocolate.  Dust with icing sugar and add some mint leaves.
Serve at room temperature.
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Berries Pavlova

Ingredients

02nos Egg whites
200gr Caster sugar
100gr Mix berries
200ml Whipped cream
05nos Tablespoon icing sugar
Mint leaves to decorate
Heat the oven at 100C.
Beat egg whites till stiff peaks
Add sugar one tablespoon at the time until the meringue looks glossy.
Spoon the meringue in a circle on a parchment paper.
Bake in the oven for 2 hours at 100C.
After 2 hours switch off the oven.
Let the Pavlova cool completely inside the oven
Chop the berries and add to it 02 tablespoons of icing sugar.
Whip the cream with 02 tablespoons of icing sugar.
Spread whipped cream on the meringue arrange the berries and mint leaves on top and sprinkle with the remaining icing sugar.
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Gated Apples
Ingredients for 4 pax
8nos square puff pastry 10cm by 10cm
02 medium size apples cut in half and core removed
30ml room temperature water
03 tbsp sugar
01 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven at 180C.
On a oven tray arrange the puff pastry.
Put on top of 04 puff pastry square half apple.
Roll the other 04 puff pastry with lattice rolling pin.
In a bowl mix the water, cinnamon and sugar.
Brush the water mixture on the apples.
Seal the apples in lattice puff pastry.
Brush again with the water mixture.
Bake for 20-25min  at 180C or till puff pastry has a hazelnut color.
Quick Anglaise sauce
250ml milk
02ns egg yolks
60gr sugar
01nos tbsp cornflour
To decorate
30gr icing sugar
Beat egg yolks with sugar till fluffy, add cornflour.
Bring to a boil the milk.
Pour it on the egg mixture and mix vigorously with a whisk.
Bring it back to the stove reduce the heat to medium and let it thicken. remove from the stove before it starts to boil.
Let it cool down.
Assemblethe plate
Pour 1/4 of sauce on each plate arrange the apple cage on it and sprinkle with icing sugar.
Serve warm
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Ricotta cake with caramel sauce and walnut croccante

Ingredients 

Crust
200gr crushed digestive cookies
80gr melted butter
40gr sugar
Filling
125gr soft butter
75gr sugar
325gr ricotta cheese
04nos egg yolks
125ml full fat milk
60gr flour
04nos egg whites whipped firm peaks
Prepare the crust by mixing digestive with melted butter and sugar.
Press the mix on a 26cm cake mould and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In the meantime beat butter and sugar till fluffy.
Add the ricotta cheese, egg yolks and milk and work the batter.
Add to this flour and egg whites.
Work the batter from bottom to top and when all ingredients are combined pour it on the crust.
Bake at 180C for 50 minutes.
If the cake turns to brown on top cover it with aluminum foil and finish baking.
Refrigerate overnight.
Caramel sauce
120ml Water
220gr Sugar
250ml Cream
Melt sugar with water and cook till hazelnut brown, on medium heat.
Add cream and cook it for 5-8 more minutes at low flame.
Let it cool down
Walnut Croccante ( Brittle)
150gr chopped walnut keep 06 whole pieces
80ml water
200gr sugar
01nos whole lemon
01tbsp vegetable oil
In a heavy bottomed combine sugar with water over medium heat till the sugar turns golden brown.
Remove from the heat and deep the whole walnut one by one and rest it on a non stick paper.
Add the chopped walnut to the melted sugar and stir quickly.
Turn out on a cookie sheet previously oiled.
Spread with the lemon to an even thickness.
Allow the croccante to cool completely and than chop it.
Assemble the cake
Pour on top of the cake the warm caramel sauce.
Sprinkle the croccante on the caramel sauce and arrange the whole walnut.
Tips
Caramel sauce can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge for few weeks.
Croccante can be prepared in advance and kept in an airtight container for few weeks.

 

 

Rhubarb Crumble

Ingredients for 1 pax

130gr rhubarb clean and peeled
50gr sugar
01nos slice orange zest
01nos stick cinnamon
01nos piece star anise
100ml water
For the crumble
40gr flour
20gr butter
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
20gr sugar
Cut rhubarb in 2cm long pieces
In a pan add the rhubarb, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, star anise and water.
Bring to a boil and cook till rhubarb is nice and soft around 10 minutes.
Discard the cinnamon,star anise and orange zest.
Prepare the crumble by adding all the ingredients and crumble it together.
Assemble
In a pyrex put the rhubarb with the liquid and cover with the crumble.
Bake at 180C for 25-30 minutes.
Serve warm.

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 I Biscotti di Lucia (Lucia’s cookies)

Ingredients

160gr flour
50gr muscovado sugar
50gr sugar
50gr cranberry
100gr dark chocolate chip
01nos whole egg
75gr room temperature butter
In a bowl beat the egg with the muscovado and white sugar till fluffy.
Add cranberry, chocolate chip and flour and work the mix with a wooden spoon or your hands.
Pre heat the oven to 180C.
Prepare the cookies by making balls the size of a small plum and arrange it on the oven tray. Keep some distance between cookies.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Enjoy it warm or cold with a dollop of cream or vanilla ice cream
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Mango & Raspberry Charlotte

Ingredients

For sponge cake
150gr flour
150gr sugar
03nos egg
1/2teaspoon baking powder
Bake it on a baking tray for 15 minutes.
When cold cut a circle as big as the base of the Charlotte in this case is 16cm.
Mango mousse
250gr mango blend and sieve
125gr sugar
1/2no lemon juice
10gr gelatine sheets
250ml whipped cream
Add sugar & juice of 1/2 lemon to the mango
Soak gelatine sheets for 15 min in cold water
Squeeze excess water and put it in a pan. Melt it don’t let it boil.
Add melted gelatine to mango.
Fold whipped cream with a movement from bottom to top.
Raspberry mousse
250gr raspberry blend and sieve
125gr sugar
1/2no lemon juice
10gr gelatine sheets
250ml whipped cream
16nos savoiardi cookies
Follow the same steps as for the mango mousse.
Berries coulis
150gr strawberry cut in quarters
200gr raspberry
100gr blueberry
100ml water
60gr sugar
1tbsp lemon
Put in a pan berries, sugar and lemon.
Bring it to a boil.
Cook it for 5 minutes.
Add water and let it simmer for 5-8 minutes.
Let it cool down blend and pass it trough a sieve or keep it chunky.
Keep few berries and mint leaves for deco
Assemble

Prepare a 16cm mold for the Charlotte.

Place the sponge at the bottom of the mold cake.
Arrange all around the savoiardi.
Make sure that there are no gaps between each savoiardi.
Pour the mango mousse in the cake mould.
Refrigerate till mango mousse is solid 2-3 hours.
Prepare the raspberry mousse and pour it on top of the mango mousse.
Refrigerate overnight.
Decorate with berries and mint leaves.
Pour berries coulis on the plate and arrange a slice of mousse on top.
Dairy Free Almond and Apples Cake

Dairy Free Apples and Almond Cake

Ingredients 24cm cake

900gr apples thinly sliced
200ml almond milk
110gr almond flour
110gr flour
100gr muscovado sugar
03nos egg yolk
03nos egg whites stiff peaks
50gr almond flaked
01nos teaspoon baking soda
01nos grated lemon zest
01nos tbsp icing sugar
Preheat oven at 180C
Grease and flour 24cm cake pan.
Keep it on the side.
Beat egg yolks and sugar till fluffy.
Add almond milk, almond flour, regular flour, muscovado sugar, baking soda, lemon zest and apples.
Work the ingredients with a spoon till all incorporated.
For last add the whites.
Pour in the cake pan and sprinkle with almond flakes.
Bake it for 40-45 minutes and double check with a toothpick.
If toothpick comes out dry the cake is ready.
Keep cake in the pan till completely cool.
Take it out of the cake pan and sprinkle with icing sugar.