Am I the only one who has a secret stock of berries of the last season which has to be used urgently before the berries of this season are ripe?
Beside a small package of blackberries I saved a pound of red currant all winter long. And as the currant bushes in my parents garden already promise a rich harvest I had to make room in the freezer. And so I baked my favourite “Ribiselkuchen”. It is a simple cake with shortcrust tarte shell and a filling made of meringue, almonds, bread crumps and berries. The bread crumbs keep the berry juice from soaking the tart shell. And as I used roasted crumbs – which were meant for bread originally – the filling has a deeper flavour as the more traditional way with unroasted crumbs.
In my parents garden grows one single cassis bush next to the red currant bushes. When I was picking berries two weeks ago I sneaked some cassis into my bowl as well, as I had already the plan in my mind to serve little mousse cakes for the Sunday coffee with my parents.
Light mousse cakes made with Joghurt, berries and white chocolate are especially delicious on hot summer days. I did something similar already as filling of this raspberry charlotte. This time I topped a chocolate sponge with a mousse made of a mixture of red currant and cassis. The mousse hides a kernel of currants and cassis compote. It is a delicious little cake with a slight sourness and bit of sweetness, perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons.
The 1:1 gelling sugar was sold out this weekend in our supermarket. Buying 2:1 or 3:1 was not an option for me as I like to avoid having preservatives like potassium sorbate in my homemade jams. All 2:1 and 3:1 gelling sugars contain some preservatives to cope with the reduced amount sugar. And so I stand in the sugar aisle, mused about jam making and decided to cook it in the “good old way” without gelling sugar.
Since some years I cook already my quince jelly only with quince juice, sugar and citron juice if needed, and always get an red-orange jelly with an intense flavour. Red currants contains a lot of pectin as well and so cooking them without gelling sugar sounded like a good idea. To reduce the risk of burning the jam, I let the berries simmer for 20 minutes without sugar, before I pass the softened fruits through a sieve and mixed it with the sugar. Starting with 1750g berries I ended with 1000g berry pulp and about 350g leftover seeds, meaning that a lot of water was evaporated. This leads to a dark red, aromatic jam and I’m sure that I will do my red currant jams in this way now all the time!
Until now our year was an exhausting one. So we needed a break to refresh and so we headed to the beautiful East Frisia. After a week with some sun, wind and as only sound birds singing in the trees we came back relaxed and happy. After unpacking the car I started to think to finish our short vacation with some sweet treats. A quick look in the fridge revealed some eggs and cream and in the freezer I found some currants from the last year (it is really time to use them!). And about two hours later our table was set with some Cream puffs and coffee.
For the dough I use the recipe from Bertinets Cookbook. It yields cream puffs which rise good, and which have a crisp crust and a soft crumb. To prevent them from deflating, it is important to bake them until they are evenly golden and crisp. If they turn out to be not completely crisp after the indicated baking time, it helps to turn the oven on convection mode for about five minutes.
My little Sister likes Raspberry Torte very much and so I like to bake one or the other Variation for her. This year I orientated myself on the Raspberry Charlotte I made last year. To the raspberry mousse I added a cream cheese core and a raspberry-red currant disc. The fruits are frozen ones because April is definite to early for summer fruits. The basis of the cake is a flourless chocolate sponge I found at Kochpotein Evas Blog. The only optical minus point is the fact that I own only one small cake ring and so I filled the incredients for the disc in a shallow bowl. So it is missing straight sides but I can live with it. The cake is light and fruit, just like we like it.
Happy Birthday, dearest Sister!
This year is a great year for berries. In my parents garden the red currants bushes bent down under the load of ripe berries. Two weeks ago I picked enough berries to cook enough red currant jelly for the coming year and it you could hardly see that I take any fruits. And so I picked another 2 kilogramm berries in betweeen two thunderstorms last Friday afternoon. The most of the currants are cleaned and froozen, the rest I used for baking a cake.
I found the recipe at Chili & Ciabatta, but due to the leftover in my baking drawer I changed the dough already a lot, adding grounded almonds and chocolate. And the for the vanilla creme I go for a different recipe because I do not use gelatine.
And even if the recipe is a different one in the end, the cake tastes fantastic. A sweet vanillacreme is balanced by the tarte red currants and with chocolate you can never do wronge!
When I looked through my freezer two weeks ago I found some red currants from last year and some peaches, which seems to hide themselves when I was baking peache torte in February. Looking on the the berries and peaches I decided to bake some little mousse tortes.
For the Sponge I used a recipe from Matthias Ludwigs . He whips the egg white together with starch to soft peaks. I could not believe that it should work but it did! It helps to fold in the flour, starch and egg white in the dough without loosing its volume. For the filling I created once again my own recipe.
Because pentecost was a really warm day, I froze the tortes for four hours. And even then the 15 minute ride in the hot car was enough to defrost them. At my parents place, we enjoyed them together with iced coffee, ginger basil lemonade and an elder flower lemonade in the shadow on their veranda. There is no better way to spend a summer sunday!
I was searching in the world wide web for a recipe for a “Käse-Sahne-Torte”. This is a torte made with curd and cream and it is normally prepared with gelatine. I normally avoid gelatine, but I couldn’t find a recipe for this childhood favourite without gelatine. But it couldn’t be so hard to develop a recipe, I’m used to convert recipes for torte from gelatine to agar.
When working with agar, you have to keep some points in mind: Agar needs to boil before it can gelatinize and you should never ever cool down a liquid containing agar to fast. Agar will start to already around 30°C, which is about 10°C higher then gelatine. And so one of the main tricks in this recipe is the fact that I use curd, which has room temperature, and that I stir it very slowly in the milk in which I boiled the agar.
To add a fresh touch to the Torte I put a layer of red fruit jelly on top of it, which goes nicely with the warm summer weather. A delicious treat for sunday afternoons with the familiy