Tag Archives: White Chocolate

February 5th, 2017

Macaron Rosé

Macaron Rose (1)Sometimes, we have some crazy ideas! And when a friend and I tested different Macaron recipes last march we got such a crazy idea: baking macarons as give away for her wedding. We just found the perfect recipe (from the faboulous Pierre Hermé) and already had an idea how the Macarons should look like. And the filling should be flavoured with rosewater to fit to the rose bud on top the macaron.

In the next month, we test baked several rounds. The shells worked perfectly with the first try, adding rose buds on top of a shell prior to baking works like a charm. But the filling caused more problems.

 

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August 20th, 2016

Wedding cake for Rahel & Stefan

HochzeitstorteSome month ago the sister of my dearest and me agreed to bake a wedding cake for some friends of her. And so we spent a lot of time on pinterest, collecting ideas and inspiration.

Slowly a plan for the decoration emerged and finally we had a plan for the cakes as well: Punch torte, Nussnougat-Quark-Cake and Sacher Torte would be the perfect cakes. We baked some tiny test cakes for the bride and the groom, they tried them and liked them, too. Especially the punch torte was a favourite. And as we changed this recipe quite a lot it deserved its own recipe.

 

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March 16th, 2016

Lemon Raspberry Macarons

Zitronen-Himbeer-Macarons (1)A day off should to be spent considered. And this a dear friend and me did last week. As my friend is as much passionated about baking as I am we decided to to a macaron marathon to compare two different recipes. One was the recipe of Pierre Hermè that I baked two weeks ago and the other one my friend get of the French grandmother of a friend.

Both recipes differs a lot from each other: the Hermé recipe contains more sugar and is made with an italian meringue. This makes the recipe more complicated, but it yields great macarons as well. The grandmothers recipe is very easy to prepare, but we struggeled with runny dough, cracks in the macaron shell and problems with the right baking time. Non of this happend with the Hermé recipe, we baked about 120 macaron shells with that recipe and each of them was perfect! And while the last time I pipe the macarons “free style” this time we used a template we place below the baking paper, so the macarons look now as similar as peas in a pod.

The macarons have a core of lemon curd which is surrounded by a dark pink ganache. The combination of lemon and raspberries is always a dream and the slight tartness of the fruits is the perfect contrast to the sweet shells! A beautiful and delicious treat! Continue reading

July 19th, 2015

Black and Red Currant Mousse Cake

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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.

 

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September 7th, 2014

Apple Mousse Torte

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Celebrating my birthday always means for me baking a cake I like very much, too! And something I like very much are cakes baked with the heritage apple “Jakob Lebel” which grows in my parents garden. For me this is the ideal apple for baking cakes or making apple juice. And so I decided that my birthday cake will be apple torte. But I did not use the windfall apples but the last glasses of apple sauce, apple juice and apple slices I preserved last year, so I make room for new, too!

The torte consists of a thin cinnamon cream layer, topped with a apple slices in apple juice jelly (made with agar) and covered with an apple mousse. On top of the cake there are fanned apple slices  and a little rose formed with apple slices, which looks beautiful. To prevent stress on my birthday I prepared most of the cake the night before, so I only had to do the rose and fanned apple the next morning. That worked very well and we had a beautiful day in my parents garden, where I took the pictures of the cake together with windfall apples, too.

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May 22nd, 2014

Poppy Seed Rolls with white Chocolate

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I have this rolls in my mind already for some time. Since Lutz posted some pictures of his trip to alsacian bakeries, to be precisely.  One of this pictures shows a baguette roll with white chocolate. That sounded good, but I had immediately the idea that some poppy seeds in the dough would enhance the sweet flavour of the the white chocolate with its nutty taste. A counterpoint to the sweetness is the salty dough with a high amount of prefermented dough and olive oil. This makes the rolls to a delicate treat, which should be savoured only with a little bit of butter so the whole complexity of their flavour can be enjoyed.

An advice for chopping the chocolate: the chocolate should be chopped into rather small pieces, because big pieces tend to form small chocolate vulcanos on the surface of the rolls. The chocolate caramelize then, what tastes not bad, either, but looks quite ugly!

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April 6th, 2014

Raspberry Charlotte

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In April a lot of our family members on both sides celebrate their birthdays. On my side my mum, my sister and my little nephew have their birthdays within four days in the first week of April (and one my Aunts is born in this week as well). The three decided to celebrate together and so I spent most of the weekend in the kitchen, baking birthday cakes. My sister wished for a raspberry cake and I decided to make a Raspberry Charlotte.

For the filling I go for a mixture of two of my favourite raspberry fillings because I could not find a recipe I really liked. The yoghurt adds a light touch to the cake and balanced nicely the sweetness of the white chocolate.

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April 7th, 2013

White Chocolate Muffins with Vanilla and Cardamom

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When we need a cake which can easily transported in a box, I tend to bake Muffins. And so I suggest Muffins when I talk with my sister about her birthday, too. She like the idea of Muffins but had no clue what kind she would like to have and so she announced that whatever I bring would be delicious.

And so I opened my pantry and looked through my baking ingredients on search for inspiration. Finally I saw in my chocolate box half a bar of white chocolate, a leftover from the Christmas baking.

Immediately a recipe starts to form in my brain: muffins with molten white chocolate, a hint of vanilla and cardamom….

And that’s what I bake then: White Chocolate Muffins, flavoured with vanilla and freshly grounded cardamom. A easy and yet so delicious treat!

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June 8th, 2011

Wedding cake for my little Sister

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My little sister married end of april. And to my great joy she asked me if I would bake the wedding cake.

After talking a little bit with her and my (then still future) brother in law we decided that I bake a three tired wedding cake consisting of a raspberry white chocolate torte (28 cm diameter), a Sachertorte (24 cm diameter) and a lactoste free vanilla cream torte (18 cm diameter).

I calculated that I would need two days to make the cake: one for baking the raspberry white chocolate torte and the vanilla cream torte and one for decoration. Our Mum baked the Sachertorte after the recipe of Oma Bucholtz (fund at Schnuppschüss) 10 days before the wedding because this cake needs a long rest before serving.

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June 6th, 2010

White Chocolate-Mousse Torte with raspberry filling

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I planned to bake a special cake for my dad’s birthday. In Michaels Suas’ “Advanced Bread and Pastry” I found a recipe for a White Chocolate-Mousse Torte with raspberry filling. That sounded perfect for this hot and sunny Summer afternoon. The recipe sounds a little bit complicated but the sponge and the raspberry filling can be prepared in advance. And it is really helpful to have an empty dishwasher, so you can put away all the bowls you will need while preparing the torte.

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