Matcha Eton Mess with Vanilla Cream and Frozen Rapsberries

One of my favourite desserts is Pavlova. Sweet baiser  that is topped with a vanilla cream and fresh fruit.

I actually just took a very basic meringue recipe and added a tablespoon of matcha and tried out the vanilla sauce I bought at the supermarket, which was made by Johanna Maier. She is a very famous Austrian chef and owns the award-winning restaurant Hubertus.

She is very active with the supermarket Spar and even writes recipes for the Spar magazine. Mostly they are a bit too fussy for my taste, I prefer simple recipes at home and gladly pay more in a restaurant than to have to clean up all the mess ;)

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I had some leftovers of the matcha Pavolva I made and turned it into a revamped Eton Mess.

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The matcha is not very strong but noticeable and I love the combination of vanilla with raspberries.
Generally I prefer raspberries to strawberries :)

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On a side note, I love fresh cut flowers in the house and the tulips help to make spring arrive even though it is mostly rainy at the moment.

What is your favourite dessert? :)

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Apple Crumble – Gordon Ramsay

Apple crumble is one of my favourite comfort foods. It is sweet, fruity, crunchy and amazing with a scoop of ice-cream.
The picture is not the best since I was in a hurry to serve it to my friends, since a crumble should be served after it has been straight out of the oven but I guess that most people know how a crumble looks like.

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I liked his recipe for the most part but thought that the crumble would have been better with less lemon juice.
The addition of cranberries is great since I don’t like raisins but you can of course swap those out if you want to!

Apple Crumble from Gordon Ramsay – Ultimate Cookery Course (makes 4 Portions)

  • 6tbsp caster sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 6 apples, cored and not peeled (3 grated – 3 cut into chunks)
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries
  • Zest of 1 lemon, juice of 1/2

For the crumble topping

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 50g butter, chilled and cubed
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp nutty granola or müsli

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

The heat a small baking dish, to caramelize the sugar. After caramelizing, add the cinnamon, vanilla seeds and grated apples, cook for 1-2min.
Add the apple chunks, cranberries lemon zest and juice for about an extra minute. Remove from heat and set aside. Now it is topping time!
Rub the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon together until the mixture comes together and resemble breadcrumbs. Add the granola/müsli or whatever you like and mix until fully incorporated. Scatter the crumble topping over the fruit and heat the dish again on the stove until the apple mixture is bubbling from underneath. Transfer to the heated oven and bake for 12-14min, when the topping has turned golden brown. Serve with a big scoop of ice-cream and enjoy!

You can watch him do this recipe on youtube to help you with the recipe :)

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I bought my vanilla pod at Babettes, one of my favourite shops in Vienna. They sell cookbooks and even offer a lunch menu and lots of spices. Can you recommend me some other places for good vanilla pods? I am in a baking mood and would like to test different vanilla pods.

 

 

Magic Matcha Custard Cake

Have you heard of the magic custard cake?
You make one dough and in the oven that one mass magically transforms into two different layers. On top is a yummy cake layer and at the bottom a pudding like texture.
I wanted to try this cake out for ages and since my sister came over for a tea afternoon I thought it was time to take on the challenge and see for myself!

I got the Magic Matcha Custard Cake from Raspberri Cupcakes so please check out her wonderful recipe on her website. Maybe I’ll try out a chocolate version next time but I really loved the matcha flavour with a similar mochi texture of a pudding.
Making the dough was not really hard, it does take some time and lots of washing up later though but all is worth it! ;)

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Forgot to take pictures of the tea put we had white oolong with rose and lychee flavour from Haas&Haas!

First Pavlova attempt

Pavlova is on my list of favourite desserts and just perfect for summer!
I never tried to make one myself but finally got to do one and hopefully the other attempts will yield better results.

It did not turn out perfect since I did not beat the egg whites long enough and thus it became a big dome with lots of air inside instead of a cute pavlova nest but I am not complaining, it still tasted great and had a nice crunch to it.

From this huge fellow:

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To these pavlova pieces topped with lemon curd and fruit.

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I just love the sugary crunch of the meringue, the sweet and sour note of the curd and the freshness of the fruits all in one bite.

What is your perfect summer dessert at the moment? :)

 

Amaretto Fig Gugelhupf

Finally I managed to make time and bake this Gugelhupf I have been wanting to try out since spring but was waiting for the right moment. Since figs are now in season and all. Yeah kinda not true but it was a good timing since are cheap and abundant now.

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I stumbled upon this recipe from the magazine Sweet Paul and knew I had to try it out.
The cake is super moist, soft and delicious! Sadly I cannot taste any hint of amaretto put poured myself some raspberry amaretto drink instead.
The cinnamon gives it a nice spice but I wished I had put more of it since the taste of the fig and cinnamon make this cake very seasonal and in the mood for autumn.

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And yes I forgot to add the powdered sugar for decorations but I am still so proud of my first Gugelhupf which turned out really nice that I think it does not really need that ;) The surface does not look perfect because I did not wait for the Gugelhupf to cool down completely but appearance does not matter that much to me if the food is delicious anyways!

Recipe for Amaretto Fig Gugelhupf:

In German on page 57: http://issuu.com/falkemediaek/docs/sweetpaul_01-2013

Ingredients:
– 450g dried figs (if you use fresh figs the cooking time is much faster, I had a mix between fresh and dried figs though since the recipe is all about the flavour of dried figs)

-480ml water

– 120 ml Amaretto

– 1 Tsp Vanilla extract

– 300g brown sugar

– 240 ml cooking oil

– 3 Eggs L

– 360g Flour

– 2 Tsp Baking flour

– 1/2 Tsp Salt

– 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

– 1/2 Tsp powdered Ginger

– 1/4 cardamom

– 130g roasted and chopped Walnuts

– powdered sugar for coating

1) Preheat the oven at 175° degrees. 2) Cook the figs in the water on medium heat until they are soft.
3) Purèe with the Amaretto and Vanilla extract. 4) Combine sugar, oil and eggs in a bowl and blend. 5) Add the fig mixture and blend again.
6) Add the flour, baking powder, salt, spices and walnuts to the mixture. 7) Put the dough in an already buttered and floured Gugelhupf shape.
8) Bake it for approx. an hour. Test it with a chopstick if it is done. 9) Let it cool and then let the cake unmold, finally putting the powdered sugar on top and you are finished to enjoy this delicious Gugelhupf!

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Matcha Almond Cookies

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Finally I managed to bake something again and since I love matcha it had to be something delicious like matcha cookies! There are not too many matcha combinations but the bold green tea paired with almonds is definitely delicious. No white chocolate needed here but would be a nice extra I guess.
They were super easy and quite fast to make (if you ignore the chill time) and the end result is quite rewarding! Mhm~ too bad I did not have too many for myself my friends were fast with devouring them :)
My next project will be a matcha lemon gugelhupf with white choco glaze.

The recipe can be found here: http://rasamalaysia.com/matcha-cookies/2/