Chia ricotta and blood orange cupcakes

These cupcakes (muffins) are incredible easy in preparing. There is lots of ingredients but we just mix them together and the dough is ready to bake. You do not need to use mixer nor long work on it. Ricotta adding results in kind of cheesecake muffins but they are light and delicate. Ricotta cheese can be felt in taste and evokes association with cheesecake. Chia seeds give crunch and blood orange gives sweetness and aroma. Enjoy!

 

15 pieces

 

 Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Zest of one blood orange (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 220 g ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 125 ml Greek yoghurt, plain
  • 125 ml buttermilk
  • 125 ml vegetable oil
  • Juice of one blood orange (about 2 tablespoons)

Icing:

  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons blood orange juice

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with paper papilots.

In a large bowl place flour, baking powder, sugar and chia seeds. Mix with a spoon. Add ricotta cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, yoghurt, buttermilk, oil and juice. Mix with the spoon until well combined.

Spoon the batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes (until skewer inserted into center comes out clean). After baking leave in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make icing: mix together icing sugar and juice until smooth, thick but still liquid mixture. Pour the icing over the top of each muffin.

 

 

 

 

Category: Cupcakes/muffins.

Tags: chia, orange, ricotta.

Italian lemon biscuits

Very easy and very tasty lemon cookies. They are flaky and intensive lemon-y. The pastry is kind of shortbread but more flaky because of added corn starch. Lemon juice and zest is inside and second dose outside in lemon icing so we get really lemon-y treat. Enjoy!

 

about 30 cookies

 

Ingredients:

  • ¾  cup + 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon

Icing:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  •  2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon

 

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer place the softened butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in lemon juice and zest, mix together. Gradually add both flours and salt  still mixing on medium speed until the dough forms a ball (the sides of the bowl should be almost clean). The dough is more sticky than usual so it can form not regular ball. When is ready, remove it from the bowl, wrap in a cling film and let cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes to get more pliable pastry. Remove dough from the fridge and divide in half. Roll each part on a floured surface with your hands to shape a log about 2.5 inch in diameter. Wrap regular shaped rolls in a cling film (separately) and place in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.

Once the rolls are cooled become to be stiff and easy to cut. Slice each into 3/8 inch wide slices. Place cookies onto a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. Do not keep them very tight because they will slightly rise in the oven. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 320°F. Bake cookies for 5-6 minutes then increase the temperature to 350°F and bake for further 10 minutes until light golden in colour with slightly darker edges. Cool on a wire rack.

Make icing: mix all ingredients until smooth, thick but still liquid mixture. Pour 1 teaspoon over each cookie and place on a wire rack until icing is set.


 

Category: Cookies.

Tags: lemon.

Tiramisu cheesecake

I named this cake tiramisu cheesecake because it is a cheesecake variation of that popular Italian dessert. The cheese layer coffee flavoured is delicate and creamy but clear in taste. On the top is placed cloud of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream which is light and complements the whole taste. This dessert is very yummy, subtle and sophisticated. I think it is the one of top cheesecakes on my blog. Enjoy!

 

You should make this cheesecake a day before because it must spend the night in the fridge to become proper structure.

round spring pan 9 inch

 

 Base:

  • 170 g tea biscuits
  • ¼ cup butter, melted

Cheesecake:

  • 500 g cream cheese
  • ¾  cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee (powder or granules)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur (I used Kahlua)
  • 3 eggs

Cloud:

  • 250 g mascarpone* cheese
  • 250 ml whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

* use real Italian product (without corn starch)

Make the base: process biscuits in the food processor until very fine (sand texture). Add melted butter and mix until well incorporated. Line the bottom of a spring pan with parchment paper. Spoon the mixture evenly pressing lightly with a spoon. Let it cool in the fridge.

Make cheesecake: dissolve coffee in boiling water. Heat the cream gently and stir in the coffee liquid. Let cool slightly. In a bowl of a stand mixer beat remaining ingredients until smooth mixture form. Add coffee with cream, mix shortly. Cheesecake will be baked in water bath (bain-marie) so wrap the spring pan filled with biscuit base  in two pieces of aluminium foil and place in a bigger pan filled with hot water to the half-way of spring pan sides. Pour the cheese mixture over the biscuit base. Place both pans together in hot oven (325°F) and bake for 1 hour. The cheesecake have to be set on its whole surface, if is not bake it longer. Once is baked remove from bigger water pan, waste the aluminium foil and place cheesecake in pan in the fridge for overnight.

When the cheesecake is in the oven make cloud: place gelatine in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Set aside for 5 minutes to bloom. Beat cream until stiff peaks. Add mascarpone cheese and sugar and beat on lower speed until incorporated. Heat gelatine gently in a double boiler or microwave until dissolves, not boil. Stir one tablespoon mascarpone mixture in liquid gelatine and mix. If the mixture is smooth add to the bowl with creamed mascarpone and mix immediately. Pour the cloud mixture into silicon mould at will and place in fridge for few hours or overnight. Before removing from mould freeze for 30 minutes in freezer. If you do not have proper mould may pour the mascarpone mixture direct over cooled cheesecake and place in fridge for overnight.

Next day remove cheesecake from the pan and place on a cake stand. Remove frozen cloud from the mould and place on the top of cheesecake. Dust with cocoa powder. Store in fridge.

 

 

 Category: Cheesecakes.

Tags: coffee, mascarpone.

Vegan oat cookies with pecans and apricots

Oat cookies are very easy to prepare and can have endless flavour variants depending on added ingredients. You find few recipes on my blog. Today I baked further ones because we all love them and moreover they contain ingredients rich in microelements like: oat, nuts and dried fruits. Furthermore this recipe is vegan so it eliminates lots of allergens and is friendly for various diets. Cookies are crunchy outside and chewy inside. They are incredible yummy and we can eat them without compunction as it is a healthy snack. Enjoy!

 

about 30 cookies

 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour or glutenfree flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 60 g pecan nuts
  • 8 dried apricots
  • 75 g coconut oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup caster coconut sugar
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed into puree

 

 

Chop nuts finely. Cut apricots with kitchen scissors into small pieces. In a large bowl mix together flour, oats and half of the coconut sugar. Add pecans and apricots.

Place oil, maple syrup, cream and remaining sugar in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Cook for further 5 minutes until thicken slightly. Pour over the flour mixture, add vanilla and banana puree and mix until combined.

Preheat oven to 325°F and line a large cookie tray with parchment paper.

Take walnut sized pieces and roll them into a ball between your palms. Place each ball onto the prepared tray. Do not keep them very tight because they will slightly rise in the oven. Flatten each ball before baking and bake each batch for 18 minutes. Just after baking cookies will be still soft, let them rest on the tray for about 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Category: Cookies.

Tags: apricots, banana, pecans, vegan.

Sweet buns filled with ricotta and blood oranges marmalade

Filled sweet buns are very popular in countries of middle Europe. They are usually quite flat and bigger than breakfast buns. Made of soft yeast dough and filled with various fillings like: fruits, marmalade, cottage cheese, custard. During my childhood I often ate them in my way from school. My beloved one were these with cottage cheese filling. Today recipe is for that kind of sweet buns and I made the filling of ricotta cheese mixed with blood oranges marmalade. The taste is just heavenly thank the delicate moist cheese enriched with hint of oranges. Buns are soft, yummy and simply perfect for the whole family. Enjoy!

 

12 buns

 

 Dough:

  • 2 ¾ cups + 2 tablespoons bread flour
  • 4 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup minus 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling:

  • 220 g ricotta cheese ( ½ standard pack)
  • 7 tablespoons blood oranges marmalade (recipe here or store bought)

Icing:

  • 7 teaspoons icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon blood oranges juice

 

Make dough: in a medium bowl mix together yeast, milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let stand for 15 until frothy. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine flour, remaining sugar and salt. Add yeast mixture, eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract and melted butter, slightly cooled.  Mix on medium speed until dough is smooth (8-10 minutes) and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If dough does not pull away from the bowl, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If the mixture remains too dry and crumbly, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once the dough is ready place it in an oiled bowl, cover and let stand in a warm place for 1.5-2 hours until doubled in size.

Make filling: mix ingredients together.

Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out into a 18 x 12 inch rectangular. Spread the filling evenly onto the dough and roll into a swiss roll starting to fold wider site.  Cut the roll into 12 even slices. You may place each slice in one hole of 12-holes muffin pan or lay them all side by side on a flat brownie pan depending on what shape is desired: they will be more flat in brownie pan. Grease muffin pan with soft butter or line the brownie pan with parchment paper. Let stand in a warm place for 15-20 minutes to rest and preheat oven to 350°F.  Bake for about 25 minutes until light brown in colour. Serve warm or cooled.

Before serving make icing: mix icing sugar and juice until smooth thick but still liquid mixture. Pour icing over the top of buns.

 

 

Category: Yeast cakes.

Tags: orange, ricotta, yeast.