• Beetroot raspberry rustic cheesecake

    It is a baked cheesecake placed on a shortbread base and encompasses by shortbread boundary. Whole raspberries lie on the bottom and are hidden in beetroot filling. During the baking they will come apart and give raspberry’s smell and taste to the cheese mixture. One small beetroot is responsible for this beautiful colour and unusual flavour. You can feel its taste but together with raspberries becomes new quality in this sweet dessert. Enjoy!

     

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

    round springpan 8 inch

     

    Shortbread base and boundary:

    • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons (150 g) butter, softened
    • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon icing sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 cups cake&pastry flour

    Cheese mixture:

    • 250 g cream cheese, softened
    • 125 g mascarpone cheese
    • 100 ml whipping cream
    • 1 small raw beetroot, peeled
    • 3 eggs
    • ¾ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 100 g fresh raspberries

     

    Shortbread base: in the bowl of a stand mixer place the softened butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, mix together. Gradually add flour still mixing on medium speed until the dough forms a ball. The amount of flour you need could vary because of flour type. If the dough is still very soft and does not shape a ball add more flour, one tablespoon at the time. When is ready, remove it from the bowl, wrap in a cling film and let cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

    Peel the beetroot and grate on the smallest mesh of vegetable grater. Mix together all ingredients of cheese mixture (except raspberries) with a spoon or shortly with electric mixer (do not mix too long because the air in the mixture causes in pushing down in the middle after baking).

    Preheat oven to the 325°F (170°C).

    Place the cooled pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll out into 1/5 inch thick circle. Fill the pan (base and sides) with prepared pastry and press with your fingers to place properly. Arrange raspberries on the base in the shape of a round close to the sides of the pan. Pour the cheese mixture in the center and let it expand to the sides. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Baked cheesecake should be set on its whole surface. Cool in the pan about 1 hour and then place in a fridge for overnight. Next day remove from the pan and decorate with fresh raspberries before serving.

     

     

    Category: Cheesecakes.

    Tags: betroot, raspberry.

  • Buttermilk waffles with fruit powder

    The cake mixture for these waffles has a secret ingredient which gives softness and fluffy texture: buttermilk. You can make them in classic version as plain and get yummy traditional waffles. I decided to try new way and added fruit powder (ground freeze-dried fruits) and the result was really impressive. Only one tablespoon is enough to get fantastic fruit taste and beautiful colour of waffles. I used freeze-dried blueberries and raspberries and my waffles tasted like fresh blueberries and raspberries. You need only a bit of icing sugar and fruity dessert is ready. Enjoy!

     

    12 waffles

     

     Ingredients:

    • 1 ¾ cups flour
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
    • 2 large eggs
    • ¼ cup butter, melted
    • 2 tablespoons fruit powder (I got 1+1 blue- and raspberries)

     

    In a medium bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. In a separated bowl beat together buttermilk, eggs and melted butter. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well until combined. At this point I divided the mixture to two bowls to have waffles in two tastes. I mixed one half with blueberry powder and the second with raspberry powder. You may have also waffles in only one taste by adding 2 tablespoons of one fruit powder to the whole mixture.

    Set aside both mixtures for 5 minutes to rest. Preheat waffle iron and  grease according to manufacturer’s instructions.

    Cook each batch of waffles for 6-7 minutes. Serve dusted with icing sugar.


     

    Category: Desserts/ice cream.

    Tags: blueberry, raspberry.

  • Linzer torte (Linzer tart)

    Linzer torte is a famous Austrian tart from the city Linz. This is probably the oldest cake in the world because was found its recipe from the year 1653. The tart is not complicated at all however the recipe is composed of more ingredients than usual tart’s recipe. The shortcrust pastry is very crisp and contains ground almonds (or nuts, often hazelnuts), lemon zest and juice and cinnamon. Maybe it is a little surprising but trust me – very yummy. The filling is made of fruits in the shape of puree or thick jam (mostly redcurrant, plums or raspberry). The top always is decorated with lattice. This dessert looks wonderful on the table and tastes perfectly. Enjoy!

     

    tart pan 10 inch

     

     Base:

    • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon butter, softened
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • juice of ½ lemon
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 ½  cup almond flour
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

     Filling:

    • 350 g raspberries (fresh or frozen)
    • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons corn starch

     

    Shortbread base: in the bowl of a stand mixer place the softened butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in egg yolk, mix together. Add lemon juice and zest and salt, mix well. In a separated bowl mix together flour, almond flour and cinnamon. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture still mixing on medium speed until the dough forms a ball. When is ready, remove it from the bowl, wrap in a cling film and let cool in the fridge for 1- 2 hours.

    Prepare filling: place raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan. Simmer until sugar is dissolved and raspberries become puree (about 10 minutes). Remove from the heat and mix in corn starch. Mix quickly to avoid lumps forming. Set aside to cool and thicken.

    Place cooled pastry on a lightly floured surface and divide to 2/3 and 1/3. The bigger part roll out into 1/5 inch thick circle. Fill pan with prepared pastry and press with your fingers to place property. Place the filling evenly onto the pastry base. Roll out the remaining pastry into 1/5 inch thick rectangular and cut into ½ inch wide strips. Place the strips on the top of filling in the shape of lattice (one layer in one way then second layer perpendicular on the first, not entwined). Place the tart in the fridge as long as you preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake tart for 45 minutes. Cool in the pan, dust with icing sugar before serving.

     

     

     

    Category: Pastries/tarts.

    Tags: almonds, cinnamon, lemon, raspberry.

  • Raspberries cashew brownies

    If you like to eat some cake for Sunday treat this one is perfect. The combo of dark chocolate and raspberries is really delicious. Gooey chocolate cake, tender fruits and crunchy nuts – everything is inside. Very quick to prepare and very easy – just mix ingredients together. Little effort big taste. Enjoy!

     

    9x13 inch pan

     

     Ingredients:

    • ½  cup butter
    • 2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup all purpose flour
    • ½  teaspoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ½  cup chopped cashew nuts
    • 1 cup fresh raspberries
    • icing sugar for dusting

     

     

    Preheat oven to 350 °F (180°C) and line a baking pan with parchment.

    In a medium saucepan heat and stir butter and chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat lightly with a fork just until combined. In a separated bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to the chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in cashew. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. Tear raspberries into small pieces. Pour raspberries over the dough and press lightly. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in pan.

    Take out the cooled cake from the pan and remove parchment. Dust the top with icing sugar before serving.

     

     

     

    Category: Brownies.

    Tags: cashew, raspberry.

  • White chocolate frozen domes

    It is sophisticated and impressive dessert which usually we can see in a cafe or buy in cake stores. It seems to be complicated to prepare but it is not. Maybe it is not for beginners but if you have some practise in baking you will manage it. This dessert is not easy to explain because In the frozen dome is hidden home made custard with white chocolate and whipped cream. Because of custard this dessert is delicate and velvety even direct from freezer. Glossy glaze on the top is made of one ingredient only. Enjoy!

     

    6 pieces

     

    Base:

    • 6 cookies Palets Breton – recipe here

     Domes:

    • 100 g white chocolate
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 tablespoon corn starch
    • 100 ml milk
    • 1 tablespoon gelatine
    • 250 ml whipping cream
    • 6 fresh raspberries

     Glaze:

    • 8 tablespoon apricot jam
    • pink food colouring

     

    Chop the chooclate, place in a small heatproof bowl placed on a saucepan with boiling water and stir until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.

    Custard: pour the milk in a medium sauce pan and heat until boil. In a bowl beat the egg yolk with corn starch and sugar until light and creamy. Pour boiled milk over egg mixture, stirring constantly. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring, for 4-5 minutes until starts to thicken and bubble. Remove from the heat.

    Place gelatine in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Heat gently softened gelatine in a double boiler or microwave and stir to dissolve.  

    Mix the custard with melted chocolate. Stir in melted gelatine. Cool completely.

    Whip the cream until soft peaks. Mix in the cooled chocolate custard. Divide the mousse into silicone domes moulds filling them half full. Place one raspberry in the center of each mould. Spoon the rest of the mouse into moulds filling them full. Place to the freezer for 4 hours at least or overnight.

    Heat the apricot jam until melted. Pass through the sieve and discard bigger pieces. Return to the saucepan and mix in the food colouring. Remove frozen domes from moulds and place on a wire rack. Pour the glaze over them. The glaze should set in 1 minute. Serve each dome on a biscuit.


     

    The recipe comes from the book 'Afternoon tea'.

    Category: Desserts/icecreams.

    Tags:chocolate, raspberry.