Friday, October 14, 2011
Sambuca Cake With Strawberries, Whipped Cream and Shaved Chocolate
1 prepared pound cake, from bakery section or frozen foods, defrosted
3 ounces sambuca, or other anise liqueur
1/2 pint strawberries, halved or sliced
2 teaspoons sugar plus 2 tablespoons
1 pint whipping cream
Chocolate syrup, for drizzling
1 bar good quality dark bittersweet chocolate
Place 2-inch-thick slices of pound cake on dessert plates. Douse cake slices with sambuca or other anise liqueur.
Slice berries and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar, then toss and reserve.
Beat whipping cream with 2 tablespoons sugar with a hand mixer until soft peaks form.
Top cake with berries and drizzle with zigzags of syrup. Top cake and berries with whipped cream. Using a vegetable peeler, shave dark chocolate over each dessert plate and serve.
Friday, October 7, 2011
JAPANESE STRAWBERRY CAKE Ingredients:
1 cup shiratama-ko (rice flour)
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup water & 1/2 cup sugar & 1/4 cup dried anko powder
or 1/2 cup premade anko (sweet red bean paste)
*katakuriko starch for dusting
Heat 1/3 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar in a pan. Add 1/4 cup of anko powder in the pan and stir well. Set aside. Wash strawberries and remove the calyxes. Wrap a strawberry with about a spoonful of anko and rounds to make a ball. Make 6 balls. Put 2/3 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar in a heat-resistant bowl and mix well. Add shiratama-ko flour in the bowl and mix well. Put the bowl in microwave and heat the dough for two minutes. Stir the dough. Heat the dough in microwave until the dough inflates. Stir the mochi quickly. Dust a flat pan with some katakuri-ko starch. Also, dust hands with some katakuri-ko. Remove the hot mochi from the bowl to the pan by hands. Dust hands with more katakuri-ko starch and divide the mochi into 6 pieces by hands. The mochi is hot and sticky, so be careful not to burn your hands. Make 6 flat and round moc Put a piece of strawberry and anko filling on a mochi piece and wrap it by stretching moc Rounds . Repeat the process .
Cheese Cake Coffee Cake
3 cups biscuit mix
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup strawberry preserves
Combine biscuit mix, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, milk and butter. Stir vigorously 30 seconds. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 4 or 5 times. Pat evenly into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch round cake pan; set aside.
Combine cream cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until smooth. Pour over dough. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand for 10 minutes. Spread preserves over top.
Homemade Ice Cream Banana Ice Cream Recipe Ingredients:
3/4 pint (375ml) milk or cream
(or a mixture of both according to taste),
4oz (100g) sugar,
3 ripe bananas (to purée)
Purée the bananas place in a mixing bowl. Pour in the milk/cream and sugar, mixing in well as you do so. Transfer the whole mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Extras idea - add some small fudge pieces 5 minutes before the end of the freezing time. Read more about adding extras to ice cream recipes.