Taken on a walk through the village.
Jul 29, 2012
Yes, I always find it hard to choose between two.
For the crust:
240 gr dark chocolate
50 gr butter
5 egg yolks
9 egg whites
80 gr sugar
For the filling:
250 ml milk
100 gr sugar
4 egg yolks
a few drops of almond extract
powdered gelatin, 10 gr bag
200 ml heavy whipping cream
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt chocolate over hot water. Add butter, stir together and remove from heat.
In a bowl beat together egg yolks and 20 gr sugar until light and frothy. Beat the whites with 60 gr sugar until they are uniformly white and stiff. Stir in the egg yolks and melted chocolate whisking until well blended. Butter the sides of the tin. Transfer the cake batter into prepared tin. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Whisk together egg yolks and 50 gr sugar until light and frothy. Pour the milk and the rest of the sugar into a saucepan. Cook until it starts to boil. Pour the egg yolk mixture into hot milk. Cook on low heat, whisking continuously, until thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. In a small bowl combine gelatin and water and set aside to soften. Then heat gently, stirring until dissolved. In a bowl, combine heavy cream, previously whipped, gelatin and the egg yolk mixture. Then mix until well incorporated.
Spread the cream over the cooled cake and chill in the fridge overnight.
Use your imagination to decorate.
I made it for a friend's birthday. It experienced some changes due to a tram ride, up to hill, left, right and cross the street moments. But nobody complained. And there is nothing to change.
Jul 23, 2012
Love seeing Mr. Chat graffiti popping up on some wall.
Taken randomly on a street.And me being randomly smiled too.
(Monsieur Chat is graffiti big yellow grinning cat that appeared first in Orléans, France and then in Paris and other European cities. The artist was originally anonymous, but in 2007 Thoma Vuille was caught by local police. Still want to see documentary movie The Case of the Grinning Cat.)
I made these biscuits for a farewell dinner with friends.
Basically, the recipe is this one with just one small change.
(I'm not trying to make a star from the knife below with having it in almost every picture, but somehow
it's the only knife I have (being in the process of furnishing my home). Without getting into the details
and the small things, to enter Small Cool Kitchens 2012 I've realized I miss one shelf, kitchen hood
(only to be installed), under cabinet lightning and ceiling lights. Silicone candy molds are too much
150 gr butter, at room temperature
110 gr powdered sugar
140 gr dark cooking chocolate, chopped
vanilla sugar, 9 gr bag
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
35 gr cocoa powder
70 gr all purpose flour
70 gr strong flour
Mix together both flours, cocoa powder, salt and soda. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla.
Add flour mixture and mix with a spoon just until combined. Mix in chocolate pieces (cut it up into really small pieces).
Divide the dough in half. Lay out two pieces of plastic wrap. Roll each part of the dough into a log about 4 cm in diameter. Wrap each log firmly into plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into disks about 1,5 cm thick. Transfer disks to baking sheets leaving enough space between each disk because the cookies will spread during baking. Bake at 160°C for 12 minutes.
Let them cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes. Then, place them on a wire rack and let them cool completely. While hot, the cookies are still a bit soft. Once they cool down they firm up.
Jul 22, 2012
I like to think that I'm driven by curiosity about tomorrow and I'm not sure if I would like
any 'groundhog day'-ed version of something from my life. Witnessing the beauty in nature
and the beauty in people is the only neverending moment I can imagine I would enjoy.
The first photo I took last night, before it has started to rain and not much of the view has left.
From my (very much talented) balcony.