Friday, April 8, 2016

Hello April ..

April already ? time fly so quick, right ? ..  spring is in the air, we have so many rainy days , we try to organize our small garden, but with rains come and go make it hard to finish planting everything ..
Is only couple months until my daughter has summer break, we don't plan to do vacations this year yet since we have big vacations last year .. any how, how are you guys are doing ? thank you to still coming by here, even thou I don't do much of updating .
I've been craving of black forest cake for almost a week, and if you know me, I am so determine , when I want something I must to do it ^_^   so, today is Friday, I have a day off  is mean I am busy in the kitchen , cooking , baking , and do some chores before beloved people comes home ..  It has been awhile not doing serious baking, so you can see how messy my cake is ha..ha..ha..

Black Forest Cake
Recipe adapted from : William Sonoma Cake Book


For the cake:
1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
6 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated sugar
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
For the sugar syrup:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
For the filling and frosting:
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 Tbs. confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. kirsch - I using black forest extract
Poached cherries (I bought can one since there is no single black cherry in the market yet)
Semisweet (plain) chocolate curls
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-by-3-inch round cake pan with parchment paper.
To make the cake, sift together the flour and cocoa powder onto a sheet of waxed paper; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, vanilla and granulated sugar on high speed until tripled in volume, about 5 minutes. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Sift the flour mixture over the egg mixture in 2 additions and carefully fold in with a large rubber spatula. Fold a large dollop into the melted butter, then fold back into the egg mixture.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until the cake is puffed, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely.
To make the sugar syrup, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
To make the filling and frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream and confectioners' sugar until medium-stiff peaks form. In a small bowl, combine the kirsch and the sugar syrup.
Run a table knife around the edge of the pan and unmold the cake onto a work surface. Turn the cake right side up, leaving the parchment paper in place. Cut the cake horizontally into 3 equal layers. Put the top layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Brush with some of the syrup, then spread with about one-fourth of the whipped cream. Strew the cherries over the cream (reserve 1 cherry for garnish), leaving a 1/2-inch border of cream around the edge. Position the middle cake layer on the cream. Brush with some of the syrup and spread with another one-fourth of the cream. Position the third cake layer, cut side down, on the cream and peel off the parchment paper. Brush with the remaining syrup. Spread the remaining whipped cream on the top and sides of the cake.
Press the chocolate curls onto the top of the cake. Put the reserved cherry in the middle. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 8 to 10.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

FInish Weekend - Patchwork Bag for me ..

Hubby say 'shoe maker doesn't have a shoe' , eeehmmm ... so this momma decided to make a bag so she no longer bring a plastic bag *what a shame*  LOL
The exterior fabric (red and white stripe)  is using outdoor fabric , so it's a bit heavier than the tan fabric is cotton linen blend by Robert Kauffman

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Zebra Chocolate Chiffon Cake

I heard someone open the cake dome after dinner, last night, than ...
wife yelled from the basement : 'don't touch'.  
husband : 'why not' ?
wife : 'because I need to take a picture for my blog first'
husband + kid : 'daaaaa .....
Hahahah, let be honest, did you do the same like I do ? why we care so much to take a picture before eat ? I don't know what your reason is, but care, because I want to share the recipes with you guys ... *wink*
Zebra Chocolate Chiffon Cake
Recipe courtesy : Primarasa Magazine
Ingredients :
200 gr all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanili
7 yolks
50 ml cooking oil
200 ml coconut milk
2 tbsp. chocolate powder + 1 dash of coffee extract
7 white eggs
1/2 tsp salt
200 gr granulate sugar
1/2 tsp cream of  tartar
Directions :
Pre-heat oven 350F  -  1 chiffon pan, do not grease with butter
In the medium bowl , mix together flour, baking powder, vanili, make a hole in the middle add yolks, mix well , add oil and coconut milk.  Mixing the ingredients with spatula until no more lump.
using electronic mixer , mix together white eggs , salt, cream of tartar - add little by little sugar , mixing together until glossy (between hard and soft peak).
Add the white eggs mixture into the flour batter with wooden spatula , make sure they mix well , don't over do.   Take some (about 1 generous cup of batter) and with chocolate powder and coffee extract.
How to make zebra pattern : put about 5 tbps. plain batter in one side of chiffon pan, add about 3 tbsp. chocolate batter right on the top of plain batter, put carefully don't try to adjust or tap the baking pan, let the batter flow by itself , it will create nice pattern when it done.  Repeat this step until the batter is finish.
Bake about 50 - 60 minute, depend on your oven.  Take a test with the tooth pick, to see if your cake is done or not. Turn the pan up side down.  Let it cool off about 30 minute.