For 8 people
- 45g Sugar
- 50g egg whites
- 35g egg yolks
- 45g flour
- Beat the egg whites, gradually adding the sugar until fluffy.
- Towards the end of the mixing turn the speed to low
- Add the flour gently.
- Pour the mixture on a plate/baking tray and cook 8-10 minutes in the oven at 200 °c.
CRÈME MOUSSELINE(210g butter Cream + 210g cream patisserie)
For the cream patisserie:
- Crème pâtissière
- 250ml milk
- 1 yolk
- 50g sugar
- 25g custard powder
- ½ vanilla pod
- Heat the milk with the vanilla.
- Beat the egg yolk and sugar together and add in the custard powder.
- When the milk comes to boil add a little bit of the warm milk into the egg sugar mixture mixing well.
- Pour all of the mixture back in the pan and cook until boiling.
- Discard and cover well with a cling film and keep it at room temperature.
For the Butter Cream:
- 125g Sugar
- 1 egg
- 212g of butter
- Put water and sugar to bake at 121°.
- Remove and pour on the beaten egg yolk at full speed.
- Add butter in small pieces until the mixture becomes creamy smooth.
- Mix the custard in a bowl with a whisk and add the butter cream.
- 35g water
- 35g sugar
- 15g brandy raspberry
- Cut the cake into 2 through the middle
- Wet the first piece with the syrup
- Spread a thin layer of cream mousseline about 1/3 on top.
- Wash and remove stems from the strawberries and add them.
- Spread cream again filling the gaps
- Place the second piece of biscuit. Moisten with the rest of syrup
- Smooth with cream and let it firm
- Place almond paste on top which was rolled by a rolling pin, and pour a drop of strawberry jelly.
- Garnish with fresh strawberries
A very traditional cake we usually do every Christmas in Greece & Cyprus with a chocolate twist! The King Cake (Vasilopita in Greek or galette des rois in French), is a New Year’s Day cake which contains a hidden coin or trinket which gives good luck to the receiver. It is associated with Saint Basil’s day, January 1, in most of Greece, but in some regions, the traditions surrounding a cake with a hidden coin are attached to Epiphany or to Christmas.
On New Year’s Day families cut the vasilopita to bless the house and bring good luck for the new year. This is usually done at the midnight of New Year’s Eve. A coin is hidden in the cake by slipping it into the dough before baking. At midnight the sign of the cross is etched with a knife across the cake. A piece of cake is sliced for each member of the family and any visitors present at the time, by order of age from eldest to youngest. Slices are also cut for various symbolic people or groups, depending on local and family tradition. In older times, the coin often was a valuable one, such as a gold sovereign. Nowadays there is often a prearranged gift, money, or otherwise, to be given to the coin recipient.
- 250 g. dark chocolate 72% cocoa
- 400 g. butter
- 300 g. brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 bulb fresh ground nutmeg
- 400 g. almond powder
- 10 eggs
- 175 g. flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Decorative nuts and bonbons
- 125 g. butter
- 150 g. brown sugar
- 30 g. dark chocolate 72% cocoa
- 125 g. flour
- 50 g. almond powder
- Melt the chopped chocolate with the butter in the microwave.
- In a bowl add the eggs and beat with a hand blender or whisk.
- In another pan , place the melted chocolate with the butter , add the brown sugar , cinnamon, cloves , nutmeg , the almond powder , beaten eggs , flour and lastly the baking powder.
- Mix well and pour the mixture into a 28cm diameter tin, with a built bottom foil.
- Bake in preheated oven at 170 degrees C for 30 minutes and at 160 degrees C for another 30 minutes.
FOR THE ALMOND CRUMBLE :
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave.
- In a bowl add the butter, brown sugar, almond powder and stir briefly with an electric mixer.
- Add the melted chocolate and flour, continuing to stir.
- Take it out of the bowl and roll it out into a thin sheet of thickness 3 mm with a roller pin and place it in the fridge.
- When frozen cut a disc diameter smaller than the hoop of the Kings Cake.
- Cover the surface of the almost cooked cake with the crumble and continue baking for 15 minutes until the crumble is cooked.
- Garnish with decorations of your choice .
Taking the Pecan Tart a step further and what’s the best thing to use? Of course Chocolate.
Below you will find 2 versions one with just Chocolate & Maple Syrup and the second version is with Bourbon. Choose whichever you prefer 🙂
CHOCOLATE PECAN TART & MAPLE SYRUP
- 375g pack shortcrust pastry (might be easier than making your own pastry)
- a little flour, for dusting
- 185g dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate if you like it sweet!
- 50g salted butter
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 200ml maple syrup
- 200g whole pecan nuts
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
- Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 20cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Fill the tart with baking paper and baking beans, bake for 25 mins, then remove the baking paper and beans. Continue to cook for 10 mins more until golden.
- Remove from the oven and cool.
- Melt the chocolate and butter together in a large bowl over a pan of simmering water.
- Whisk the eggs and maple syrup together, then stir into the chocolate with most of the nuts.
- Pour into the tart shell, top with the remaining nuts and bake for 30-40 mins until set.
- Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream or double cream.
BOURBON-PECAN TART WITH CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large egg white
- 2/3 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 (425g) package refrigerated shortcrust pastry
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 ounce/15g bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or more)
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Combine first 10 ingredients, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in pecans.
- Roll dough into a 13-inch circle; fit into a 20-22cm removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Trim excess crust using a sharp knife. Spoon sugar mixture into prepared crust.
- Bake at 180° for 45 minutes or until center is set.
- Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute or melt over bain-marie. Stir until smooth.
- Drizzle chocolate over tart.
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cocoa
- 4 tbs orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
- 7 oz tea biscuits and/or plain butter cookies
- 3 oz chopped pistachios
- 2 tbs chopped bittersweet chocolate
- powdered sugar, for decoration
- Break cookies into a large bowl and sprinkle with ½ the Grand Marnier, set aside.
- In a bowl, vigorously mix egg yolks with sugar until the mixture turns thick and the sugar is fully incorporated. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat the butter over low heat. With the back of a spoon smash the butter as it softens and begins to melt. Remove from heat as soon as the butter starts to liquify. Stir to combine.
- Next combine the broken cookies, butter and sugar mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. The chocolate mixture will be sticky a bit messy to handle.
- Lay out a long sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap on a hard surface, about 18 inches long. Roll the mixture onto the wax paper and shape into a salami shape length wise to the paper. Mold salami to the desired length and thickness, somewhere between 2-3 inches. Bring salami to one side of paper and roll paper around log gently but firmly, twist ends similar to that of a salami.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- When ready to serve, unwrap the salami and lightly roll it in powdered sugar to give it a look of aged salami.
- Keep refrigerated.
Note: Salami will be very firm when cutting slices, so its best to take it out of the refrigerator a few minutes before serving. Entire salami can be cut into slices and refrigerated to make it easier to serve later. Or if entertaining, salami can be presented whole and guests can cut their own slices.