Recipe: Peach cream mousse cake

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Peach cream mousse cake! With mango cubes and granadilla jelly top. Finished with peach, strawberry and kiwi. 

Ingredients:

.       17g Gelatin Powder

.       60g Hot Water

.       350g Whipping Cream

.       3 tablespoon Icing Sugar

.       300g granadilla Puree (if refrigerated, bring to room temperature)

.       300g peach Puree (if refrigerated, bring to room temperature)

.       1 tablespoon Rum

.       200g to 220g Cubed Mango (or use 2 medium sized mangoes)

.       150g mango puree (or use1 medium sized mango)(bring to room temperature)

.       2 tablespoon piping gel

.       Strawberries, peaches and kiwis (sliced)

Ingredients (crust):

  • Unsalted butter, softened, for greasing
  • 250 g biscuit wafers or 270 g (2 cups + 2 tablespoons) wafer crumbs
  • 56 g (¼ cup) caster (superfine granules) sugar
  • 113.5 g (½ cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

1. Using a pastry brush, grease the bottoms and sides of a 23-cm (9-inch) springform pan.

2. If using graham wafers, place in the bowl of a food processor and process to a fine crumb.

3.    In a small-sized bowl, stir together the graham wafer crumbs, sugar and melted butter.

4.    Press crumb mixture onto bottom and up the sides of the greased springform pan, stopping about 2.54-cm (1-inch) from the top of the pan.

5.    Place in the freezer to set while preparing the peach and cream cheese filling.

6.    In a small bowl, dissolve gelatine powder in hot water. When the gelatine powder is fully dissolved, add to peach puree. Add rum to the mixture. Mix well.

7.    In a mixing bowl, whip whipping cream with icing sugar to mousse state. Add the peach mixture to whipped cream. Mix well till incorporated.

8.    Put chilled, crumb lined springform pan in a shallow baking tin.  Pour the peach mousse filling into crust. Let the cake chill for at least 3 hours to set before removing the cake ring.

9.    After the mousse has set and the ring removed, make granadilla puree topping. Blend granadilla puree together with piping gel (add more piping gel if a thicker consistency is desired) and pour on top of the set mousse carefully.

10.Once the granadilla gel has set, decorate the top of the cake with slices of peaches, strawberries and kiwis.

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Recipe: Pavlova

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Pavlova! Traditional meringue topped with vanilla cream, finished with strawberry, raspberry, blueberry drizzled in glazed strawberry syrup. Not to forget the sprinkle of granadilla.

Ingredients:

  • 6 (59g) eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups (270g) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 2 tbs icing sugar mixture, sifted
  • Finely shredded rind and juice of 2 limes
  • strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
  • strawberry syrup
  • Pulp of 2-3 granadilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 120°C. Line an oven tray with foil. Brush with melted butter and dust with cornflour, shaking off excess. Mark a 24cm-diameter circle on foil.
  2. Use an electric mixer to whisk egg whites in a clean dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition, until meringue is thick and glossy and sugar dissolved. Rub a little meringue between fingers. If still “gritty” with sugar, continue to whisk until sugar dissolves. Add cornflour, vinegar and vanilla and whisk until just combined. Spoon meringue onto the foil, using the marked circle as a guide. Smooth sides and top of pavlova. Use a small spatula to forms little peaks around edge of pavlova. Bake in oven for 11/2 hours or until pavlova is dry to the touch. Turn off oven. Leave pavlova in oven with the door ajar to cool completely. When completely cold, transfer to serving plate or store in an airtight container until required.
  3. Use an electric mixer to whisk the cream and icing sugar in a medium bowl until firm peaks form. Spoon cream onto the top of pavlova. Pour lime juice into a ceramic or glass bowl. Add banana slices and toss to coat with juice. Drain. Decorate pavlova with banana, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Sprinkle strawberry syrup and granadilla.

Recipe: Macaroons

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Note: My favourite filling for macaroons is ganache filling, which I have included in this recipe. Alternatively, you can use jam and cream, butter cream, or just eat your macaroons plain.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites (140g)
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar or 1 3/4 cups icing mixture
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2g salt (tiny pinch)
  • gel food colouring (optional)

Ingredients (ganache filling):

  • 100g chocolate
  • 30ml cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C
  2. Place egg whites and caster sugar in a bowl and mix with electric mixer until stiff enough to turn the bowl upside down without it falling out, continue to whip for 1-2 more minutes.  How long this takes will depend on you mixer.
  3. Add gel or powdered food colouring (if so desired) and continue to mix for a further 20seconds. I chose blue, pink and brown food colouring.
  4. Sift the almond meal and icing sugar and salt twice, discarding any almond lumps that are too big to pass through the sieve. Fold into the egg white mixture. It should take roughly 30-50 folds using a rubber spatula.  The mixture should be smooth and a very viscous, not runny. Over-mix and your macaroons will be flat and have no foot, under mix and they will not be smooth on top.
  5. Pipe onto trays lined with baking paper, rap trays on the bench firmly (this prevents cracking) and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Check if one comes off the tray fairly cleanly, if not bake for a little longer (make sure you are using NON-stick baking paper or they will stick).
  6. For the ganache filling (optional), bring the 30ml cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate. Let stand for a minute and then stir. If it is not adequately melted then microwave for 20 seconds and stir – repeat until smooth. Allow to cool and thicken before piping onto macaroons.

Recipe: Chocolate Soufflé

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Chocolate Soufflé topped with chocolate and walnut shavings. Finished with white chocolate on triple ice cream on waffle and wafer sticks with Strawberry on the side.

Note: Serves 6.

Ingredients:

  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 4 1/2 tbscaster sugar
  • 60g butter
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 160ml (2/3 cup) milk
  • 210g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) thin cream
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Icing sugar, to dust
  • Strawberries, ice cream and chocolate wafers (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush six 160ml (2/3-cup) ovenproof souffle dishes with melted butter to grease (using upward strokes on side). Sprinkle the inside with 1 1/2 tbs of caster sugar, shake out any excess.
  2. Melt 30g of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and use a wooden spoon to stir for 1 minute or until mixture is smooth and begins to bubble. Remove from heat, gradually add milk, stirring until smooth and combined. Return to medium heat, stir until mixture thickens and comes to the boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in 125g of the chocolate and remaining caster sugar until combined. Transfer to a bowl. Add egg yolks and stir until well combined.
  4. Use an electric beater to whisk egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until firm peaks form. Use a metal spoon to fold one-third of the egg whites into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites until just combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture evenly into prepared dishes. Place on a baking tray. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until well risen.
  6. Meanwhile: combine remaining chocolate, remaining butter, brown sugar, cream and vanilla essence in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until chocolate melts and mixture is well combined. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Place in a jug.
  7. To serve, place ramekins on plates. Dust with icing sugar. Use a spoon to make a hole in top of each souffle, pour in a little chocolate sauce. Add chocolate wafers, strawberries and ice cream on side if desired.

Recipe: Triple decker tiramisu

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Triple decker Tiramisu topped off with shavings of Lindt caramel.

Note: Yields 12 squares

Ingredients:

  • 255 grams of Tennis/Marie biscuits, split
  • 1/4cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 227 grams of mascarpone cheese
  • 1 
cup whipping cream
  • 1/4
cup powdered sugar
  • 1 
teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3
cup chocolate liqueur
  • 28 grams of white chocolate baking squares or white baking bars, grated
  • 28 grams of bittersweet chocolate, grated
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chopped Lindt sensations caramel flavour (optional)

Directions:

  1. Line the bottom of an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with some of the split Tennis/Marie biscuits, cutting to fit as necessary. Drizzle half of the espresso over the biscuits and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form. Beat in the chocolate liqueur until just combined. Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, spreading evenly. Sprinkle white chocolate and bittersweet chocolate over the mascarpone mixture. Top with another layer of split biscuits (reserve any remaining biscuits for another use). Layer with remaining espresso and mascarpone cheese mixture.
  3. Cover and chill for 6 to 24 hours. Sift cocoa powder over top of dessert. If desired, garnish with chopped Lindt caramel sensations.
  4. Cut into 12 equal squares.

Recipe: Miniature chocolate marble cakes

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Baked chocolate marble cake base covered in light vanilla whipped double cream, topped with icing sugar powdered blueberry with strawberry, glazed in strawberry sauce.

Note: Serves 4 – 6.

Ingredients:

  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 130g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 130g vanilla double cream
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 50g melted dark chocolate (I used 70% dark)
  • icing sugar powder
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • strawberry sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Butter a 4 cup circular tins and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl either in the microwave (about 30 seconds) or over a double boiler. Once melted, set aside to slightly cool.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Then add in the flour mixture little by little. Remove around 2/3 cup of the mixture and add the melted chocolate to the mixture left in the stand mixer bowl. Mix to just blend.
  5. Spoon mixtures alternatively into circular tins. Bake for around 30-40 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, whip the vanilla double cream. Wash the blueberries and strawberries, then slice up strawberries in halves. Also put strawberry sauce into a bowl, ready to pour over marble cake.
  7. Once marble cakes are done in the oven, allow to cool slightly before turning out.
  8. Spread some whipped vanilla double cream over the top of the marble cakes. Pour some strawberry sauce over the vanilla cream. Place two halves of the sliced strawberries in the centre, and line the outer circle with blueberries. Sprinkle with icing sugar powder.