Black Forest Gateau

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ingredients

Cake

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for buttering cake pan
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting cake pan
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (4 3/4 ounces) superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) kirsch

Assembly

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Sour Cherries, or a 24-ounce jar sour cherries such as morello or amarena
  • 8 fresh cherries with stems (optional)
  • About 2 1/2 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao) in a single block
  • About 1/2 cup ground dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

To Make the Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350°. Place the rack in the center of the oven. Butter and flour a 10-inch cake pan that is 3 inches deep such as a springform mold.

Sift the 1/2 cup flour, the cocoa, and the salt together onto a sheet of parchment paper and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla at high speed until the mixture has tripled in volume and is very thick, about 8 minutes. When the whisk is lifted, the batter will form a thick ribbon as it falls back into the bowl.

Lower the speed to stir and carefully tap the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. As soon as all the flour has been added to the eggs, stop the machine. Pour in the melted butter, making sure to leave the white, milky solids behind. With a large rubber spatula, using as few strokes as possible, finish folding the flour mixture and butter into the batter until evenly mixed.

Immediately scrape the batter into the prepared pan, place the pan on a baking sheet, and bake until the cake feels just firm to the touch, about 40 minutes. Transfer the cake to a rack and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Then turn the cake upside down onto a rack to cool. This will flatten the slightly domed top.

To Make the Syrup:
Place the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the kirsch and remove from the heat. Pour the syrup into a small cup or bowl and set it aside.

To Assemble the Cake:
In a large bowl, whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed until it holds firm peaks. Do not overbeat; the whipped cream should be smooth and firm. Divide the cream into 4 equal portions and set them aside. (This helps prevent getting to the last bit of decorating and discovering you have run out of cream.) Drain the cherries and divide them into 2 equal piles. Reserve 8 to 12 cherries to garnish the top of the cake if you do not have fresh cherries.

Place the cake on a work surface with its original top up. Trim off any hard crusts. With a long serrated knife, cut the cake horizontally into 3 even layers. Transfer the top layer to a serving plate, arranging it top side down. Brush it liberally with the syrup. With an offset spatula or rubber spatula, smooth on a 1/2-inch layer of whipped cream. Push the cream a little beyond the edge of the cake. (This prevents gaps when you settle the next layer on top.) Nestle half of the cherries into the whipped cream, scattering them evenly over the top.

Place the middle cake layer on top of the cherries, pressing it lightly into the whipped-cream layer. Brush with syrup, spread with whipped cream, and scatter the remaining half of the cherries over the cream.

Finally, add the last cake layer, cut side up, on top of the cherries, again settling it into the whipped-cream layer. Brush with syrup. With an icing spatula or a large rubber spatula, spread a thin layer of whipped cream over the top of the cake. Spread a thicker layer onto the sides.

Pastry shops add a decorative scalloped edge of ground dark chocolate around the base of the cake. Fill your cupped palm with some of the ground chocolate and lift and tilt it onto the base of the cake all around the bottom edge. Rotate the cake between handfulls. It’s the heel of your hand that forms the scalloped edge.

Rotate the edge of a sharp knife against the block of chocolate to make curls or cut shavings with a vegetable peeler. Pile them on top of the cake.

Scoop the remaining whipped cream into a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip. Pipe fat rosettes all around the top edge of the cake. Press a fresh or spirited cherry into the center of each rosette. Refrigerate the cake for at least 4 hours to let the flavors meld. Just before serving, dust the top with powdered sugar.

Alcohol-Free Variation
Use about 24 ounces of preserved sour cherries in syrup. Drain the cherries, reserving the syrup and cherries separately. In a small saucepan, bring to a boil 1/3 cup espresso or strong coffee, the reserved syrup, and 3/4 cup sugar (or to taste), stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and reserve until needed.

notes:

If using jarred cherries, drain them, reserving both the syrup and the cherries. Measure the amount of syrup and set aside. Macerate the cherries in a glass bowl in 1/2 cup of kirsch for 1 hour, tossing them occasionally. Drain the cherries, reserving them and the kirsch separately. Pour the syrup into a small saucepan with the kirsch and add sugar, if needed, to make a slightly sweet, cherry-flavored syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and set aside until needed. You need about 1 cup of syrup for the cake. Use the rest as a sauce for ice cream.

 

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German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Ingredients

Cake

4oz milk chocolate, cut into pieces                                     dbab146e76f77c0e402a5a7af7e4b644
1/2 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

1 cup sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla

Method

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening; lightly flour. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate with water over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool.
  • In large bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating and scraping well after each addition. Beat in chocolate mixture. On low speed, beat in remaining cake ingredients until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter evenly into pans.
  • Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; place on wire racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • In 2-quart saucepan, cook 1 cup sugar, the evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter and 3 eggs over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Place 1 cake layer, top side down, on serving plate. Spread with 1/3 of frosting. Repeat with remaining cake layers and frosting, ending with frosting.

Chicken, mushroom and bacon pie

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Ingredients

  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, roughly chopped
  • 60g (2oz) butter
  • 150g (5oz) cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 300ml (½ pint) hot chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • About 500g (1lb) cooked chicken, in chunks
  • 1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
  • Beaten egg, to glaze

 

Method

  1. Dry-fry the bacon in a frying pan until it’s crispy. Put in a large bowl. Add about a third of the butter to the pan and fry the mushrooms until browned. Add to the bacon.
  2. Add the rest of the butter to the pan, with the flour, and stir to make a thick paste. Pour in the stock gradually, to make a sauce, and bring to the boil for a minute. Stir in the crème fraîche, parsley and seasoning. Pour into the bowl and add the bacon and mushrooms. Cool. Mix chicken into the sauce and put the filling in the pie dish.
  3. Roll out the pastry, if necessary, to ensure that it fits on top of the dish. Brush water on the dish’s edge, put a strip of pastry around, then lay the pastry top on and seal edges, then trim and decorate. Cut shapes out of the leftover pastry and stick on top with water.
  4.  Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Brush the pastry with beaten egg. Bake for 40 mins until golden.

Recipe from Great British Food Magazine November 2014

Chocolate and Irish Cream Roulade

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Ingredients                                                                                                      

  • butter, for greasing
  • 175g (6oz) plain dark chocolate (about 50 per cent cocoa solids)
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 300ml (10fl oz) double cream
  • 4 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
  • icing sugar, sifted, for dusting

FOR THE ICING

  • 50g (1¾ oz) icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp double cream
  • 2-3 tsp Baileys Irish Cream liqueur

Serves 8

Method

  • Swiss roll tin, 30cm x 23cm (12in x 9in) and 2cm (¾ in) deep; small piping bag (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan/350°F/gas 4). Lightly grease the Swiss roll tin with butter and line with baking parchment. It helps to make a small diagonal snip at each corner of the baking parchment, about 3cm (1¼ in) long, so the paper fits snugly into the corners of the tin.
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. The base of the bowl must not touch the water. Leave until just melted, then remove from the heat, stir and leave the chocolate to cool slightly. (See below, Make a light cake, step 1.)
  3. Meanwhile, place the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk using an electric hand whisk on high speed until fluffy and stiff, but not dry.
  4. Tip the caster sugar and egg yolks into another large bowl and whisk on high speed until light, thick and creamy, for about 1½ minutes. Pour in the cooled chocolate and stir until blended. Add two large spoonfuls of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture and mix gently, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Sift the cocoa and fold it into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. (See below, Make a light cake, step 2.)
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cake is well risen and firm on top. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside, leaving it in its tin until cold (expect it to dip and crack a little).
  6. Place the cream in a bowl with the Baileys Irish Cream liqueur and whip until thick enough to just hold its shape. If insufficiently whipped it will be too runny to spread; if over-whipped it will become too thick to spread evenly.
  7. Lightly dust a large piece of baking parchment with icing sugar. Turn the cake out on to the parchment and carefully peel off the lining paper. Spread the surface of the cake with the whipped cream, leaving a bare rim of about 2cm (¾ in) all the way around the edges. With one of the short ends near you, make a score mark 2cm (¾ in) in from this edge, being careful not to cut right through. Starting at this point, tightly roll up the roulade. Transfer the roulade to a serving platter or board. (See below, Roll a neat roulade.)
  8. Make the icing: put the icing sugar in a bowl, then mix in the cream and enough Baileys Irish Cream liqueur to give a smooth consistency. Drizzle the icing over the top of the roulade, or pipe it using the small piping bag.

Recipe available from Great British Food Magazine Christmas edition 2014

Chicken Chasseur with Creamy Mash

Ingredients                                                th (1)

For the chicken
For the mash

 

 

Method

  1. Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground black pepper then toss in the flour to coat.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan until hot, add the oil and half the butter then fry the chicken pieces, skin side down, for 1-2 minutes until golden-brown. Turn the chicken and fry on the other side for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot, add the remaining butter and fry the bacon and button mushrooms until they are golden-brown. Add the shallots and caster sugar and fry for 2-3 minutes until golden and caramelised.
  4. Add the wine and bring it to a simmer, stirring to deglaze the pan, then pour the bacon and mushroom mixture over the chicken. Add the stock, tomato purée and tarragon to the chicken and bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid slightly reduced.
  6. Meanwhile, for the mash, place the potatoes into a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  7. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pan, then place the pan on the heat for one minute to steam off any excess moisture.
  8. Mash the potatoes well, then add the butter and milk, beating to form a smooth mash. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  9. When the chicken is cooked, add the tomatoes and flat leaf parsley, check the seasoning then simmer for a further two minutes before serving.

Italian Herb Baked Meatballs

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Ingredients                                                                       
makes 15 meatballs

1 pound lean ground beef (I used 88%)
½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, pressed (or minced)
½ small onion, grated (or minced)
2 tablespoons marinara
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Method
Preheat oven to 375°.  Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well, do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs.

Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, portion out meat and place on baking sheet.  After all meatballs have been scooped onto tray, roll into balls.

Bake for 20-22 minutes.

Remove and transfer to sauce or serve immediately.

Baked German Potato Salad Recipe

Ingredients                                exps9765_BHR1449221D67

 

  • 12 medium red potatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • 8 bacon strips
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup water, divided
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

Directions

 

  • In a saucepan, cook potatoes until just tender; drain. Peel and slice
  • into an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish; set aside.
  • In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons
  • drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Saute onions in drippings
  • until tender. Stir in the brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, vinegar,
  • pickle juice, parsley, salt and celery seed. Simmer, uncovered, for
  • 5-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine flour and remaining water until smooth; stir into
  • onion mixture. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until
  • thickened. Pour over potatoes. Add bacon; gently stir to coat. Bake,
  • uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through.

 

8-10 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min.

Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/baked-german-potato-salad#ixzz36KI24KBo

 

Carrot Pudding with a Brown Sugar Sauce

Ingredients                                                                                                                     SDC14198_zpsea7ed4e8

7.5 ounces soft light brown sugar (1 cup packed)
4 ounces butter, softened (1/2 cup)
2 large free range eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 1/2 ounces plain flour (1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and ground cardamom
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated (1 cup)
2 medium potatoes, peeled and grated, squeezed dry ( 1 cup.  Squeeze all the water out and discard before measuring.)
6 ounces of sultana raisins (1 cup)

For the Brown Sugar Sauce:
3.75 ounces of soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup)
2 ounces butter (1/4 cup)
2 TBS golden syrup ( can use corn syrup)
125ml of double ( heavy or whipping) cream (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

 

Directions

Have ready a pot of simmering water, fitted with a steaming basket and a lid.  Butter a large pudding basin and set aside.

Cream together the brown sugar and butter.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Sift together the flour, soda, salt and spices.  Stir this into the creamed mixture.  Fold in the carrots, potatoes, and raisins.  Spoon the pudding into the prepared pudding basin.  Take a large sheet of foil.  Butter it well and make a pleat in the centre.  Fit this over the top of the pudding basin, leaving room for expansion.  Secure with a rubber band or some twine and make air tight.

Place this into the steamer basket over the boiled and simmering water.  Cover tightly with a lid.  Steam for 3 hours, checking periodically to make sure that the water doesn’t run dry.   Add more boiling water carefully as needed.

Remove the steamer basket.  Remove the foil carefully.  There will be steam.  Carefully slide a knife around the inside edge of the bowl to loosen.  Invert a serving plate over top and then carefully tip out the finished pudding.  Serve warm, cut into wedges along with the brown sugar sauce, custard, cream or ice cream.

To make the brown sugar sauce, place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan.  Bring to the boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally to help prevent it from catching, over a very low heat for about five minutes.

Note:  Any leftovers can be reheated by placing into a steamer basket and steaming over simmering water until heated through, or covered and heated for about 40 seconds in the microwave.

 

Variations on Sauce

Lemon Sauce

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 1/4 cups hot water

  • 3 1/2 teaspoons butter

  • 3 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

  • To make the lemon sauce, mix together 3/4 cup of sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Stir in hot water, butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Serve warm over the pudding.

 

Buttery Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

  • Buttery sauce: In a medium-size pot, combine butter or margarine, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Heat until the mixture is liquid. Spoon mixture over the warm carrot pudding to serve.

 

Cinnamon Sauce

1 1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. light corn syrup
1/3 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 c. evaporated milk

SAUCE: Bring sugar, corn syrup, water and cinnamon to a boil over medium heat. Boil 4 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk. Serve warm over pie.

 

Sour Cream Apple Pie Crumble

Ingredients                                                                                  446446

  • 1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 2 cups diced apples

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup chilled butter, diced

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Press the pie crust into and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, and salt. Mix in the sour cream, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add apples, and stir to coat. Scrape the mixture into the pie shell.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 30 minutes more.
  4. While the pie is baking, prepare the topping in a medium bowl. Stir together 1/3 cup of flour, 1/3 cup sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  5. After the 30 minute bake time has passed, cover the top of the pie with the crumb topping, and continue to bake for 15 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned and apples are tender. Allow the pie to cool, then refrigerate until chilled before serving.

 

Original recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com

Double Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients                                                                                                                      flourless-chocolate-brownies-001

  • 185g dark chocolate
  • 125g butter
  • 1 cup+2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup crumbled hazelnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Boil water in a pot and place a smaller bowl over it. Melt chocolate in that bowl.
  • Add in butter and mix. Let it cold.
  • Whisk eggs and sugar in a separate large bowl. Pour chocolate mixture into it.
  • Add in vanilla and flour and combine them well.
  • Toss in hazelnuts and mix, but not too much.
  • Line a rectangular baking pan with parchment paper and pour the batter into it.
  • Bake for 40 min.
  • Let it cold before serving.

 

Recipe from http://www.giverecipe.com