Chocolate Striped Swiss Roll

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I worked with Jemma’s Polka Dot Swiss Roll Recipe to get this.

INGREDIENTS

Stripes
50 g unsalted butter, softened
50 g powdered sugar, sifted
2 eggs whites
30g  flour, sifted
20 g cocoa powder, sifted

Swiss Roll
3 large eggs, separated
80 g sugar (in 2x 40g batches)
45 g unsalted butter, melted
75 g plain flour, sifted
½ tsp vanilla extract

Filling
Strawberry Jam
120ml whipping cream

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

For the stripes, add butter and icing sugar to a small bowl and mix with hand mixer until well blended.  Add the egg whites and mix again until blended.  Sift in cocoa powder and flour and mix until blended.   Fill piping bag and pipe out any design you desire.  Place in refrigerator while make Swiss roll batter.

For Swiss Roll batter, separate eggs and using hand mixer mix egg whites and 40g of sugar until stiff peaks.  Then mix yolks and sugar until lighter in color and thicker. Mix in vanilla extract.  Fold egg whites into yolks in three stages.  Then fold in the melted and cooled butter and flour (do this in two batches starting and ending with flour).

Carefully spread Swiss Roll batter over the refrigerator pattern and bake for approximately 10 minutes when the center springs back.

Cut a border around the cake while hot and turn out cake onto a baking tray.  Flip cake back onto a tea towel and cover exposed end with parchment paper.  As you roll the warm cake, remove the bottom parchment (watch Jemma’s video above for exactly how to do this).  Then re-roll the tea towel around the cake until you are ready to fill.  This keeps the cake from cracking and moist.

Make whipped cream and then unroll cake.  Apply a layer of jam leaving a 1/2 inch border and then cover with whipped cream.  Don’t go too thick on either layer.  Re roll cake and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sugar Coated Buttermilk Pound Cake

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INGREDIENTS

3 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3 cups sugar + more for pan
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease one 9 or 10 inch tube pan with butter and then coat with sugar. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar. Mix in the eggs, one at time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the lemon and the vanilla extracts. Gently mix in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 90 minutes. Do not open oven door until after one hour. When cake begins to pull away from the side of the pan it is done. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Frost if desired.

Isabel’s Coconut Cake

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Isabel wanted a Coconut Cake for her birthday.  Or did Maddie want one for Isabel’s birthday?  I doesn’t matter. A Coconut Cake was born. I worked with this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

360g cake flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
400g  sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups well shaken canned coconut milk , at room temperature
2 large eggs , at room temperature, yolks and whites separated
1 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large egg whites , at room temperature
1/8 tsp cream of tartar

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

12 oz cream cheese, nearly at room temperature
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp coconut extract
590g powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 9-inch round cake pans and line bottom of each with a round of parchment paper, butter parchment paper and set pans aside.

Sift cake flour into a large mixing bowl, then add baking powder and salt and whisk mixture. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together granulated sugar, butter and canola oil on medium speed until well combined. Scrape down bowl.

Add in egg yolks one at a time and mix until combined after each addition (reserve 2 egg whites), then mix in coconut and vanilla extracts. Scrape down bowl.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, blend just until combined. Add half of the coconut milk, mix just until combined. Mix in another 1/3 of the flour mixture followed by remaining coconut milk. Finish by mixing in last 1/3 of the flour mixture.

In a separate mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, whip 6 egg whites with cream of tartar on medium-high speed until stiff (but not dry) peaks form.

Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold 1/3 of the egg whites into cake batter at a time and fold just combined after each addition (don’t over-mix and deflate egg whites).

Divide batter among prepared cake pans. Spread batter into an even layer and bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 19 – 22 minutes.
Allow to cool in cake pan 5 – 10 minutes then run a knife along edges of cakes and invert each onto a wire rack to cool. Cool completely the cut tops to even as needed.
For the Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter with cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Mix in coconut extract. Add powdered sugar and whip on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.
Chill as needed if frosting seems runny (slightly runny is fine, once you get it frosted the coconut will help it stay in place).
Frost top of one layer, add another layer and frost then top with last layer and frost top and sides. Place cake stand over a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle cake evenly with shredded coconut (pressing gently on sides to adhere).  I refrigerated it overnight but then left it out.

Japanese Cheesecake

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I decided to make this for Pacific-Asian Heritage Month. I worked with this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

10 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
7 large eggs, separated
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup sugar
Powdered Sugar, for decorating

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment. Place a 3 1/2-inch-wide strip of parchment around the inside of the pan so that it comes up about 1 inch higher than the edge; set aside.

Heat the cream cheese, milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

Whisk together the vanilla, egg yolks and lemon juice in a large bowl until smooth. Pour the cooled milk mixture into the yolk mixture and whisk until smooth and combined. Whisk in the flour and cornstarch until combined; set aside.

Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the granulated sugar and continue beating on medium speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes longer.

Gently fold the egg white mixture into the yolk mixture in 3 batches, making sure not to overmix (you want the whites to stay as fluffy as possible). As soon as the white streaks disappear from the batter, pour it into the prepared pan.

Place the cake pan inside of a larger pan and pour enough hot water into the larger pan so that it comes 1 inch up the sides of the cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes, then reduce the oven to 250 degrees F and continue baking until the cake is doubled in size, golden brown on top and around the edges and jiggly in the center but set, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Let the cake cool for 10 minutes. Carefully invert the cake onto your dominant hand (right onto your palm–this is the most gentle way to handle it), then invert it back onto a cake stand or plate so that the top is facing up. Sprinkle the entire top with confectioners’ sugar and serve while still warm.

Ina Garten’s Jam Thumbprints

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The Barefoot Contessa always delivers a good recipe.

INGREDIENTS

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
Raspberry jam (flavor optional)

DIRECTIONS

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. (If you have a scale, they should each weigh 1 ounce.) Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/4 teaspoon of jam into each indentation. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.

Ginger Syrup Scones

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I worked with this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

250 g flour
50g granulated sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
113 grams very cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream (120ml)
3 tablespoons ginger syrup (optional)

Additional heavy cream for brushing over scones optional
Additional sugar for sprinkling over scones optional

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 375F (190C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in food processor and pulse to combine. Cut butter into Tablespoon-sized pieces and scatter over flour mixture, pulse until butter is cut up into the flour mixture and butter pieces are no longer visible. Combine the heavy cream and ginger syrup and pour heavy cream over flour mixture. Pulse until dough begins to clump together.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and (handling lightly, as you don’t want to over-work this dough) add any add-ins at this point, gently working them into the dough.  Fold the dough in half over itself and use your hands to gently flatten layers together. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and fold in half again, repeating this step 5 times and taking care to not overwork the dough.
Form the dough into a smooth disk about 1″ thick by 6″ round.  Cut the disk into 8 wedges, pressing the knife straight down with each cut. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet and place about 2″ apart. Brush lightly with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake on 375F for 14-16 minutes or until edges are just beginning to turn golden brown. Don’t over-bake your scones or they will be dry and tough. Allow scones to cool on baking sheet before serving and enjoying.

 

Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

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I’m obsessed with these cookies.

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Coarse-flake sea salt for sprinkling (preferably fleur de sel)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a saucepan over medium heat, brown the butter. Pour the browned butter into a medium bowl and stir in the brown sugar and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together. With a spoon, stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until combined. Stir in the toasted pecans. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and lightly press it into the top of cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.

GF Birthday Cake

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Because everyone deserves a delicious birthday cake! I made up the cake recipe but I used the King Arthur Flour frosting.

INGREDIENTS
Cake
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 eggs at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup melted butter

Frosting
1 1/4. ups cocoa powder (sifted)
1 cup + 3 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup hot water
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup butter at room temperature

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and line the bottom of two round cake pans. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachement, mix together the almond flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.  Add vanilla and melted butter and mix until combined. Evenly pour batter into prepared pans and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for 10 minutes in pans and then take them out and let them cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, place the cocoa powder, 1 cup (113g) of the confectioners’ sugar, and the salt in the bowl of your stand mixer and stir. Stir in the water and vanilla, scraping the bowl if necessary. Add the butter and remaining confectioners’ sugar, stirring to combine. Using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the frosting at medium-high speed for 1 to 2 minutes, until lightened in color and fluffy, stopping halfway through to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. When the frosting is ready, scoop out a bit on your spatula; does it seem nicely spreadable? If it’s too stiff, beat in water (1 teaspoon at a time) until it’s the consistency you want.

Frost when cake is completely cool.  Store covered in a airtight container. 

 

Chocolate Cake Topped with Ganache

Friday night treat for me and my man.  I got the recipe here.

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup boiling water
2 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

GANACHE:

1/4 cup half-and-half cream
3 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
Confectioners’ sugar and baking cocoa, optional

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°. Pour boiling water over chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk in sugar, buttermilk, egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; whisk into chocolate mixture just until blended.

Transfer to a 9-in. round baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Place rack on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.

For ganache, bring cream just to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Slowly pour over cake, allowing some ganache to drape over sides.

Refrigerate until serving. If desired, sprinkle confectioners’ sugar and cocoa. Cut into wedges.

 

Friday Cake

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There is only one way to start the weekend! I worked with this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
2 cup sugar
3 eggs seperated
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut 
1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Buttercream

1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
5 cups powdered sugar sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 tablespoon heaving whipping cream

Topping
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or grease and 3 8-inch round cake pans. Separate eggs and beat whites until stiff. Cream butter and shortening. Add sugar and beat until mixture is smooth. Add egg yolks and beat well. Combine flour and baking soda in another bowl; stir to combine. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla.  Finely chop walnuts and coconut and then mix in.  Fold in egg whites.
Pour batter into cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.  Test at 20 minutes and make sure there are no crumbs on the toothpick.  Cool on a wire rack before frosting.
For Buttercream, cream butter, slowly add the confectioners sugar one cup at a time.
Add vanilla and whipping cream. Beat until smooth. For the topping, put the coconut flakes and the walnuts into a food processor until they become powdery.  Frost cake when it is cool and sprinkle on topping.  Cover until ready to serve.