Wooohooo!!!.., valentine’s day is just around the corner..and all you ladies who want to impress their love ones..try to make your own dessert cake for them. i bet they will go “woww-ingg” ..haha…well that if you had succeed in making it. 🙂
Here are some great dessert ideas for all you peeps who dare to impress them with your cooking/baking skills.
- Strawberry lemon curd tart
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
grated zest of one lemon
1/2 stick (2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temp cut into 8 pieces
Steps to make the curd:
Choose a saucepan that will hold the bowl from your mixer (or a heat proof mixing bowl) in a double-boiler arrangement. Fill the pan with 2 to 3 inches of water and bring to a simmer.
Put the eggs and sugar in the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip at high speed until very light and fluffy. Still whisking, add the lemon juice and zest. Set the bowl in the saucepan, making sure the the bottom of the bowl does not touch the simmering water, and cook the mixture, whisking constantly by hand until smooth, thick , and custardlike. Be patient; this can take a while. Remove bowl from saucepan and whisk in butter piece by piece. Cover the curd with plastic wrap pressed to the top, and refrigerate until chilled and set. I put mine right into my pre-baked tart shell and refrigerated until set. Don’t stir the curd again once it’s set. After the curd set, topped the tart with the strawberries that had hulled. Then finished with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
Next part…the dough crust,,…
Sweet Dough Crust
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon (9 tablespoons; 4 1/2 ounces) very cold (or frozen) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk lightly beaten
Steps in making the dough crust:
1. Put the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Scatter the pieces of butter over the dry ingredients and pulse until the butter is coarsely cut in—you should have pieces the size of oatmeal flakes and some the size of peas. Stir the yolk, just to break it up, and add it a little at a time, pulsing after each addition. When the egg is in, process in long pulses—about 10 seconds each—until the dough, which will look granular soon after the egg is added, forms clumps and curds. Just before you reach this stage, the sound of the machine working the dough will change—heads up. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and, very lightly and sparingly, knead the dough just to incorporate any dry ingredients that might have escaped mixing.
2. To roll or press the dough into the pan: Butter a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.
If you want to roll the dough, chill it for about 2 hours before rolling (unless you’ve used frozen butter and the dough comes out of the processor firm and cold, in which case you can roll it immediately). I find it easiest to roll this dough out between two sheets of plastic film – make sure to peel away the film frequently, so it doesn’t get rolled into the dough.
If you want to use the press-in method, you can work with the dough as soon as it’s processed. Just press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Don’t be too heavy-handed – press the crust in so that the edges of the pieces cling to one another, but don’t press so hard that the crust loses its crumbly texture.
3. Freeze the crust for at least 30 minutes, preferably longer, before baking.
4. To fully bake the crust: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F.
5. Butter the shiny side of a piece of aluminum foil and fit the foil, buttered side down, tightly against the crust. (Since you froze the crust, you can bake it without weights.) Put the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake the crust for 25 minutes. Carefully remove the foil. If the crust has puffed, press it down gently with the back of a spoon. Bake the crust for another 8 minutes or so, or until it is firm and golden brown, brown being the important word: a pale crust doesn’t have a lot of flavor. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool the crust to room temperature.
(this recipe is taken from: half-bakedbaker.blogspot.com)
2. Strawberry ice cream profiteroles
Steps in making it:
So,..im preety sure y’all (or most of you) have tried baskin robbins, haagen dazs, ben&jerrys, all fast-food resto in jkt…and the list goes on……but have you try eating korean ice cream?? well,..ive havent try the ones in a korean restaurant yet. Anywwayy..i discovered a bakery shop (Sunflower Bakery) at Pondok Indah that sells korean ice cream sticks!!! (WO0HOO!)
1 ice cream stick (any flavor) will cost you about Rp. 10,000. preetyyy costly, but heck…when u crave for something..money is no exception…well unless if it cost like a million rupiah……its a whole different storyyy. There are a lot of interesting flavors such as honeydew, soda, vanilla with red bean, coffee coated with a layer of coffee….and so on.
These awesomeeee ice cream flavors will definatelyy make your day even moree happier. 🙂
Happy ice cream day!
I’ve been craving for japanese ice cream mochi, the ones with so many flavors with different colors. It’s a mini bite size ice cream mochi, and its chewy+sweet…(ahh,..*drools*) the next thing you know, you can never stop eating it till you finish the whole pack (yeppppp….that happened to me for a couple of timeesss). The last time i ate it, was like two years ago at the States (i bought it at Costco, i usually buy the chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors)…and now i’ve been looking for it in Jakarta. Sigh……so far..no luck. So if you guys haven’t try this before..you should put it in your “must eat list”… 🙂
Ready made ice cream mochi package
You can find this brand at Costco..or any other place in the States basically…….I wish some business company here in Jakarta can import this good stuff. 🙂
So anywhooo…since i can’t find any ice cream mochi in jakarta,..i thought making your own mochi would be fun. Below here is the ice cream mochi recipe adapted from japaneseicecream.blogspot.com :
Mochi Ice Cream Recipe (around 8 servings)
Sweet rice powder 50g
Ice cream 150-200g
Cornstarch as needed
1 spread cornstarch onto a cutting board (use plenty so the mochi dough does not stick to the cutting board)
3 Next, cover the bowl with plastic food wrap (leave a breather gap) and cook in the microwave – medium for 2 minutes. Mix with a wooden spoon (dip it in water) and cook for around one more minute.
4 You can tell the dough is ready when it turns shiny and smooth.
5 Dip your spoon in water then spread the sweet rice dough onto the cutting board as flat as possible. Remember the dough is hot so take care.
6 Cover the dough with corn starch and then flip it over. Then pull and stretch the edges and make the dough thinner.
7 Keep pulling and stretching until the dough is around 2 or 3 millimetres thin.
8 Leave to cool a little and when the dough is cool enough, cut it into rounds , use a bowl for the size.
9 You are left with nice round mochi sheets.
10 To freeze the dough, cover each layer of mochi sheet with plastic wrap and dusted with cornstarch then put it into the freezer.
11 Put the ice cream onto the centre of the mochi sheet. For a nice round mochi use an ice cream scoop. Mmm, strawberry.
12 Fold and join the edges and then back in the freezer until it’s eating time!
This is how your mochi ice cream should look, Strawberry and Green Tea Mochi. It’s best to eat these when they’re slightly thawed, or else it’s like biting into a little ball of rock and we all know that would be no fun:)
TIP, you can use a mochi ice cream container ( the tray from mochi you have bought in a store) to help form the shape .