I have taken on a new challenge...chocolates!
As I made a huge amount of chocolate bark last Christmas, I learned how to temper chocolate in all 3 types (dark, milk and white.). It was challenging and lots of fun at the same time.
I started out with small amounts and as soon as I felt confident I made batches of 1,5 kg at a time....I definitely gained some arm muscles there!
I topped the sheets of liquid tempered chocolate with nuts and dried fruit. For the white chocolate I dried strawberries and made a red fruit powder.
I got the hang of this chocolate vibe and I have a new goal for the coming months...to learn how to make bonbons and deal with chocolate in different ways.
Scary, but very satisfactory at the same time.
I will keep you updated on the process. See my Instagram account for more footage.
Here are my first ever bonbons made of a dark chocolate shell with fondant ganache and caramel filling. Yum!
Healthy Banana Bread
Here's the simplest recipe I've ever made for a very tasty...and healthy Banana bread.
For about 12 thick slices
140gr wholewheat flour
100 gr plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
150ml fullfat yoghurt
4 tbsp honey or maple syrup
70ml sunflower oil
2 very ripe bananas, mashed up.
Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius Fan/ 165 degrees non-fan. Prepare a loaf tin with parchment paper without being too precise, just make sure you press it down well in the corners. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Then mix all wet ingredients in another bowl with a whisk. Mix the dry into the wet ingredients with a whisk until just combines.
Throw the batter into the tin, speed till even and and bake for an hour!
(I just wrote this recipe from the top of my head as it is so simple, please do try!)
Inspired by my friend Gabrielle I made this summery dessert.
She runs the lovely bed&breakfast 'Les Pierres Sauvages' in the Provence and cooks up beautiful meals for her guests including some of the best desserts I've ever had.
Last night we had some of our bests friend from Holland over for dinner and I went all out with a starter of home made bread (of course), marinated anchovies and cure di bue tomatoes. Then a Moroccan lamb tajine with a beautiful salad and for the 'grand finale' this fresh and light fruity dessert.
Everyone loved it and the recipe was created on request.
I thought I might as well share it with you as my first blogpost on my new website and see what you think of it.
cooking time: 20 minutes + 2 hrs chilling
for the yogurt mousse:
500ml full fat organic yogurt
5 grams of gelatine (powder or leaves)
1/2 vanilla bean
3tbsp organic cane sugar
for the apricot compote:
8 ripe apricots
3 tbsp organic cane sugar
4 tbsp water
How to make it:
Start with making the compote; cut the apricots up roughly and cook in a saucepan together with the water and sugar for about 20 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally. Let cool and fill the bottoms of 4 glasses with the compote.
Make the mousse by preparing the gelatine (see the directions on the package) and mixing it with the yogurt. Mix in 1 tbsp of the sugar. Beat the cream with the vanilla seeds and the other 2 tbsp of sugar till stiff. Mix the whipped cream in the yogurt with a spatula, keeping as much air in the mixture as possible.
Add the yogurt mixture to the 4 glasses by slowly spooning it on top of the compote.This way you keep two nicely separated layers. Cover with clingfilm.
Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or till set.
Serve with a home made almond biscotto or other crunchy biscuit, almond is a great match with apricots.