Chocolate Praline Berry Tart

Time is running and we are leaving Denmark in less than two weeks! It has been a huge decision to leave family and friends and travel to the land of opportunities. Chris and I are quite different when it comes to leaving loved once behind to fulfill our own dreams and hopes for the future, but not once have we disagreed on this decision!

With only 10 days left, we have sold almost all of our kitchen tools so cooking can be quite challenging (and some days quite boring)!! We are used to cooking whatever we want on that particular day, but with a freezer that needs to be emptied and only few tool it takes a lot more kitchen creativity to get interesting and delicious food (I’m not saying that few ingredients and no tools = bad food, I’m just saying that my imagination is somewhere else these weeks, trying to figure where to live, how to buy a car (+ insurance), buying a phone etc.)

Even though the freezer and pantry is almost empty, there is still one ingredient that I have dozens of: CHOCOLATE. I always have lots of chocolate in the house, so that I can create delicious chocolate dreams all day and night if desired 😀 And today has been one of those days where I just wanted to celebrate the existence of world class chocolate, and bake something delicious and pretty for tonights marriage date! Thankfully I haven’t sold my pie dish yet, and I therefore decided to make this fabulous (and pretty) chocolate praline tart with strawberries. If you have trouble finding good strawberries, you can use other berries like raspberries or blueberries. Tonight I’ll serve the tart with a scoop of creamy home made vanilla ice cream, but but you can also serve it with sour cream or just as it is 🙂

 

Ingredients (8 servings)

1 cup flour

2/5 cup icing sugar 1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 stick butter, cold and cubed

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp. water

Pinch of salt

 

Praline Filling:

4/5 cup double cream

3 1/2 oz. dark chocolate chips (70%)

5 oz. hazelnuts, skinned and finely grounded

 

Topping:

10 oz. strawberries (or other berries)

10 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)

 

Begin by making the pastry. Shift flour, icing sugar, cocoa powder and salt into a large mixing bowl and add the cold cubed butter. Use your fingers and rub all ingredients together until it looks like breadcrumbs. Then add egg yolk and water and mix well with your fingers until you can form a ball of dough. Cover the dough with plastic foil and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven at 360F and lightly grease a 9-inch pie dish. Place the dough between two pieces of baking paper and roll it out until it can cover the pie dish. Remove the baking paper and place the dough in the dish and trim the edges. Place one of the used pieces of making paper on top of dough and fill it with baking beans (you can also use rice or some other heavy thing, that prevents the dough from raising). Bake for 20 minutes before removing baking beans and baking paper. Bake for 15 more minutes. Place the baked pastry on a wire rack to cool.

Bring cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate chips. Let rest for 30 seconds before stirring. Add the hazelnut flour when all the chocolate is melted and stir to combine. Let thicken a bit before pouring it into the baked pastry and smooth with a spatula. Leave to cool completely.

Slice the berries (only you use strawberries – all other berries should be added whole, or at least I think so) and place them on top of the cooled chocolate tart.

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Serve immediately as it is or with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream :-

 

Bon Appetit!

 

Ingredients (8 servings)

125 g flour

50 g icing sugar 1 tbsp. cocoa powder

110 g butter, cold and cubed

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp. water

Pinch of salt

 

Praline Filling:

200 ml double cream

100 g dark chocolate chips (70%)

150 g hazelnuts, skinned and finely grounded

 

Topping:

300 g strawberries (or other berries)

10 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)

Italian Ricotta Ice Cream with Chocolate and Roasted Almonds

Last night we were having guest for dinner and I had been speculating for days about what dessert to serve. Normally I would have baked a cake, as they are some of my greatest cake fans :-D, but it has been quite warm these past days so I wanted to make something more refreshing.

Then one evening when I turned on the TV, I turned passed a channel showing Italian women and their childhood recipes. One of the recipes was this ricotta ice cream with roasted almonds and chocolate and I immediately knew, what I was going to make 😀

It turned out to be great, but I must admit that it would have been better, had I made it on an ice cream machine – but that is still on the ‘to-buy-list’, so I will have to settle with the old freezer method for a while yet :-/ So if you have an ice cream machine, you should use that, but this method can be used as well!

 

Ingredients (8 servings)

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup cream

4 tbsp. cane sugar

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup quality chocolate 70%, preferably Amedei Toscano Black

20 cherries

20 strawberries

10 raspberries

 

Roast the almonds on a dry pan at medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. The almonds a ready when you can begin to smell a nutty aroma in the kitchen. Set a side to cool down.

Chop the roasted almonds and the chocolate into medium sized chunks (or what ever you prefer).

Place ricotta cheese in a mixing bowl and stir with a rubber spatula until smooth. Add sugar and stir again until the sugar has dissolved – it takes a few minutes. Set aside.

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Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks. Be very careful not to over-whisk it, as it might ruin the end result.

Carefully turn the whipped cream into the ricotta and fold until evenly combined. Then add the chopped chocolate and almonds and fold again.IMG_0411 IMG_0412 IMG_0413

Cover a springform pan with plastic wrap and make sure that it covers the sides too.

Pour the ricotta cream into the form and cover with yet a layer of plastic wrap. Make sure that the plastic wrap lies down close to the ricotta mass and up the sides of the form.

Freeze for at least 12 hours before serving. IMG_0414 IMG_0415 IMG_0416

Take the ricotta ice cream out of the freezer approximately 10 minutes before serving. Remove both the form and the plastic wrap and place on a cake stand and decorate with cherries, strawberries and a few raspberries.

Serve with a glass of sparkling wine on a hot summer day or a cup of delicious Italian roast espresso on a cold winter day 🙂IMG_0464

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Ingredients (8 servings)

2.5 dl ricotta cheese

2.5 dl cream

4 tbsp. cane sugar

1.25 dl almonds

80 g quality chocolate 70%, preferably Amedei Toscano Black

20 cherries

20 cup strawberries

10 raspberries

 

Breakfast Pancakes

Are you wondering what to serve for brunch? If yes, try these delicious and fluffy pancakes with fresh berries and maple syrup.

Not only do they taste fabulous, but they also leave a hour long sweet aroma in the the entire house.

If you want to make these, but hesitate as you are out of buttermilk or don’t want to use alcohol when cooking, don’t worry – both can be replaced with regular milk. And remember, if you don’t eat all of them at once, you can freeze them in tinfoil with baking paper between each pancake.

Hope that you and your family will enjoy them as much as we do 🙂

 

Ingredients (14 pancakes)

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup beer

1 cup flour

1 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 tbsp. cane sugar

1 tbs. granulates sugar

 

Strawberries

Raspberries

Maple syrup

 

Separate eggs into whites and yolks. Whisk the egg whites with the granulates sugar, until you have a meringue with soft peaks. Set aside while making the rest of the batter.

In another bowl whisk together egg yolks, milk, beer, vanilla sugar, cane sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk until combined and the batter is smooth.

Shift in flour, 1/4 cup at a time and whisk until completely smooth.

Fold the meringue into the batter. Fold until just combined. Be careful not to whisk, as it will ruin the light consistency of the finished pancake. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.

Bake the pancakes on a hot frying pan with a bit of butter.

1 pancakes = 1/3 cup pancake batter 🙂

Slice the berries and arrange them on top of the pancakes. Pour some maple syrup over the pancakes and berries and serve with a hot cup of hazelnut coffee 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (14 pancakes)

2 eggs

1.25 dl buttermilk

1.25 dl beer

2.5 dl flour

1 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 tbsp. cane sugar

1 tbs. granulates sugar

 

Strawberries

Raspberries

Maple syrup

 

Strawberry Mazarin Dream

We really miss the summer…. And what other way to recreate great summer memories than a cake with strawberries?

The recipe is found on our favorite chocolate blog from which we often find inspiration (we thank Maja for her chocolate generousness). This particular cake is a modernized version of a strawberry tart, but with a more light consistency and a fresher taste of both strawberry and sour cream.

It is nothing less than fabulous (especially if you miss the summer and all the good it brings)!

 

Ingredients (10 servings)

Mazarin cake:

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup marzipan, grated

1 cup granulated sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup flour

 

Chocolate ganache:

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (i have used Amedei Toscano Black)

1/10 cup cream

1/2 tbsp. butter

 

Vanilla cream:

1/3 cup cream

1/3 cup sour cream

1 vanilla pod, seeds only

20-30 strawberries

 

Mazarin cake:

Whisk together butter and sugar until it get s light and fluffy. Add the grated marzipan and whisk until just combined.

Add one egg at a time and whisk until just combined. Then shift in flour and fold until the batter is combined and smooth.

Add the batter to an 8-inch springform pan covered with baking paper, and bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing the cake from the springform.

 

Chocolate Ganache:

In a heatproof bowl bring together chocolate, cream and butter. Melt over a pan of simmering water until the ganache is combined and shiny.

Add on top of the cooled mazarin cake.

 

Vanilla Cream:

Whisk the cream and seeds from the vanilla pod. Whisk until the the cream forms soft peak. Be careful not to over whisk. Add the sour cream and fold until evenly combined.

Pour over the chocolate ganache and decorate with strawberries 🙂

Serve with a good cup of coffee or an glass of sparkling wine.

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (10 servings)

Mazarin cake:

225 g butter, room temperature

250 g marzipan, grated

250 g granulated sugar

3 eggs

1.25 dl flour

 

Chocolate ganache:

80 g chocolate chips (i have used Amedei Toscano Black)

0.25 dl cream

1/2 tbsp. butter

 

Vanilla cream:

0.80 dl cream

0.80 dl sour cream

1 vanilla pod, seeds only

20-30 strawberries