Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Tarte Tatin

Tarte tatin , is an upside down tart. You have a wide choice in what kind of fruits or anything you wold like to add to a puff pastry or any kind of pastry dough, tarte tatin is usually famous with caramelized apples. I've tried 2 kinds of tarte tatin apple and mangos. They say tarte tatin was accidentally created by two sisters who own Tatin Hotel back in France 1898.

The recipe is extremely easy to make, all you need is apple and puff pastry, you don't need measurements just add sugar to a hot pan until it melts & gets dark, add you apple and sauteé until tender. You can use a pie baking sheet, but I used souflé cups for baking my tart. For the dough I used the normal puff pastry the frozen one you find is any grocery store.

After you caramelize your apples, lay them inside your baking cups make sure you squeeze them in, because you will flip them after they bake, when apples are in top it with your puff pastry dough, bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.

Simple as that,

Bon Appétit

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcakes

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 sticks 1 Cup Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Water, Boiling
  • 18 whole Hershey's Kisses, Unwrapped

For the Ganache

  • 8 ounces, weight Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 6 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract


 Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 18 muffin cups with baking spray.
To make the cake batter, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate container, combine buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir to combine and set aside.
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and stir to combine. Add boiling water, allow to bubble for a few seconds, then turn off heat.

Pour chocolate mixture over flour mixture. Stir a few times to cool the chocolate. Pour buttermilk mixture over the top and stir to combine.
Pour 1/4 cup cake batter into each muffin cup. Lightly set one kiss in the middle of each cupcake; do not press down.

Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove cupcakes and allow to cool on a baking rack.

To make the ganache, heat cream and corn syrup over medium heat. Chop chocolate and add to a bowl. Add vanilla to cream mixture, then pour cream mixture over the top of the chopped chocolate. Whisk together until melted, smooth, and glossy.
Dunk cupcakes in ganache. Allow to cool and set before serving.

Posted by on January 29 2010

I added some strawberries to the recipe, more color & flavor.

Bon Appétit
Shaikha xx 

Friday, 5 August 2011

Meat Pie

Ingredients for the crust :
3 cups white flour
200g cold butter
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup water ( depending on the humidity )

Ingredients for the meat filling:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 yellow onion
3 garlic cloves
2 carrots (shredded)
tsp thyme
1 cube beef stock ( or 1 cup if liquid )
1 tbsp tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
For the filling: add oil to a hot pan then cook your garlic, add your onions cook for few minutes then add your ground beef , thyme, beef stock cube and carrots. Add salt & pepper to taste, let it cook until the mixture is browned.

Crust: Place in the bowl flour, butter (cut in cubes) beat for a minute of so. Then add egg yolk and cold water until the dough holds together. 

Cut the dough in half, roll the dough to your baking sheet size. Lay the dough on the baking sheet and add your beef filling and add your other half of the dough on top of the mixture. Brush the pie with egg wash and sesame seeds on top. 
Bake in the oven 375F for 30-35 minuets. 

Bon Appétit
Shaikha xx 

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