Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tangy Lemon Almond Slice & A Sunshine Award

Thunder rumbling outside, the clock is ticking, fingers tapping on keyboard, while staring blankly to my screen, I am suddenly lost for words. What will I be sharing with you this time? Just as I thought being nominated in a running for best food blog award, is the cream of the cake, I had another surprise news from Chloe and Sarah at Honey & Lulu. The sweet ladies have awarded me a Sunshine Award, where I feel deeply fortunate to receive. To celebrate another sunny occasion, while it is damp, raining cats and dogs outside, and to clear that nasty writer's block, I decided that I will create my own sunshine with my TANGY LEMON ALMOND SLICE.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Irish-Cream Mascarpone Truffle & a nomination for BEST FOOD BLOG!

December is a month of celebration, and happens to be a  favourite month of mine. Lots of birthdays, and feasting. A perfect time of year to reflect all that has happen before moving into the New Years. To continue to celebrate, I made these oh! so simple ultra smooth, melt in the mouth IRISH-CREAM MASCARPONE TRUFFLES. They are seriously dark and rich, and a perfect gift to any chocolate lovers out there. Who says celebrating is always about cake?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Announcing Vanille Magazine! and Moonpies with Bailey's Irish or Strawberry Marshmallow Cream

Take a bite of my very own mini MOONPIES with BAILEY'S IRISH or STRAWBERRY MARSHMALLOW CREAM; sit back, relax, grab a cuppa or a glass of bubbly, because today is a celebration of a BIG announcement! Apart from mom's birthday, I have an additional news to add on [drum rolls please...].

I like to introduce you to....

Vanille Magazine {Fall/Winter-Christmas}!

I am so excited to announce, jointly with a talented pastry chef Vane of Chokolat & Pimienta, the second issue online publication, Vanille Magazine.

This is my first online publication project and I was thrilled when Vane asked if I like to take part and be a collaborator. What an adventure? There's so much to share with you and so much more to come that I don't even know to begin.

What is Vanille magazine?
Vanille is a quarterly online publication [both in English & Spanish] that is dedicated to a theme or season; exploring every single food subject in great depth through a combination of recipes, photography, articles and stories. It is about a collaboration between a couple of amazing food blogger/writers coming together stretching our boundaries, brain storming and sharing our thoughts, love and complete obsession with food.
To entice you, my Moonpie is part of what's great to serve to your guests on a Christmas party, alongside with other great ideas and recipes. This issue also showcases classic pies, and new pie recipes, perfect for a cool windy day. So head on over, check out Vanille, Vanille on issuu, follow the Vanille Magazine blog, and the Vanille twitter feed!

Moonpies: Bailey’s Irish or Strawberry Marshmallow Cream
by Chic & Gorgeous Treats                                          

* My very own take of moonpie where the marshmallow filling is sandwiched in between light airy cake called a Genoise.
* Makes a dozen (12) medium sized moonpies.
*2 different flavours: Bailey’s Irish Cream & Strawberry Cream.
* Irish cream liqueur can be omitted or substituted with any jam, preserved or artificial fruit flavouring for a kid friendly version.
* Moonpies can be kept between 3-4 days if stored in an airtight lid container.

           Basic Genoise
60g all-purpose flour, sifted
60g large egg white
60g large egg yolks
60g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla bean paste

Bailey’s Irish Cream Filling
4-5 tablespoons Irish Cream
1/3 cup Kraft’s Marshmallow Puff
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped soft peak

Strawberry Cream Filling
1/2 -1 teaspoon Strawberry flavouring/
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/3 cup Kraft’s Marshmallow Puff
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped soft peak
1/8 teaspoon of pink food

          Semi-Sweet Chocolate Glaze
          4oz Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate
          3 tablespoons light corn syrup
          4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter
          2-3 tablespoons milk

*Do not over beat while mixing stiffened egg white (aka meringue) and yolk, as we do not want to lose a lot of air.
* Instead of mixing the flour and egg mixture with a paddle attachment, you may alternately fold in the flour into the egg mixture with a spatula until there are no lumps visible. Careful to not over mix or over beat the batter. Otherwise, the genoise will inflate when baked.
* BE CAREFUL TO NOT over bake a genoise as it will become hard, dry or burns easily. Each home oven temperature may differ; hence temperature suggested is a reference. I would usually set a time for 8 minutes, take it out to check, and when is not ready; I will let it bake another 3 minutes and run another check.  Another suggestion is to preheat the oven at 160°C, and bake between 8-12 minutes as well. As long a skewer inserted comes out clean and cake is springy to touch, the genoise is ready.
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease the sides, and line a (12x12 or 10x10) square baking tray with parchment paper. With a whisk attachment attached to a stand mixer or hand held beater, on high speed whisk egg whites until foamy. Turn speed down to medium-high, add sugar a tablespoon at the time, and then turn the speed up back to high and beat eggs whites and sugar until it forms stiff peaks. Then turn speed down to medium-low, add in the egg yolks, and vanilla bean paste; mixing each time until well incorporated.
2. Meanwhile, sift flour and salt in a separate bowl. Next, change the attached whisk to a paddle attachment. Pour the flour all at once into the mixing bowl, and on low speed, mix together the egg mixture with the flour, until there are no lumps left.
3. Pour batter into prepared cake tray and spread batter evenly. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean or the top is lightly golden in colour.  Let genoise sit in the tray and cool for about 5 minutes before transferring over to a wire rack to allow cooling off completely.
4. Using a medium round cookie cutter (approx. 5cm in diameter), cut out 24 round cakelettes. Each moonpie will have a set of 2 cakelettes; 1 for the top and 1 for the bottom. Set aside until it’s ready to be assembled.
5. Whip heavy cream until soft peaks. In a bowl, mix together IRISH CREAM or STRAWBERRY FLAVOURING followed by pink food colouring (optional) to Marshmallow fluff. Fold in whipped cream and mix until well combined. Transfer marshmallow filling and refrigerate in for 20 minutes to allow filling to set or harden up slightly.

To prepare Chocolate Glaze and assemble the moonpie:
6. In a double boiler, a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering hot water, melt chocolate, butter, light corn syrup and milk together. Stir the chocolate glaze mixture once a while. Once chocolate has completely melted, take it off the stove and set aside to allow cooling off.
7. Using a palette knife, spreader or piping bag, spread or pipe marshmallow filling onto each genoise cakelette. Cover the filling with the other cakelette. Using a kitchen towel or with a palette knife, remove any excess filling.
8. Dip the moonpie into the slightly cooled chocolate glaze covering the sides and the top. Set moonpie on a wire rack, allowing excess chocolate glaze to drip off. Decorate with sprinkles (optional). Refrigerate moonpie for 1 hour or until the chocolate set and is slightly harden.  Thaw 5 minutes before serving. ENJOY!


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