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Pear&Blackberry Tart

 Last weekend I wanted to make a cake, I was dreaming about a huge layered cake with delicious and sweet cream, topped with chocolate or strawberries, or blackberries.. At the end of the day I realized that I can’t decide which one to make and I don’t have all required ingredients. 😀 But I have always been a person that needs something sweet after dinner. I wanted a dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth, and better with cream! So I’ve come up with this beautiful and absolutely delicious ‘pear and blackberry tart’. Honestly speaking, I haven’t made this recipe a dozen or even a couple of times, it was perfect from the first attempt! Nutty shortbread base, tender whipped ricotta cream, pear slices and blackberries – all those things merged together into divine combination. I believe that you would find this dessert to be as delicious as it looks! You just need to go to the kitchen, cook it and enjoy! 🙂 I will make it again for sure!

Pear&Blackberry Tart

Pear and Blackberry Tart

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: moderate
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You can use any favourite fruits and berries, like strawberry&blueberry, raspberry&nectarines.
Ingredients
Short pastry (base)
1 large egg, at room temperature
100g plain flour
75g butter, cubed and softened
35g fine sugar
30g ground almonds
Topping
100ml whipping cream (30-35%), cold
1+1 Tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp cognac or brandy, optional
100-120g ricotta
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
1 large pear, sliced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
8-10 blackberries
2-3 strawberries, sliced, optional
1 Tbsp white chocolate chips
  1. Whisk the egg and set aside a half (a bit less then half) for a glaze.
  2. To make the dough, in a large mixing bowl or food processor, mix flour, butter, sugar, half the egg and almonds until combined. Tip dough out onto a floured surface and bring together with hands.  Make a flat disk, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30-40 minutes in a fridge.
  3. On a lightly floured table roll the dough into 21-22cm circle. Brush with remaining egg. Transfer to a paper-lined baking dish.
  4. Bake in preheated 180C oven for 25 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, in a bowl beat cream with 1 Tbsp icing sugar and cognac, if using, until soft peak begin to form. In another bowl, combine ricotta, vanilla, lemon zest and sugar. Add ricotta mixture into whipped cream and whip until smooth for a 1-2 minutes.
  6. Spread cream on the base. Sprinkle pear slices with lemon juice. Arrange pear slices, blackberries and strawberries, if using, on the cream, and sprinkle over chocolate chips. Dust with extra icing sugar, if desired. Enjoy!

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Velvety&Luscious Cauliflower soup

 Vegetables play an important role in our lives. Let’s do it more healthy and cook this velvety and creamy cauliflower soup.
Sautéing capsicum and roasted cashews is great topping to the soup, infused with spices.
Soup
! Don’t forget to adjust the level of chilli seasoning to make the soup less or more spicy. 🙂
Serves 4-6
Ingredients
1 medium head of cauliflower (600-700g/1.5 pounds),
cut into medium-size florets
1 capsicum
1+1 garlic cloves, a slightly crushed
1 small onion
1/2 Tbsp butter
1+1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp cream cheese
100 ml single cream
100 ml vegetable broth (or water) + some warm water
3-4 Tbsp cashews, roasted and crushed
1 tsp dry basil
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (or 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder)
2-3 tsp chilli flakes or chilli seasoning
3-4 tsp chopped parsley and/or basil
Salt&pepper
1 tsp olive oil per plate, for dressing, optionally

 

  • In a soup pot, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil and butter. Add the onion and cook until soften but not browned for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the cauliflower and garlic, cook for 5 minutes. Pick out and discard the garlic.
  • Add the broth and water, season with basil, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil on a frying pan, add the capsicum and garlic and sauté for 5-6 minutes. Pick out and discard the garlic.
  • Purée the soup until very smooth. Season with the nutmeg. Stir in the cheese and cream.
  • Rewarm it over medium heat (just few minutes). If necessary, add more water to thin the cauliflower soup.
  • Serve with capsicum on the top; sprinkle with fresh basil, parsley, chilli and cashews.
  • Drizzle over the olive oil, if desired.
Bon Appetit! 
The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

 

Mascarpone dessert

  Summer is the time for berries! Choose any berries you like- raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and layer with creamy topping and the easiest dessert is done!

  So we need some berries fresh or frozen. Combine them with icing or fine sugar and zest of lemon, it helps to release their  juices, add a bit of wine or liqueur  for taste. Let stand for 20-30min. Don’t be upset a lot if you have no berries or may be it’s winter now and berries are quite expensive, use jam! 🙂
  In a bowl with whisk or an electric mixer beat together mascarpone, yogurt and honey until mixture holds stiff peaks. You’ll get velvety, delicately sweet mascarpone mixture!
  I’m not adding heavy cream/whipped cream to mascarpone – I put yogurt. In my opinion mascarpone cheese itself is so buttery-rich, thick and there is no need to add more heavy cream. But “Every man to his taste”.
And you can add sugar and vanilla instead of honey.
Take glasses and layer the berries with the whipped mascarpone. Garnish with almond/amaretto cookies.
Enjoy!
100-120gr (1/2 cup) mascarpone cheese (or any cream cheese)
80g (1/3 cup) plain yogurt/heavy cream/whipped cream
1-2 teaspoon honey (or sugar+vanilla)
3 cups assorted berries or jam
1 tbsp fine sugar
1-2 tsps zest of lemon
3-4 tbsps wine or liqueur
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Homemade Fresh Ricotta

Very useful recipe for home-made Ricotta!  The only thing I need is to find a time to cook it.

Ingredients:

4 cups (960 ml) whole milk
1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
3/4 (180ml) cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a 2 quart saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat, until curds begin to form 88-93 degrees C (190 to 200 degrees F.)

2. Remove from heat and pour into a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh sieve set over a large bowl. Let drain for 15 minutes. Gather cloth around the ricotta and gently squeeze out a little more liquid. Don’t squeeze it dry or you’ll end up with dry ricotta… leave some moisture in there.

3. Place fresh ricotta in airtight container & refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Recipe for Fresh Ricotta | RecipeGirl.com

As I have no idea where to get buttermilk and what really is it so I’ve found a recipe from net. I believe it can be helpful for someone else.

Ingredients:

Heavy cream

Preparation:

1. Fill a jar halfway with heavy cream. Then, screw the lid on firmly (a canning jar works well for this purpose).

2. Start shaking the jar back and forth. After several minutes, the cream will thicken and turn into whipped cream. Keep shaking until the whipped cream is replaced with a yellow glob (butter) and a separate liquid (buttermilk).

3. Pour the buttermilk out of the jar, and use it in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.

To Use the Butter: Knead it under cold water for a couple minutes to remove any remaining buttermilk (it will spoil very quickly, if you don’t). Then, salt (if desired), and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.