Tag Archives: Dessert

Rhubarb Berry Crumble

We know you know. You know we know. We have been slacking on the posts, but fear not our readers, we are definitely picking things up around here. Take this gorgeous Rhubarb Berry Crumble. Summer is definitely here. This is the time when you make Cold Brewed Coffee by batches and drink lemonade by the pitcher.  During summer days, we want more fruit in our desserts. This, because, fruit as a dessert is so much refreshing than a chocolate cake.

I had little rhubarb left in the freezer, and just enough strawberries and blueberries to make a medley so rich that you will get seconds. Use a fruit combination you love, for me it was time for the blueberries and strawberries to meet rhubarb in a dessert. I even thought of adding mango, but that will be for a future post.

Now, I modified the original recipe, mixing up the fruit (and increasing its amount as well), adding a bit more sugar as the rhubarb is not as sweet as the rest of them, replaced the butter with coconut oil (absolutely loved the result) and last but not least, added some almonds for a crunch. Later when it was in the oven, I thought about poppy seeds. Mental note taken, as I will try it the next time.

I served this dessert after taking it out of the oven, but if you make it ahead, you can reheat it for a few minutes in your oven so its warm and toasty. Also, make sure to serve it with vanilla ice cream. You will be the star of the party.

Kitty

Rhubarb Berry Crumble

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Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert

This Puff Pastry Dessert is the perfect choice if you are looking for something easy and fast to prepare. Maybe you have friends coming over for coffee, or you want to end a special meal with a light dessert that looks pretty on the plate.

You only need to go out and buy Puff Pastry dough (I get mine at Pastelería Ciro), strawberries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. This is so easy to make, I let my daughter help out with most of it. Kids love to roll out dough, so you can make it an activity to do with them. Don’t skip on the balsamic vinegar, its combination with strawberries will enhance your dessert.  If you don’t have balsamic vinegar at hand, you can use orange or lemon juice in its place.

Helga

Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert

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Orange & Tangerine Curd

A few weeks ago, I had a suggestion from YouTube to watch a show called The Great British Bake Off from BBC. Oh YouTube, you know me so well. I got subscribed to the channel, found a complete season on it (YAY!) and fell in love with both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Now, let me tell you about the hosts of the show. Mary Berry is a jane Queen of all trades: Chef trained at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, in the 60s she became the cookery editor two magazines. TV Show host, cookbook author… she does it all. And she bakes… like no one. I like to think that she is the Queen of Baking. From what I could see in her videos (I’ve been watching her stuff non stop!) she is amazing. I’d love to meet her or just be around when she’s cooking.  Now, Paul Hollywood is a character. He is tough and serious as Gordon Ramsay is (my dream chef!) on the show. Well, Paul Hollywood is the son of a baker, he stepped into the family business later on (trained to be a sculptor, imagine that!). He has appeared in many shows, and honestly, he explains bread baking like no one’s business. He makes it look so easy! Bread I shall tackle next.

Anyway, inspired by one of the Technical Challenges from The Great British Bake Off, I decided to prepare an Angel Food Cake (you can find the recipe here) served with this Orange and Tangerine Curd with Vanilla Beans. I think I would’ve killed it in the competition! Ahh… a girl can dream.

Kitty

Tangerine Orange Custard

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Blackberry, Apple & Bourbon Cake

Even though it’s the cold season in Guatemala, we are lucky that we get plenty of fruit year round. The last couple of weekends, I’ve been able got get tons of blackberries, and as much as I love them in my morning yogurt with granola, I decided it was time for me to bake something. I was between this recipe and a batch of blackberry muffins that will have to wait ’till I get blueberries again.

I found this recipe for the Blackberry, Apple & Bourbon Cake browsing through Foodily, and after looking at so many recipes, this one caught my eye. Not because it paired blueberries and apples, but because the cake has liqueur in it. More specifically, the apples are soaked in it and then added to the batter. Since I didn’t have apple brandy available, I used  Jack Daniel’s Honey Tennessee since it’s one of my favorites and it so happened I still have some little left. It’s delicious and I absolutely love it. If you can’t find the Honey Tennessee kind, you can use any sweet bourbon you can find, like Jim Beam White, Jack Daniels’, Maker’s Mark, Early Times, Gentleman Jack. As it turns out (now more often than before) I didn’t exactly follow the recipe to the dot. The original by Saveur asks you to make a coulis (or in other words, a blackberry mash), then strain it and then pour it over the cake when serving. As I didn’t have 6 cups of blackberries but just barely 3, I just added the sugary blackberries to the top of the cake, without the juices. And I increased the apples amount to 4 instead of 3 to balance out the lack of blackberries. And it paid off.

This cake has been a success. Dad just mentioned that after hanging out in the dinning/living room area (were I left the cake earlier that day), he just had to get a slice of it before dinner. Then had a second slice after dinner. All is good. He liked the cake. With every bite, you can taste the goodness of the bourbon and the apples, all surrounded with the cake… and the blackberries on top, are just the perfect way seal this cake with goodness.

Kitty

Blackberry, Apple & Bourbon Cake
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