viernes, 24 de diciembre de 2010

Christmas Chocolate Coffee Cream filled Cases

Christmas is here, let me share with you this delicious dark chocolate cases filled with a coffee-chocolate cream, and sprinkled with golden sugar crystals

Start by melting the dark chocolate and giving a thin layer to each paper case
Then turn them upside down so that chocolate can spread properly, refrigerate and do this 2 more times
Take off the paper case leaving only the chocolate cases

use a sharp instrument to cut the uneven edges

Fill the chocolate cups with the coffee cream
Add some golden sugar crystals

For the chocolate cases
350 grs. semi-sweet chocolate
30 paper cases

Chocolate Coffee Cream
200 grs. whipping cream
190 grs. cream cheese
100 grs. semisweet chocolate
2 Tbsp. Kalhua (coffee liqueur)
golden sugar crystals for decoration

in a heavy saucepan put the whipping cream and bring it to a boil, turn it off and add the semi-sweet chocolate, take both to the blender and add the cream cheese, and finally the coffee liqueur.
Let the cream cool and fill the cups
add some golden sugar crystals


domingo, 19 de diciembre de 2010

Lemon Meringue Creation

I created this new dessert  when attending an invitation, A meringue-cream base and a fluffy lemon mousse. I just wanted to offer something new, all of the guests asked me for the recipe, here it is, hope you like it.

4 cups whipping cream
 3/4 cup sugar
50 small plain or vanilla meringues
2 medium meringues for decoration
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice 
3-4 drops green food color
Open the can of evaporated milk pour it in a bowl and put it in the freezer for 2 -3 hours, till it's almost frozen.
 Cover the pan of your preference with foil


In a bowl put the whipping cream start beating with electric mixer, add the sugar gradually.
Beat till soft peaks appear.
Cut meringues in pieces (with your hands is ok)


Add the meringues to the whipping cream, mix perfectly and pour half of the mix into pan.Put mold into the freezer.
Save the rest in the refrigerator.


Take out of the freezer the evaporated milk, with electric mixer beat till it doubles it's volume ( for perfect results the milk has to be almost frozen) It whips as whipping cream, it's incredible.
Add lemon juice, and then the can of condensed milk.
Add 3-4 drops of green food color.
Mix perfectly.


Add mousse to the mold


Add the meringue mix you saved in the refrigerator.
Freeze for 24 hours if possible.
Unmold, and enjoy.


You can decorate with meringues or if you like add a chocolate sauce.


miércoles, 15 de diciembre de 2010

Snowflake Sables

I love to bake Christmas cookies, so you can bake this ones or in other shapes

1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
 pinch of salt
1/4 cup of sugar
 1/2finely ground almonds
 1/3cup butter,softened
 2egg yolks
 powder sugar with a few drops of lemon juice some drops of evaporated milk, food coloring and sugar crystals and colored dragees.

How to:
Grease several baking sheets with butter or lined paper
Stir flour, salt and sugar in medium size bowl
 mix in almonds
Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
Add egg yolks and mix to form a soft dough.
Roll out dough on a floured surface, using a snowflake cookie cutter, cut out the figures.
Place slightly apart
Refrigerate unbaked for 30 minutes
Preheat oven to 350F,
Bake snowflake sables for 15 to 20 min or until light brown.
Remove, when cool, decorate with a pipe and the colored sugar icing and sprinkle sugar crystals and dragees.


If you don´t have a snowflake mold, you can cut circles and if you have a decoration snowflake just push it in order to get the figure in the circle, that´s what I did.

domingo, 5 de diciembre de 2010

Cheesecake with Applesauce and Almonds

I developped this recipe in the search for something different the applesauce gives a fruity touch and the crunchy touch of toasted almonds, mix perfectly with the cheesecake. delicious anytime! Hope you like it!


2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar 

2/3 cup firm butter cut in small pieces

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract


1-1/2 lb. cream cheese softened

1 cup sour cream

2/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

5 egg yolks

3 egg whites

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


3/4 cup applesauce

3/4 cup slivered almonds


To prepare crust, sift flour into a large bowl, add sugar and vanilla. add butter cut in squares, add and mix until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs

Add egg and work to form a smooth dough

Do not overwork

Place dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate 30 min

Preheat oven to 475F. Grease a 8-inch springform pan

On a lightly floured surface roll dough to a 1/4 inch thickness

line greased pan with dough, Set aside


Beat cream cheese, sour cream,sugar, flour and egg yolks and whites in a large bowl

Stir in vanilla and beat until smooth

Spoon filling into prepared crust

With a pipe cover cheese filling with the applesauce

Add slivered almonds

Bake for 50 minutes or more if necessary

If you want you can sift some powder sugar when the cheesecake is completely cool