Green Tomatoes Jam

Don’t know what to do with the left-over green tomatoes from your summer harvest? Jam, of course! This recipe is extremely easy. Try it for breakfast, on top of bread, or as an appetizer with some cheese.

Green Tomatoes Jam

Natalija
For this recipe, I like to use green cherries tomatoes, so that they don’t need to be peeled. However, if your tomatoes are big and have thick skin, you may need to peel them.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 10 hrs 50 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg green tomatoes
  • 3/4 inch ginger (optional)
  • 2 lemons
  • 650 g sugar

Instructions
 

  • Cut the tomatoes into wedges. Peel and grate the ginger, and press the lemon.
  • In a pot, combine the tomatoes, sugar, ginger, and lemon juice. Cover and let sit all night.
  • The next day, remove the cover and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and simmer for about 35 minutes, stirring frequently. Skim if needed. The cooking time depends of how much water is in the tomatoes. Don’t over cook. When the jam is cooled down, it will be less liquid.
  • Pour the jam into a clean jar and cover it with its lid.
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Lemon Shells Stuffed With Ice Cream

Refreshing chocolate and lemon treats, served in the natural lemon shells. If you wish to serve them in a la cafe gourmand style, use small lemons, surprise your friends.

Lemon Shells Stuffed With Ice Cream

Natalija
It will be easier to work with lemon sorbet and chocolate ice cream if you remove it from the freezer 3 minutes before.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6 lemons
  • 1 (300 g) lemon sorbet
  • 1 (300 g) chocolate ice cream

Instructions
 

  • Cut off the top of the lemon. Hollow out each lemon by using a teaspoon. Remove juice and flesh, but be careful not to puncture the lemon skin.
  • Spoon some lemon sorbet into shells and press firmly with teaspoon. Fill the rest of the lemon with chocolate ice cream.
  • Place stuffed lemons in the freezer with the hats on top. You can serve this fancy dessert in as little as one hour, or when the lemon shells are completely frozen.
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Ice Cream Cake Iceberg

I don’t mean to brag, but as far as homemade ice cream cake recipes go, this one is the winner. The red berry coulis topping is the perfect balance between sweet and sour. This No-Bake Ice Cream Cake Iceberg is the ideal dessert to serve at your next party on a hot summer day.

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Ice Cream Cake Iceberg

My suggestion is to pick red sour berries for rich color and a sour taste. Drain the sour cream to avoid liquid.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g granulated sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 300 ml sour cream
  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 300 g red berries (blueberry, huckleberry, boysenberry, raspberry...) fresh or frozen
  • Some Fresh berries for garnish

Instructions

  • Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Whisk egg yolks with sugar.
  • When the sugar is dissolved add vanilla extract and mix well.
  • In a mixer bowl, whisk together very cold sour cream and heavy cream together until fluffy. Add sugar and continue whisking until firm (don't over whip).
  • Using a spatula, combine egg yolks with whipped cream together.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff.
  • With a spatula, carefully combine egg whites with whipped cream.
  • You should get a nice fluffy cream.
  • Spread the cream evenly into a silicone pan or salad bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Rinse and drain fresh berries and puree until smooth. If you are using a frozen berries, place them in a leak-proof container and set the container in cold water for 10-15 minutes, then puree them.
  • Pass the puree through a fine sieve to remove all tiny seeds. Coulis is ready.
  • Remove it from the silicone pan and return it back to freezer until serving. (If you used a salad bowl, place it into hot water for a couple seconds). Prepare fresh berries for garnish.
  • Right before serving, pour the coulis over the ice cream cake and garnish with fresh berries.

Creamy Vanilla And Chocolate Jelly

Creamy Vanilla And Chocolate Jelly is a very light and airy dessert, with a touch of sweetness. Who wouldn’t love chocolate and vanilla goodness in a cup? I always try to limit myself. This dessert is so simple to make and a great way to end a special dinner. It can be done the day before.

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Creamy Vanilla And Chocolate Jelly

You can also make it in one big baking pan and cut it into small squares.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

Vanilla layer

  • 1/2 cup water cold
  • 3 packs Knox original gelatin unflavored
  • 500 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 8 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Chocolate layer

  • 60 ml whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp water cold
  • 1/2 pack Knox original gelatin unflavored
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cacao powder

Instructions

Vanilla layer

  • In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup of cold water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a large saucepan, bring milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and sugar to a simmer, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add gelatin mixture and stir until dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let it cool for 5 minutes, strain through a fine sieve.
  • Divide the mixture between 12 small glasses and place them in the fridge until firm (2-3 hours).

Chocolate layer

  • In a small saucepan, add milk and water. Sprinkle gelatin on top and set aside for 3 minutes. Add cacao powder and sugar, mix well.
  • Place over medium heat and heat until barely boiling, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat and strain through a fine sieve. Let the mix cool down.
  • Remove the glasses from the refrigerator and pour the chocolate mixture on top of the vanilla jelly.
  • Refrigerate for 2 more hours.

Fresh whipped cream with blackberries

Treat yourself with this mini dessert that is perfect for any occasion. It takes minimum time to make and looks fabulous. Fruits can be fresh or frozen, don’t worry : it will taste the same. This fresh whipped cream with blackberries will be perfect with a cafe gourmand!

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Fresh whipped cream with blackberries

The proportion for this recipe is for the mini glasses. If you are using regular wine glasses you'll get 2-3 servings.
Course Cafe gourmand, Dessert
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream very cold
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Whip heavy cream fluffy, until soft peaks form, but not too firm.
  • Equally divide washed fruits into prepared glasses. Using the piping bag or small spoon, equally spread the cream into the glasses. Refrigerate if not serving it immediately.
  • Before serving, dust it with cacao powder.

French Chocolate Macarons

French Chocolate Мacarons (Macarons au chocolat) – elegant french cookie made with almond flour. There are hundreds of different fillings, but the chocolate ganache is the most popular. This recipe is simple enough to make, but they sometimes crack or have imperfect “feet”. Don’t worry they’re still delicious, and don’t give up, only practice will make them flawless.

Perfect for a cafe gourmand!

French Chocolate Macarons

Natalija
Please don’t eat your macarons right away, wait until they reach ambient temperature. Macarons can be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
Prep Time 50 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
Total Time 9 hrs 16 mins
Servings 25 macarons

Ingredients
  

Almond cookies

  • 75 g almond flour
  • 110 g powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 large egg whites (about 70 g)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50 g sugar

Chocolate ganache

  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%)
  • 90 g chocolate chips (60%)
  • 1 tsp sour cream

Instructions
 

Almond cookies

  • Mix almond flour and powdered sugar in food processor (40-50 seconds).
  • Add cacao powder to almond mixture and pass through a fine sieve.
  • Add a pinch of salt to egg whites and beat until foamy.
  • Slowly add sugar and beat until firm peaks form.
  • Fold the dry mixture into the meringue, keep folding the batter until it reaches a honey-like consistency.
  • Transfer the batter to the pastry bag.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. To make all macarons look the same size, print out a 2.5 cm macaron template, place under parchment paper and trace the outlines. You can also use a silicone mat.
  • Holding the bag vertically and close to the baking sheet, pipe circles. Tap the baking sheet a few times on the counter to release any air bubbles, and to make them look round. Let them sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes, until skin forms on the shells.
  • Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F. Bake for 15 minutes (one sheet at a time). Each oven temperature is different so keep an eye on them. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them. Pair the cookies up according to size.

Chocolate ganache

  • Add heavy cream to a small saucepan and heat on high heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips. Allow to stand for 1 minute to soften the chocolate.
  • Stir briskly until smooth.
  • Add the sour cream and stir again.
  • Transfer ganache to the pastry bag or small ziplock bag. Allow to cool for about 2 hours at room temperature or 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Pipe the ganache filling in the middle of one shell (about 1 tsp).
  • Sandwich it with empty shell. Store them in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours before serving. They’ll taste even better next day. 😉
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Coconut Cookies with Hazelnuts

Very light, melting in your mouth, make these coconut cookies with shredded coconut and crushed hazelnuts. Works perfectly for gluten free diet. You may want to double the recipe as one batch never seems to be enough. You can freeze the leftovers in a plastic container.

Coconut cookies with hazelnuts

Natalija
You can use walnuts or pecans.
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Servings 50 pieces

Ingredients
  

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 120 g sugar
  • 150 g shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 50 g crushed hazelnuts

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 340 degrees F.
  • Combine egg whites and salt in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold in coconut and hazelnut.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto 2 baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Garnish each cookie with half hazelnut. I bake one baking sheet at a time, for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and try if the cookie is ready. Cool for about 3 minutes and transfer them onto the serving plate.
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Heart-shaped Ice Cream

This heart-shaped Ice Cream will please your significant other without having to spend the whole day cooking. Ice cream in the shape of a heart served with a cloud of whipping cream dusted with grated chocolate. This icy dessert will melt hearts!

Heart-shaped Ice Cream

Natalija
Choose your favorite sorbet or ice cream flavor (or your significant other’s) and serve this dessert with whipping cream, chocolate and fruit.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g chocolate ice cream (or another your favorite ice cream/sorbet )
  • 50 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%) very cold
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Grated chocolate
  • Few red berries (blueberry, raspberry…)

Instructions
 

  • Take the ice cream out of the freezer and leave it out for 5 minutes to make it softer. Put the ice cream in a heart shaped mold. Cover with plastic wrap and put it back in the freezer for around 45 minutes.
  • Submerge the mold under hot water for a couple seconds (wipe the water off of the mold with a towel so that the serving plate does not get wet).
  • Remove the ice cream from the mold onto a plate. Put the plate into the freezer.
  • Whip the heavy cream with the sugar until fluffy. Don’t over beat.
  • When serving, put the whipping cream on the heart. Decorate with nuts, grated chocolate, and red berries. Serve right away.
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