Peel and cut the onion. In a medium skillet, heat oil or butter until hot, add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for another 7-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry on a parchment paper and transfer it onto a baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
Evenly spoon the mushrooms mix on top.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms.
Place the cheese slices all over the pie. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Bake on the bottom rack for about 35 minutes, until golden.
Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
Add flour and mix well, until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
Add the eggs one by one. Stir well. The dough should become smooth and shiny.
Place saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
Transfer the dough to a piping bag.
Pipe puffs (no bigger than a walnut). Space the puffs on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
Lightly brush the top of puffs with egg yolk.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let them cool down completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.
Smoked salmon filling
In a food processor, combine the smoked salmon with the onion, garlic, sour cream and olive oil. Process until smooth.
Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix once more.
Whip heavy cream, until soft peaks form.
Gently fold in salmon mix into the whipped cream. Add the minced fresh dill.
Cut puffs in half. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag and fill the puffs. Replace the top.
Dust puffs with paprika. Serve right away or keep in the refrigerator.
Apple Sharlotka cake is one of the most popular desserts that each Russian kid will remember from their childhood. The recipe is so simple that you don’t even need to write it down. It will be very easy to remember once you’ve made it: 3 apples, 3 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of flour. That’s it, enjoy!
Russian Apple Cake Sharlotka
If the apples are too sweet, sprinkle with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Very light, fluffy and tasty French cookies. Classic small sponge cakes shaped like seashell, usually made with lemon zest. I love lemon, but I decided not to add any to my madeleines. I just like them plain.
You can find molds for mini-madeleines. That’s really nice and you can savor them for a cafe gourmand.
To make an authentic madeleine, you will need a madeleine pan. But you can use a muffin pan or any cake pan.
In a medium bowl combine eggs and sugar. Whip until light. Add milk and mix well.
Carefully fold in the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt.
Add melted butter and mix throughly until smooth. Let the batter rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter madeleine pan. My pan makes 12 cookies at a time. From this receipe you'll make 24 cookies.
Spoon batter into the prepared molds, filling 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden and the tops spring back. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes.
With a knife or fork carefully loosen the madeleines from the pan and then tip the whole pan out to a prepared plate.
If you want to make it in a loaf pan, it will take much longer, about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake come out clean.
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate… Each layer has different taste and texture. You can use any size glasses you desire. And of course, as always, I choose mini portions. Ideal for a Cafe Gourmand.