Pavlova is a dessert, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926. It is a meringue dessert with crisp crust and soft light inside, topped with cream and fresh berries.
You can make meringue shells ahead of time and freeze them. I usually make the cream the same day I want to serve my Mini Pavlova. And as always this dessert is a perfect mini dessert for my Cafe Gourmand.
I rarely use food coloring when baking. I like my desserts to have their original color. But if you are cooking for Valentine's Day or for a Princess party, you may add some food coloring to your dessert. This time I used one tiny drop of red coloring to make the cream pink.
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.
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.
This is a famous French dessert made of ladyfinger biscuits, light mousse and topped with fresh fruits. My Berry Charlotte Cake is very easy to make, although it seems like not. The only downside to a charlotte is that it is not always easy to assemble the ladyfinger in the spring form.
Berry Charlotte Cake
Even though the berry season is only a few months out of the year, frozen berries allow us enjoying the sweet taste of summer year round.
If it is winter time or you happen to not finding any good berries at the store, use frozen ones, for the mousse and fresh ones for the decor.
Rinse and drain berries, add sugar and puree until smooth.
Pass the puree through a fine sieve, to remove all tiny seeds.
You will need about 1/2 cup of puree for dipping the ladyfingers. The rest pour into the saucepan.
Add 4-5 Tbsp of cold water to gelatin, and set it aside.
Place the saucepan with berry mixture over medium heat on the stove (don't boil), remove from the stove and add gelatin. Whisk well until the gelatin is dissolved. Let it cool to room temperature. ...
Pour the very cold heavy whipping cream into a large bowl and whisk, until the cream reaches the soft peaks stage. Do not over beat!
Once the berry puree is completely at room temperature, gently fold it into the whipped cream and set it aside.
Line the inside and walls of a springform pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap. ...
Measure the length you need.
You can trim off one end of each ladyfinger.
Dip one side of the ladyfinger in the puree mixture. Let the excess syrup drip off, then line the ladyfingers (dipped side needs to be inside) in a tight ring, cut side down, around the spring form pan.
If you having trouble fitting the last ladyfinger in, you can cut it in half.
Pour the berry mousse into the springform. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Carefully remove springform walls and plastic wrap. Transfer cake to the plate.
Dust with cocoa powder.
Garnish with some fresh berries, fresh mint, whipped cream and shredded chocolate.
You can decorate with ribbon, but don't forget to remove the ribbon before cutting the cake. 🙂
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.
French Chocolate Macarons
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.
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 350 degrees F. Bake for 12-13 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.
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. 😉
To 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
Choose your favorite sorbet or ice cream flavor (or your significant other's) and serve this dessert with whipping cream, chocolate and fruit.
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.
Yule Log (Bûche de Noël) is the French roll cake very popular during the Holiday season. This is a delicious version of Yule Log you can make at home using very simple ingredients you can find in every store.
In a small pot, bring cold water and sugar to the boil. Keep boiling for a few minutes, stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool down. When the syrup is cold, you may add vanilla or the Triple Sec liqueur (optional).
Preheat oven to 380 degrees F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until the mixture becomes thick, fluffy, and triples in volume.
Using a spatula, gently fold in flour and cocoa powder.
Spread the batter evenly in thin layer into the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center of biscuit comes out clean.
Turn upside down onto clean kitchen towel and carefully remove parchment paper. Let cool down.
Boil the heavy whipping cream. Pour the boiling cream over the dark chocolate. Wait for one minute.
Then mix it until the mixture is smooth.
Add butter and mix until this is fully dissolved.
Let cool the ganache for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Mix and check frequently: the ganache is ready when it's not anymore liquid and has a spreadable texture.
Beat together very cold heavy cream and cold mascarpone cheese until this is whipped. Keep gradually adding sugar.
Paint the biscuit with sugar syrup.
Spread the chantilly cream evenly over the biscuit.
Roll up firmly.
Tightly cover with plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge until chocolate ganache is ready.
Remove the plastic wrap. Spread the ganache over the cake. Using a fork make lines to look like a log. Transfer the cake to a serving platter and let stand in the fridge for a night or at least 3 hours.
Before serving, dust with cacao cocoa powder and decorate with meringues or pieces of chocolate.