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.
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.
The pears are poached with a vanilla bean and a bit of sugar. Then, they are cooled down and sprinkled with shredded chocolate. This is a very easy recipe to make and will be perfect for a special event or holidays.
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.
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.