dessert

Chocolate Tart Recipe

After a very long time I tried something sweet in the kitchen, thanks to my new job I hardly get any time to try something new or read any new book.
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • 2 cups Marie biscuits crumbs short bread, chocolate or any kind of cookie
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
For Chocolate Filling
  • 14 ounces dark chocolate, cut into chunks – plus a handful for garnish I used 70% cocoa chips
  • 10 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate Tart
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 11′  tart pan with non stick spray.

  2. Crush biscuits into a fine consistency. You can used a food processor but I put them in a ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin.

  3. Combine crumbs with 7 tablespoons melted butter and 1/3 cup sugar. Press into tart pan.

  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Completely cool.

  5. Add chocolate chunks to large mixing bowl and top with 5 tablespoons cubed butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  6. Heat the 10 ounces of heavy cream in microwave safe container for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  (I just use my measuring cup).

  7. Pour over the chocolate and butter. Do not stir. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes.

  8. Using a wire whisk, mix until smooth.

  9. Pour into cooled biscuit crust and spread evenly with spatula.

  10. Cool for two hours in refrigerator or overnight.

  11. Brush top with 1 teaspoon1 vegetable oil for a shiny appearance if desired. Top with additional chopped chocolate, caramel sauce if desired.

Advertisements

Basbousa Recipe I learned via Periscope

Few days back I learned a new recipe for Ramadan via Periscope from Middle East. It’s a traditional Middle Eastern sweet cake and looks quite easy so I give it a try.

Ingredients:

2 cups semolina flour

1/3 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup milk, or as needed

1/4 cup whole almonds

For Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the semolina flour, baking powder, 1 cup sugar, coconut and butter. Add the yogurt and milk; mix until moistened but not runny or liquid. If you see that it is too dry, add more milk. Spread into a greased 8 inch square baking dish, smoothing the top as much as possible. Decorate the top with whole almonds.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. While the basbousa is baking, combine the water, 1 cup of sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for at least 5 minutes.
  • When the basbousa has finished baking, pour the syrup over it as evenly as possible. Place it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the syrup has been fully absorbed. Let rest for about 20 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.

 

Strawberry Crepes

As I love strawberries and their sweet and sour taste, I decided to make this super easy dessert by start . . .

strawberry recipe

Ingredients

For Crepes

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup skim milk

1/3 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon white sugar

1 pinch salt

For filing

1 Cup sliced fresh strawberries

Strawberry jam as required

Chocolate syrup for topping

Whipped cream for topping

Icing sugar for  topping

Strawberry Crepes

Method

  • In a large bowl, beat together egg, milk, water and oil. Beat in flour, sugar and salt until smooth.
  • Heat a medium, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place a spoonful of crepe batter into center of pan, tilting to coat the bottom. Cook until golden brown on one side, turning once, 2 to 5 minutes. Continue with remaining batter.
  • To assemble, spread some chocolate syrup and  strawberry jam on the lighter side of one crepe. Place a line of overlapping strawberries down the center of the crepe and roll it up. Topped with some chocolate syrup and whipped cream and drizzle with icing sugar. Repeat with remaining crepes.