Cake, Sweet

Walnut Cake with Raspberries

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Gateau Aux Noix–this rich an delicious cake comes from Julia Child’s ” Mastering the Art of French Cooking”–Volume II (if you have the book, it is page 490 in the 39th edition) !!  I had  previously made another one of Julia’s Walnut cakes called Le Brantome which is a fluffier cousin of this recipe.  Having make both cakes, I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite.  However, the richness of this particular cake, makes it more suitable for layering.

The recipe make one 9 by 1.5 inch cake.  I wanted two layers, so I doubled the recipe.  Here is what I did:

Ingredients:

2 cups of chopped walnuts

6 Tbsp of sugar, plus another 1 cup of sugar

2/3 cup all -purpose flour

6 large eggs

8 Tbsp of butter

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Method:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Butter and flour two 9″ cake pans.

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Grind 2 cups of walnuts with 6 Tbsp of sugar in a food processor.  You might want to do this in batches, depending on the size of your processor.  It is also important to add sugar with each batch of walnuts, it prevents the oils in the nuts to turn it into “butter” while grinding.

Mix the nut mixture with 2 cups of flour and pass the entire mixture through a sieve–this will separate out the larger chunks of nuts and allow for even incorporation of the the flour and nut mixture.

Next, cream butter, the remaining 1 cup of sugar till pale and creamy.  Then add the eggs and mix well.

Finally, slowly fold in the nut and flour mixture in batches, ensuring that each batch of the dry ingredients is well incorporated before the next batch is added.

Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans.

Bake for 20 mins.

The cake is perfectly wonderful with just a dusting of sugar.  However, I used the two layers to turn it into a layered birthday cake.  Let me know walk you through the assembly.

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Assembling the cake–you will need:

Fresh Raspberries (filling and decoration)

Chocolate drizzle ( for decoration, I bought it !)

Walnuts ( whole and ground for decoration)

Crushed, freeze dried raspberries (for decoration)

1 batch of my Marscapone Whipped Cream Frosting

Note: For this cake, had about 4 cups of frosting leftover from the  Spice Cake that I made a few weeks ago.  I froze down the frosting, however when thawing, the frosting becomes loose and runny (bottom image on the left).  To fix it, add another 8oz of marscapone and 2-3 Tbsp of sugar–depending on how sweet you want it.

Assembling the cake is pretty easy.  I added a layers of frosting on the bottom cake, topped the frosting with raspberries and then pressed down the top cake layer.

Next I added a crumb coat to fill in all the holes and press down the crumbs.  Chill this for at least 10-15 mins.

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Next, I added the rest of the frosting, as patiently as I could to ensure a smooth surface and edges.

Finally, I decorated the cake according to the design I drew out, you can check that out here

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This time, I remembered to take a picture of the cake once we cut into it !

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Dessert

No-bake Strawberry cheesecake pie with Chocolate cookie crust.

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This recipe was “thrown” together because I had a lot of filling left over from the Raspberry Vanilla Cake I made (https://quetesaveur.com/2017/07/04/raspberry-vanilla-cake/)

For this recipe you will need:

A store bought cookie crust, I bought chocolate you can use whatever you like.

Then it gets really technical, so pay close attention ! You will beed to put the filling into the crust and top it with sliced strawberries.  Real hard !!!!!!!

Chill, slice and eat !

P.S: for another variation on this recipe check out this link.  I made this pie for 4th of july a few years ago !

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https://quetesaveur.com/2013/07/03/red-white-and-blue-cheesecake-pie/

 

Cake

Raspberry Vanilla Cake

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A lovely light summer-y cake.  It is a vanilla cake which makes it appealing to most people and you don’t have to use raspberries, you can use any summer fruit you want.  Here goes !

Ingredients:

Store bought White cake mix

1 pint of heavy whipping cream

1 cup whole milk

1 package of cheesecake flavored pudding mix

1 package of white chocolate pudding mix

1 jar of seedless raspberry jam

2 pints of fresh raspberries

Method:

Cake: Bake the cake accordingly to package instructions in two 9 inch baking rounds and cool completely.

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Filling:

Mix the both packages of pudding mix with 1 cup of whole milk.  This mixture will be very thick.

 

Meanwhile, whip up the heavy whipping cream to soft peaks.

Slowly fold the whipping cream into the pudding mix, adding about a 1/4 cup of whipping cream at a time.

Assembly:

Level the two cake layers and save the “cut-off” cake.

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Spread the entire jar of jam between both layers of the cake.

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Add the whipped pudding filling on top of the jam, only on one cake layer.  Use as much of the filling you like, just make sure you have enough to frost the outside of the cake.  I don’t like a lot of filling, so I actually had enough of the filling left to make my no-bake cheesecake pie (https://questforflavor.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/no-bake-strawberry-cheesecake-pie-with-chocolate-cookie-crust/).

 

Add cut up fresh raspberries on top of the cream.

Top it off with the other cake layer, jam side facing the raspberries

Frost the outside of cake.

 

Crumble the leftover cake pieces and use them to cover the side of the cake.

 

Decorate the top with more fresh raspberries.

 

Cut and eat !

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Breakfast, Brunch

Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal Muffins

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I like some variation in the morning.  Normally it is oatmeal with honey, almond milk and black pepper–yes, black pepper–try it, it tastes great! But I digress.  This is about fresh blueberries in your oatmeal muffin.  Good Morning never tasted so good.  I have tried several oatmeal muffin recipes and I have settled on this one–moist, yet a little crumbly for the almond meal.  I hope you like it, as much I did.

Yields about 12 muffins

Ingredients:

1.5 cups of almond meal

0.5 cups of quick cooking oatmeal

0.25 cups of AP flour

1 tbsp of baking soda

1tbsp of baking powder

2 eggs

0.5 cups of oil

0.5 cups of almond milk

0.5 water

0.25 cups of honey

zest of 1 lemon or 1tsp of lemon extract (optional)

1 pint of blueberries

sliced almonds for topping the muffins

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F

Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl

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Mix all the wet ingredients in another bowls or large measuring cup

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Slowly incorporate wet into dry.  The batter will be runny

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Fold in the blueberries

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Portion into a lined muffin pan.  There might be some extra batter, I put it in a ramekin and bake it off.  (serve this one with vanilla ice cream for a late night treat).

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Garnish the tops with sliced almonds.

Bake for 30-35 mins, till a toothpick comes out clean.

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Breakfast, Brunch

Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Muffin

 

This muffins were created after I finished making the pie recipe (scroll down).  Granted I could just eat my berries with granola and yogurt but since I won’t be home for a few days, I decided to make these muffins and bring these with me for breakfast !

Ingredients:

8oz finely chopped strawberries
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pint of blueberries
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp melted unsalted butter

Method:

Preheat oven to 325°.

In a blender, puree strawberries until smooth, you should have 1 1/2 cups when done. If you have more, discard the rest.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.

In a medium bowl, mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and strawberries. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in remaining berries.

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Pour batter into 12 lined muffin tins and bake at 325° for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes.  Enjoy !

 

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Dessert, Treats

Red, white and blue Cheesecake Pie !!!!

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The easiest dessert you will make this 4th of July ! With the heat rising, it makes no sense to turn on the oven ! So I turn to store bought goodies to help me out.  Also this is somewhat healthy since I choose sugar-free and fat-free ingredients.

This is what you need.

1 store bought graham cracker pie shell

1, 8oz tub of thawed fat-free whipped topping

1, 1oz package of  sugar-free, fat-free cheesecake flavored pudding mix

1, 6oz tub of fat-free vanilla yogurt (not greek, but I think you could use it if you wanted a tangy taste)

mix all these ingredients and pour into the shell.

Decorate with berries of choice.  I used strawberries and blueberries, but you could use, cherries, blackberries or raspberries.

Serve chilled !

 

Sides

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Almonds

Welcome Fall !!!!! On the first day of the best season of the year this is my recipe to you all.  Whether you use fresh or frozen, for a weeknight side dish or a holiday dish, roasted brussel sprouts with sweet/tart berries and nutty rich almonds will become a standard go to.  Try it this season and the best part is that it is super easy !

Ingredients:

1 tbsp of Olive oil

1 lb of brussel sprouts

salt and pepper to taste

chopped almonds and cranberries.  Walnuts and golden raisins would work too.  Please add much as your family likes.

Method:

Preheat oven to 375F

Toss the sprouts in oil and salt and pepper.

Roasted till the brussel sprouts are golden brown, and some of the outer leaves are crispy, about 40 mins. ( temp will change according to your oven’s power)

While the brussel sprouts roast chop up your nuts and berries.

Once the brussel sprouts are done, remove them from the oven and immediately toss in the nuts and dried fruit.  Residual heat will toast the nuts and soften the fruit.

Serve warm !