Friday, November 23, 2012

Slagroom Taart-The BEST cake ever :)

My favourite cake of all time!!! It is not the easiest to make but definitely not impossible. The cake is so light but not dry or flavourless. No it is delicious!! The best part-you do not have to feel guilty about all the whipped cream on the cake because the cake itself has no added fat-only fat from the eggs. It does not have a whole lot of sugar either. This cake does take a bit of time-but totally worth it! It is a Dutch cake & served at birthdays & anniversaries.

Cees-Holtkamp-slagroomtaart (The recipe plus video-in Dutch)

I will post an english recipe soon!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Back to my blog! & Speculaas Cake ( with almost no fat!) :)

I have decided to post again to my blog!! 
I will be updating it and changing it a little.
This blog has been sitting for a little while now and I decided that I want to continue posting yummy recipes that I create/find and share it with the world. 
Exciting news is that I have decided to study Culinary Management at a College next fall! I have already applied and cannot wait! It is a two year diploma that incorporates baking, cooking, and management. 

Anyways, now onto the recipe. I really love this recipe. It is a little high in sugar but there is no added fat, the only fat comes from the egg-which is a healthy source of fat. Yet this cake is not dry at all-in fact no one can tell there is no oil or butter in it. The recipe is a lovely cake that can be served with coffee or tea or anytime for a wonderful treat. It is filled with spices-speculaas kruiden, a dutch spice blend with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and more. I will link the recipe to this page. This cake also features a lovely note of anise. Anise is my favourite flavouring of all when it comes to dessert! Best of all this cake is easy to make-all ingredients are combined in one bowl at once and then stirred until just mixed then baked in a loaf pan. Let's give it a try!

Speculaas Cake Extraordinaire!

You will need:
  • 375 gr all-purpose flour (I want to try it with 1/2 whole wheat sometime-I think it will work great!)
  • 250 gr brown sugar  (use 300 gr for a cake that is sweeter, 250 gr works for a breakfast cake)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp Speculaas Kruiden ( linked below)
  • 1 tsp anise extract (I added some anise seeds too)
  • 1 large egg
  • 150 ml water
  • 175 ml milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
How to:
  1. Measure all ingredients and put into one large bowl ( I usually mix all dry first then add all the wet ones but this cake is not too picky!)
  2. Mix until just combined-do not over mix!!! This causes the cake to become hard, dense and dry.
  3. Put into a long loaf pan or cake pan
  4. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes and 400 for 10 minutes
  5. Bake until tooth pick comes out clean
Use this recipe for the wonderful spice blend :)
Speculaas Kruiden Recipe

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fudge Brownies Tweaked to Perfection

Warning!! This recipe is not for you if you are on a diet :D

The following recipe is soooo decadent & delicious, you will never use any other recipe ever again. I have tweaked this recipe to perfection. No, nothing about it is healthy-other than the fact that you will enjoy this and experience happiness & content like nothing else. Try it! You will love it!

Delicious....gooey....fudgie....melt in your mouth goodness!

Fudge Brownies
  • 1/2 cup very soft margarine (I microwaved it for 20 sec)
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 big tbsp Nutella (or any chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • 1/4 bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • pinch salt  
  1. Cream together the margarine, sugar & vanilla in a large bowl using a whisk.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F
  3. Mix in two eggs. 
  4. Add all the chocolatey goodness. Mix until all cocoa & chocolate is well incorporated-but do not over mix!
  5. Add flour & salt & mix until all flour is incorporated, again, do not over mix! 
  6. Put into a 8 x 8 square pan that is lightly greases and bake in preheated oven at 350F.
  7. Bake for approx 20 minutes, until edges are cake like & centre is a little gooey.
  8. Secret to this recipe--> do not over bake!
  9. Enjoy warm out of the oven or cooled! They are so good, no frosting is needed!