Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pasta Carbonara!

A delicious meal. When you don't have much time to cook, but want to eat something nice!
Make this with a small salad and everybody will love you with this dinner!

Makes 5 portions.

You need:
4 small shallots
1 tsp olive oil
4 eggs
4 tbs heavy cream
1 cup parmesan cheese
500 g spaghetti
500 g bacon / pancetta
fresh black pepper

What to do:
Bring a big pan with water to a boil, and add a little pinch of salt.

Heat a sauce pan with 1 tbs olive oil. Add the bacon / pancetta, and cook them untill they are lightly browned.

Now add your pasta to the boiling water.

Add the onions to the bacon / pancetta, and let it cook for an other 3 minutes or until the onions and bacon are fully cooked and crispy.

Whisk, in the meantime, the eggs, heavy cream and parmesan together. Season it with a good amount of freshly ground pepper.

When your pasta is cooked, drain it.

(Off the heat) Add your bacon / pancetta and onions to the pasta. Then add your egg mixture to the pasta as well. Stir! (make sure it's off the heat: you don't want to have scrambled eggs!)

Devide it over your plates, and


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cake with raspberries

Hmm! The house smells so good! You almost can't wait till it's ready! (:

Beautiful raspberries!

And we can start!

You need:
200 gr unsalted butter, room temperature
200 gr sugar
3 eggs
200 gr flour
10 gr baking powder
3 tbs milk
200 gr raspberries
Half a lime
Some icing sugar, to decorate

So what to do:

Preheat the oven to 200 C.

Mix the butter and sugar. Make sure that your butter is soft (room temperature), so you can mix it well.

Now add, one by one, your eggs. Whisk until your egg is completely included in your batter, before you add the next egg.

Sift your flour and baking powder, and mix it in.

Pour in your milk and a little bit of lime juice. Mix until you get a smooth batter.

Line your baking tin with baking paper (make sure that it's bigger than the tin, so you can lift the cake out easily). 

Pour your cake mixture in the tin and smooth it out. Then put the raspberries on top of it and press a few of them into the mixture.

Bake your cake for about 45 minutes. Let it cool and decorate it with a layer of icing sugar.

Enjoy! :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New tools!

Yes! Yes! We've got some new kitchentools!
Because we finaly have made the decision to start this blog, we treated ourselves with some new tools. 
They are so handy and we're sure we're going to have lots of fun with it!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lovely cupcakes with raspberry frosting

So easy to make and you can't get enough of them!

Makes 12 cupcakes.

For the cupcakes:
1 cup granulated sugar
114 gram usalted softened butter
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup milk 

For the frosting:
114 gram unsalted softened butter
½ cup raspberry jam
½ tsp vanilla extract
450 gram powdered sugar

And some fresh raspberries, to decorate.

Now preheat your oven to 180 C, and line your cupcake tin.

Cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs, the vanilla and cream until you get a smooth mixture. Add the dry ingredients and slowly add, while mixing, the milk. Please note to not overmix it.

Scoop together the batter into your cupcakes. Make sure it's filled 3/4 of the way up, because they will rise. Bake them for 20 minutes and let them cool for about 45 minutes before you are going to frost them.

To make the frosting you have to combine  all the ingredients exept the fresh raspberries. Mix it together and add it in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate them with a few fresh raspberries.

Then it's time to eat them! Enjoy!

The big chocolate cake

Wauw! Doesn't that looks huge?

After a long, long while we decided to finally make this enormous chocolate cake. And when we did, we were overwhelmd! We could eat from it for days... Oh my, it was delicious, believe us!

When you look at the list of products you will need, you might think it's much work to make this cake. But it's not! These are a few things you will need to buy, but most of the things are actually the basics (chocolate, butter, flour and sugar) Ok, also a bit of whipping cream and double cream.. But it's really so easy to make. 

The cake:
225 grams soft butter
225 grams golden caster sugar
4 eggs
225 grams self-raising flour
55 grams cocoa powder
a little milk

250 ml whipping cream
225 grams white chocolate

350 grams plain chocolate
115 grams butter
100 ml double cream

To decorate:
115 grams plain chocolate
2 tsp icing sugar 
2 tsp cocoa powder

To make the filling you need to heat the wipping cream untill just below the boiling point.Then put the white chocolate in. When it's all melted put it in a bowl, leave to cool and put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours (or until firm).

Now preheat the oven to 180 C. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat it until it's light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, and put in (while sifting) the flour and cocoa powder. Add milk when necessary, to make a dropping consistency.

Put the mixture in your tin and bake it for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.Then leave it to cool and turn it out.

To make the icing you put the plain chocolate in a bowl, which you will set over a pan of gently simmering water until melted. Stir in the butter and double cream and leave to cool.

Slice your cake horizontally into 3 layers. Sandwich them back together with de white chocolate filling. Then cover the top and sides of the cake with your icing and arrange the chocolate caraque over the top. At last you sift the mixed icing sugar and cocoa powder on top and ready it is!

Enjoy! (:

The start!

Hello readers!

The first post on our blog! We just can't wait to share our love for food and cooking.
From now on we will post pictures, short movies, recipes and more on this blog. Hope you all will enjoy it!