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Raspberry & Chocolate-Chip Buttermilk Cake

10 Jun

Raspberry & Chocolate Chip Buttermilk CakeI was in love with Betty Crocker and Ducan Hines and then I cheated on them and hardly ever looked back, when I baked my very first cake from scratch. That cake was Deb Perelman’s (author of Smitten Kitchen) Raspberry Buttermilk Cake. Her straightforward recipe and the resulting moist, light and slightly fluffy cake was the catalyst to my love for home baking. Raspberry Chocolate-Chip Buttermilk Cake

In the last 2 years (yes that was the first time I baked a cake from scratch), I have tested several variations of this cake using various fruits and berries and also just using chocolate chips. My favorite version – this Raspberry and Chocolate-Chip Buttermilk Cake does not deviate too far from the original recipe. I reduce the fat content by using low-fat buttermilk and add a little more verve to the classic recipe by adding semi-sweet chocolate chips. This is a swift, easy and light cake for the summer months when raspberries are at their prime and occasions to entertain and impress are plenty! Continue reading

Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse in Chocolate Cups

11 Feb

Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse in Chocolate CupsNo hallmark card can say “I love you” like a homemade sweet treat for your sweetie! This easy, elegant and delectable recipe, features just in time for Valentine’s Day to help you express your true feelings for that special someone.

Nothing spells romance like chocolate and strawberries and this dessert marries both these ingredients.Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse in Chocolate Cups The star this Valentine’s Day is creamy white chocolate, perked up with an underlying hint of fresh strawberry juice. If you prefer raspberries, you can entirely substitute the strawberries with raspberries. Setting this mousse in chocolate cups (the perfect aphrodisiac) creates a patisserie equivalent masterpiece. All you need with these is a bottle of bubbly and it won’t be long before you are showing that someone special how you feel ….in more ways than one! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Strawberry White Chocolate Mousse in Chocolate Cups
Recipe Adapted from Le 15 Patisserie’s Chocolate Lover’s Class
Time: Active: 30 minutes Inactive: 3 hours (setting time)
Yield: 14-16 shot glasses

Ingredients:
6 oz of white baking chocolate
3 oz whole milk
3 tablespoons, freshly squeezed strawberry juice (See note)
2 large egg whites, at room temperature (See note)
¼ teaspoon lemon juice
7.5 oz heavy-whipping cream
Dark or milk chocolate cups or cases, store-bought (See note)

Garnish:
Chopped strawberries
Milk or dark chocolate shavings

Notes:

  • Place a handful of strawberries in a blender and puree them. Place this puree in a sieve and use a spoon to press the fresh juice through the sieve. Keep the juice and discard the seeds and skin, leftover in the sieve.
  • The eggs must be at room temperature to get the most volume out of the whites when you beat them. Make sure the egg whites have no traces of yolk in them.
  • Most large grocery stores, gourmet food and party stores carry chocolate cups or cases for setting desserts in them. These can also be ordered online. If you cannot find these, just set the mousse in shot or cordial glasses and increase the amount of chocolate shavings.

Method:
1)  Create a double-boiler over the stove-top and melt the white chocolate in it. Keep stirring so that the chocolate does not burn.
2) Stir in the milk and strawberry juice into the melted chocolate and set aside.
3) In a separate bowl, stir the lemon juice into the egg whites. Turn on a hand-held electric mixer or an electric stand mixer on low, and beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the chocolate mixture carefully into the eggs whites. Be careful to not deflate the air volume that has been incorporated into the egg whites.
4) In a separate bowl, using a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer on low beat the heavy-cream until it forms soft peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture.
5) Divide this mousse into chocolate cups or cordial/shot glasses and chill for at least 3 hours. You can use a piping bag to make the mousse look even fancier in the cups.
6) Just before serving garnish with chocolate shavings and chopped strawberries.

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