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Jamie Oliver’s Blood Orange, Ricotta and Chocolate Cake

Blood orange season is my favorite. There’s nothing quite nice as a fresh red-colored juice to go with the cold weatherweather.

This February, I was spoiled rotten by everyone. One of the perks of just having a baby is people pampering you all the time. Naturally, my favorite citrus fruit was everywhere – in a bowl on the kitchen counter, in the fridge, and *surprise*, in a cake we made using Jamie Oliver’s recipe on this link. Continue Reading “Jamie Oliver’s Blood Orange, Ricotta and Chocolate Cake”

Recipes, Sweet 1 comment on Substitute The Cream With A Fluffy Ricotta

Substitute The Cream With A Fluffy Ricotta

In life, planning is good. But improvising can be way better and more fun in some situations. If you take cooking as a therapy, improvising your recipes once you’ve learned the basic techniques can be the most powerful happiness tool for cooks.

A couple of weeks ago, it was my mom’s birthday. As a surprise, we invited her friends over and cooked a whole menu from scratch. As usual, most of the salty dishes were made by Jean and the sweets were made by yours truly. I decided to make a tart with toppings made out of ricotta and strawberries. It initially started with the idea to pour a strawberry coulis on top of fluffed up ricotta cheese. Jean then recommended I serve the coulis aside and simply top the tart with sliced strawberries. The feedback was quite good and people felt it was lighter than a traditional strawberry tart with crème pâtissière (i.e. custard).

This is not the last version of this tart but I’d like to share my first experiment today.

Breadonbutter’s Ricotta and Strawberry Tart 

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What you’ll need:

For the dough

Refer to this recipe but remove the orange zest from the ingredients.

You can also get a ready to bake dough from the supermarket if you’re not into making it yourself. 

For the filling

  • 500 g ricotta cheese
  • 4 Tbsp powder sugar, unsifted

To decorate

  • 25 Strawberries, cut in three slices

For the coulis

  • 20 strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

How to make it:

  1. In a round-shaped oven dish, lay out the dough. Pit it with a fork and place it in a preheated 180 degrees Celsius oven for 15 minutes or until golden
  2. In a bowl, beat the ricotta cheese and the powder sugar until smooth and fluffy
  3. When the dough has completely cooled down, top it with the ricotta mix and decorate it with strawberries
  4. Make the coulis: heat the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a pan until the strawberries are reduced to small bits. With a mixer handle, crush the strawberry until you obtain a thick syrup. There’s your easy coulis!

Serve the tart with the coulis on the side for those who wish to top their tart with it, and there you go! 🙂 Light, fluffy and delicious! My advice is to have it with a nice glass of Piccini Prosecco. You’ll love it, I promise!

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P.S. You can also try this chocolate tart if you’re looking for something chocolatey

Any thoughts? I’d love to hear suggestions! 

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Christmas, Recipes, Sweet 0 comments on Sugar Coat Your Holidays With These Scrumptious Cookies

Sugar Coat Your Holidays With These Scrumptious Cookies

If you’re a cook at heart, you surely know about the food network. Their portfolio of cooks and chefs is the most fascinating and diverse. Naturally, I have my favorites, and Giada de Laurentiis is unquestionably one of them. Italian by origin and Emmy Award winner for outstanding Lifestyle host, this woman fascinates me and inspires me.

A few days ago, Jean showed me this delicious ricotta lemon cookie recipe to try at home, knowing how much I love baking. Turns out it was a recipe from Giada on the foodnetwork.com. So I had to try it right away! And then of course, give it a Christmassy feel. So here goes!

Ricotta Lemon Cookies Recipe

What you’ll need:

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For the Cookies:

  • 2.5 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • The zest of 1 lemon

For the Glaze:

  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice
  • The zest of 1 lemon

How to make it:

Make the cookies:

1) In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.

3) Add the eggs one by one, mixing in between until combined.

4) Add the ricotta, lemon juice, and lemon zest and beat to combine.

5) Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

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6) On an oven tray, place a baking sheet and spoon”how much” the dough on top, evenly and leaving a bit of space between each so they don’t stick together later.

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

7) Bake for 15 minutes or until golden on the sides then let them rest and cool 20 minutes.

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Make the glaze:

1) Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest and stir until combined and smooth.

2) After the cookies have cooled, spoon the glazing on top and let it harden for 2 hours.

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

Have it with a dark coffee or mint tea!

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

ricotta lemon cookies | breadonbutter

 What do you think? 

Parties & Happenings, Recipes 0 comments on Trio Of Party Food Crostini For The Holidays

Trio Of Party Food Crostini For The Holidays

After the 6 lip-smaking party food recipes in under 10 minutes we made last month, we found that finger food is more than ideal for the holidays. Like I said last time, it’s the most successful during these busy times. You can also go back to the post (here) to follow the 4 steps for successful and efficient kitchen work.

This time, it’s all party food crostini recipes. For the bread, I love Bar Tartine‘s country bread, a nice Ciabatta OR for a really healthy (and yummy) choice, you can try Annette’s Crostinis, The Caringly Low Carb brand launched not long ago and available at these outlets.

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So here are the 3 delicious crostini recipes you can make for your guests:

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Party Food Crostini recipe I: Sweet Potato on a bed of roasted garlic

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For 4 persons

Ingredients:

  • 2 Heads garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.75 cup labneh or sour cream
  • 0.5 tsp lemon zest
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • Ciabatta

How to make it:

  1. Cut ¼” from the top of each garlic head, exposing the cloves. In aluminum foil, place the garlic and sprinkle it with olive oil. Then place them in the oven for 30 minutes until soft and light brown. Once done, peal and crush them until they form a paste
  2. Combine the labneh or sour cream with the lemon zest, and the salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate
  3. In a pan, heat a bit of olive oil and place the diced sweet potatoes on medium heat. Cover and let cook until soft and a bit brown
  4. On the bread of your choice, spread 1 tsp of garlic, top with labneh or sour cream then with sweet potatoes

Spicy lovers, you can sprinkle with chili flakes 😉

Party Food Crostini recipe II: Avocado with Sesame Sauce

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For 4 persons

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 0.25 raw almonds
  • 0.25 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 cup peanut oil
  • Salt
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 cup coriander leave for garnish

How to make it:

  1. In a small pan, toast the sesame seeds, almonds and peanuts, stirring often until they are golden (about 7 minutes). Then place them in a blender and crush them. Let cool
  2. Add the peanut oil to the mix and blend until it forms a thick sauce. Season with salt, to taste
  3. In a bowl, toss the avocados in the lime juice and add a bit of salt. Then spoon the avocados on top of the bread of your choice
  4. Pour sauce on top, garnish with coriander and enjoy!

Party Food Crostini recipe III: Ricotta and Caramelized Grapes

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For 4 persons

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup seedless green grapes
  • 1 cup seedless black grapes
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 0.25 cup fresh rosemary
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 0.75 cup Ricotta cheese

How to make it:

  1. Mix the grapes with the balsamic vinegar, rosemary and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss. Place in the oven for 15 minutes until the grapes are softened and their skin starts to wrinkle
  2. On the toasts of your choice, spread 1 tablespoon of ricotta cheese and spoon the caramelized grapes on top

Serve with a drizzle of honey!

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Which crostini did you prefer? 🙂