Boston Cream Pie

It was a random post which caught my eye and I decided to try my luck on baking by submitting my recipe for the great dubai bakeoff. I just chose a recipe which I tried and randomly decided to google it. Well it was the boston cream pie and my cookbook shows it as a pie with a crust but the Google gives a very different image so I decided to go for the trusted source and do a bit of reasearch.

Wikipidea says the boston cream pie was named so as in the early years the sponge or cakes were all baked in a pie tin. And the idea to use the custard as a filling for the cake was first brought up by the parker house chef in boston hence it is named the boston cream pie.

It is a very simple cake and I decided to try the original parker house recipe. I practiced it in a small batch and to my surprise it was good with the custard filling. I’ve never tried a cake with custard filling before so it impressed me.

I have made custard but this custard was a bit different and technically tricky.

I chose this recipe to try at the great dubai bake off and the steps went as follows.

I did my sponge in the kitchenaid mixer which I was very happy to work with as the mixer itself has got a great recognition amongst the bakers. I did my custard and had to freeze both to cool them and stack it up. Working at miele gallery at sheikh zaid road adjacent to sheraton was such a great experience with high quality equipments and facilities.

The boston cream pie turned out very soft and delicious that everyone who tasted it came over and told me it was tasty. That by itself was a gift for me as not many people come over and say what I made was tasty. Especially at home. Not that the food doesn’t taste good but not many have or feel the need to comment. I remember the days when i bake something I go and ask my parents and siblings how it was and after which they tell me it was good.  Yes my mum used to tell it’s good or bad without even me asking 🙂

Well back in dubai its still same.

So hearing people talk and say wow it’s so good was such a pleasure. This is why I like to participate in competitions.

Whether I won or not the small genuine comments matter. As a food blogger it helps me create a story. It helps me build my blog post. It inspires me to cook and bake more.

Here i am with a boston cream pie recipe with my own twist.

RECIPE

BOSTON CREAM PIE
SPONGE CAKE
• 7 Eggs, separated
• 8oz. Sugar
• 1 Cup Flour
• 1 oz. Melted butter
Directions:
Separate egg yolks and whites into two separate bowls.
Divide the sugar into 2 and add to the separated egg bowl.
Beat the yolks until combined and the sugar has dissolved.
Beat the egg whites until soft peaks.
fold the whites into the egg yolk mixture.
Gradually add flour, mixing with a wooden spatula.
Make a well in the centre and pour the melted butter.
Mix well.
Pour this mixture into a 10-inch greased cake pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until spongy and golden.
Remove from oven and cool completely
PASTRY CREAM

A few dried rose to infuse the cream with rose flavour
• 1 tbsp. Butter
• 2 cups Milk
• 2 cups Light Cream
• ½ cup Sugar
• 3 ½ tbsp. Corn starch
• 6 Eggs
• 1 vanilla beans
Directions
Bring to a boil in a saucepan the butter, milk and light cream with a few petals of dried rose.

When it starts to boil strain the mixture and return to the flame.continue cooking.
While this mixture is cooking, combine the sugar, corn starch and eggs in a bowl and whip until ribbons form.
When the cream, milk, butter mixture reaches the boiling point, whisk in the egg mixture and cook over a low flame
Make sure the cream is thick for the boston cream pie
Refrigerate until assembly time
Make the ganache
1 slab of dark cooking chocolate
1 tbsp heavy cream
• Melt and mix the ganache ingredients over a double boiler
• Cool completely before topping
ASSEMBLE THE BOSTON CREAM PIE
1. Level the sponge cake
2. Cut the cake into two layers.
3. Spread the flavoured pastry cream over one layer.
4. Top with the second cake layer.
5. Reserve a small amount of the pastry cream to spread on sides to adhere to almonds.
6. Paste the almonds over the sides of the cake
7. Pour the chocolate ganache on the top

Sprinkle a few shavings of white chocolate on top and garnish with a sew teaspoons of grated pistachio.

The great dubai bakeoff – my overall view.

I just wish the judges were present at the time we started as they came 1 hour after we started.

This is another competition that is on its first year I wish the next few years would look more like the great british bakeoff.

The fun is everyone cooking the same category like it was bread week once at the great british bakeoff.

Also the fun is in having 1 elimination a time where as here there have been 60 contestants out of which 8 are going into the semifinals:-)

All the best to the finalists.

Cherry On Top

Serve English breakfast in a can

Here is  small inspiration from me to all my followers

We do love beans, bread and egg for breakfast or you do. Well yea it’s the English breakfast.  Well I don’t fancy beans but if it is served differently I do like to try. Now I decided to get my beans and bread Breakfast fix differently and with all those innovative molecular gastronomy around town in dubai and the restaurants serving food in cute tiny play containers and toy trucks or atleast they look so cute as toys. I decided why not reuse the bean can and serve myself some breakfast in it and make me feel like having at one of those fancy dinning outlets. Oh I sure have tried a few fancy places but not all of them. With the summer at it’s peak I find it tough to travel and experience much. Breakfast time on weekends is always late and it’s tough to drive somewhere and grab something with 2 kids under 3.

So thats a bit of jabbering done.

Ok grab your beans

Warm it.

Slice the bread and toast it.

Make your egg the way you like it.

Wash the bean can and stuff it with the beans.

Place the rest around and enjoy with a fold or spoon or just get messy with your fingers. We ain’t watching.

All that matters is you gotta enjoy it.

Breakfast done.

Oh I’ve got no ham or sausages as we have stopped consuming it much so yes you can add them too.

😊 ÉŃJÓÝ

BON APPÈȚĪŤË

Worlds smallest Battenberg cake, Pancake stack and fondant Rose

World smallest Battenberg cake 

We have all seen the worlds smallest stuff or herd of it. But doing it and experiencing for yourself is really interesting. The joy of making yourself the worlds smallest pancake stack or the worlds smallest 5 petal rose out of fondant is indescribable.

I have been wanting to do a battenberg cake but it has been a very inactive plan most of the time. Sometimes it was due to an ingredient missing or sometimes it’s cos i dint have a square or sheet baking pan.

So i decided to make a small tiny battenberg cake to fullfill my requirements and crave for it. It was super easy to make. In no time I had the worlds cutest smallest battenberg cake. The jam and the chocolate went well together.  I did have marzipan but I decided to use chocolate as a coating as I have a few large blocks of chocolate which needs to go fast.

It can be made smaller but there is no point in making it smaller than this if you can barely taste it hence I made it 1 inch long and 5 cm height while the width was just 3 cm only.

It was cute and delicious.

 

World smallest pancake stack
I made the pancakes with a drop of pancake batter on a pan and drizzled some chocolate syrup on top.

World smallest fondant rose
The fondant rose was made to kee me occupied with the leftover fondant. It was very easy to make 🙂

Mafazas Chocolate Marzipan

The first time I did marzipan was following recipe from a 101 cakes book. It asked me to use 1/2 an egg and the recipe turned out to be a success but sadly I was left with half an egg which then turned into a cookie. I didn’t think using half an egg was ideal and I didn’t want to use 1 egg and make a large batch either. So i decided to create one.

This recipe is ideal to makemarzipan roses and shapes for kida party tables. It great for moulding. I have not tried it on large cakes but it should do fine in small cupcakes to cover the top.

Try it and let me know 🙂



Recipe                              make (14 marzipans)


Chocolate  Marzipan 

Ingredients

1 cup almond powder

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 cup melted chocolate or candy melts

1 tbsp water

1. Mix the ingredients together  and make desired shaped

2. Keeps well in a jar for 4 days

3. Refrigerate for upto 10 days

Check the video on youtube and make with me20160704_204059

Dubai Summer : Smoothies

Dubai is experiencing the summer and it’s at it’s  peek now.

As a blogger I have been taken by smoothies and I try to make them whenever possible. They are refreshing and filling after a ifthar. Less ice is better.

Smoothies are basically thick and you can just build your own according the thickness you prefer so ingredients matter but not the quantity unless you are planning to make for a large crowd. Leftover fruits can always make a good smoothie. Using watermelon is common un smoothies and is better as it has a natural sweetness and a thickening ability.

Some fruits ideal for smoothies

Bananas

Watermelon

Apple

Strawberry

Mango

Pears

A few ingredients that goes into smoothies together

Almond gives a crunchiness

Dates a very natural sweetner

Milk a booster of creaminess

Natural coconut water a natural sweetner and a good substitute for water (vitacoco in dubai)

The best gadget for smoothies is nothing but the nutribullet.

You can blend and serve in it or share with another on another glass.

My mum has one and am craving for one too 🙂

I will be posting a few smoothie recipes soon.

Stay tuned . Eid mubarak

 

Summer

Red Tomatoe Pizza

The interior is amazing
I just love every bit of furniture they have.
It’s just the best place to sit and enjoy a good woodfire pizza.ambience is warm and welcoming.

I was choosen as a winner for an instagram contest and I got the chance to dine for free oh yea I chose to takeaway as it was Ramadan.

 

I got a four cheese pizza and a signature pizza. The four cheese pizza was really good and my nonspicy son loved it.

The signature pizza was perfect for adults with a balance of spices.

I really enjoyed there pizza which was different to the normal pizzas we have been having which was cheap yet too bland.

What make red tomato pizza special is they make it individually with care.

Mix and muesli

We are all bored of eating the same thing every day. But sometimes when it is healthy some don’t have an option but to grab and go those muesli packs with a cup of milk and stay fed. I am not a daily muesli person, in fact, I hate those plain mueslis. I would eat it if it had a load of nuts and dried fruits. When I came across the mix and muesli concept I really liked it because I can mix my own combination and enjoy muesli.

I was told to choose one and I opted for the premix as it mentioned having mixed berries, dried apple, pecan, almonds, raisins and chia seeds. On top of all the entire ingredients are totally Organic. Isn’t that nice? Yes, it sure is a good healthy “Energy booster”. That’s what my mix is called.

I did a 2-day muesli of which day 1 was muesli with milk and day 2 was muesli with yogurt. Don’t frown. It was delicious. Try it and let me know.

Check my Instagram and watch my muesli days for inspiration.soon il try it with orange juice 🙂

 

 

 

Simple pizza recipe

Ingredients
In a bowl add
2 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp anchor milk powder
Saltafew pinches

In a cup
1 tsp yeast
2 tsp sugar
Add 3 tbsp hot water and let it sit for 10 mins
Break an egg and 4 tbsp milk into the yeast
Mix well

Pour over dry ingredients and mix
Add some water and milk to make a full smooth dough
Let it rise for an hr

Flatten fill and roll to make soft buns.

Teacup Brownie

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It’s microwavable
It’s for 3 people
Its ready in 7 minutes

After a good sushi meal I was craving for my sisters brownies. She does make good brownies and I love them, it’s more like a cake and less chewy. I dint ask her for the recipe but tried to make my own remembering the ingredients she used.
These becamea bit chewy yet so delicious.
A post in future
I see my book coming together in the near future 🙂