CHOCOLATE CINNAMON CAKE WITH HONEY CHANTILLY AND STRAWBERRIES

let’s say “bye bye winter see you never again until December” with this 3 layer chocolate cinnamon cake with a soft honey chantilly filled with fresh sliced strawberries, because we all know that spring is here and we freaking love it.

so the thing is that I bought some really good organic cinnamon, I realised the good quality when I opened the bag and I smelled it. using that almost every morning in my porridge for breakfast I decided to bake something with it as well, so here I am.

this sponge cake is fudgy and plenty of flavour thanks to the soft spicy hit of cinnamon and it’s full of sweetness thanks to the creamy honey chantilly. but never forget about the strawberries, fresh fruit always makes a cake even more interesting.

let’s bake!


CHOCOLATE CINNAMON CAKE WITH HONEY CHANTILLY AND STRAWBERRIES
(makes about 10 servings)

· ingredients ·
cake
180gr plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
180gr unsalted butter at room temperature
180gr muscovado sugar
3 large free range eggs
90ml buttermilk
45ml whole milk
1 + ½ tsp vanilla extract
120gr melted dark chocolate

filling
400gr cold whipping cream
3 Tbsp icing sugar
1 Tbsp honey
sliced strawberries

decoration
strawberries
a dash of chocolate ganache

· step by step ·
cake
grease and line a 15cm baking tin with parchment paper, and preheat the oven at 175ºC.
in a medium bowl sift the plain flower, baking powder, ground cinnamon and cocoa powder together.
in a big bowl beat the unsalted butter with the sifted muscovado sugar until it gets paler.
beat in the eggs on at a time.
pour in the half of the dry mixture and beat again.
add the buttermilk, whole milk and vanilla extract and mix everything well.
pour in the other half of the flour and the melted dark chocolate stirring until all the batter is ready.
place all the batter inside the prepared baking tin and bake it for 60min at 175ºC.
take it out of the oven and leave it for 10min then remove it from the baking tin and let it cool completely in a wire rack.
cut it in 3 layers and fill it with the honey chantilly and sliced strawberries.

filling
in a big bowl whisk the cold whipping cream until it gets thicker but not completely ready.
add the icing sugar and honey and keep whisking until firm peaks are formed.

· tips ·
you always can divide the batter in 3 different baking tins, then the time will be 20min approx. for each cake.
be sure that the cake is completely cooled when you are filling it with the honey chantilly, otherwise this filling will be melted in seconds.
you can cut any kind of fruit you desire like banana or raspberries for example.

enjoy!


 

CARDAMOM ROLLS

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I’m obsessed with Ibán Yarza’s bread book, and this is an example of what I’ve been baking lately, my version of his mini cardamom rolls. he says that in Sweden they have a word to define the moment when they have something hot to drink with rolls or cakes. this beautiful word is “fika”.

so I think I’m going to add this word in my daily vocabulary, at least minimum until summer, and do fika fika fika 24/7. fika diet, why not?

let’s bake!

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CARDAMOM ROLLS
(makes around 20 mini rolls)

· ingredients ·
dough
420g plain flour
210ml whole milk
75g caster sugar
75g butter
4g dry yeast
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cardamom meal

filling
70g unsalted butter
70g brown sugar
1 tsp cardamom meal

decoration
1 large free range egg
pearl sugar
chopped almonds

· step by step ·
dough
pour the milk in a small sauce pan at low heat, and when it’s already warm remove it from the heat and add the butter to melt into the milk.
when the milk it’s at room temperature add the dry yeast.
in a big bowl put this milk mixture plus two-thirds of the sifted flour, and mix everything.
add the remain sifted flour, sugar, salt and cardamom and mix again until it’s glossy and smooth but a bit sticky.
place the dough in a big clean bowl covered with cling film, and leave it ferment for 1h.
sprinkle a bit of flour on your work surface and with the dough make a 40cm x 40cm (approx.) with a rolling pin, until you have a 3mm thickness.
with the help of a spatula, spread the filling all over the dough.
fold it in 3 and leave it rest for 10min.
now, with a good knife, cut 20 pieces of 1cm each.
twist each piece and then make like a kind of knot already on the prepared baking tray.
leave them ferment again for another hour.
with a baking brush paint the top of each roll with a beaten egg.
decorate with pearl sugar and chopped almonds.
put them in the oven at 250ºC, with two resistances, for 6 minutes.

filling
mix together the brown sugar, butter and cardamom until everything it’s well combined.

· tips ·
make sure that they are only 6 minutes in the oven, otherwise they’ll burn so easily because the heat is so high.

enjoy!


LEMON MERINGUE TART

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is not that I didn’t bake the past two months, it’s just that I’ve been saving the world from a cataclysm, that’s why I was a bit absent. but looks like it didn’t work, so I’m coming back to what I know how to do, which is eat sweet things and pizza. actually I’m back in here as well.

I had this amazing recipe that I couldn’t let pass one more day without sharing it with you all. the people who tried this beauty said that actually was the best lemon meringue tart they’ve ever eat, so let’s think that they’re right! isn’t it?

let’s bake!

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LEMON MERINGUE TART
(makes about 12 servings)

· ingredients ·
almond pastry
160g plain flour
30g ground almonds
70g icing sugar
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
70g cold unsalted butter
3 lrg cold egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

lemon curd
3 lrg eggs
150g caster sugar
80ml lemon juice
80g room temperature unsalted butter
1 Tbsp lemon zest

swiss meringue
3 lrg room temperature egg whites
65g caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract

· step by step ·
almond pastry
in a big bowl sift the plain flour, ground almonds, icing sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add the cold butter and mix until there are no visible pieces of butter.
Add the cold egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix until the dough comes together.
Place the dough in a clean bowl and cover it with cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 8hrs.
Take the dough outside of the fridge and leave it rest for 10min, then put some plain flour on the surface where you’re going to work and roll it with a rolling pin.
Prepare a tart mould spreading a bit of butter and plain flour and gently place the rolled dough onto it, and leave it in the fridge again for 30min.
Preheat the oven at 180ºC and prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork and place a big piece of backing paper on the top of the unbaked pastry and then pour rice on it, this prevents the pastry from puffing up.
Bake it for 25min approx. until it’s golden and brown.
Take it from the oven and leave it rest in a wire rack until it’s completely cool.

lemon curd
in a medium bowl whisk the eggs, caster sugar and lemon juice.
Place this medium bowl in a bain marie and stir constantly the mixture until it’s quite thick and the temperature is 79ºC.
Take it from the heat and pour it through a strainer to take out all the lumps.
Whisk the butter and the lemon zest into the lemon mixture.
Pour the lemon curd into the cooled almond pastry.

swiss meringue
in a medium bowl whisk the egg whites and the caster sugar, then place it in a bain marie whisking constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the temperature is 71ºC.
pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and beat it until you can see stiff peaks.
Spread the meringue on the top of the lemon tart as you prefer and use a blowtorch to make it a bit browner, but be careful because it can get burn so easily.

enjoy!


 

MINI CHOCOLATE PAVLOVAS WITH SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE AND STRAWBERRIES

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definitely these little beauties are one of the bests things I’ve made for this blog.

it’s been already so many times that I made pavlovas, but it’s the first time I post about them here, because this is THE recipe to follow.

they’re not just stunning, this french meringue is shinny and crispy on the outside, and on the inside is like a marshmallow texture. think of all this plus the cream on the top with drizzle salted caramel sauce on it and the fresh flavour of strawberries..yes, now it’s the moment to stop thinking about how marvellous would it be and start baking this little stunning pavlovas because it’s so easy!

let’s bake!

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MINI CHOCOLATE PAVLOVAS WITH SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE AND STRAWBERRIES
(makes about 16 small pavlovas)

· ingredients ·
chocolate pavlovas
200g egg whites
400g caster sugar
1Tbsp corn starch
1tsp white vinegar
100g melted milk chocolate

cream
200g whipping cream

salted caramel sauce
200g caster sugar
100g butter
120ml whipping cream
1tsp kosher salt

· step by step ·
chocolate pavlovas
preheat the oven at 100ºC with two resistances, and prepare two baking trays with baking paper.
in a stand mixer place all the egg whites and just 350g of your caster sugar and whisk until you see little bubbles coming up.
now add the corn starch and the white vinegar.
add the lasts 50g of caster sugar in and continue whisking until you have a meringue with stiff peaks.
with a spoon drizzle a bit of melted chocolate on the top of the meringue and gently fold it.
scoop the meringue on the prepared baking trays and with a tea spoon make a little hole on the centre for the cream that you’re going to add later.
put them into the oven at 120ºC for about 40min, or until they don’t stick on the baking paper.
take them out and leave them cool completely before you top them with the cream.

cream
in a stand mixer whisk all the whipping cream until it has a proper consistency.

salted caramel sauce
in a medium pan on a medium heat pour all the caster sugar and stir until it’s all melted with a golden brown colour.
add the butter and mix it.
add the whipping cream and mix it.
add the kosher salt and give a last stir.
leave it to cool completely and pour it on the top of the whipped cream.

· tips ·
for this recipe it’s better if you have a stand mixer.
you’ll have to be specially very careful when you’re making the salted caramel sauce because when you add the ingredients they can easily spit.

enjoy!