It’s nearly St Piran’s Day, which means a day of fun and feasting in Cornwall. I always like to mark the occasion with some form of Cornish themed treat, after all we really do produce some amazing food down there. Previously I’ve made wonderfully fragrant […]
Spending the first few years of my life living in Germany has definitely had a big influence on the way I celebrate Christmas. Even the baubles hanging from my tree are the ones that I inherited/pinched from my mum which she bought when we lived there.
I always remember getting rumkugeln (German rum/cake truffles) in my stocking when I was younger and I’m still quite partial to them now. I’ve given my homemade version a little spicy twist by using ginger cake in the recipe. Shop bought is fine but it crumbles more easily if it’s a little stale. I used a few undecorated sponges from my gingerbread latte cupcake recipe.
makes about 20 two-bite truffles
150g ginger cake, crumbled to a fine crumb
100g dark chocolate
100ml double cream
pinch of salt
2 tbsp rum
2 tbsp apricot jam
Roughly chop the chocolate and place it in a mixing bowl with the salt. Gently heat the cream with rum and the jam so that it is quite hot but not boiling. Pour this over the chocolate and let it sit for several minutes to melt. Stir thoroughly to create a rich smooth ganache. Fold in the cake crumbs, ensuring that they are well incorporated into the mixture.
Place in the fridge to cool and set. Once the truffle mixture is firm, use a teaspoon to take scoops of the mixture and gently roll the truffles into bitesize balls before coating well in chocolate sprinkles. Place the finished truffles on a sheet of parchment or a silicone mat until you are ready to package them up for gifting.
I know it’s not that long since I shared an ice cream recipe with but let’s face it, it’s not every year that the UK get’s a summer like this, so I feel like we should all be making the most of it.
Tart, sharp rhubarb. Sweet, fiery ginger. Rich, thick, creamy vanilla ice cream. Crunchy, nibbly biscuits. Sounds like a pretty delicious combo doesn’t it? Well you can take my word for it that it really, really is!
Adding cream cheese to the ice cream base makes it so thick and creamy, it’s truly impossible to resist. But then, why should you?
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 large piece of stem ginger (from a jar)
1 1/2 tbsp syrup from the stem ginger
175g condensed milk
100g cream cheese
300ml double cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
50g biscuits (I really like amaretti but use whatever you like)
Pre-heat your oven to 190°c. Wipe the rhubarb with some damp kitchen roll and then chop it into smallish chunks. Toss it in a baking tray with the sugar and ground ginger. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until it is really soft and breaks up easily. Finely chop the stem ginger and add this and the ginger syrup to the rhubarb before stirring it all together to create a rhubarb sauce. Leave this to cool.
Beat together the cream cheese and condensed milk in a large mixing bowl until they are smoothly combined. Add the cream and the vanilla before whipping it until the mixture is quite thick and fluffy. Crumble the biscuits and fold them into the mix.
Transfer the ice cream mix to a freezable container and then ‘ripple’ the rhubarb through it. Freeze until solid.
I reckon that choux pastry gets a bad rap. People think that it’s super-hard to make when the truth is it’s really not and it’s no more temperamental than any other sort of pastry. You simply need a decent a pair of biceps for all the beating and to be able to recognise when the dough reaches the correct consistency, which is soft but not sloppy.
No-bake cheesecake mixture is a brilliant thing to fill these with – it’s a bit more sturdy than just plain whipped cream. Normally I avoid icing like the plague as I find it far too sweet but using sharp raspberry puree in it really takes away the sickly edge and makes these choux puffs wonderfully fruity.
75g plain flour
filling & icing
100g raspberries, sieved & seeds discarded
200g cream cheese, room temperature
100g white chocolate, melted and cooled
100ml double cream
225g icing sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 200°c and line a large baking tray with parchment or a silicone mat.
Put the butter and water in a medium saucepan and bring it to boil before removing the pan from the heat. Add the flour to the pan, all in one go. Vigorously beat it with a wooden spoon until you end up with a ball of dough that has pulled away from the sides of the pan. Lightly beat the eggs. Add about a third of the egg to the pan and beat it in really well. Once it has been completely absorbed add another third and beat it again. After the third and final addition of egg, the dough should become soft, smooth and glossy. Only add enough of the egg to reach the soft glossy stage, you don’t want it to be sloppy.
Use a couple of teaspoons to drop blobs of the dough onto the prepared baking tray. If you need to smooth off any edges or pointy bits then just dip your finger in a little water first.
Bake the choux pastry for 25 minutes, until they are golden brown, then turn off the oven and open the door a bit, leave them in the oven for a further 10 minutes to dry out a little.
Once they are done you can transfer them to a wire rack to cool. It’s a good idea to poke a little steam hole in them, somewhere discreet, to prevent them from becoming soggy. You can use this later when you fill them.
Make the filling by whipping the cream until it holds a soft peak. Beat the cream cheese with the melted white chocolate until they are well combined and then fold in the cream. Add 25g of the icing sugar to the raspberry puree and then stir a couple of tablespoons of the puree into the cream mixture. Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a round tip and then carefully pipe the filling into the cooled crisp choux buns.
Mix the remaining icing sugar into the rest of the raspberry puree to create thick, smooth icing. Dip the tops of the choux puffs into the icing and decorate with sprinkles if you like before popping the choux puffs in the fridge so that the icing sets and the filling can firm up a little.