Posts Tagged ‘fruits’

Cherry dream

Cherry season

Cherries for jam

Pitted cherries

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Orange mousse

A dessert I wanted to be a bit different for the new year. Inspired from many sources (1, 2, …), here is the “orange mousse” made with oranges, red grapefruit and mandarin oranges.

Orange mousse

Orange mousse

Apples and nuts cake

My neighbor which I occasionally help with PC problems seeing me in the street Friday gave me a bunch of apples saying these are “bio”-apples from his house in the mountains. I should take some since he has just picked up his apple tree and has too many apples and no idea what to do with them.

Starting with the apples and the sour cherry (or bilberries) cake recipe this was the result:

Apples and nuts cake

Apples and nuts cake

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Quince recipes

The quince recipes are sweet memories from my grandmother, lost and then found again. This is a combination of 2 recipes which can be done in sequence from the quince fruit. I translated here the romanian recipe for Guy which grows quinces in his backyard for which I envy him.

Quince dish recipe

Quince dish recipe

(photos updated 06-Dec-2009)

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cirese

cirese, cherries

Apricot (sour cherry) cake

Apricot cake – prajitura cu caise (sau visine, prune, mere)

This is a very common cake here which can be done using apricots, peaches, apples, cherries, sour cherries (most common), bilberries, etc. mostly fresh. It’s quite simple to make but it has a few tricks.

Updated: 15-08-2008: the bilberry cake photo

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 kg fresh fruits with no kernel if it applies to the fruit type

Preparation

  • remove the fruits kernel if it’s the case (this is the most time consuming operation, especially for the sour cherries)
  • separate the egg whites and beat them until solid
  • add the sugar, egg yolks, milk
  • mix the flour with the baking powder and add to the composition while mixing it
  • add the butter and the vanilla extract
  • let it rest for 10 minutes while you preheat the oven
  • mix the fruits with a bit of flour, this will help the fruits to leave too much liquid and keep part of the composition uncooked
  • pour the composition in a pan then add the fruits on top, don’t press them into the dough, they will fall by themselfs
  • cook for 30 – 45 minutes
  • be careful when you test the readiness to test around the fruits. As they cook they tend to leave juice which will slow the cooking of the dough around.
  • enjoy

Apple pie without the pie crust

Positively motivated by the baked apples I decided to try something which was keeping all the advantages of the original formula:

  • the apple – honey – baked combination
  • nuts and cinnamon aroma

and eliminated some of the negative elements:

  • non uniform cooking of the apple
  • nuts placed on the top got a bit burned and did not got much of the apple taste
  • difficult to eat in public as you cannot fully enjoy the formula with a little spoon as you could enjoy it with your fingers :)

So start working:

  • grate a few unpeeled apples
  • add some honey and sugar
  • add nuts (in small pieces) and cinnamon
  • butter your pan and add the mix
  • bake in the oven until you the apples soften

The result is absolutely delicious even if it lacks a bit on the aesthetics. Overall it had a much better rate of success even for my friends which are usually reticent. This is also the reason why I choose to forget the pie crust.

Have fun.

Baked apples

This is a very simple recipe with just a few simple steps:

  • start with some clean healthy unpealed apples
  • cut the upper side leaving a conical space
  • pierce the peal with a fork to allow liquid to get out
  • group the apples and add sugar in the cut space
  • add a nut on top

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