Trick or treat!

>> duminică, 31 octombrie 2010

Iata ca a venit si Halloween. Desi in Romania este o sarbatoare imprumutata pe care eu nu o tin, mi-am dorit sa va pot oferi un cadou simpatic. Asa ca am facut un tortulet pufos de ciocolata.
Si cum decoratiunile nu puteau lipsi am creat niste dovleci fiorosi. :)

Ingrediente blat:

- 7 oua
- 7 linguri de zahar
- 8 linguri faina
- 1 lingurita ulei
- 10 g praf de copt
- esenta de cafea

Ingrediente crema:

- 200 g frisca
- 1 lingura amidon
- 200 g ciocolata neagra
- 2 linguri zahar pudra

Ingrediente decoratiuni:

- 4 lingurite miere de albine
- lapte praf (cat cuprinde pentru a obtine o compozitie elastica)
- colorant alimentar
- 200 g glazura de ciocolata neagra Dr. Oetker

So it's Halloween day already. Although in Romania it's a borrowed holiday and I don't celebrate it , I wished to be able to make you a nice present. So I baked a lovely chocolate sponge cake.
And of course, I made some decorations. Evil pumpkins!


Ingredients for sponge cake:


- 7 eggs 
- 7 tablespoons of sugar
- 8 tablespoons of flour
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 10g baking powder
- coffee essence


Ingredients for filling:


- 200 g whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon of starch
- 200 g black chocolate
- 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar


Ingredients for decorations: 


- 4 teaspoons of honey
- dry milk (as much as we need in order to obtain an elastic composition)
- colorants for icing
- 200 g dark chocolate glaze


Incepem cu decoratiunile. Amestecam mierea cu putin colorant alimentar.
We will start with the decorations. We will mix honey with icing color.


Apoi adaugam lapte praf pana cand obtinem o pasta elastica. Daca pasta este prea tare ea nu va putea fi prelucrata. Cantitatea exacta de lapte praf nu poate fi estimata deoarece difera in functie de ce fel de lapte praf folosim.
We will add dry milk until we'll obtain an elastic paste. If the paste is to hard we won't be able to work with it. The exact quantity of dry milk can't be estimated because it's different each time because we might be using a other type of milk or from other producers.



Se modeleaza cum dorim dupa care se pun intr-un loc rece sau in frigider pana cand tortul este gata.
We will model  the decorations as we wish and after we will put them in a cold place or in  fridge until the cake will be finished.


Pregatim blatul de tort. Separam albusurile si le batem spuma impreuna cu zaharul.
We will prepare the sponge cake. We will separate the egg whites and we mix them well with the sugar.


Se adauga galbenusurile, uleiul, praful de copt si esenta de cafea si se mixeaza bine. Apoi adaugam faina si mixam.
We will add the egg yolks, sunflower oil, baking powder and coffee essence and we mix well. After, we will add the flour and we mix.


Compozitia se pune intr-o forma pentru blat si se pune in cuptorul preincalzit. Se lasa pana cand trece testul scobitorii.
The composition will be put into a baking pan and will be put into the preheated oven. We will let the pan in the oven until the sponge cake will pass the stick test.


Frisca se mixeaza impreuna cu zaharul pudra si cu amidonul si se da la rece.
Whipped cream will be mixed with the powdered sugar and the starch and will be put in the fridge.


Frisca se amesteca bine cu ciocolata topita la bain mairie obtinandu-se o crema delicioasa. Se umple tortul cu crema, se toarna glazura de ciocolata si se decoreaza. Si gata! :)

Whipped cream will be mixed with warm chocolate (melted at bain mairie) and we'll obtain a delicious filling cream. We will fill the sponge cake with the filling cream, we put the chocolate glaze, we decorate it. And that's it! :)









Am sa revin cat de curand cu mai multe explicatii cu privire la pasta de lapte praf si tehnica decorarii cu aceasta. Aceste decoratiuni au fost primele facute de manutele mele. Sper sa mai urmeze altele mult mai reusite!
Deci, cum ramane: trick or treat??? :))

I will come back later with more explanations about the dry milk paste and the technique of decoration with this type of paste. Those decorations were my first ones. I hope I will have some more, but more nicer!
So, how it's gonna be: trick or treat??? :))

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Tarta cu praz si sunca/ Leek and bacon tart

>> joi, 28 octombrie 2010

In ultima perioada am lipsit cam mult. Dar va asigur ca am avut motive intemeiate. :)
Acum incerc sa recuperez si sa va propun niste retete simple si gustoase, numai bune de gatit in aceasta toamna friguroasa.
Pentru azi m-am gandit ca ar fi potrivita o tarta sarata cu praz si bacon.

Ingrediente (pentru 2 bucati cu diametrul de 26 cm):

- 250 ml apa
- 300 g faina

- 7g drojdie
- sare
- 50g unt
- 1 praz
- 2 rosii
- 200 g sunca
- condimente (cimbru, oregano, piper)
- 2 oua

These days I missed a lot from here. But I assure you that I had very good reasons. :)
Now I'm trying to recuperate the time and to post some simple and tasty recipes, good to be cooked in this cold autumn.
For today I chose a leek and bacon salty tart.

Ingredients (for 2 tarts with the diameter of 26 cm):

- 250 ml water
- 300 g flour
- 7 g yeast
- salt
- 50 g butter
- 1 leek
- 2 tomatoes
- 200 g bacon
- condiments (savory, oregano, pepper)
- 2 eggs


Se pune apa calduta impreuna cu drojdia, untul si jumatate din cantitatea de faina si se amesteca bine intr-un bol.
We put the warm water with the yeast, butter and half of flour's quantity and we mix well in a bowl. 


Se lasa la dospit la caldura pana isi dubleaza volumul. Se adauga apoi restul de faina si se framanta bine.
We will let this composition to yeast in a warm place until it doubles its volume. We'll add the rest of flour and we knead well. 


Impartim aluatul in doua bucati. O bucata se va intinde cu mana umeda intr-o forma antiaderenta .
We divide the composition in order to have two pieces. One piece will be stretched on a non sticky tray. To be more easier we will stretch it with the wet hand.




Se adauga prazul taiat bucatele mici si rosiile felii.
We will add the leek cut in small pieces and thin slices of tomatoes.


Se adauga sunca taiata in bucati potrivite si oul batut (impreuna cimbru, oregano si piper). Atentie - cantitatile date in reteta sunt pentru doua bucati, asa ca puneti jumatate din cantitati la o tarta si cealalata la a doua tarta.
Se introduce in cuptorul preincalzit si se coace la temperatura medie. Nu va pot da un timp minim de coacere tocmai din cauza cuptorului; fiecare cuptor coace diferit si va trebui sa verificati periodic pentru a vedea stadiul de coacere.
We will add finally the bacon cut in medium slices and one egg well mixed with a fork (mixed also with savory, oregano and pepper). Attention - the quantities from this recipe are for two tarts. Use half of the quantity for one tart and the other half for the second one.
The tray will be put into the preheated oven and the tart will be baked at medium temperature. I can't give you a minimum time for baking this tart because of the oven; each oven bakes differently so you will have to check periodically to see the degree of baking.


Atunci cand tarta e coapta trebuie sa arate asa! :)
When the tart is baked it should look like this! :)










Asa-i ca-i simplu de facut? Mmm, si foarte gustoasa!
Zilele urmatoare am sa vin cu inca vreo doua retete simple si gustoase. In plus se apropie Haloween sau 1 noiembrie (in zona Ardealului este o sarbatoare mare numita si "Luminatia" sau "Ziua mortilor") si va trebui sa marcam si aceasta in calendarul nostru virtual!


It's so simple to bake this tart, isn't it? Mmm, and it's so tasty!
Next days I will come with two more simple and tasty recipes. Soon we will have the Halloween (in Romania, to be more precise in Transylvania, people celebrate "Death peoples' day" or "Luminatia") so we'll have to mark this in our virtual calendar!

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Tort din clatite cu dulceata de trandafiri / Rose comfit pancakes cake

>> vineri, 22 octombrie 2010

In sfarsit este weekend. Azi a fost o zi frumoasa si linistita chiar daca de dimineata a fost foarte frig. Vremea m-a facut sa fiu nostalgica, sa imi doresc sa fie vara, sa simt parfum de flori si razele soarelui pe obraji. Dar pana la anul va trebui sa ma multumesc decat cu parfumul dulceturilor si cu putinele raze de soare ce mai strabat norii plumburii.
Azi mi-am dorit sa gatesc mai special datorita starii pe care o aveam. Am facut un tort din clatite cu dulceata de trandafiri.

Ingrediente:
- 5 oua
-3 linguri de zahar
- 500 g faina
-10 g praf de copt
- vanilie
- 1 l lapte
- 300 ml apa minerala
- 400 g dulceata de petale de trandafiri

Finally it's weekend. Today it was a nice and calm day although in the morning it was extremely cold. Weather made me nostalgic, to want to have summer, to feel the flowers' perfumes and the sun rays on my cheeks. But until next year I have to be content with what I can have: comfits' perfumes and the few sun rays that pass through the gray clouds.
Today I wanted to cook something special because of my mood. I made a rose comfit pancakes cake.

Ingredients:

- 5 eggs
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 500 g flour
- 10 g baking powder
- vanilla
- 1 l milk
- 300 ml sparkling water
- 400 g rose comfit


Puneti ouale intr-un bol si le amestecati bine cu un tel.
Put the eggs into a bowl and mix well with a egg beater.


Adaugati 0.5 l  de lapte, zahar si vanilie si amestecati bine.
Add 0.5 l of milk, sugar and vanilla and mix well.


Adaugati faina si amestecati.
Add the flour and mix well.




Dupa ce toata faina a fost incorporata treptat se vor adauga restul de lapte si apa minerala, amestecand bine pentru a omogeniza.
After all the flour has been put in the composition, we will add gradually the rest of the milk and the sparkling water and we mix well to homogenize the composition.



Clatitele se vor coace intr-o tigaie teflonata. Din pacate nu am o poza cu toata aceasta operatiune din motive lesne de inteles. Ok, v-ati prins, imi trebuia inca un set de maini de care nu dispun :)) !
Pancakes will be baked into a non-stick pan. Unfortunately I don't have a picture with this operation and I think you know the explanation. OK, you got it, I needed an extra pair of hands and I don't have them :)) !


Se pune cate o clatita, se adauga dulceata, se intinde. Se pune urmatoarea peste aceasta si se face aceeasi operatiune. Vom continua pana cand terminam si vom obtine un tort.
We put a pancake, we add comfit, we spread it. We put the next pancake and we do the same operation. We will continue until we finish all the pancakes and we will obtain a nice cake.









Noi am preferat sa servim acest tort fara frisca sau alta crema pentru a putea pastra cat mai bine parfumul de trandafir. Daca va place sa puneti si altceva puteti incerca. 
Am avut o idee minunata! Atat de simplu si totusi atat de parfumat si gustos!
We preferred to serve this cake without whipped cream or other filling because we wanted to keep as much as we could  rose's perfume. If you like to add something you could try.
I had a wonderful idea! So simple and yet so perfumed and tasty!

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