Sweet cinnamon bread with chocolate and apricot

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Bread like a cake…

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A creamy rye bread dough (2/3 bread flour, 1/3 white flour), plus cane sugar, plus lots of cinnamon, plus sesame, plus cocoa mass (100%) chips, plus dry apricots…

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Topped with almond slices, cinnamon, sugar.

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I’ve let raise too much before baking, but only the shape is affected.

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It’s even better the next days… if there is some left.

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Sw’hits 2013

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Favorite desserts and sweet treats of the passed year.

fu Chocolats au caramel salé (melty salty fudge choco sweets)

cCinderella cakes


Tarte automne-été aux trois fruits (Summer-Fall triple pie)


tarte au sucre lorraine (gran’s sugar bread)


Le nouveau gâteau truffe au chocolat , with soy yogurt


Sesame jewels. The Chinatown treat home-made.


So simple walnut brownie ice cream


Golden sweet potato waffles


Red lampion apple

blSakura an-pan, blossom sweet bread

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Generous apple brioche

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A delicious brioche sweet bread, ideal fruity treat for the season.

It’s garnished with one of these superb akibae apples.

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To get a delicious fluffy dough, the main ingredient is time.
One day, you mix yeast, sugar, water and flour to make a sponge. The next day, you make a dough. Two days later you bake it. The net day you enjoy the delight.
300 g bread flour
1/2 cup of yeast “sponge”.
40 g sugar
80 g butter
1 egg + 1 white
about a cup of milk

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It’s filled with cubes of apple, many. Also, cocoa chips, Grand-Marnier soaked raisins, cinnamon.

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On top, sliced almonds, sugar, cinnamon.

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Really, be patient, as it gets so much better a whole day after baking.

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After-Eight oursons… oops.

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There were 2 sweets I liked a lot as a kid.
1. After-Eight : mint in dark chocolate.

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2. Oursons : marshmallow teddy bears in dark chocolate.

I can do a fusion of the two, no ? Well, in theory.

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I pounded into paste a good amount of peppermint, added marshmallows, heat them just enough to melt, stirred…

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Filled chocolate in the mold. Let dry overnight, added the marshmallow cooled, later added chocolate, waited…

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Ah.
But they taste great ! If anybody has tips to take out the bears from the mold without breaking them, I’m taking. I tried making a thicker chocolate case, but that’s not so good. I tried molding the marshmallow so I’d dip it in chocolate after, but it stuck totally on the mold too. I’m too clumsy, it seems.

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Mexiiiiiico…ooosaka !

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Today’s lunch is Mexican style and plant based. I tried to make it not spicy for a guest not fan of hot chilis but, but…

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Home-made whole wheat tortillas

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Azuki beans, simmered with red wine, paprika, onion, garlic, a few shishito peppers, lots of cumin, thyme, a little cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, olive oil.

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Mitsuba leaves, grilled shishito and avocado.
The idea is to fill the tortillas with beans and these greens.

Problem : Shishito peppers are usually not spicier than bell peppers. But it’s the end of Summer, and these are relatively hot… That’s great for me, not for those that have a sensitivity to hot peppers.

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Side dish : okonomiyaki cabbage. Well it’s simply stir-fried with garlic and ginger, then flavored with sauce (Bulldog) for okonomiyaki.

As a dessert, double chocolate muffins :

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La France sur tartelette (pear chocolate no bake pie)

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A fresh plant based dessert to showcase the first ラ・フランス (“la France”), that’s how they call these locally cultivated 洋なし yonashi (Western pears).

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I made the crust in the blender : half oatmeal, half sesame seeds, enough prune to make a binder. No cooking, let dry in the fridge or shortly in the freezer.

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The cream : sesame seeds, cocoa, sweetener, vanilla extract and silky tofu.

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Toppings : raw pear slices and a chip of 100% cocoa mass.

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Dacquoises glacées aux saveurs de chocolat, noix et poire.

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A light biscuit dacquoise refreshed with pear and ice-cream. A French sweet plate announcing Autumn…well end of Summer…ok, the end of mid-Summer. No, we won’t have snow tomorrow, but it seems we’ve passed the peak of heat. Let’s celebrate with a little baked dessert.

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Walnut flavored mini-muffin sized dacquoises.

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Aren’t they fluffy ? The dacquoise is really great, that’s the macaron in less heavy.

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Soft-serve version of the brownie ice-cream. That would look nicer with fully frozen ice-cream but there was not enough time.

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Des poires pour la soif. Pears for thirst is a French old saying.

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This is a cake in parts…

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