Banana-coco smoothie and seven treasure waffles

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A simple fruity brunch, easy to prepare and plant based.

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To a simple batter (flour, potato starch, baking powder, brown sugar), I’ve added these 5 and 2 spices : nutmeg and cinnamon.

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I’ve eaten the konatsu pomelo while the waffle was cooking.

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The smoothie is very basic. The banana was just cold, the coconut cream was frozen. 30 seconds in the blender. Enjoy !

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Espresso ! Quickie dessert.

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Two minutes for a yummy dessert and your caffeine fix !

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Use soft tofu…or whip a lot. And my hand-mixer is dead, so my wrist is sore now. There is a Murphy’s law that says that whatever the recipe you want to make, you never had the ideal type of tofu in stock.
Decorate with raisins, toasted sesame seeds and 2 chips of 100% cocoa.

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Et dans le baba… Recidivist !

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I really baked many babas/savarins to test doughs, so I eat them one by one, with variation in serving style. They are all listed here. I hope that’s not getting too boring.

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Today, it’s soaked in syrup flavored with vanilla and a little rum.

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Served with crème anglaise (vanilla custard), decorated with dark chocolate and rum raisins.

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Devoured with infinite pleasure.

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Un baba au Plaza…comme au Plaza

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plaza source (blog about a dinner at the Plaza)

I ate a baba at the Plaza. That’s easy for me, because I live at the Plaza.
Really. My appartment building is called Plaza. Well, that’s “Home Plaza”, not “Plaza Athénée”… I’m not Ducasse, but I’m really in the kitchen everyday. On top my baba, and under the master’s. Work in progress !

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Baba bouchons (cork babas) baked in mini-cannele silicone molds. After 2 minutes, so a fortiori after 2 days, they were stale. For the batter, click here.
It seems very close to the recipe of the official Ducasse recipe.

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I soaked a few of them in a kurozato dark sugar and vanilla syrup. Waited one more day. I also kept a little amount of syrup, enriched with dark rum with raisins in it.

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Ready to serve.
The chilled baba, crème chantilly (vanilla whip) and rum.

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Slice the baba.

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Warm the syrup with added rum. Flame and pour on the cake.

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Add the cream as you like. Confidence : I like coconut cream.

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Enjoy the little walk on the nostalgia path !

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A la recherche du baba de Stohrer…

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Maybe it looked like that…
I am not an historian, just playing the costumed dessert game. And I have really love this retro version that I made not very sweet. It’s much lighter and fresher than the average baba.

For recipes to bake the baba/kouglof : click here.

The oldest pastry shop in Paris

In the year of grace 1725, Louis XV married Marie Leszczynska,
daughter of King Stanislas of Poland.His pastry chef Stohrer follows her in Versailles.

Five years later, in 1730, NICOLAS STOHRER opened his bakery
at 51 rue Montorgueil in the second arrondissement of Paris.

In its kitchen, where desserts were invented for the Great Court,king’s delights are still prepared.

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Thanks to a dry Polish brioche, the King Stanislas had brought back from a trip, Nicolas STOHRER invented the BABA.

Un baba. Un kouglof.

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The inside. It’s good fresh, but yes very soon, it’s stale.

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He enhanced the dry brioche by basting Malaga wine, flavored by saffron

The amber syrup : white wine, brown sugar, orange peel and saffron. A little Brandy to punch it up.

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Did they serve crème anglaise (vanilla custard) as a side ? That was very popular. And the orange, if they could afford the precious exotic fruit.

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Zesty oat muffins

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Simple oat muffins, not too sweet and full of flavors.

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Wet mix :
Blend : 1 cup (the size of muffin cup) of oat meal + 1 cup water + 1 yuzu lemon’s juice
Let 30 min or overnight. Add 1 small egg, 1 cup water,1/3 cup light cream. Blend.

Dry mix :
1 cup flour, BP, cinnamon/nutmeg/spices, 1 ts kurozato black sugar.
Fillings : raisins, cut yuzu lemon zest
Topping : oat meal and kurozato sugar

Tips : For vegan muffins, you can replace the cream and water with coconut milk and don’t add the egg.

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Other muffins :

softy banana apple muffins

percinnamon muffins

savory shiitake muffin (GF)

banana bread with nuts (GF)

okara carrot cupcake (vegan)

pinapple chocolate cupcakes (vegan)

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If you need more : the quick baker’s compil’

Leaves and buds, plant powered early Spring meal

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The big lunch. A veggie orgy.
You have seen already 3 dishes, here is the final installment.

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I cooked this with all the veggies leftovers I had. Spring cabbage and maitake mushrooms that you see here. Also onion, kintoki red carrot and I’ve added potatoes. At the end, more greens of shungiku.

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The veggies are cooked without oil, steamed in the pan. Just salt. They bring enough complementary flavors.

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The dish : jardinière de légumes (vegetable garden lady). That looks dry, but it’s very mushy, soft and juicy.

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Garlic and yuzu sautéed tsubomina. That you are detailed here.

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The main dish maybe is the tofu on wasabi leaves, from this post.

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The last slice of this delicious black sesame azuki bean terrine that I had frozen, a while ago (here). I had 2 huge bean terrines that fed me for a while. Now I need to bake the next ones.

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