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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Gâteau de la bergère. Rum raisin shepherd cake.

Why shepherd ? You could think it’s because it looks like a sheep. It’s a woolly moist cake, deliciously flavored with the liquor infused fruits.

There is a relation with the shepherd pie too. The recipe is a little unusual. Apparently that was done a lot in France in the early 19th century as this ingredient had not been yet type-casted as savory side. Yes, a potato dessert ! And it’s delicious. Actually this is a great base to bake cakes without gluten nor grains nor nuts, so that may be a useful recipe for people with certain food intolerances. Anyway that’s good for everybody to vary.

RECIPE :
Beat in that order :
1 egg yolk + 1 or 2 tbs of sugar
+ 2 tbs of coconut cream + a splash of vanilla extract.
+about a cup of mashed potato flesh
+ water to get a creamy texture.
Mix in 1/4 cup of raisins soaked in rum overnight (there were goji berries too).
Add in 3 times the egg white (beaten and sweetened with 1 tbs of sugar).
Bake at 160 degrees Celsius till top is firm and golden.

Let cool a few hours. Serve chilled.

Nobody will guess what the main ingredient is. That appears like some baba au rhum soaked biscuit.
Well, the presentation could be better. That’s not a good idea to take it out of the mold. Next time, I’ll serve in individual cups or cocottes like a flan.

A bowl of vitamins…

A fruity brunch is magical. It uplifts the mood.

The base is oatmeal, soaked with coconut milk and cream and some yuzu citrus juice. A few dried grapes inside. Let one hour or more.

On top : mikan mandarin oranges, goji berries, yuzu citrus peel.
And some freshly ground sesame, a little black sugar to add before mixing.

Black sesame baked goya-maki

I love contrasts like this bitter squash with sweet nutty filling. It could be delicious raw in another season, but today it’s baked.

all about go~ya

The filling is sweet like a cake, soft and nutty like a brownie.

The goya has this raw and green texture and keeps it through baking. Take away the white center.

Fill and bake about 20 minutes.

A bouquet of delicious Winter flowers.

Carrot waffles with silky cream


A yummy vegan brunch. It’s very quick and easy to prepare and delicious.

Flour, baking powder, kurozato (black sugar), spices… the orange cream is a carrot mashed in the blender with coconut cream. I totally eyeball the quantities.

And I got those colorful waffles !

The cream is simple too : silky tofu (kinudofu), raisins, walnuts and some more kurozato. 30 seconds in the blender.

Mmmm….

Millas, when polenta is a dessert

This is a corn bread is an alt-modish traditional cake of the South of France. But it should have never gotten out of fashion because it is eternally delicious and so easy to prepare.

I’ve posted plain millas before :

raisin millas
dry currents millas

Today, it’s the pumpkin version. It is classically garnished with prunes. I had only raisins.

The proportion… are as you like.
Today I had :
2 cups of pumpkin puree
2 small eggs
1 cup of polenta (fine grind)
1/8 cup raisins
1 tbs sugar (not counting the caramel)
Some vanilla extract, some water.

Soak the raisins in tea. Or in rum.
Steam the pumpkin and mash the flesh with a fork.
Mix all ingredients and some water.
Prepare a caramel, pour about 1 mm it in the molds.
Add the batter on top of the caramel.
Bake about 30~40 minutes at 160~180 degrees.
Let cool. I think taste is better after a few hours, or even overnight in the fridge.

Turn the mold upside down !

Enjoy with a cup of coffee.

Bakonuts 2, magic mauve

Today let’s make them purple blue mauve…

The mauve (mallow) is this flower used for herb tea. It’s purple, and the water become blue.

infusion de mauve
(photo from this site about herbs, “la garrigue gourmande” with the recipe of “infusion de mauve”)

There is no mauve in my donut, but the effect happens with purple vegetables.

I made 3 styles of bakonuts (baked donuts).
Kurogoma (black sesame), simply decorated with sugar stars, flavor is enhanced by a few drops of bitter almond essence. They are presented here. The recipe is the same for the 3. Click here.

Walnuts. Simply added the nuts to the batter. Flavor is vanilla essence.

Raisin. The color is due to the addition of the purple sweet potato powder you can see below. It seems the differences of PH influence the color (like for this soup vichyssoise grise).

As you can see, it’s grey-blue, but pinker around the raisins.

Purple powder

Sparkles…

Lost in rendition. They look very shiny in real but not on the photo.

Yum yum…