Strawberry Cake with Lime and Homemade Elderflower-Syrup

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It time to celebrate and even though I am a firm supporter of the phrase “you don’t need a reason for cake”, I still love to celebrate happy events with a piece of cake!

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And wait for it: This cake post will celebrate 3 things at once: It was my Dad’s birthday cake (in June – sorry for posting so late!!). In addition, this blog post is also meant to celebrate this blog’s 2nd “blogiversary” aaaaand: I got my Bachelor of Arts in History, Film Studies and English the other week!!

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So many good things at once – and, accordingly, this cake also combines many good things in one Dessert: strawberries, lime and elderflower. The combination is fan-tas-tic. Believe me.

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The recipe I used has been given to me by lovely Sarah from “mrshepburn89”. You can find her wonderful Instagram account here. She was so very kind to send me the recipe directly, as she does not have her own blog yet (it will follow soon, though, as I take it). I adapted it ever so slightly and have it right here for you. If you want to make the elderflower-syrup yourself – as I did – check out my recipe here. (However, as my post is a bit belated, the elderflower season is already over, sorry!)

Sooo…I wish you all a very happy summer and I hope that there are also many things to celebrate in your life for which you could use this recipe. And if not – well, you know. There is not really a reason needed to bake. 😉

All the best,

Bettina.

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Strawberry Cake with Lime and Homemade Elderflower-Syrup

preparation time: about 1h 30 min
total time: about 4 h
yield: a cake with 20 cm diameter

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer:

  • ­       140g cantuccini
  • ­       55g white chocolate
  • ­       60g butter
  • ­       3-4 tbsp. homemade elderflower-syrup (recipe: see earlier blogpost)

 

Strawberry Mousse:

  • ­       250g fresh strawberries (blended)
  • ­       300g low-fat quark
  • ­       220g Greek Yoghurt
  • ­       7 sheets of gelatine
  • ­       2.5 dl cream
  • ­       180g powdered sugar
  • ­       5-6 tbsp. elderflower-syrup
  • ­       1 lime (juice and zest)
  • ­       1 vanilla bean
Wild Strawberry Gelee:

  • ­       150g-200g wild strawberries (blended)
  • ­       3 tbsp. sugar
  • ­       little lime juice
  • ­       2-3 sheets of Gelatine

Lime Elderflower Mousse:

  • ­       1.5 dl cream
  • ­       ½ packet Express Gelatine (or stabilizer for whipping cream)
  • ­       1 lime (zest, little juice)
  • ­       3-5 tbsp. elderflower-syrup

for decoration:

  • ­       fresh strawberries
  • ­       little roses (not sprayed)
  • ­       mint and lemon balm (fresh)

Preparation:

  1. For the bottom layer: Grease the 20cm-cake ring with a bit of butter and lay with baking parchment.
  2. Make small crumbs out of the cantuccini (e.g. put into a freezer bag and crumble with a rolling pin).
  3. Melt chocolate and butter over a bain-marie and stir. Once everything is molten, mix it with the cantuccini crumbs.
  4. Cover the bottom of the cake ring with the mixture and let it rest in the fridge for 20-30 min. Then, brush with elderflower-syrup and let it rest for 10 more minutes in the fridge. Remove the baking parchment and put the bottom layer and ring on a cake plate.
  5. For the strawberry mousse: Wash, cut and blend strawberries.
  6. Mix the blended strawberries, low-fat quark, yoghurt, elderflower-syrup, lime juice and vanilla pulp.
  7. Whip the cream until still. Prepare the gelatin sheets according to their instructions and warm them slightly. Mix them with 3 tablespoons of the quark mixture, then add this gelatin mixture to the rest of the quark mixture. Stir. Carefully add the whipped cream – don’t whisk!
  8. Put the strawberry mousse onto the bottom cake layer – make sure it is smooth. Let it firm up in the fridge for about an hour.
  9.  For the wild strawberry gelee: Blend the wild strawberries and heated them slightly in a pot. Add sugar and lime juice. Prepare the gelatin sheets according to their instructions and add them to the warm strawberry-mixture. Let it cool down a bit.
  10. Take the cake out of the fridge and put the gelee on top of the strawberry mousse. Let the cake rest in the fridge for about 3h or overnight.
  11. For the lime elderflower mousse: (prepare on the day of serving) Whisk the cream with the gelatin express until stiff. Add lime juice, lime zest and elderflower-syrup. Put into the fridge for about 5-10 minutes.
  12. Pipe the cake with the lime elderflower mousse and decorate with fresh strawberries, roses, mint and lemon balm. Enjoy!

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To get a printed version: Download the pdf. (Both English and German versions available!)

Strawberry Cake with Lime and Homemade Elderflower-Syrup

Erdbeer-Törtchen mit Limette und selbstgemachtem Holunderblütensirup

Recipe Testing: Puff Pastry Cushions with Almond Flakes from “Lisbeths”

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That exactly what it was like yesterday afternoon when I saw a blog post by Lisbeths suggesting these wonderfully crisp and fluffy Puff Pastry Cushions.

I ran to the fridge to check whether I still had some puff pastry – and started baking only shortly afterwards. All you need is: puff pastry, 1 egg white, a bit of jam, coarse sugar (I used Muscovado sugar, as it is my favourite) and almond flakes.

_DSC6879blog.jpgYou cut rectangles, brush them with the egg white (I mixed it with a bit of quince jam, which I can only recommend) and cover them with almond flakes and sugar. Try not to put anything on the edges in oder to allow the cushions their perfect rise.

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I wish happy and speedy baking!

Love,
Bettina.

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Real London Hot Chocolate

DSC00526bHello everyone and welcome to my first blog post in 2016! First of all, I wish everyone a very happy New Year – may it be a great one!DSC00520b

I was lucky enough to spend New Year’s Eve (and a few days more) in London.SONY DSC

It’s such a fantastic city and – being a fan of both Harry Potter and Paddington Bear – it was really exciting for me.

Together with two friends I visited the Harry Potter Studios in Leavsden. It was SO good and somehow surreal – like a dream come true! Of course, I bought a lot of lovely stuff in the gift shop… 😉

One of things I bought was the cute little cauldron this fabulous Hot Chocolate is served in. Oh yeah – and can you spot what’s lying next to it? My very own time-turner! Shame it doesn’t actually work, but I guess you can’t expect that for this price. 😉

DSC00523bThe Hot Chocolate recipe is taken from the super-adorable Paddington Bear Cookery Book, which I bought at Waterstones. Therefore, this Hot Chocolate really is ‘London in a cup’. ❤

All the best,

Bettina.

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Real London Hot Chocolate

Preparation time: about 5 min

Yield: two mugs of hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 dl milk
  • 80g dark chocolate
  • 0.75 dl cream
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Chop the chocolate coarsely and grate 2 tablespoons for the decoration (set aside).
  2. Put the chopped chocolate and the milk into a saucepan and heat until it is hot but not boiling.
  3. In the meantime, whip the cream together with the sugar, until soft peaks form.
  4. Whisk the milk until all chocolate has dissolved. Pour the chocolate milk into two cups. Pipe the whipped cream on top and decorate with the grated chocolate. Serve immediately!

(recipe after ‘Paddington’s Cookery Book’ by Michael Bond)

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To get a printed version:
Download the pdf. (Both English and German versions available!)

Real London Hot Chocolate

Echte London Hot Chocolate

New Handmade Vintage Apron

DSC00264insta1.jpgHello everyone – long time no see! As you may know if you have been following me on Instagram, it is not that I haven’t baked. I just had no time whatsoever to write any recipes for you.DSC00237b.jpg

I still don’t have that time: next week is exam week at the University, thankfully with only one exam for me. Still, I absolutely HAD to show you this wonderfully Christmassy and beautiful Vintage Apron which arrived the day before yesterday from New York. There it was handmade by MamaMadison (you can find her Etsy-shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mamamadison).DSC00258insta2.jpg I found her on Instagram and immediately fell in love with her adorable aprons. Oh, I’m so happy to have my very own now!DSC00239insta5.jpg

Soon, I’ll be back with some Christmas recipes!

Much love,
Bettina.

“Mein Liebster Award”

I don’t have much experience with blogging awards (errm…none, actually), but why shouldn’t that change..?

Thank you both Sarah from Une Petite Boulangerie and Cupcakprinzessin for the nomination! I will now answer all your questions (in German) and then nominate some lovely blogs myself.

The rules:

  1. Danke der Person, die dich für dein Liebster Award nominiert hat und verlinkte ihren Blog in deinem Artikel.
  2. Beantworte die 11 Fragen, die dir der Blogger, der dich nominiert hat, stellt.
  3. Nominiere 5 bis 11 weitere Blogger für den Liebster Award, die bisher weniger als 1.000 Follower haben.
  4. Stelle eine neue Liste mit 11 Fragen für deine nominierten Blogger zusammen.
  5. Schreibe diese Regeln in deinen Liebster Award-Blog-Artikel.
  6. Informiere deine nominierten Blogger über den Blog-Artikel.

Die Fragen von Sarah von Une Petite Boulangerie:

1. Seit wann bist du ein Blogger?
Ich blogge seit Juli 2014.

2. Was machst du in deiner Freizeit gerne?
Ballett, Cello spielen und singen, nähen und stricken, reiten und natürlich…backen!

3. Was ist dein (momentanes) Lieblingslied?
Moon River (aus Breakfast at Tiffany’s (einer meiner “All-Time-Favourite-Films”))

4. Was ist deine Lieblingsspeise?
Himbeerquarktorte

5. Was für Musik hörst du?
Vor allem klassische Musik, Filmmusik und (momentan) Musik der 20er Jahre.

6. Helle oder Dunkle Schokolade?
Dunkle, aber so was von deutlich!!

7. Wie ist der Name für deinen Blog entstanden?
Ganz spontan – ich war schon immer eine kleine Prinzessin im Herzen. 😉

8. Wie startest du morgens in deinen Tag?
Mit einem schönen Frühstück und einem ausgiebigen Dobby-Knuddel.

9. Welchen Wunsch möchtest du dir dieses Jahr erfüllen?
Ein Charleston-Kleid nähen.

10. Du kannst nicht leben ohne…?
Meine Liebsten.

11. Was ist deine Lieblingsjahreszeit?
Wechselt ständig, meist die nächste, die ansteht. 😉 Allerdings muss ich sagen, dass ich den Winter mit Weihnachten, Geburtstag und Skifahren doch besonders mag.
Und nun noch die Fragen von Cupcakprinzessin

1. Warum hast Du angefangen, deinen Blog zu schreiben? Was hat Dich inspiriert?
Ich hatte laaaange Semesterferien und suchte eine neue Herausforderung. Zu dem kam, dass ich auf Facebook immer wieder Fotos meiner Kreationen veröffentlicht hatte und immer häufiger um Rezepte gefragt wurde. Es war also der ideale Zeitpunkt gekommen, einen Blog zu beginnen.

2. Wann schreibst Du am liebsten einen neuen Beitrag?
An einem freien Nachmittag oder immer, wenn ich gerade spontan Lust kriege.

3. Was ist dein Lieblingskuchen?
Kuchen…also am liebsten habe ich eigentlich Torten. Bei den Kuchen wechselt der Favorit immer mal wieder. Dieser Dattelkuchen war aber eine besondere Entdeckung, da er fast ohne Fett auskommt.

4. Weiße oder Dunkle Schokolade?
DUNKLE!

5. Isst du lieber süße Früchte oder herbe Nüsse?
Süsse Früchte ❤

6. Gibt es etwas, dass du schon immer gerne einmal ausprobieren wolltest?
Eine Motivtorte.

7. Wie und wo lebst Du?
In der (ländlichen) Schweiz.

8. Wie verbringst Du am liebsten Deine Freizeit?
Mit Musik machen, tanzen, Filme schauen/machen, backen, kreieren oder mit Freunden zusammen sein.

9. Welcher Mensch bedeutet Dir im Leben am Meisten?
Meine Familie.

10. Welchen Wunsch würdest du dir gerne erfüllen?
In die Harry-Potter-Studios bei London gehen.

11. Gibt es etwas, dass du dich noch nicht getraut hast, in deinem Blog umzusetzen?
Meine Näh- und Strickkreationen – denn eigentlich ist es ja ein Back-Blog. Vielleicht schmuggle ich aber trotzdem mal etwas rein… 😉


So, now my nominations: I nominate:

Bake Affairs

La Petite Casserole

The Baking Year

The Desserted Girl

My Baking Cottage


My questions:

1. Why do you blog?

2. What is your favourite sweet dish?

3. Which is your favourite ingredient?

4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

5. What’s your favourite film?

6. What would you wish for if you could wish for absolutely anything?

7. Where would you like to travel?

8. What sort of music do you like to listen to?

10. What’s your favourite book?

11. What is in your opinion the best recipe you’ve shared so far?

 

Feel free to answer these questions and nominate another 5-9 bloggers for the “Mein Liebster Award”! =)