Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sweet curd cheese balls

In fact I should work on my project thesis for my postgraduate study instead of blogging.. but it honestly does´nt attract me at all... I did all this morning to have an excuse for not starting to seriously work on this thesis. I even started doing housekeeping, boring  things like ironing, washing clothes.... Sun is shining outside.. I already did my jogging round and was sitting in the sun after jogging... So now let´s talk about some delicious sweet things like those curd cheese balls and then, then I´ll start with my work.. for sure....
You need:
250 g curd cheese (=Topfen)
250 g self raising flour (or normal flour and 16g baking powder = 1pack)
4 tbsp. sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1 liter sunflower oil for frying
Some icing sugar (about 100 g) and ground cinnamon (1 tsp. or more or less, adjust to your aste)
To prepare:
1. Stir all the ingredients together until well combined Let rest for about 10 minutes
2. Meanwhile heat up in a big pan the sunflower oil
3. With two tablespoons form out of the dough small balls and bake in the hot oil until golden brown and well raised.

4. Mix icing sugar and cinnamon. With a scoop drain the balls and roll in the sugarmix until evenly covered

Savour fresh and warm...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pasteis de Nata

I don´t know how long it´s ago that my daughter came back from a journey with the school and was telling about a delicious treat that she and her friends had savoured during their stay in Portugal. Since then, when ever she rememorates this journey she speaks about Pasteis de Nata. And I think it´s quite also such a long time that I promised her to try to bake some of those Pasteis de Nata... So that´s one of the examples that you never should give up in your life - because now (even if it´s years after..) I did it! I found a delicious and easy recipe for Pasteis de Nata. And here it is.
You need (makes about 24 small Pasteis de Nata)
- 275g ready to use puff pastry
- 4 egg yolks
- 80 g sugar
- 250 ml heavy cream
- 1 tsp. wheat flour
- some cinnamon powder, a little bit melted butter and a pan for little muffins
To prepare:
1. Beat the egg yolks with a fork. Put in a pan together with sugar and heavy cream and heat up on low temperature. Just before it boils you add the flour (dissolved previously in a little bit of heavy cream)
2. Cook for about 3 minutes until it starts to get creamy. Stir from time to time
3. Let cool down this cream
4. Meanwhile butter your muffin pan with the melted butter
5. Roll out the puff pastry and cut into stripes about 1 cm wide and 20 cm long
6. Roll each stripe to a sort of a snail and flatten to a disk. Then put each disk in a muffin whole

7. Fill the cream in your pastry tartelettes and bake for about 18 minutes in your preheated oven (200 C) until goldn brown
8. When getting out of the oven your pasteis de nata sprinkle some ground cinnamon on each and let cool down. Don´t be afraid that they will collapse a little bit.

Those pasteis de nata are delicious when slightly warm (but not hot)... Would wonder if you could stop after one piece
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