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Sunday Sweets! Cake Au Citron et Confit de Clémentines à la Vanille

Today’s sweet is so refreshing and lemony!

Here’s the recipe from foodbeam!

Cake weekend au citron et confit de clémentines à la vanille

makes one loaf cake

for the lemon weekend cake
4 eggs
250g caster sugar
zest from 2 fat organic lemons
200g plain flour
one tsp baking powder
150g double cream
50g butter, melted

softened butter, extra for piping

Preheat the oven to 150°C. Butter and flour a loaf tin.
Place the eggs and sugar in a bowl, and whip until thick and doubled in size. In an another bowl, mix the flour, lemon zest and baking powder. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Then pour a little of this onto the cream and melted butter, mix well, and transfer back to the main batter mix. Fold in gently.
Pour into the prepared tin, pipe a line of butter across the cake; and bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the cake comes out clean.

for the clémentines confit
350g clémentines, around 3 to 4
200g sugar
half a vanilla pod
100g water
20g cornflour diluted in 40g cold water

bring a large pan of water to the boil. Plunge the clémentines in it and simmer for 3 minutes. Sieve, placing the fruits in an ice-cold water bath as you do so. Repeat one more time. Then chill the clémentines until cold enough to handle.
Slice very finely, and place in a pan along with the sugar, vanilla pod and seeds, and water. Simmer for 30 minutes or until reduced and almost candied. Then vigorously fold in the corn flour mixture. Allow to boil for a couple of minutes, and transfer to a bowl.

to serve
a generous dollops of crème fraiche for each serving

Place a slice of cake cut in half lengthwise in a plate. Top with both a spoonful of confit and a dollop of crème fraiche.

Fanny has a lot of really great tips and tricks for this perfect weekend cake.

In order to create that perfect crack in the cake all you need to do is “pipe a line of butter on the top of your unbaked loaf.  Simply cream a couple of tablespoons of butter, and using a piping bag – or as I do, a paper cornet – pipe a thin line across the length of the cake.”

via foodbeam


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Sunday Sweets! Hot Chocolate

via Tartelette

From the recipe book of Tartelette

Hot Chocolate:
6 oz (180gr) semisweet chocolate (chips or chopped)
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
pinch of ground cloves

Place the chocolate in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a large saucepan set over medium heat, bring the milk and cream to a simmer. Remove from the heat and slowly pour the hot liquid over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 2 minutes then slowly whisk the mixture until completely smooth. add the spices, stir and serve with the marshmallows.

Vanilla Marshmallows:
1/4 cup (60ml) water
1/4 cup (60ml) light corn syrup
3/4 cup (170 grams) sugar
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
2 egg whites, room temperature
1 whole vanilla bean, split open and seeded

Line a 8X8 baking pan with plastic wrap. Spray lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with some cornstarch, shake the excess off.
In a medium saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup, and sugar, bring to a boil until “soft-ball” stage, or 235 degrees on a candy thermometer. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let dissolve. Remove the syrup from the heat, add the gelatin, and mix. Whip the whites until soft peaks form and pour the syrup into the whites. Add the vanilla seeds and continue whipping until stiff. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and let set 24 hours at room temperature. Unmold and cut squares with a hot knife.



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Sunday Sweets! Chez Panisse Gingersnaps

via Apartment Therapy

I LOVE Chez Panisse! We first went there when we were living in San Francisco and Ger’s parents came to visit us.

It is the epitome of fresh, local and natural food.

When I found this recipe on Apartment Therapy I was thrilled!

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Sunday Sweets! Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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Let me say it again…HOT-FUDGE-PUDDING-CAKE. Did it sink in yet?

That is everything I am about.  Nook & Pantry really took chocolate to the next level with this recipe.

via Nook & Pantry

Now go get sugared up!

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Sunday Sweets! Blackberry Slump

What a funny name for a dessert.  It really reminds me of cobbler I get in my hometown restaurant back in Pennsylvania.  My favorite part is when the ice cream gets all melty and completely coats the cobbler to create a cool yet warm concoction.  Mmm Mmm Mmm!

I hope you enjoy this Washington treat! If you would like to try your hand at the recipe, be sure to check out Saveur.

via Saveur

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I Want To Have A Tea Party…

…at Crown & Crumpet and I don’t even drink tea!!

What an awesomely cool place.  The girls over at Ruby Press recently had their holiday party at Crown and Crumpet and it turned our fabulously! Just take a look at the pictures below.  I love it!

via Crown & Crumpet

via Ruby Press

I only wish that I knew about this place while I lived in San Francisco!


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Sunday Sweets! Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cakes

I’m not a peppermint fan but I love how festive these little candies make this cake!

via Sprouted Kitchen

P.S. It’s a very big day for us today! Pictures to follow.

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Sunday Sweets! Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes & Pumpkin Spice Muffins

via Peapods

For a great recap on a Babycakes recipe, check out Alice’s post on Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes and Pumpkin Spice Muffins!

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Sundy Sweets! Chocolate Overload

via Whisk Kid

My mouth just waters when I see this cake! Just take a look at how the chocolate ganache eagerly meets the bold buttercream and voluptuous cake.  Visit Whisk Kid to hear the story behind this glorious creation.

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Inspiration That is Insanely Tempting

via Claudia Castaldi

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