Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée

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Oh my, I was really in two minds whether to post this recipe or not…
This Brûlée is really really interesting. I mean, the recipe is, the taste is… just my final effect was not ;) It was not a complete failure but if you have a look at real Grand Master doing it, you’ll understand my own imperfections :)
Yet, as I said before, the recipe itself is interesting enough to share it with you. Who knows, maybe you’ll be more lucky while making it? I hope so :) If you decide to make this Brûlée, I’ll be more than glad to hear about your experiences and impressions :)

Another thing worth mentioning is that once again I realised how important and useful it is… not to know :) What do I mean? Well, I decided to make it, I did make it and only then did I start reading all comments, pieces of advice, voices of disappointment and declarations of failure. I even encountered an opinion that Crème Brûlée is one the most difficult and “moody” desserts ever! Gosh, you can imagine how lucky I was not to read it all before making the cream. A bit discouraging it may be, don’t you think? :)
My Brûlée is far away from ideal, true. But isn’t it about the taste, after all?

The whole trick about Crème Brûlée is… way of baking it, I suppose. Right temperature and appropriate time of baking. Actually, it may mean different things for different people and… their ovens :) In my case, I was baking it till I said to myself “yes, that’s the moment to take it out”. Really, it’s about observing.

When it comes to pictures… I know, I know, nothing amazing. It’s because of baking in the evenings mostly. I’ll try to make up for it one day :)

Alright, enough of this chit-chat.
Time to bake “the most difficult of all desserts” :)
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Mini-Tarts with Advocaat Cream

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Yes, if you check carefully, you can already find quite similar mini-tarts on Sarenka, here here :)
This time just a bit of a change when it comes to the cream.
I added advocaat… Well, I added it because it’s getting really cold here and liqueur can warm you up a bit ;) Aaand, thanks to the alcohol my mini-tarts are not that bland, tastewise :)
Why black currant jam? As usual, to break the sweetness. I’m not fond of really sweet sweets :)

PS. As you can see, the weather is not photo-friendly… But do believe me, I did my best. I hope my mini-tarts look at least a bit edible :)
Because they are!

December, be good to me :)
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Yeast Cupcakes

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Oh my, oh my. My fingers just got so itchy to bake :)
Something with yeast, yes yes.
I got a bit jealous, too :) Girls from other blogs were making buns, rolls, bread, croissants… Gosh, and what about me? :)
Straight to the kitchen, quick kneading, quick crumble making… and finally this beautiful smell of a yeast cake all around… To tell you, it’s something that can’t be described… For me, it’s just the smell of cosiness, home and love.
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RedCurrant Ice-Cream

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Such a long break!
I should be ashamed of myself… but I’m not ;P because I’ve just come back from the most wonderful holidays ever! :)))

I have to admit I feel a bit strange posting on Sarenka again… Well, need to put myself together, I think :)

There is this craze about red and black currant now… Especially on Dorota’s blog… The decision was quite easy – their craze – currant, my personal craze – ice-cream… Then RedCurrant Ice-Cream! :)

It’s flawless… Sour, really sour… You can feel this currant-acid pinching your tongue! So nice!
I’ll have to try out BlackCurrant version too, oh yes :)
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Rhubarb-Strawberry Ice-Cream

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I would have never thought of adding rhubarb to ice-cream!
What is more, I would have never thought that this kind of combination can be so tasty!
And to tell you, I would be soooo wrong :)

From time to time I’m trying to look through some particular categories, checking on my favourite recipes.
Once I’ve checked Ice-Cream Category, I was surprised to find out that… almost everything is equally yummy! I really think I can’t choose which ones are better and which even better than just better ;P

And now this recipe… Another favourite!
Mum is saying that this Ice-Cream is highly addictive… Well, she couldn’t be more right!
And this taste of rhubarb entwining with vanilla ice-cream… Mhmmm… Fantastic combination.

I just hope that my beloved Auntie let me steal some more rhubarb from her precious garden :)
Because I’ll do it again… For sure!
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Chocolate cake with Lemon Mousse

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My camera is back! I missed it! So much!
Last weekend I managed to make two delicious cakes and and and… a close shave and I wouldn’t have even one picture of them! They started disappearing so quickly :)
But here they are… I mean, here it is – one as for now :)
It’s been a long break, which I didn’t like at all but now it’s high time I caught up with some baking :)

Both cakes I made are sweet (of course!) but this time I wanted to bake something that would break this sweetness :)

Ladies and Gentlemen, lemon mousse. One of the yummiest things I’ve eaten :)
If you are fond of lemon sweets, this one will win your heart within seconds :)

The thing is, eating mousse is way easier than making it ;P
It should be clearly stated, this mousse can be problematic if it wants ;)
I think next time the consistency will be smoother and… even better :)

Sooo… this cake is a mouuse-t :D
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