Donnerstag, 23. Februar 2012

Baking Sunday #2

Baking Sunday #2:

... or the tale of an optical & textural failure ...

When I found those cute tartelette baking moulds at Tchibo,
I just couldn't resist purchasing them ...

And they had to be tried out right away !

You'll need for the crust: (for 2 tartelettes)
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 42 g of flour
  • 21 g softened butter
  • 21 g of confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (or basically as much as you want to add) poppyseed
  • 1 egg
(actually you don't need a whole one, but the problem is rather: how to part a raw egg in ½ ? haha ...)
  • a pinch of ground lemon zest
  • a pinch of salt

You'll need for the topping:

  • 200 g sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon yoghurt
  • confectioner's sugar (enough to make your cream stay stiff)
  • 1/3 glass of lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons of vanilla custard
  • 4 big strawberries, cubed


Add water to the egg in a bowl and mix shortly .

Now mix the egg with flour, poppyseed, butter, sugar, lemon zest & salt.
Let the dough rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Later grease the pans thoroughly & fill in the dough.

Put into preheated oven (on 170°C) & let bake for 15-20 minutes.

On to the topping !
Mix sour cream, yoghurt, sugar & lemon juice together.

To make the vanilla custard, heat (here only a little) milk on the stove & prepare the custard according to the instructions on the package. Make sure to let it it cool off before further use.

So after ~20 minutes the tartelettes were all baked !

As the dough started to rise when they were in the oven, I took a fork & pinched in some holes. Usually you weigh down the dough with pebbles or beans, but I have none.

Furthermore the sides started to run down & no matter how desperately I tried to fix them, nothing helped.

Therefore my tartelettes only had a very small & thin rim, which made it hard to fill in the topping, because it kept running out all over the place ... (._.)/

Strawberries for the topping ! :D

Somehow my cream didn't get creamy at all & remained all runny :(

So in all my despair (I had to take these tartelettes with me to a party), I decided to mix in a bit of boiled Agar Agar - usually fastening EVERYTHING and you don't taste it at all (AND it is much healthier than Gelatine!)

But oh well - this time not even Agar Agar managed to fix my cream.
So I just tried my best to fill as much as possible it in the tartelettes & decorated them with strawberries.


But: I have to say they were tremendously delicious &
were very well recieved by everyone !

Yum Yum.


Afterwards - it's just always afterwards that we do so - I realized what I had done wrong !

A problem I often have when I'm in a hurry to finish things - not reading close enough !
And so I managed to miss an important step when making the vanilla custard & therefore it didn't turn into anything creamy ...

I'm definitely going to give them another try soon.
And then with reading instructions properly hahah ... ;D


That's it again !

Thank you for reading.


Donnerstag, 9. Februar 2012

Photographic Memory ღ

During the last week I have felt the constant urge to storm out of my warm flat
& just run around & take pictures with my wonderful cameras.

Buuut due to the weather being around -10°C, I have become almost as lazy as my cat ...


Then I thought about posting some of my pictures on this blog,
so I can at least relive the feeling of shooting them. :)

This was the first film I ever shot with this camera & it turned out to be full of surprises.

I like how in some pictures there are up to 3 others hidden because I forgot to turn the wheel to the next frame (or I even did it on purpose).

Taken at numerous beautiful places in Vienna - in cloudy, sometimes rainy weather.


What kind of equipment did I use ?

Camera: Lomography's Diana F+ in the special edition 'Glow'

decorated with cute straps of Totoro & Jiji from Kiki's delivery service :D

Film: 120 mm, Lomography's Black & White Negative 100 ISO


Hopefully I'll manage to get myself to scan some of the colour films soon aswell :)

What I love about photos is that they make me remember moments that have been long forgotten & that I would never remember - not in a million years !

Sometimes it's even like: 'When did I shoot that ? What did we do there ?'

So they are my 'photographic memory'


That's it again !

Hope you enjoyed reading !


Sonntag, 5. Februar 2012

Baking Sunday #1

A very heartly 'Welcome !'
to the beginning of a series I have been longing to start for months now !

As often as time will allow me, I may post about my attempts on baking various treats !
I am far from a professional, only a lover of all sweet things - so I shall document all my fails and victories :)

After all all : 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained !'

Baking Sunday #1: Lemon Bars

Original recipe spotted on Bakerella's delightful page !

You'll need for the crust:

  • 225 g butter
  • 205 g flour
  • 75 g confectioners sugar
  • a pinch of grounded lemon zest
For the topping:
  • 340 g plain sugar
  • 30 g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice

Preheat oven to 175°C

Use a pan of ~9 x 13.

(I converted all the measurements from cup to gram, I hope I got everything right :))

Here we go !

Mix together flour + confectioners sugar + lemon zest + butter.
Take a fork and make sure that you press the pieces of cold butter firmly, so that it gets all crumbly !

Now fill your mixture into a greased & floured pan & press it down so it stays solid.
Put into the preheated oven & let it bake for 20 minutes !

Meanwhile let's prepare the crust !

Ooops I didn't notice until now that I had only used 3 eggs instead of 4 ... oh well :)

Anyways, now beat your eggs lightly !

In another bowl prepare flour, sugar & baking powder.

I had thought that I'd be needing only 3 lemons for the juice ... way to go !
Good that I had bought a whole net of lemons !

Juice out of 7 lemons !

Lemon graveyard hahahah :B

Now add the eggs & lemon juice to the bowl you had set aside. Mix everything well !

20 minutes are over, the crust has taken a golden colour - now pour the topping over the still warm crust !

Put it back into the oven for another 20-25 minutes.

'Hrmmm smells like Lemon Bars !'

Tadaaah fresh out of the oven !
Now let it cool down completely.

... yum !

Just dust them with confectioners sugar & they're ready to be served !

Now wait a minute !
There's a piece missing !!
WHO ate that ?


*lalalaaaa Mummy won't see me if I hide here*

Oh well, how did it turn out ?

I think maybe I baked the crust a little too hot, because I misjudged the Farenheit to Celsius conversion for 5 degrees (I preheated on 180°C) & baked it with circulating air, so it would have needed even lower temperature ...

So the crust was more firm like the ones apple pies usually have, but not bad at all !

Whilst looking for the baking powder, I found some grounded lemon zest in the store room & decided to use it for the crust ! I like it because it gives a subtle aroma, not overpowering at all.

Anyways - superb lemon power !
The confectioners sugar dusting makes it perfect !

All in all this is a very nice cake - perfect for a picnic or an afternoon coffee party !

Very light & creamy !


Alright, we're done for now !

Thanks for reading ღ