Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Let's roll it up really fast!

Oh my! I didn’t realise it’s the 27th already! Well in fact it’s almost the 28th!

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an Ice-cream filled Swiss Roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home

I pretty much followed the recipe and directions (strange for me I know)… maybe I’m growing up…

The Swiss rolls:
• 6 medium sized eggs
• 1 C / 225 gms caster sugar /8 oz+ extra for rolling
• 6 tblsp / 45gms/ 3 oz of all purpose (plain) flour + 5 tblsp/40gm /2.5 oz of natural unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted together
• 2 tblsp /30ml / 1 fl oz of boiling water
• a little oil for brushing the pans

For the filling:
• 2C / 500 mls/ 16 fl oz of whipping cream
• 1 vanilla pod, cut into small pieces of about ½ cm (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
• 5 tblsp / 70gms/2.5oz of caster sugar

Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C /400 deg F approximately. Brush the baking pans ( 11 inches by 9 inches ) with a little oil and line with greaseproof baking paper. If you have just one pan, bake one cake and then let the pan cool completely before using it for the next cake. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and sugar and beat till very thick; when the beaters are lifted, it should leave a trail on the surface for at least 10 seconds. Add the flour mixture, in three batches and fold in gently with a spatula. Fold in the water. Divide the mixture among the two baking pans and spread it out evenly, into the corners of the pans. Place a pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes or till the centre is springy to the touch. Spread a kitchen towel on the counter and sprinkle a little caster sugar over it. Turn the cake on to the towel and peel away the baking paper. Trim any crisp edges. Starting from one of the shorter sides, start to make a roll with the towel going inside. Cool the wrapped roll on a rack, seam side down. Repeat the same for the next cake as well. Grind together the vanilla pieces and sugar in a food processer till nicely mixed together. If you are using vanilla extract, just grind the sugar on its own and then add the sugar and extract to the cream. In a large bowl, add the cream and vanilla-sugar mixture and beat till very thick. Divide the cream mixture between the completely cooled cakes. Open the rolls and spread the cream mixture, making sure it does not go right to the edges (a border of ½ an inch should be fine). Roll the cakes up again, this time without the towel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge till needed, seam side down.

The only different things I’ve made is that I used a milk chocolate ganache instead of the chocolate fudge and I added cherries to my whipped cream for filling the swiss roll. My ice creams were ginger and cherry, and they were beautiful together!
Cut the Swiss rolls into 20 equal slices ( approximately 2 cms each ). Cover the bottom and sides of the bowl in which you are going to set the dessert with cling film/plastic wrap.  Arrange two slices at the bottom of the pan, with their seam sides facing each other. Arrange the Swiss roll slices up the bowl, with the seam sides facing away from the bottom, to cover the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till the slices are firm (at least 30 minutes).  Soften the vanilla ice cream. Take the bowl out of the freezer, remove the cling film cover and add the ice cream on top of the cake slices. Spread it out to cover the bottom and sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and freeze till firm ( at least 1 hour). Add the fudge sauce over the vanilla ice cream, cover and freeze till firm. ( at least an hour). Soften the chocolate ice cream and spread it over the fudge sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4-5 hours till completely set. Remove the plastic cover, and place the serving plate on top of the bowl. Turn it upside down and remove the bowl and the plastic lining. If the bowl does not come away easily, wipe the outsides of the bowl with a kitchen towel dampened with hot water. The bowl will come away easily. Keep the cake out of the freezer for at least 10 minutes before slicing, depending on how hot your region is. Slice with a sharp knife, dipped in hot water.

Want a slice? Or the whole thing maybe? I know I would eat it again if I still had it...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Chocolate chip cookie ravioli

There are 3 things you must know about me:

1st: I love cookies (you didn’t know that, right?)

2nd: I always seem to have leftover cookie dough around (not literally around me, it’s usually frozen, although the other day I went to the gym with a bit of dough stuck to my elbow, gross I know…)

3rd: I love to come up with different way of using said leftover dough (as you may have noticed here, here, here or even here)

These Cookie Ravioli are just another fun idea you can use when you (like me) have bits of frozen dough or you can even go completely wild and make them on propose for this!

You’ll need chocolate chip cookie dough, sugar cookie dough, a round cookie cutter, a fork and a small brush, that’s all.

To make the ravioli, start by rolling the sugar cookie dough and cut circles with the cookie cutter. Then measure about a teaspoon of the chocolate chip cookie dough, roll it and place it in the middle of half the circles (the other half will go on top).

Brush the sides of the circles (around the chocolate chip cookie dough balls) with a small pastry brush with water. Place another circle of sugar cookie dough on top and press around with a fork to seal it. Bake in a pre heated oven at 180ºC (350ºF) until the edges are golden brown.

I also imagine you can add a lot more things to the filling to make these extra yummy. Things like bananas, peanut butter, jams, caramel (or all of them together) will work really well too.

I like my ravioli with tomato sauce, so for fun I served these with raspberry jam. What do you usually do with leftover dough? And have you counted the times I wrote dough?