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Autumn’s financiers

With small translucent seeds pomegranate crowns Autumn in a juicy pink.

Pomegranate, almond and pistachio Financiers

Makes 10:

45 g wheat flour
2 g baking powder
100 g sugar
35 g almonds, grinded
20 g pistachio, grinded
100 g egg whites
60 g butter
Fleur de Sel
Pomegranate seeds

Bring the butter to boil on low heat until golden.
Set aside.
Combine well all dry ingredients.
Add slowly the tempered (30ºC) egg whites.
Gently fold in the tempered (30ºC) butter.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC.
Grease and flour 10 small moulds.
Pour the dough into the moulds and add some pomegranate seeds.
Bake for 10 minutes (depending on mould size).
Unmould.
Decorate with pistachio and pomegranate seeds.

Smashing pumpkins

For an exquisite taste…

Pumpkin and chèvre pies

Makes 4:
500 g pumpkin, pureed
3 eggs
120 g chèvre
100 g fresh bread crumbs
100 g self-rising flour
120 g sugar
125 ml spice scented whole milk (cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, nutmeg,…)

Pre-heat the oven to 190ºC.
Grease 4 pans (12cms diameter).
Mix together for 10 minutes the pumpkin puree, the eggs, the chèvre, bread crumbs and milk.
Add the flour and combine well.
Bake for 50 minutes.
Top with the syrup.

Syrup:
“Panela” sugar

In low heat melt the panela with a little bit of water.

Pumpkin purée:
Pumpkin
Sugar

Purée the pumpkin and sweeten as desired.

Tuiles

150 g sugar
62,5g wheat flour
2 eggs
150 g nuts, grinded

Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
Combine all the ingredients together.
Pour the mixture over a silpat with the desired ..
Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown.
Let them cool down to stiff.

Cookies in the rain…

IT RAINS!

It rains…

But what does it matter!,
if I am here sheltered by this door
listening to the rain that falls from the sky
a silent melody
that no one else listens to
but me?

It rains…

But it is the fate
of those who love
to hear a violin
even in the mud.

José Gomes Ferreira

Viennese lemon cookies

makes 12:

50 g icing sugar
125 g butter, softened
1 g salt
Zest of 1/4 lemon
20 g egg white
150 g wheat flour
Icing sugar to sprinkle

Combine well butter and sugar.
Add lemon zest and salt.
Mix with the egg whites and flour.
Pour the batter into a pastry bag with a star noozle.
Over a silpat or a lined baking sheet draw “W’s” with 4 cms width.
Refrigerate for 1 hour (minimum).
Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Sprinkle with icing sugar.

A sweet bitterness

The sweet potato was still on the top of the shelf, in a so old and sweet loneliness that asked for commiseration.
She was looking at the kitchen with such a rawness that I was afraid that some resentment could become bitter…


Sweet potato cakes

Makes 10:

125 g sweet potato, baked and pureed
125 g light brown sugar
100 g cake flour, sieved
3 eggs

Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
Grease and lightly flour 10 small cake moulds (or a large one).
Combine well sugar with egg yolks.
Add the sweet potato puree and at last the flour.
Gently fold in the whipped egg whites.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Melba roll

Drama rolls itself… first came in the peach, in a tenor tone, declaiming sweet poems.
Then, like a soprano, came the raspberries in a sour sharpness that carries away all the orchestra.
Lovably, the libreto ends and the opera is touched by the promiss of an endless love.

Melba roll

Serves 12:

Cake layer:
4 eggs
100 g sugar
50 g cornstarch
100 g almonds, powdered
a pinch of salt
75 g butter, melted
Peach jam
Raspberry coulis
Fresh raspberries

Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC.
Grease and line with parchment paper a rectangular baking sheet (35×40 cm)
Whisk 1 egg, 3 egg yolks and sugar.
Add cornstarch, powdered almonds and at last the butter.
Gently fold in the egg whites whipped with the salt.
Pour the mixture into the baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes.

Unmould the roll and spread evenly the jam on top.
Using wax paper as an aid, roll up cake jelly roll–style, beginning with a long side. Carefully transfer, seam side down, to platter, using wax paper to help slide cake.
Decorate with the raspberry coulis and fresh raspberries.

Raspberry coulis:
70 g raspberries
5 g icing sugar

Place the raspberries and icing sugar into a food processor or blender and blend to a puree.
Pass the puree through a sieve into a bowl.
Refrigerate until required.

Peach jam:
1 kg peaches (peeled and sliced)
800 g sugar
15 g pectin (hydrated)

Bring the sugar to boil with a bit of water
Add the peaches and pectin.
Continue to boil mixture and stir frequently until desired thickness.
To test whether the jam is ready, place a cold metal spoon in the mixture and tilt. The jam should form a single stream.

Quickly pour hot mixture into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1 cm headspace; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands. Process jars in boiling-water bath 10 minutes.

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