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Cake Roll with Lemon Whipped Cream

Cake Roll with Lemon Whipped Cream

This cake roll is light and refreshing thanks to the lemon whipped cream filling. I find the rolling part is fun. If rolling up the large cake size is too intimidating for you, cut the sheet cake in half then roll them up separately. This way it’ll be much easier to handle, plus you’ll have two cake rolls instead of one!
Cake Roll with Lemon Whipped Cream

Cake Roll with Lemon Whipped Cream

Cake Roll with Lemon Whipped Cream (makes 16-18 slices, 1-inch thickness each)

Ingredients:

Egg yolk mixture:
7 egg yolks
4 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup plus 5 tbsp cake flour
4 tsp hot water

Egg white mixture:
7 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
6 tbsp sugar

Lemon Whipped Cream (whip cream and powder sugar first, add lemon juice then whip a little more to blend. Can be made ahead and keep chill in the fridge ):
1 cup whipping cream
5-6 tbsp powder sugar
4-5 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method:

  1. Line a large baking pan (12″ x 17″ x 1″) with parchment paper. Position oven rack at upper half of the oven (about 1/3 to the oven top). Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Add egg yolks to a large mixing bowl. Use a ballon whisk to break the yolks before adding sugar (this will prevent sugar from sticking to the surface of the yolks and ensure dissolving of sugar). Whisk vigorously until it turns fluffy, pale yellow looking and increases in volume, several minutes.
  3. Add oil, milk and salt. Whisk again to blend well.
  4. Sift in cake flour in 3 batches. After each addition, whisk to combine until no dry flour and the batter is smooth. Use ballon whisk to scrap off flour on the side of the bowl. Add hot water and mix well.
  5. Whip egg whites in a separate clean mixing bowl on high speed, until bubbles are small and no visible clear egg whites. Add cream of tartar and continue whipping on high speed until the mixture turns white completely. Add in sugar, one tbsp at a time, and use a spatula to scrap down the bowl. Continue whipping on high speed to a “sheen” stage, then reduce to low speed for another 1-2 minutes (to remove any big bubbles, thus produces a more delicate fine texture). The egg whites is ready when it has a soft peak (soft curl at the tip when lifted the whisk).
  6. Gently fold in 1/3 of whipped egg whites to the yolk mixture, turning the bowl while folding in the egg whites, until all blended. Do not over work or you will burst all the air bubbles and result in dense cake. Gently fold in another 1/3 of egg whites. The batter should be lighter now. Pour yolk mixture to egg whites bowl. Fold in gently until all incorporated.
  7. Pour batter onto baking pan ad spread evenly with a spatula. Slightly drop pan on a surface a couple of times to remove any big bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 20-22 minutes.
  8. Remove cake from the oven, then slightly drop pan a couple times. Transfer cake with parchment paper onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Prepare a sheet of parchment paper larger than the cake size. Put it on top of cake then flip cake upside down. Carefully peel off the liner paper. Spread lemon whipped cream evenly on the cake, then roll up like a jelly roll lengthwise. Wrap up the roll with the large parchment paper and chill for at least 2 hours. Make sure the seal side faced down.
  10. Cut cake roll to 1-inch thickness and serve. Sprinkle powder sugar if desired.

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We had a big bag of Bing cherries from our cherry U-pick back in last May, sitting at the bottom of my freezer. In an attempt to clean it out of my freezer in a glorious way, I had planned to make cherry pie as dessert, to go with Honey Baked Ham dinner on Christmas Day.

Perfect, right?

NO!…..

I got sick… (and never been happier that Walgreen is open on Christmas Day!)

Needless to say, no pie on Christmas Day.

And then my children were taking turn getting sick. My pie mood was fading away, just thinking about the hassles of making two pie crust, fitting into pie pan, seal the edge, slit the top… (and cross my fingers that bottom crust is not soggy when it’s baked)… All too much for just making a cherry pie.

Then I suddenly thought of ONE word: GALETTE– The easy, open face pie with a rustic look. Yes!

I walked to the kitchen, put on my apron, rolled up my sleeves…

Hours later, five happy satisfied faces walking out of the kitchen. Happy New Year!

Sweet Cherry Galette

Sweet Cherry Galette (yields 1 galette, 4-6 serving)

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
1 1/2 cup flour
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter– dice into small cubes and freeze until ready to use
3-5 tbsp ice water

For the Filling:
4 cups Bing cherries, pitted (see note below)
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 tbsp cornstarch

1 egg– beaten for egg wash
Turbinado sugar– for sprinkle on top

Method:

  1. Sift flour, sugar and salt into a mixing bowl. Add frozen butter. Use fingers to break butter apart and rub into flour, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add just enough ice water, one tbsp at a time, until the dough just incorporated. Do not knead. Shape the dough into a disc. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap, chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  3. Combine all filling ingredients in a different bowl.
  4. Roll out chilled pie dough to 12-14 inch diameter. Piling cherries to the center of the dough using a spoon. Spoon in 1 tbsp of the juice if desired but not all, as it will flood the galette, thus higher chance of soggy crust. Use a paper towel to soak up the juice if it’s flowing out the dough.
  5. Fold in the edge of the dough. Apply egg wash over the edge and sprinkle turbinado sugar. Bake in preheated 425F oven for 35-45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

Regina’s Note:

  • Butter: To produce flaky baked goods like pies, scones and biscuits, butter needs to be chilled and worked quickly into flour (so it will remain cold). I like to dice my butter into small cubes then freeze it before use. I take the frozen butter cubes (straight from freezer) and break apart in the flour. The small cube size not only speeds up freezing time, but also makes it easy to break apart/rub in flour even just with fingers.
  • Cherries: If you use frozen cherries like I did, be sure to thaw the cherries first. Drain the juice really well, because when lemon juice and sugar were added later, more liquid will draw out.
  • Baking position: Although the bottom crust wasn’t soggy, it could be browned more. Next time I should try changing baking position– bake galette at lower rack for maybe 25 minutes to brown bottom crust, then switch to upper rack for remaining baking time to brown the top.

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I join a group on Facebook called Baking Wonderland, and people pose all kinds of delicious food photos all the time. This cheesecake recipe comes from Baking Wonderland. What caught my eyes was that it uses only 3 simple ingredients: cream cheese, chocolate and eggs. Yes, very simple. Flourless and oil free too. Original 6-inch cake recipe calls for 3 eggs, 120g cream cheese and 120g chocolate. Since I don’t have 6-inch cake pan, 1 block of cream cheese in U.S. is 220g, and 1 package of chocolate chips is 10 oz, I figure I will just kinda double up the recipe to fit my 9-inch cake pan , and conveniently save my time measuring the amount of cream cheese and chocolate chips.

Why trial #1? Well, because this is a VERY simple recipe (we tend to like simple works don’t we all?). And who doesn’t like chocolate?? Plus, I made a boo boo this time during baking– I was supposed to turn off the oven and let the cake sit in the oven for another 15 minutes after baking at 300°F, but I forgot to turn off the oven heat!! So my cake baked an extra 15 minutes at the end, creating a cracked cake top. 😦

I could hardly wait for the cake to chill so I could try the taste. But… uh oh! The cake was a lot denser than I expected, and it was just too crumbly– I just couldn’t make a nice cut at all.  My mood went straight down to the bottom. The taste was good though– rich creamy chocolaty with a tangy flavor from the cream cheese. At the end, we finished this big piece of “chocolate crumbs”. Consider its simplicity, I might try making it again.

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Flourless Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake Trial #1

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Flourless Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake Trial #1– crumbs, crumbs, crumbs…

Flourless Chocolate Souffle Cheesecake (makes one 9-inch round cake)

Ingredients:

Egg yolk mixture:
8 oz. (1 block) cream cheese– room temperature
10 oz (1 package) bittersweet chocolate chips
5 egg yolks– room temperature

Egg white mixture:
5 egg whites– room temperature
1/4 tsp cream of tartar or fresh lemon juice

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange oven rack to lower 2/3 (so the cake bakes in the middle of the oven). Boil a pot of water.
  2. Line the bottom of a  9-inch springform cake pan with parchment paper. Then double wrap the bottom of cake pan with foil (or put cake pan in a larger shallow pan). Prepare another large roasting pan for the water bath.
  3. Put cream cheese and chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir until it melts half way. Remove from the heat and continue mixing until all blended well. The mixture will be dense and sticky.
  4. Add in egg yolks, one at a time, and mix well to combine. The better will look smoother.
  5. Whip egg whites on high speed (KitchenAid Stand Mixer speed 8) until no visible clear egg whites. Add in cream of tartar or lemon juice, continue on high speed (speed 8). When the egg whites become meringue looking, turn down the speed (speed 6) so it whips out big air bubbles, whip for another 2-3 minutes until pointy peak forms.
  6. Gently fold in whipped egg whites into egg yolk mixture, in 3 batches, until all blended well. Pour batter into springform pan. Smooth the top.
  7. Add boiling water to the roasting pan (water level is about 1-2 inches high), then put cake (if using larger shallow pan: springform cake pan in shallow pan, then together in the roasting pan) in the roasting pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F, for 15 minutes. Then reduce further to 300°F for another 15 minutes. The cake should be done at this point (toothpick/skewer inserted into the cake center should come out clean). Remove from the oven. Cool completely before chilling in the fridge. Served chilled for best flavor.

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