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Sicilian Orange Cake with Whipped Ricotta Cream

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I'm a big fan of this cake. The texture is a little bit like a semolina cake (due to the almond meal). It requires neither oil, nor butter (the almonds are rich enough in fat) but the oranges make it incredibly moist.



CAKE
2 large oranges
5 large eggs
8 oz. almond meal (225 grams)
8 oz. sugar (225 grams)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
(in France or Italy, ricotta is mostly found in containers of 250 grams. I used 2 tablespoons for the cake and the rest of the container for the whipped cream)

WHIPPED RICOTTA CREAM
250 grams ricotta cheese (minus the 2 tablespoons used for the cake), cold
20 cl whipping cream (no less than 30% fat), cold
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of 1 orange



Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
Rinse and boil oranges with skin on until soft (20-25 minutes). Allow oranges to cool.
Cut in quarters, removing the pips. Blend until smooth.
Beat eggs and add remaining ingredients before mixing thoroughly.
Line bottom of an 8 or 9-in…

Lemon-Almond Snowcloud Pie with Blueberry Coulis

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This recipe is a mash-up of two recipes I've shared in this blog : the crust is a regular shortbread dough (but I could have used Speculoos cookies and butter like I usually do for a cheesecake base), and the filling is the "blueberry snowcloud" recipe. The result is a crunchy crust with a bavarois filling, lighter than cheesecake because I only used one small container of cream cheese.







CRUST 250 grams all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 60 grams confectioner's sugar 120 grams unsalted butter 1 egg yolk 1/4 cup cold water FILLING 1 pound of cream cheese/ricotta/greek yogurt (I used 150 grams of PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, 250 grams of ricotta cheese and 1 plain greek yogurt) 2/3 cup white sugar 3 large egg whites 1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons + zest of 1 lemon 4 gelatin leaves (2 grams each)
BLUEBERRY COULIS 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1/2 cup white sugar

Mix together butter, flour, salt, confectioner’s sugar, egg yolk and water. Roll dough into a ball, wrap wit…

Paris-Brest

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Last month, my partner and I spent a few days in Paris. One day, we stumbled upon this remarkable bakery on Rue Saint-Denis which sold, among other delicious pastries, an enormous Paris-Brest cake by the slice. It was so good that we went back for more the next day. Paris-Brest is a delicious choux pastry filled with a hazelnut "mousseline" cream, and it involves one hard-to-find ingredient: praliné (hazelnut-almond paste). This recipe is great because it shows how simple it is to make your own praliné. It is an extra step you can do without if you can good quality praliné in a jar, but it was well worth the effort.


PRALINÉ (HAZELNUT-ALMOND PASTE) 100 grams hazelnuts 125 grams almonds (preferably skinned) 180 grams sugar 50 grams water
CHOUX PASTRY 125 ml (1/2 cup) whole milk 125 ml (1/2 cup) water 75 grams (1/3 cup) unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 large eggs 1/4 cup sliced almonds
EGG WASH 1 egg 2 tablespoons water
MOUSSELINE CREAM 500 ml (2 cups) whole milk 130 gr…