I am sick. boohoo. My tonsils are extremely inflamed and swallowing my own saliva is a bit of a chore. DIsgusting I know…. Not a great way to introduce a post about delicious food. This is one of my backlog of recipes and photos that I never got around to posting, so I thought this would be the perfect way to spend my sick day. On the bright side, only one week til i’m off to New York. Praying that I feel better by then. Going to visit my bestie Lucy. She suggested loads of stuff to do and as we are both on a health kick at the moment, she told me about Soul Cycle. It’s spinning but to Soul music and they have disco lights and stuff. My other friend Philippa was most displeased by this suggestion – “spinning on holiday should be illegal”. haha. Not it SHOULDNT. If anyone has some insider advice on good things to do in NYC let me know. Food is my main priority, but any suggestions would be great.
This is a pear and chocolate yeast cake. The dough tastes a bit like a sugary donut and inside awaits melted chocolate and baked pears.
Last weekend, I went back home to London for my grandma’s birthday. And man – some of the lighting in London is so delicious. Particularly in Selfridges. I would love to have a huge hallway with this kind of lighting. Like a modern day chandelier. What’s even more delicious than the lighting is the cakes. MMM. MMMM. MMMMMMMMMM! We went for high tea at Claridges, See the cakes below.
Check out these beauties. It was a great high tea and you even get a complimentary glass of champers. I would say that my grandma was a bit disappointed by the jam. She is a great jam maker. Otherwise it was divine. Their banofee pie was the best part.
One more random addition. I found these amazing beetroot sprouts – so cool. If anyone is ever looking for vegetables like beautiful sprouts, plantain, yams and ocra, then head down to the vietnamese fruit and vegetable shop on brückenstrasse near Heinrich Heine Strasse. They have such a good range of fruit and veggies.
- 120g butter
- 120 ml milk
- 250g plain flour
- 30g caster sugar
- 10g dried yeast
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 pears, sliced
- 50g caster sugar
- 100g chopped dark chocolate
- dark chocolate
- white chocolate, grated
- In a pan at medium high heat, melt the butter and add the milk, Take off the heat.
- In a mixing bowl, mix flour, yeast, sugar then make a well in the centre and pour in the milk mix and egg and egg yolk. Knead in until shiny and thoroughly mixed. This will be about 4 minutes of kneading.
- Place in a bowl greased with melted butter and cover with cling film. Leave to rise for about an hour.
- After the hour, place the dough on floured surface and knock it back*. Roll out to a 20cm x 35cm rectangle, place on an oven tray lined with baking paper and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix the pear, sugar, chopped chocolate and spread down the middle of the dough - leaving about 5 cm space on each side.
- Cut the 5 cm of space into strips (see photos) and fold over the filling so it meets in the middle.
- Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 180°C or until the pastry is golden brown
- Melt some dark cooking chocolate over a bain marie and use a spoon to spray it accross the top of the cake to decorate. Grate some white chocolate over the top.