Tag Archives: Dessert

Crisp Amaretto Cherry Pots

As soon as the weather changes we love having crumbles for dessert, there’s something so utterly comforting about warm fruit with a buttery crispy topping. Besides being so simple to make the possibilities are endless.
I made these individual pots for a dinner party dessert with added Amaretto for the adults but if you don’t want to use alcohol you can simply omit or even substitute for a few drops of almond extract. See note below. 

INGREDIENTS:
For the crisp topping
• 200gr. all purpose flour
• 100gr. sugar
• 140gr. unsalted butter at room temperature, cubed, plus a little for greasing
• 60 gr. ground or finely chopped almonds
• Pinch of salt
For the filling
• 500 gr. Frozen pitted black cherries
• 1 tbsp. corn starch (maizena)
• 2 tbsp. sugar
• Pinch of cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons Amaretto liquor* (optional, and leave out for children)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 200C/180C
1. In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, sugar, pinch of salt and the cubed butter. Mix with your hands until it you have a crumbly mixture with still some lumps of butter remaining.
2. Toss in the almonds and mix to combine.
3. In a separate bowl, toss the cherries together with the sugar, cinnamon and corn starch. Pour over the Amaretto and stir to combine.
4. Spoon mixture into 6 oven safe ramekins and spoon the crumble over the filling.
5. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden and the cherries are bubbling.
6. Serve hot or at room temperature with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or crème fraiche.
Enjoy!


∗Substitute Amaretto for a few drops almond extract, a little goes a long way since almond extract is quite strong.

Need more crumble inspiration? Try these….

 

 

Blueberry Cobbler with almond yoghurt biscuit topping.

This is the perfect comfort dessert that’s easy to make and everyone will enjoy.
With just a few simple ingredients and a little effort, you’ll have a flakey, crispy-on-top, juicy-in-the-middle blueberry cobbler on the table in no time. I have added almond flour to the biscuit topping and also yoghurt, this makes the biscuits nice and fluffy, flakey and a little crispy at the same time but without being too hard, so it’s still scoopable.

I really  recommend putting this blueberry cobbler on your to-do list, you’ll love it.

Prep time : 15 min
Cooking time : 45 min
Serves : 6

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE FILLING

• 800 gr / 5 ½ cups frozen blueberries
• ½ cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• Pinch ground cinnamon

FOR THE TOPPING
• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• ¼ cup almond flour
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoons baking powder
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• Pinch of salt
• ¼ cup yoghurt
• 2 tbsp. milk
• ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 tbsp. granulated sugar (for sprinkling)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 180C/375F degrees.
2. Making the Filling: Whisk the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon together in a large bowl. Add the blueberries and mix gently until evenly coated. Transfer the berry mixture to a 10-inch cast iron skillet or a square baking dish
3. To make the topping, mix the flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. In a separate jug mix the melted butter, yoghurt, milk and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.
4. Scoop the dough into 8 or 9 pieces and place on top of the filling, evenly spaced (they should not be touching). Sprinkle evenly with the sugar.
5. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the top is golden brown and cooked through, about 40 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for at least 20 minutes; serve warm or at room temperature with some vanilla ice-cream.

Enjoy!

If you make this Bluebberry Cobbler be sure to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you and if you love it, pin it. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! @thecookingspoonblog or hashtag it #thecookingspoonblog

wonder bread

10 most popular recipes of 2020

2020 is coming to an end and what a challenging year it has been, to say the least. With one terrible event after the other. Heartbreaking, confusing and dispairing come to mind.
Am I the only one feeling a sense of relief that the year is almost over?

…but also hope, hope that next year will be better. It has to be and that’s we’ll hang on to for now.

Hopefully next year we can all go back to normal,  and live our lives to the fullest. 

Meanwhile… everyone has been on social media more than ever before,  so I wanted to share the most popular recipes of 2020, to inspire everyone to keep on cooking as much as we all did this past year.
I really noticed how everyone was baking more than usual so it comes as no surprise that the two most popular recipes this year were both bread.   Here are the top ten.

10.Pollo al Ajillo, Chicken in Garlic white wine Sauce .

An oldie but a goodie, we make this at home all the time, great for company too.

9. Homemade Spelt Tortilla

Nothing beats a home made tortilla and the are so simple and freeze well.

8. Whole Spelt Pizza with Chorizo, caramelized Onions and Basil

Chorizo with caramelized onions really can’t be beat:)

7. Chocolate Dulce de Leche mini Tarts

Mini buttery pastry crusts filled with gooey caramel and chocolate, a great dessert or tea-time treat

6. Smoky Chili con Carne with Pumpkin

Smokey Chili with the addition of Pumpkin, perfect for cold evenings plus you get extra veggies.

5. Chia Seed Bread

A protein packed loaf with a great bite and super healthy. Makes great toast.

4. Steak au Poivre, Steak in a creamy green peppercorn sauce

A classic that all meat lovers enjoy. Straight forward and so delicious with a non alcoholic green peppercorn sauce.

3. Cod and Shrimp in a Lemon cream sauce

This recipe has been a favorite for years and is the easiest recipe on the blog, pretty much fool proof and still kind of fancy.

2. Everyday Spelt Bread

Our go-to Spelt bread, I receive a ton of positive reviews on this loaf, it’s so easy and perfect for everyday baking.

1. Norwegian Health Bread

This is the most popular recipe on the blog and one of my personal favorites, so healthy and full of goodness. Perfect for a fresh and healthy start in the new year.

wonder bread

I hope you enjoyed the roundup, and if you make any of the most popular recipes of 2020 be sure to leave a comment and/or pin it to Pinterest. And of course, if you do make any of these recipes, don’t forget to post on instagram and tag me #thecookingspoonblog

Tiramisu Cream Puff Christmas Tree

Ready to impress? A dramatic tower of cream puffs filled with Tiramisu cream, held together with melted chocolate. Then finally dusted with lots of confectioners sugar.

It is not as difficult as it looks, but it does require a few steps. I like to make the cream puffs the day before assembling to divide the work. You can also make the filling the day before, whatever works for you best.

Leftover cream puffs can be frozen for up to two months.

A stunning dessert for any special occasion!

INGREDIENTS:

Cream Puffs:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

FILLING:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 2 tsp instant gelatine powder
  • 1 recipe pastry cream, home made or store bought (about 2 cups)


GLAZE:

  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 3 to 6 tablespoons hot water
  • Additional confectioners’ sugar, optional

DIRECTIONS:

In a large saucepan, bring water, milk and butter to a boil. Add flour and salt all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes to cool a little. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny. Place mixture in a piping bag fitted with a large nozzle and pipe puffs onto baking sheet, about the size of a ping pong ball. You can press the tip of the puffs down with a wet finger to make them nice and round. Bake at 200C / 400F for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Cut a small slit in the side of each puff to allow steam to escape. Cool puffs.
For filling, Prepare creme patisserie, see below if making home made.

In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form add sugar, coffee and intant gelatine powder beat until stiff. Fold in creme patisserie. Place filling in piping bag fitted with a pointed tip and pipe about 1 tablespoon into each puff.

For glaze, in a small saucepan, combine butter and chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat. Using a whisk, stir in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and coffee granules and enough water to make desired consistency for dipping. Stir until smooth and no lumps appear.

To assemble tree: Dip the bottoms of the puffs into glaze to start building your tree. Start with four puffs in the middle and then form a circle around them That’s your first layer, now continue for the second layer by dipping puffs in chocolate and placing them on the first circle. Continue all the way up until you are at the top. Drizzle remaining glaze over the tree, dust with confectioners sugar just before serving.

Enjoy!

Creme Pattiserie:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk

Method:

  • Beat the egg yolks and sugar for a few minutes until pale and slightly thickened.
  • Whisk in the flours.
  • Heat the milk in a saucepan until stating to boil.
  • Whisk the milk into the egg mix.
  • Put the whole lot back into the pan, stirring all the time until thick and boiling.
  • Take the pan off the heat – cover with cling-film to prevent a skin from forming.