14 December 2017

Balsamic Strawberries and ginger Semifreddo (Semifreddo de frutillas con vinagre balsamico y jengibre)

I love Semifreddo like a Christmas dessert, is delicious, simple and you can make the day before.
You can use frozen or fresh strawberries or if you prefer raspberries.
Serve garnished with some strawberries and mint leaves.
Balsamic strawberries is something special.

Note: the original recipe was with cream cheese but I change by greek yogurt and was amazing!

Source : Dish.co.nz

Ingredients (8 servings)

500 grams strawberries (fresh or frozen)
hulled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 pinch of black pepper
350 grams of  plain greek yogurt
250 grams  cream fraiche
4 large eggs
1 cup caster  sugar divided
1 teaspoon ginger powder
mint leaves and strawberries or others fruits 
for serving


Line bottom and sides of a 9x5 inch ( 23 x 12 cm) loaf pan with 2 overlapping pieces of plastic wrap, letting wrap hang over sides of pan.

Put the strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar and the pepper in a medium saucepan.
Slowly bring to the boil  stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occcasionally until reduced and jammy.
Cool  completely and set aside.
Gently combine the cream and greek yogurt in a large bowl and set aside.
Separate the eggs and place the yolks and whites in separate bowls.
Whisk the yolks with 1/2 cup of sugar and  ginger powder until very thick and pale.
beat the egg whites and add  the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar until firm.
Using a large metal spoon fold the yolk mixture into the cream mixture then fold in the egg whites.
Pour the mixture into thetin and dollop over the strawberry mixture.Use the tipe of  skewer to marble  through.

Also you can put a layer of cream and then strawberry sauce and spread cream again.
Cover and freeze at least 10 hours, I made at night and desmold the followinf day.

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en español

Semifreddo de frutillas y vinagre balsamico 

2 December 2017

Dark Chocolate Lebkuchen (german biscuits)

Lebkuchen is a traditional german cookie that is usually baked for Christmas !
Almost all years for Christmas I make a new recipe.
It is most like a soft gingerbread cookie full of warm spices. In this case the glazed is chocolate.
I think not matter how you make them, you will be glad with tehm !
I glazed too with sugar and lemon, yo can see others recipes here in Christmas recipes.

adapted from :  A dash of ginger


85 grams butter (3 ounces)
200 grams runny honey
220 grams plain flour
100 grams ground almonds
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking powder
100 grams dark brown sugar 
1 egg 
Juice of medium orange

To coat the cookies
200 grams  (7 ounces) dark chocolate


Preheat the oven to 180 °c. Heat the butter and honey in a pan over medium heat until the butter has melted. Allow to cool slightly (about 5 minutes)

In a large bowl, add all the remaining dough ingredients. Add the butter/honey mixture and mix until combined.
If the dough feels a bit too wet to work with refrigerate for 15 minutes (I made )

Roll the dough into balls  (like the picture)  if is needed add some flour, and place on a lined baking tray, leaving enough space for them to spread. 

You'll probably need to use 2 baking trays or do this in batches.

Gently press each ball down to flatten a little. Bake for 10 or 12 minutes ( see the oven) until browned but still soft.
Remove and transfer to a cooling rack to cool.

Coat the cookies into the rack . I spread the chocolate over the cookies  with a spoon and sprinkle some little gold stars.
(but you can let only with the chocolate)
Leave the cholate set.

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Picture from A dash of ginger

When I coated my cookies and let set

en español

galletas alemanas de chocolate y miel