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Coconut & Chocolate Steam Cake

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Steamed Coco and Chocolate Cake

After a very good time in Paris, Paprika and I are back in Magyarország -Hungary- enjoying the ever charming Budapest…

Before I’m able to share more about our trip, here’s a little sweet I’ve made a couple of weeks ago in my kiwi kitchen.

In my little notepad I had scribbled lamington.
The initial idea I had in mind. An excuse to use the light and crisp coconut chips I had in the pantry.
From there the idea evolved into this cake that requires no baking.

A steam cake with a subtle coconut flavour frosted with a generous chocolate crème anglaise and topped with the delicate curls of coconut chips…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Coconut & Chocolate Steam Cake

Coconut & Chocolate Steam Cakes (makes 6 little cakes)

120g rice flour
50g caster sugar
200ml coconut milk
4 egg whites

In a bowl mix together rice flour and sugar. Pour in coconut milk and and stir. In a separate bowl whip egg whites until firm peak. Fold gently in the flour mixture and combine to have an homogenous batter but still foamy. Grease well moulds with vegetable oil and pour the batter in (3/4 full). Steam for 25-30 minutes.

Chocolate crème (you will have more than needed for the cakes)
100ml coconut milk
50g dark chocolate
2 egg yolks
25g sugar

In a little sauce pan over low fire, warm coconut milk and chocolate. In a bowl, whip egg yolks and sugar until pale. Pour the hot chocolate and coconut milk over the eggs and keep on whipping. Pour the sauce back into the sauce pan and over low fire stir constantly until the sauce starts to thicken – between 5 to 10 minutes. When the desired consistency is obtained. Coat each cake with the crème and sprinkle on top the coconut chips.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Steamed Coco and Chocolate Cake

La suite en français…

Székesfehérvár

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Cistercian Church

I’m rather late in the schedule of my posts… Paprika and I are in Europe.
We have had good time so far in his home town, Székesfehérvár, a historical city of Hungary.
It’s nice to pay a visit to the old Europe after almost half a decade…
I’m getting my architecture fix !
We have enjoyed to the fullest the long and warm days, feasted on good homemade hungarian food and summer fruits, met his friends and strolled endlessly in the little streets…
And though I’ve visited several times, it was an occasion for me to look at his city in a different way.
I’m writing this post from Paris and will not miss to tell you about it soon, until then I hope you enjoy what you see !

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfervar Old Doors
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Serbian Quarter

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Street Art

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi -Poppy Seed Cake And Turo Gomboc
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - 3KG Bread
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Pörkölt and Langos
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Summer Fruits
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Summer Fruits
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Garden
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Trabant
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Lake
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Lamp at Sunset

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar By Night

Citrus Season

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Citrus Pudding in Cups

Fruit and vegetable well calibrated and strategically displayed under artificial light at a supermarket do not appeal to me as much as the ones on an open air market. Market where I enjoy going weekly to choose my produce and seeing how it changes depending on the season. And right now it’s citrus season !

When we were in the Wairarapa a couple of weeks ago, Margot kindly offered that we picked some lemons from her prolific tree. The fruits cheerfully hanging were so fragrant ! I gladly obliged.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Meyer Lemons

Back home, I made some lemon achard. It will macerate for several weeks while we are away and I hope it’ll turn out good. I also kept a couple of lemons and baked this citrus pudding, adapting it slightly, using yogurt instead of milk and reducing the butter and sugar quantities.

Paprika and I liked it.
It’s a good fix on a chilly winter night and an alternative to the usual crumble I always think of when I want something sweet, warm and comforting…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Citrus Pudding

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