Rustic Churro Cake for the Birthday Girl by Andy’s Kandy

It’s my daughters 18th birthday tomorrow and of course she has a special request for her birthday cake.

In my country “Uruguay” we have this wonderful treat called “Churros“! They can be made hollow inside as well as regular with a dusting of confectioners sugar, dipped in chocolate, etc… I want to say its our version of the American Funnel Cake!

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Anyway, on this occasion I will be making churros at home for the first time, and I am making the hollow ones as the birthday girl wants them filled with Dulce de Leche.

So I started of by making the dough which is very simple.

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil

Measure the flour, I made this recipe X 3 to have enough as I wasn’t sure how many I would get out of the above recipe.

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Bring the water, sugar, salt and oil to a boil and then just add to the flour. Mix together, dough will be sticky and not very nice to handle.

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Of course I happened to know way in advance that I was going to make this cake, so I had ordered this wonderful handy dandy gadget called a Churrera which worked like a charm 🙂

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Fill a deep casserole with about 1 1/2 inches of oil and make sure its piping hot before you start frying the churros.

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Into the oil they went until they were nice and golden and then onto a paper towel to drain off. As you can see from the below picture, they are nicely hollow inside, perfect to fill with a filling of your choice.

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Once they had cooled off a bit I piped Dulce de Leche into them.

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Then used the outside ring of one of my cake pans to keep them in place, wrapped a lovely ribbon around it and all done.

A little dusting of confectioners sugar and some gold leaves finished off this birthday treat ❤

Happy Birthday my princess…

National Waffle Iron Day

A very wise friend made me aware of the fact that June 29th is National Waffle Iron day which of course means, we need to make some waffles for dinner or dessert!

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Dessert won, I am technically half Belgium so Maple Belgium Waffles are in the making to celebrate such an amazing day :-), any excuse for waffles right?

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So I made this rich and light fluffy batter with the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 eggs (separate whites from yolks)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or maple extract ( I used maple today)

Put all dry ingredients in a bowl, separate eggs and beat the yolks with the melted butter, milk and vanilla or maple extract. Add to dry ingredients until nicely combined. Beat the egg whites to a peak and gently fold into the batter!

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My son wanted a white and milk chocolate chips in his so he got a special one made just for him.

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I served mine with fresh strawberry syrup, fresh blueberries and a dusting of powdered sugar and a some mint leaves to make it pretty 🙂

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Anyway, there is nothing else left to say other than “Happy Waffle Iron Day” ❤

Family time and Sweet Treats

Monday evening, kind of a strange night to have a family dinner but when you find that one night when everyone is available you just have to go for it!

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Granny and all the teenagers were over for a light dinner of Roasted Chicken, Jalapeño mashed potatoes and Caesar Salad.

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But the highlight of the evening apart from the company wasn’t dinner, but dessert of course.

I had decided to make a Tres Leches with an Andy twist :-).

This of course was preplanned and I prepared most of it on Sunday afternoon.

Made my nice sponge butter cake, let it cool down and then poked it lots with a fork before I drenched it in a mixture of :

  • Evaporated Milk
  • Condensed Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • and here comes the Andy twist – 1/2 cup of Amaretto Liquor

Then I topped it off with some whipped cream with just a tad of sugar and a little more Amaretto Liquor ❤ – We have now baptized it the Amaretto Tres Leches!

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Happy to report that there were no dinner leftovers and not much of the dessert was left 🙂

Best part of the night was the after dinner silly chats at the table. Love love those precious moments.Very happy Mama, surrounded by a loving family!

The History behind the infamous “Flan”

I grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay in lovely South America! During my youth one of my favorite desserts was “Flan con Dulce de Leche” and to me it was one of our best traditional Uruguayan desserts.

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Surprise surprise when I found out that this wonderful treat is actually a traditional dessert for a lot of places!

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Some people call it  Creme Caramel, it is also similar to the Spanish Natilla or Custart Tarts (which I suspect is where ours came from).

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Now the Norwegians also have their own version which happens to be just like the one we make at home, they tend to make is usually for the Christmas holiday season and call it Karemellpudding!

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A lot of countries in north and Central America make a flan that is a lot heavier than what I am used to, more like a heavy custard. The one from home is nice and light and not too sweet and because its not too sweet, you can pair it perfectly with some Dulce de Leche or some lovely Chantilly Cream.

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Anyway, being that its Easter in hot and humid south Florida, I thought a light flan would be the perfect Easter Dessert.

All recipes are similar so follow any of the above links and enjoy!

Easter Banana Breads

Today I transformed my everyday banana breads into these rich and tasty Easter Banana breads.

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Simply made my regular banana breads but spiced them up with cinnamon and all spice.

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I them topped them off with a Rum and Cinnamon buttercream and decorated them with Cadbury’s Chocolate Eggs.

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HAPPY EASTER 🙂

Italian Sweet Delight to follow a Belgium Delicacy

A few weeks ago I came across a Strawberry Panna Cotta recipe that I thought I should try as its a lot quicker to make than the original one with egg whites cooked at bain-marie version. It would also be a great finale for tonights Steak Tartare Dinner.

Because the Panna Cotta needed time to set, I prepared it in the morning so it would be just perfect come dinner time.

Here is the recipe I followed, simple and easy.

  • 1lb of strawberries
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

I pureed the strawberries with the sugar until nice and smooth and then added the buttermilk. Once it had blended together, I put the mixture through a sieve to get rid of any solids.

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In a separate bowl, I sprinkled the gelatin into the milk and let it dissolve, then heated the cream, added the milk and gelatin to the hot cream and then added this  to strawberry mix. I poured the mix into molds (I used the ones shown below as well as some rectangular ones). Let them chill for at least 8 hrs.

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I also prepared a delightful Strawberry Coulis by blending some strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and a drizzle of raspberry liquor which I poured on top before serving it with a little whipped cream and mint leaf to make it look pretty ❤

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Now to pay attention to dinner…..

I mixed my minced meat with Worcestershire sauce, capers, onions, chopped cilantro, egg, salt, pepper, dijon mustard, tabasco, mayonnaise and probably something else which I cannot recall right now, as every time I make it it comes out different :-). As you can tell I don’t follow any recipe, I just let my taste buds decide…..

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I Baked some french fries in the oven (yes I used frozen ones 🙂 )and one of our favorite meals is ready to serve! Now time to sit down and enjoy a romantic dinner with the love of my life……<3

Bon appétit and buon appetito

This is what happens when………

……….this is what happens when I find myself in the kitchen after baking a couple of dozens of vanilla cupcakes……

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Cupcakes were plain and simple vanilla but full of butter and yumminess!

Once they were done I found I still had some cake batter left so I decided to put it into a pretty cake mold knowing that I wouldn’t get a full size cake out of it.

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My half a cake came out looking beautifully light and fluffy so I decided to mix some warm cream and chocolate which of course became a luscious  chocolate ganache laced with some double espresso vodka!

So here is the final result, we went from nothing to this handsome piece of heaven! I think it looks handsome, don’t you?