24 juni 2012

Lime pie with strawberries and whipped cream

Ingredients for the pie
200 g of biscuits in crumbs
4 tbsp sugar
6 t tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3 eggs, yolks and whites separated
400 g of concentrated milk
125 ml of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp. of grated lime zest

Whipped Cream

Mix together the cookie crumbs, half of the sugar and the melted butter. Pour into a 23 cm oiled baking pan with removable bottom and press well. Place in refrigerator while preparing the lime cream.

Whisk the egg yolks until frothy. Add condensed milk, lemon juice and lime zest. Beat until the mixture thickens slightly. In a bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff. Stir in remaining sugar and continue to whip until soft peaks form. Using a metal spatula, gently fold the whites into the lime cream.

Pour the lime cream into the baking pan. Smooth the surface. Bake for 15-20 minutes in a preheated oven at 160° until the cream feels just firm to the touch and is lightly browned. When cold, place the pie in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Slice the strawberries and place them on the top of the cake. Decorate with some whipped cream.

Serve the pie cold.

The recipe calls for 400 g of concentrated milk. A can of Nestlé ‘lait concentré’ is just under that. I found it just works fine.
My 3 limes didn’t add up to 125 ml so I used a lemon.
Not really very fond of whipped cream. That’s why I replace the proposed topping from the original recipe (dessert Trop Bon – Marabout) by strawberries that happened to lie around in the house!
Wait to take the pie out of the pan until it has cooled down in the refrigerator. I didn’t as you can see on the pictures.

Orginal garnish

25 ml cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar
Vanilla extract
A few slices of lime for garnish
Whip the cream with the icing sugar and vanilla extract. Spread the cream over the tart cool. Decorate with slices of lime.

17 juni 2012

European Soccer Championship Cupcakes

As of sunday evening 11.30 pm: For sale:
  • cupcake cases: color: orange
  • sprinkels: color: orange
  • foodcolor: orange
Performant Dutch soccerteam 

All that's left are the memories 

Orange Cake

To be honest, I made this cake for Queens day. April 30 is a national holiday in the Netherland, when we celebrate the birthday of our queen's mother: Juliana.
The royal family's name being Orange, this color is known as our national color.

Today is a big day for 'Oranje', our national soccer team. In order to go to the next round in the European Championship, they must beat Portugal with a 2 goal-difference. And at the same time hope the Germans beat Denmark.

Will tonight bring victory or defeat? Anyhow: there will be cake !

14 juni 2012

Black&White Layer Cake

Whenever my baking urge is strong at the beginning of the weekend, and cupcakes are not an option since I always want them to be as fresh as possible when taking them to work, I go for a big layer cake! 

This one has 5 layers and is made of devil' food cake and a white cake. In between some home-made strawberry jam. Strawberry Swiss Meringue Butter Cream to finish it !Very yummy !

13 juni 2012


Finally I made some macarons for my new (well since 6 months) colleagues. THey had been told about the raspberry macaron I made for my french colleagues from time to time and were very curious to tast a bit of Paris. 

It being the season of fresh strawberries, I started by making a strawberry jam. And since I was on a roll, I decided to transform the ripe pineapple who was waiting in the fruitbasket to be eaten into jam as well. Great jam, with some lime juice !! 

Apparently the macaron gods were on my side, because they came out great looking ! Don't you just want to bite into that strawberry one where the jam leaked out?


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