August 8, 2016

A peach carrot cake with cream cheese frosting + A Saveur blog awards finalist!



First things first... THIS CAKE! Peach and carrot may sound like a strange combination but it definitely isn't. It's one of the most delicious cakes I've ever made, and I ate about half of it in a couple of days (don't worry, the other half was eaten too, but not by me).

And you know what else? I forgot about my blog birthday.. yet again. I forget every year! I guess that happens when the blog is growing up, each birthday gets less and less noteworhty. Now the blog is 7 years old. Crazy!

I also have some other exciting news to share with you.. I'm one of the finalists in the Best Baking & Sweets category in the Saveur Blog Awards. It's seriously such a great honor to be a finalist! Click here to view all finalists and to cast your votes, or click the Saveur link in the sidebar to the right. Remember to vote early and often!








PEACH CARROT CAKE
WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Makes one 6-inch cake, serves 8-10


Ingredients
For the cake
150 g salted butter
3 large eggs
2/3 cup (135 g) granulated sugar
1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp (65 g) light brown muscovado sugar, firmly packed
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1 1/4 cups (180 g) all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp ground cinnamon
250 g carrots (about 1 3/4 cups when grated)
1 can (around 410 g) of peach halves in juice (2/3 cup of peach puree will be used in the cake, save the rest for filling)

For the cream cheese frosting
150 g softened butter
200 g cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 - 1 cup (110-150 g) powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla powder

For the filling
Remaining peach puree

Caramelized peaches
3-4 fresh peaches (I used donut peaches)
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp light brown muscovado sugar, loosely packed

Fresh blackberries


Directions
Cake
1. Heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Butter and flour two 6-inch (15 cm) cake pans.
3. Melt the butter and leave to cool.
4. Beat eggs and sugars until fluffy and lighter in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Add melted butter and vanilla and beat until combined.
5. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl, then stir into the batter until just smooth.
6. Peel and grate the carrots. Put the peaches (without the juice) in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
7. Add grated carrots and 2/3 cup of the peach puree to the batter and stir until combined. Divide batter between the two cake pans.
8. Bake for about 40-43 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
9. Leave to cool in the pans for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Cream cheese frosting
1. Beat butter until pale and fluffy. Add cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until just smooth.
2. Put the bowl in the fridge while you cut the cake.

Assembly (Check out my 'How to fill and cover a cake'-guide)
1. Cut both cake layers in half with a serrated knife so you end up with four cake layers.
2. Put the first cake layer on a cake board or directly onto a plate or cake stand. Spread a layer of frosting on the first layer, then spread a layer of the peach puree over. Repeat this until you've used up all layers.
3. Spread a thin layer of frosting all over the cake and put in the fridge while you prepare the topping.

Caramelized peaches
1. Slice the fresh peaches. Heat the butter over medium heat in a non-reactive skillet. Add brown sugar and swirl with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts.
2. Add the peach slices and caramelize for 2-3 minutes. Let cool completely, then put them on top of the cake with blackberries.

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August 1, 2016

Vegan coconut + rose petal ice cream with cardamom crumble topping



These roses remind me of how I used to make "perfume" for my mother as a child. I picked rose petals and mixed them with sand and water in my little plastic bucket (the sand had the function of a pestle and mortar). Come to think of it, she never used it. How ungrateful. However, this ice cream is nothing like that perfume. I stepped up my game since then. Promise.

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July 25, 2016

Croatia photography & styling workshop




It's been a few months since the Croatia workshop with the wonderful ladies of First We Eat (Eva and Carey), Maggie and Zhanna and thinking back, I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences ever. Seriously, I will never forget this house. Or the wonderful group of attendees.
I'm not a morning person, not in any way, but waking up at the crack of dawn and seeing that magical view from the house.. totally worth it. And every morning when I came down to the kitchen, Carey, who is definitely a morning person, had already made coffee. Oh, and did I mention the kittens? I could go on about this workshop..
And therefore I'm happy to say, this January I'm coming to Costa Rica with them! I'm sure it will be mindblowing and amazing in every way possible. It's about photography, chocolate and coffee, literally my favorite things in life. And maybe I'll even make chocolate cake for you if you come. For more info and registration, please read more HERE.

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July 9, 2016

Fluffy sponge cake with balsamic strawberries



There is almost nothing that says summer as much as a simple, fluffy sponge cake with cream and strawberries. And while I do enjoy that as it is, in all its simplicity, I wanted to add something. And strawberries and balsamico is pretty much a match made in heaven, I know that since I made a cream soda with balsamic strawberries for a magazine not too long ago. It was honestly one of the best things ever, that I will make many times this summer.

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June 14, 2016

Strawberry rhubarb pie with elderflower




Strawberry rhubarb pie is one of those classics that I absolutely adore. And that's exactly why I hesitated a bit before adding elderflowers to the mix. But I'm glad to say it turned out so well, with just a hint of elderflower flavor. Perfect.

I know it looks like this pie has a huge puddle in the bottom, but it doesn't, really. I was eager to photograph the inside and let it cool just 1 1/2 hours which is not enough to let it firm up completely.. I know, my bad. And it's definitely not soupy like many other strawberry rhubarb pies I've tried. I macerate the fruit and then cook the liquids before I add them back to the pie (don't want to lose any of that precious flavor!). I know it sounds like many steps to go through but I highly recommend trying it, to avoid a soggy pie bottom.

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May 12, 2016

Lomelinos pajer / Lomelino's pies



It's finally here!! 
My new baby is now out in the world (in Sweden), the pie book I've been working on for a while now. I'm so very excited about this one! It's filled to the brim with double crusted pies, galettes, crumbles, tarts, mini pies, pie pops, cream pies.. I'm also sharing my very best pie tricks, like how to make the very best pie crust, how to avoid a soggy bottom and how to make that beautiful lattice top. And of course, what to serve with your pies, vanilla ice cream, caramel ice cream, crème anglaise, whipped honey creme fraiche, how to make your own mascarpone cheese and much, much more. You can buy it from Bokus, Adlibris or your local book store.

If you make anything from it, make sure to tag your photos #lomelinospajer on Instagram so I can check it out!

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