Blood Orange Tiramisu: a classic with a twist!

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Don’t know about you but Tiramisu is definitely on our list of favorites when it comes to rich and creamy desserts!

It MUST be prepared in advance, another huge bonus and this recipe serves a crowd (16 to 20)! Need we say more? This is all perfect when you entertain and have enough work on your plate the day of…. So Sweettablescapes gave this recipe from Baked Occasions a try and it was a hit! The traditional coffee flavor is replaced by orange juice and Grand Marnier which are a fun and appropriate twist in the winter time. Everyone loved it!IMG_9064

BLOOD ORANGE TIRAMISU:

You’ll need:

4 large eggs, separated, at room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 pound mascarpone, at room temperature

zest of 1 blood orange (about 1 1/2 TBsp) (if you can’t find blood oranges, use navel)

4 TBsp Grand Marnier

1/4 tsp kosher salt

6 blood oranges, juiced (about 2 cups)

40 (4-by-1-inch) ladyfinger cookies

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Chocolate shavings (optional)

Directions:

1- In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks and sugar at medium-high speed until the mixture is light and starts to thicken, about 3 to 6 minutes. IMG_9047IMG_9048Switch to paddle attachment, add the mascarpone cheese, and beat until incorporated. IMG_9049 IMG_9050    Add the zest and 2 Tbsp Grand Marnier and beat until just combined. IMG_9051Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and clean and dry the mixer bowl.

2- Place the egg whites in the clean bowl and fit the mixer with the whisk attachment. IMG_9052Sprinkle the salt over the egg whites and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 4 to 5 minutes. IMG_9053Add half of the egg whites to the egg yolk mixture and gently fold together until almost incorporated; add remaining egg whites and gently fold until completely incorporated.IMG_9054 IMG_9056IMG_9055

3- Stir together the blood orange juice and the remaining Grand Marnier in a wide-mouth shallow bowlIMG_9045 IMG_9046

4- Working quickly, dip the first 20 ladyfingers in the juice mixture, making sure to soak each cookie from top to bottom; IMG_9057then arrange the ladyfingers to cover bottom of a 9-by-13 inch pan in a single layer (reserve any leftover ladyfingers for the next step.) IMG_9058Dollop about half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers and spread it into an even layer. IMG_9059Sift half of the cocoa powder over the mascarpone mixture.IMG_9060 Dip the next 20 ladyfingers in the juice mixture as above and arrange them in an even layer over the mascarpone layer. IMG_9061Cover the ladyfingers with the remaining mascarpone mixture ans spread it into an even layer. Sift remaining cocoa over the top. IMG_9063 (We recommand sprinkling the remaining cocoa on top only when ready to serve, as opposed to in advance, since it will get moist and look less appealing)

5- Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight (most people prefer tiramisu that has been chilled for at least 10 hours).

Sprinkle with a few chocolate shavings, if desired, slice and serve. The tiramisu can be kept, tightly covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Celebrate Purim with fun Sugar Cookies!

February 26, 2015 § 1 Comment

Purim is the ultimate Jewish kids’ celebration and SWEETTABLESCAPES loves making the traditional Hamantaschen (see recipe here). To add some color and crunch to the feast, we also make sugar cookies. This year, in addition to our regular size cookies, packaged in a colorful box, we created a set of our popular Minis, just perfect for little mouths!

HAPPY PURIM!!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: a classic to help keep healthy resolutions!!

February 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

January or even February do not seem like months to do too much baking…Most of us tend to overindulge in December (and just so you know…my birthday and wedding anniversary all happen between Dec 23rd and New Year’s, so I hope the powers that be will cut me some slack!!! LOL) But if you must make something sweet (and of course we all get a pass for Valentine’s Day!), why not go for a sort-of-healthy Oatmeal cookie.

This recipe from Martha Stewart (Holiday cookies 2005) is really perfect in its simplicity but will make you feel good with its rolled oats and wheat germ…

OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES:IMG_9076

You’ll need: (yield about 5 dozen)

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together oats, flour, wheat germ, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl;IMG_9073set aside. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. IMG_9072Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture; mix until just combined. Mix in raisins.IMG_9074IMG_9075
  2. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.
  3. Bake until golden and just set, about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely.
    Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.IMG_9077

Oscar Night and Hollywood-worthy cookies!

February 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Tonight is the big night for all movie lovers out there and SWEETTABLESCAPES will be watching to the very last minute!

If you’re having a viewing party, here are a few cookies for inspiration:

From the golden statuette to popcorn and Hollywood-inspired Minis, we think this is a pretty cinematic round-up!!

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Chinese New Year: Wish Good Fortune with cookies!

February 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

At SWEETTABLESCAPES we simply love making our Minis and coming up with fun sets for all occasions.

Our last inspiration was the Chinese New Year celebrations and specifically the Year of the Ram/Sheep which began a couple of days ago.

Here is our vision in Minis!! (See our Year of the Horse, baby shower cookies here)

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Chinese New Year cookies: Happy Year of the Horse!!

February 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Chinese Year of the Ram/Sheep has just begun (see our 2015 Minis here) but 2014 was the Year of the Horse and SWEETTABLESCAPES  made a few horse cookies at the time and forgot about them…

IMG_5674Image-1Then, just as 2014 was ending and 2015 was just around the corner, we had to prepare some treats for a baby shower and the January arrival of a little bundle of joy. That baby would be born in the Year of the Horse and we were asked to make some “standing” horses as favors: blue and white ones since the baby was a boy… We also made some matching cupcakes and added a cute set of “Expecting Mom and crawling babes” for good measure!!

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Round Up

February 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

February, the month of love and chocolate! Even though we all show our love everyday in small ways and we know that a consumption-driven celebration really does nothing to prove anyone’s affection, it is still quite sweet to make those we love feel a little more special on that day.

And of course, it gives SWEETTABLESCAPES the excuse to decorate some cookies and dive into the incredible supply of inspiration on the web.

Here are our 2015 Valentine’s cookies:

Traditional:

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or unbelievably creative!! We fell in love with Melissa Joy Cookies Tic Tac Toe design and had to duplicate it:

IMG_8992Same thing for Bake at 350’s adorable skunk Valentine’s :

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IMG_9205We also made our favorite Minis,

IMG_9202IMG_9207 some Chocolate-dipped pretzels…

IMG_9208and cakepops for good measure..!

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE!!

 

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