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Baking With Booze: White Russian Tiramisu

Published September 4, 2014 by The Feminist

The following video should come with a warning: If you’re a pessimist, cynic, grumpy old fool, you better stay miles away from this video.

Seriously, this video seems to have been blessed by the spirit of the late Saint John Lennon. At one point it is absolutely normal for viewers to either feel nauseous of so much sugary peace talk, or expect me to start throwing flowers and papier-mâché butterflies in the air.

However, given the current state of the world –filled with so much trauma, tragedy and horror!- I think my hippy attitude is justified. In fact, if everyone would just start focusing on spreading love instead of hatred, the world may not be doomed after all.

 

Let’s create some peace, y’all! And what better way to start doing that than by making this White Russian Tiramisu, right?

Ingredients:

  • 250gr mascarpone
  • 200ml double cream
  • 70gr caster sugar
  • 140ml Vodka
  • Pack of ladyfingers
  • Large cup of coffee

Method:

  1. Stir the mascarpone, sugar and 70ml of vodka together until you get a smooth consistency. Set aside
  2. Whip up the double cream until you get stiff peaks. Gently fold the cream into the mascarpone mixture.
  3. Mix the coffee together with another 70ml of Vodka. Dunk the ladyfingers in the boozy coffee and layer the bottom of a tin with the fingers. Spread a layer of mascarpone on top.
  4. Add another layer of coffee-soaked ladyfingers. Now top with the remaining mascarpone mix.
  5. Put in the fridge for 4 hours (or overnight). Grate some dark chocolate on top for decoration.

Have a Rumtastic New Year Y’all! And Bake this Pina Collada cake

Published January 2, 2014 by The Feminist

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2014 has arrived. People are expressing wishes to friends and family and are busy drawing up lists with all their New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions can be important if you need to get your life back on track and it is the perfect time to get rid of all your bad habits and acquire some good ones.

Although I believe that these resolutions are an ideal way to get inspired at the dawn of a new year, I also think it can be rather hard to keep them. Life is full of pitfalls and before you know it, your resolutions get tossed into the bin.

This, however, doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.

Because I have a better idea, dear readers.

Instead of drawing up a list with all the “have tos” and “must dos”, I suggest we make a list of something much more important. Let’s call it the “fuck it” list. A list on which nothing is obligatory. No overambitious bullshit. Just a very personal collection of everyone and everything that can from now on kiss your ass.

Such a list isn’t just much more fun, it is also much easier to keep.

My “fuck it” list goes like this:

  • F*** what everyone thinks of me. I’ll be doing whatever I want, wearing whatever I want and eating whatever I want. No more partypoopers telling me what to do and how to behave.
  • F*** conformism. I will no longer try to blend in. Me and my awesomeness deserve to stand out.
  • F*** meat eaters and global warming deniers. (No need to elaborate on this one)
  • F*** Belgian men. They have no balls. Zero. Non.
  • F*** perfection. Perfection is unattainable so why bother worrying and stressing about it?
  • F*** Stress. Let’s get into the Chill zone.

That last one is my most important “fuck it” item. I am a very stressful person and this year I will do my very best to simply let it go. Stress kills creativity. It suppresses positivity and dreams. But most of all, it’s just not really good for your sleeping pattern or mental health.

So that is why I’m saying F U to stress. And I honestly wish all my dear readers would do the same.

Skip the stress. Drink cocktails instead.

If you keep this simple non-rule in mind, 2014 will be awesome.

To honor the very first week of the new year, I decided to bake a completely stress-free cake. A pina collada cake. Because what could be better than your favourite cocktail turned into a super moist rum and coconut flavour bomb? Nothing, let me tell you that.

So here is my very own “Fuck It, I’m Having a Cocktail” cake.

Enjoy!

And have a stress-free 2014!

Pina Collada Cake

Ingredients:

  • 150ml coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • 40gr butter
  • 150gr fresh pineapple, cut into small chunks
  • 120gr plain flour
  • 135gr caster sugar

For the rum syrup.

  • 100ml rum
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line a brownie tin with baking parchment.
  2. Put the flour, sugar, butter, salt and baking powder together in a bowl and mix until you get a sandy consistency.
  3. Mix the egg and coconut milk together in a jug and gradually pour into the dry mixture. Mix on high speed until you get a smooth batter.
  4. Stir in the fresh pineapple and pour the batter into your prepared cake tin.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, make a rum syrup. Bring your ingredients to the boil and let the liquid reduce by half. Once the cake comes out of the oven, pour the rum syrup over the hot cake and let it soak up all the liquid. Let it cool completely in the tin before turning out and cutting it into cute squares.

Cake Season in full Bloom: Boozy and fruity elderflower cake

Published May 25, 2013 by The Feminist

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Elderflower cake is a well-known afternoon tea treat this time of the year: It is easy to bake and the refreshing floral taste of the elderflower transports us to the most sunniest places imaginable, even if it is raining cats and dogs outside.

Most elderflower cakes are made with elderflower cordial, a non-alcoholic soft drink that is often used in cocktails. The elderflower in this amazingly fragrant cake, however, is not so innocent. ( Innocence is not really my style 😉 ) I used “RoomeR”, a wonderful artisanal liquor produced in my hometown Ghent. It gives the cake a great depth and an electrifying boozy aftertaste! Oh yes, the RoomeR turns this cake into something truly special!

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Those who would really like to bake this cake (If you don’t, you are really missing out on something extraordinary, dear readers! ), but don’t live in Belgium and hence can’t find a bottle of RoomeR, I suggest mixing equal amounts of elderflower cordial and rum. Admittedly, it won’t be exactly the same, but at least you will get that boozy kick 😉 .

The topping was made with RoomeR, elderberry jam and decorated with fresh strawberries. Since the elderflower and the elderberry come from the same plant, it feels very therapeutic to bring these two predestined ingredients back together once more.

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Boozy and fruity elderflower cake

Ingredients:

For the sponge:
• 2 eggs
• 55gr soy spread (or butter)
• 190gr caster sugar
• 160gr plain flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 50ml milk
• 110 ml RoomeR

For the topping:
• 150gr elderberry jam
• 50ml Roomer
• Fresh strawberries

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line a 20cm diameter loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment.
2. Mix together the butter, flour, sugar and baking powder until it forms a sandy consistency.
3. Mix together the eggs, milk and RoomeR in a jug and gradually pour the liquid into the crumb mixture.
4. Mix thoroughly until the batter is thick and smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
5. Put the elderberry jam and the RoomeR in a small sauce pan and heat through to create a glossy and runny spread.
6. Once the cake is removed from the oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then pour over the fruity elderberry spread. Let it sit for half an hour before removing the cake from its tin.
7. Arrange some strawberries on top of the cake.