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Tiramisu

In Cheese, Desserts on March 24, 2009 at 12:43 pm

tiramisu

I`ve made this delicious dessert while my brother was here, and we looked for some kind of cake to make. After much thinking, we laid our eye on this dessert, and we decided to make it. We did not, in any we regret it.

This recipe, unlike may other tiramisu recipes that I saw, does not include soft white cheese, white chocolate, or any other ingredients that have nothing to do with a good tiramisu.

Tiramisu, as you may know is a traditional Italian dessert, which is made of mascarpone cheese and zabaglione. As any dessert with very high percentage of fat, this was delicious, and fairly easy to make. The only catch about this one, at least in israel, is the price of the mascaropne cheese: it is quite expensive here, so making proper tiramisu may cost you a bit.

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Torta Di Ricotta

In Cakes, Cheese, Desserts on February 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm

torta di ricotta

I`ve got to admit that I had doubts when I made this cake. When thinking of Ricotta, you usually imagine a flavorless cheese with a not-so-rich texture. This cake surly proved me wrong. Though this in not the creamiest cheesecake, it is certainly a very good one. This cake is quite dense, and has the most delicious combination of the citrus taste alongside with the crust and the cheese.

torta di ricotta

Another good thing in this cake is that it is fairly simple to make, compared with other cheesecakes. Here, you just have to make the crust, and then make the batter (and the only thing that is required is a stand mixer). In this one, you don’t need to whip egg whites, or to use all sort of tricks that the cake wont fall.

Oh, something about the citrus. If, like me, you are not the biggest fans of oranges, I suggest you put a zest from one orange rather than two as written in the recipe. This will give a slight taste of orange, which is perfect to my taste.

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No Bake Cheesecake topped with Strawberries

In Cakes, Cheese, Desserts on January 8, 2009 at 9:50 pm

strawberry

The strawberries season has officially started here, though this cake was not the perfect way to start it. You could probably hear from my tone that this cake was not the greatest hit. Don`t get me wrong here, it was tasty, but it didn`t have that extra something, that makes a good cake wonderful.

I`m guessing that this cake may not be practical for those of you who live outside of Israel, since this cake is made with soft white cheese (or as we call it- “Gvina Levana”, simply meaning- white cheese). This cheese has low fat percentage, and is relatively light in texture. If you happen to know the exact name of this cheese in the US, please let me know.

If you are planning of making this one, I have two tips to make it better. First, use less gelatin the suggested in the recipe, I found that the cake was too firm. I would probably use about one envelope of gelatin instead of one and a half. The second tip is to add a bit more flavor to the filling, I used vanilla bean, but you could put some good vanilla extract or even lemon zest.

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Pizza (4th)

In Bread, Cheese, Pizza on December 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm

pizza

Yes, I am aware that there are 3 more pizza recipes in this humble blog, and I do know that 3 is more than enough, but I just have to give another one, I just cant help it. This one is so good simply because it is easy to make, and the final result always turns out great. Nothing complicated here, just some plain and good pizza recipe.

If the pizza looks to thin to your taste- don’t worry! you could make it any way you like, it will be fine any way.

I have one recommendation about the cheese. If you can`t get any fresh balls of mozzarella, and you are using plain mozzarella (which has great texture, but not a lot of taste), add to it a nice amount of Gauda, it will add the much needed flavor (at least to my taste).

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Classic Baked Cheesecake

In Cheese, Desserts on November 5, 2008 at 11:55 pm

This cake is the perfect example of comfort food, the kind of home made, simple, not complicated comfort food. This cake is not sophisticated, does not have unique flavors or textures, and does not include exotic products. This cake is just simple. Simple, in the best way.

Just to make things right: This cake is not dry as it may seem in the picture, it was simply my mistake- I forgot to add the milk and the butter to the cheese batter (and the cake turned great in spite of that, but drier).

This recipe may look a bit long, but if you read it beforehand, and pay close attention, it won`t take you so long, and belive me, it will be worth it!

A few tips to help you get the perfect cheesecake:

-The newspaper patent: If you wish to get lighter colored cake sides, you could use this patent: take a newspaper page, and fold until you get the height of the pan. When making the cheese batter, soak the folded paper in water for about 5 minutes. Once the batter is in the pan, wrap the sides of the pan with the wet paper, then bake as written in the recipe.

-Pay attention to the oven temperatures: The temperature in this recipe may be confusing. Before each step of the baking, make sure that the oven is at the right temperature.

-It`s all about the hight: if you wish to make a higher (and more impressive) cake, make it in a 26cm. baking pan, and make sure to line the sides with higher sheets of parchment paper.

-Make it steamy: Make sure to put in the bottom of the oven a little pan with boiling water. This is to make sure that the cake would not crack in the middle.

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Daring Bakers- The Perfect Pizza

In Bread, Cheese, Main Dish, Vegetarian on October 29, 2008 at 8:00 am

This is my very first Daring Bakers challenge, and this challenge was the perfect one to start with! Since I am crabving for pizza for more than anything else, this was just perfect! Though it was a little bit hard to work with the dough, the final result was worth it.

I made 2 pizzas from the dough, and they turned out really thick, so I`ll make about 4 the next time. The dough itself was quite wet, so you should try to make it in the mixer (unless you like mess…). After a night in the fridge, the dough is a lot less sticky, and you could  work with it withoun a problem. One more thing- if you have a pizza stone now is the time to use it!

As for the toppings- I`ve made one pizza with basic tomato sauce, mozzarella and olives. The other pizza was with cream based sauce, sweet potato and Parmesan cheese.

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Triple-Layer Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

In Cheese, Desserts on October 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm

This carrot cake is utterly different than the other carrot cake that appears just a few posts below. This one is all about the frosting, and I promise you that while you start eating this cake, you will soon forget that you are eating a mixture of sugar, butter and cream cheese (in fact, you would probably go and have another slice…). 

This recipe demand quite a lot of preparation and time, but the final result is so good, that it is worth it. I make this cake only for special occasions (this one was for my father`s birthday), but you could skip the frosting and make this cake as cupcakes, or just as a regular cake without the layers and the frosting. It will be just fine.

If you don`t want to use the 1 1/2 cups of oil as suggested in the recipe, you could easily repalce it with 3/4 cup of applesauce and 3/4 cup of oil, as suggested in the recipe reviews at epicurious. Frankly, you wouldn`t tell the difference.

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Vegetarian Lasagna

In Cheese, Main Dish, Pasta, Vegetarian on August 10, 2008 at 11:39 pm

This recipe is for all you vegetarians out there… And it is by no means inferior to it’s meaty cousin. The trick to make the vegetarian version as good (and even sometimes better) is to use the right vegetables. So that the texture remains nice and firm.

It might take you a bit of time to roast all the vegetables, but the added taste is second to none. Use the best cheese you can find. In Israel , Ricotta cheese is worth its weight in gold, so i don’t use it as often as i would like, but it makes the best results.

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Pizza – The Student Version

In Cheese, Main Dish on July 19, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Why post a second recipe for pizza? Well, for two good reasons: 1. Mine is better! 2. This is the “student version” of pizza-making…no need for a fancy dough kneading mixer, no need for a special baking stone tray made from Italian marble, and no need to wait 3 hours until it’s ready to eat.

In fact if you can multi-task (and I don’t mean juggling 3 balls while conducting an orchestra), this pizza is quick enough to be made without starving to death in the process.

This pizza is better and cheaper than anything you can buy!

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Tuna Pasta Salad with Green-onion Dressing

In Appetizers, Cheese, Pasta on July 19, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Until recently, I was not too fond of cold pasta salads. The truth is that pasta is better hot and accompanied by a good sauce. This recipe changed all that.

There is something about the green-onion dressing that makes this pasta salad shine. Don’t be alarmed by the radioactive green color of it…it’s a part of the magic.  Just make sure that you make enough of it because the pasta absorbs most of the dressing, and you will need to add some more.

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