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Super Quick Peach Squares

super quick peach squares recipe

These squares! They might be the most delicious dessert I’ve prepared this summer, I think. In fact, I am in love with everything about them – the way how the airy and moist texture of the sponge plays with the refreshingly tart and sweet quality of the summer fruit, that way how the crunchy streusel layer on top makes you stop eating for a while just to say ‘mmm’ and I definitely love the fact that this whole dessert is absolutely easy to make.

I am sure you would love these too…

 

super quick peach squares recipe

1. To prepare your Super Quick Peach Squares, first preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. To make the batter, in a bowl, whisk together the flour (2 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp – 400 grams), confectioners sugar (1 1/4 cups -150 grams) and baking powder (3 tsp).

3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and milk.

4. In a few batches, pour the flour mixture into the bowl containing the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (you can first brush the pan with a bit of vegetable oil to make the paper adhere better). I used a 13x8x2-inch (11-cup) pan. I think that larger pan might work even better resulting in a little less tall squares.

6. Pour the batter in the pan and smooth out the surface.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

7. Stone and cut the fruit into about 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) cubes or slightly bigger. Place the fruit on top of the batter.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

8. Finally prepare the streusel. To do so, in a bowl combine the all-purpose flour (1/3 cup – 50 grams), butter (3 1/2 tbsp – 50 grams) and confectioners sugar (1/2 cup – 50 grams). Using your fingers or a pastry blender (cutter), create a crumbly mixture.

 
 

super quick peach squares recipe

9. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the fruit.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

10. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

Mmm, this smells just lovely!

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

11. Cut into squares.

 

 

super quick peach squares recipe

And most importantly, enjoy!

With love,
Petra

 

Super Quick Peach Squares
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Serves: 8 - 10
 
Ingredients
  • for batter: 2¾ cups + 2 tbsp (400 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups (150 grams) confectioners sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 tbsp (100 ml) vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup + 2 tbsp (200 ml) milk
  • 3 peaches, stoned and cubed
  • for streusel: ⅓ cup (50 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3½ tbsp (50 grams) butter, softened
  • ½ cup (50 grams) confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. To prepare the batter, in a bowl, whisk together the flour (2¾ cups + 2 tbsp - 400 grams), confectioners sugar (1¼ cups -150 grams) and baking powder (3 tsp).
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, vegetable oil and milk.
  4. In a few batches, pour the flour mixture into the bowl containing the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper (you can first brush the pan with a bit of vegetable oil to make the paper adhere better).
  6. Pour the batter in the pan and smooth out the surface.
  7. Stone and cut the fruit into about ½-inch (1.3 cm) cubes or slightly bigger. Place the fruit on top of the batter.
  8. Finally prepare the streusel. To do so, in a bowl combine the all-purpose flour (1/3 cup - 50 grams), butter (3½ tbsp - 50 grams) and confectioners sugar (1/2 cup - 50 grams). Using your fingers or a pastry blender (cutter), create a crumbly mixture.
  9. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over the fruit.
  10. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Cut into squares.
  12. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Mint Sorbet

strawberry mint sorbet recipe

With the summer in full swing, icy cold desserts are basically all that I can think of right now. After trying my hand at this strawberry mint sorbet the other day, I now know that it will most probably stay with us as a favorite go to treat for pretty long. It is oh so yummy! And it is is very easy to prepare too. Just have a look…

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

To make your strawberry mint sorbet you need these simple ingredients: strawberries, mint, lime or lemon and a bit of simple sugar syrup.

1. The simple sugar syrup is just a combination of sugar dissolved in water. That easy! To prepare your simple syrup for this recipe, in a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup (80 ml) water and 1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

2. Place the strawberries, mint, lemon/lime juice and simple syrup in a food processor. Process until the fruit is pureed.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

3. Run the pureed mixture through a fine sieve.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

4. Transfer the mixture to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once made, transfer the sorbet to a chilled container and store in the freezer.

If you don’t have the ice cream machine, that’s no problem at all… just transfer the mixture to a larger freezer-friendly container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. When the sorbet is completely frozen (3 to 4 hours), remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature until partially thawed. Transfer the partially thawed sorbet to the food processor, and process to break up the large ice crystals that have formed on the sorbet. Place the sorbet back into the pan and refreeze for at least three hours, and up to several days.

 
 

strawberry sorbet recipe

Serving is easiest when your sorbet gets partially thawed.

 
 

strawberry mint sorbet recipe

Enjoy!

With love,
Petra

Strawberry Mint Sorbet
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Serves: 4 - 6
 
Ingredients
  • For Simple Syrup: ⅓ cup (80 ml) water
  • ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar
  • For Sorbet: 2 pints (1 kg) strawberries
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • ¼ cup mint
Instructions
  1. To prepare the simple syrup, in a small saucepan, combine ⅓ cup (80 ml) water and ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Place the strawberries, mint, lemon/lime juice and simple syrup in a food processor. Process until the fruit is pureed.
  3. Run the pureed mixture through a fine sieve.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once made, transfer the sorbet to a chilled container and store in the freezer. If you don't have the ice cream machine, that's no problem at all... just transfer the mixture to a larger freezer-friendly container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. When the sorbet is completely frozen (3 to 4 hours), remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature until partially thawed. Transfer the partially thawed sorbet to the food processor, and process to break up the large ice crystals that have formed on the sorbet. Place the sorbet back into the pan and refreeze for at least three hours, and up to several days.
  5. Serving is easiest when your sorbet gets partially thawed.

 

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Without A Machine

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

Are you in the mood for some good and rich homemade ice cream?

Then you’ve found a good place!

This vanilla ice cream is incredibly easy to make. All you need to do is combine only three ingredients! Yes! Just three! Great, ha? After that you just freeze the mixture in the back of your freezer for a couple of hours and the feast can begin!

You know what? I really think you should try this! It is soooooo good!

 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

1. To make your ice cream, first, in a larger bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

2. Add the condensed milk and the vanilla extract in the bowl.
 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

3. Gently fold to combine.

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

4. Now for the freezing part – pour the mixture into a freezer friendly container.

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

5. Smooth out the surface and put a lid or plastic wrap on the container.

6. Place the container in the back of your freezer and let freeze for at least 6 hours.

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

Enjoy this delicious treat, dear friends!

 
 

homemade ice cream without a machine recipe

With love,
Petra

(This yummy recipe was inspired by growingupgabel.com.)

 

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Without A Machine
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups (300 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ⅔ cup (160 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a larger bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add the condensed milk and the vanilla extract in the bowl.
  3. Gently fold to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into a freezer friendly container.
  5. Smooth out the surface and put a lid or plastic wrap on the container.
  6. Place the container in the back of your freezer and let freeze for at least 6 hours.

 

Crêpes With Pastry Cream And Strawberries

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

Crêpes have always been a very dear-to-the-heart dessert here in our household. We just love them to bits. This recipe or this recipe or this recipe might be a good proof of that.

When I recently stumbled upon a recipe that used pastry cream for a crêpe filling I became quite intrigued to learn what this thing called ‘pastry cream’ might be. And why have my crêpes been missing it all those years? As it turned out, the pastry cream is a simple-to-prepare vanilla custard. It tastes very lovely. And with the addition of fresh fruit, it will turn your crêpes into a finger licking summery treat! Recommended! Yum, yum!

Here’s how you can make this recipe too…

 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

1. To make the pastry cream, in a medium saucepan or pot, combine the milk, little bit of the sugar and the vanilla bean cut in half lengthwise. Place the pot over medium heat.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining sugar until the mixture has lightened in color. Then add the flour and cornstarch. Whisk again to combine.

3. When the milk is steaming and almost boiling, remove the vanilla bean halves, scrape the seeds out and add the seeds back into the milk mixture. Whisk to combine. Then pour the hot milk over the egg mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, whisking constantly, until the mixture is homogeneous. Transfer the mixture back to the pot and continue whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened and boiled for a good minute.

4. Take the mixture off the heat. Let cool. Then transfer to the fridge and let cool completely.

 
 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

5. Prepare the crêpe batter by whisking together all the ingredients. Cook the crêpes in a buttered or oiled preheated cast-iron or a non-stick pan on medium heat.

 
 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

6. To serve, top each crêpe with a generous dollop of pastry cream and lots of strawberries.
 
 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

A scoop of ice cream and some chocolate topping might be good additions too.

 
 

crepes with strawberries and pastry cream recipe

Finally, fold the crêpes or roll them. And enjoy!

Love,
Petra

(This lovely recipe was adapted from kitchenhealssoul.com.)

 

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Crêpes With Pastry Cream and Strawberries
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Serves: 10 crêpes
 
Ingredients
  • Pastry Cream: 2 cups (500 ml) milk
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • Crêpes: ½ cup (125 ml) milk
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
  • ½ cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Finishing touches: 2 pints (1 kg) fresh strawberries, hulled, sliced and mixed with a touch of sugar to bring out the fruit juices
  • ice cream and chocolate topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the pastry cream, in a medium saucepan or pot, combine the milk, little bit of the sugar and the vanilla bean cut in half lengthwise. Place the pot over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining sugar until the mixture has lightened in color. Then add the flour and cornstarch. Whisk again to combine.
  3. When the milk is steaming and almost boiling, remove the vanilla bean halves, scrape the seeds out and add the seeds back into the milk mixture. Whisk to combine. Then pour the hot milk over the egg mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, whisking constantly, until the mixture is homogeneous. Transfer the mixture back to the pot and continue whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened and boiled for a good minute.
  4. Take the mixture off the heat. Let cool. Then transfer to the fridge and let cool completely.
  5. Prepare the crêpe batter by whisking together all the ingredients. Cook the crêpes in a buttered or oiled preheated cast-iron or a non-stick pan on medium heat.
  6. To serve, top each crêpe with a generous dollop of pastry cream and lots of strawberries.
  7. Finally, fold the crêpes or roll them. And enjoy!