Strawberry Meringue Squares

strawberry meringue squares

If you are in the mood for a little adventure of a dessert kind, this Strawberry Meringue Squares are definitely the right choice for you… 🙂

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

By making this recipe you will be rewarded with wonderful cake squares where the bottom layer is as light as a cloud, fluffy and full of vanilla flavor. There will be strawberries mixed in to add freshness and the most amazing scent. And it will all be generously covered with a layer of luscious meringue, crispy on top and beautifully soft underneath, that will melt in your mouth as you eat it.

This cake is an adventure, something new and sinful in every layer.

And here’s how you can make it…

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

To make the meringue squares, first, place the egg yolks, 7 tbsp sugar, butter, flour, warm milk, yeast, salt and vanilla extract in the bowl of your electric mixer. Mix/knead until smooth batter/dough forms. (Keep the egg whites refrigerated while you are making the dough.)

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch (32 x 23 x 5-cm) baking pan with parchment paper – cut a length of parchment paper long enough to line the bottom of the pan with extra hanging over the sides (it will be used to remove the cake from the baking pan once it’s baked). Pour the dough in the baking pan.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Spread it over the bottom of the pan evenly.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

And now onto the lovely delicious strawberries.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Rinse the strawberries, cut off the tops and halve them.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Just like this.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Press the strawberry halves into the dough. Set the baking pan aside and allow the dough to rise for about 1 hour.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

When the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 320 °F (160 °C), with the rack placed in the bottom third of the oven.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks, then add 2 cups + 1 tbsp (250 grams) confectioners sugar and whisk until soft peaks.

Pour the egg white mixture over the strawberry dough.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Even out the surface.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Then, using a tablespoon, form peaks on the surface.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Place the baking pan in the lower third of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. If the top of the meringue gets too brown, cover it with aluminum foil.

Remove the cake from the oven and let cool.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Use the extra hanging of the parchment paper on the sides to remove the cake from the baking pan.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Cut into squares.

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

And enjoy!

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

There is definitely a lot to enjoy… 🙂

 
 

strawberry meringue squares

Mmmmmm!

With lots of love,
Petra

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Strawberry Meringue Squares
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Serves: 12 2½-inch (6.5 cm) squares
 
Ingredients
  • FOR DOUGH:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 7 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • ⅔ cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups + 1 tbsp (280 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp (100 ml) milk, warm
  • 1 tsp instant yeast powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 strawberries, halved
  • FOR MERINGUE:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 250 grams confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Place egg yolks, 7 tbsp sugar, butter, flour, warm milk, yeast, salt and vanilla extract in the bowl of your electric mixer. Mix/knead until smooth batter/dough forms. (Keep the egg whites refrigerated while you are making the dough.)
  2. Line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch (32 x 23 x 5-cm) baking pan with parchment paper - cut a length of parchment paper long enough to line the bottom of the pan with extra hanging over the sides (it will be used to remove the cake from the baking pan once it's baked). Pour the dough in the baking pan and spread it over the bottom evenly.
  3. Rinse and halve the strawberries. Press them into the dough. Set the baking pan aside and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.
  4. When the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 320 °F (160 °C), with the rack placed in the bottom third of the oven.
  5. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks, then add 2 cups + 1 tbsp (250 grams) confectioners sugar and whisk until soft peaks.
  6. Pour the egg white mixture over the strawberry dough, even it out. Then, using a tablespoon, form peaks on the surface.
  7. Place the baking pan in the lower third of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. If the top of the meringue gets too brown, cover it with aluminum foil.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool. Use the extra hanging of the parchment paper on the sides to remove the cake from the baking pan. Cut into squares!
  9. Enjoy!

 

Coconut Cookies And A GIVEAWAY!

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Aren’t these just lovely?

I know, introducing a recipe and getting all emotional right there in the first sentence might seem a little weird, but with these cookies I can do or think or act no other way. I just looove them.

The whole story is that I’ve been a big admirer of stamped cookies for quite some time. And when I found this cookie stamp set in a store the other day, I just could not leave it there. I got myself an Easter set, a set with with the geometric patterns and a Christmas set as well. With the boxes looking all sweet and adorable in my shopping basket, it suddenly occurred to me that you could actually like them too… so I went ahead and grabbed another piece of each set to share with you.

And that is the story of me and 6 cookie stamp sets that I ‘somehow’ found myself bringing home. Ha!

Oh, and then there’s another story about these lovely and delicious Coconut Cookies which needs to be told as well.

But first things first, the GIVEAWAY…

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Because Easter is just around the corner, and because I love you very much, I am giving you a chance to win this cookie stamp set. So yes, the winner of this contest will win a stamp set with 6 cute Easter patterns to play with.

TO ENTER:

To enter the contest, just answer this simple question: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EASTER DISH OR DESSERT OR TREAT? (Leave your answer in the Comments section of this post please.)

Extra Entries:

For extra entries, spread the word about this contest on one or more social network sites of your choice (Facebook, Twitter or others) and leave a separate comment about it in the Comments section of this post. Thank you!

… So together you have many, many, many chances to win 🙂

This giveaway is open until March 17, 2016 and it is open worldwide. The winner will be selected at random and will be announced and contacted shortly after.

Good luck to everyone!

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

And now for the Coconut Cookie recipe…

These cookies can be made with any kind of cookie cutter really, the one that you have on hand is perfectly fine. The cookies are full of coconut and vanilla goodness, they hold the shape while baking and they will taste great, stamped or not. 🙂

To make the cookies, in a bowl, mix all the ingredients.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Form a smooth dough ball.

Place the dough on a plate, cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Preheat the oven to 320 °F (160 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out to about 1/6-inch (4 mm) thickness.

Using a cookie cutter (cutters), cut out shapes.

With the cookie stamp set I was using, I first cut out a circle with a cutter part.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

And then, without moving the cutter part, I used the stamp part.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

I simply inserted the stamp into the cutter and gently pressed on the handle.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Look! It made the cutest imprint in the dough. I was impressed!! Soooo impressed.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

There are 6 stamp patterns to choose from. One more lovely than the other.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Love this game.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Too cute.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Now transfer your cookies, stamped or not, on a baking sheet.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

And bake at 320 °F (160 °C) for 12 minutes.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

They turned out looking great.

 
 

coconut Easter cookies and giveaway

Yum, yum.

Enjoy!

With lots of love,
Petra

 

5.0 from 7 reviews
Coconut Cookies
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Serves: 50 2¼-inch (5.5 cm) cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2¾ cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ cups (200 grams) confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp (1 stick + 1 tbsp/130 grams) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (I used dried)
  • ¾ cup (70 grams) unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients and form a smooth dough ball.
  2. Place the dough on a plate, cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 320 °F (160 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out to about ⅙-inch (4 mm) thickness.
  5. Using a cookie cutter (cutters), cut out shapes.
  6. Transfer the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, after about 5 minutes transfer the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Enjoy!

 

This giveaway is sponsored by ZoomYummy.com.

The cookie recipe was inspired by the Tescoma recipe for Coconut Butter Cookies.

 

Nutella Stuffed Crêpes

nutella crepes recipe

We are having a pretty intense crêpe run here in the household of ours.

After making these Banoffee Crêpes a few days ago, the decision was made that more crêpes need to follow. I remembered a lovely recipe I saved the other day where crêpes and Nutella were made into a pair. And the best thing about the recipe was the cute way how the crepes were fold – it was a roll-like shape which makes you want to bite into it like it’s no one’s business. 🙂

So I gave the Nutella stuffed crêpes a try.

And we LOVED them.

The warm crêpes make Nutella wonderfully runny, with every bite tasting just amazingly indulging. Give them a try, you’ll be glad you did.

Here’s how to make them…

 

 

nutella crepes recipe

To prepare the batter, place the flour, milk, water, sugar, egg and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until combined and smooth.

 
 

nutella crepes recipe

Make the crêpes just as shown in this Banoffee Crêpes recipe (steps 2 – 4).

 
 

nutella crepes recipe

Crack open a jar of Nutella and try to be strong at this point and not forget about your crêpes! 🙂

 
 

nutella crepes recipe

Spread Nutella over a crêpe in a thin layer.

 
 

nutella crepes recipe

Fold two opposite sides over the Nutella filling to about 1/4 of the crêpe’s width.

 
 

nutella crepes recipe

And roll, beginning with one of the sides that was not folded and ending on the opposite unfolded side.

 
 

nutella crepes recipe

Just like this.

 
 

nutella crepes recipe

Repeat with the remaining crêpes.

Garnish with melted chocolate, if desired.

 
 

nutella crepes recipe

This is gooood, my friends.

Enjoy!

With lots of love,
Petra

Nutella Crêpes
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Serves: 10 crêpes
 
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups (160 grams) cake flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • vegetable oil (for cooking)
  • 6 oz (175 grams Nutella)
  • chocolate, melted (for garnish, optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the crêpes, place the flour, milk, water, sugar, egg and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until combined and smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat. Pour the crêpe batter onto the pan, using approximately ¼ cup (60 ml) for each crêpe.
  3. Tilt the pan in a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  4. Cook the crêpe for about 30 seconds, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula or fish slice, flip over and cook the other side.
  5. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  6. Spread Nutella over a crêpe in a thin layer, fold two opposite sides over the Nutella filling to about ¼ of the crêpe's width and roll, beginning with one of the sides that was not folded and ending on the opposite unfolded side. Repeat with the remaining crêpes.
  7. Garnish with melted chocolate, if desired.

 

(This recipe was inspired by letthebakingbeginblog.com.)

Simple Pleasures

crochet purse

Hi friends!

I hope you are doing fine…

Here are a few things that have made me happy recently…

Like the purse above. I actually did not plan to make it, all I did was starting a color sampler for my next project (a crochet hobo bag, hopefully). But somehow, round by round, this purse was born. It turns out that I like it a lot. It could find its use as a tablet cozy. Or just a cute little purse carried on summer evenings, perhaps.

 
 

white knit cable baby blanket

I finally finished the Cable Baby Blanket. I learned how to knit cables when I was about 10 years old and it has remained my favorite knitting pattern up to this day.

 
 

white knit cable baby blanket

I am glad that the blanket ended up being a good size for a crib or a car seat.

Oh, and I am still trying to decide whether I should put together patterns for the stripey crochet purse and the blanket. I wonder whether you’d appreciate the patterns or if it’s all just too easy for most of you to figure out just by looking at those projects… hmm.

 
 

white knit cable blanket, a book, a mug with milk coffee, an apple and knitting needles on a table

This book!

I actually felt like reading a book on the history of photography for quite some time. Luckily, I happened to stumble upon it in a bookstore while I was looking for a diary last month. It looked like it was waiting there just for me – not too big, not too elaborate, just a nice relaxing evening read. I hope it brings some good knowledge and inspiration into my life. So far, I love it (… and it will probably be a quick read, having mainly pictures in it, just the kind of reading I like, haha!).

 
 

buttons

These buttons. They are HUGE! And cute too. I adooore them. They might become a part of one of my future projects. 🙂

 
 

pink heart mug

And last but not least, this mug that I ‘somehow’ managed to sneak into almost every picture of this post. It’s a new member of my beloved mug collection and I AM SMITTEN. I love me some hearts. And I love me some hearts on my mugs even more. There will never be enough mugs in my life, that’s one of very few things I am completely sure of. 🙂

Is there anything that’s made you happy recently? Please do share if you feel like it… 🙂

 

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