March 30, 2012

Torta Pasqualina

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Phew! March is almost gone, and I am so behind everything I plan and do. My new food photography book manuscripts collaborated with my three colleagues haven't been completed yet and I am so slack on writing for it these days, let alone blogging! But, I have to do this one, as it is my form of commitment to the club and to the girls, since I am the chairman. I don't know if I am allowed to resign ever?

We are baking Torta Pasqualina for KBB#28 challenge, this month hosted by Emma, one of my moderators of the club's mailing list  and Amy.

I have no trouble with all the ingredients required, but have to make ricotta cheese myself. I haven't got any in the fridge on the day I want to bake it. So yeah. It's an easy deal.

Ricotta cheese in the making. Homemade Ricotta Cheese. Ready to use. Gampil Mak @Elsyesur bahan2 pasti ada di kulkasmu.

We have a good crops of silverbeet in the garden. They grow wildly this year. We just let the other year's silverbeet go seeding, and this is what we have got: silverbeet anywhere! But since we love it, we don't mind.


I love the texture of the silverbeet in any dish, but I have gone beyond sauteed them in butter and garlic or eaten as pie filling. I made curry out of silverbeet, just because I miss my mother's cooking, to substitute it for cassava leaves.

Gulai Udang Silverbeet is cooking (Prawns and Silverbeet Curry) Silverbeet is to replace cassava leaves. My favourite curry of my childhood. Yes, I'm homesick again!

Eaten with boiled rice cakes, the silverbeet and prawn curry is delicious!

In the recipe of torta pasqualina, we use silverbeet as the filling, together with eggs as to symbolize Easter itself. I have searched the internet about torta pasqualina. Some traditional pie pastry is made of simply flour, olive oil and salt, but some have used puff pastry or add eggs in the recipe for the dough.

I thought the dough without any emulsifier won't be as soft as those Italian pastry for tortellini. However, I give it a go.



Have ready 600g flour, put it in the bowl with a pinch of salt and make a well in the centre and add in 6 Tbs olive oil. Mix well and pour in cold water just to give a nice soft dough. Knead it for 10 minutes until pliable and glossy. Divide into 14 balls, let rest for an hour. I found that it is important to leave the dough a rest as to let the gluten to relax and make it softer.

365 project. Torta Pasqualina in the making.

Meanwhile make the filling. We will need 1kg of silverbeet, wash, and dry. Cook it in the salted water until it just wilted and retain its colour. I have ready a bowl of iced water and plunge these silverbeet in there to stop it from cooking. Drained, squeezed gently and chopped. Mix it well with 400g ricotta cheese, 50g grated Parmesan, herbs (marjoram and parsley, 2 tsps each), minced garlic and two whole eggs, and salt and pepper to season. 

Prepare a 22cm round cake tin, oiled.

Filling. Torta Pasqualina.

Now, we are going to work on making the pie pastry, with 7 rolled  dough balls on top and 7 more to go on top. Take one ball, flatten it, and roll out as thinly as possible. Later result had taught me to roll it as thin as a paper, but holy ghost, it is hard to achieve, unless I use my pastry machine--which I didn't bother. Put the rolled pastry on the oiled cake tin, let it overhang the cake tin rim. Oil the rolled dough. 

Proceed with the rest of the 6 other dough balls until the sides and bottom of cake tin is all covered by rolled pastry.

Place the filling to cover the bottom pastry. Make 8 indentations to put the eggs. Crack an egg at a time to fill each indentation, season each egg with salt and peper--I sprinkled smoked celery salt on each egg as well.  Sprinkle the whole filling with 50g grated Parmesan. 

Topped with 7 remain rolled dough. Decorate as you wish.

Torta Pasqualina.

My torta was too thick on the top and it goes really hard after baked. It's quite crispy which my children didn't mind to peel and eaten it as a 'dough crackers'.

Half way through.

The filling tastes so-so. I quite like to sautee chopped brown onion and garlic in butter before adding to the filling mixture, that will bring the filling a little bit more shout out. Just my two cents.

We had the torta with my homemade smoked paprika plum sauce. 

Eaten with homemade Smoked Paprika Plum Sauce, a homemade.

Fillingnya sih ok, tapi keras kulitnya, apalagi bagian atas karena ditumpuk2 gitu. Sayang sih kalo musti buang2 adonan. Lain kali aku pakai phyllo atau puff pastry aja nih bikin torta ini.

March 23, 2012

Sweet NZ: Chocolate Truffle Mud Cake

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This is my entry for Sweet New Zealand, currently hosted by Emma of My Darling Lemon Thyme.


Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffle Mud Cake
This cake was developed along the way. I thought it would be nice to give the cake an extra texture and melting sensation of homemade chocolate truffles.

250g dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup hot water (2 Tbs of it mixed with 2 Tbs instant coffee)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 whole eggs, 1 egg yolk

2 cups of Gluten-Free Baking Mix, sifted with
1 1/4 tsps baking powder
1 3/4 tsps baking soda
1/4 cup Valrhona cocoa powder
1 cup caster sugar

7 chocolate truffles, either homemade or store-bought

and so tis begin

Preheat the oven to 180C. Prepare a 20-22cm round cake tin, greased and lined with baking paper.

Melt chopped chocolate, hot water, and coffee in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring. Remove from the stove when the chocolate is already melted. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and glossy. Let it rest to room temperature.

Whisk in eggs and egg yolk in the chocolate mixture, and then buttermilk. Pour this into the sifted dry ingredients gradually, and mix well to combine.

Pour the batter into the cake tin. Arrange the chocolate truffles on the batter, press a little bit. (Now, what I notice is that this way will make your cake look like sunken, so I would suggest you pour 3/4 of the chocolate mixture, drop the truffles and then cover with the rest of the mixture; that way you will have the truffles melting inside and perhaps have a little peek on the surface that would tempt you and your loved ones--just an idea!).

Enjoyement lingered

Bake until cooked through, for about 45-55 minutes. I like the cake is still moist and heavy with slightly undercooked mixture although it is not runny. With the extra addition of chocolate truffles in the batter will give the cake an extra moistness and melting sensations. Beware, this could be addictive!

March 02, 2012

Cezanne's Secret Admirer Here III

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Just to update my latest 365 project (actually it is 366 this year) on February, from 3rd-29th. All taken with iPad2 camera, and edited on several applications on the very device. Here they are:

#365project #ipad2 #instamood #bw #arfismoody_light #noir #365project #arfismoody_light my breakfast this morning. Really I just want fruits and a cup of #coffee before doing usual farm working today. #ipad2 #iphonesia #365 #365project #arfismoody_light #food #iphonesia #bw #noir #earlybird
#365 #365project #food #foodporn #arfismoody_light #desserts #365project #iphonesia #instamood #instagood #ipad2 #arfismoody_light #stilllife Just want cheese that squeaks today. I'm not feeling well. Too much work under the sun perhaps that makes me exhausted. Anyway, I'm taking it easy today. #365project #arfismoody_light #ipad2 #instagood #iphonesia #ig
Klepon #365project #arfismoody_light #ipad2 #iphonesia #food #indonesia #instagood My Dream: going to Japan, drinking matcha latte and eating mochi with @keiyamazaki and @mayumilapin while watching kabuki #365project #arfismoody_light #japanese #homemade #mochi #food Tahu Gejrot #365project #ipad2 #iphonesia #arfismoody_light #indonesia #instagood
#365project #arfismoody_light #ipad2 #iphonesia #ipadcamera #instagood #365project #arfismoody_light #instagram #food #instagood #stilllife #365project #arfismoody_light #fruits #summer #stilllife #instamood #instagood #food #iphonesia #ipad2 #ipadcamera #pudding
Day what I forgot on 365, Cake Pops  Sushi Rice Balls for breakfast? Why not! 365 project. Es Kacang n alpukat: my childhood fave drink. 365 project. Taken with iPad2 camera.
365 project. iPad2 cam. Moody light. Nigel Slater's Zucchini, Feta and Dill fritters with Zucchini Blossoms Fritters, Roast Chicken, and an Elephant Heart. 365 project. Anzac bikkies, a cup of Twining's Earl Grey tea, and a good book about Thinking, Fast and Slow written by Daniel Kahneman--not a fiction I'm sorry. 365 project.
Freshly picked and dug for dinner tonight. 365 project. 365 project. Boemboe. Indonesian spices. 365 project. iPad2.
365 project. From boemboe to this dish. Lunch: Lontong Opor Ayam (Rice Cakes with Lemon Grass braised Chicken Stew, totally Indonesian), sambal udang (prawns in chilli sauce), kerupuk (fish/tapioca/prawn crackers), and a sprinkle of baby purple basil seed 365 project. iPad2. Gluten-free Chocolate Chiffon cake. Roast peaches. A cup of tea. 365 project. iPad2.
365 project. Late Summer peaches. Early Autumn pears and apples. This could be my last spray of roses. 365 project. Torta Pasqualina in the making.