Easter bunny and devilled eggs.
Devilled eggs seen here in two flavours - beetroot and bacon eggs on the top plate, cured sprat and salmon roe eggs on the centre plate.
Easter bunny and a smörgåstårta. Bunny is my secret sweets jar. I guess the secret is out now.
But not to worry, Nööbi is guarding the bunny. Ahh, all is well.
Roast pork smörgåstårta.
20 slices of toast
600g roast pork, preferably home made, with a bit of fat on it too
100ml meat juices from the roasting pan or meat stock
2 tbsp mustard
400g cream cheese with herbs and garlic
1 large avocado
micro salad greens
a bunch of radishes
Start by making the fillings.
To make the pork filling, place the pork, meat juices and mayonnaise in a food processor and process it all to a homogeneous paste. Mix in the mustard and taste for seasoning. If the meat was well seasoned, then should not need to add any. Set aside.
To make the cream cheese filling, place the cream cheese, avocado and mayonnaise in a food processor and process until smooth.
The fillings should have a soft consistency like a good whole fat yoghurt but should not be runny.
Divide the toast into piles of four slices and trim off all the crusts. You can either use them as are (for a square shaped cake) or cut them into triangles to make a circle.
Arrange the triangles as a pinwheel, trimming the outer tips, to make a circle.
Place eight triangles on a platter, spread with a good amount of pork filling and top with another set of toast triangles. Now spread these with the cheese filling. The filling should be thicker than what you'd normally put on your sandwich, about 7-8mm or a third of an inch.
Continue to stack and spread until you run out of toast. Pile any remainder of the pork filling on top and smooth it out.
You should have five layers of toast with three layers of pork and two layers of cheese.
You should be left with about a 100g of cream cheese filling. Mix that with soft butter and use this mixture to cover all around the sides. I even had enough to cover the top.
Cover the cake with cling film and pop into the fridge.
Just before serving, garnish the sides with radish slices. On top I put micro salad leaves, halved seedless grapes, cheese-filled ham rolls, halved quails eggs and radish slices.
Popular garnishes also may include gherkins, pickles, cherry tomatoes, physalis, olives, oranges, cheese rolls etc.
For step by step photos see the contribution over at Frankie magazine.
Small round teapot made by Tatsuya Hattori. I could not resist its cute appearance a few years back. The surface of the teapot feels like suede. The tiny pastel cups, very much like eggshells, were made by a young nordic ceramicist Saara Kaatra.
The cream and crisps do take a bit of extra effort but I think it is worth it. The apple crisp is like candy. And the cream, good enough to eat on its own, not sickly sweet or fatty.
Caramelised apple cupcakes
2 tsp baking powder
Old fashioned butter cream
2 heaped tablespoons of flour
100ml hot milk
First, prepare the apples. Peel them and cut in half. Now, you can shave a slice off each half, for the apple crisps, but if you've got more apples than just four then you can do it later. Carve out the cores. Put about fourty grams of sugar and twenty grams of butter into a saucepan and let it melt.
Then turn the heat up a notch and place the apple halves into the butter caramel, let bubble for about five minutes then flip the apples over and let the other side caramelise as well. Set aside.
For the cakes, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and butter until it resembles wet sand. Then add the milk and combine gently.
Whisk the egg lightly in a separate bowl before adding it to the batter.
Divide batter between eight regular size (5cm bottom dm) muffin cases. Slide apple pieces into the batter and bake at 180C for 20 to 25 minutes.
For the apple crisps, shave extremely thin apple slices from the centre of a firm peeled apple. It is best to use a mandolin slicer or some other slicing machine. In a small saucepan combine two parts water to one part sugar with a pinch of citric acid.
Let it come to a simmer and cook the apple slices in this simple syrup for a good five minutes before laying them on a sheet of baking paper and drying in the oven at 110C for 2 hours.
For the butter cream, melt 100g butter in a saucepan, add two heaped tablespoons of flour and mix until combined. Heat 100ml milk in the microwave and then gradually pour onto the roux, whisking to prevent any lumps. Now add a teaspoon of vanilla paste and two-thirds of the sugar.
Let it cook for about five minutes, until it thickens. Set aside and cover. It has to cool down to add the rest f the butter.
Cream the other 100g of butter with the remaining one-third of sugar and mix into cooled down cream.
Fill a pastry bag with the cream and place in the fridge to make it harden, buttercream needs to chill after a day at work. Pile a good amount of cream on top of every little cake and garnish with an apple crisp. If you have any caramel sauce left over, then drizzle it on top.
Sweet and salty crunchy coated nuts
about 750g of various nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews)
150g unrefined sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom
a pinch of smoked paprika or chilli powder
200ml ground almonds
2 - 3 tsp salt flakes
Heat sugar and 100ml water until all sugar has melted. Add cardamom, paprika and all the nuts and cook, stirring, for a good 5 to 7 minutes.
Turn the heat down, add the ground almonds and stir. Add a splash of water if it looks too dry to stick. Add salt and mix very thoroughly through.
If you are satisfied with the flavour, spread the mass on a baking sheet in a aingle even layer. Separate very large clusters using two forks. Dry in a 90C oven for about half an hour.