Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Toetjeaddicted blog has moved to a new platform! This blog will no longer be updated. For new recipes, please, visit www.bakingwithanastasia.com.

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Anastasia

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Strawberry Watermelon Mango Popsicles

Popsicles are great for hot summer days, right? Especially these colorful and easy to make Strawberry Watermelon Mango Popsicles. They will literally take 15 minutes to make: cut fruits, blend, mold, and freeze! Too bad that you will have to wait for them to freeze... But you can make them a day before and enjoy them next morning already. Hope you will like them:) If you have any questions, please, let me know!

P.S. This is a super short post, because I'm flying to Moscow today! Yay! But I'll be back in August and I have BIG plans for this blog. Stay tuned:)

Strawberry Watermelon Mango Popsicles | @toetjeaddicted

INGREDIENTS:

For 8 popsicles:
300g ripe mango (chopped)
250g strawberries (hulled)
100g watermelon (chopped)
2 tbsp orange liqueur/ Cointreau or Grand Marnier (optional)
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum or 2 gelatin sheets (optional)*

Special equipment:
Popsicle mold like this.
Wooden craft sticks

Notes: *Both Xanthan gum and gelatin are used in ice creams to prevent the formation of ice crystals and they will keep the ice cream smooth.
Xanthan gum is made by fermenting glucose or sucrose with a bacteria and then processing the result product into a white powder. It is commonly used as a food thickening agent and a stabilizer. You can buy Xanthan gum in health food shops or online. If you have more questions about Xanthan gum check the link here.

 
Strawberry Watermelon Mango Popsicles | @toetjeaddicted

DIRECTIONS:
1. If you want to use gelatin, soak it in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain it, squeezing out the excess water. Finally, warm it to melt.

2. In a blender combine strawberries and watermelon, 1tbsp honey/ maple syrup (if using), 1tbsp liqueur (if using), a half of xanthan gum/ prewarmed gelatin (if using). Blend until the mixture becomes smooth. Taste. If you want it sweeter, add a little bit more honey/ maple syrup. Set aside.

3. In a blender combine mango, 1tbsp liqueur (if using), the rest of xanthan gum/ prewarmed gelatin (if using). Blend until the mixture becomes smooth. Set aside.
Note: I didn't add any honey/ maple syrup into the mango mixture, because mango is naturally  sweet by itself. But feel free to add some if would like to get really sweet taste.

4. Spoon alternate layers of mango and strawberry mixtures into each mold until they are filled. Use a knife or a wooden stick to get some swirls. Insert popsicle sticks to the molds and freeze until solid, about 4-6 hours or overnight.
Note: If you will not use xanthan gum, the mixture may be a little bit runny,  to get a layered look in this case, add the mango puree into the popsicles mold first.

4. To un-mold the popsicles, hold the mold in a warm water (don't let the water go over the top edge) for about 15-30 seconds.

Strawberry Watermelon Mango Popsicles | @toetjeaddicted

Enjoy,
yours @toetjeaddicted

P.S.S. If you will make this recipe, don't forget to tag it @toetjeaddicted and #toetjeaddicted on Instagram and Facebook. I really love to see your creations!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Classic French apple tart

An apple a day keeps the doctor away... I hope it counts for the apple pastry as well, because I just love the smell of an apple pie from my oven! Oh well, I mentioned it already here.
This time I would love to share with you the recipe of a classic French apple tart, with crispy dough covered with a vanilla applesauce and topped with beautifully arranged apple slices.
So good! It will take some time to arrange apple slices on top, but it's definitely worth it! As the result you will get a gorgeous tart that is fantastic for any occasion and it looks like it came from a bakery!