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Dessert tart with matcha and lemon

Dessert tart with matcha and lemon

For the tart dough: the cold butter cut into cubes is put in the bowl of a food processor. Add flour, cocoa and salt. Mix for a few seconds until you get some crumbs. Put the egg yolk and sour cream over the crumbs. Mix for a few more seconds until the dough binds and comes off the walls of the bowl. The cream has the role of breaking the dough even harder. If you want, you can replace it with 1-2 tablespoons of cold water. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 20 minutes. On the lightly floured table, spread the dough in a round sheet. Roll the dough on a rolling pin and spread it in a tart pan, preferably with detachable edges. Prick the dough with a fork. Place a baking sheet on the bottom of the dough and place special balls or beans on top of the paper. Bake the dough blind for 20 minutes at 175-180 degrees C. Remove the baking paper and balls and bake the simple dough for another 20 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

For ganache: whipped cream is heated until it almost boils. Add over coarsely chopped chocolate, mix with a whisk until the chocolate is melted. Add the coarsely chopped cashews, mix. Put the composition on the bottom of the tart and refrigerate.

For the cream: put the whipped cream in a saucepan, add 2-3 slices of organic lemon peel. Be careful to have only the yellow part of the lemon. Put it on the fire and when the cream becomes hot, close to the boiling point, set it aside. Remove the lemon peel and place it over the chopped white chocolate. Mix with a whisk until the chocolate melts. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. The mascarpone is mixed with a whisk together with the powdered sugar and grated lemon peel. Mix with whipped cream. (Tips: when I buy more organic lemons, I wash them, wipe them, put the peel on the grater and put it in a jar. I add sugar and keep it in the fridge)

The yolks are mixed with the caster sugar until they turn white and thicken. Place the bowl on a steam bath and continue mixing until the sugar is melted. Add the yolk cream over the whipped cream. Mix with a pear type until incorporated.

Agar agar is placed in a bowl with 4 tablespoons of hot water. Put on the fire, stir constantly and boil for 1-2 minutes. Agar agar is boiled for 1-5 minutes and a larger amount of liquid can be used for boiling. Allow to cool, not hot, but not cold because it thickens. Add to the cream made previously. Divide the cream in half. In one bowl put lemon juice, and in the other put matcha. The yellow and sour lemon cream is put in the tart over the chocolate ganache. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Advantage that it hardens faster than gelatin, it is a 100% natural, vegetable product, without taste or smell.

In the meantime we make matcha cream. The matcha powder, meaning green tea, I dissolved in 2 tablespoons of warm water. I put the green paste over the cream and mixed it. Because it does not dissolve very well, I used a vertical blender like the one we use for cream soups. It turned out perfect !! Put the matcha cream over the lemon cream and put the tart back in the fridge.

For the decoration I made a meringue, because I still had leftover egg whites. At the beginning, add a little salt powder over the egg whites and caster sugar. Mix (I used a planetary mixer) until we get a firm meringue. Add powdered sugar and a little lemon juice. Mix until the meringue is firm and shiny. Add the matcha and mix until incorporated. Put in a bowl and decorate the tart. With the rest of the remaining meringue you can make meringues… That's all! You can still play with the decor, portion and serve. A special tart, refined and delicious !!!


Tuesday Teas

Because it's Tuesday, we hope to get around the three bad hours and be able to mobilize as much and better as possible to do our business.

That’s why d’Oro Tea will recommend a series of teas that would help you for a “barely” Tuesday.

For black tea lovers, we have, among others, Irish Cream Whiskey and the Temptation of Heaven as two teas that will awaken your senses better than a coffee.

In the range of green teas we have, among all our teas, Anastasia and Eternal Life because we all know how easy all green teas feel.

Among the red teas, today we recommend Briosa with Blueberries and Coconut and Almonds, for a more special flavoring of the body.

White teas have recently been declared to be stronger than all teas in terms of vitality, so we recommend Sky Jam and Lemon and Rosemary.

For fruit tea enthusiasts, we have a proposal for Tuesday in the form of Mango with Mint and Pure Energy to stimulate the creative senses.

And pour les connoisseurs we have our famous herbal teas, from which we recommend Buddhist Inspiration and Vitamin Abundance.


Matcha latte with coconut milk

This is another recipe I tried with Oana. I recently drank matcha latte at a Japanese restaurant, Yuki, which I highly recommend. It's amazing! We kept thinking about this latte and we wanted to try to make it at home because it is so good! I hydrated the coconut flakes overnight, Oana brought the matcha powder, I found this recipe and I tried. We really liked the result and have been drinking ever since. I recommend a matcha latte in the morning instead of coffee or tea, at least sometimes. Or you can drink it after dinner when you feel sleepy. It's a very good energy booster.

Yes, really. What is matcha? It is a very fine powder of Japanese green tea, which contains little caffeine, but less than coffee. It has a slightly bitter taste and is very concentrated. Therefore, for a start, you can use a smaller amount in recipes to get used to it. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Relaxes, calms and increases concentration. It is three times stronger than a normal green tea because matcha powder contains the whole green tea leaf, not just the aroma it leaves after it is infused in water. The powder can also be used in cakes and ice cream, as a natural dye and for flavor. Imagine a dessert that gives you energy, but from that good and healthy, not a baby rush that faints after a while. Great, right?

ingredients

for 2 persons

250 ml. hot water
250 ml. homemade coconut milk
1-2 teaspoons matcha
2 teaspoons of natural sweetener such as maple syrup, honey, etc.

for coconut milk

30 gr. coconut flakes
250 ml. the water

(you can also do it by eye, depending on how concentrated you want the milk to be)

Preparation time: 10 minutes + 12 hours while moisturizing coconut flakes

First we prepare the coconut milk. That's what we do the day before. In a small bowl put 30 grams of coconut flakes over which we pour 250 ml. of water. Cover and keep outside or in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, put the contents of the bowl in the blender and blend for a few minutes. Strain and get the coconut milk. It doesn't keep in the fridge for more than a day, so it should be consumed the day I made it.

Also in the blender, after washing it a little, we put coconut milk, hot water, matcha and maple syrup, or whatever we choose as a sweetener. Blend and ready matcha latte! It will make a little foam. We pour it into cups and serve hot.


Clogged nose, fever or sneezing? 5 drinks that help you fight the cold

Instead of treating our ears with drugs that we think will do us good, we better fill our cup with hot tea or other drinks that have the power to calm our irritated throats, open our sinuses and improve our immune system. .

We can try an herbal tea or fruit smoothies that bring us extra vitamins. Here is the list of drinks to help you fight the cold in the cold season.

1. Tomato juice

It is rich in lycopene and antioxidants. A single glass has 74% of the required daily dose of Vitamin C and 2% of that of Vitamin A. Both are very important to protect the immune system and to fight free radicals, those responsible for cell destruction. In a glass of tomato juice you will also find vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus.

2. Ginger tea, lemon and honey

It is a natural remedy that helps you because ginger has antibacterial properties, lemon has vitamin C, and honey soothes an irritated throat.

3. Black tea with lemon

Although it is very important to hydrate and avoid caffeine when you have a cold, the tannins in black tea are a help for an irritated throat because they strengthen the mucosa. And you need lemon for an extra dose of Vitamin C.

4. Green tea

The Chinese have been using it for medicinal purposes for more than 4,000 years and know that it is rich in antioxidants that help increase the resistance of the immune system. This is because the antioxidants it contains (polyphenols, catechins and flaovonids) fight free radicals, caused by pollution, stress or chemical factors and which destroy our cells. To take advantage of all the antioxidants that green tea has, you can drink an infusion of Matcha (concentrated green tea powder).

5. Chicken soup

Chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, released when soup is made from it. Chemically, cysteine ​​resembles a drug called acetylcysteine, which doctors prescribe to patients with bronchitis and respiratory infections.


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