niedziela, 17 października 2010

Going on hiatus

                          It will be no suprise. After fighting few weeks with myself I decided to go on hiatus with my blogs.
I hope that after a while (ok it might be more than a while) I will be back with new ideas and inspirations. Lately I lack both plus my work and study catch me. 

Still if you're in poland you can read my monthly cooking articles in Lounge Magazyn ("Na widelcu")- you can catch printed version in cool places in Cracow (and if I am correct in Warsaw also) or just check it online. Have a good read :D

In other news - in poland we have new culinary magazine - Family&Friends - gosh this is AMAZING! It show cooking world in different light for us - more Noma style, fashion/trendy cooking. LOVE

niedziela, 3 października 2010

Retro cake with pears

It's October so I try to back to posting. It will be quite hard since i got like no time but will see, anyway...
Lately I have one obsession - me having no new book to read. You may laugh, but with each visit in bookstore I am  more and more angry. I did not find anything new I want to buy and read whole day. 
I read all my books from family bookshelves like twice and if I grab Murakami one more time I will literally change into some depressed Japanese girl with excellent music taste. 
So it's really time for something new, for fresh writing meat.
You may wonder what the hell it has anything with cooking. Well my obsession with new book increase after making this cake. So blame the cake for me blah blah.
The simple, spongy pear cake. I make this mostly coz I have like 4 pounds of pears fresh from the market. Some are green and more "wild", some has this amazing yellow-red color and strong, almost perfumed aroma.
Those are like picturing fall in a fruit. Like trees which are now changeling the color from juicy green into wonderful, warm reddish orange.
So i baked this I in a minute when I taken it from oven I thought about me having new book, sitting with coffee and cake, reading all day. In my brain this cake = book. So you see - this is a must.
And this time I mean this cake.

Retro cake with pears:

125 gram butter (quite soft, not straight from fridge)
100 gram caster sugar
2 eggs (Try to find the real one)
125 gram flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

4-5 big pears
1-2 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven 180C
Wash and cut pears into small cubes. Take frying pan and on small heat melt butter. Place pears, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and fry until they will soften just a little and make some juice. Cool,
In a bowl place butter and caster sugar and mix until light in color and quite puffy. Add egg, one by one (mix after each before adding new things) and vanilla essence. Now in other bowl mix flour with baking powder. Add flour mixture too eggs and mix not to hard.
Place dough into buttered tin and cover with pears cubes, pressing them a little into cake. 
Bake 20-25 minuter - cake must rise and be brown.