[my favourite souvenir from Florida] Key Lime Pie with meringue

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Guess what is the land of sunshine and oranges – Of course it’s Florida!

I just returned from my spontaneous trip from Florida which was packed with many activities. Florida offers so many possibilities, that it was quite hard to decide what to do in this beautiful state. Besides the must-do activities like visiting the Kennedy Space Center, theme parks, watching so many different animals (like manatees, alligators, whales and dolphins), visiting museums (like the Dalí museum in St.Petersburg), different cities like Tampa or Orlando and of course enjoy Miami’s heat and the beautiful scene of Miami beach.

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But my trip was as well a culinary experience. Eating seafood on the Keys or Cuban sandwiches in Miami or Tampa, have the best burgers at a beach bbq or enjoy the best hand crafted ice cream in Orlando and drink lots of ice cold orange juice… These are only our highlights from the trip. Florida has much more to offer! One famous and typical recipe from Florida is the Key Lime pie, which is typical for the Florida Keys! Of course there are many discussions about the perfect recipe. Some people say the cake does not have meringue on top and the filling is just consist eggs and cream cheese. But there is no doubt about the fact that the color of the cake is light yellow, not green (like some tourists in Florida think it is because of the limes!).

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The following recipe is my own interpretation of this cake. I prefer having meringue on top because it is the perfect complement to the slightly sour taste of lemon in the filling.

Key Lime pie with meringue

Ingredients:
for the crust:
200 g whole grain cookies (like graham crackers)
50 g butter

for the filling:
500 g cream cheese
300 g curd cheese
125 g White sugar
6 tbsp. lemon juice
4 tbsp. lime juice
4 egg yolks

for the meringue:
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
120 g sugar
60 g confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp. corn starch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Melt butter. Crumble cookies and mix with the butter. Press crumb mixture very firm into the bottom of a pan.
  2. Separate the eggs. Combine the egg yolks, cream cheese, curd cheese, sugar, lime and lemon juice. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  3. Meantime prepare the meringue. In a bowl beat egg whites with salt, then slowly add the white sugar. Sift corn starch and confectioner’s sugar and combine with the stiff egg white mixture. Fill mixture into a piping bag. After baking time remove cake from oven and pipe little tuffs on the cake.
  4. Turn oven to 250°C and grill function and bake cake for another 5-10 minutes (This step really depends on your oven, some take just a few minutes, others need more time!).
  5. After baking, turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven. This prevents forming cracks on the top of the cheesecake.

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Have fun baking and have a wonderful sunday!

xxx

Caprice

[another way of serving a cocktail] Cuba libre cake in glass

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Cuba libre! A cocktail with a meaningful story behind. The cocktail contains coke, lime juice and white rum. As you know “Cuba libre” means “Free Cuba” and refers to the end of the Spanish-American-war in 1901/02. The cocktail was invented in Havana when american soldiers clincked glasses because of the liberation of Cuba from the Spanish colonial rule with the words “Viva la Cuba libre”. Soon the Cocktail gained popularity all over the world.

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The main ingredient of this Cocktail ist rum! Rum is a made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, or in rare cases directly from sugarcane juice (through fermentation/distillation). The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels this is how it get it’s color.

Rums are produced in various grades. Light rums (as white rum) are mostly used in cocktails, whereas “dark” rums are typically consumed individually or used for cooking.

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Because am I am as well a big Cocktail fan I thought about linking my passion for baking with my love for Cocktails. I wondered how to connect the famous Longdrink in something you can bake. The idea came to my mind when I thought about baking something with coke.

So for this recipe I baked a very fluffy chocolate-Coke cake. It is exceptionally fluffy because of the high amount of carbon dioxide (“sparkling”). The rum comes in after baking because otherwise it would evaporate while baking! The lime element comes together with a sweet-sour creamy mascapone frosting. All together a very tasteful combination!

Cuba libre cake in glass

ingredients:
100 g butter
150 g sugar
150 g flour
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. baking powder
50 g cocao powder
150 ml Coca Cola
6-8 tbsp. white rum (you can add more if you like)

Frosting:
250 g mascapone
70 g confectioner’s sugar
juice of one lime
for decoration: more limes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 4-6 glasses (depending on size!) with butter or oil.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add the eggs one after another. In another bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and cocao powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar-egg mix together with the coke.
  3. Fill 3/4 of the glasses and bake for about 25 minutes.
  4. For the frosting sift confectioner’s sugar and mix well with the mascapone and lime Juice.
  5. After baking remove from oven and take a tablespoon and slowly pour over the rum. Then decorate with frosting and limes.

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Have fun baking!

xxx

Caprice