Vegetarian Christmas Turkey Fruit Platter and Thanksgiving Vegetarian Turkey

Vegetarian Christmas Turkey Fruit Platter and Thanksgiving Vegetarian Turkey

This is a quick easy platter to make to keep Christmas festive and healthy.  Mandarins, Kiwi Fruit, Strawberries, Boysenberries, Cheddar Cheese or Hard cheese and Black Grapes.

For the turkey itself:  Cut a pear in half, take the seeds out and a little of the core, use currants or raisins for the eyes, cut the nose and feet out with a hard cheese. Cut little bits out of the pear to place the eyes, nose and feet in.

Tip: you can use a little bit of dip or cream cheese to place in the holes to secure the raisins and cheese in place.

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Chocolate Cake – I love this cake.

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Chocolate Cake – Super divine, wicked and delicious.

When I first made this Chocolate Cake after eating one piece.  I kept thinking about it all day.  It is so divine.  It is to me the chocolate cake to end all chocolate cakes.  It takes a while to mix the ingredients as it is a delicate blend and you need to mix it together slowly.

Ingredients

200 grams of high quality cooking chocolate (70%) cocoa

150 grams of unsalted butter

5 free range or organic eggs (separated)

110 grams of vanilla sugar or caster sugar

2 tablespoons of high quality (dutch process if possible) cocoa

1/2 cup very fine almond meal

Icing:  Double Cream

Method: 

Preheat oven once half the ingredients are sorted to 180 degrees celsius or 350 degrees fahrenheit. Break up the cooking chocolate and the butter into small pieces for melting. The best way to melt them is in a heat proof bowl that fits into one of your saucepans. Fill half the saucepan with water. Place the bowl with the chocolate inside and simmer it on low heat until it melts. Stir with a metal spoon use a cooking glove while stirring. Add the butter and combine well.

Take out two bowls – Separate the eggs – use the yolks first (the yellow). Slightly cool the chocolate once it has melted and then add it into the egg yolks and whisk until well combined.  Then slowly whisk in the sugar and the cocoa and the almond meal. Beat the egg whites until they form a soft peak and then fold them gently into the chocolate mix very delicately and slowly.  Put mixture into a greased proof paper lined cake tin and bake at 180 degrees celsius or 350 degrees fahrenheit (in the bottom shelf of the oven) for approximately 25-30 minutes. (In a fan forced it may be ready in 20 minutes). (The cake needs to be firm and a little puffed when ready).  To cool place a piece of greased proof paper over the top.  Then place on top some sort of spring form or cake tin.  (I have double tins of all my cake tins.  I just use the same tin to press it down with).  Press down lightly and weigh down the tin with something you can find in the cupboard.  Ice with double cream and dust with icing sugar if you like.

Baker’s tip:  Make sure the eggs are at room temperature before beginning.

Wizard of Oz – Birthday Cake

The Wizard of Oz Birthday Cake – courtesy of the Cupcake Teahouse – Suzie Vella.

Our cake lady excelled herself with this incredible creation.

Charlotte's Wizard of Oz Cake birthday turning 6.

Merry Festive Season

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I want to wish all my followers and readers a fabulous, fun and frivolous
festive shindig. Thank you for supporting me. For anyone who has had their heart hurt this year. I leave you with this quote.
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