29 Oct 2010

cheat's chocolate croissants


Inspired by the chocolate croissants in the bakeries I made a cheat's version of one on the weekend for my study snack.

The method I typed out is how I did it, but you can always skip step 2 and place the liquefied ganache into the toasted croissant.


cheat's chocolate croissants

serves 1-2

  • 2 store bought croissants
  • 100 g chocolate (I used a mix of milk and dark chocolate)
  • 100 ml cream (I used thickened cream)

Note: You will end up with more ganache than you need, so keep it chilled.


  1. Making the ganache:
    Put chocolate in a dry heat proof bowl.
    Bring cream to the boil in a small saucepan and pour immediately into the bowl with chocolate.
    Stir until chocolate has melted.*
    Pour in a heat proof container and cool in the fridge until hardened.

  2. Scoop small pieces of the ganache.
    Cut the croissants in half and place the ganache inside.
    Toast in a small oven toaster until ganache has melted.

* If the chocolate has not fully melted, place over a bain marie and stir until melted.

7 Oct 2010

banana quatre-quarts

banana quatre-quarts +1
A relatively simple cake to make, quarte-quarts is a French pound cake that means "four quarters" which comes from the fact that the four main ingredients (butter, sugar, flour and eggs) are added in to a 1:1:1:1 ratio.
banana quatre-quarts
And because I had some ripe bananas sitting on the bench top, I added in the same ratio of mashed bananas. So technically, it's not a traditional quatre-quarts. Probably along the lines of a banana pound cake or banana cake.
P.S This will be the last post until after exams (mine finishes on the 15th November). I have an oral exam exactly 1 week away from today and written exams start in 1 1/2 weeks after that D: Whether you have been a reader from the beginning, a recent reader, or even a silent reader, thank you for your support :) By the way, a few photos here :D
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banana quatre-quarts
adapted from Cooking Guide DS
makes 3 mini loaves
  • 130 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100 g caster sugar (original was 130 g)
  • 130 g eggs, beaten (I used 2 large eggs weighing 120 g)
  • 130 g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder, sifted
  • dash of vanilla essence
  • 130 g mashed bananas (approximately 2 small bananas)
  • 1/2 Tb lemon juice, mixed into the mashed bananas
- If you want to make the original quatre-quarts, omit the bananas and lemon juice
175°C conventional
  1. Preheat oven.
    Grease or line baking tins with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add in the beaten eggs and vanilla.
    Beat well to combine.
  4. Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder.
  5. Fold in the mashed bananas and lemon juice.
  6. Transfer batter to greased / lined baking tins and smooth tops.
    Add walnut pieces on top if desired.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until cake is golden and skewer comes out clean when inserted.