Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Norwegian Omelette & a Cookbook Giveaway!



I'm so excited to feature my first cookbook giveaway today!  The publisher of "A World of Cake" by Krystina Castella recently contacted me to see if I'd be interested in doing a giveaway of this wonderful cookbook to one lucky reader.  I was immediately interested after watching this video trailer of the cookbook she sent me.  All of the desserts look so delicious as well as unique- two very important characteristics I look for in a successful dish! 

When I received the cookbook I was immediately impressed.  The cover caught my attention- colorful, bright, inviting, professional looking, and very informative and enticing displaying examples of many of the desserts featured in the book.  It was a great start, provoking curiosity to read on!

When I opened the book I found an interesting focus on the many different regions of the world and their most popular style of baking.  I particularly loved that not only are you learning a world of unique recipes, but you're also getting a bit of history of each region's baking progressions.

I found it very difficult to choose just ONE recipe to try because while all of the recipes are of different cultures I'm unfamiliar to, they all looked absolutely delicious- leading me to feel that I've been missing out on a world of sweets I never even knew existed!

In the end I chose to try the "Norwegian Omelette" made by the French.  No this dessert isn't from Norway- an interesting fact I learned from "A World of Cake" is the French call it the Norwegian Omelette because of its Arctic appearance- I learn something new every day!

I was immediately intrigued by this dessert because on the recipe page Krystina Castella describes the History of Baked Ice Cream"... baked ice cream!  What a fun and unique recipe to try!  While it appeared difficult using unfamiliar baking techniques, I thought I would give it a shot and see how it goes!  Luckily, thanks to the descriptive recipe instructions, my final product was a success!  This Norwegian Omelette is beautiful and filled with layers of flavors you'll be sure to love! 
  
Now onto the giveaway!!  Simply post a comment at the bottom of this blog post by 8:00am on 12/23 answering the question, "If you could travel anywhere in the world for the most exotic and delicious dishes, where would you go?"  I'll count the number of posts and enter it into RANDOM.ORG to generate the winner. Good luck and don't forget to check back 12/23 when the winner is announced!


Before you post your comment- take a look at the Norwegian Omelette made from "A World of Cake"... 


To prepare your cakes, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and start with combining your cake flour, cornstarch, and cocoa powder in a large bowl:


In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, egg yolks, salt, and sugar:


Mix until combined:


Then transfer to a double boiler and gently whisk over medium/low heat until your egg mixture is warmed, about 5 minutes:


Once warmed, transfer back to your electric mixer and mix on high:

Until your mixture triples in volume:


Then fold your flour mixture into your batter:



Until your flour mixture is completely incorporated into your batter:


Then grease and flour a large muffin tin:

Evenly distribute the batter into each muffin tin:



Bake for 20-25 minutes or until your cakes are cooked through an inserted toothpick comes out clean:


Allow your cakes to cool.  Then slice your cakes into two thin slices.  First on the bottom of your cake:


Then just below the muffin top:


Then line your muffin tin with plastic wrap:

 Place the bottom half of your cake on the lined muffin tin:



Fill 1/2 inch thick layer of softened vanilla ice cream:

Then top with your cherries:


Add your second layer of cake:

And finish with another 1/2 inch thick layer of softened ice cream.  Continue these steps until all of your muffin tins are complete.  Cover with plastic and freeze for at least 4 hours or until you're ready to serve them:

When you're ready to serve your cakes, prepare the meringue.  Start with combining your egg whites, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Mix on high until medium peaks form:

Continue to whisk on high and gradually add your sugar, adding one tablespoon at a time:

Mix until stiff peaks form:


Then preheat your oven to 500 degrees and take a large plastic ziplock bag and cut one of the bottom corners off:

Place your piping attachment through the hole:


Fill your bag with the meringue:


Once your meringue is ready and piping bag is assembled, remove your cakes from the freezer, unwrap the plastic, and place your cakes on top of a baking sheet:


Pipe the meringue along the bottom all the way to the top:


Your meringue should cover your entire cake:


Then immediately place in your oven and bake for 2 1/2-3 minutes or until the top browns.  A layer of melted ice cream will puddle on the bottom of your pan, but don't worry- the center is still nice and frozen!:

 


Serve immediately:

 
And dig into that deliciously layered center!


 





Don't forget to enter the Cookbook Giveaway!






Norwegian Omelette
A World of Cake by Krystina Castella
Makes: 6 cakes
Prep Time: ~1.5 hours (not including freezing time)
Bake Time: 3 minutes
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
Chocolate Genoise Sponge Cake
1 1/3 cups cake flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar

Fillings
1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
2 cups cherries, pitted and halved

Meringue
6 egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar

Directions

Cake
To begin, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Combine your cake flour, cornstarch, and cocoa powder in a large bowl.  Then in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, egg yolks, salt, and sugar and mix until combined.  Then transfer to a double boiler and gently whisk over medium/low heat until your egg mixture is warmed, about 5 minutes.  Once warmed, transfer back to your electric mixer and mix on high until your mixture triples in volume.  Then fold your flour mixture into your batter until your flour mixture is completely incorporated into the batter.  Grease and flour a large muffin tin and evenly distribute the batter into each muffin tin.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until your cake is cooked through and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  

Assembly
Allow your cakes to cool and then cut them in two thin slices, first cut the bottom of your cake and then just below the muffin top, making sure your slices are equal in size.  Then line your muffin tin with plastic wrap large enough to have a one inch overhang.   Then place the bottom half of your cake on the lined muffin tin.  Fill 1/2 inch thick layer of softened vanilla ice cream.  Then top with your cherries.  Place your second layer of cake on top of your cherries.  Then finish with another 1/2 inch thick layer of softened ice cream.  Continue these steps until all of your muffin tins are complete.  Then cover your pan with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours or until you're ready to serve your cakes.  

Meringue
Once you're ready to serve your cake, prepare the meringue.  Start with combining your egg whites, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Mix on high until medium peaks form.  Continue to whisk on high and gradually add your sugar, adding one tablespoon at a time. Mix until stiff peaks form.  Take a large plastic ziplock bag and cut one of the bottom corners off.  Place your piping attachment through the hole.  Fill your bag with the meringue. Once your meringue is ready and piping bag is assembled, remove your cakes from the freezer, unwrap the plastic, and place your cakes on top of a baking sheet.  Pipe the meringue along the bottom all the way to the top making sure to cover the entire cake.  Make sure to work quickly because the ice cream begins to melt quickly.  Bake immediately.

Baking 
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.  Place your oven rack in the center of your oven.  Bake for 2 1/2-3 minutes or until the top browns.  A small layer of ice cream will puddle on the bottom of the pan, but don't worry- the center is nice and frozen.  Serve immediately.
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40 comments:

  1. I've never been to Italy before but have always wanted to. I hear the food is delicious there! And I want to stay there for 3 weeks. At least. LOL.

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  2. "If you could travel anywhere in the world for the most exotic and delicious dishes, where would you go?" I would have to say Italy, they do everything romantic, even their food.

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  3. I must be honest and tell you I thought, "What the heck kind of omelette is that?" when I saw the picture :-) However, after reading what you wrote I went, "Ooohhh... clever!" Thank you for sharing this recipe. It's so pretty!

    Now, where would I go for exotic food? I'd have to say Thailand because I love Thai food and would love to explore the street markets, water markets, and people and culture there!!!

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  4. Judging by this blog, I would choose your house for some phenomenal dishes.

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  5. What a fun idea for a dessert! Definitely more steps than I'm used to but it looks so worth it.

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  6. Wow, this dessert looks great! If I could go anywhere for FOOD, I'd go to India. London is also an amazing place to get the world's food in one central location!!

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  7. I would definitely go to Morocco if I had to choose anywhere in the world. While I've lived in Italy and absolutely love their cuisine, I've never been to Africa and would really love to taste North African food!

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  8. I would love to go somewhere in the Far East and try all their amazing desserts :)!!

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  9. I wish you could see the expression on my face as I read this post. By the end, I looked like this, :O. What an awesome dessert!

    PS: I'd go to Spain. Fabulous architecture AND great food!

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  10. This is the first I've heard of this dessert, but I'm glad I did! It is so pretty, and sounds yummy:)

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  11. Oh wow, I am stumped! I cannot think of just one place...
    I thought that the omelette was going to be a savoury dish - oops.
    :-) Mandy

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  12. Just beautiful!
    OK... exotic to me means tropical... so how about French Polynesia for some Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee?? Ah.... I'm dreaming now!

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  13. Hi, Chelsea. I discovered your blog via Toby's site today and am glad I did! I'd forgotten about this dessert, which I remember seeing on the menus in France (but never ordered for its odd name).

    I definitely would travel to India...or, wait, maybe China. Those are the two great world cuisines I have yet to experience on their home turf, and it's about time.

    Thanks,

    Dan

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  14. I'd probably have to say France, just because I've always loved the American versions of French food. I hope the authentic stuff is even better!

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  15. I'd definitely go to Singapore! One of my best guy friends lives there and every time he goes home for break, he always posts at least a two albums full of pictures of absolutely amazing meals he has at home around Singapore. He talks about the food there constantly!

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  16. this looks lovely and seems quite simple.
    yum, yum - good ideas!!
    happy holidays
    Karin@yumandmore

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  17. Chelsea, that's unbelievable. Not only the cake, but your documentation of the making of it. But especially the cake. It looks outstanding.

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  18. I'm excited to follow your blog and excited to get to try some of your recipes now that I've finished Grad school!

    Earlier this year I went to Morocco and ate some of the most interesting food, including pigeon and camel! The first recipe I want to try in the new year is called Chicken Pomegranate tagine - All food cooked in a tagine in Morocco was moist and flavorful! But if I had to try new foods, I'd really like to go to Bali. It's a recent obsession of mine :)

    Keep up the delicious work!! So excited for you and look forward to each post :)

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  19. I was so confused as I was reading omelette, thinking egg omelet and looking at a mini cake! But after reading its just like a little baked alaska! I would love to take a look deeper into this cookbook.

    If I could go anywhere just to eat I'd go to India! Their food is so fabulous.

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  20. For something exotic, I would travel to Morocco. My husband and I love to eat at local Moroccan place, but to experience the real deal would be grand!

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  21. Gorgeous photos, as usual, you temptress!

    As for the giveaway - I'd pick Denmark to have their Danish pastries (do they call it 'danish pastry' over there?) and open sandwiches and try my luck with some Scandinavian Surströmming.

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  22. What a fun idea for a dessert, thanks!!!

    As for the giveaway.. I've never been to Norway before, but have always wanted to. I'd like to go in summer and I want to stay there for 3 weeks. At least!!!

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  23. So not too 'exotic' but definitely Italy. I went a few years ago and fell inlove with all the food. i'd love to go again to continue exploring all the food & wine...YUM!!

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  24. You know if you were to ask me this three weeks ago, I'd say India because of the fabulous food and different types, but since I have just been, I think I need a different answer.

    For some reason, when you asked this, Thailand came to mind. It's both exotic and I love the cuisine in the U.S., so I can only imagine how much more lovely the authentic version would be!

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  25. If I could travel anywhere in the world for the most exotic and delicious dishes, I would travel to INDIA! When I started dating my boyfriend he introduced me to all of the savory flavors that Indian dishes have as a result of their unique spices! We had to expand our spice rack at home in order to make room for more spices once we began to recreate delicious Indian recipes that we picked up from cookbooks, friends, and restaurants.

    P.S This is my first time visiting your blog (thank you food buzz!) and I am a huge fan of the homemade vanilla extract! I also enjoy your step by step pictures. I look forward to checking your blog more often!

    Happy Holidays!
    -Andrea M

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  26. Beautiful looking dessert!

    Wow - it is hard to choose one place. There are so many I would like to visit. Top three would probably be France, Spain and Thailand.

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  27. I think I would choose Spain. I would also love the stay in a village in Tuscany and experience wonderful food and wine!

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  28. That is not what I was expecting when I saw "omelette"! I love it! It looks delicious but difficult too. Nice job.
    As far as travel, I think international cuisine scares me a little bit. But I really would love to visit Greece and Italy and try some authentic Greek and Italian food.

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  29. Yum-o! This looks amazing! I am so going to have to try it!!!!

    I would love to go Spain and experience there culture and food. Have already been to italy and greece and the food was amazing!!

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  30. I just read about this cookbook yesterday, and here it is on your post. Amazing. Sure would look good on my cookbook shelves...
    I'd go to Thailand. I love the food and it would be fabulous to taste it in the surroundings that inspired the combinations of seasonings that define Thai cuisine.

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  31. I would go to Samoa or one of the other Pacific island. If the Norwegian omelette is any kind of example, that book sounds amazing.

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  32. Hmmm....great question and so many choices! I think I would say Italy- for some authentic pasta dishes. Not sure if it's this pregnancy or in general, but Italian is what I've been craving! :)
    Happy Holidays!

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  33. These are beautiful and look delicious. Let's see.... anywhere in the world... I'd have to say back to Italy!

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  34. Those look so unique! And totally gorge!! I would love to have such a lovely cookbook :)

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  35. I would go to Italy!!! I have been wanting to do a cooking school/class there.. only in my dreams!!!

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  36. when i read omelette i was thinking what does this Norwegian version have so special to write a blog about it. now I know and I'm so happy I do.
    thanks for sharing.

    Happy Holidays

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  37. Boo Hoo for me...bummed I missed entering this cookbook giveaway.

    You've included so many excellent step-by-step images. I luv the techniques in assembling and layering these mini-cakeletes. Looks delicious!

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  38. Hmmm Japan for exotic food...I'd love to learn a few techniques and incorporate more into my own cooking...

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