The key to perfect buttercream is the quality of the butter.

I use Carrefour unsalted butter, which has 82 % fat (high-fat content), this is very important for a good buttercream.

The next thing is to get the butter in the right softness. Ideally, you leave your butter out in a cosy room, or if it is an emergency situation you can soften the butter in the microwave, with 10sec period, turning the butter until is squeezable.

Your butter should be soft enough to squeeze, but its shape as well.

If your butter is too soft, leave it in the fridge for a few minutes.

Once your butter is perfectly soft, it is time to whip your buttercream.

Ingredients

  • 250g unsalted butter, soft
  • 250 – 300g icing sugar, sifted
  • 3-4 tbsp whole milk/milk infusion/juice/other liquid
  • few drops of vanilla extract

Method

  1. Beat the butter for 5 min
  2. It will be different in colour and volume
  3. Siff the icing sugar
  4. Add to the whipped butter
  5. Do it in 2 stages
  6. Start on low speed until its combined
  7. Beat for 3-5 minutes
  8. Add vanilla extract to the milk
  9. Add the liquid in a bit by bit
  10. Beat for 4 minutes
  11. It should be spreadable, smooth and silky and hold its shape while piping

Perfect Buttercream

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Orange Curd Recipe

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I am sure you have heard of lemon curd, but did you try orange curd! It is delicious, it’s a little less tangy, and a bit more sweet, but so yummy.

I kept eating it right from the jar.

I used orange curd for squares, pies, cake filling but also as in buttercream.

It gives more air to the buttercream, making it light and fluffy and not overly sweet and heavy. It is basically like lemon curd but made from oranges.

 

Ingredients

  • Orange zest of 3 Oranges
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Fresh Orange juice of 3 Oranges
  •  1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 5 Tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the cornstarch with the milk, water, sugar, zest and Orange juice in a pot.
  2. Combine until smooth.
  3. Cook the mixture on medium heat, keep stirring until it becomes a thick jam.
  4. Turn off the heat, and add the coconut oil

Lemon Curd Recipe

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This recipe is one of my favourites, especially for cake fillings and buttercreams.

Lemon curd can be used for pies, squares, cakes or to give any dessert a zesty and tangy twist.

Ingredients

  • lemon zest of 3 lemons
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • lemon juice of 5 lemons
  •  1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 5 Tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the cornstarch with the milk, water, sugar, zest and lemon juice in a pot.
  2. Combine until smooth.
  3. Cook the mixture on medium heat, keep stirring until it becomes a thick jam.
  4. Turn off the heat, and add the coconut oil

 

 

My Top 5 cookbooks

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I love to cook and adore a beautiful, resource-full cookbook. When it’s truly great, you tend not to stray, and you keep coming back because it works. Every cook needs a shelf full of cookbooks. Kidding! I have a list of cookbooks that are easy to follow and nicely illustrated.

Top 5:

  1. Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face [A Cookbook]
  2. Vegan 100: Over 100 incredible recipes from @avantgardevegan
  3. NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple
  4. Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week
  5. BISH BASH BOSH!: Your Favourites. All Plants. the Brand-New Plant-Based Cookbook from the Bestselling 1 Vegan Authors: The Sunday Times bestseller, packed with all your vegan Christmas recipes