What else tells us Christmas is here beautiful as the arrival of summer fruits? Nothing! Let’s load your dessert, cake with berries and embrace them with a touch of sweet and tangy syrup of balsamic glazed. Wow Your family and friends!!!
Google: “Balsamic glaze is also made from balsamic vinegar. Balsamic vinegar, when cooked for a long time, turns sweet and has a syrup-like consistency. It is a delicious combination of sweet and sour, versatile and can be used with both sweet and savory items and the pungency of vinegar removed”.
Today, I am trying out using balsamic glazed in my cake. As an adventurous cook, I dare to explore it this time on cake with strawberries. It sure to bring out the smiles of your guests this Christmas!!! My cake is light healthy and delicious. Let’s bake!!!
375 g smooth ricotta
225 g plain flour
150 g granulated sugar
150 g blackberries, plus 3 for decorations and some to serve
100 g dark brown sugar
1 c olive oil
3 Tbs orange juice
1 Tbs vanilla essence
1 1/2 Tsp baking powder
apricot jam (OPT)
Balsamic glazed strawberries
280 g sliced strawberries
3 big strawberries, cut into flowers
2 strawberries medium size, slices for decorations
1 Tbs balsamic glazed
1/2 Tsp balsamic glazed, decorations
Preheat 180 degrees C and grease and line 9” spring form cake pan. In deep plate mix together well flour, both sugar, baking powder and salt. In mixing bowl beat oil ricotta, eggs and vanilla. Spoon a big metal spoon of flour mixture into the wet ingredient mix well. Repeat mixing slowly dry ingredients and mix well until just combined.
Add sliced strawberries with 1 Tbs balsamic glazed in bowl. Mix well and fold into batter. Add 150 g blackberries and mix well again. Spoon batter into prepared pan smooth the top and gives a couple gentle knock on bench top.
Bake for 40 minutes first. Test cake with skewer, if inserted skewer out with batter put back in for further 15 minutes. When skewer in again second time out clean, cake is done. Switch off oven, leave cake in oven for 1 hour with door close.
After 1 hour remove and let cool further for 1 hour, remove from pan onto a plate. Just before serving, when cake is cool completely spread apricot jam. Then place 3 flower strawberries on top of cool cake, followed by slices across the bigger flower and then 3 blackberries a bit further down on top of cake. Drizzle 1/2 Tsp balsamic glazed on the strawberries flowers and slices. Serve the cake with strawberries blackberries and ice cream. Enjoy!!!
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