I had some leftover meringue after making meringue hearts, and decided to make something cheeky — if you're brave, you can give your crush these cute, little blobs, or as I call them poopies. You can even make small hats for your cupcakes out of them, or place a cute little flag saying "Love me" or "Date?" for a cute, funny, little ice breaker! :-)
I got an idea for a fluffy, delightful cake made with bananas — it started as an idea for a tart, but I decided I'd like something a bit more luxurious (but still simple).
The tart crust would be too stiff and hard compared to the soft, fluffy consistency of a meringue cream, so I decided to try my luck with lady fingers (technically Italian Savoiardi) — I made a tin-high fence around the tin's edge and laid another layer on the bottom, with crumbs filling some holes. So far so good, although the bottom was too thick and I will make crumb-bottom next time, with some butter and honey to keep it together as a nice, crunchy shell.
Then I made a meringue cream with egg whites, caster sugar, honey and bananas, but apparently they need more care. The banana cream turned out a little bit grainy, and next time I think I'll sieve it through a mesh strainer, to remove any bits that will prevent the meringue cream from being perfectly smooth.
The stiffness was good though and after some proper chilling in the fridge, the cake has sweet, distinctly bananas taste. I think next one will be perfect, fool-proof and ready for you! :-) You can see the first try on the pictures:
When I make a tart with a cookie shell, I'm always left with the leftover cookie dough that I don't know what to do with (except for eating it :-P) — I recently got a mooncake press, which is required for making traditional Chinese cakes, and it turns out it's perfect for pressing the cookie dough into cute little shapes! :-)
Do you remember the recipe for fancy tamagoyaki bento? :-) Because I tried replacing carrots and onions with grated salami and it turned out just heavenly good! :-) Looks awesome, no? :-) And since dried salami is so easy to grate, you can easily add it to other recipes, or use it as meaty sprinkles! :-) (uh oh I have an idea for a meat-tasting cupcakes! :D)