Delicious Desserts to Bake At Home

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Raneem Motalib and Lia Araneta, Journalist

Quarantine has hit most, if not all of us, hard. Staying inside your house trying to avoid people leads to massive boredom leading people to start new hobbies. Baking has become a new hobby most people have started to take on. After all, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a freshly baked treat on a sunny afternoon? Baking also allows you to enjoy a dessert without the risk of getting the virus. If you are looking for some ideas, here’s some for you. 

 

Tiramisu Cake:

The first delicious treat you can make is a tiramisu cake. It sounds hard, but it’s an effortless dessert to make. Tiramisu cake started becoming popular in 1985, especially in New York City. Tiramisu is just a layer of sponge cake, or lady-finger cookies dipped in coffee with a layer of mascarpone and some other ingredients on top. These layers are stacked a few times until the desired height. It is then coated with cocoa powder and left alone for about six hours until it has set.

To make this you will need these ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee
  • ½ cups of hot water
  • 200 grams of heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar ( or substitutes like monk fruit sugar )
  • 250 grams of  mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 18-20 pieces of ladyfingers
  • A dash of cocoa powder.

To begin, mix instant coffee with hot water. Set that aside to cool down. Next, whip together heavy whipping cream and sugar until you get soft peaks. Once you have gotten soft peaks, mix in the mascarpone and vanilla extract until all the ingredients are well combined. Get the ladyfingers and give them a quick dunk in the coffee. Lay them across a 6 x 10-inch dish. Then carefully layer the mascarpone mixture on top. Keep doing this until the dish is full or you run out of ingredients. Make sure the mascarpone mixture is on the top. Next, grab some cocoa powder and put it in a strainer. Then lightly tap the strainer on top of the cake until the top layer is coated with cocoa powder. Put it in the refrigerator for about 4-6 hours. 

 

Level of difficulty: Medium

This recipe wasn’t easy but it also wasn’t hard. The result was worth it in the end. I would rate this recipe a 10/10 

3 people gave this a 10/10 review  

 

Chocolate Castella Cake

Castella cake originated in Japan. It is a very light and spongy cake. There are many flavors you can add to this cake such as coffee, pandan, and chocolate. For this recipe, I have chosen the classic flavor of chocolate.

To make this you will need these ingredients:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup of corn oil
  • 100 ml of milk 
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ⅓ tsp sugar
  • Grated dark chocolate
  • Chocolate chips

Warm-up corn oil in a pot for 1 minute. Place it to the side. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the corn oil. Wisk. Add milk. Wisk. Separate the eggs. Put the egg yolks into the pot. Wisk. Place egg whites into the container. Whip. When foamy add the lemon juice and ⅓ of the sugar. Whip. add another ⅓ of sugar. Whip. Add the remaining sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form. Add ⅓ of the egg white mixture to the batter. Slowly mix. Pour batter the rest of the batter into the egg white mixture. Slowly mix. Pour into a 7 by 7-inch baking pan. Put the grated chocolate in the middle then cover it with the rest of the batter. Top with chocolate chips. Place the 7 by 7 pan onto a larger tray and pour room temperature water into the bigger tray. Bake for 70 minutes at 300 fº. Remove from mold immediately. Cut once it’s cool. 

Level of difficulty: Semi-Difficult

This cake is honestly really good. It’s not like the other cakes that you would find in a normal market. This cake is very spongy and moist. I would place this cake in the middle of medium and difficult. If you are not familiar with whipping egg whites, then this could be a semi-difficult recipe for you. I would give this recipe a 10/10

2 people gave this a 10/10

 

Boba:

The next delicious thing you can make at home is boba! Boba started in the late ’80s and originated from a city in Taiwan called Taipei. Many other cities do try to take credit for the creation. During that time boba and milk tea were already a thing. They just weren’t combined. One hot day someone decided to mix the boba and the tea together. Over time boba started to change for the better. Different flavors were added and different techniques were used. Boba is made from three main ingredients: Brown sugar, tapioca starch, and water. It takes about 1-2 hours to form the boba mixture into little balls.

To make this you will need these ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of tapioca flour ( or tapioca starch )
  • 5 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of water

To start, mix the water and brown sugar on medium heat until dissolved. Once this mixture is dissolved mix in about half of the tapioca starch. Keep mixing until you see little parts starting to cook, or bumps starting to appear. Take this off the stove and add in the rest of the flour.  Mix this until it is well combined. Transfer this onto a plate or flat surface covered in more tapioca starch.  Start to kneed it. If it is too sticky add more starch. If it is too hard add more water. Once you have a smooth dough or just a soft enough one, you can start rolling the dough into small balls. You get to decide how large the size of the balls is. But remember, the larger they are the longer it will take to cook. Once you have made the balls you can store them in the refrigerator. I know this is a lot of work but these delicious balls will last a while. To cook them, boil a pot of water on medium heat. Once the water is hot put the balls in. Make sure the balls aren’t clumped together. (I use a strainer to put them in). Stir this every now and then until it looks ready. This will take between 20-25 minutes. Try one every now and then until there is no powder in the middle. To make milk tea just take your favorite tea, add milk and honey, or sugar, and add boba. Happy drinking!

 

Level of Difficulty: Medium

I would say this recipe is a solid medium. It wasn’t too hard but forming into balls is a very long process. I would rate this recipe a 9/10.

3 people gave this a 10/10

 

Chocolate lava cake 

There have been many arguments about who created the lava cake. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten claims to have invented molten chocolate cake in New York City in 1987. According to Vongerichten, he pulled a chocolate sponge cake from the oven before it was done. He found that the center was still runny, but was warm and had both a good taste and texture But Chocolatier Jacques Torres argues that the dish already existed in France. Regardless, Vongerichten was credited for making the dish popular. 

To make this you will need these ingredients:

  • ¼ chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ milk

In a microwave-safe bowl, put the chocolate chips and butter in. Stir it until combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and milk. Mix until it becomes a smooth batter. Pour into a greased ramekin. Put it in a conventional toaster oven or an actual oven and bake for 15 minutes at 355 fº. Place it on a plate and enjoy!

 

Level of difficulty: Easy

Making this was very simple and easy. This was probably the simplest recipe to make out of the four. It’s a very nice and effortless dessert to make when you are bored. I would give this recipe a 9/10. 

1 person gave this a 10/10 and another gave it 9.5/10

 

SOURCES:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7WCPS9fdLU 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castella

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp7SR3hBqx8

https://www.foodandwine.com/tea/bubble-tea-taiwanese-street-drink-turned-american-addiction

https://www.eater.com/2016/10/24/13314196/tiramisu-history

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molten_chocolate_cake