Monday, December 10, 2007

Tropical Santa cookies: Tropical winter delights..

Finally I'm back! After a "short" chilly escapade in Alpes for my birthday celebration I was lucky enough to go back home without any broken or twisted ankle. Snowboarding is not really my cup of coffee but the sensation it gives me everytime I'm sliding and I'm on air is really exceptional. I think I smashed my face twice on the fluffy ground but I was happy, I feel like I'm child again. I had so much fun and energy that I felt the need to release them in the kitchen. With the meager ingredients that I found in the kitchen and with the "frigorifique" scenery we had, I thought why not tropical winter delights?

So here are my contributions to Eat Christmas Cookie Event and Another Bite of Dessert Blog Party

Tropical Santa Cookies

Almond-ginger-lime cookies with mango frosting and coconut flakes

100 g of butter, half a cup of sugar, 1 cup of almond powder, 1 egg, 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp of ginger powder, zeste of 1 lime, juice of 1 lime

for decoration:
half a cup of mango purée, 2 egg yolks, 40 g of sugar, 25 cl of milk, 2 tsp of cornstarch, 4 egg whites, 40 g of sugar icing

3 tbsp of dessicated coconut, smarties candies, candied watermelon for the mouth

Directions: Cream butter, sugar, almonds and egg. Add the flour and the rest of ingredients. Mix well and form the shape desired. Bake at 175 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes. Decorate once the cookies are cold. For the mango custard creme, beat the yolk with the purée and sugar. Mix little by little the warm milk. Add the cornstarch and cook slowly over medium fire in a casserole until it thickens. Beat the egg whites until it becomes stiff. Add the sugar and continue to beat. Cover the cookies with the white egg-sugar mixture and place the smarties as the eyes, nose and lips of Santa Clause. The mango creme becomes the santa's hat and the coconut flakes as his beard.

Tropical Sweet Miniatures
Exotic fruit tart with mango creme custard

for the pastry dough: 200 g of flour, 100 g of butter, 100 g of sugar, 1 egg yolk

Mix all the ingredients and form a ball. Butter tarlettes baking dishes and unroll the pastry. Bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.

for the mango creme custard: 1 cup of mango purée, 4 egg yolks, 60 g of sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla, 50 cl of milk

Cream the egg yolks with sugar and mango. Add the vanilla. Mix little by little warm milk. Put back in the casserole and cook over medium fire until it thickens. Pour the mango creme custard over the tart and decorate it with cut fresh exotique fruits.

Red Pomegranate Lassi

1 red pomegranate, 4 tbsp of honey, 150 g of creamy yoghurt

In an electric blender mix all the ingredients.


Manggy said...

Hi Dhanggit, that's so creative :) I especially like the mango tart. Perfect combination of French-Filipino. :)

Big Boys Oven said...

Dhanggit, you cookies looks so gorgeous..... handsome! lol!
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Happy cook said...

Hey now i need a cup of tea with all these goodies not with the lassie that i can drink like that.
They all look wonderfully delicious.
Tropical santa cookie looks so sweet
Good to hear that u didn't break any bones after the holiday in Alpes

maybahay said...

glad to hear you came back in one piece.
lovely tropical colours and flavours. yummmmm...

Gloria said...

Dhanggit I love tropical Santa!! All looks so nice, you are inspired!!! xxxx Gloria

Anonymous said...

Belated Happy Birthday, I know I'm late but better late than never nga daw ;D ! Love this Red Pomegranate Lassi and the tarte looks really tempting...I am a fan of kiwi and mango therefore those are perfect for my taste ! Musta ka ba ba dyan ? Busy ?? **** HAZE ***

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hey Dhanggit!

These are fabulous! Tropical and Christmas-y--what's not to love about them? I'm intrigued by the mango puree topping; I've never had anything like that in a cookie. I'm glad you made it back in one piece, cause now we get to enjoy your cookies. Thanks for a fun and delicious entry to Eat Christmas Cookies! -Susan

bee said...

almond, coconut, lime - what's not to like? lovely creations.

Cynthia said...

Everything you make is always so pretty :)

K & S said...

what a way to celebrate! Happy belated birthday! I thought I left a message on your other post, but I guess I didn't :)

Graeme said...

Great going on the Mango Creme.


Patricia Scarpin said...

The cookie is so cute! I love the happy face.
Tks for stopping by my blog - now I know yours too, that is great!

ilingc said...

Welcome back Dhanggit! The santa cookies are soo cute and the mango creme custard sounds divine.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

How cute! I love the coconut beard. :)

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Ruy said...

Snowboarding Chef! Glad you had fun and I'm even happier to know you and your precious spatula twirling hands are all in one piece.
I love the new look of this place. Nice.=)

Sylvia said...

This Santa is so cute ,love it and
love he recipe.

Emiline said...

Wow, those do you tropical!

I like the pomegranate drink, too. Pomegranate juice is amazing.

I want to go skiing in the hoo. :(

lissa said...

I like your food photography. I can't cook but I can appreciate people's passion for cooking and judging by the pictures, who doesn't have a passion for food? That mango tart looks so delicious.

Thanks for visiting my photoblog.


Sidney said...

Great to hear you had a great birthday vacation!
Your Tropical Santa Cookies are funny and probably very yummy !

Kevin said...

Nice looking tropical cookies. The mango tarts sound so good.

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Great tropical all that snow made you long for the tropics? I love your santa cookie which looks so festive and your sweet miniatures is just an invitation to pick it off the screen...!

tigerfish said...

Santa cookie? But I felt like singing "Frosty, the snowman...."...:D

oggi said...

I want a bite of the cute Santa cookie. Everything you make looks yummy!

Dhanggit said...

hey guys thanks to all, in as much as i want to answer you one by one i cant for the little one keeps on wiggling so much.. i will need to wait she falls asleep before i can :-) thanks and kisses to you all!!

Cakelaw said...

These Santa cookies are sooo grogeous - they make me smile :)

Deborah said...

Your cookies are so fun!!