Sweetheart Torte

Happy Valentine's Day to all my dearest friends & readers! What a special day for all of us..... to express our feelings to the love ones. Valentine's Day doesn't just mean for lovers but to all the people we love dearly. And it doesn't even mean you need to spend a lot.... even a simple meal or bake will make the day too.

And here's a little something from me to all.

Ingredients for Biscuit Sponge :
5 egg yolks
2 tbsp sugar

5 egg whites
3-1/2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tspn lemon juice
1/4 tspn cream of tartar

150gm superfine flour

Method :
(1) beat ingredients (A) untill creamy pale.
(2) then slowly add in half of ingredient (C) untill well combined, set aside.
(3) whisk ingredients (B) untill foamy and stiff.
(4) now, fold mixture (B) into mixture (A) into 3 batches, alternately with the remaining flour.
(5) fill batter into pipping bag and squeeze batter onto baking tray lined with parchment paper.
(*can make four 8" trays or two 9x13" tray of sponge.)
(6) bake at preheated oven 160'C for about 30-35 mins or untill brown.

Ingredients for Coffee Cream :
90ml hot brew coffee
1/2 tbsp gelatine
1 tbsp sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup thickened cream

Method :
(1) combine hot coffee and gelatine and cook over low heat untill dissolved, then set aside.
(2) beat egg yolk and sugar untill creamy.
(3) pour coffee mixture into egg yolk mixture and stir well.
(4) then slowly add in thickened cream and mix till combined.
(5) keep chilled for 15 mins or untill set/spreadable.
White Chocolate Ganache :
60gm white chocolate, chopped
40gm heavy cream
(melt chocolate and cream in a saucepan over boiling water)
*1/2 cup strawberry jam

(1) cut biscuit sponge with a heart shape cutter as many as you can.
(2) squeeze on the white chocolate ganache around the biscuit.
(3) fill biscuits with strawberry jam and then follow by coffee cream.
(4) then stack them up and decorate the top biscuit as desired.

I have the sponge and cream ready 2 days before. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with them at first. Well, it happened spontaneously this afternoon.... just a click! And ta...da..... here's my little sweetheart torte! Something sweet & lovely for myself and the kids. :o) Hope you will like it too.


I'm sending this to Martha @ Valentine's Party, Chaya @ Meatless Monday and Cuisine Paradise @ Aspiring Baker #4.

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