Just Desserts

Sam Choy
By Sam Choy
Wednesday - December 24, 2008
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This week our pastry chef Ron Viloria prepares the following delectable holiday desserts.

LINZER THUMBPRINTS

*1cup butter, softened

*1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* zest from 1/2 lemon

Cream the ingredients above in a mixing bowl.

*2 egg yolks Add the egg yolks one at a time and keep mixing.

* 2 cups flour

*1 1/2 cups finely ground almonds 1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


For Filling:

* raspberry or strawberry jam

Mix the dry ingredients until the batter is uniform. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Using a 1-ounce disher, scoop the cookie dough and place the cookie dough about 3 to 4 inches apart (cookie dough will expand a little during baking). Form a well in the center of the cookie dough with your thumb and fill the well with raspberry or strawberry jam. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. Turn the pan halfway during baking. Cool and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

ROLL CAKE

*5 egg yolks

*4 egg whites

* 1/2 cup sugar

* 1/3 cup flour

* 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons

butter, melted

Oil a 10-by-10-by-2-inch cake pan and line the inside with parchment paper. Add half of the sugar to the egg yolks and whip until light and frothy. Whip the egg whites to a soft peak. Add the other half of the sugar to the egg whites. Whip to a stiff peak. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites. Fold in the flour. Mix a small portion of the batter with the melted butter and fold in the butter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly with a spatula. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until nicely browned on the top. Turn the pan halfway during baking to ensure even baking. Remove the cake from the pan once it comes out of the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool.


For Filling:

*1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

* 3 tablespoons sugar

Mix the above ingredients and whip to a medium stiff peak.

To Roll:

Place a parchment sheet on your work table and dust with granulated sugar. Invert the cake onto the paper and remove the bottom sheet. Spread a 1/4-inch-thick layer of whipped cream on the cake. Line the edge closest to you with fresh strawberries, trimmed. Using the parchment paper to assist you, lift the paper and roll starting from the edge closest to you. As you come near the end of the roll, remove any excess whipped cream with your spatula. Wrap with the paper that you used to roll the cake and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut 1/2 inch off the ends to expose the strawberries. Dust with powdered sugar, then cut and serve. Enjoy!

(Watch “Sam Choy’s Kitchen” Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KHNL News 8.)

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