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Home Living : April 12th 2011
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7 Carrot cake dessert tops off Easter » ADVERTISING FEATURE ABOUT THOMAS SCHNETZLER Thomas Schnetzler trained as a patissier and confiseur at the renowned Confiserie Reber in Schaffhausen, near Zurich. During his training, Schnetzler mastered the craft of creating fine pralines and truffles from Master Chocolatier Laurent Perriraz. In November 1997, Schnetzler began working at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, where he led a team of pastry chefs and was responsible for creating sumptuous dessert banquets. For the past five years, Schnetzler has worked for Lindt & Sprungli of Switzerland in Australia, in the role of maitre chocolatier. His role involves developing recipes for the Lindt Cafe based in Sydney and Melbourne. lindt.com A traditional Easter dinner would be nothing without a carrot cake dessert. They make a lovely addition to a brunch buffet. Decorate with orange frosting carrots for a festive look and you are set to have your guests impressed. If you've ever wanted to try your hand at making a special Easter carrot cake, this year you can, with this easy recipe, by Lindt maitre chocolatier Thomas Schnetzler. It makes one large carrot cake (17cm square tin or equivalent). It is a slightly different take on a carrot cake. Chocolate, spices and nuts make this a delectable, rich and interesting combination. Instead of plain vegetable oil, use macadamia nut oil, which can be found in most supermarkets -- macadamia brings a lovely rich nuttiness and balance to the chocolate and carrot. Ingredients: 2 eggs; 210ml macadamia nut oil (or vegetable oil) 80g Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa dark chocolate 180g caster sugar 245g plain flour, sifted 5g bicarb soda 2g baking powder Pinch sea salt 1/2tsp ground cinnamon 1/2tsp mixed spice 60g sultanas 65g dried apricots, chopped 35ml Cognac or Brandy 200g carrots, grated 60g macadamia nuts, roasted 70g walnuts 120g Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa dark chocolate, in chunks 80g Lindt Excellence Extra Creamy milk chocolate, in chunks 250g cream cheese 1/2 tsp lemon, juice and zest 6-7 White Lindor Balls or pieces of White Lindor block chocolate, melted Method: For the cake, place a small amount of the oil in a small saucepan along with the first amount of chocolate (80g). Gently heat until chocolate is melted. Combine the eggs, sugar, oil and the oil chocolate mixture in the bowl of your electric mixer. Give it a quick stir to help dissolve the sugar. Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in the fruit, cognac, carrots and nuts. Stir in the chocolate chunks. Transfer batter into a greased and lined baking tin and bake at 175C for about 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool fully before icing. Icing: Soften the cream cheese and lemon in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix in the melted Lindor and allow mixture to set in the fridge. Once set, top the cooled carrot cake generously with cream cheese topping. Finishing touches: Decorate with roasted mixed nuts, chocolate decorations, a dust of icing sugar and candied carrot. HOMELIVING •Gas&Wood Fireplaces • AGA Rayburn Cookers • Butler Sinks & Traditional Tapware CHEMINEE 118 Stanmore Road, Stanmore NSW 2048 Ph: 9564 2694 Fax: 9569 8802 www.cheminee.com.au FIREPLACES 2145233A Home Living gives you the opportunity to maximise your advertising dollar through placement in a selection of local newspapers that will most effectively reach your market - which means more potential leads and sales opportunites for your business. Extend your reach with cost-effective campaigns, contact your Home Living Advertising Consultant on 9689 5395. Source: Engaging Communities, The Leading Edge (June 2008) Reach renovators and decorators. ARTARMON TIMBER & BOARDS Mligs Lage ane a&res mbr Large range of sawn & dressed timber Boar s cut to size while you wai Boards cut to size while you wait! Mouldings On site saws & planers On site saws & planers Deler&qli fvalle Delivery & qualified staff available Trading Hours Mo n-Fri: 7.15a m-4.30pm Sat: 8am-12pm Closed Sun & Public holidays Unit 1, 2 George Place, Artarmon, 2064 www.ARTARMONTIMBER.com.au Ph: 02 9420 0725 glassrooms | conservatories | garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains email@example.com www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breathe fresh living space 2276726i 15/03 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150
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