Raspberry foam cake

by | Jun 22, 2016 | Desserts

In June Hungarian raspberries burst into season and they are busy swelling to their full splendour. Growing raspberries is a great way to enjoy your own tasty fruits year after year and to make your own jellies and jams. Our raspberry bushes are now groaning under the weight of thousands of fruits, we have already picked nearly 10 kilograms and the season is still not over.

Raspberries – photo: zserbo.com

Wild raspberries have been gathered for consumption by humans for thousands of years. Hybridization has enabled their cultivation, and the raspberry cultivars have spread and are widely grown in all temperate regions of the world. Due to their sweet juicy taste and antioxidant power, raspberries are one of the world’s most consumed berries. Not only do they taste great but they’re good for you as well. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, A, B1 and B2; they are a low-glycemic index food, with total sugar content of only 4% and no starch.

Raspberries have a short shelf life, you can store them in the fridge only for 2-3 days, but as an alternative you can also freeze them. The secret to successful freezing is to use unwashed and completely dry berries that should be placed in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once the berries are frozen, transfer them to plastic bags or freezer containers.

Raspberries can be used up not only in desserts and cakes, but amazing jams and syrups can be made from them, too. In the following recipe a cocoa sponge cake is spread with a raspberry-yogurt-whipped cream filling and decorated with melted chocolate.

Raspberry foam cake
Raspberry foam cake – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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