Donuts with jam

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Do you remember what Homer Simpson from the cartoon The Simpsons liked the most? It’s donuts – fluffy, warm and sweet. I like this easy recipe with currant or guava jam. The only condition is: jam shouldn’t be too fluid, it must be more like a jelly.

Donuts with jam6 oz flour
1/3 oz (8 g) fresh yeast
4 egg yolks, whisked
3 ½ oz jam
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp warm cream
1 tbsp rum
2 tbsp water
powdered sugar

1. Dissolve yeast in water and add a pinch of sugar. Stir, cover and leave for 10 minutes in a warm place.
2. Sift flour with a pinch of salt. Make a hump with a hollow in the middle of it and pour in yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, egg yolks, cream, orange juice and rum. Add some water if needed. Knead dough until very soft and elastic.
3. Make a dough ball, cover with a towel and leave it in a warm place for an hour.
4. Roll out dough ½ inch thick and cut small pieces two inches in diameter using a glass. Divide dough circlets in two halves. Put 1spoon jam in the middle of each circlet and cover with another one. Leave for 20 minutes.
5. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry donuts two minutes on each side until golden. Put donuts on paper napkins and strew with powdered sugar.

Guava chiffon cake

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Remember, that this tender chiffon cake is cooked in an ungreased pan – it clings to the pan sides and becomes light and high. To prevent sticking oil is added right into the cake.

¾ cup guava paste
2 cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
6 egg yolks, lightly whisked
10 egg whites
½ cup flavorless oil
¼ cup water
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon zest, grated
1 tsp cream of tartar
powdered sugar for decoration

1. Preheat the oven to 160 C (325 F). Sift flour trough a strainer into a large bowl. Combine with 1 ¼ cups sugar and backing powder and mix. Add guava paste, water, oil, lemon zest, vanilla extract and yolks. Beat up until the cake batter is very smooth.
2. Whisk egg whites thoroughly, combine with cream of tartar and beat again until very soft. Add the rest of sugar gradually while mixing and whisk until thick. If you use a hand mixer, beat up whites for about 10 minutes, using a stand mixer – 5-6 minutes.
3. Take ¼ of the whites, add to the batter and stir lightly. Then add the rest of the whites and gently fold them into the cake batter clockwise, using a large egg whisk or a spatula.
4. Carefully place the batter into a pan with a removable bottom or usual pan and smooth the surface. Bake about an hour, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Do not open the oven until cake is half-cooked – it will fall.
5. Decorate chilled cake with powdered sugar.

Sweet guava cake

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Tasty home cake for a family dinner on saturday. You can use guava jam instead of paste; in this case you should use less sugar because your guava cake will be too sweet.

1 ¼ cup guava paste
2 cup flour
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Slice guavas and blend to a solid mass. Preheat oven at 180 C (350 F).
2. Cream butter in a bowl, adding sugar slowly. Combine with eggs, vanilla extract, flour and backing powder. Mix batter thoroughly.
3. Pour half of the batter in a casserole, put guava on it and cover with the rest of the batter. Cook about 50 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.