Thursday, 27 August 2015

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Gianduia Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Sometimes she bakes

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Baked in the cool morning air
before the next heatwave hits

200 g dark chocolate couverture or semisweet baking chocolate
100 g butter at room temperature
200 g superfine sugar
6 egg yolks
6 egg whites
1 pinch of Salt
200 g roasted hazelnuts, finely ground

Grease and flour an 11 inch (28cm) cake pan
Preheat oven to 330°F (170°C)
Melt chocolate
Beat chocolate with butter and 100 g sugar until fluffy
Add egg yolks, one at a time
Continue beating for 5 more minutes

In a separate bowl:
Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until the soft peak stage
Continue beating while gradually adding 100 g sugar
Beat at high speed until stiff peaks form

Fold first hazelnuts into chocolate batter
then 1/3 of the egg whites, mix carefully.
Quickly fold in the rest of the egg whites until no white streaks remain

Pour into the cake pan
Bake in the preheated oven at 330°F (170°C) for 30 minutes
(I like to check after 25 minutes. Cake is done when the center still feels somewhat soft to the touch
Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, on a wire rack

In my convection oven, I bake the cake at 320°F (160°C) for 25 minutes.
I like to serve the cake with a dollop of crème fraîche and raspberry-strawberry sauce
(I puree defrosted rasperries and strawberries with the immersion blender,
then strain it through a fine sieve - I don't add sugar)
The cake and the sauce keep in the fridge for four days, at least
(if you can hide it that long from you know whom) ;-)

Photographed 26 August 2015 at Casa Merisi Pâtisserie
Images and Text © by Merisi
Gianduia at Wikipedia:
Gianduja or gianduia (Italian: [dʒanˈduːja])[1] is a sweet chocolate spread containing about 30% hazelnut paste, invented in Turin during Napoléon's regency (1796–1814), when the Mediterranean was under a blockade by the British.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Where the Pope Stopped for Coffee
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Tuscan Bliss

After-Dinner Coffee
Espresso in enamel cup
Sosta del Papa
Barberino Val d'Elsa

Tuscan Views
Stopping by the roadside
6 August 2014
Images and Text © by Merisi

The true story behind Pope Pius VII's "coffee stop":

"La Sosta del Papa is a small hamlet of Barberino Val d'Elsa,
located on the street Via Cassia state just before with the municipal boundary with Poggibonsi.
Known locally as the piss of the Pope took the name from a curious and fun fact of daily life
that saw, in spite of himself, Pope Pius VII on June 2 1813.
It is said that the Pope, during the long journey to Rome back from France
where he had been deported by order of Napoleon Bonaparte,
were caught in this area by a sudden physiological need."
More @ -> La Sosta del Papa

Monday, 24 August 2015

Summer in Vienna
Garden of Klimt's Studio at Feldmühlgasse

Looking into the Garden
View from Klimt's last studio

Outside Staircase
of the so-called Klimt-Villa

Summer scene in the
villa's garden

Photographed with my mobile phone
during lunch hour on 22 August 2015
Images and Text © by Merisi

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Piarist Church of Maria Treu
Sunday in Josefstadt

Piarist Church Maria Treu
Joseph Haydn's "Mass in Time of War"
was first performed here, on December 26, 1796.
View from Maria Treu Gasse

Photographed today at noon
Images and Text © by Merisi

Saturday, 22 August 2015

An enchanted Evening
Vienna's 8th District: Josefstadt

Maria Treu
Joseph Haydn's "Mass in Time of War"
was first performed here, on
December 26, 1796.
View from
Maria Treu Gasse

Maria Treu
Detail of the Baroque façade
and the column in front
Jodok Fink Platz

Window with Flower Box
Maria Treu Gasse

Window with Blue Watering Can
Maria Treu Gasse

Maria Treu Gasse


"Holy Trinity"
Sandstone portal
Entrance to the bakery museum,
coffee house and restaurant
"Alte Backstube"
Lange Gasse 34

I captured these images - all within a city block in Josefstadt -
as the sun was setting on the evening of
19 August 2010
© by Merisi

Friday, 21 August 2015

Viennese Melange
Moments in Time

Sunset after the storm

Wiener Würstelstand - Viennese hot dog stand

A tree blooms at a construction site

Photographed in the 13th, 4th, and 5th District
Images and Text © by Merisi

Skies from around the world
at Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Charred-Black Peppers and Golden Muskateller
Sometimes she tries to cook

Assortment of Organic Peppers
Charred black under the aegis of Merisi

Note to myself:
Next time, set a timer before pouring
yourself a glass of Tscheppe's Gelber Muskateller wine!
Images and Text © by Merisi

-> Muskateller
Age-old type of vine that was according to the legend already on board of Noah's Ark. In the 16th century it belonged to the most mentioned types of vines. Today it is spread all over the world as a specialty.
-> Weingut Andreas TSCHEPPE, Southern Styria, Austria