Thursday, July 27, 2017

Spanish Omelette? Bowling

For supper on Tuesday night having soul searched all day, I ended up cooking my version of what my mother used to call Spanish Omelettes. I have no idea why nor where she got the recipe. But that's what I knew them as. Originally the filling contained potatoes (precooked) but I don't often include those because a) we usually don't have any around, and b) they are extra calories. However, the filling is thinly sliced onions and finely chopped or minced garlic sautéed in olive oil until soft then add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. I also add a teaspoonful of Tapenade to give it extra flavour. These are omelettes Matt and I both really enjoy and they only take half an hour to put on the table. I use two eggs for each omelette and fry it in a little butter. When it's almost ready, I add the filling and fold it onto a hot plate. No this is not my omelette, but seems to have similar fillings, never thought about taking a pic of one I made. I also keep one pan exclusively for omelettes. Oops, I see I am getting repetitive, I have written about Spanish Omelettes at least twice before over the years.

Whoopee, we are still in second place after bowling today (Wednesday) and now only  points behind the lead team. Two of our team are hoping to get to 1st place, the other two don't care that much. Matt is more concerned with whether he beats me or everyone which he did do on one game at least today.

I received a Pinterest email today (why I don't know, don't use it) all about Pavlovas some of them really look good I must say. Obviously I couldn't resist a chocolate Pavlova.

Layered Chocolate Hazelnut Pavlova

6 egg whites, room temperature
pinch of slat
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
2 tsp cornstarch
2 Tbs cocoa powder

100 g semi-sweet or dark chocolate
200 ml whipping cream
pinch of salt

1/2 liter whipping cream, chilled
3 Tbs hazelnut paste (can easily be made at home by mixing hazelnuts in a food processor until you get a smooth paste)

50 g hazelnuts, chopped
crispy chocolate balls or any other decoration
whole hazelnuts

1. Chocolate meringue:

2. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Draw two 18 cm circles on a baking paper and place it on a baking tray.

3. Beat egg whites and a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry. Then add icing sugar a tablespoon at a time. At the end add the lemon juice or vinegar and cornstarch. Beat gently until thick and glossy.

4. Add cocoa powder and fold it in gently, keeping some streaks of dark brown.

5. Spread the meringue evenly into the two circles.

6. Move into the oven and reduce the temperature to 120°C. Bake for about 90 minutes. It should look crisp on top and feel dry, but when you press it you should feel soft in the centre.

7. Turn the oven off, open the door slightly and leave in the oven to cool overnight.

8. Chocolate Ganache: Heat the whipping cream over medium heat until it starts forming small bubbles on the side, but doesn't boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate and a pinch of salt. Whisk until you get a smooth cream. Let cool at room temperature, then keep in the fridge before assembling the cake.

9. Whipped Hazelnut Cream: Whip the cream until it's almost stif, but not buttery, then add the hazelnut paste and gently whip just a little more.

10. Assembly: Place one meringue on a cake stand, gently add half of the ganache on top, add half of the whiped hazelnut cream and half of the chopped hazelnuts.

11. Continue with another layer of meringue, ganache (save a couple of tablespoons for decoration), whipped cream and chopped hazelnuts.

12. Place whole hazelnuts, crispy chocolate balls and drizzle with the rest of the ganache.

13. Refrigerate before serving.

Yield: Yields about 8 pieces of 18 cm cake

Source: Use Your Noodles

Author Notes
Some instructions for the perfect meringue:

Make sure your equipment is dry before making the meringue. Moisture stops egg white from aerating.

Make pavlova on a dry day. Moisture makes pavlova sticky.

Adding lemon juice and cornstarch will help pavlova keep its form.

Add sugar gradually to the egg whites and be sure to beat the egg whites to the stiff point, but don't over beat them, just until the sugar has dissolved. Test if the sugar has dissolved by rubbing a little of the mixture between your fingers. You shouldn't feel any grains. When you transfer it to the baking paper the mixture should hold its shape.

After baking keep in in the oven with doors ajar until it completely cools down to room temperature.

It's better to over dry than under dry your meringue. If you are not sure if it is done, better dry it a little more. Soggy meringue is unusable, but a little bit too dry is not such a problem. Assemble the cake and after a day in the fridge it will become crunchy.

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - well done on being in 2nd place for your bowling ... hope you can stay there or rise to the top! The Omelette looks good - they're so delicious ...

    Love the chocolate hazelnut meringue ... I have in my time made these ... I even made the chocolate caraque - it is a delicious dessert, but time and patience are needed ... cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary. We have one more week of league play to make it to the top and as we are only 2 points behind the leaders, we could do it with any luck. Yes, the omelette is delicious.

      Never made chocolate meringue. As you say, it takes time and patience, plus, in my case, the ability to stand for any length of time.

  2. Like I could remember if you repeated a recipe. That Pavlova looks really good. Humidity here is too high to make meringues today - great excuse, right?

    1. LOL Denise. Doesn't it? Excuses, excuses. Pretty high humidity round here too so I won't be doing it either.

  3. For some reason I always thought Spanish omelettes had pimentos in them. Maybe it's the tomato.

    1. They may well have pimento JoJo. Like I say, I have no idea where my mother got the idea from or why she called them Spanish omelettes.

  4. Omelettes are something I can actually cook and which I love. Now I feel like an omelette.

    1. We both enjoy omelettes Pinky. Delicious.