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  • Magic chocolate cake with tangerines

    Are you one of those who can not refuse a chocolate dessert even if you are about to burst? If you feel identified, you will not be able to resist this magic chocolate cake recipe with tangerine.

    The magic of this cake is that when you bake it, two layers are formed, the outer part is spongy like a sponge cake, but as soon as you cut it… the inner part is chocolate cream! Never such a simple recipe had achieved such a spectacular result. And if we add our tangerines, we have the perfect dessert.

    Ingredients

    • 125 gr unsalted butter.
    • 500 ml whole milk.
    • 70 gr flour.
    • 50 gr cacoa powder.
    • 4 eggs.
    • 160 gr powdered sugar.
    • 3 tablespoons of tangerine liqueur.
    • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
    • Powdered sugar to sprinkle (additional).
    • Tangerine segments for decoration.

     

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    Previous steps

    Preheat the oven to 160ºC and grease a baking dish with a little butter. Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter and let it cool, now heat the milk until it is warm and put it aside.

    We combine the flour and cocoa powder in a separate bowl, after mixing it for approximately 20 seconds, we set it aside.

    Raise the egg whites to snow in another bowl and put it aside.

    Preparation

    Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until they form a cream. Next, we add the melted butter, the tangerine liqueur and the vanilla extract. Stir it for about 2 minutes or until the dough is homogeneous and add the flour with cocoa and warm milk. Beat it gently until the dough is smooth.

    Finally, we add the egg whites and stir it gently so that they do not get us much lowered. Pour the mixture into the greased baking dish and bake it for 50-60 minutes. The top should be spongy.

    Let the cake cool completely before removing it from the baking dish. Sprinkle the cake with the powdered sugar and decorate the top with the tangerine segments.

    Presentation suggestion

    If you want to complete the dessert, we recommend serving the cake with vanilla ice and our chocolate-orange jam, but warmed … To suck your fingers!

     

    27 Jan • News • 0 comentarios

  • Get a healthy weight: Grapefruit with honey and cinnamon

    Grapefruit with honey and cinnamon, a simple recipe of the therapeutic nutritionist Ana Estellés that helps us to maintain a healthy weight and to eliminate the excess of toxics.

    The grapefruit stands out because it is very diuretic, which favors the elimination of excess water and this helps us to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. And not only that, this fruit also helps us to have better digestion.

    On the other hand, grapefruit helps us to balance blood sugar levels, which is a fundamental point when it comes to weight loss, because if we keep our blood glucose levels controlled, we will avoid being so hungry between meals.  

    In addition, cinnamon has the same glucose-regulating effect and combines perfectly with the grapefruit’s acidity.

    Grapefruit is also very rich in antioxidants, which are substances that help to stop the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are substances that our own organism generates, but are also produced by exposure to environmental toxics, tobacco, poor nutrition, etc. Therefore, the more we are exposed to these factors, the more free radicals our body will produce and the more antioxidants we will need.

    Grapefruit has numerous antioxidants, including vitamin C and bioflavonoids such as hesperidin, rutin and quercetin. These substances are also able to increase the elasticity of the arteries and therefore they help us to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

    ¿What do we need?

    • 1 grapefruit
    • ½ teaspoon of honey (best raw)
    • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

    Preparation:

    At first, we will gradually remove all the grapefruit segments with a knife.

    Then we will put a little honey on top, and we try to move the segments a bit with a spoon, so that they impregnate well with the honey.

    After all, we sprinkle the cinnamon on the grapefruit segments to taste.

    This simple recipe can be part of a delicious breakfast or it can be served as a healthy snack. Enjoy the benefits of grapefruit!

     

    20 Jan • News • 0 comentarios

  • Kaki persimmon flan

    Taking advantage of the fact that we are in the kaki season and that it is a quite unknown fruit that more and more is getting to be a booming market, we propose a recipe to get the most out of this fruit that is so sweet and full of beneficial properties for  our body: kaki persimmon flan.

    Like always, the most important thing when preparing a recipe with fruits or vegetables, it is essential that they have a good quality and are freshly collected to be able to enjoy its authentic and natural flavor. To elaborate this flan, we recommend the Kakis Persimmon Ribera del Xúquer freshly harvested.

    Ingredients:

    • 400 gr. kaki perssimon.
    • 550 gr. milk.
    • 200 gr. cream.
    • 100 gr. sugar.
    • 2 packets of curd.
    • Liquid caramel.

    Elaboration:

    We peel and cut the kaki. Put it in a blender jar and crush until it has the consistency of a puree. Put it aside.

    Then we poor the cream and the milk in a casserole, we add the sugar and we heat it on medium-slow fire without stirring constantly. Then we add the curd and bring it to a boil.

    Finally, we add the mashed kaki persimmon that we previously set aside and stir it well until all the ingredients are well mixed.

    Remove it from the heat and pour it into the molds. You can use a large mold, or if you prefer, you can also use individual molds, according to your taste of the final touch that you want to give the dessert.

    In any case, we use one indistinctly, we have to sprinkle them previously with liquid caramel.

    Let the temperature drop a little, and when it is tempered put it in the fridge.

    Final touch: we can choose some ‘vintage’ molds to serve the flan directly on those. Before serving, sprinkle a little cinnamon or some sugar on the top and burn it with a cutting torch. You will have an original and delicious kaki flan!

    Source of the image: http://www.sugaretal.com/

    13 Jan • News • 0 comentarios

  • All the properties of a tangerine to lose weight

    Now that christmas is over and spring is coming, it’s time to prepare our body for the summer, yes, it’s time to start the bikini operation. Of course you have to keep in mind that whenever you want to lose weight, you have to do it in a healthy way: maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. So, in this post we are going to talk about a fruit that helps you to lose weight: the tangerine.

    The tangerine, is a great source of vitamin C, like most citrus fruits, but it also has important properties to lose weight suchs as:

    1. It is low in calories (about 40 per 100 grams) and sugars.
    2. It is a diuretic fruit: it is rich in water.
    3. Contains a lot of fiber (more than 2 grams per 100 grams), among them, pectin that contributes to give a feeling of fullness.
    4. It almost doesn’t have fats or cholestrol.
    5. It helps to burn the fats existing in the body through the flavonoids.
    6. It has depurative properties.
    7. It is detoxifying and antioxidant.
    8. It contains nobiletine which helps to lose volume, because it deflates.

    As we can see, tangerines contain many properties that help to lose weight. In fact, some studies have confirmed that it is better than an orange, the citrus par exellence, to lose weight, since it contains more water and less sugar.

    For all these reasons, if what you want is lose weight, it is advisable to include the tangerine in your diet. There are many ways to do this:

    • Whole: Eat the peeled fruit between hours supposes a very important contribution of energy and few calories.
    • In juice: Liquefy and mix it with other fruits with low calories.
    • In milkshakes: Mixing it with skimmed milk and other fruits is an ideal complement to the snack or mid-morning.
    • In infusions: In this way you can use both its piel and its pulp and it can be taken alone or attached to other citrus fruits or a ginger tea.
    • In desserts and light candies such as a light tangerine flan or an ice cream.

    As you can check the tangerine, besides being a healthy fruit, is a fruit that helps to lose weight. Enjoy a unique and healthy taste with tangerines!

     

    3 Jan • News • 0 comentarios

  • Mango and mandarin smoothie

    Smoothies are very healthy drinks that we can prepare with all kinds of fruits, vegetables, (spinach, arugula, carrots…) or good combinations of them. It is usual to add milk, yogurt, cream, sugar… to make it more tasty and complete. These shakes give us vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, healthy fats and help us to hydrate. There are a lot of combinations of ingredients to make a smoothie with, but it is really important to select some fresh ingredients, so they can benefit us with all their properties.  Today we propose a smoothie with two kinds of fruit: mango and tangerine.

    This shake is very rich in vitamin C and beta-carotenes. Perfect to increase defenses and cope with colds. Ideal to take along with supplements or foods rich in iron, since vitamin C favors the absorbtion of this mineral.

    You  need ingredients that help thicken the smoothie, which provide creaminess so it has  the right texture. If we add more milk we get a more liquid smoothie. If we add more yogurt the smoothie will be more dense.

    Early tangerines are ideal for preparing this type of shakes, because they are seedless.

    Preparation

    1. Peel and chop the fruit. If we want the smoothie to be fresh, we can freeze the chopped fruit.
    2. Pour the chopped fruit into the blender. The ideal is to prepare this type of shakes in a glass mixer to make it more comfortable but if you don’t have one, you can use a traditional blender or a chopper.
    3. Add 1 glass of milk, can be vegetable milk (soy, rice, almond, coconut…)
    4. Add 1 natural yogurt to provide creaminess.
    5. Sweet it with honey. You also can flavor it with vanilla or chopped mint leaves.
    6. Shake until all the ingredients are well mixed and crushed.

    NOTE: to enrich the smoothie, you can add some ‘superfoods’ with high nutritional properties such as bee pollen, spirulina, wheat germ, flax seeds, Goji berries, or pure cacao powder.

    Source of the image: imrececen.com

     

    23 Dec • News • 0 comentarios

  • Does the rain benefit or harm the oranges?

    We know that water is essential for agriculture and therefore rain is vital for the cultivation, but many times we hear that rains has damaged the fields. How does water affect citrus fruits? Does rain benefit of harm oranges?

    It is clear that water is essential for the cultivation, it also helps to increase the caliber of citrus, but as long as it rains at the right time and in the right amount.

    In case the rain is persistent it can harm the oranges, by producing fungi and by weakening the tree and fruits.

    Agricultures always are in expectation of the rain, not only because it damages the harvest, but also because after having rain for many days without stopping, the citrus can not be harvested immediately. You have to wait until the moisture disappears and both the oranges and the trees dry, because there could be problems with the fruit.

    What happens if citrus is harvested after persistent rainfall?

    If citrus is harvested after many days of raining without stopping, although they apparently look good, the inside is said to be “watery”. It may be several days before it is found that the fruit is damaged, because neither the oranges nor the tangerines show any signs of problems. After 3 of 4 days the peel starts cracking and staining, and the fruit begins to rot.

    Therefore it is not advisable to collect and send the citrus if they are not completely dry, because when they are arrived at home, they will start to spoil and rot all at once.

    15 Dec • News • 0 comentarios

  • What are the main parts of an orange?

    Who does not know what an orange is and that it’s made up of segments and an orange peel? Well, it seems that everyone knows, because it is obvious, but you do know how every part of an orange is technically called? In this post we are going to explain what the several parts of oranges are.

    The citrus par excellence charged with vitamin C, the orange, is formed by three main parts:

    • The exocarp or flavedo: this is what we colloquially call orange peel or crust, but only the orange part. The exocarpo or flavedo is formed by an epidermis and hypodermis that is green when it is not ripe and orange yet when it is already at its maturation point. This part is composed of small vesicles that contain essential oils that are mainly used to make perfumes and flavorings.
    • Mesocarp or albeldo: this part also forms of the orange peel and we commonly call it ‘the white of the orange’. Its appearance is spongy and white. It is the part of the orange that contains more pectins and is mainly used for making jams although it is also rich in glycosides.
    • Endocarp or pulp: this is the part of the orange (and other citrus fruits) that we eat and that supposes 80% of its weight. It consists of segments or juice sacks and seeds. In this part of the orange you can find the different organic acids (such as vitamin C), sugars and water that contribute this fruit.

    As you can see, from technical point of view, oranges have more complexity than we think when we eat it. Did you know the main parts of an orange? Tell us what this post you brought.

     

    18 Nov • News • 0 comentarios

  • How many times per year do lemon trees flower?

     

    The mountains are magnificent

    But the modesty of the field feeds us

    Valeriu Butulescu

    At FamiliaSerra we like to approach people to our field, because here we are picking our citrus fruits by hand with a lot of love to bring them directly to your homes.

    Today we want to give special attention to our lemon trees which, contrary to orange trees that only give fruit once a year, can give lemons several times a year. Incredible, isn’t it? For this reason, it may be the case to simultaneously find ripe and big lemon trees with small and green lemons  that are beginning to grow.

    The difference is worth seeing. In this way, LaMejorNaranja realises, in case of lemon trees, several harvests per year. Meanwhile the orange trees can be harvested only one season per year. When they are harvested, they won’t come back before the next season starts.

    We can say that the lemon trees are sort of having a continuous blooming time, because next to  grapefruit, it is the most tropical citrus, by which you can play with the risks of keeping the fruit in the tree for the whole summer. Being the most tropical, it is a specie of citrus that is the most sensive to cold.

    Another benefit of the lemon tree is its precocity in production. Two years after we planted them, they are already almost in full production, unlike orange trees, which take a few years more.

    At LaMejorNaranja we carry out pruning every year. Lemon trees usually have large boughs that grow vertically and don’t bear fruits. These boughs have to be pruned, since they have spikes and gain a lot of height. This work is important, because the trees that aren’t pruned blossom abundantly, but later on they become unmanageable.

    Performing all this work correclty, we will have some exquisite and healthy lemons all year round at FamiliaSerra!

     

    9 Nov • News • 0 comentarios

  • Cuál es el origen de la naranja?

    La naranja es uno de los productos más típicos de España sobre todo en Valencia y en Andalucía. De hecho, debido a la gran producción de naranjas que tenemos en nuestro país, nos hemos convertido en uno de los 10 mayores productores de naranjas del mundo y en un activo para la exportación.

    Teniendo en cuenta la importancia que tiene la naranja en nuestra economía y en nuestra dieta mediterránea en este post vamos a analizar cuál fue el origen de la naranja y cómo llegó a España.

    En este sentido, aunque el origen es incierto, sabemos de su existencia desde la Antigüedad por diversos escritos persas y griegos. No obstante, hay que tener en cuenta que el naranjo del que se habla entonces no es el que conocemos ya que era más ácido y se le denominaba naranjo amargo y parece que su origen estaba Libia y que de ahí llego a Europa aunque otros creen que proviene de la India.

    Por otra parte, para el denominado naranjo dulce, que es el que conocemos ahora y el que se cultiva en España, algunas teorías afirman que proviene de Arabia y que entró Europa por Grecia y de ahí se extendió por Italia, España, Francia y Portugal. No obstante, otros estudios afirman que su origen está en China y la zona del Himalaya y que desde aquellas lejanas tierras llego a Europa y en consecuencia a España. De hecho, antes a este tipo de naranjas se las denominaba “naranjas de la china”.

    Lo que parece que tienen claro los estudiosos del origen de las naranjas es que vinieron de oriente a occidente y que en España fueron difundidos y propagados por los árabes sobre todo en la zona de Andalucía, Valencia y Murcia.

    Lo que está claro es que fuimos los europeos los que llevamos el cultivo de la naranja a América, en concreto a Brasil y al sur de EEUU (California y Florida).

    Producción de naranjas a nivel mundial

    Actualmente, el naranjo es uno de los frutales más extendidos mundialmente, En este sentido, principales países productores son: Brasil, Estados Unidos, España, Italia, México, India , Israel, Argentina y China.

    Debido a la amplia producción de naranjas en España, en concreto en la huerta valenciana, nuestro país es la primera potencia en exportación de cítricos frescos, siendo los principales países importadores de nuestros cítricos Europa del norte y occidental.

    ¿Sabías cual era el origen de este cítrico tan consumido en nuestra dieta mediterránea y en nuestras mesas? Cuéntanos tu experiencia.

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    10 Oct • News • 0 comentarios

  • ¿Cuáles son los principales usos de la combinación de bicarbonato y limón?

    Voy a traducir a inglés. Ya sabemos que el bicarbonato de sodio es muy usado como remedio natural, pero ¿cómo actúa en nuestro organismo cuando combinamos el bicarbonato con limón natural?. En el post de hoy os contamos los principales usos y beneficios para la salud de la combinación del bicarbonato y limón.

    Aparato digestivo

    Posiblemente, el uso más conocido es como digestivo. El bicarbonato es uno de los remedios que ya usaban nuestras abuelas para las digestiones pesadas, pero si además añadimos un poco de zumo de limón natural, nuestro sistema digestivo funcionará mucho mejor.

    Además ayuda a combatir los ácidos del estómago, las flatulencias y el reflujo gastro-esofágico de forma rápida y efectiva.

    Hígado

    Tomar esta mezcla en ayunas nos ayuda a depurar el hígado, ya que actúa como catalizador reforzando las funciones depurativas en nuestro organismo con mayor eficacia. Además nos aporta vitamina C, antioxidantes y fortalece nuestro hígado facilitando sus funciones.

    Riñones

    Si tomamos un vaso de agua con una cucharadita de bicarbonato y el zumo de medio limón, conseguiremos alcalinizar nuestro organismo, es decir, regula los niveles de ácido en el organismo. Ayuda a que nuestros riñones padezcan menos, filtren mejor la sangre y la orina llegue con menos impurezas, lo que reduce el riesgo de sufrir infecciones.

    Este remedio neutraliza el ácido que se puede acumular cuando los riñones no funcionan correctamente.

    Depura y regula el organismo. Ayuda a perder peso.

    Nos ayuda a regular el nivel de colesterol malo LDL, mejorando nuestra salud cardiovascular.

    Depura el organismo, elimina toxinas, ayuda a no retener líquidos, a quemar grasas y favorece el metabolismo para perder peso.

     

    27 Jan • News, Salud • 0 comentarios